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.”
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.
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 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.
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
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 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: email@example.com
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.