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June 2020 Newsletter

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 fragile, yet expansive; we are contained, yet limitless
let us be inclusive and supportive and we shall thrive. "

What's Happening at CYS

Covid Plan Update


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.

Beginners Course is Back!

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.

To book your place click here.

Props & Perinatal Yoga

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.

Your Pelvis, Your Health

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.


Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 & 2


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.

Workshops with Katie

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


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.

International Day of Yoga Videoblog Competition

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 –

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

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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:

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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Wednesday Workshop: Introduction To Kirtan Skills with KirtanaRama

WHEN: Wed 12 June – 7:45 to 9:45pm – COST: $20.00

Kirtan is people coming together, sitting in a circle and singing ‘call and response style’ in Sanskrit. The kirtanist leads the song while the other participants respond by repeating the words and the melody. To help with the Sanskrit, printed lyrics are displayed for easy reference.

This event will include:

  • a talk on kirtan – its origins and use in Bhakti Yoga;
  • vocal warm-up exercises;
  • rhythm coaching;
  • the energetics and dynamics of kirtan;
  • and an option for each participant to lead part of a kirtan.
  • Plus, lots of blissful music to bask in and uplift.


At KirtanaRama events, the role of the kirtanist is usually passed from one band member to the next – everyone gets to contribute equally. Unlike a lot of Western music where there’s a clear distinction between the performers and the audience, kirtan is completely interactive. All people present, including the kirtanists and the responders, are invited to contribute with their physical presence, their voice, and simple hand percussion instruments. Spontaneous dancing is also encouraged and supported.

With it’s roots in Indian spiritualism, Kirtan was developed as a way to take spiritual practice out of the temples and make it accessible to the masses, through music and song. It’s a non-denominational spiritual practice with an expressive element; a way to sing from the heart and let it be heard, in a safe and supportive environment.

The uplifting and transformative nature of Kirtan, and its inclusive and engaging presentation, mean anyone can take part and benefit from the experience. 

About KirtanaRama

KirtanaRama grew out of Canberra’s vibrant and diverse Community Kirtan scene. The members, who all met at regular local Kirtan gatherings, combined their talents in an initiative to introduce Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga to the wider Canberra community. KirtanaRama consists of three core members: Indra, Sajhu and Gregory and they welcome local kirtanists to accompany them at their events. At this event KirtanaRama’s sound will be greatly enhanced by Cassie and Nitya on guitar, vocals, bansuri flute and various other traditional instruments.

We wholeheartedly welcome you to take part in this special opportunity, to learn about the elements of kirtan and to broaden your own understanding of this time-proven method of spiritual development.


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