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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 –
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
Account number: 068436476
Reference: Your Surname, followed by CYSHH19 as ID
** 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:
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.
The KNOFF YOGA Systems mean: