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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:

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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Happy Australia Day – we are OPEN!

Happy Australia Day - We are OPEN

Happy Australia Day on Thursday. CYS studio is open – business as usual. We look forward to seeing you on the mat. Click here to sign up through our timetable.

Thursday – we have our

  • 6:15am dynamic Vinyasa Hatha with Naomi
  • 12-1pm Vinyasa Hatha with Simon
  • Beginners course (pre-enrolled only) at 6pm
  • 7:30 Yoga Synergy with Pippa

Friday – we have,

  • 6:15am dynamic Vinyasa Hatha with Liz
  • 10-11am Kids Yoga with Niki (Book here)
  • 12:15-1:15pm Vinyasa Hatha with Wendy
  • 5-6:15pm Vinyasa Hatha with Wendy

See you on the mat 🙂


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Unlimited Yoga Classes over the holidays

Unlimited Yoga Pass over the Xmas holidays

Come and try unlimited yoga classes over the upcoming Xmas holiday period. The pass will run from Monday 19 December to Sunday 15 January, and allows you to attend as many classes as you like over this period. It only costs $69 for over 30 classes. Click here to sign-up.

Unlimited Yoga Pass over the holidays

If you are a beginner or have completed our beginners course, this pass is suitable for you. What you are getting is access to over 30 classes prepared for an advanced beginner student. It also included two different styles of yoga for you to experience – restorative Yoga with Niki De Domenico, and Yoga Synergy with Pippa Matthews.

Please note: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the strongest of all the yoga styles. You are welcome to attend this class, and your unlimited pass will allow it, but be aware that it is strong practise suitable for individuals who are physically fit and with previous yoga experience. If you do attend – remember to practice at your own pace.

Once you have enrolled, you can book your classes through our online timetable.

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Kenton Turner teaching Ashtanga Yoga for the next two Tuesdays!

Kenton Turner is teaching Ashtanga Yoga for the next two Tuesday evenings - 16 and 23 February 2016

Don’t miss the impressive Kenton Turner — dipping back into teaching while Kat Sadler is away these next two weeks. Kenton will be teaching TUESDAYS Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Class at 5:45-7:15PM, tomorrow and next week – 16 & 23 February 2016. Sign up today through our timetable.

What to expect from this class and style of yoga –

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a strong dynamic style. It is one of the two main traditional yoga styles hailing from India.

This practise is suitable for beginners to experienced students who are generally fit with no mobility issues (i.e. it is NOT suitable for absolute beginners who are not physically fit). New students are very much welcome.

In this class you will learn the correct vinyasa (breath synchronised with body movement) and safe postural alignment.  Experience the benefits arising from a strong meditative practise.

This is a 1.5 hour led class.  The class is half of the Primary Series – leading up to Navasana / Boat Pose.

See you on the mat!

CYS Team

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NEW Saturday afternoon Vinyasa Hatha Class starts this weekend 8 August

NEW Saturday afternoon Vinyasa Hatha Class start this weekend 8 August

In response to your feedback, we are pleased to announce a new addition to our weekend timetable.

Commencing this Saturday 8 August, Michelle Norris will be teaching a one-hour Vinyasa Hatha class from 2:45-3:45pm.

Sign-up through our timetable here.

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Mother’s Day Offer – 10% off 10 and 20-class Yoga Passes

Mothers Day Special - 10% off 10 & 20 Yoga Class Passes


Between now and Sunday 17 May 2015 – Avail 10% OFF for 10 and 20-class Passes.

Treat a mother you know to some revitalising time on the mat. Or even better, spend some quality time together in a yoga class.

Buy a 10 or 20 Class Yoga Pass on or before Mother’s Day and get 10% off. Share the benefits of yoga – buy a pass and she can use it too. Just let us know the mother’s name who you are sharing your pass with, so we can link it up for both of you to use.

Check out our rates page to purchase.


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New Timetable from Sunday 12 October

New Timetable from Sunday 12 OctoberWe are excited to announce our new timetable for class and courses effective from Sunday 12 October.

Click here to download our new timetable as a printable PDF file.

As always, we recommend that you check our online timetable for any changes before attending a class.

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