I am at somewhat of a loss for words given the state of the world right now. In the wake of Covid19 and protests across the world, perhaps now is a time to listen. But words must be spoken and action must be taken. There has been so much hurt, frustration and sadness sparked by recent events and #blacklivesmatter movement. These voices need to be heard, these issues need to be addressed with real solutions and not just lip service. In Australia, the treatment of our indigenous peoples must be deemed an urgent issue with respect given and culture nurtured.
I have had many discussions and watched the news footage and I am heartbroken by what I see. People are deeply hurting, they feel disregarded, forgotten and frustrated with the status quo and change is needed. Why can we not look beyond someones external form and circumstance and see that we are all the same, that beyond the skin the same miraculous creation of the human organism, complex and infinite exists? Why do people focus so much on what is missing, different or lesser? Why do we not celebrate and respect each other as beings and discard the external covering that paints us as different? With all the money that exists in the world, how is it that still people live in poverty. I feel ashamed at our behaviour and the narrow-minded view that keeps us all stuck in the spiral that values money above life and the need to grasp for this dilution of possession. It is all for nothing, a useless pursuit.
I personally find these issues so hard to discuss as I am the mother of 1/2 African children, will they be subject to this treatment? How will we deal with this prejudice? Thankfully they have had little experience of the blatant racism many have endured but no doubt it will come if things stay the same. I am hopeful that all the brave souls who have stood up and said enough, those who have rallied and cried out have my deepest gratitude for making a stand. For myself, I make this stand daily in the way I carry myself through life, showing respect to all I have dealings with and doing my best to raise, strong, confident young men who's beautiful mix of culture and skin tone may someday help shape a world that respects life and works to the betterment of all of humanity. I do my inner work of spiritual growth and have dedicated my life to helping others all with the intention of leaving this existence even just the tiniest bit better than when I arrived. Thankfully millions of other people also live with this intention to life and with hope, these movements for change create a shift significant enough to establish that change, creating a better existence for us all.
We are back to face to face classes, which is super exciting. It has been so wonderful to see some of you again already and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to the space. We are following all the necessary Covid-19 safety requirements and have added temperature testing to our regime.
Please be prepared for your teacher to test your temperature with a non-contact infrared thermometer as you enter class.
I have chosen to do this to add an extra level of protection for us all. I know it will feel a bit awkward at first and disappointing if we are a bit hot and are asked to go home, but personally I would like to know if I am hot and could be running the risk of passing this on unknowingly. Temperature testing is fast becoming standard practice in many gyms and business and is part of us moving forward. If you feel you do not want to have your temperature tested you may choose to remain practising with us online. Please observe social distancing as best you can in the space and wash you hands before entering and after leaving the space. Soft props are still not to be used by students.
Finally our Beginners Course can start again. The next 6-week course will begin Monday 13th July.
Spaces are limited as class numbers are set at 10 to comply with Covid19 regulations. If we are able to open that up, adjustments will be made closer to the time. I ask that if you have done the course serval times that you do not purchase the course again and move into open classes. Please leave the spots for those new students joining us or those who have only completed the course once or twice. This is a great way for you to take your yoga off the mat and progress yourself into our wonderful open classes.
Beginners course classes will not be streamed. These will be F2F classes only. The Beginner level classes that have been running in place of the course will cease from the 13th July.
I have decided to use the soft props for Prenatal students only. These props have been set aside and are marked with a poster, so please do not use them. Pre and postnatal classes are held on Monday evening and Wednesday morning. Saturday Morning prenatal is online only at this stage. The next Prenatal 10-week term will commence on Monday 20th July. Postnatal 10-week term will commence 22nd July. Until then F2F classes are on a casual drop-in bases. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.
I have finally decided to run a workshop and what better topic than our all-important Pelvic Floor. This workshop is designed for everyone! Whether you think you have pelvic floor issues or not, have male or female anatomy, we all need to understand the function and nurture of our pelvic floor to enjoy better health.
This workshop will give you some a greater insight into the anatomy of the pelvic floor, its relationship to your breathing and how to care for and assess your pelvic floor function and health.
As many of you know I am super passionate about functional anatomy and know first hand how varied and difficult it can be to not only live with these issues but also to discuss them. This fun, informative and practical workshop will have you laughing and getting real about your pelvic health, improve your gut pressure, and potentially reduce torso pain/discomfort.
I am super excited to have Dani Mondahl returning for more Thai Yoga Massage Training in October. We will be hosting her for Level 1 and Level 2 training, so if you missed out last year you have another chance to do it this year.
For those of you who have done the training before, you may want to move on to level 2 and build on your skills and you are invited to assist at the level 1 training. I am so glad I did this training last year and have loved giving this massage so much.
For more details about the course please click this link and check out Dani's website or go to the CYS FB events page for details.
You can also book in for a Thai Yoga Massage at CYS with either Elena, TL or myself. Having a taste of this massage might just show you how wonderful it is and that you too might want to learn how to give it. For more details on having a massage click the link. Or talk to any of us to arrange a time.
Due to Covid19, we had to postpone Katie's workshops. They have now been rescheduled and you can see the new dates on the Facebook Event listings. New posters will go up at the studio this week.
Myth, Meditation and Relaxation Volume 2 will be on Sunday 13th December 2020 and Sweet Surrender on Sunday 14th February 2021.
If you had previously booked in for these workshops you are still enrolled and your place is reserved. Please contact me if the dates no longer suit you and we can work it out.
We have missed Katie's teaching so much and can not wait for her back and sharing with us again.
Spaces are limited for these workshops and they are almost half sold, I have still got the class numbers set to pre Covid19 limitations and hope that by then there will be no issue with having this many people in the space. Should we need to adjust anything closer to the time I will keep you posted.
To book in for either workshop, click the link: Myths, Meditation and Relaxation and Sweet Surrender.
International Day of Yoga is coming up on Sunday, June 21, and to celebrate you might like to join the Indian embassy's #MyLifeMyYoga promotion and videoblogging competition (see below). Should you want to acknowledge the day another way you might like to post a photo on our FB page or tag us in your yoga photo. We could do Driveway Yoga 🙂 No photo required...
I am not much of a joiner and things like this generally pass me by but it would be nice to celebrate and honour the joy that Yoga has given to us. If you have any great ideas as to what we could do in this short amount of time please let me know.
The world is gearing up to observe the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY) on 21st June 2020. On this occasion, the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) come together to announce the My Life – My Yoga (also called “Jeevan Yoga”) Videoblogging Contest.
The observation of IDY in the past years has been marked by thousands of harmonious mass demonstrations of Yoga in public places. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, no mass gathering would be advisable this year. Hence, this year the Ministry is encouraging the people to practice Yoga at their homes, with participation from the entire family. Through the My Life – My Yoga video blogging competition, the Mission seek to raise awareness about Yoga and to inspire people to prepare for and become active participants in the observation of IDY 2020 on 21st June 2020. The contest will support participation via the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please find attached the contest flyer and Guidelines of MyLifeMyYoga for your information.
As announced by Prime Minister Office India in #MannKiBaat applications are now open for #MyLifeMyYoga. Participants can apply now and stand a chance to win attractive prizes.
For Terms and Conditions please follow the link – https://hcicanberra.gov.in/docs/1590998122Guidelines-MyLifeMyYoga.pdf
Well, I am sure there is more, but for now this is enough. I hope you are all safe and well, enjoying venturing back out into the community and life is feeling like it is getting somewhat back to normal.
As always please feel free to reach out to me if you need anything. If your account is still on suspension and you would like it reinstated please send me an email. This will not be done automatically.
I wish you all the very best, be well, stay safe
Here we are, nearly half way through the year and all of us having a year we never could have dreamed of. I know that this time has been hard and many have suffered but can we bring our attention to the good things this time has afforded us. I know for myself it has been a time of clearing, cleaning, rediscovering and reusing. I have literally being opening old boxes that have been closed for a decade. Finding my old treasures and finding new use for them. Having an idea of how to reorganise my spaces both at home and in the studio, and materialising these ideas, seeing them through and having the joy to see them finished.
All this extra time at home has allowed me the opportunity to get those things I have put off for years done or almost finished and I feel that now my home space is clearer, my mind is clearer, my vision is more focused and I can apply myself fully into rebuilding CYS and creating the broader vision I had when I took on the studio 18 months ago. I feel like this time has allowed me to clear my physical space and also my mental space. In not running around and doing less I have found myself achieving more. Have you found this too?
For those of you who have been struggling at this time my heart goes out to you. I hope you are receiving the support you need and hope that if there was anything CYS could do to help you please reach out to me.
Has the garden of your mind had a makeover? Has this time of online classes helped you establish a home practice you can stick with? How has this time opened you up to new possibilities and ways of doing things? Has this time helped to cultivate and enhance your internal compass and your ability to do things for yourself, without the need to look to someone else for your happiness and reassurance? If not, then why not?
Yoga teaches us all this and more. Yoga teaches us to look within and find that we have all we need, that less is more and that our body is a place of infinite joy, wonder and possibility if we would only take the time to listen. Yoga teaches us that beneath the surface we are all the same, epically magical, wonderous and vulnerable. That within each and every one of us there is a universe so complex and infinite, yet we are so tiny and insignificant in the grandness of the all that is.
This time of Covid-19 has brought up so much for us all, we have all been effected, challenged and changed in so many ways. But what I have overwhelming heard and experienced myself has been positive, innovative and inspiring. Let the world be changed for the better. Let your thoughts and actions cultivate this belief. We each have the power and ability to make this fact, history and our reality.
What's happening at CYS?
Even in the midst of all this craziness great things are happening at CYS.
I am very happy to announce that our new website is taking shape and I hope to have it launched by the end of the month. I have been working with a couple of wonderful people to create a site that is easy to use, informative and beautiful. I have decided to keep the online classes even after we go back to face to face and have almost finished setting up the On Demand classes for you to access anywhere, any time. I still need to learn how to edit the videos, but I will get that happening and hope to have some classes up by the end of next week. I have some ebooks on the go and I am inspired to create some online courses and workshops. There will even be free meditation downloads from our Friday night practices. The possibilities are endless.
We will hopefully be able to go back to face to face classes in the next few weeks, all be it to limited numbers. Some classes will likely remain online only for a while longer while others will be a combination of both. Details will be sent out as they unfold, so please read my emails when they arrive in your inbox.
I would like to thank those students who have stayed practicing with us online and supporting the studio and teachers. You have kept us going, inspired us to teach and kept our community together. Whilst the rebuilding may be slow, your support has been invaluable, thank you.
Our wonderful team of teachers have also been amazing, they have all jumped in and are doing an amazing job with online teaching and supporting their students and the studio. Many have donated their time and energy to teaching in support of our space and I am so grateful to all of them all for their hard work and dedication.
I am overwhelmed by the love and support that has been shown by our community. I feel I have been guided and helped every step of the way and am so grateful for all I have learnt, witnessed and received. Sometimes I feel the pressure of my responsibilities, sometimes I feel I do not do enough to live up to those responsibilities and serve them well and sometimes I feel I meet them head on and successfully.
What I do know is that all we can do is our best in any given moment and what will be will be.
Be well, stay safe
I hope you are doing well during this crazy time and at the very least enjoying what extra time you have at home with your family.
Thank you for all the wonderful support that so many of you have sent in. It has given me much strength and drive to be able to work quickly to keep our community together and practicing. I am so grateful for all your kind words and generosity. We have had some technical issues which are being resolved, thank you for your patience as we work through them.
The last few weeks have been very stressful for us all and the pressures on families and the community has been immense. So many people have been thrown into upheaval, lost jobs and security, become unwell and in general we have all been thrown into a constant state of flux and unknowing.
Hopefully this time has however, given us a bit of extra time to reflect and put into perspective our lives and relationships, given us a deeper sense of connection to all of humanity and perhaps opened up a bit of time to do those things we have been putting off for years, perhaps some study, or cleaning things out around the house or maybe getting creative and making some art or building something. Hopefully you have found space for something to nourish your soul.
I have been using my time to get our entire timetable up and running with online LIVE streamed classes. If you have not yet tried them, I suggest you do. The teachers have been wonderful in learning how to use the system and adapting to this new and strange teaching style. I have actually really been enjoying it and feel it is a great alternative to not having any classes at all or just doing a class to a video. I do miss seeing all your lovely faces though. Whilst the system is not perfect it is serving us well.
Your direct debit has not been automatically suspended as we are able to provide you with the online alternative. So if you would like your direct debit suspend and/or converted to our $25/week unlimited online class subscription please send me an email here with your wishes so I can process it.
Please note our refund policy. There are no refunds, credits can be used with the online classes at your direct debit rate unless you contact me to convert your pass. This is in accordance with our original refund policy before CV19 came about. Please feel free to check your original email receipts. Should you have a 10 or 5 class pass, I am happy to extend them when we come back to face to face classes for the length of time we have been away.
For our Beginner Students we will not be running another Beginners Course at this time but we did not want to leave you without any options or classes. So there will be Beginner Level open classes on the timetable in most of the beginners class time slots so you can keep learning and growing in your practice. These classes will not follow the structure that our course does but will be more freestyle for teachers to be able to impart their wisdom differently with each class. You will not receive the weekly emails of encouragement. If you have already purchased your beginners pass for next round you can continue to use this until it expires at the end of that course period. You are also welcome to attend any other classes and see how you go. As always, listen to your body and take care so as to avoid injury.
It is important to mention with with this teaching style comes certain down sides. The most important is that we can now no longer see you as we teach and thus are unable to give you the level or care in terms of safety we normally would. Whilst we are doing all we can with cues, alternatives and safe sequencing there is still the need for students to understand that they are taking responsibility for themselves as they practice. So please look after yourself. Work in a way that feels safe and comfortable, do not push yourself or work in a space of pain. This comes back to the principle of Ahimsa, Non Harming, we teach with this ethos, we practice with this ethos and thus we can stay safe while we nourish ourself.
We have set up private Facebook groups for all of the teachers so you will be able to get into the group and contact your teacher, ask questions and stay up to date with your classes and connect with your teacher before class. Go to the Canberra Yoga Space Facebook page, Like us and then go to groups, look for your teacher and join the group. All up to date info will go up first on Facebook and Instragm so please check there if you need. For any technical issues feel free to send me an email.
MindBody Online, our booking platform, is developing a video library where I will be able to upload our recorded classes, so stay tuned for that. I will let you know when I have it up and running.
Thank you again for all your support, kindness and patience. We will get through this time of challenge and change and hopefully we will be better for it. Enjoy your classes online, stay practicing and take time for rest if you can.
And welcome Autumn, the time of shedding and decay. What a wonderful time to be able to reflect and let go.
I often think about what it means to “let go” In our practice there are so many ways and opportunities let go and surrender. Finding a shape, being active where we need for stability and then allowing the rest of the body to soften as we dive into the comfort of the shape. This plays out again and again on the mat, but how easy is it to translate that to life?
So often we feel the need to hold on, gasp and strive, to fight and win, to feel “we must” or that’s how “I” am. Sometimes it’s necessary, stand up, be heard, make our point and hold to our belief. But when do we then surrender and allow? How easy is it to step back and just let things go, especially in the face of someone else’s strong position, or a situation we have no control over? There is also the times when we are too frightened to let go for fear of the unknown states. What would life be like if I didn’t do… or it I didn't have...
I often find in these times when we are met with strong beliefs it’s the best time to step back, observe and just let flow, there is great learning to be had when met with someone else’s strong need to be heard and assert themselves. There is great strength in being vulnerable, of stepping out of ones comfort zones and taking a chance.
On the other hand, when does letting go become apathy? I feel there is a fine line between surrender and apathy. Surrender is a conscious choice to allow and let flow. Apathy is giving up, without care or bother or the feeling of it being all too hard. I feel the two states have very different energetic qualities. On the mat it’s easier to tell the difference. It’s all in the posture, the strength and softness where there is active surrender. Or the laxity of going through the motions and staying in the comfort zone when apathy is at play. But in life the difference can be more subtle and giving away our power seems easier and less obvious. Often seceding to keep the peace or please another, in time realising that we have given everything away and are left empty, void and powerless. There is no real answer all we can do is be conscious of the unfolding, conscious of our choices and states of being and conscious of our movement, words and actions through life, the rest will unfold.
“There is strength in surrender and that comes from the power to choose.”
This month we have the wonderful collaborative offering of Jacqui and Jill with Delve into Pranayama. This will be a wonderful exploration of the breath and pranayama techniques. Breathing is the corner stone of life and a huge focus of Asana practice, Pranayama is the breathing practices and studied in their own right. This will be a great experience for all our students so if you are struggling with how to breath in practice, or have any issues with breathing then you may find that the practices shared can help you unpack what is happening and improve your connection with the breath. We have about 10 spots left so book you place here.
Our first Sunday Sounds Sound Bath is coming up at the end of the month on the 29th March 2020.
I am super excited and passionate about my singing bowls and playing them for you. For those of you who have been to meditation on Friday night you will know what I am talking about, but if you have not experienced the bowls fully and are looking to deepen your meditation practice come along and see what can happen. Allow yourself to be immersed in the vibration of the chakra sounds, get lost in the stillness of body and mind and allow for no time, no space, no thought, just awareness. Book you spot here.
Easter is fast approaching and no doubt everyone will be itching to get away and enjoy a few days off and maybe head to the coast. Many classes will still be on but there are a few cancelations so please check the timetable below and online.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat and maybe sharing in a few Easter eggs ;).
Friday 10th Good Friday
6:15 - 7:30am Iyengar - Jacqui
12:- 1:15pm Beginners - TL
5:15 - 6:15pm Yogalates - TL
Meditation - Cancelled.
7:00 - 8:15am - Sivananda - Cancelled
8:30 - 9:45am - Yoga Synergy - Anna
1:00 - 2:00pm Yin/Yang - Eli
2:30 - 3:45pm - Beginners - Eli
4:00 - 5:15pm - Dynamic Hatha - Gail
5:30 - 6:30pm - Yin - Cancelled
Sunday 12th Easter Sunday
8:15 - 9:30am - Beginners - Fiona
9:45 – 11:00am - Hatha - Fiona
3:00 - 4:15pm - Restorative - Anna
4:45 - 6:00pm – Ashtanga Blend - Gail
Monday 13th Easter Monday
6:15- 7:30am - Beginners - Eli
12:15 - 1:15pm - Weekend recovery - TL
5:45 - 6:45pm - Yoga for the seasons – Eli
Kirtanarama are back for A Night of Kirtan Anzac Day long weekend.
Come and join us for some fun and chanting, letting go and allowing your spirits to be lifted. Kirtan is another way in which we can tap into our spiritual side, our sense of devotion and our inner self. If you have never been to a Kirtan before you might come and experience what it has to offer.
Tickets are on sale here, via our FB event page or click on the moving banner on the website.
Kids are welcome for free.
Thai Yoga massage is available at Canberra Yoga Space.
As you may know Tl, Elena and myself all did our training in Thai Yoga massage last year. We are all set and ready to offer you this beautiful massage. Thai yoga massage is done with cloths on, on oils or lotions and it highly relaxing a therapeutic. We are also able to offer pregnancy and post/natal massage. Session are available at the studio or privately through the teachers so please feel free to contact us separately or through the studio. Feel free to organise with a friend and come together as well.
90 minute massage $150 per person.
To book please email me: email@example.com
This is way in advance but I know who many of you like to get in early for her workshops. Katie has Sweet Surrender and Myths, Meditation and Relaxations Volume 2 coming our way In July and September. They are both up on our website and available to book into. Get in early as they fill up well in advance. Click the names above to book your place.
More details are on the booking page or our FB events pages and will be in Newsletters to come.
Don’t forget if you have any insights you would like to share with our community please let me know, I am happy to add them to these newsletters. You never know when you might have something to say that can help someone else.
Wishing you all the very best and I look forward to seeing you on the mat.
Wow! What a start to the year.
I can’t help but feel there is a sense of fatigue in the air with the long continuation of the fire season and how close they are to us this last few weeks. Not to mention the hail and heavy rains. For those of you directly affected by the fires my heart goes out to you and on behalf of your CYS community may the rebuilding of your life be swift and smooth.
This rain is welcome and no doubt giving everyone a sigh of relief. Hopefully it brings an end to the fires and a blooming of green again to our lands. May this cooler weather give us hope that things will soon turn around, that new beginnings will unfold and with such the rebuilding of life, the bush and the collective energy.
Fire in its positive form allows us transformation, the fire in the belly lets us get things done, create and transform. Fire has helped us as a species to grow and evolve, with light, cooking, heat and energy. But what has been so powerfully illustrated this summer is that fire can also decimate, destroy and take life. The line of balance so thin and fragile.
For myself I was lucky enough to escape Canberra for a few weeks and travel to Chaing Mai Thailand on a Yoga Business Retreat. I had the most wonderful time, met new friends, learnt so much about being present and responsive in my business, gained clarity as to how to move forward and create an even more wonderful space than what we have and found comfort and self-assuredness in my role as teacher and studio owner.
I learnt that we all carry the cloud of self-doubt, of unworthiness and that feeling of not being good enough or as good as our peers. I discovered we are all amazing, unique and have valuable things to offer. If all these negatives are universally the same, then they cancel each other out. We can let the critical self-talk go and just get on with either discovering our life’s purpose or focusing on it and letting it flourish. It can all be so simple if one lives from a place of goodness, consideration and consciousness.
“Let the heat of your practice transform, your breath revitalise and your sense of purpose rise.”
So much is happening this month with little changes to the timetable so please check you classes as some have had a slight shift in timing.
Welcome to Nicki Ricza who has joined our teaching team. Nicki has been a student at CYS since the beginning and will be helping with filling in when our regular teachers need. Nicki has been teaching chair and other classes out in the community and no doubt will be a great asset to our team.
Tuesday night Ashtanga with Kat has been extended to become a 90min class so students can work towards full Primary Series. This means the Tuesday night Ashtanga class will now be at 5:45 – 7:15pm (starting 15mins earlier that before). To make this happen Fiona’s Knoff class has also been shifted forward to begin at 4:15 – 5:30pm. This change will come into effect on Tuesday 25th February. Thank you to Kat, Fiona and all attending students for your cooperation with this change.
I am pleased to announce that Gail is back teaching the Sunday afternoon class. This class has also had a slight time shift to 4:45 – 6:00pm, starting 15 mins earlier. Many Thanks to Cass, Sarah and Michelle for teaching this class for the past year. For those of you wondering Cass will still be teaching at CYS, so stay tuned for some exciting developments there.
This March we are very lucky to have our two wonderful Iyengar teachers, Jacqui Simmonds and Jill Farrelly, teaming up to bring us a workshop dedicated to breathing. Delve Into Pranayama will be a wonderful exploration of breathing with the methods from the Iyengar linage and a wonderful opportunity to discover more on the path of Yoga.
When: Sunday, 15th March.
Time: 11:30 – 1:30.
To book you place click this link.
An essential part of yoga is Pranayama - conscious control of the breath. BKS Iyengar said “the practice of Pranayama develops a steady mind, strong will-power and sound judgement.”
Learn how to prepare physically and mentally for Pranayama and explore foundation breathing methods. Jill Farrelly and Jacqui Simmonds are certified teachers of Iyengar Yoga. They will lead you through a supportive sequence to deepen your understanding of Pranayama and inspire you to incorporate this important aspect of yoga into your practice.
After the wonderful success and popularity of the Sound Bath Meditation held in January, I have decided to hold a semi regular Sound Bath. They will be on selected Sundays between 11:30 – 1:15ish. The first one happening on the 29th March 2020.
I love playing the bowls and I love sharing them even more, so come along and join me for a time of meditative vibration to realign the body, rejuvenate the spirit and quiet the mind.
Click here to book you place.
As you may have noticed, some of our classes are very full these days. This is great for the studio and wonderful to see our community growing. This does however mean that it is super important to book your place in class. And just as important to cancel your booking should you not be able to attend. Classes do have waiting list and when you cancel some one else is notified that they can attend. So take your yoga off the mat and consider others by cancelling your place at least 2 hours before the start of class. Class lists are monitored and continual absence without cancelation will result in loss of that credit. Please remember we do have a 2 week class make up policy for those of you on Direct Debit.
All we are asking is to please think of others if you cannot attend. It is best to cancel via your Mindbody app or by your login.
Please note: Cancellation of your Direct Debit contract must be done in writing, So please email me should you wish to cease your classes at CYS. Should you be going away for a while please remember that you can suspend your account for the time you are away. Simply shoot me an email with the dates and I will set it up for you.
What an incredible start to 2020. I would love to say Happy New Year but the start of 2020 has come with an unusual feeling and distress for us all. As the clock turned I could not help but think of the devastation going on up and down our coastline and all the lives being effected. These fires have swept though killing thousands of animals, displacing people and families, destroyed homes and sadly have claimed some lives. All so senseless and heartbreaking. To be honest I am at a loss for what to say and do about it all.
We focus so much on breathing in our yoga and meditation practice, but breathing now comes at a cost. The air has been oppressive, deep breaths disgusting and filled with grey haze. It feels as if we will never see a clear sky again. The energy is apocalyptic and desperate. But we must still move forward and be mindful of this time, perhaps with a new appreciation of the breath and the nature of air. Normally clear and fine, there but not needing to see it. These times will pass and we will breath freely again.
No doubt we have all been praying for rain, for an end to the spread. It will come in time and it will bring relief. But what these fires have sparked is a deep sense of community. There has been a collective gathering both practical and in spirit. Fire transforms, perhaps the fruits of this transformation will come as the dust and ash settle. But I cannot help but feel that transformation has come to the Australian spirit and the extreme kindness that we have shown to one another.
I do hope that despite the inferno you had a lovely Christmas and holiday season, shared with those you care for.
On a lighter note, there is still lots happening at the studio and many things to celebrate and get excited about.
Our holiday timetable has been going well. Classes have been very full, so please make sure you book your place. If you are having trouble booking in it could be that the class is full. We fit 30 at a squeeze so please be mindful when setting up your mat to share the space and use the floor markings as a guide.
Our normal timetable will be back from the 20th from January with the first round of the Beginners Course also kicking off that day so if you have not yet booked your place, please do so here as the course is filling up fast. The Wednesday and Thursday evening classes are almost full.
I am super excited to share my love of sound on Saturday 11th with the Crystal Singing Bowl Chakra Sound Bath. Sound is a most ancient method of healing and transforming the body on a cellular level as the sound waves move through the whole body and create balance and harmony. This session will be a journey through the 7 Main chakras and is designed to give deep relaxation and meditation, providing space and the right environment for healing and renewal on many levels. We will take some time to connect with our breath, nurture our diaphragm and then settle in to be taken on a journey of sound. There are only 2 spots left, so please book your place today.
Katie is giving us another taste of her wonderful teaching with The Art of Rest on the 16th February. She is returning from another stay and training in India and no doubt we will benefit from her time there. Spaces are limited and we are more than ½ way reserved, so please book your place here.
Finally, I am very excited for the year ahead and have some wonderful plans to grow our space and community, stay tuned as things unfold.
Wishing you all the best.
Well, its Xmas time and the year has flown by. Blink and you miss it. It is at this time of year that we often look back with reflection. We contemplate how we have behaved, the things we have achieved, the things we didn’t quite get to, our gains, our losses and everything in-between. Perhaps we look back to our yoga practice in this way as well. Did we progress, did we stay the same, did we need to pull back? How is our body? Did we honour how it felt or push through discomfort to find either detriment or gain? So many questions.
These questions lead me to wonder how much do I push. If I am the kind of person who always needs to go fast and hard, perhaps it’s time to try to go slow so I can truly listen in to the quite spaces. And if I am the kind of person who always goes slow, or takes the most gentle option, maybe it’s time to press myself a little bit and move a bit faster or try a practice that’s a bit stronger. Or if I have done the Beginners Course several times I might try an open class or 2. Maybe I just need to place my mat in a different spot in the room and that is challenge enough.
We are creatures of habit, it is part of human nature to slide into the familiar and learned behaviour, it’s the subconscious controlling the ship. But the conscious mind is far more powerful when given the chance to act. Can we make conscious choices that help us break the habits and the patterns? So much of what we do in our yoga practice is to dwell in the conscious mind to make conscious choice in breath and movement, but when we always practice the same way, choose the same classes, the same spot in the room and only push ourselves so far, we are actually slipping into that halfway space between conscious and subconscious and likely just moving through the practice in an unconscious way.
Don’t get me wrong, sameness and familiarity are great anchors, if you have been to my class a few times you will know I say the same thing at the start and end of each class, this creates a container and space of anchoring from which to then safely challenge ourselfs. All I am trying to say is that perhaps in this time of reflect you might see where you might make small changes to open the conscious mind to possibility and growth.
There is quite a lot of lost property at the studio. If you are missing a drink bottle, it may well be sitting in our locker room. Please have a look next time you are in and collect you missing bottle. There are also a few clothing items there; a grey Nike hoody and a hot pink polar fleece. They miss you, please collect them. All remaining lost property will be removed on Friday 20th December at 7:45 after meditation.
The Xmas Holiday timetable starts on the 27th December. Please note the studio is closed from the 23rd – 26thDecember, as well as New Years Day.
The holiday timetable is online and available to book into classes. You can pause your direct debit and purchase the $75 unlimited pass if you intend to attend more classes than normal or you can continue to use your current credit system. The unlimited pass is a great way for beginners to continue with practice over the break. Our wonderful teachers can surely look after you. You can purchase your pass here.
Please note it is likely only the Botany Street door will be open over the break. If you can not get in via the Altree Court door please walk around to the other door at the base of our stairwell and enter here.
From 5th – 10th January we are hosting Sarah Owen for the third year in a row for Yin Yoga Teacher Training. It is a joy and an honour to be able to host Sarah for this wonderful training. If you are loving your Yin practice you may want to journey deeper into you knowledge and understanding of the practice by attending this training. You don’t need to be a teacher to attend. Yin practice is a wonderful way of opening the body, restoring and lengthening connective tissue and creating energetic change along meridians. There are still a few spots left so if you would like to attend click this link.
I have decided to make our Friday evening meditation class a FREE session. We have lovely group of people coming along to enjoy exploring meditation each week and I wanted to make this even better by making it totally free. So if you are looking for something to do on a Friday night at 6:30 – 7:45pm then feel free to come along and enjoy the crystal bowls and some quite collective space to explore the nature of mind.
Thai Yoga Massage will be available next year at Canberra Yoga Space. TL, Elena and myself are all trained to nurture and restore you through this amazing massage. The effects of Thai massage are felt days after the massage has been had, leaving you feeling very relaxed and nurtured. Spots are limited with only a few gaps in our busy timetable. If you are interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and join me for an evening of sound and vibration to balance the Chakras and relax body and mind.The use of sound as a healing modality goes back to ancient times. The vibration of sound waves through the body can balance and restore harmony to all the cells of the body. Crystal bowls create a strong vibration and each bowl is tuned to a specific note associated with each chakra. When played they balance the charka, leaving you feeling clam, relaxed and revitalised. This will be a wonderful evening to help bring in the new year with positive energy and balance. Places are limited.
Saturday 11th January, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Cost: $20 To book your place click this link
If you missed out on Myth, Meditation and Relaxation then do not despair, Katie is presenting another wonderful offering with The Art of Rest. This 2.5hour workshop is set be another magical experience of introspection and bliss. For more details and to book your place click this link. Katie’s workshops sell out very quickly so book you place early, it might just be the perfect Xmas gift for someone too.
Finally I just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic year and to wish you a healthy, happy and joyous festive season and 2020. Our community has grown strong and I look forward to another wonderful year with you.
November marks 12 months since I took over CYS. What an amazing year! I really cannot believe how quickly it has gone by, how much I have learnt, what I have achieved and what rich and wonderful relationships I have formed. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity and all the wonderful experiences I have had. We have such a wonderful community and space with which to explore our practice and all things Yoga and I thank you all so much for being a part of it.
With all this in mind I think back to all the hard work that it has taken to get to this point. Amongst all of that my yoga practice and meditation has been so important in helping me stay grounded and connected to my purpose. It can be so hard in our busy lives to make the space to “Actively Relax”. To make time for self-care and connection. We often have activities that we do to relax and connect with others. Often these also give us external stimulation, a rise and fall of emotion and response, thus creating chemical change in the body. It’s not to say these activities don’t have their place, they do. They are joyful and highly beneficial.
However, when we come to quite introspective practices like yoga and meditation we remove external stimulation, we allow the myriad of hormones and chemicals produced in the body responding to the outside world to settle. This allows for a decrease in these chemicals and an increase in the relaxation response chemicals throughout the body. Not only do we gain physical benefit on a biochemical level but we gain emotional and mental clarity and resilience. What a gift! What a Joy! In reality we are actively investing in our health and nourishing ourselves as a whole being. Better we learn this now and engage in these practices than wait till it’s too late.
One of my older clients gave me a quote that I found so profound, so true and perspective altering:
“ To soon we grow old, to late we get smart”
Let’s not wait, let’s get smart, look inward and grow old with wisdom.
We are on the home stretch till the end of the year and there is a lot going on. Firstly I would like to say thank you to all the students and teachers for being so patient during October and the changes to the timetable. We hope that there was not too much disruption and I am truly grateful to you for your cooperation.
Our Yin workshops with Sarah Owen where amazing and the Thai Yoga Massage Training was incredible. We will be offering Thai Yoga massage at the studio next year, so stay tuned for that. TL and myself are also practicing the Pregnancy and side laying massage, so ladies let us know if you need it, no doubt you do! We are taking booking for pregnancy massage this year, so please feel free to email me for an appointment. Elena , TL and myself all did the training so please let us know if you are keen for a massage.
I know I do… If these questions made you think, then you might get some real benefit from this beautiful Yoga and food workshop.
This is not about diets, or chastising you with bad food choices, this is about allowing, understanding and learning how to nourish and trust in your body and relationship with food. If you have teenagers or family members struggling with food and self-image please bring them along, this is a great opportunity to give them the tools to navigate their relationship with food as it is developing.
I would love it if you would join me in celebrating the year just gone and then new one coming on Sunday 24th November 11am – 3ish at Yarralumla Play Station, down on the grass by the water. This is just a simply get together for teachers and students to hang out and celebrate, so if you are free, please pop in or stay for a while. I will be providing some food and drinks but please feel free to bring a plate to share, vegetarian please.
Our studio is a combination of all our wonderful energies, the love we produce and the joy we generate.
The Xmas timetable is shaping up. We are trying to put together a variety of classes for those of you who are still in town and wanting to practice.
This year there will be a Xmas timetable special offer of $75 unlimited classes between 27th December – 19th January. This pass is great for those attending the beginners course to keep up your practice over the break.
Normal classes will commence on the 20th January. For those of you on direct debit you can either continue on, using your designated class allowance, or pause you direct debit for the special if you feel you are going to attend more classes than normal. The $22, 14-day New student pass will also still be available. For those of you on 10 class pass, who are planning on attending lots, you may find the Unlimited deal worth purchasing and then resuming your class pass when normal classes begin again.
More details of the Xmas timetable soon.
The studio will be closed from the 23rd – 26th December and again on New Years Day 1st January 2020.
If you missed out on Myth, Meditation and Relaxation then do not despair, Katie is presenting another wonderful offering with The Art of Rest. This 2.5hour workshop is set be another magical experience of introspection and bliss. For more details and to book your place click this link. Katie’s workshops sell out very quickly so book you place early, it might just be the perfect Xmas gift for someone too.
Thank you again for such a wonderful year, for welcoming me into the role and for being a part of this amazing sanga.
The quiet time has come to an end and we move into the busy month of October. I can’t help but feel the blooming of the season and be renewed by the warmer weather. I also feel the growth of our studio and community. I am so pleased that over winter so many of you kept up your practice and I hope you’re feeling the benefits of that.
For myself I have been able to move back into my personal practice. Some of you may have seen me as a student in class. As a teacher it can be very hard for us to maintain our own personal practice on top of teaching and busy lives. Quite often our personal practice slips away. So not only did I encourage you to maintain practice over the winter but I too found that internal fire to drive myself onto that mat and I feel renewed and rewarded for it.
We have so much on this month and I’m feeling excited and inspired. I feel like my time of learning how to run CYS has been well spent and I cannot believe that we are almost 1 year into my time as director and manager of this wonderful space. And so, to celebrate I will be hosting a party on the Sunday 24th November, details to come so please save the date, it will be between 11:30 – 3ish. I have some wonderful plans coming up for CYS and I can’t wait to share them with you all as they unfold.
We are blooming, we are growing, we are thriving and we are doing this together. It is our aim to provide a space for you to connect with yourself, to renew and create your best you. If we can meet some kindred spirits along the way, what a bonus!
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new students and all our new Beginner students, we hope you are enjoying your classes and that you find the joy and value in your practice of Yoga.
We have a huge line up of events and guest teachers coming this month, keep reading below for details.
You would have received an email a few weeks ago with the class cancelations. Please check the timetable before attending classes.
These are the alterations to this Sunday and next week/weekend.
I am sorry for the cancelations, I know that these are popular classes, but fear not they will be back and your teachers will have lots more to share with you. Please feel free to try out some other classes in their place.
This Sunday, 6th October, the wonderful Sarah Owen is here to share two beautiful Yin workshops with us. You do not need to be a teacher to attend. If you love the Yin classes, you will adore these workshops. We have just a few spaces left, so you might like to do one or the other, or maybe both, and immerse yourself in a day of nourishment and bliss. To book you place click this link.
Fiona’s Knoff Spring challenge is underway. If you have been attending Fiona’s classes you can book in for the finale Blindfold practice. It is a wonderful way to explore your practice and take yourself out of your comfort Zone. To book you place in the Blindfold Workshop click this link. Workshop is 27thOctober.
Dani will be here next week to gift us with the tools of a 90min Thai Yoga Massage. Anyone can join this training. The massage is done fully clothed and is a wonderful way to care for those people you love or perhaps add to your offerings as a health practitioner. Maybe you are looking to earn extra money and could offer these massages. I have been wanting to do this training for years and am so glad I am finally doing it. We have a few spaces left so if you would like to join us please click this link. Training is 10th– 13thOctober.
There is also just 1 spot left in the Pregnancy Thai yoga massage training. This will be held at my home studio and if the weather is good we may do the training outside in the garden. I would love you to come and join us so click this link to book that last spot. Training is 14thand 15thOctober.
Katie’s Workshop, Myths, Meditation and Relaxation is sold out but will be held on the 20th October. Her restorative class will still be on straight after the workshop, so if you missed out you can still come and bliss out in her beautiful offerings.
Prenatal classes start up again Monday 14thOctober so if your are pregnant it’s a good time to book in and connect with yourself and your baby.
Coming up on the 10th November Faye Levine will be delighting us with a yoga session and presentation on looking at food through a Yoga lens and building a strong and healthy relationship with food. Having struggled with food my whole life and been on every diet and eating regime under the sun, I am especially excited to be hosting Faye and gaining a better understanding and developing as healthier relationship with food. For more details or to book you place click this link.
Finally you will notice a few more crystal singing bowls arrive at the studio in the next few days. I have a passion for playing the bowls and the wonderful way vibration can balance the body, mind and spirit. I will be holding semi regular sound baths as well as playing them on Friday nights during meditation if students are keen for them. These bowls are specific note that relate to the 7 main chakras and can balance each one individually and when played together can help to cut the chatter of the mind and bring a sense of blissful harmony. If you have never experienced a sound bath before you wont want to miss out. It is a truly wonderful experience.
Wishing you all a wonderful October, looking forward to seeing you on the mat.
Events at CYS
Welcome Spring and new beginnings. We can begin the big thaw and embarrass the blooming. I hope your winter was mild and the internal reflection time it offered was productive. I know for me it was a wonderful winter culminating in a significant family event that was a year and a half in preparation and the most joyous, healing experience that went beyond expectation in the pleasure and bonding it created.
I can now focus again all my attention on Canberra Yoga Space and I am excited!
I have some wonderful plans for the studio moving into the new year and we have some wonderful workshops just around the corner. Following are the upcoming events and more details about timetable changes during the beginning of October when we have some guest teacher workshops. If you have been thinking about booking in to any of the workshops I recommend you do so sooner rather than later.
The time for procrastination is over. If you have been putting anything off in your life now is a great time to just dive on in and give it a go. The only time is NOW, yet why do we dwell, ruminate and procrastinate. If we listen to our gut and behave with consciousness, rather than be driven by subconscious patterning, we will always follow the path that speaks to our true nature. Letting go will always open up space for the new to unfold.
Some of you may have met Radhika by now as she had filled in some classes and I am very happy to announce that she will have a class early (6:45am – 8:00am) on Saturday mornings starting in early October (before Pippa’s class). Radhika follows the linage of Sivananda Yoga which may be different to how you may have practiced in the past. Sivananda is a classical and traditional style of yoga and I have very excited for this action to CYS.
Following is a more detailed description by Radhika:
The teaching lineage of Sivananda Yoga can be traced back many hundreds of years to the great sage Adi Sankaracharya (788-802 CE). The teachings have been passed from guru to disciple in an unbroken chain to the present day.
The International Sivananda Yoga is dedicated to the teaching of classical yoga and Vedanta to promote physical, mental and spiritual health.
Sivananda Yoga centres were founded by Swami Vishnudevananda on instructions of his guru Swami Sivananda.
Swami Vishnudevananda has made the yogic teachings accessible to all through simple yoga discipline, breaking down the practice into easily understood and practical five points:
A well-balanced yoga practice is achievable by those sincerely seeking for change in their lives.
Radhika Gupta an experienced Hatha Yoga – Sivananda Yoga teacher follows this lineage and its classical way of teaching to help people not just physically but also mentally and spiritually.
Her teaching comprises of Pranayama practices (breathing exercise) followed by Sun salutations and classical asanas that include a variety of sitting, standing and inverted postures.
She works extensively with individuals, coaching and supporting them to lead happier, more fulfilled lives. Radhika integrates her intuition and creativity with a focused and systematic approach.
Fiona’s Spring Challenge starting on the 23rd September and culminating in a Blindfold workshop on the 27th October. Join Fiona for at least 1 class a week for 5 weeks in her Knoff yoga class, moving through a layered sequence and the practicing this sequence blindfolded to heighten your senses and body awareness. This is a great way to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. The blindfold class will be roughly 2 hours and cost $40. Book you place here.
Come along to our Myths, Meditation and Relaxation workshop on Sunday 20th October at 11.45am and join Katie for an afternoon of gentle restorative yoga and storytelling! For 2.5 hours, you will be relaxing in gentle restorative floor based poses while Katie tells you the stories of some well known and lesser known Goddesses, before moving into a meditation for each of the Goddesses. You will also reflect about what those stories mean for your yoga practice today. This will be magical way to spend some time. Cost is $45. There is only 1 spot left so book your place here.
This workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners. We will spend 2.5 hours exploring the application of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness as a way of nourishing and supporting the physical and energetic bodies, as well as the mind, during the season of Spring.
We will engage in a Yin Yoga sequence for balancing the Wood element during Spring (including focusing on the Liver and Gallbladder meridians). We will also explore ways of adapting and modifying the postures to account for skeletal variations and differences in body type as well as ways of supporting injuries while practicing.
Please bring a notebook and pen – this workshop is a mix of practice and theory to inspire your practice and refine your teaching skills. You will take home with you a seasonal handout with an adaptable/variable yin yoga sequence for Spring that you can use to help plan classes, as well as seasonal tips for embracing Spring in your yoga practice and daily life. Book your place today.
• Yin • Pranayama • Meditation •
Join Sarah Owen this Spring for The Quiet Session – a 2.5 hr workshop focusing on Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. Allow the ‘white noise’ of society to drop away as we practice a gentle Yin Yoga sequence for Spring (balancing Liver and Gall Bladder meridians – the Wood Element in Chinese Medicine), as well as exploring Pranayama for relaxation, and Meditation & Self-Inquiry for clarity and contentment. As the abundance of Spring abounds, revel in The Quiet. Book your place today.
“When we invite ourselves to become Quiet, we are actually inviting the quiet whispers of our own truths to be heard.”Sarah Owen
Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage by Dani is coming on the 10th – 13th October 2019. Dani is joining us from Queensland for this fabulous 4-day workshop which is suitable for anyone wanting to give the gift of compassionate touch. This is an amazing way of giving nurturing touch and massage in a way that is compassionate and caring, all done with cloths on. You do not need any prior training to attend, just a willingness to learn and an open heart to give joy and relaxation to others. For more details, click the link or visit our FB event page. Or visit this link to book your place.
Dani will also be here for a very special small group Prenatal Thai yoga Massage training on the 14th – 15th October, open to those who have completed Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage or those already working with pregnant women. Spots are very limited so book in early to ensure you have your place. For more details, click here or visit our FB event page or visit this link. There is a wonderful video on the FB event page with Dani explaining all about her training and this fantastic course. I highly recommend it to anyone working in the care industry or with an interest into moving into this field. You will not regret it. Early bird closes soon so book your spot today.
Please note for these 2 guest teacher workshops there will be some temporary changes to our regular timetable. These changes will be detailed in the next newsletter and on FB and Instagram before the start of October. The beginners classes will remain as scheduled. There will be open classes in the early morning and after 5pm on the affected days.
I am very pleased to announce that we will be hosting Faye Levine from Five Forks Wellness on Sunday 10th November with Long Live a Healthy Appetite. This 2 hour Sunday workshop is a way of looking at food and eating through a yoga lens. Starting with a 45min yoga practice, followed by a presentation on nutrition and good eating habits and finishing with a tasty plant based treat that you get to make and more importantly eat! Faye is an experienced yoga teach having taught both in Australia and internationally as well as a Dietician with some great insights and ideas as to how to have a healthy relationship with food and nutrition. This is going to be a wonderful and informative event. Cost $45 For more details click the link and book you place. Book in here.
So that’s all for this month, I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and rejoicing in your practice and the other blessings of your life. Remember happiness is a choice and even when things are bleak we can choose to find the lessons, joy and growth or we can choose to wallow in the drama and frustration.
“Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom”Rumi
I look forward to seeing you on the mat and at some of these wonderful events.
Please come and join me on Friday night for Meditation at 6:30pm, I have taken to playing the singing bowls and am very happy to announce that soon we will have a full set of Crystal Chakra Singing Bowls to bathe us all in healing sound. If you have never had this experience before, I highly recommend it. Sound is a wonderful healing tool helping to align the vibration of your body and quite the fluctuations of the mind.
Wishing you all the very best.