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April 2019 Newsletter

When we look deeply with in, what do we see? Do we judge our actions and decisions? Do we speak poorly to our selves, or doubt, question and criticise? Why? What is it in us that makes it easier to listen to the negative and so hard to believe the positive, the goodness and the truth. We could blame society and conditioning. The media has us look to our physical imperfections as faults and flaws that need fixing. Every minute we are bombarded by stimulation and advertising telling us we are lesser because we don’t look like a certain way or we don’t have this or that and we will be happy if we do have it. Do we buy into the illusion that all these external things will bring us happiness and fulfilment in our lives?

The truth, and we all know it, is that we don’t need any of it. Our lives are more comfortable with certain things and living in the western world phones and cars, a home etc are needed. But the gross level of excess and constant desire is not and does not bring us a happiness and satisfaction that is lasting and sustainable. If we buy in, we just desire more and more, we look inwards and think less and less kindly towards ourselves and going so far as to say that we even feel bad about thinking kindly of ourselves or patting ourselves on the back for something.

We all know however that true lasting happiness comes from within.  That love for ourselves is the first place to start when we want to change our lives or situations. That kindness and helping others, even with a simple smile for a stranger can change everything in an instant. When we show true compassion towards ourselves, letting go of the past and living in the moment we can truly start to understand what it means to be whole and human. My question is, why do so many people struggle with this and how do we turn this around? How do we cease the negative self talk and increase the positive self esteem without pushing to a point of arrogance and self importance?

It all comes down to balance, humility and compassion. If we can work towards finding balance in all aspects of our live. Taking pleasure in the things that are good and looking to the things that perhaps cause us struggle with a sense of compassion and understanding for ourselves and those evolved. If we can control our desire and not let the senses run wild, then we can move through this life with a sense of equanimity and ease.

This fluctuation plays out every time we take to our mat. We move and breath, riding the waves of sensation and breath. Sometimes we struggle and push looking for that extra strength and depth not really being mindful of the breath. Or we give in and become lax and lazy, moving through our practice with little effort and an attitude of going through the motions, again not mindful of the breath. But if we approach and move through our practice with keen attention, letting go of ego and simply listening in to the needs of the body and allowing the breath to take us deeper or help us find the strength, then the magic of balance, humility and compassion arise. The magic of Yoga arrises.

If we can apply this same attention to our daily lives, leave the ego in bed and live in the moment with an intention of kindness in our heart then we can meet any situation from our true nature and with Namaste. It is these small kindnesses that are invoked that can change our lives in the present and thus the lives of the whole world moving into the future.

Easter and Anzac Day Timetable

We are finally in the month of Easter time, even though the supermarkets thought it was months ago and have been tempting us with chocolate and sweet bread. This year has given us quite a fortuitous timing that may give you an extra long break if you include the Anzac day public holiday as well. We have tried to maintain the schedule as normal but do have a few changes to teachers and a few cancelations of classes so please check the schedule carefully and book into your preferred classes so as to ensure you have a spot.


Friday 19thApril Good Friday

6:15 – 7:30am – Iyengar Yoga – Jacqui
12:00 – 1:15pm – Beginners Course – Jon
5:15 – 6:15pm – Yogalates – TL
6:30 – 7:45pm – Meditation – Cancelled.

Saturday 20thApril 

8:30 – 9:45am – Yoga Synergy – Hatha- Jon
1:00 – 2:00pm – Yin/Yang – Nadia
2:30 – 3:45pm Beginners Course – Jon
4:00 – 5:15pm – Dynamic Hatha – Jon
5:30 – 6:30pm – Yin – Sarah

Sunday 21stApril Easter Sunday

8:15 – 9:30am – Beginners – Bronwen
9:45 – 11:00am – Vinyasa Hatha – Fiona
3:00 – 4:15pm – Yin/Restorative – Cancelled
5:00 – 6:15pm – Harmony Hatha – Bronwen

Monday 22ndApril Easter Monday

6:15 – 7:30am – Beginners – TL
12:15 – 1:15pm – Weekend recovery – Bronwen
5:45 – 6:45pm – Vinyasa Hatha – Jon

Thursday 25thANZAC Day

6:00 – 7:15am – Knoff Yoga – Cancelled
9:30 – 10:30am – Yoga Flow – Cancelled
12:15 – 1:30 – Beginners – Gregory
4:45 – 5:45pm – Dynamic Hatha – Gail
6:00 – 7:15pm – Beginners – Pippa
7:30 – 8:45pm – Yoga Synergy – Pippa


Iyenagar Weekend Workshop with Jacqui Simmonds

April 27thand 28this the Iyengar Weekend Workshop with Jacqui Simmonds. This workshop will be focusing on standing poses and forward bends. This weekend intensive offers the opportunity to experience different ways of doing familiar asana so as to deepen our understanding and experience of asana and sequencing.

The workshop is suitable for experienced beginners and intermediate level students. Be prepared to work with props and each other as we observe what asanas look like on different bodies and take what we learn through observation into our own practice.

This will be a fantastic workshop so book you place today.

Please note this workshop is not part of the normal timetable so direct debit credits do not apply.

Welcome Sarah Richardson

I would like to introduce and welcome our newest teacher to the CYS team; Sarah Richardson. Sarah has joined the team to share her love of yoga with kids and will be teaching Lotus Kids on a Wednesday afternoon, for kids K-Yr6. Click here for more detail. She has recently trained with Yoga Trinity Training here in Canberra and is a qualified Yin teacher through Sarah Owen, as well as training and experience with teaching kids yoga. Not to mention she is a fully qualified Primary school teacher with 3 beautiful kids of her own. I have no doubt that Sarah will be a valuable asset to our CYS teaching team and we will all learn a lot form her.

Wednesday Night Workshops

Elena’s Wednesday Night Workshop was a wonderful success. We all left feeling wonderful and I hope those of you who came are still feeling great. If you would like to register for the following 2 sessions, spots are limited, so sign up now. The next session is based on the Vital Psoas Muscle on the 1stMay, followed by The Vital Glutes on the 5thJune. We will check in on our progress and learn more about how we can understand and nurture our bodies specific needs. Sign up here.

I am pleased to announce that Kat Sadler will be running another Ashtanga Workshop during a Wednesday Night Workshop on the 8thMay at 7:45 – 9:45pm.

Come and explore the more advanced postures from the second half of the Ashtanga Primary Series. We will be looking in-depth at the asanas from bhujipidasana onwards, including the correct vinyasa as well as alternatives.

The workshop is ideally suited to those who have already practiced Ashtanga but is still open to anyone willing to learn. Ashtanga is a strong style of practice so be prepared to works hard and reap the rewards. Book you please here.

You can also book into all  workshops and classes by visiting our website and clicking on the appropriate moving banners across the top of the screen.

Finally I would like to wish you all a very happy and health Easter break, eat your eggs mindfully and enjoy them that much more.



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March 2019 Newsletter

March Highlights include…

Summer is on the way out, the weather has not quite started to get cooler but we have arrived at Autumn. This is a time of decay, of letting go, of relinquishing burdens and accepting the impermanence of things. A time for shedding, releasing and allowing the decay and the cycle of change. It is a time to find balance between light and dark, not shying away from the darkness but rather embracing the notion that there is both light and dark in all things. While these ideas may be daunting they are a necessary processes of the cycles we go through continually and its in this shading that we can allow for space and change. Each thought has a process of arriving, blooming, unfolding and disappearing again. As to the seasons and the nature of all that is, there is continual change and nothing is permanent.

Within our practice it is a time for releasing expectation, for sheading ideas and concepts of how it should be or am I able. It is a time to explore the depths of what we can do and build strong foundations. Settling into the rhythm of practice to sustain us through the colder months so we may bloom again in Spring and Summer, stronger and more established in ourselves, with a deeper understanding of our true nature. We can embrace the rhythm of letting go, of surrender and transformations. As the trees shed their leaves, we might shed the layers of conditioning and attachment to see more deeply into the dark depths of consciousness allowing us to wake up to the light of impermanence.

Allow yourself to let go with compassion and know that there is strength in surrender. Where there is resistance there is persistence, so by letting go of resistance, we strengthen the will and allow transformation. This is not a passive, apathetic notion, but a conscious choice of allowing and surrender, releasing attachment and being brave enough to grow.

Welcome back to Gail Roberston

 Gail has returned to teaching at CYS and we are excited to have her back. She is a very highly regarded teacher with years of experience. She is a qualified instructor in Ashtanga and Still Point and has over 2 decades of teaching experience. Her classes are dynamic, exciting and will surely challenge.

You can join Gail on Thursday afternoon at 4:45 – 5:45pm. Book in here.

Class Teacher Changes

Wednesday Class at 5:00 – 6:00pm will now be taught by Elena, which is exciting news if you love Elena’s class or have not had a chance to try it, you now have another chance to practice with her. Book in here.

You may have noticed that these classes where previously taught by Cass who is moving on from these classes to pursue other ventures. We wish Cass all the very best on all she does in the future and know that she will shine brightly.

For those of you who love Cass’ class, have no fear, she will still be teaching her Sunday afternoon Harmony Yoga class at 5:00- 6:15pm. Book in here.

March is Mens Month

 Don’t forget that March is Mens month. You are welcome to bring a male friend to one free open class during the month of March. They are then welcome to purchase the $20 New Student Pass, should they want to try out a few more classes. This is a fabulous opportunity to be able to share Yoga with your family and friends.


Wednesday Night Workshop

Yoga for The Modern Man with Gregory Barnes is on the 20th March 7:45 – 9:45pm. This workshop is designed to improve strength and flexibility, decrease stress and create connection.  You can book in here.

We also have Elena’s Posture Correction Wednesday Night Workshop Series coming up on the 3rdApril, 1stMay, and 5thJune, definitely worth coming along if you are concerned with your posture and want to know more about how you can improve it. My teacher Heather Agnew always said “work in the posture you want to have” and this course can help you get there. You can book in here.

Iyengar Weekend Workshop

I am pleased to announce Jacqui will be conducting an Iyengar Weekend Workshop on the 27th and 28th April. The workshops will be focusing on standing poses and forward bends, this weekend intensive offers the opportunity to experience different ways of doing familiar asana so as to deepen our understanding and experience of asana and sequencing.

The workshop is suitable for experienced beginners and intermediate level students. Be prepared to work with props and each other as we observe what asanas look like on different bodies and take what we learn through observation into our own practice. You can book in here.

Its another jam packed month at CYS and I hope you are all enjoying your practice and feeling the numerous benefits a regular practice has to offer.

Wishing you all the very best.


Eli 🙂

Eliane Haski

Director/ Teacher/ Custodian

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February 2019 Newsletter

– New Classes
– March is Men’s Month.
– Wednesday Night Workshops.

February is upon us and its been a very busy start to the year. That feeling that the holidays are very much over sets in and we get stuck into the many tasks of life. Often we can begin the year with great enthusiasm, dive into our work, hobbies and family life, but it can very quickly feel like we are being swamped by the speed of life and magnitude of goals we have set. We can be overwhelmed by the many directions we are seemingly being pulled in, giving time to things we feel obliged to undertake and neglecting those things most important to us.

This ever present predicament provides us with great opportunity for growth. Do we allow ourselves to stay chasing our tails or do we stop, breath and listen to our inner voice.
Can we say no? Can we slow down and know that all will come good if we take our time and prioritise that which is most important to us.

If we listen deeply and allow our practices to open our minds and hearts, not just our physical bodies then the answers and the paths will show themselves. If we can be kind to ourselves as well as others, interact with compassion and understanding for our sameness, rather than our differences, then perhaps we can have greater control of what feels out of control. Or better yet, let go of the need to control at all and just allow the unfolding with our best efforts, love and compassion to guide us.

All in good time and plenty of time for us all.

New Classes

In the spirit of giving my all, biting off more than I can chew and starting the year with enthusiasm we now have 4 new open classes on our timetable.

Jacqui is teaching an Iyengar class on Tuesday morning 7:30 – 8:45am. Some of you have already been attending, which is wonderful to see. Book in here

We have a dedicated Yin class with Lorelle starting this Saturday afternoon at 5:30 – 6:30pm.

 This is another great weekend opportunity to slow things right down and cleanse through the practice of Yin, balance Meridians, provide overall health for your joints, increase flexibility and quiet the mind. Yin is an especially good practice for those lacking joint mobility and range of motion The long holds relax connective tissue and release joint tension.
Book in here

Fiona has a Knoff Yoga class on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 – 5:45pm.

The Knoff approach provides students with a good foundation for learning all aspects of yoga. Since practicing Knoff, Fiona feels physically and mentally stronger and more energised – “Who doesn’t want that? I can definitely see and feel the difference in my practice as it provides me with the tools to work intelligently with my body”.
Students will hopefully experience the same thing. The classes are designed to:
•ensure a balanced practice with useful tips for students to deepen their practice,
•allow time for students to explore poses and how it feels when movement is synchronised with their breath.
Knoff is highly productive mindful practice which is beneficial for students who want to be strong, flexible and energised. Book in here

Last but not least welcoming our new teacher Jill Farrelly to the CYS team for Classical Yoga on Wednesday morning 7:45 – 9:00am.

Jill has been practicing yoga for 24 years and teaching on a part-time basis for around 13 years. She has a diploma of Yoga Teaching from the IYTA and is currently studying with Mark Gibson towards Iyengar certification. She has been fortunate to work with inspiring teachers in Australia and overseas. Jill regularly attends workshops and intensives in Australia and attends the Ramamani Memorial Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune every two years.

Jill’s Classical Yoga draws on ancient texts including the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, written some time before 400 BC. Classical yoga draws on the yoga philosophy, as well as giving practical guidance with balanced classes across a 4 week cycle.  With the regular practice of Yoga, students can increase strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Book in here

Our open timetable is jam packed with opportunity to explore your practice, your body and your mind. Beginners are encouraged to try these classes, move into open classes and experience all the studio has to offer. Our Direct debit system makes classes extremely affordable. Investing in your yoga practice is an investment in your health and wellbeing for life.

March Is Men’s Month

CYS is dedicated to nurturing ones soul and providing a space for everyone to explore their physical practice and connect more deeply to their inner nature. With this spirit in mind we are hosting March Is Men’s Month.
Its not hard to notice that our classes are filled mostly by women but men can greatly benefit from these practices as well. We invite you to bring your partner or a male friend to class for free during the month of March. They can try the class out and see how they feel.

All our teachers are well equipped to look after the needs of total beginners within every open class, so there is no need for novice students to feel apprehensive or otherwise intimidated by something new. Should they enjoy the experience they are welcome to purchase the $20 New Student Pass or perhaps consider the Beginners Course.
It’s a great opportunity to share and enjoy Yoga together, to connect, revitalise, learn some things new and move.

Our very first Wednesday Night Workshop will be held on the 20th March with a workshop for men hosted by Gregory Barnes.

Yoga for the Modern Man; a workshop full of activities with direct application to living as a man in the modern world.

Students will benefit from increased strength, flexibility and range of motion, decrease stress and foster connection. This will be a wonderful opportunity our CYS men to get together and connect.

Book in here Be sure select the date of the workshop you wish to attend.

Wednesday Night Workshops

I am very excited to announce another new addition to our timetable with Wednesday Night Workshops. They will be a series of different workshops, led by our wonderful teachers and guest teachers. We will not be holding them every Wednesday night, but will be advertising them as they are happening. Topics will range through all things Yoga; Asana, Posture and Alignment, Philosophy and Yoga Teachings, Pranayama, Meditation, Kirtan and so much more. If you would like to deepen your practice, expand your knowledge of all that yoga has to offer or simple spend time with likeminded people, then these workshops will be a great resource for you. As mentioned above we are setting the ball rolling with Gregory’s Yoga for the Modern Man. Followed by a 3-part series with Elena on Posture; Correction, Pain Reduction and Weightless. These 3 sessions will be held on The first Wednesday of April, May and June.
All Wednesday Night Workshops will be held at 7:45 – 9:45pm and Cost $40, they are not included in the direct debit system. Our teachers work very hard to prepare and deliver every class, workshops take twice as much of their energy and then some. I have no doubt that these workshops will enrich all our lives, expand our understanding and help create a stronger CYS community.

If you have a reflect or would like to share your thoughts/journey in our newsletter please email me at

Wishing you all the very best.

Eli 🙂

Eli Haski
Director/ Teacher/ Custodian

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Christmas 2018 – $75 Unlimited Yoga Deal

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

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

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

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

Take Advantage of TWO Yoga Intensive Programs (INCLUDED)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Announcement: Meet your CYS Interim Custodians

As Monica Anderson and her family prepare to move to the Sunshine Coast this November, here are the transition arrangements in place to ensure your CYS community is supported.

As you are aware, CYS has sophisticated systems in place which allows things to run consistently and seamlessly, and it has been designed to have the capacity to keep growing, and have the flexibility to be managed remotely.

That said, there are tasks which although not requiring a great deal of time, are important and do require physical presence in Canberra. Some of these roles may not require delivering an actual “job”, and may simply involve being energetically present for you and the community at large.

In this light, and in collaboration with your your teachers/ CYS faculty, it is my pleasure to announce the CYS Interim Custodians. These roles will commence from when we depart Canberra on the week of 12 November, and will run indefinitely or for as long as it is necessary to ensure the CYS community is sustained.

The Interim Custodians provide you – the community – with a good sense of support, and also allows the teachers to have a better sense of ownership and guardianship over your space and community.

Incidentally, this also allows the incoming custodian to feel supported as they transition in, and to enable you to have a better sense of guardianship with elements you love about CYS. The studio sale/ negotiations is reaching maturity, and you will be kept informed as things become finalised.

Please meet your Custodians –

Interim Custodian Photography – Katie Welsh. Photograph for studio events and profile images for new teachers.

Interim Custodian Recruitment – TL Leonard. Interviewing new teachers in conjunction with Monica.

Interim Custodian Space Cleanliness – Arthur Moudiakis. Clean studio and resets the props twice a week.

Interim Custodian Space Bavan – Elena Amani and Gregory Barnes. This involves looking after the overall energy, neatness, and sense of light and space. This role requires sensitivity, and it’s a person who will look after the welcoming, positive and practical nature of the space. The space needs to feel stable, with a good friendly and warm vibe, enjoying lots of natural light, with everything (lights, anything mechanical) working, and plants healthy.

Interim Custodian Support for Prenatal, Mums and Babies – Eli Haski. An accessible person to speak with when necessary, providing energetic and emotional support.

Interim Custodian Events – Elena Amani and Cass McGufficke. Coordinates workshops and events run at the studio.

Interim Custodian Reception – Jon Smilie. Ensures the reception area is organised and clean.

Interim Custodian Studio Access – Jon Smilie and Arthur Moudiakis. Master key – Pippa Matthews. Responsible for ensuring access to the studio.

Interim Custodian Props Training Beginners Course – Bronwen Dowse and Jacqui Simmonds. Trains and supports teachers on the use of props in the studio.


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What is your relationship with Chaos?

Spring has finally arrived! I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful sunny week?

I was going through some riveting material which offered very strong points of reflection on daily life, and how we know it, and that constant challenge and sacrifice between staying within what is familiar and one’s comfort zone, and the call to dip out, follow passion, some illogical calling — out of structure and consistency, and potentially into disintegration and chaos. Obviously the pivotal point for most of us is that cross road where you ask yourself, “Which path do I choose, and is it worth doing or not?”

But the more fundamental question which sends out rippling effects and consequences, from infancy to adulthood – on all levels of health, anxiety, growth, vitality, relationships, and life purpose is this question: What is your relationship with this cross-road between certainty and uncertainty, structure and chaos, the defined and undefined, the comfort zone and what is beyond.

What is your relationship with Chaos?

It was fascinating to note that in Ancient Greek mythology, chaos was celebrated. In fact, they even had a god for it, the god called Chaos. Don’t get me wrong, they didn’t celebrate it in a way as to say, “This chaos and disintegration is wonderful! More of this please!!”.

No, just as we do today, they acknowledged chaos and disintegration as something very uncomfortable, something that is a pain to go through, knowing that it is the dark phase to any cycle.

However, it was embraced as the inevitable process or rite of passage, for the next doorway to open for the individual. Like the pearl that comes out of the oyster – it doesn’t happen without chemistry, discomfort, and grit.

There is a wide divide between infants raised in a family or culture, where chaos, change, uncertainty, awkwardness, mess, and disintegration, is embraced as something ok as a right of passage; and an infant raised in a family or culture of structure, definition, perfectionism, certainty, and order.

I’m not saying “Yay to mess, just let it go!”. Trust me, as a parent to two girls age three and five, I like my sense of order, and mess is still a challenge to accept to this day. It’s relaxed immensely – if you have OCD like I did, have kids. It’s the quickest way to relax it.

No, like most fundamental things, what matters is the subtle principle, the key underlying belief systems in culture, individual, and society, which then sends a strong message to being – i.e. how one can or cannot be, what one should or shouldn’t do, what is acceptable and unacceptable.

Mess is not all that trivial – I have had to make the fundamental choice, as to what subtle messaging I am sending to my two girls about themselves and the world. I certainly did not want to send the message that mess and image or external perception, was more important than them, or my love for them.

Given that choice, I made the choice to clearly let them know that whatever exploration they needed to make with sensorial things at this young age, to make sense of themselves, their own strengths, and how things worked in the world, is fundamentally paramount.

Yes of course, there is freedom within boundaries. And as a parent, it is challenging to get this balance right each time. But the awareness and intention, and commitment, is there.

In natural therapy, this chaos energy, anything on the side to the fence to do with things undefined, uncertain, the void, abstract creativity, is on the Yin or Pingala side to the general sphere.

These two archetypes of energy — of structure and chaos or creativity — is within each one of us, as it also exists within each family, each unit, each geographic area, each country. You will be able to observe how this balance sways even within micro communities like schools, or your team at the workplace.

Within an individual, what are the implications of one’s relationship with chaos? Or one’s quality of relationship with these two spheres? An unhealthy relationship with chaos and uncertainly will look like — perhaps high stress levels when things end, when jobs or a job is lost or changed, when people leave; discomfort or stress and anxiety with waiting; or discomfort anxiety or irritation when things are unplanned; being judgemental or the absence of compassion when people appear lost or confused or depressed or a mess or going through a rough time; fear of change; stress with change; or just simply shutting off to any concept of change or uncertainty.

I enjoy witnessing my double standards when they arise, and consciously recalibrating to allow more capacity for information and compassion. To illustrate, a wise friend asked me once when I was so impatient for my husband to “just get on with it, and be more happy and organised” (we all go through phases like these where we’re not 100%, we are going through a right of passage where things are uncomfortable) — my wise friend told me,

“Look, you’re totally right. No one has the energy or time to deal with these things. But, what if it was one of your daughters – let’s say she comes home one day, pregnant or in trouble? What would you do?? Would you say, I only love you if you are “perfect”? Or would you say – “This is the place, go through whatever you need to go through, to get through to the next phase of who you need to emerge as a person. You have my support, we can do this together.” The choice to have a thriving family sphere allows space for everyone to be themselves within this sphere.

My kindergarten teacher was wise in telling me, not to do to others what I wouldn’t want inflicted on me. And stated positively, to offer or treat another to that level of acceptance and opportunity in an environment as to be conducive for me, or anyone else, to grow and evolve.

Having this as a point of orientation very quickly aligned words and actions for me — as I communicate to my friends and loved ones, my husband, and children – that this space of friendship, or this home and place, is a conducive place – for them to feel comfortable to grow, for them to know they have permission to be themselves.

If I was in their place, as a child I would love an inspiring place where I can enjoy thriving and experimenting and allowing myself to unfold, knowing the space is safe. And the inner child’s journey never ends, at least not while we’re alive.

This is the space of intention we can carry within us.

And this is the space of intention that has been created via Canberra Yoga Space. For you as a student or instructor to thrive and have that permission and freedom to explore your self-awareness, or for an instructor to explore their craft. The balance is such that arriving at a healthy relationship with both structure and uncertainty allows the intelligence to utilise the strength from both spheres – in CYS the space provides enough structure for you to explore and evolve. And as CYS evolves and changes, there will be many more pathways to unfold. As creativity tends to do – alchemy creates something from nothing. And the alchemist is truly alive in each one of us.

This is the space of intention CYS has been created for students, and anyone who intersects with its path.

Relationship is inevitable – you intersect with life and relationship from when you were born. Life is relationship. And, as you deepen in self-awareness through your practise, there is always that internal call — the call to make a CHOICE – to either (1) intersect with life daily, unconsciously via our WOUNDS; (2) or to respond to the call, to contribute to life consciously via our SOUL TALENTS, archetypal gifts that have been there since the beginning, which may be dormant, but never gone.

The more we awaken this in ourselves, the more the soul is nourished, and the more vitality one feels, and health one enjoys.

The more disconnection to these gifts, spells more a life of existence without living. Vitality is compromised. Pain and dullness is invited into the sphere. And it unavoidably impacts health.

To your wellness and health.



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KNOFF ‘Yoga for Holistic Healing A’ (YOGA THERAPY) Course 2019

KNOFF Yoga Holistic Healing Course 2019

We are very pleased to announce that KNOFF YOGA will be running their ‘Yoga for Holistic Healing A’ (Yoga Therapy) Training at Canberra Yoga Space in 8-12 July 2019.

Yoga for holistic healing is the all inclusive approach to physical and mental well-being that treats acute or chronic ailments, injuries or mis-alignments by bringing the whole body into symmetry and balance through yoga –

  • Postures
  • Breath Work
  • Meditation

KNOFF YOGA runs Yoga Holistic Healing A and B. The course in July 2019 is ‘Yoga Holistic Healing A – Anatomy’ which focuses on the body’s healing systems that are an interconnected whole and approaches physical and mental well-being to work with acute or chronic injuries or misalignments by bringing the whole body into symmetry and balance through yoga.

‘Yoga Holistic Healing B – physiology’ is the second stage option to progress to, here we look at the physiology or processes of the body, e.g digestion, excretion, blood and lymph circulation.

The Yoga Holistic Healing Teacher Training A will run from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July 2019 from 8:40am to 5:15pm. This is a non-residential teacher training.

The training will be by Master Yoga Teacher, James E. Bryan (ERYT500), who is the Program Director for KNOFF YOGA.


Yoga techniques are adapted to meet the needs and capabilities of the student in personalised one-on-one programs that are designed specifically for each situation and should be practiced at home after the class.

Yoga holistic healing is distinct from other forms of conventional therapy in that it works to alleviate localised symptoms as well as addressing the causal and peripheral imbalances that would otherwise allow the problems to re-occur.

Yoga holistic healing recognises that the body and mind are interconnected through the agency of the breath and that there is a direct connection between mental and physical states and the condition of the breath. Long slow, steady yoga breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which creates a feeling of peace and calm and allows the body to heal.

A KNOFF YOGA teacher treats you with care and consideration and only starts working with you after reading your health questionnaire and listening to everything you have to say.

The goal of yoga holistic healing is for the student to take control of his or her health, not only to cure a short-term discomfort, but also to stay healthy.

Course Pre-requisites

To join the Yoga Holistic Healing Course A (YOGA THERAPY), you are required to have Level 1 – Discovery and Level 3 – Foundation certification, or an equivalent 200-hour certification. You can submit your application HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Your application for enrolment will be reviewed by James Bryan from KNOFF YOGA.

***All payments/ enrolment tuition is to be made to Canberra Yoga Space – see details below.

Course Description

In Yoga Holistic Healing A, you will learn how to work with people suffering mainly from structural mis-alignments and problems, e.g. back pain, bad posture, herniated discs, knee pain, neck pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, scoliosis, weak joints, etc.

There will be yoga holistic healing classes with volunteer students from the public, so you get to experience working with real people. Learn how to put the theory into practice safely and confidently.

In the morning Asana, Pranayama and Meditations sessions, Teacher Trainees will practice actual yoga holistic healing programs in order to feel and understand their application. In the afternoon Teaching Methodology sessions Teacher Trainees assist, provide props, and take photos and notes, while Nicky (or James) teaches. You will get feed-back direct from the volunteer students on how they feel after doing the specially designed programs. We invite people with a range of health issues. Students are welcome to return for future courses to learn more and keep-up with the latest information.

The theory and preparation will cover some of the more typical physical mis-alignments and look at how yoga techniques can bring about an improvement. In addition we will look at the ‘bigger picture’ of how we are more than just a body, and how healing occurs on many different levels.

You will receive a Yoga Holistic Healing Manual and a Yoga Holistic Healing Certificate (if you pass the course).

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete the online application form HERE or click on one of the green buttons. James will assess your application for acceptance into the Teacher Training Course.

Step 2: You will receive a reply, generally within 24-48 hours on the status of your application. If your application is successful you will be directed to make payment of the non-refundable $200 deposit to secure your place. Please MAKE ALL PAYMENTS TO Canberra Yoga Space – bank details are below.

Step 3: You will be sent a reminder notice prior to the early bird cut-off date – 26 April 2019. Payments made after the cut-off date are at full fee.

KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour from January 2019

Yoga Holistic Healing Teacher Training Course fee

Early bird discounted price of $1,169 is offered if the full discounted fee is paid by 26 April 2019. Otherwise the Full Fee is AUD $1,299.

Method of Payment

Once your application has been approved, a non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to secure your place.

Any outstanding balance of the Course Fee is to be paid 30 days before the start of the training – by 8 June 2019.

For Internet banking, make payment to:

Name: Live Yoga Life Pty Ltd
BSB: 112-879
Account number: 068436476
Reference: Your Surname, followed by CYSHH19 as ID

Refund Policy

** Payment of the Early-Bird discounted Course Fees are non-refundable but may be transferred to another Course providing it is attended within 12 months.

In all other cases:

  • A non-refundable deposit for the full course is required 30 days prior to start of the Course.
  • Up to 31 days prior to the start of the course – full refund of your payment less non-
    refundable deposit.
  • Within 30 days prior to the start of the course – no refund, but you may transfer your full payment (including deposit) to another KNOFF YOGA Teacher Training course, providing it is attended within 12 months.
  • Once the course has started – no refund or credits on any payment, partial or full.
  • If the course does not proceed – 100% refund including deposit.


  • To obtain a refund, all course materials must be returned to KNOFF YOGA.
  • If attending from interstate (or overseas), we advise you to obtain Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.


KNOFF YOGA combines the anatomical alignment and intelligence of Iyengar Yoga, with the energetic principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, resulting in the 5 Pillars of Practice.


KNOFF YOGA is a system-based program, which is logical, clear and easy to understand. KNOFF YOGA takes an extremely complex subject and intelligently simplifies it. KNOFF YOGA is grounded in tradition and incorporates western scientific principles. You learn how to teach from a solid base of knowledge, imparting confidence – all the work has been done, you simply follow the systems and guide your students.

Why choose KNOFF YOGA?

  • You study under the guidance of a Master Teacher with over 34 years experience.
  • All classes are dedicated to Teacher Training – not public classes.
  • Courses are designed so you are certificated and may teach straight away using the comprehensive course content.
  • Courses are based on modern learning methodology.
  • Each level prepares you for the next with logical progression.
  • Principle-based so that you are not rote learning or following a script. The principles free you to teach from your own unique understanding.

The KNOFF YOGA Systems mean:

  • You teach with substance and guide with confidence.
  • You do not have to reinvent the wheel for every class.
  • You do not have to be a super yogi – just share and care.

KNOFF YOGA Holistic Healing Teacher Training Overview

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Fathers Day Special – Bring Your Man! Community Class

Fathers Day Special Yoga Class


Wishing all dads and dads-to-be, a wonderful day this Sunday.

CYS is offering a one-off Fathers’ Day special Yoga Class this Sunday 2 September from 11:30am to 12:45pm.

All men can join in on this class for FREE! Women and children can also attend free-of-charge, as long as you bring a man with you 🙂

This special class is our way of giving back to the community. It is important for you to book ahead of time, as space is limited to 25 mats/ participants. Book via our timetable here.

This class is to be guided by Gregory Barnes who runs our specialised ‘Men’s Yoga’ classes, on Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:30AM, and Fridays 12:15-1:15PM. You can book for these drop in classes via our timetable.

Book for our Fathers Day community event here.

Bring the family along this Fathers Day. Spread the word to friends and family!

Have a great week 🙂

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Canberra Yoga Space Wins MINDBODY Visionary Award


Press Release – MINDBODY Visionary Awards

Canberra Yoga Space Wins MINDBODY Visionary Award

Phillip, ACT – 21 August 2018 – Canberra Yoga Space has been honored in the inaugural MINDBODY Visionary Awards, given for business excellence fitness, beauty and wellness industries.

“The MINDBODY Visionary Awards are our way of celebrating the businesses owners we serve, for both their success and for how they translate that into helping their communities live healthier, happier lives,” said Rick Stollmeyer, MINDBODY CEO and co-founder.

Canberra Yoga Space (CYS) is the first dedicated yoga studio in Canberra – they opened their doors to the public in March 2014 and we have witnessed nothing less than phenomenal, escalated, and consistent growth from this organization since Mind Body began serving it in partnership. Our statistics show that Canberra Yoga Space has created a loyal community with an exceptionally high retention rate of students and clients. We are proud to support this amazing organization.

Connecting the world to wellness starts in our own backyards, and our honorees deserve to be recognized for their commitment and achievements.

The MINDBODY Visionary Award is given to businesses who have an average monthly revenue in the top 30% of all MINDBODY customers world wide, between January and June 2018.

About Canberra Yoga Space
Canberra Yoga Space is a well renowned yoga studio based in Woden, ACT. It has a multifaceted faculty, and a wide array of purposeful classes, courses, workshops and events on a full timetable, open seven days a week except Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Boxing Day. It takes pride in having an integrated and cohesive faculty that seeks to cultivate true self-empowerment and fundamental self-care in the individual. CYS’s emphasis is on harnessing responsive teaching and responsive practise, to allow an attuned and relevant method of responding to the body’s every-changing needs.

MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) is the leading technology platform for the fitness, beauty and wellness industries. Local entrepreneurs worldwide use MINDBODY’s integrated software and payments platform to run, market and build their businesses. Consumers use MINDBODY to more easily find, engage and transact with fitness, wellness and beauty providers in their local communities. For more information on how MINDBODY is helping people lead healthier, happier lives by connecting the world to fitness, beauty and wellness, visit



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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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