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On Isolation: A response to a mother’s request for help

On Isolation: A response to a mother’s request for help

Being a parent, and life in general, can be isolating at times. A situation can easily become overwhelming and, when it does, we can start to feel disempowered, leading to a sense of helplessness.

This sentiment was expressed by a mother in an online forum recently. With a young baby to look after, the pressure to help him settle at night was becoming all-consuming.

Coming from her own experience, CYS Director, Monica Anderson, offered her advice. Hopefully, it’s not only valuable to the mother, but also to any of you who have experienced similar feelings of isolation.

Mother’s post

“My little man, who’s 15 months old, has started unlatching and will just lay down and fidget, kick, roll around, etc. before going to sleep. Normally, I lay next to him in my bed, nurse to sleep, then sneak away until I go to bed. However, it’s taking an hour or longer for him to go to sleep because of this.

I’m so overwhelmed at being consumed by my children every single day for their entire lives I just broke down tonight and asked my husband to take over. He gladly stepped in but our baby has been screaming and crying for 15 or 20 minutes now. Any advice that follows Montessori principles? No CIO or sleep training advice please.”

Monica’s response

“The way society is currently structured, with one or two adults in a home looking after 1+ children, is not natural.

As a mother to two little girls age three and five, I know what it feels like to feel overwhelmed and totally consumed by the time devoted to children, the stress from time not devoted to children, and the energy to juggle everything else.

If one adult is primarily working, and the other adult (usually the mother), is the predominant carer (which is the arrangement in many households), that load is not natural or optimal for one person, and neither is it optimal for the children.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. We are no longer in villages and we don’t operate as a tribe.

The norm of self-sufficiency and separation, alongside the work model of being on the treadmill to pay bills for a lifestyle – affects everything.

For women/mothers/a primary care giver in this position, it sacrifices fundamental self-care, and affects mental health. Be kind and compassionate with yourself.

  1. Try to be real with your child/children – they do not want a supermom (I’m not inferring you are trying to be one) — all kids want is a real human being.

Model by respecting your boundaries as much as you can. It’s hard when they’re little as they’re so reliant on you. But for my daughters, I tell them when I’m exhausted and I just need my space. At age 3 and 5, I didn’t think they’d understand but they do.

  1. Make fundamental self-care as important as you can – if say drawing or going for a walk is a big part of what tops up your spirit, claim it even just for 15 minutes first thing in the morning, or before you sleep at night, make it important. The more these fundamental needs are met, the more you will feel alive and more yourself.

It is also good modelling for the child/children on self-relationship and making their own needs important/ respecting their energy and boundaries;

  1. Be creative with booking time out or arranging support. This was not easy to do when the girls were under 12 months, but it’s gotten easier as they got more independent. My husband has let me know that he can see when I’m about to burn out and he has wondered why I haven’t claimed time off. He has encouraged me to book even two nights in a month or every two months away, just by myself at a hotel or somewhere nice. Just time away, to rest and rejuvenate. It works well for everyone – my husband loves it as he gets a turn on a weekend being a full time parent; my girls get to build a different relationship with him; and he also gets time off from me (I can be crabby). Overall it’s been healthier for everyone.
  1. With being creative arranging support – some people are lucky to be close to their extended family and get support. Many like myself, don’t have this luxury. I have started coming out of my shell to make my own tribe. It has involved making the brave decision to even move cities to be with a more like minded community of people. It doesn’t have to be this extreme, where you are may already be perfectly ripe for it. You are not the only mother in this boat. It’s a good opportunity to express our vulnerability, and explore ways to help each other out. Whether it be a carpool system, or taking turns looking after each other’s kids so one can do the groceries and have a mental break, and vice versa. I hope that helps.”

It’s not an easy road, so be compassionate and kind with yourself.


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Beginners Yoga Course August 2018 now open

Beginners Yoga Course for August 2018 now open

Our JULY Beginners Yoga Course is FULL and CLOSED to new enrolments. We have opened the Beginners Yoga Course August 2018 which starts on Monday 13 August and runs until Sunday 23 September 2018.

Our beginners course is 48 classes over 6 weeks. You can attend as many classes as you want for only $99. That is less than $2.10 a class!

For more information or to enrol, check out our beginners yoga page.


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Beginners Yoga Course July 2018 now open

Beginners Yoga Course for July 2018 now open

Our MAY Beginners Yoga Course is FULL and CLOSED to new enrolments. We have opened the Beginners Yoga Course July 2018 which starts on Monday 2 July and runs until Sunday 12 August May 2018.

Our beginners course is 42 classes over 6 weeks. You can attend as many classes as you want for only $99. That is less than $2.50 a class!

For more information check out our beginners yoga page.


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Beginners Yoga Course starting 21 May 2018 now open

Beginners Yoga Course for May 2018 now open

Our APRIL Beginners Yoga Course is FULL and CLOSED to new enrolments.

We have opened the MAY Beginners Course which starts on Monday 21 May and runs until Sunday 1 July 2018.

Our beginners course is 48 classes over 6 weeks. You can attend as many classes as you want for only $99.

For more information check out our beginners yoga page here.


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KNOFF ‘Yoga for Holistic Healing A’ (YOGA THERAPY) Course 2018

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Mindfulness training for working with Children with Sarah Owen 6-7 October 2018

Mellow Kids - Natural Mindfulness for Children with Sarah Owen 6-7 October 2018

Join one of Australia’s leading Yin Yoga teachers, Sarah Owen for an insightful 2-day course for parents, teachers and carers: Mellow Kids – Natural Mindfulness for Children.

Children are naturally very mindful and have an in-built curiosity and interest in learning about the natural world. In this 12-hour course you will learn a variety of tools for using natural mindfulness with children to help them feel more grounded, connected, and mellowed out. This course is suitable for primary school teachers, kids’ yoga teachers, home educators, parents and carers – anyone who is interested in sharing the benefits of natural mindfulness with children aged 2-12 years old.

Mellow Kids uses a minimalist, nature-based approach to mindfulness, embracing children’s natural inquisitiveness and curiosity. The activities presented in this course may assist children to strengthen connection with each other and the Earth, as well as developing compassion and cooperation.

This course will include:

  • Utilising the breath as a tool for focus and relaxation
  • Body-based mindful movement exercises (yoga shapes an sequences)
  • Listening activities to develop focus and calm, including story-telling
  • Hands-on creative activities using natural materials.
  • Take your unique creation home with you!
  • A comprehensive course manual with activity descriptions for future reference Practices for parents and educators to stay cool, calm and collected

When: Saturday 6 October 2018, 10am–4.45pm & Sunday 7 October 2018, 9:45am–3:30pm
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: Early bird of $325 until 31 August 2018. $375 from 1 September 2018.

Mellow Kids - Natural Mindfulness for Children with Sarah Owen October 2018

Testimonials

“Sarah is a wonderful teacher, who offers insights and practical knowledge. She is very caring and inclusive in her teachings and encourages you to ask questions, share experiences and bring your whole self to the lessons. I loved every moment of our classes and have integrated my learnings from Sarah and this teacher training into my way of life. Thank you Sarah.” SM

“The training was everything I was looking for and Sarah delivered it beautifully, balancing each day with a mixture of practice and theory. Sarah’s training gave me a greater understanding of anatomy and our skeletal limitations, the ability to sequence based around meridians and individual needs, and new meditation methods to use during my own practice. Thank you Sarah for your experience and wisdom.” NM

About Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen is a yoga teacher and qualified primary school teacher with over 15 years’ experience working with children, including teaching yoga and mindfulness in schools. Sarah continues to develop natural play-based curricula and teaching programs to educate her young son from home. She is the creator of Mellow Kids: Natural Mindfulness for Children. The Mellow Kids program utilises a minimalist and naturalist approach that embraces children’s creativity and uses natural materials for printing, sculpture and simple hands-on play, as well as creatively engaging with the breath, the body and the Earth.

Mellow Kids - Natural Mindfulness for Children with Sarah Owen October 2018

Please note that all payments are non-refundable. You must let us know at least 48 hours before any workshop or event takes place if you will not be able to attend and want to keep payment as credit at the studio. Credit notes can be used for future workshops, courses or classes.


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Beginners Yoga Course starting 9 April 2018 now open

Beginners Yoga Course for April now open

Our FEBRUARY Beginners Yoga Course is FULL and CLOSED to new enrolments.

We have opened the APRIL Beginners Course which starts on Monday 9 April and runs until Sunday 20 May 2018.

Our beginners course is 48 classes over 6 weeks. You can attend as many classes as you want for only $99.

For more information check out our beginners yoga page here.


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50-hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen Jan 2019

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2019

Immerse yourself deeply in the practice of Yin Yoga during this 50 hour yin yoga and mindfulness teacher training (non-residential) with Sarah Owen. Yin Yoga uses restorative, floor-based poses to nourish and stimulate the deeper energetic channels in the body, providing support for the immune system. Yin Yoga also provides the perfect container to develop deeper levels of self-inquiry and to cultivate the capacity for meditative self-awareness.

During this 50-hour training designed for Yoga Teachers, Sarah Owen will give you the tools to take your practice to a deeper level. You will come away with a clear understanding of safety and anatomical issues pertaining to the Yin Yoga practice, as well as having the ability to creatively sequence yin yoga classes for all levels of students. This training is also designed to deepen your own personal practice of yoga and meditation by incorporating elements of meditation and self-inquiry into your daily yoga practice. The most effective yoga teaching comes from your own personal immersion and deepened personal experience of these ancient methods and teachings.

Deepen your knowledge of the more inward-drawn yoga practices (including pranayama and meditation) and immerse yourself in a personal discovery of the more quiet inner realms. Mindfulness meditation will be explored as an ‘inner method’ during the Yin Yoga poses as well as a seated meditation practice (including the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness).

When: Sunday 6 January to Friday 11 January 2019 from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606.
Cost: Early bird of $1300 for full payments before 14 December 2018. Payment of $1450 from 15 December 2018. A payment plan option is available – you can select this option during online sign-up.

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2019

The 50 hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training Course Curriculum will include the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology specific to Yin Yoga
  • Modifications and Safety in Yin Yoga, including the use of props
  • Anatomy of the Subtle Body (meridians and chakras)
  • Mindfulness in Yin Yoga (including two specific methods of meditation – Shamatha and Vipassana)
  • Applications of mindfulness in daily life
  • Sequencing in Yin Yoga (including seasonal sequences)
  • Organs and Meridian Health (using yin yoga to affect specific organs)
  • Yin and Yang Theory (basic Taoist theory and the principles of yin and yang – how they are applied to yoga)
  • Yin Yoga and Meditation as referenced in the ancient scriptures (Hatha Yoga Pradipika/Yoga Sutras, Satipattana Sutta, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques) for health, relaxation and awaking the energy body
  • Meditation and journaling to deepen the yoga experience

* Whilst this training is designed specifically for qualified Yoga Teachers wishing to teach Yin Yoga classes, this training is also open to dedicated practitioners of yoga, with the intention to use the knowledge to deepen one’s own understanding and practice. To be a certified teacher of Yin Yoga, you must have successfully completed a 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification previously.

Testimonials

“The training was everything I was looking for and Sarah delivered it beautifully, balancing each day with a mixture of practice and theory. Sarah’s training gave me a greater understanding of anatomy and our skeletal limitations, the ability to sequence based around meridians and individual needs, and new meditation methods to use during my own practice. Thank you Sarah for your experience and wisdom.” NM

“Sarah is a wonderful teacher, who offers insights and practical knowledge. She is very caring and inclusive in her teachings and encourages you to ask questions, share experiences and bring your whole self to the lessons. I loved every moment of our classes and have integrated my learnings from Sarah and this teacher training into my way of life. Thank you Sarah.” SM

“The Yin Yoga Teacher training with Sarah Owen has transformed the way I teach both Yin and my regular Hatha classes. I feel as though my practice and the way I teach now contains a richer mix of the eight limbs of Yoga. What I enjoyed most from the training was the teachings of the ‘inner methods’ of Yoga. Sarah provided us with a diverse variety of pranayama, concentration, and meditation techniques that can be used once you have set students up in the pose. These practices help to take the students beyond the physical body, so that they can experience the greater benefits – the system of self-transformation – that is Yoga.” AK

About Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen is the leading Yin Yoga teacher in Australia. Sarah was one of the first teachers to introduce Yin Yoga to the Australian audience. She is the only Insight Yoga teacher in Australia, endorsed by Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute (USA). She has been mentored by Sarah Powers (founder and author of Insight Yoga) for almost a decade and is the coordinator for Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute programs in Australia.

Sarah teaches regular workshops and classes at various Sydney yoga studios, as well as offering Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Trainings each year for yoga teachers and interested students. Her popular teacher training courses are highly-acclaimed due to her depth of knowledge, her experienced understanding of the material, and her personable delivery of the course with more than a decade of teaching experience.

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2019

Please note that all payments are non-refundable. You must let us know at least 48 hours before any workshop or event takes place if you will not be able to attend and want to keep payment as credit at the studio. Credit notes can be used for future workshops, courses or classes.


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Meditation course starts Fri 9 Feb – avail of early bird discount

Meditation 10-Week Course

Meditation Course starts Friday 9 February, 6:30-7:30pm

Here at Canberra Yoga Space we finish the busy week in the best way we know how. Our meditation course is an excellent was to re-energising the body, clearing stress, letting go of accumulated tension, calming and stilling the busy mind, finding space within.

Until Thursday 8 February, you can sign-up and receive a 10% early bird discount.

Sign up for our meditation course on Fridays 6.30-7.30pm for one of the best ways to unwind and recharge.

The classes develop your ability to let go and find stillness over our 10 week course term.

Benefits of meditation

  • Activating, easy movements that help energise your body and transition you from your busy day into the practice session
  • Flowing, mindful movements to help release tension from body and mind
  • Deep relaxation that gives your body’s natural repair system time to restore balance
  • Sitting practice gradually developed over the 10 weeks to ensure you are comfortable, properly guided and supported to experience stillness and silence

You will be surprised how effectively your practice develops over the course. You will enjoy how refreshed you feel after each class!

“I really enjoyed the meditation classes, Angela has a lovely relaxed way of making you feel special and as though what you are doing is ‘just right’, (even when I was probably quite uncoordinated and ditzy). I went with a friend and we really learnt a lot and had fun while we practiced. We both looked forward to the classes at the end of each (frantic) week and the meditation really helped me relax and focus better. I still practice regularly and would definitely sign up again.”  — Laura Angus

This term’s classes will be lead by Angela Baker.

Click here for more information and to enrol.

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Studio Christmas Party Wednesday 13 December 5:30pm to 7pm

We would like to invite you to join us for some festive chai and light nibbles on Wednesday 13 December from 5:30-7pm at Bharat International (Indian Restaurant), which is across the street from the studio underneath Elite Physique.

Bharat International is a new family-owned restaurant which has lots of yummy authentic Indian food. They serve very generous portions and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cost is $5 which includes free chai and light nibbles.

You are also welcome to order dinner when you get there.

Sign-up here.

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