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June 2019 Newsletter

The temperature has dropped and perhaps so has the enthusiasm to practice. In these cooler month, especially in Canberra, it can be hard to find the motivation to venture out, but this is a prime to build heat and strength in your practice. You might find trying a stronger practice helps to build that inner fire, or perhaps slowing right down and tuning in deeply with a more restorative practice is the key. Whatever you body is telling you, listen deeply and respond.

This week I have been thinking about self care and what that looks like. No doubt our yoga practice is up there in our practice of self care, but what else do you do? I like to bring this idea of self care into all I do. I try to eat in a way that is nourishing and caring for my body. I struggle with this so much of the time and eat what my cravings tell me I want, and am more and more stopping in that moment to reflect on the need for such food vices, are they nourishing and serving me well, or do they keep me trapped in a cycle of self sabotage.

I’ve brought detoxifying practices into my day with skin brushing and am currently doing a 4 month Ayurvedic detox, that has been challenging on so many levels, but rewarding as well. I have the gym and my meditation practice, but most importantly thinking and behaving in a way that reflects self care. Honouring my passions and my true nature in the way I live in each moment, giving my self the same kindness and compassion I show others. In doing this I diminish the negative self talk, the feelings of self loathing and unworthiness allowing me to unashamedly love myself and all I have to offer and knowing that we all have wonderful gifts to share that honour ourselves and each other. It starts with caring for ourselves in all the different ways we might do that and listening to what we truly desire for ourselves in this lifetime.

Its been a busy time for CYS and this month we have many offerings for you to help nourish your body and soul. Following are all the events and information you will need to help you slide through June with ease and harmony.

Wednesday Night Workshops

This month CYS is building the heat with some fantastic events, we have just finished the third session of Elena’s Posture series. This was a wonderful event and I know all who attended will be feeling the benefits of Elena’s deep and wonderful knowledge. If you missed out, have no fear, on her return from her time away, Elena will be doing more workshops to have you all feeling stronger, taller and more knowledgeable about your body.

Our next Wednesday Night Workshop is hot on its heals:

Introduction to Kirtan Skills

Wednesday 12thJune at 7:45 – 9:45pm. This special event is just $20 so book your place today.

A note from Gregory:

KirtanaRama are offering a special 2 hour “Introduction To Kirtan Skills” Workshop.
This event will include: a talk on kirtan – its origins and use in Bhakti Yoga; vocal warm-up exercises; rhythm coaching; the energetics and dynamics of kirtan; and an option for each participant to lead part of a kirtan. Plus, lots of blissful music to bask in and uplift.

In a nutshell, Kirtan is people coming together, sitting in a circle and singing ‘call and response style’ in Sanskrit. The kirtanist leads the song while the other participants respond by repeating the words and the melody. To help with the Sanskrit, printed lyrics are displayed for easy reference.

At KirtanaRama events, the role of the kirtanist is usually passed from one band member to the next – everyone gets to contribute equally. Unlike a lot of Western music where there’s a clear distinction between the performers and the audience, kirtan is completely interactive. All people present, including the kirtanists and the responders, are invited to contribute with their physical presence, their voice, and simple hand percussion instruments. Spontaneous dancing is also encouraged and supported.

With it’s roots in Indian spiritualism, Kirtan was developed as a way to take spiritual practice out of the temples and make it accessible to the masses, through music and song. It’s a non-denominational spiritual practice with an expressive element; a way to sing from the heart and let it be heard, in a safe and supportive environment.  The uplifting and transformative nature of Kirtan, and its inclusive and engaging presentation, mean anyone can take part and benefit from the experience.

The band: KirtanaRama grew out of Canberra’s vibrant and diverse Community Kirtan scene. The members, who all met at regular local Kirtan gatherings, combine their talents in an initiative to introduce Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga to the wider Canberra community. KirtanaRama consists of three core members: Indra, Sajhu and Gregory and welcomes various local kirtanists to accompany at their events. This time our sound will be greatly enhanced by Cassie and Nitya on guitar, vocals, bansuri flute and various other traditional instruments.

We wholeheartedly welcome you to take part in this special opportunity, to learn about the elements of kirtan and to broaden your own understanding of this time-proven method of spiritual development. Book in here

Engineering Trikonasana with Jon Smillie

Join Jon Smillie on the 26th of June for Engineering Trikonasana. If you have ever been to one of Jon’s classes, you will know that his precision and attention to detail help you achieve strong and beautiful alignment. Book in here.

A note from Jon:

Amongst his many pivotal contributions to Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar is often remembered for his emphasis on physical alignment in Asana (the Yoga postures). He taught that application of awareness brings improved alignment; but equally, as alignment in Asana improves, we develop a deeper capacity for awareness.

In this workshop, we will break down familiar Asana, including Trikonasana (triangle pose), and look at techniques we can use to refine alignment in these poses. Just as an engineer builds a stable, enduring, and beautiful, bridge using a few key principles; we can “engineer” Asana that are balanced, aligned, and also beautiful. In doing so we may enhance the external presentation of our Asana; but the real potential is in stimulating our internal awareness of the experience of Asana. This sensitivity to our experience improves our connection to, and involvement in, all aspects of our existence beyond our practice of Yoga. Book your spot here.

Please note the Wednesday Night Workshop link provided is general and for payment purposes. For more details on the events specifically please check out our Canberra Yoga Space Facebook event page.

Class Change

We have had a small schedule change to our Monday and Tuesday evening classes.

  • Monday 5:45pm class will now be taught by Gregory and be based on Yoga for the Seasons.
  • Tuesday 7:30pm class will now be taught by Nadia and will be a gentle to moderate Hatha class.

These changes have been made to support the needs of our wonderful teachers and I hope they give you the opportunity to grow in your practice. Many Thanks to Elena for all your amazing efforts in teaching the Tuesday evening class, you will no doubt be missed.

Beginners Price Rise

The new pricing schedule has been rolled out and our website has been updated.

The Beginners Course has also seen a slight increase which will take effect for the next course, which commences the 8th of July 2019. The new early bird rate is $119 with the full price being $159. The July course is now open for enrolment. Book you place here.

This 6-week course is a wonderful entry point and way to build foundational skills for your yoga practice. If you have participated in a few rounds of the beginners course I encourage you to try some open classes and deepen your practice to all the other wonderful ways we can experience yoga.

Guest Teacher Events.

We have some fabulous guest teachers coming to visit CYS in the coming months.

Sarah Owen will present Mellow Kids – Mindfulness Teaching for Working with Kids on the 5th and 6th October 2019. This is a wonderful weekend workshop ideal for anyone working with or caring for children. you will looks deeply at nature and mindfulness practices to help nurture and encourage children to feel grounded, connected and mellowed out. Click for more details and to book your place.

Sarah will also be back in January, 2020 for Level 1 Yin Teacher Training. More details to follow in the coming months.

Between the 10th – 13th October 2019, Dani will be teaching Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage. Dani is joining us from Queensland for this fabulous 4-day workshop, which is suitable for anyone wanting to give the gift of 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, visit our FB event page.

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 visit our FB event page.

Please note there will be some modifications to our regular class timetable during these events, but I will give you plenty of notice so you can still get your practice in.

Weekend Door Access

Please note that the Altree Court entrance to the building (on the Duratone side) is only open during the week. This entrance is locked on the weekends so please enter the building via the Divine Court side (near the Laundromat).

The CYS Teachers

Lastly, we had a great time at our teachers photo shoot last weekend. I hope you enjoy the shots featured in the newsletter, on our social media feeds and throughout our website as it evolves.

Are you a social butterfly? Please like and share our Facebook and Instagram pages. These are a great way to stay in touch with what’s happening, get more information about our events and classes and let others know about our great Canberra Yoga Space community.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat.


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May 2019 Newsletter

Surrender, defined by Webster; the action of yielding one’s person or giving up the possession of something especially into the power of another.
When we practice we look to the qualities of surrender all the time. Surrender to the breath, Surrender to the body. Yoga teachers us to surrender but definitely not to surrender to someone else. It teaches us that yielding to our self, surrendering attachment, grasping and expectation can help us move away from material and social desires and agitations and towards peace, tranquillity and equanimity.

Letting go is a quality we can enhance, releasing ourselves from the impact and fluctuations of others, allowing us to flow with the rhythms of life and be less swayed by the disruptions and negativity we may face. We need not surrender apathetically, giving over with defeat and resignation, but we can actively choose to let go of the grasping that makes us feel powerless and find strength in simply being aware of what is in any given moment.

On the mat we may move through our practice with a need to push or struggle to achieve a shape and loose sight of the mindfulness of our practice. Or we my not try at all passively surrendering to the qualities of laxity and inactivity. The practice is in finding the equanimity. The heat and striving when its needed to help burn off the laxity and the active surrender and letting go of the struggle when we feel a sense of pushing or disharmony. All we need do to help find the surrender is simply find the right shape for that moment, feeling both strong and at ease and listen to the breath, be aware and observe. In this space we may feel the true qualities of surrender. When we take this off the mat and apply it to our daily life we can find strength in surrender, in not sweating the small stuff and learning from the big stuff.

Katheryn Sadler Ashtanga Wednesday Night Workshop

Kat’s Ashtanga Workshop is this Wednesday Evening on the 8th May, 7:46 – 9:45pm. There are still a few spots available so book in to explore the second half of the primary series. Workshops are a wonderful place to be able to ask questions, explore the asana in more detail, play with ways to get in and out of the shapes and are all in all a great place to connect not only with yourself but with your fellow students. To reserve your spot book in here.

Lotus Kids Yoga

Unfortunately we where unable to go ahead with the scheduled Lotus Kids Yoga term based class this term. We will, however have a taster class on Sunday 26th May from 11:30am – 12:30pm and again later in the term. We are playing around with how best to structure this class so if you are interested in introducing your kids to yoga please let me know by emailing with an expression of interest. This information will help us with how best to structure the timetabling and support families.

Small Price Rise

As you know all things change and prices rise. Canberra Yoga Space has not had a price rise since the opening of the studio and our prices are very reasonable. In order to continue providing you with excellent teachers and a beautiful space our prices too need to increase. Please see below a breakdown of the price rises that are relevant to your method of payment. Please note: existing direct debit contracts will not be effected. The price rise will come into place when contracts roll over or if you switch between number of classes a week, as this requires a cancellation of one contract and a new contract becoming established. The Direct Debit increase is $2 per week across all contract options.
The price rise will roll out by the end of the month so if you where considering going onto a direct debit schedule you might want to sign up now to lock in the original price for the next 12 months.

Price Rise Chart

Casual Class and 14-day New Student Pass $20.00$22.00
Direct Debit
1 class per week$13.00$15.00
2 class per week$20.00$22.00
3 class per week$26.0028.00
4+ class per week$30.00$32.00
10 Class Pass$165.00$175.00
Prenatal Course$165.00$175.00
Postnatal Course$165.00$175.00

Communicating with the Studio

Lastly if you need to contact the studio via email, please use; rather than the email form on the website. Please note that every time you use that portal when you are an existing student a new profile is created for you and may compromise your login. So feel free to contact me via the above email for any enquiries, suspensions or requests. If you need to call please use the land line 6198 3395.

Please note: the mobile phone is not the best way to communicate with me, it gets checked daily but is not monitored all day.

May marks my 6 months anniversary of owning Canberra Yoga Space and I have surely learnt a huge amount, on so many levels. I have had to grow into many new roles and meet many challenges, but I have enjoyed every moment. I hope the transition has been smooth for both students and teachers, that you are happy with the feel, flow and rhythm of the studio under my management. I have made more changes than I anticipated I would this quickly, introducing a few new classes and workshops, with overall success. I look forward to the next 6 months and sharing that with you all.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are settling well into this cooler weather.

Wishing you all the best both on and off the mat.



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Christmas 2018 – $75 Unlimited Yoga Deal

As a special gift to you, we’re offering a red hot Christmas deal of $75 UNLIMITED Yoga – enjoy up to 50 classes during our modified timetable period from 27 December 2018 to 20 January 2019.

Our Christmas special unlimited yoga period is designed to offer you continuity of practice which is key to personal transformation. The classes running during this period are well-rounded and are designed to meet your need for rejuvenation and recalibration before the new year.

* Classes are appropriate for all levels of practise, and your teachers will be offering variations for each pose to make practise as accessible as possible.

*** Buy your unlimited Xmas pass here ***

Take Advantage of TWO Yoga Intensive Programs (INCLUDED)

INCLUDED in your $75 Unlimited Pass, are two Iyengar Yoga Intensive Programs, and one YIN (Balance Your Meridians) Class program. Yoga intensives are a progressive series of consecutive classes designed to optimise mind-body awareness and well-being. If you have purchased our special $75 Unlimited Pass, or if you’re on direct debit, you have full access to the intensive programs:

Jacqui Simmonds 5-Day Iyengar Yoga Intensive – 7-11 January 2019 (7-8:15am)

Lorelle Bunyan Yin Yoga (Balance Your Meridians) Class program – 7-13 January 2019 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 5-6:15pm)

Jacqui Simmonds 3-Day Iyengar Yoga Backbending Intensive – 18-20 January 2019 (Friday 6-8am, Saturday & Sunday 9-11am)

To reap the full benefits you need to sign up for and attend all sessions for that particular intensive. Your $75 Unlimited pass or your direct debit pass makes you eligible to attend this intensive. Booking are essential.

*** Buy your unlimited Xmas pass here ***

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Christmas 2017 – $75 Unlimited Yoga Deal

As a special gift to you, we’re offering a red hot Christmas deal of $75 UNLIMITED Yoga – enjoy 40+ classes over 4 weeks. The offer is for the modified timetable period – Monday 18 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018.

Our Christmas special unlimited yoga period is designed to offer you continuity of practice which is key to personal transformation. The classes running during this period are well-rounded and are designed to meet your need for rejuvenation and recalibration before the new year.

** Classes are appropriate for all levels of practise, and your teachers will be offering variations for each pose to make practise as accessible as possible.


***Buy your unlimited Xmas pass here.***



For ease of reference, here’s a PDF of the holiday schedule. Feel free to print off and use on the go. Kindly note, we’re closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. In addition, classes may be subject to change, so please always double check our live online timetable.


Take Advantage of TWO Yoga Intensive Programs (INCLUDED)

INCLUDED in your$75 Unlimited Pass, are two Yoga Intensive Programs. Yoga intensives are a progressive series of consecutive classes designed to optimise mind-body awareness and wellbeing. If you have purchased our special $75 Unlimited Pass, or if you’re on direct debit, you have full access to the following two intensive programmes:


Niki De Domenico Core Yoga IntensiveNiki De Domenico 4-Day Core Yoga Intensive
27-30 December (12:00-1:00pm)

Core Yoga helps build awareness, strength and stamina in our core—physically, mentally and emotionally. Physically we need a strong yet subtle core for almost every pose, and off the mat, for stability and for longevity. But don’t equate Core Yoga with a flat belly or six-pack abs—while these are worthy fitness goals for some. Core Yoga has so much more to offer then toning up the abs!

Core Yoga improves posture, balance and breathing. It helps to reduce back pain and creates safer-movement patterns. Core Yoga can even help increase athletic performance (if that’s your thing!). A strong core not only strengthens your body but also your mental and emotional wellbeing. You are more resilient to life’s ups and downs when you live from your core, centred and calm.

Core Yoga is a slow, floor-based practise, where we focus on key muscles—abdominals, pelvic muscles, mid-and-lower back muscles and hip muscles—while maintaining breath and present-moment awareness. By practising this way, we can relax the mind, oxygenate and detoxify the body as well as heal and improve our wellbeing. Remember, if you sit, stand, walk or do nearly any kind of activity: you’re using your core!

If your core could use a tune up during the holiday season, then come along to our Core Yoga Intensive.

All levels welcome!

To reap the full benefits you need to sign up for and attend all 4 sessions in this intensive. Your $75 Unlimited pass or your direct debit pass makes you eligible to attend this intensive. Bookings are essential – reserve your spot online now.


Jon Smillie - Vinyasa IntensiveJon Smilie 5 Day Vinyasa Intensive
8-12 Jan (7:00-8:00am)

In this 5-day intensive, we’ll be working with Tapas (that burning fire within) in Abhyasa (practice that aims at achieving a tranquil state of mind) – i.e. a regular, focused practice with some intensity – to burn through Samskara (mental impressions) and set a new pattern that resonates with you for the new year.

What’s on offer is a dynamic, Hatha-based flow, progressing through many of the classic poses, and revisiting these poses on successive days to build depth, strength, and purpose. Clearing obstructions in the physical body, and recharging the energetic body, this fast-track period of practice will establish a new foundation to take you forward in the new year.

Who is this intensive appropriate for?
This intensive is ideal for competent beginners and regular practitioners. Poses will be straightforward – Jon will cue a steady flowing sequence, and invite you to take rests as needed to regulate your own intensity. Practise is accessible – you can just drop back in and re-join when you’re ready to go again. All levels of experience can be accommodated in these classes.

To reap the full benefits you need to sign up for and attend all 5 sessions in this intensive. Your $75 Unlimited pass or your direct debit pass makes you eligible to attend this intensive. Bookings are essential – reserve your spot online now.


***Buy your unlimited Xmas pass here.***


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