I am at somewhat of a loss for words given the state of the world right now. In the wake of Covid19 and protests across the world, perhaps now is a time to listen. But words must be spoken and action must be taken. There has been so much hurt, frustration and sadness sparked by recent events and #blacklivesmatter movement. These voices need to be heard, these issues need to be addressed with real solutions and not just lip service. In Australia, the treatment of our indigenous peoples must be deemed an urgent issue with respect given and culture nurtured.
I have had many discussions and watched the news footage and I am heartbroken by what I see. People are deeply hurting, they feel disregarded, forgotten and frustrated with the status quo and change is needed. Why can we not look beyond someones external form and circumstance and see that we are all the same, that beyond the skin the same miraculous creation of the human organism, complex and infinite exists? Why do people focus so much on what is missing, different or lesser? Why do we not celebrate and respect each other as beings and discard the external covering that paints us as different? With all the money that exists in the world, how is it that still people live in poverty. I feel ashamed at our behaviour and the narrow-minded view that keeps us all stuck in the spiral that values money above life and the need to grasp for this dilution of possession. It is all for nothing, a useless pursuit.
I personally find these issues so hard to discuss as I am the mother of 1/2 African children, will they be subject to this treatment? How will we deal with this prejudice? Thankfully they have had little experience of the blatant racism many have endured but no doubt it will come if things stay the same. I am hopeful that all the brave souls who have stood up and said enough, those who have rallied and cried out have my deepest gratitude for making a stand. For myself, I make this stand daily in the way I carry myself through life, showing respect to all I have dealings with and doing my best to raise, strong, confident young men who's beautiful mix of culture and skin tone may someday help shape a world that respects life and works to the betterment of all of humanity. I do my inner work of spiritual growth and have dedicated my life to helping others all with the intention of leaving this existence even just the tiniest bit better than when I arrived. Thankfully millions of other people also live with this intention to life and with hope, these movements for change create a shift significant enough to establish that change, creating a better existence for us all.
We are back to face to face classes, which is super exciting. It has been so wonderful to see some of you again already and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to the space. We are following all the necessary Covid-19 safety requirements and have added temperature testing to our regime.
Please be prepared for your teacher to test your temperature with a non-contact infrared thermometer as you enter class.
I have chosen to do this to add an extra level of protection for us all. I know it will feel a bit awkward at first and disappointing if we are a bit hot and are asked to go home, but personally I would like to know if I am hot and could be running the risk of passing this on unknowingly. Temperature testing is fast becoming standard practice in many gyms and business and is part of us moving forward. If you feel you do not want to have your temperature tested you may choose to remain practising with us online. Please observe social distancing as best you can in the space and wash you hands before entering and after leaving the space. Soft props are still not to be used by students.
Finally our Beginners Course can start again. The next 6-week course will begin Monday 13th July.
Spaces are limited as class numbers are set at 10 to comply with Covid19 regulations. If we are able to open that up, adjustments will be made closer to the time. I ask that if you have done the course serval times that you do not purchase the course again and move into open classes. Please leave the spots for those new students joining us or those who have only completed the course once or twice. This is a great way for you to take your yoga off the mat and progress yourself into our wonderful open classes.
Beginners course classes will not be streamed. These will be F2F classes only. The Beginner level classes that have been running in place of the course will cease from the 13th July.
I have decided to use the soft props for Prenatal students only. These props have been set aside and are marked with a poster, so please do not use them. Pre and postnatal classes are held on Monday evening and Wednesday morning. Saturday Morning prenatal is online only at this stage. The next Prenatal 10-week term will commence on Monday 20th July. Postnatal 10-week term will commence 22nd July. Until then F2F classes are on a casual drop-in bases. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.
I have finally decided to run a workshop and what better topic than our all-important Pelvic Floor. This workshop is designed for everyone! Whether you think you have pelvic floor issues or not, have male or female anatomy, we all need to understand the function and nurture of our pelvic floor to enjoy better health.
This workshop will give you some a greater insight into the anatomy of the pelvic floor, its relationship to your breathing and how to care for and assess your pelvic floor function and health.
As many of you know I am super passionate about functional anatomy and know first hand how varied and difficult it can be to not only live with these issues but also to discuss them. This fun, informative and practical workshop will have you laughing and getting real about your pelvic health, improve your gut pressure, and potentially reduce torso pain/discomfort.
I am super excited to have Dani Mondahl returning for more Thai Yoga Massage Training in October. We will be hosting her for Level 1 and Level 2 training, so if you missed out last year you have another chance to do it this year.
For those of you who have done the training before, you may want to move on to level 2 and build on your skills and you are invited to assist at the level 1 training. I am so glad I did this training last year and have loved giving this massage so much.
For more details about the course please click this link and check out Dani's website or go to the CYS FB events page for details.
You can also book in for a Thai Yoga Massage at CYS with either Elena, TL or myself. Having a taste of this massage might just show you how wonderful it is and that you too might want to learn how to give it. For more details on having a massage click the link. Or talk to any of us to arrange a time.
Due to Covid19, we had to postpone Katie's workshops. They have now been rescheduled and you can see the new dates on the Facebook Event listings. New posters will go up at the studio this week.
Myth, Meditation and Relaxation Volume 2 will be on Sunday 13th December 2020 and Sweet Surrender on Sunday 14th February 2021.
If you had previously booked in for these workshops you are still enrolled and your place is reserved. Please contact me if the dates no longer suit you and we can work it out.
We have missed Katie's teaching so much and can not wait for her back and sharing with us again.
Spaces are limited for these workshops and they are almost half sold, I have still got the class numbers set to pre Covid19 limitations and hope that by then there will be no issue with having this many people in the space. Should we need to adjust anything closer to the time I will keep you posted.
To book in for either workshop, click the link: Myths, Meditation and Relaxation and Sweet Surrender.
International Day of Yoga is coming up on Sunday, June 21, and to celebrate you might like to join the Indian embassy's #MyLifeMyYoga promotion and videoblogging competition (see below). Should you want to acknowledge the day another way you might like to post a photo on our FB page or tag us in your yoga photo. We could do Driveway Yoga 🙂 No photo required...
I am not much of a joiner and things like this generally pass me by but it would be nice to celebrate and honour the joy that Yoga has given to us. If you have any great ideas as to what we could do in this short amount of time please let me know.
The world is gearing up to observe the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY) on 21st June 2020. On this occasion, the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) come together to announce the My Life – My Yoga (also called “Jeevan Yoga”) Videoblogging Contest.
The observation of IDY in the past years has been marked by thousands of harmonious mass demonstrations of Yoga in public places. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, no mass gathering would be advisable this year. Hence, this year the Ministry is encouraging the people to practice Yoga at their homes, with participation from the entire family. Through the My Life – My Yoga video blogging competition, the Mission seek to raise awareness about Yoga and to inspire people to prepare for and become active participants in the observation of IDY 2020 on 21st June 2020. The contest will support participation via the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please find attached the contest flyer and Guidelines of MyLifeMyYoga for your information.
As announced by Prime Minister Office India in #MannKiBaat applications are now open for #MyLifeMyYoga. Participants can apply now and stand a chance to win attractive prizes.
For Terms and Conditions please follow the link – https://hcicanberra.gov.in/docs/1590998122Guidelines-MyLifeMyYoga.pdf
Well, I am sure there is more, but for now this is enough. I hope you are all safe and well, enjoying venturing back out into the community and life is feeling like it is getting somewhat back to normal.
As always please feel free to reach out to me if you need anything. If your account is still on suspension and you would like it reinstated please send me an email. This will not be done automatically.
I wish you all the very best, be well, stay safe
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.