Welcome everyone to the start of Term 1 at The Yoga Room. Firstly, It is the start of the year and we are going back to basics so that we can all begin on the same page - more on that later. The words above, although written long ago, are applicable to a yoga practice and to meditation. Some of us live in our heads, jam-packed full of thoughts, opinions and ideas racing around at great speed (often described as 'the monkey mind'). Others are more attached to the physical body. We have ideas about how we look and how others see us.
On the yoga mat, we are observing the physical body and bringing awareness to the breath and mind. We work to align the skeletal body so the muscle stretches evenly over the bone, letting go of effort, noticing when thoughts arise, and when the mind gets busy. Practising asana (yoga postures) is challenging for us when we first start yoga. Some of us are stiff, have injuries or are simply getting older. If we are to calm the mind and find a sense of peace, we need to make friends with the body first. The body and the mind eventually move a little closer by consistent practice over time. Some of the basic Asanas that we work on in class can be challenging and require effort and energy at first. As teachers of the Iyengar Method of yoga, we place great emphasis on posture and alignment to create a strong foundation for your yoga practice. BKS Iyengar says that you can find stillness of mind in the alignment of the body.
We come onto the mat for another term of learning and practising Yoga. Start where you are now, and be happy with even the smallest amount of progress this term. To unite body, mind and breath is a long term learning goal but along the way enjoy your class. When we all turn up each week and work hard, the class moves with a little more ease because the energy in the room carries the group steadily forward. When students commit to a weekly class, the intention to learn and progress is clear. As teachers we value your commitment. Thank you for stepping onto the mat with us again this term.
'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.
I am holding classes over the weekend designed for those who wish to 'dip their toe in' and try yoga. I will teach two classes:
Saturday 1 February from 3.30-4.30pm; and
Sunday 2 February from 3.30-4.30pm.
If you know anyone in your family or circle of friends who would like to come along, please ask them to email or ring me. They are welcome to attend one or both of the classes. The cost is $15 for one class and $25 for both. The classes are designed for those with no yoga experience but are fine if you have done a little yoga before. We will look at standing poses, twists and forward bends as well as alignment of the skeletal body for good posture. A relaxation segment will conclude the class and leave participants feeling refreshed and grounded.
I hope that all students have enjoyed a break and are ready to come back to class for Term 1 2020. I am really looking forward to seeing you all again to begin a new year of yoga. Steph, Fiona and Sharon are also excited to begin a new term with continuing students to start 2020 with a positive commitment to the practice of yoga.
Term 1 starts on Monday 3 February. Please enrol online at https://orangeyogaroom.com.au/collections/all. On line payments can be made by PayPay, direct deposit or credit card. If paying cash or cheque, please let me know you are committing to a class and I can place you on the appropriate class role.
Casual class Tuesday 28 January
I will teach a casual class next Tuesday for those students who wish to get back on the mat in preparation for the start of the new term. All levels welcome and encouraged. You can use the casual booking button on line or pay cash in class on the night. I look forward to seeing you next week!
We will again hold YogArt in the January holidays 2020. This workshop is a fun and healthy way for children to express themselves and learn yoga in a nonjudgmental, friendly environment. We start with a yoga session followed by a snack, then art led by Abigail Hawke who is a primary school teacher. We have fun exploring yoga poses within a story or an adventure. We use our imagination, move our bodies and learn some mindful ways of working together as a group and individuals. Sometimes the teachers have more fun than the students!
3-6yrs 9.00-10.45am - Yoga and Art
7-12yrs 11.00am-1.00pm - Yoga and Art
The workshops include yoga and art tuition, snacks and art supplies.
Please arrive 5mins before your session and bring a drink bottle and a paint shirt to keep clothes protected.
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Enrolment for Term 1 2020
Wishing all our students a wonderful 2020 filled with learning and progression along the path of yoga. Term 1 commences on Monday 3 February and if you haven't yet enrolled, please do so asap. Enrolments are open on line or you may pay a deposit by placing $20 in an envelope and delivering it under Yoga Room door to secure your place.
Casual Holiday classes
If you're still procrastinating after a holiday, now is the time to get on the mat and start 2020 by rebooting your yoga practice. All students are very welcome to join Steph for the remaining two holiday classes. All the classes are casual and open to all levels.
The new casual rate for 2020 is $24, but for the January classes, it will remain at $23.
|Thursday 16 Jan||9.30-11.00am||Casual Class with Steph|
|Tuesday 21 Jan||6.00-7.30pm||
Casual Class with Steph
Bookings for Casual classes can paid in class on the day or on line at https://orangeyogaroom.com.au. Use Tuesday 5.15pm and Thursday 9.30am Casual Class booking buttons.
January Intensive 22-25 January
There are still places left in the Intensive and all students are welcome to attend. The Intensive format gives us the time to develop and refine our yoga practice and to experience the effects of steady, consistent progression over these 4 days. There are 6 Sessions as follows:
Wednesday 22 January 5.30pm-7.30pm – Asana/Restorative
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 January 6.30-8.00am - Active Asana
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 January 5.45-7.30pm - Restorative/Pranayama
Saturday 25 January 8.30am-10.45am - Asana
Saturday 25 January 11.30am-1.00pm – Setting Goals for 2020 Workshop.
Attendance at all 6 sessions is recommended as the Intensive is taught as a complete learning unit, but the following variations are offered:
6 sessions $180 +free Setting Goals Workshop
5 sessions $150 (add $30 for Setting Goals Workshop)
4 Sessions $130 (add $30 for Setting Goals Workshop).
A deposit of $30 is required upon booking. Please email me with your intention to attend and specify which sessions you will attend. I will then email you bank deposit details.
Setting Goals Workshop
This workshop is separate to the Intensive and students are welcome to attend the workshop without attending the Intensive. Students who attend all 6 sessions of the Intensive may attend the workshop free of charge. Bookings essential.
Steph, Fiona, Sharon and myself look forward to spending another term on the mat progressing and learning together in Term 1 2020.