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IYENGAR YOGA with Josef Ishar is back! Catch him at CYS for the next two Wednesdays

Iyengar Yoga with Josef Ishar at Canberra Yoga Space

Back in Canberra from his travels for a brief two weeks, don’t miss IYENGAR YOGA with Josef Ishar for the next two Wednesday evenings — 15 & 22 APRIL, 6:00-7:30PM.

Sign up through our timetable today.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

Josef started Iyengar Yoga Teacher training in Cologne, Germany in 2005 and finished in 2009.

Josef is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher Introductory Level 1, and currently holding an Introductory Level 2 Certificate, having trained at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune India.

Certified Iyengar Yoga guest teacher, Josef Ishar

“For me Yoga is a science which starts with simple actions. These simple actions have noticeable effects on one’s mind & body. This knowledge has been developed by teachers ahead of our time, and passed on from teacher to student. Iyengar yoga provides detailed knowledge on how to physically align the body for the optimal benefit and wellbeing of the student.” — Josef Ishar

Josef will also be running an ACRO YOGA Workshop on SATURDAY 25 APRIL (1-3:30PM) – CLICK HERE for details on this event and to enrol.

Josef Ishar Iyengar Yoga Canberra Yoga Space




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Tuesday 7:30PM – Inversions Class with Monica Anderson

Halasana - Inversions Class with Monica Anderson

TUESDAY 7:30PM – INVERSIONS CLASS with Monica Anderson

If you interested in a gradual introduction to inversions, or if you are interested to explore or refine your safe transition, execution and transition out of inversions – join us in this 75-minute class tomorrow evening (7:30-8:45PM).

The first 30 minutes of class will be utilised to warm up the body in preparation for the gradual progression into several variations of these inversions. Inversions to be explored are – handstand, shoulder stand, head stand and wheel pose.

You will not be expected to come into the full free-standing version of the pose unless(1) the instructor finds that you are ready to do so, and (2) you feel ready to do so.

Please note, there will be several variations (levels) to each pose – each variation will (1) establish the stability and confidence in your foundation, and (2) give you clear gradual feedback as to which variation your body is ready for. Practice at your own pace and level of comfort. Your instructor, Monica Anderson, will guide you through each variation.

This class gives you the opportunity to refine and explore these poses outside of what is usually limited time at your usual yoga class.

This class will still be a well-rounded practise — the guided practise will allow you to warm up and cool down at the beginning and end of class.

We look forward to seeing you there!



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Happy Easter — Studio Schedule

Happy Easter - Studio Schedule


Over the Easter holidays, the studio will closed on the following dates:

  • Thursday 2 April – studio closed
  • Easter Friday 3 April – studio closed
  • Easter Saturday 4 April – studio closed
  • Easter Sunday 5 April – studio closed
  • Easter Monday 6 April – all classes cancelled except Eli Haski’s Monday 7:30pm Prenatal Course
  • Tuesday 7 April – 6:15am YogaFit class cancelled. Studio open for the rest of the day as per usual.

We wish you a very happy easter!


The team at Canberra Yoga Space

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Enrolment NOW OPEN for Term 2 – Receive a $20 Yoga Pass


We are pleased to announce that our courses for Term 2, 2015 are now open.

Enrol on or before Friday 17 April and receive a $20 complimentary yoga pass – you can use it for any of our drop-in yoga classes. You will automatically receive your complimentary pass within 5 days of enrolling.

Click on any of the links below for more information or to enrol.

→ Yoga for Beginners Course – 10 week courses

→ Prenatal Yoga Course – 10 week courses

→ Postnatal Yoga Course – 10 week courses

→ Meditation Courses – 10 week courses

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Join guest teacher Marcus Edwardes – Ashtanga Yoga, TUESDAYS 17 & 24 MARCH @ CYS

We are excited to have amazing Ashtanga Yoga guest teacher, Marcus Edwardes teaching at CYS this evening (TUESDAY 17 MARCH), and next Tuesday (24 MARCH) at 5:45pm. Don’t miss this opportunity, sign-up online HERE.



Marcus first came to yoga for flexibility and believes in its ability to transform and heal. He sees yoga as a tool that helps us through the cycle of life (samsara). As well as practicing yoga daily, this year, he will make another trip to India and embark on a wild surfing adventure in Indonesia. He continues to study yoga with trips to India and New York having been influenced in the Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga traditions. He is currently studying physiotherapy at the University of Canberra (and is loving it!) and ultimately aims to serve others by integrating Western science with Eastern philosophy. When not studying he loves to practice Asthanga yoga, meditate, surf, eat anything vegan and is known to consume ridiculous amounts of green smoothies. Practice, practice, practice and all is coming.

Marcus has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. He loves the beauty, grace and tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga as taught by Indian yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and has had the privilege to study in Mysore, India. Marcus is a Level 1 Yoga Teacher and was the first ACT representative for Yoga Australia. He has completed teacher training on the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with David Swenson. And is also a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher having studied with Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York.

His classes follow traditional yogic teachings focusing on regular practice (abhyasa), mediation (dhyana), study of ancient scriptures (sastra), strength, poise and steadiness in postures and connection to the earth (sthira sukham asanam). He is sincerely thankful to all his teachers especially R. Sharath Jois, Dr M.A. Jayashree, Professor Narasimha, Paul Frechtling, Mark Robberds, Eileen Hall, Ruth Lauer-Manenti and his first teacher Carmela Lacey.

Join us on the mat tonight and next Tuesday evening!


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Yoga Synergy with Simon Borg-Olivier 23-25 October 2015

 Yoga Synergy with Simon Borg-Olivier 23-25 October 2015

Come and join Simon Borg-Olivier for five transformative yoga sessions introducing his Yoga Synergy style.

Over the course of the weekend, Simon will be presenting five sessions:
1. Yogic Secrets of Your Spine (Friday 23 Oct from 6:30pm-9:30pm).
2. Yogic Secrets of Your Legs (Saturday 24 Oct from 12noon-3pm).
3. Yogic Secrets of Your Arms (Saturday 24 Oct from 4pm-7pm).
4. Yogic Secrets of Your Breathing (Sunday 25 Oct from 9am-12noon.
5. Yogic Secrets of Meditation in Action (Sunday 25 Oct from 1pm-4pm).

When: 5 sessions (15 hours) from Friday 23 October to Sunday 25 October 2015
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606

Places are strictly limited so enrol today!

 Yoga Synergy with Simon Borg-Olivier 23-25 October 2015

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Introduction to Jivamukti Yoga with Katie Manitsas 18 April 2015

Introduction to Jivamukti Yoga with Katie Manitsas 18 April 2015

In this two hour workshop, Katie Manitsas will introduce you to the fundamentals of Jivamukti Yoga. We will practice dynamic asana (but don’t worry all levels of experience are welcome!), discuss yogic scripture, meditate, breathe and chant.

Jivamukti Yoga provides a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. My aim is to not only train your body, but to educate your heart, your soul, and your mind. As you learn to move from asana to asana, we will discover together that your yoga practice makes a real impact on the way you live your life.

About Katie Manitsas

Katie Manitsas was the director of Jivamukti Yoga Sydney (formerly Samadhi Yoga) for many years, and now focuses on her young family, her passion for activism and her studies. Katie was the first certified Advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Australia and has also studied extensively with the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda under the guidance of Mother Maya, as well as being a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She completed training as a doula (birthing companion) in 2009. Simon Low from Triyoga was the teacher who encouraged Katie to begin teaching.

Katie is a writer for various publications and has had three books published ‘Spiritual Survival and the City’, ‘Yoga Off the Mat’ and ‘The Yoga of Birth’. Katie is the mother of three young boys and lives in Sydney’s Inner West.

When: Saturday 18 April 2015, 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost:Early bird of $40 until 15 April 2015. $45 from 16 April 2015.

Introduction to Jivamukti Yoga with Katie Manitsas 18 April 2015

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New Course: Meditation & Yoga for Oncology (Cancer)

Yoga and Meditation for OncologyCoping with a life threatening illness can be a time to assess and decide how we wish to continue. Rather than what to ‘do’, our priorities can shift to how to ‘be’…how to find peace in the here and now. With compassion and understanding we discover how each day has the potential to be filled with peace. From the perspective of activating our heart power, Dru Yoga and Meditation helps us access ways to rebalance the physical, emotional and mental aspects of being human. Gradually we rebuild resilience and navigate our way back into the dance of life.

In this course you will learn sequences to help free areas of tension, or blockages of energy, within the spine. When we move and breathe correctly, natural wave-like movements created from the base to the top of the spine bring life and vitality to who we are. We will also explore meditation and relaxation techniques to help you come back to a place of feeling more balanced.

Yoga Teacher - Shirley CampbellEach course is tailored to the varying needs of participants. Depending on your energy levels of the day there are options for modifying movements , sitting and horizontal positions. Read more about the course or book your place HERE.

This course is led by renowned teacher, Shirley Campbell. Shirley is a Dru Yoga Teacher Trainer (Yoga and Meditation), and a qualified Oncology Massage therapist. Her formal training as a therapist in this specialised area allows awareness and expertise to modify and adjust treatments for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer. Read more about how Shirley Campbell can assist you.

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Reduced timetable 5-18 January

Hello yogis! Wishing you a happy new year. Welcome 2015.

Here is our reduced timetable for the next couple of weeks (5-18 January) before we resume business as per usual with our full timetable on 19 January.

We invite you to reconnect and revitalise over the next two weeks.  See you on the mat.

CYS Team

5-18 January 2015 - Canberra Yoga Space Reduced Timetable

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Ashtanga Beginners Level 2 Workshop Series with Kat Sadler

Ashtanga Beginners Level 2 Workshop Series with Kat Sadler 31 Jan to 28 Feb 2015

This is a series of 4 workshops. This course will cover important fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga primary series (Yoga Chikitsa). Building on from the first course which covered the standing postures, this course will move through the first half of the seated sequence, focussing on forward bends, hip openers and twists, and introduce the finishing sequence, which includes a variety of inversions. Students will also be introduced to some basic pranayama techniques and learn how to move through the sequence in time with the traditional Sanskrit count.

At the end of the course, students will feel confident taking a half primary class or practising in a Mysore setting. As you will be learning a sequence of yoga postures, it is important that you attend each class in order.

When: Saturdays 31 January 1:30-3:30pm, 7 February 1:30-3:30pm, 14 February 1:30-3:30pm, 28 February 1:30-3:30pm. Note: No workshop on Saturday 21 February 2015
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost:$150 for the four session (8 hours).

Places are limited so enrol today!

Ashtanga Beginners Level 2 Workshop Series with Kat Sadler 31 Jan to 28 Feb 2015

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