Yoga off the Mat- Bush Fire Fundraiser for RFS - Sat 8 February 6.00pm

'Ethical action is not based on caste, birth, or rank but on the inherent connection we have with ourselves, each other, the world at large, and the way we see the relationship between our actions and their effects.  Positive actions become jewels that trickle down through the web of life, because all of our actions have implications for others.  Our skillful actions can have very positive effects in community and family, among animals and plants ...'  

Michael Stone:  Yoga for a World out of Balance

The quote above is from a book I am reading at the moment.  The essence of the book is about taking what you learn on the mat into your daily life.  Here is one way you can do just that!

The Yoga Room is taking part in a Fundraiser for the RFS organised by the local Indian community.  You can help those communities who have been devasted by the bush fires and are struggling to rebuild their lives.  There will be yummy home cooked food (primarily Indian vego) and yoga sessions.  What more could you want?

Grab some friends and come along and support this worthwhile event by attending our yoga session from 7.00-7.30pm.  Your action will have a trickle down effect and give support to those in need at this moment in time.

Other articles:

Term 2 2021

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing Easter and are ready to get back on the mat for some holiday classes and get organised for Term 2.  Below is the Term 2 Timetable with some changes.  

Everything is ready to book online for a fresh new Term so jump on and get organised and ready to go!  Link below to book.

 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Saturday

6.30am Led Practice 60mins 8.30am Self-Care Saturday Tricia 75mins
9.30am General Steph 90mins 9.30am Gentle Sharon 90mins 9.30am General Tricia 90mins
6.00pm Experienced Tricia 90mins 6.00pm Beginner Tricia 60mins 5.30pm Beginner Fiona 60mins

5.30pm Developing/Gen

Tricia 75mins

3.30pm 10 April Self-Care Saturday students  parents
6.45pm Developing/Gen Fiona 90mins 6.00pm Beginner Streamed Tricia 60mins 3.30pm 17 & 18 April Yoga Basics

 

Link to Book on Punchpass:  https://app.punchpass.com/passtypes.

See you on the mat!
Tricia

Easter Holiday Timetable

Hi there!  

Below is the timetable for the Holiday Break.  Please join us for a class to maintain your practice and good health over Easter.  Alternatively you could stream one of our classes at a reasonable price over one week.  Kids Yoga Stories are available stream during the holidays, including Ralph the Puppy Dog, which is a free class (link below).  

The Yoga Basics classes are for anyone wanting to 'try yoga'.  If you have a friend or family member who fits this description, please ask them to contact me or book online (link below).

 

 Friday 2 April 6.30-7.30am Pranayama Tricia
Saturday 3 April 7.15-8.30am Led Practice Kim
Wednesday 7 April 9.30-11.00am General Open Class Sharon
Thursday 8 April 6.00-7.30pm General Open Class Sharon
Saturday 10 April 3.30-4.30pm Yoga for stress and resilience for students and parents Sharon
Wednesday 14 April 9.30-11.00am General Open Class Sharon
Thursday 15 April 9.30-11.00am General Open Class Fiona
Saturday 17 April 3.30-4.30pm Yoga Basics Fiona
Sunday 18 April 3.30-4.30pm Yoga Basics Tricia

 

Term 2 starts on Monday 19 April.  Bookings for Term 2 will be open on Saturday afternoon (3 April).

I hope you have a safe and fun Easter that includes some yoga and some chocolate!!  What more could you want?

See you on the mat,

Tricia

Link to book Yoga Basics and Term 2 passes:  https://app.punchpass.com/passtypes

Link to Stream a class:  https://vimeo.com/user111945976/vod_pages.

Link to Kids Yoga Stories:  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kidsyogastories1

 

Philosophy Term 1 2020

Each term we teach an aspect of Yoga philosophy.  This is integrated into the classes and it may involve a quote, explanation from the teacher, or instruction.  This term we are looking at Kriya Yoga.  The three great paths, as Iyengar calls them, are represented by Tapas (the work of practice), Svadhaya (self-study), and Ishvara Pranadhana (surrender).  In this blog article, I am focussing on Tapas.

Tapas is the path of selfless action.  It often gets translated as a burning desire to practice.  In reality, it is the willpower to step onto our mat each day and look at ourselves.   It requires that we see our faults, our characteristics, and our habits.  It requires that we overcome obstacles within ourselves.

 Instruction in our classes is around how to do an asana, then on developing Svadyaya (self study).  We work to refine our efforts, and identifying and overcoming obstacles within ourselves.  BKS Iyengar says:  

'Practice involves tapas (the purifying fire of action).  Tapas is nothing but disciplining the mind through the eight limbs of yoga.  This practice is not complete without faith (sraddha) and courage (virya).'  

I agree that having a yoga practice requires courage on some days.  If you practice regularly, you will come up against obstacles that require the courage to persist and push on.

The nine obstacles to practice are:  
  • disease
  • inertia
  • laziness
  • doubt
  • heedlessness
  • indiscipline of the senses
  • erroneous views
  • lack of perserverence
  • backsliding.


Alan Goode comments:

'Through practice, we become present in our acts and reshape the way our mind absorbs experience - instead of interpreting things which happened to us through the filter of our mind (views formed from past experience) we move to experience them without the veil of thought.  An example of this is where we have an experience in the past of someone abusing our trust – this often makes us wary of future interaction with others, but in the extreme we become unable to trust anyone; our actions are limited by our beliefs.

In Tapas we experience directly.  In doing so we burn off past impressions which limit us, and our ideas of what we are capable of change.  Through action (tapas) we can refine our consciousness – change and grow.  This is the first tier and cannot be transcended.'

What does Tapas look like in your yoga practice?  For me, Tapas means stepping onto my mat each day, whether I feel like practising or not, and just doing each asana, or pose, steadily and consistently.  Of course, we can adjust our practice to respond to what is happening in our bodies, but we still have to get on the mat, get quiet, observe, listen and proceed.  This is the daily work of Tapas.

In the next blog post, I explore the second great path of Kriya Yoga, which is Svadhaya (self-study).

Until then, keep practising and learning.

Tricia

 

Timetable Term 1 2021

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  

The teachers are so excited to be teaching in the studio and online.  I encourage you to make a commitment to your yoga and carve out time to look after your physical and mental health.  We look forward to serving you in class again and watching your progression.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
6.30am Dynamic
60min - Sharon
6.30am Pranayama
60min - Fiona
7.15am Led Practice*
75 min
9.30am General
90min - Steph
9.30am Gentle
90min - Sharon
9.30am General
90min - Tricia
Weekend Workshops
(see website for details)
6.00pm Experienced
90min - Tricia
6.00pm Beginner
60min - Tricia
5.30pm Beginner
60min - Fiona
5.30pm Developing
75min - Tricia
Yoga Basics
Sat 17 & Sun 18 April 3.30-4.30pm
6.45pm Developing
90min - Fiona
6.00pm Beginner**
60min

 

*    Denotes Online only

**   Denotes Streamed Class

Join us and book your class online:  https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes?jw=undefined&as=client.

 

Kids Yoga Stories - Learn, Listen and Play!

Perfect School Holiday Fun

 

Kids Yoga stories from TheYogaRoom on Vimeo.

 

The Yoga Room is excited to offer Kids Yoga Stories!  Each story is written and presented by Fiona Hawke to engage children between the ages of 3 and 7yrs.

Fiona creates a space for children to learn Yoga, listen to a story and play, using their imagination.  Children move their bodies to form yoga poses in the shape of animals, trees and elements of the natural world.  They may go on an adventure to the moon, have a tea party with their fury friends, or go on a picnic to the beach,  all from their living room.  Kids Yoga Stories is Perfect fun for the school holidays and rainy weekends.

 

Buy or Rent a Story

We currently have six stories to choose from, with more to follow.  Choose to buy and download a story to keep, or rent for one week.  Click here to go to our Vimeo platform and choose your story.  Kidults love Kids Yoga Stories too!

We're Back in the Studio - Observing NSW Health Regulations in Class

We are back face to face in class but are observing strict hygiene regulations as set out by NSW Heath.  This enables us to keep everyone safe and to stay open.  

All students need to confirm they have read the information below and agree to keep the guidelines, before they come to class.

Conditions of Entry for all Students/Visitors to the room:

Please bring as much of your own equipment to class as possible.  At the very least everyone will need their own mat and a towel or large cloth, like a sarong, to put over the soft equipment, especially blankets and bolsters.  If possible bring a belt, block, bolster and blanket, as well as your mat.  There will be some equipment for use but safer if all students bring what they can from home.

 

In the studio, place your mat on one of the crosses marked out.  Centre of your mat goes over the cross

 

Stay on your mat unless you need to move. 

 

Visitors are not permitted to enter The Yoga Room if they:

are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever);

have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious);

are waiting on the results of a test for COVID-19;

reside with anyone who is waiting on results of a test for COVID-19;

Have returned from international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days. 

Visitors who are not subject to any of the above conditions for exclusion must be willing and able to agree to the following requirements:

leave the site immediately if they become unwell, after notifying a staff member

 

at all times, maintain social distancing measures (as per NSW Health guidelines)

 

maintain good personal hand hygiene by washing their hands thoroughly and /or using hand sanitizer;

 

maintain good respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into their elbow or a tissue, and then disposing of tissues immediately;

 

provide The Yoga Room with their name and contact details and consent to The Yoga Room providing their name and contact details to the NSW Department of Health or any other third party government department, as required to enable contact tracing procedures.  You can do this by completing an enrolment questionnaire.

 

acknowledge that they may be asked to wait, or be refused entry in the event that the site has reached its total capacity under NSW Health social distancing requirements.

 
Thank you for your cooperation.  By observing these guidelines we will keep ourselves safe and keep our studio open.

Thank you for your consideration and for looking after each other.