We are excited to offer a new Iyengar Yoga 6-week course starting from Wednesday 12 April taught by our Iynegar yoga teacher, Jacqui Simmonds. Jacqui is a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
To those unfamiliar with it, Iyengar is a form of Hatha Yoga named after and developed by B.K.S Iyengar – a yoga spiritualist and guru, considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. Based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga and the teachings of Patanjalis’ classical Yoga Sutra, Iyengar emphasises postural detail, precision and alignment.
Unlike other Hatha styles which take a more experiential approach to the asanas, encouraging you to follow the teacher and find your way into your comfortable seat, Iyengar by contrast is much more focused on getting the physical alignment right for your body — with any errors or misalignments actively corrected.
Another feature of Iyengar is that the poses are typically held for longer. Instead of moving swiftly from one to the next as you would in vinyasa, Iyengar requires you to maintain a pose long enough to understand and refine it. In addition, props such as belts, blocks and blankets are used to assist with enhancing alignment, customising to your anatomy, and minimising injury and strain.
This is style of yoga which can really assist your wider practice – it complements vinyasa hatha yoga.
When: Wednesday 12 April to 17 May 2017
Times: Wednesdays 7:45-9pm
Cost: $99 for 6 weeks
We are pleased to announce a wonderful new addition to our teachers – Gail Robertson. Commencing this Sunday 26 February, Gail will be instructing an Ashtanga Blend Class from 5:15-6:30PM. Read more on what an Ashtanga Blend below. Sign up to this class through our timetable.
Gail Robertson is a very highly regarded senior teacher in the industry. Welcome Gail 🙂
Gail is a certified yoga instructor in Still Point and Ashtanga Yoga. She has been practising yoga in many ways for almost 30 years, and teaching for nearly two decades in Canada and Australia. The teachings of Sri Pattabhi Jois and teacher training with David Swenson in 2000 influenced her to practice and teach the traditional sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
Her Sivananda certified instructor, Glenn Mifsud of Still Point in Canada, also led her to complete her first teacher training in 1998. Gail also brings with her extended experience with other dimensions to the yoga industry, including experience in television, running a studio, and holding yoga retreats.
Read more about how Gail can support you with your yoga journey here.
Kindly note that the Sunday restorative class is on a new adjusted earlier time-slot at 3:45-5pm from this weekend.
Enjoy this amazing new classes. Have a great practice, and enjoy the weekend ahead.
WHAT IS ASHTANGA BLEND?
Ashtanga Blend includes a shortened version of the Primary Series to allow a variety of postures to be experienced. As a gentle to moderate version of Ashtanga, it is suitable for all levels; from beginner to more experienced practitioners.
The classes include optional physical challenges offered throughout a dynamic flow leading towards a final guided meditation as part of a 10 minute savasana
The emphasis in this style of yoga is on building physical strength and flexibility, while developing concentration and focused breath awareness, to create a mental and physical release. Some yoga experience is recommended. Not appropriate for pregnant women.
Our FEBRUARY Beginners Yoga Course is FULL and CLOSED to new enrolments.
We have opened the APRIL Beginners Course which starts on Monday 10 April and runs until Sunday 21 May 2017.
Our beginners course is 48 classes over 6 weeks. You can attend as many classes as you want for only $99.
For more information check out our Beginners Yoga page here.
Happy Australia Day on Thursday. CYS studio is open – business as usual. We look forward to seeing you on the mat. Click here to sign up through our timetable.
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See you on the mat 🙂
Come and try unlimited yoga classes over the upcoming Xmas holiday period. The pass will run from Monday 19 December to Sunday 15 January, and allows you to attend as many classes as you like over this period. It only costs $69 for over 30 classes. Click here to sign-up.
If you are a beginner or have completed our beginners course, this pass is suitable for you. What you are getting is access to over 30 classes prepared for an advanced beginner student. It also included two different styles of yoga for you to experience – restorative Yoga with Niki De Domenico, and Yoga Synergy with Pippa Matthews.
Please note: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the strongest of all the yoga styles. You are welcome to attend this class, and your unlimited pass will allow it, but be aware that it is strong practise suitable for individuals who are physically fit and with previous yoga experience. If you do attend – remember to practice at your own pace.
Once you have enrolled, you can book your classes through our online timetable.
We feel privileged to announce that James Bryan, co-founder of Knoff Yoga is coming to Canberra Yoga Space for a full weekend immersion workshop this July 2017.
Knoff Yoga is one of Australia’s leading yoga schools, and provides the highest quality training available in the world. With a combined 80 years of experience between Nicky Knoff and James Bryan, having both trained and certified in BOTH the Iyengar Yoga tradition and the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition (1st to 4th series) – this is the first training school internationally to thoroughly combine the benefits of both methods to bring about the full potential in both the practitioner and yoga teacher.
Introducing rigorous technique whilst potent in its fundamental emphasis for the individual to come home to one’s self and taking ownership over one’s own well-being and quality of life — Knoff Yoga continues to provide truly self-empowering and transformative experiences.
** Watch the Knoff Yoga YouTube video below to find out more about Knoff Yoga.
James Bryan was born in Los Angeles (USA) and migrated to NZ in 1969. After studying with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India (1986) and gaining certification, James studied with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India (1989) and learned the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Out of these experiences and in partnership with Nicky Knoff, the Knoff Yoga System was birthed into existence.
Before yoga, sitting on his back-side in a life crushing office job, led to running marathons in late 70’s and early 80’s. The stretching in long-distance running piqued an interest in yoga.
Practitioners of all levels and traditions are invited to attend these fun and educational master classes with a modern Western teacher who bridges correct anatomical alignment (injury free) with the energetic principles of Bandha, Drishti, Ujjayi Pranayama and Vinyasa.
These master classes will use the Knoff Foundation Asana syllabus with an emphasis on the Knoff Yoga Principles of Practice, which are universal in application and profound in effect.
When: Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July 2017
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: $275 for all four sessions or $75 per session
SESSION 1: Friday 14 July: 5:30 – 8pm — Sun Salutations & Inverted Poses – HEATING
SESSION 2: Saturday 15 July: 10am – 12:30pm — Standing Poses, Forward Bends & Sitting Poses
SESSION 3: Saturday 15 July: 1:30 – 4pm — Arm Balances & Abdominal
SESSION 4: Sunday 16 July: 11:30am – 2pm — Twists, Backbends & Inversions – COOLING
This approach allows for sufficient time to investigate in-depth and answer questions as they arise in the moment. This approach is best appreciated from an overview, i.e. instead of just looking at the individual trees, step back mentally and appreciate the view of the whole forest. Watch the Knoff Yoga YouTube video below to find out more about Knoff Yoga.
All participants will receive extensive notes including:
* Knoff Yoga Overview
* Student Creed
* 5 Pillars of Practice
* 24 Principles of Practice
* Principles of Sequencing
* Foundation Asana syllabus (Full, Day 1 & Day 2)
Participants are encouraged to print and study these before the weekend, so as to gain a lot more out of the sessions.
Don’t miss Liz Laroche’s debut classes this week at CYS!
If you enjoy a dynamic flowing vinyasa, book in now –
Liz teaches Wednesdays after work hours 5-6PM – starting tomorrow, 12 October.
And Friday mornings 6:15-7:15AM – starting this Friday 14 October
Places limited, sign up through out timetable.
Read more about how Liz can help you here…
Liz Laroche comes to us originally from Tucson, AZ but has lived and practised yoga from San Francisco, CA to Adelaide, South Australia to Montgomery, AL and now happily resides in Canberra.
Liz loves the energy created by synchronisation of the body and mind and truly enjoys sharing the many benefits of yoga with others. She is also a firm believer that yoga is for everyone and that everyone can access the physical and transformative health benefits yoga has to offer.
Becoming a child with children
sharing the wonder sharing imagination
being a child makes you complete.
Join us on a journey through the forest, to sea and beyond. What creatures will we discover? Who will you be? What magic can we share?
Our kids yoga holiday classes with Niki De Domenico, offer a safe, non-competitive space for children to have fun, foster self-awareness and creativity while calming the mind and moving the body in a healthy way.
Through games and songs, our classes move through warm-ups to various yoga poses before a moment of rest to explore a visualisation. After yoga we create art about our yoga experience, for example, if we meet a fairy in the forest we make a felt fairy to take home (to remember our journey!).
‘Yoga is a movement of peace. I like doing yoga and you can do any animal you like at the end.’ – Sol, age 5
‘My favourite is being a mermaid in the sea. You have to be quiet, and I feel my heart.’ – Eva, age 3
Ages 3 to 6
Fridays 6, 13, 20 & 27 January 2017 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $20 per session, which includes all art materials.
Can I attend with my child?
Parents are welcome to participate in the session for 3-6 year olds. Please note, when picking up your child at the end of the session – kindly remain outside the room on arrival as the finishing practise may be quiet relaxation and keeping the space quiet supports your child to get the most out of the session.
My child has mobility restrictions or complex needs. Is this appropriate for him/ her?
Please advise us of your child’s full name and specific requirements (including any injuries, mobility or health issues) via our contact form.
What does my child need to bring?
We recommend comfortable clothing. Practise is done bare-foot. There is a small locker room towards the rear of the room where your child can store his/ her personal items. A bottle of water for after the session is recommended.
Are classes linked or progressive as a series?
You can drop in to any or all of the sessions appropriate for your child’s age. Each class has it’s own unique theme, each with a different art project and they don’t build on the last session.