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Sadly, due to the current situation, CYS, like many other business, has had to close the doors to our physical space and place a hold on face to face classes.

This does not mean that you will go without your classes.

We are now streaming all classes LIVE online.

I have been working hard for the last week to try to make this transition quick, smooth and as easy as possible. When you log into our timetable you will now see our Online Timetable on your MindBodyApp. The new timetable reflects our old timetable but now comes to you at home. When you book into a class you should receive an email receipt with the instructions to get into that streaming class.

Please note: This does not yet show on our Website timetable, I am still working on that part.
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We want to keep you practicing and connecting not just for your physical health but for your mental health as well. These are tough times and caring for ourselves is paramount.

We are using Zoom so in readiness you might download the free app and create an account, This will save you some time and give you chance to work out how to use it. We are streaming in Webinar mode so you will be able to see and hear the teacher but they won't be able to hear or see you. Other students will also not see you so its private and secure.
You can send your teacher a wave to let them know you are there and type into the chat also. Feel free to greet others on the chat and connect. Let's keep our community connected.

  • Please log into you profile and check that your "Email" notifications are turned ON otherwise you will not receive the login details for the stream. 

We are all potentially going to begin to feel isolated over these next few month so its important we stay connect and keep moving. As you all know yoga is like glue that keeps us together and feeling whole. So with this extra time on our hands, less rushing about, less driving etc we can spend more time nourishing our soul and connecting with our family and friends in different ways.

Myself and the teaching team are here to support you, we want to stay connected with our students and share yoga as widely as we can. We know the world needs it now more than ever. I will be creating private Facebook groups for the classes so you can ask questions and stay connected with your teachers.

Please be patient while we set things up and roll out the kinks. None of us have taught in this way we are all still learning. I have somehow managed to work out the technology to make this happen, link everything up and have it working but there still may be some hold ups and technical frustrations. Stay calm, relax, all is coming.

This crisis is the great equaliser, never before has the modern world felt a suffering together like this, no one is immune, no one will be untouched, everyone is feeling the distress of uncertainty and sadness. In this, I feel, we will gain a greater sense of compassion for our fellow humans. This can be humility at its finest. It is my aim, that through this online platform we encourage more people to the practices of yoga, to help enliven and enhance this sense of compassion across the globe. When we come out on the other side humanity will be changed for the better, so that we realise our sameness and discard our differences. We will all be left with a share sense of loss, with an understanding that we have all felt the same way. We are on the edge of change, let's make it for the better, let's not let the loss of lives be for nothing, let us evolve and wake up.

I look forward to seeing you on the web, and meeting new challenges, facing the sadness and finding the truth in it all.

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COVID19 Precautions

If you feel unwell please DO NOT attend class.

Contact your doctor and self isolate.

If you are attending classes.

Students attending classes at CYS are advised to:

  • wash your hand before and after class. Hand sanitiser is available
  • bring your own mat and a towel to place over bolsters, blankets and other props
  • clean all shared equipment before and after with the wash provided

What we do to minimise risk of Covid-19 at CYS

As you will know Coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world. I have been asked what we are doing to minimise risk at the studio.

I feel it is important not to over react and become alarmist about this health issue but it is important to acknowledge that this virus can have minimal symptoms for many people but spreads very easily. This post will cover a few points that I hope will help to minimise our risk, help reduce the spread of this virus and keep those vulnerable in our community safer.

This a great time to invest in your own mat. We strongly advise this.

We do still have mats that are shared with other students. If you use one, you must clean it before and after use with the spray provided. You must also wipe blocks and other props down before and after use.

Please bring a towel to put to provide another barrier of protection between you and shared props.

Please use a tissue over your eye pillow to protect your eyes, this is good general practice for the eye pillows anyway.

I am not a fan of hand sanitiser as it actually increases your risk of bacterial infection and the generation of super bugs, but I have opted to provide it at the studio at this time should you choose to use it. I have only been able to get a small bottle so please use spearingly. If anyone has extra at home and would like to donate it to the studio it would be much apporicated.

Please use best practice as advised by the world health organisation, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after class, avoid touching your face and please stay home if you feel you may have come in contact with the virus or exhibit and flu like symptoms.

We are exploring all avenues available to keep classes going during this time.

Together as a community we can help stop the spread.
Many Thanks and wishing you all the best.

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March 2020 Newsletter

Goodbye Summer!

 

And welcome Autumn, the time of shedding and decay. What a wonderful time to be able to reflect and let go.

I often think about what it means to “let go” In our practice there are so many ways and opportunities let go and surrender. Finding a shape, being active where we need for stability and then allowing the rest of the body to soften as we dive into the comfort of the shape. This plays out again and again on the mat, but how easy is it to translate that to life?

So often we feel the need to hold on, gasp and strive, to fight and win, to feel “we must” or that’s how “I” am. Sometimes it’s necessary, stand up, be heard, make our point and hold to our belief. But when do we then surrender and allow? How easy is it to step back and just let things go, especially in the face of someone else’s strong position, or a situation we have no control over? There is also the times when we are too frightened to let go for fear of the unknown states. What would life be like if I didn’t do… or it I didn't have...

I often find in these times when we are met with strong beliefs it’s the best time to step back, observe and just let flow, there is great learning to be had when met with someone else’s strong need to be heard and assert themselves. There is great strength in being vulnerable, of stepping out of ones comfort zones and taking a chance.

On the other hand, when does letting go become apathy? I feel there is a fine line between surrender and apathy. Surrender is a conscious choice to allow and let flow. Apathy is giving up, without care or bother or the feeling of it being all too hard. I feel the two states have very different energetic qualities. On the mat it’s easier to tell the difference. It’s all in the posture, the strength and softness where there is active surrender. Or the laxity of going through the motions and staying in the comfort zone when apathy is at play. But in life the difference can be more subtle and giving away our power seems easier and less obvious. Often seceding to keep the peace or please another, in time realising that we have given everything away and are left empty, void and powerless. There is no real answer all we can do is be conscious of the unfolding, conscious of our choices and states of being and conscious of our movement, words and actions through life, the rest will unfold.

“There is strength in surrender and that comes from the power to choose.”

Delve into Pranayama

This month we have the wonderful collaborative offering of Jacqui and Jill with Delve into Pranayama. This will be a wonderful exploration of the breath and pranayama techniques. Breathing is the corner stone of life and a huge focus of Asana practice, Pranayama is the breathing practices and studied in their own right. This will be a great experience for all our students so if you are struggling with how to breath in practice, or have any issues with breathing then you may find that the practices shared can help you unpack what is happening and improve your connection with the breath. We have about 10 spots left so book you place here.

Sunday Sounds

 

Our first Sunday Sounds Sound Bath is coming up at the end of the month on the 29th March 2020.

I am super excited and passionate about my singing bowls and playing them for you. For those of you who have been to meditation on Friday night you will know what I am talking about, but if you have not experienced the bowls fully and are looking to deepen your meditation practice come along and see what can happen. Allow yourself to be immersed in the vibration of the chakra sounds, get lost in the stillness of body and mind and allow for no time, no space, no thought, just awareness. Book you spot here.

Easter Timetable

Easter is fast approaching and no doubt everyone will be itching to get away and enjoy a few days off and maybe head to the coast. Many classes will still be on but there are a few cancelations so please check the timetable below and online.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat and maybe sharing in a few Easter eggs ;).

Friday 10th Good Friday
6:15 - 7:30am Iyengar - Jacqui
12:- 1:15pm Beginners - TL
5:15 - 6:15pm Yogalates - TL
Meditation - Cancelled.

Saturday 11th
7:00 - 8:15am - Sivananda - Cancelled
8:30 - 9:45am - Yoga Synergy - Anna
1:00 - 2:00pm Yin/Yang - Eli
2:30 - 3:45pm - Beginners - Eli
4:00 - 5:15pm - Dynamic Hatha - Gail
5:30 - 6:30pm - Yin - Cancelled

Sunday 12th Easter Sunday
8:15 - 9:30am - Beginners - Fiona
9:45 – 11:00am - Hatha - Fiona
3:00 - 4:15pm - Restorative - Anna
4:45 - 6:00pm  – Ashtanga Blend - Gail

Monday 13th Easter Monday
6:15- 7:30am - Beginners - Eli
12:15 - 1:15pm - Weekend recovery - TL
5:45 - 6:45pm - Yoga for the seasons – Eli

A night of Kirtan with Kirtanarama

Kirtanarama are back for A Night of Kirtan Anzac Day long weekend.

Come and join us for some fun and chanting, letting go and allowing your spirits to be lifted. Kirtan is another way in which we can tap into our spiritual side, our sense of devotion and our inner self. If you have never been to a Kirtan before you might come and experience what it has to offer.
Tickets are on sale here, via our FB event page or click on the moving banner on the website.

Kids are welcome for free.

 

Thai Yoga Massage @ CYS

Thai Yoga massage is available at Canberra Yoga Space.

As you may know Tl, Elena and myself all did our training in Thai Yoga massage last year. We are all set and ready to offer you this beautiful massage. Thai yoga massage is done with cloths on, on oils or lotions and it highly relaxing a therapeutic. We are also able to offer pregnancy and post/natal massage. Session are available at the studio or privately through the teachers so please feel free to contact us separately or through the studio. Feel free to organise with a friend and come together as well.
90 minute massage $150 per person.
To book please email me: enquiries@canberrayogaspace.com.au

Katie’s workshops

This is way in advance but I know who many of you like to get in early for her workshops. Katie has Sweet Surrender and Myths, Meditation and Relaxations Volume 2 coming our way In July and September. They are both up on our website and available to book into. Get in early as they fill up well in advance. Click the names above to book your place.

More details are on the booking page or our FB events pages and will be in Newsletters to come.

Don’t forget if you have any insights you would like to share with our community please let me know, I am happy to add them to these newsletters. You never know when you might have something to say that can help someone else.

Wishing you all the very best and I look forward to seeing you on the mat.

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February 2020 Newsletter

Wow! What a start to the year.

I can’t help but feel there is a sense of fatigue in the air with the long continuation of the fire season and how close they are to us this last few weeks. Not to mention the hail and heavy rains. For those of you directly affected by the fires my heart goes out to you and on behalf of your CYS community may the rebuilding of your life be swift and smooth.

This rain is welcome and no doubt giving everyone a sigh of relief. Hopefully it brings an end to the fires and a blooming of green again to our lands. May this cooler weather give us hope that things will soon turn around, that new beginnings will unfold and with such the rebuilding of life, the bush and the collective energy.

Fire in its positive form allows us transformation, the fire in the belly lets us get things done, create and transform. Fire has helped us as a species to grow and evolve, with light, cooking, heat and energy. But what has been so powerfully illustrated this summer is that fire can also decimate, destroy and take life. The line of balance so thin and fragile.

For myself I was lucky enough to escape Canberra for a few weeks and travel to Chaing Mai Thailand on a Yoga Business Retreat.  I had the most wonderful time, met new friends, learnt so much about being present and responsive in my business, gained clarity as to how to move forward and create an even more wonderful space than what we have and found comfort and self-assuredness in my role as teacher and studio owner.

I learnt that we all carry the cloud of self-doubt, of unworthiness and that feeling of not being good enough or as good as our peers. I discovered we are all amazing, unique and have valuable things to offer. If all these negatives are universally the same, then they cancel each other out. We can let the critical self-talk go and just get on with either discovering our life’s purpose or focusing on it and letting it flourish. It can all be so simple if one lives from a place of goodness, consideration and consciousness.

“Let the heat of your practice transform, your breath revitalise and your sense of purpose rise.”

So much is happening this month with little changes to the timetable so please check you classes as some have had a slight shift in timing.

Welcome Nicki Ricza

Welcome to Nicki Ricza who has joined our teaching team. Nicki has been a student at CYS since the beginning and will be helping with filling in when our regular teachers need. Nicki has been teaching chair  and other classes out in the community and no doubt will be a great asset to our team.

 

Class Changes

Tuesday night Ashtanga with Kat has been extended to become a 90min class so students can work towards full Primary Series. This means the Tuesday night Ashtanga class will now be at 5:45 – 7:15pm (starting 15mins earlier that before). To make this happen Fiona’s Knoff class has also been shifted forward to begin at 4:15 – 5:30pm. This change will come into effect on Tuesday 25th February. Thank you to Kat, Fiona and all attending students for your cooperation with this change.

I am pleased to announce that Gail is back teaching the Sunday afternoon class. This class has also had a slight time shift to 4:45 – 6:00pm, starting 15 mins earlier. Many Thanks to Cass, Sarah and Michelle for teaching this class for the past year. For those of you wondering Cass will still be teaching at CYS, so stay tuned for some exciting developments there.

Delve Into Pranayama

This March we are very lucky to have our two wonderful Iyengar teachers, Jacqui Simmonds and Jill Farrelly, teaming up to bring us a workshop dedicated to breathing. Delve Into Pranayama will be a wonderful exploration of breathing with the methods from the Iyengar linage and a wonderful opportunity to discover more on the path of Yoga.

When: Sunday, 15th March.
Time: 11:30 – 1:30.
Cost $40.
To book you place click this link.

An essential part of yoga is Pranayama - conscious control of the breath. BKS Iyengar said “the practice of Pranayama develops a steady mind, strong will-power and sound judgement.”
Learn how to prepare physically and mentally for Pranayama and explore foundation breathing methods. Jill Farrelly and Jacqui Simmonds are certified teachers of Iyengar Yoga. They will lead you through a supportive sequence to deepen your understanding of Pranayama and inspire you to incorporate this important aspect of yoga into your practice.

 

Sunday Sounds

After the wonderful success and popularity of the Sound Bath Meditation held in January, I have decided to hold a semi regular Sound Bath. They will be on selected Sundays between 11:30 – 1:15ish. The first one happening on the 29th March 2020.

I love playing the bowls and I love sharing them even more, so come along and join me for a time of meditative vibration to realign the body, rejuvenate the spirit and quiet the mind.
Click here to book you place.

Cancelation Policy

As you may have noticed, some of our classes are very full these days. This is great for the studio and wonderful to see our community growing. This does however mean that it is super important to book your place in class. And just as important to cancel your booking should you not be able to attend. Classes do have waiting list and when you cancel some one else is notified that they can attend. So take your yoga off the mat and consider others by cancelling your place at least 2 hours before the start of class. Class lists are monitored and continual absence without cancelation will result in loss of that credit. Please remember we do have a 2 week class make up policy for those of you on Direct Debit.
All we are asking is to please think of others if you cannot attend. It is best to cancel via your Mindbody app or by your login.

Please note: Cancellation of your Direct Debit contract must be done in writing, So please email me should you wish to cease your classes at CYS. Should you be going away for a while please remember that you can suspend your account for the time you are away. Simply shoot me an email with the dates and I will set it up for you.

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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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