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January 2020 Newsletter

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.

Xmas Holiday timetable

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.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

The Yin Yoga Teacher Training is underway and is a wonderful space for growth and development of teachers. We are so lucky to be able to host Sarah each year and then share her wonderful insights through our teaching during the year.

Regular Classes Resume

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.

Crystal Singing Bowl Chakra Sound Bath

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.

The Art of Rest

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.

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December 2019 Newsletter

Wishing you all the very best for the Festive Season and 2020

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. 

Lost Property

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. 

Xmas Holidays timetable

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.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

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. 

Meditation is free

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 Massage @CYS

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 enquires@canberrayogaspace.com.au

Crystal Bowl Chakra Sound Bath

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

The Art of Rest

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.

Book your place here. 

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. 

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November 2019 Newsletter

New Moon New Bloom

It’s Our Birthday!!

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. 

Long Live a Healthy Appetite

Sunday 10th November, 11:45am – 1:45pm. 

  • What’s your relationship with food like?
  • Do you eat to nourish your body or do you see some patterns with the way you eat that could do with a little understanding and adjustment?
  • Do you make a New Years resolution each year to alter how you are with food?

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.

Please email me to discuss family admission or click HERE to book your place.

Celebrate With Us

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.

RSVP: eli@canberrayogaspace.com.au

Xmas Timetable

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.  

The Art of Rest

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.

Book your place here. 

Thank you again for such a wonderful year, for welcoming me into the role and for being a part of this amazing sanga.

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October 2019 Newsletter

New Moon New Bloom

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. 

Class Cancellations

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. 

  • Sunday 6th
    • 9:45 – 11:00am Vinyasa Hatha with Elena
    • 3:00 – 4:15pm Restorative with Katie
  • Thursday 10th
    • 9:30 – 10:30am Yoga flow with TL
    • 4:45 – 5:45 Dynamic Hatha with Gil
  • Saturday 12th
    • 1 – 2 pm Yin/Yang with Nadia
    • 4 – 5:15pm Dynamic Vinyasa with Gail
  • Sunday 13th
    • 9:45 – 11:00am Vinyasa Hatha with Elena
    • 3:00 – 4:15 Restorative with Katie

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.

Yin Workshops

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.

Spring Challenge

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.

Thai Yoga Massage Level 1

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. 

Myths Meditation & Relaxation

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. 

Pre-natal is back

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. 

Long Live a Healthy Appetite

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.

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September 2019 Newsletter

New Class

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. 

Sivananda Yoga

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:

  • Proper Exercise – Asanas
  • Proper Breathing – Pranayama
  • Proper Relaxation – Savasana
  • Proper Diet – vegetarian diet
  • Positive Thinking – Vedanta and Meditation – Dhyana

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.

Spring challenge

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.

Myths, Meditation and Relaxation 

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.

Yin Yoga Workshops

YIN YOGA TEACHERS WORKSHOP: WELCOMING SPRING

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.

THE QUIET SESSION

• 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

Thai Yoga Massage Training

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. 

Long Live a Healthy Appetite

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.

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August 2019 Newsletter

Events at CYS

Can you believe we are almost through winter? As we all know, in Canberra winter actually lasts until mid October, but let’s forget about that. And apologies for this newsletter being so late.

We have just passed through a new moon phase and I hope this has brought you some calm and some smooth sailing. I was driving home that night as the sun was setting and as I looked into the sky I saw the crisp thin crescent glowing as it hung in the sky. I suddenly felt uplifted and light as the heaviness of my day drifted off my shoulders. Sometimes this brief glimpse of natures beauty, and the cycles of life can create this deep shift within us.

The last few weeks may have felt like a boiling pot. So much turbulence and a building or feeling of anticipation. A certain level of chaos, fluctuation and uncertainty. It is in these times when we can turn away from our practice feeling as if, we don’t have time, or we can not settle into the space. Its an all too present feeling and something I think we all may experience, not just now, but often.

These times are a great reminder that getting to the mat is even more important. The familiarity and solace our mat can provide, even if we are resistant, practice can be the very tonic we need to find peace in the chaos. Life is every turbulent, every changing and often challenging. With regular practice we can find our strength, our balance and a way to navigate our selves amongst the change, finding growth and wholeness.

I have just come back from 4 days of intense anatomy training, my brain filled with so much new information and a much clearer understanding of what I am seeing in everyone’s bodies as well as my own. It was my practice that helped keep me from overwhelm and allowed my brain the space to welcome the knowledge and concepts presented. What was reiterated throughout the training was the importance of the breath and how important it is to take time to breath down into the belly filling through the sides of your body. If your having trouble breathing give your ribs a little rub on either side, if you find a tight spot give it a little more of a rub. It wont fix things fully but it will help you to breath better.

Welcome New Teachers: Annika Dash and Rudhika Poria

I would like to welcome 2 wonderful new teachers to our teaching team. You may have already had the pleasure of having attended Meditation class with Annika and a gentle hatha class with Radhika. I have no doubt that both of these teachers will be valuable members of our team and I am super excited to welcome them both.

Annika has been teaching around Canberra for the last several years, She is not only Vinyasa hatha and Yin trained but has also well versed and trained in Mediation and Mindfulness. I have no doubt you will find your classes with Annika rewarding and uplifting.

Radhika joins us from India, but has been here in Canberra for the last 2.5 years. Radhika is an experienced Hatha Yoga – Sivananda Yoga teacher, she 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.  I can’t wait to attend Radhika classes for yet another wonderful way of exploring Yoga.

Change of Teachers

We have a change in teacher for our Sunday 5:00 class. In support of the changes in teacher lives, Cass has decided to take a break from regular teaching and will be passing on her Sunday 5:00pm Harmony Yoga class.

This class will now be shared by Michelle, Sarah and Cass. We have not had a shared class arrangement at the studio before, but I have no doubt that we will all gain much from these 3 fantastic and thoughtful teachers. You may already have had class with these ladies over the past few months so this is another great opportunity to enjoy their teachings further.

Our Meditation class at 6:30 on Friday evening is now also part of the Beginners Course and it has been wonderful to see some of you there. Please feel free to join us and share in this wonderful practice. The meditation class is open to all students.

Don’t forget that the Thursday and Friday Lunchtime Beginners classes are also open to all students. Please note these classes are at beginner level, they are a fantastic way to refresh your fundamentals. We should always come to the mat with beginners mind and really feel those fundamentals each and every time we practice.

Events at CYS

We have some fantastic events coming up at CYS in September and October. When looking for event information please visit the website and click on the relevant banner image, or you can now click the events tab which has a calendar of upcoming events, or visit our Facebook events page.

Our website is currently being refreshed and redesigned so stay tuned, I’m excited!

SPRING CHALLENGE

We have Fiona’s Spring Challenge starting on the 23rd September, culminating in a Blindfold class 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 then 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.

 MYTHS MEDITATION & RELAXATION

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. Book your place here.

YIN YOGA WORKSHOPS

Sarah Owen is coming in October with a series of 2 Yin Workshops on Sunday 6thOctober. These are replacing the Mindful Kids workshops which have been cancelled.

WELCOMING SPRING

The Welcoming Spring 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 here.

THE QUIET SESSION • 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.
“When we invite ourselves to become Quiet, we are actually inviting the quiet whispers of our own truths to be heard.” – Sarah Owen

This workshop is suitable for beginners, as well as more experienced yoga practitioners and teachers. All Welcome! Book your place here.

But wait there’s more!!!!

LEVEL 1 THAI YOGA MASSAGE

Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage by Dani is coming on the 10th– 13thOctober 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, visit our FB event page Or click this link to book your place.

PRENATAL THAI YOGA MASSAGE

Dani will also be here for a very special small group Prenatal Thai yoga Massage training on the 14th– 15thOctober, 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 events page. 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.

For more details on both of these events check out the posters in the studio or our FB events page.

A little house keeping

You may have noticed that there is now a small water dispenser in the locker room and some cups. If you use a cup can you please wash it in the kitchen down the hall and replace it in the studio. We do not have a cleaning service that will do this for you and would appreciate your assistance in keeping things in order for us all to use.

We have some wonderful books in our library so please do borrow them and make use of them. Please ensure that you write down you name and the book in the notebook provided so we can keep track of them and please return them in good time or before taking another one.

As always please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything you need and I look forward to seeing you in the mat.

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July 2019 Newsletter

So we made it half way through the year and what an incredible start to the year it has been. I like to use this time of year to look back on all I have achieved, what I have created, what I have maintained and what I have destroyed. All things in life go through this cycle and with winter being the dormant, gestational time of year, the time to look inward and lay foundations I can’t help but think what a great time to look back, reassess and then move forward with the value of hindsight and insight.

We can reflect and consolidate from this place and draw in the Shiva qualities of creation, maintenance and destruction. What did you create so far this year? Has it served your purpose or is it still unfolding? What are you maintaining or nurturing? Sometime we need to be in a holding pattern, looking after things before they bloom or show their full potential. What have you destroyed this year so far? Have you had to let something go or pull it to pieces. I like to think of this phase as clearing out the dead wood from the garden of the mind or from life itself in order to create space for new things to grow.

As we head into the cooler months, bunker down and consolidate you might ask yourselves these questions and reflect on the previous months and thus gain insight as to how you might move forward into the next half of the year. Thankfully we have the playground of our mat and a place to just move through the body and the breath to help us navigate these questions and so many more. To help us figure out the tough things life can throw at us with out necessarily thinking about them. This is one of the gifts of Yoga, it provides us with the ability to navigate life, its ups and downs, its exciting times, boring times, stressful times and everything in between. It can provide us with an anchor or foundation with which to create stability and consistency in our life no matter the turmoil, it helps us transform, reflect and trust in the flow and ever present quality of change.

CYS Events and Information

Lotus Kids School Holiday Classes

Lotus Kids School Holiday Classes are here on Wednesday and Thursday mornings these school holidays, 11:00am – 12:00pm, both weeks of the holidays 10 & 11 July, 17 &18 July.

Classes are designed for kids aged 4-9 and will be an exploration of movement through yoga. We had a great time with the taster class earlier this term, the kids loved the wobble boards and working together. This is a great way to introduce your kids to the joys of yoga and its many benefits. Parents are welcome to stay and watch or perhaps take some time out for a coffee downstairs. Book your place as spots are limited.

The Magic of Mantra

This month we have a wonderful Playshop with Gail Robertson; The Magic of Mantra Sunday 21st July 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm. This Sunday workshop (playshop) will have you understand and explore mantra, music and the power of chanting. If you have never given chanting a go or are curious as to the benefits and different ways we can use chanting to create positive change in our life then you should definitely come along to Gail’s event. Gail has a wealth of knowledge with years of experience, I have no doubt we will have a great time. Book you place here 

Spring Challenge

We are having a Spring Challenge coming up culminating in a Blindfold Workshop. 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. Book you place here. There might even be a few prizes on offer….

For more details on all these events check out the posters in the studio or our FB events page.

Lunch Time Classes

Beginners Course is having a bit of a change. As you may know some classes in the Beginners course are very full and other have fewer students. In order to start integrating students into open classes and provide more open classes for students the Thursday 12:15 – 1:30pm lunchtime class and the Friday 12:00 – 1:15pm lunchtime beginners classes are now also available to Open students to attend. These class will still be taught at the beginner level and as part of the syllabus, but will provide a great opportunity for open students to brush up on some fundamentals or just enjoy an extra lunchtime class. Please note these are 75min classes. Open students can now book in via the website or Mindbody app as per other classes. Beginners can book in as per usual.

Our next round of the Beginners Course starts this Monday 8th July, there are still spots available, so if you know someone who is thinking about trying yoga this might be the perfect gift for them.

Guest Teachers

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

Starting with Sarah Owen and 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. Looking 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 of 2020 for Level 1 Yin Teacher Training. More details to follow in the coming months.

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 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

Lastly 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).

Please get on and like our Facebook and Instagram pages as these are a great way to stay in touch with what’s happening and get more information on all our events and the community of Canberra Yoga Space.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat.

Namaste

Eli

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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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Wednesday Workshop: Introduction To Kirtan Skills with KirtanaRama

WHEN: Wed 12 June – 7:45 to 9:45pm – COST: $20.00

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.

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.

BOOK KIRTAN SKILLS WORKSHOP

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. 

About KirtanaRama

KirtanaRama grew out of Canberra’s vibrant and diverse Community Kirtan scene. The members, who all met at regular local Kirtan gatherings, combined 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 they welcome local kirtanists to accompany them at their events. At this event KirtanaRama’s 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.

 

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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 enquiries@canberrayogaspace.com.au 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

ITEMORIGINAL PRICENEW PRICE
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; enquiries@canberrayogaspace.com.au 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.

Namaste

Eli

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