News: Easter Workshop, a Simple Sequence for Your Home Practice and Handy Tips

Hi there, it's Tricia here!

I can't believe we are halfway through term one already and Easter is just around the corner.  I hope you are enjoying your class and are gaining confidence with your yoga.  Steph, Fiona, Sharon and myself LOVE sharing our knowledge and seeing you grow and progress along the yoga path.  

This gorgeous autumn weather is perfect for an early morning practice.  So set your alarm 20 mins earlier tomorrow, roll out your mat and practice this simple sequence.  Afterwards, you will feel energised, clear headed and able to move through your day with ease.  

Home Practice

A Short Simple Morning Sequence

Handy hints for Practice:  Remember to keep your wareness on your breath and work to your individual capacity.  If you have the book How to Use Yoga by Mira Mehta (see below), I have placed the relevant page number near the Asana so you can follow along. 

Forward Virasana (P 27):  Support forehead and buttocks to rest comfortably, especially if you have cranky knees.  Alternatively lay on your back with legs up the wall.  Relax the jaw, breath quietly for a minute or two.

Baddhangullyasana (p 17 seated version):  Stand in Tadasana or sit on a chair or with legs crossed. Interlock the fingers, press the palms away from the chest and inhale to raise the arms up.  Take 6 breaths.  Bring the arms down, change the interlock and go on the second side.  

 

Trikonasana (p 15):  From Tadasana (p 13), step or jump the feet apart, turn to the right.  Exhale the right hand to the shin, top arm stretching up.  Turn the chest and look up (if you are balanced).   You can take the top arm to a chair if feeling unstable, or if menstruating.  Inhale come up and go to the other side.

Warrior I (p 17):  From Tadasana, step or jump the feet wider than the last pose and turn to the right.  As you inhale, take the hands to hips (beginner) or take the arms above the head (experienced - as per image above).  Turn the right (toes out 90 degrees and turn the left toes in a little deeper) and turn the chest out over the right leg.  As you exhale, bend the right knee to a square.  Keep the left leg firm and left heel pressing to the mat to create stability.  Inhale come up, turn and go on the left side.  Keep hands to hips if menstruating or if too strong on the shoulders.

Marichyasana III:  Sit on a blanket or similar height with legs straight out in front (Dandasana).   Bend the right knee and place the heel close to the groin.  Inhale the left arm up, exhale and turn to the right, placing the left elbow on the outer right knee.  You can also clasp the knee for a gentler version.  Place the right hand on the floor or to a block to keep the spine straight.  Take 6 breaths, inhale to come back to the centre and repeat on the left side.  

Note:  If menstruating, twist on the open side, i.e. place the right elbow on the inside of the right knee and turn to the left. This way the abdomen is kept soft 

 

Savasana (p 49):  Lay on your back, close your eyes and focus on exhaling away any tension.  Stay for up to 10mins.

Gently roll to the side, come up to sitting and enjoy the effects of your practice.  Well done and have a great day!!

Book Review - How to Use Yoga by Mira Mehta

This is a wonderful book for beginners as well as experienced students.   It is well illustrated with concise descriptions of each Asana.  It has a 10 week course as well as sequences for headaches, menstruation, stiff hips and stiff shoulders.  You can purchase a copy at the Studio for $25.00.  It's also widely available on line.

Easter Holiday Workshop 

'Can you answer your thoughts with the breath?'

This is a quote from an article I read recently and it stuck in my head.  It's such a simple question, and yet the challenge is very real.  This is the question ask ourselves in the Holiday Workshop.

I'm so excited to be offering this workshop.  I'm a real fan of this longer format which gives us the opportunity to look in more detail at this simple but challenging question.  I would love for you to join me while the weather is perfect for early morning practice.

The morning sessions will focus on active but steady, grounded asana practice.  The evenings will focus on quiet, inward looking asana with a focus on Pranayama (breathing exercises), Savasana and working towards meditation.  The workshop is suitable for all levels and will take your yoga to a place that is more considered, steady and thoughtful.  I offer all students the following times and options:

 Tuesday 21 April 6.30-8.00am Asana 5.30-7.00pm Restorative Asana and Pranayama or Deep Savasana and meditation
Wednesday 22 April 6.30-8.00am Asana 5.30-7.00pm As above
Thursday 23 April 6.30-8.00am Asana 5.30-7.00pm  As above
Friday 24 April 6.30-8.00am Asana 5.30-7.00pm As above.

 

8 sessions:  $175

6 sessions:  $145

4 sessions:  $100

2 sessions:  $54.

Booking now open.  Use this link:  https://orangeyogaroom.com.au/collections/all/products/easter-holiday-workshop or enrol and pay in class.

See you on the mat! 

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Holiday Timetable Week Commencing Monday 15 July

This is week 2 of our holiday timetable.  Classes available this week are:

Wednesday 17 July 9.30-10.45am - General Class with Sharon

Wednesday 17 July 6.00-7.00pm - Focus on Forward Bends with Kim.

Brave the cold, come into the warm studio and be consistent with your yoga practice.  It will reward you with support for the immune system, good circulation through mindful movement and a settling of the nervous system and the mind.  

Term 3 starts on Monday 22 July with our regular timetable.  Use the link below to book all classes.

See you on the mat. 

https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com

 

July Holiday Timetable and Five Reasons you Should Keep Coming to Class during Winter

Hello to our lovely yoga students and yoga friends,

A quick reminder that the current term concludes on Saturday 6 July with the last class being Kim's 7.30am General Class.  Then we are in school holiday territory where we operate on a slightly reduced timetable (see timetable below).  I realise it's well and truly Winter but there are a million reasons to maintain your practice over the coming months, and particularly over the July holidays.  Here are five.

1. Reduce Stress Levels

With all the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Yoga is a great way to relax and unwind, helping to lower cortisol levels and promote a sense of calm. By attending holiday yoga classes, you can combat the stress that often comes with school holidays juggling work and children.

2. Boost Your Immune System

During the winter months, it's important to take care of your immune system. Yoga can help boost your immune system by increasing circulation, improving lymphatic flow, and reducing inflammation. By attending holiday yoga classes, you can support your body's natural defenses and stay healthy throughout the season.

3. Stay Active and Fit

With all the holiday treats and indulgences, it's easy to let your fitness routine slide. Attending yoga classes during the holidays is a great way to stay active and maintain your fitness level. Yoga can help improve flexibility, strength, and balance, keeping you in shape during this the Winter months.

4. Cultivate Mindfulness and Gratitude

Winter is often a great time for reflection and gratitude. Yoga can help you cultivate mindfulness and gratitude by focusing on the present moment and connecting with your breath. By attending yoga classes, you can take time for yourself, practice gratitude, and cultivate a sense of inner peace.

5. Connect with a Community

Yoga classes offer a supportive and welcoming community where you can connect with like-minded individuals. Attending holiday yoga classes is a great way to meet new people, make friends, and feel a sense of belonging. Joining a yoga community can provide you with the support and encouragement you need to stay motivated and committed to your practice.

So, why not make time for yourself this Winter and attend yoga classes? Whether you're looking to reduce stress, boost your immune system, stay active, cultivate mindfulness, or connect with a community, our classes offer a multitude of benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.

 

July Holiday Timetable

Week 1

Monday 8 July 6.00-7.30pm General Class with Tricia

Tuesday 9 July 6.15-7.15pm General Class with Tricia

Wednesday 10 July 5.45-7.15pm General Class with Fiona

Thursday 11 July 9.30-11.00am General Class with Tricia.

Thursday 11 July 5.45-6.45pm General Class with Kim.

 

Week 2

Wednesday 17 July 9.30-10.45am General Class with Sharon

Wednesday 17 July 6.00-7.00pm Forward Bend Focus with Kim (open to all students).

 

Our regular timetable starts again on Monday 22 July.  

https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com

 

International Yoga Day Friday 21 June

Are you looking to celebrate International Yoga Day in a meaningful way? At the Yoga Room we celebrate this day each year and invite our community to join us.

What is International Yoga Day?

International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21st every year to raise awareness about the many benefits of practicing yoga. It is a day to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being through the practice of yoga.

How we are Celebrating?

We are holding a free class from 6.00-7.00pm followed by soup and dahl whilst watching a yoga related film.  There is no cost but if you would like to bring something sweet like a slice for our dessert, that would be lovely.

Please book for the online class using the link below.  We would love to see you.

https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes/15376261

Timetable for Term 2

Term 2 commences on Monday 29 April.  We are looking forward to seeing you back in class after a week's break in the timetable. 

A few points to note:

  • Sharon is returning to teaching from her 12month Sebatical and will resume teaching the Gentle Class on Wednesday morning in early June.
  • Fiona is on leave and Kim will teach the Intermediate class for a few weeks.
  • We will no longer use PunchPass as our booking system.

A previous email has been sent about how we are proceeding to book and pay for classes in Term 2. 

 

Term 2 Passes

I am offering the following passes for Term 2:

10 Class Pass - $240.00 ($24 per class)
20 Class Pass - $400.00 ($20 per class - you are welcome to direct deposit weekly, fortnightly or monthly for this pass)
5 Class Pass - $130.00 ($26 per class)
Casual Pass - $28.00
Concession Casual Pass - $25.00.

You are also welcome to pay cash to the teacher on the day or at the beginning of the term.

I am working on a new online booking system but if you wish to pay for your classes before term starts, you can deposit into The Yoga Room bank account at any time.  Please email me for details.

Below is a link to the Term 2 Timetable.  Please note we will no longer have Led Practice on a Wednesday morning.  

I'm looking foward to seeing you all back on the mat.


https://orangeyogaroom.com.au/pages/timetable.
 

See you in class next week.

Namaste

Tricia

Easter Holiday Update

We are observing the public holidays over the Easter break as follows:

There will be no classes on Good Friday.

Kim will teach the 7.30am Saturday morning class in the studio and online.  Book as usual through Punchpass.

There is no class on Easter Monday but for those students who cannot attend another class next week, there is a recorded class which you can access by booking the class as usual.  Once you've booked the class, at 6.00pm on Easter Monday log into your Punchpass account.  You will see the recorded class sitting in your class reservations list ready to be played.  Press Play and enjoy!  

Have a fantastic Easter and I hope you can enjoy some time to relax and enjoy the sun.

Term dates and April Holiday Timetable

A bit of info so we all clear about term finish and start dates.  This term is a long one - 11 weeks in total.  This term concludes on Sunday 14 April.  We will be on a holiday timetable for the week commencing Monday 15 April (see below).  The holiday classes are general in nature and open to all students of any level.

There are no classes during the week commencing Monday 22 April.  Fiona is on leave, Kim and I are training and there is also Anzac Day in the mix.

Term 2 starts on Monday 29 April and concludes on Sunday 7 July.

 

Holiday Timetable

Monday 15 April 6.00pm General Class with Tricia

Wednesday 17 April 6.30am Led Practice with Kim

Wednesday 17 April 6.00pm General class with Kim/Fiona

Thursday 18 April 9.30am General class with Kim

Saturday 20 April 7.30am General class with Fiona.

 

Yoga for Children and Young Adults - Saturday 6 April

Fiona and I continue our classes for children and young adults on Saturday 6 April.

We had a great bunch of budding yogis attend last month and would love to see as many young people as possible in class to continue developing the skills of focus, resilience, team work and learning to be still.  So if you know any kids or teenagers that could benefit, please send direct them to the timetable on the website or send them the links below.  The sessions are as follows:

9.00-10.00am 5-11yrs

Use this link to book:  https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes/14804179

10.15-11.15am 12yrs+

Use this link to book:  https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes/14963292

 

See you on the mat to continue your learning and progress along the yoga path.