Led Practice - a bridge to your home yoga practice

As teachers, we are always harping on about the benefits of a home practice. There are many reasons for this which I won’t go into here. The teachers of The Yoga Room (with the help of some level 2 students) hold a Led Practice session every Saturday morning from 7.00am til 8.30am. It runs pretty much all year round, except for Christmas holidays.

Attending Led Practice is a great way to start to become independent of your teacher and work towards practicing at home on your own.

What is led practice?

A teacher or student will call a sequence of Asanas (or poses) and proceed to do them. Everyone follows along, adjusting their own timings, using equipment or maybe not even doing some of the poses. Everyone in the room is doing their own practice, using their own knowledge and working at their own pace. Nobody is going to call you out on anything, judge you on your yoga or even comment. There is usually a teacher present to help if anyone needs help but essentially we all stay on our own mats and do our own practice.

How do I start led practice?

Speak with your teacher about Led Practice if you are thinking of coming along. Your teacher will confirm all the details and answer any questions. To encourage students to come along, as from this week I am introducing a new pricing structure that can be used in conjunction with your term classes or independently.

It looks like this: Casual session – $15 5 sessions – $65 10 sessions paid with term fees – add $100 to your fees. If Led Practice runs in school holidays (which it usually does) then you can do make ups in the holidays, but only within the current term. You can take the 5 session option and use it over the whole term so there is some flexibility.

Thank you to Clair (who is one of our level 2 students) for her thoughts, set out below, on her experience of Led Practice over the past few years, set out below:

Why do led practice?

Having taken some time to get my head around the idea of an early Saturday yoga practice I have become a convert. Now, like all good converts, I’m driven by a need to convince others.

But isn’t it early on a Saturday?

Yes, but you have to get up at some point and sleep is what Saturday afternoons are for. No-one ever felt worse after yoga.

I’m not good enough though…

Good enough for whom? Does it matter? Would letting going of the comparisons and competitiveness make a difference to your practice?

...and I don’t know all those Hindi names!

Most of the poses you will have done before and it’s a great way to learn all the names.

...If a yoga class is like going to training, then led practice is like playing the game. It’s fun, it focuses, it challenges, it reinforces, it extends, it’s non-judgemental and it gives you the confidence to build on your yoga practice.

Other articles:

Casual Classes in September Holidays

Please come along to our casual classes in the holidays.  Keeping up your yoga practice means you will be ready to move straight into Term 4, which commences on Monday 9 October.    See timetable above.

 

 

Upcoming Workshops at The Yoga Room

Workshops are a great opportunity to increase your knowledge about the practice of Yoga.  The Yoga Room will offer the following workshops for the reminder of the year:

Spring Weekend Workshop

Friday 20 October 5.30pm-7.00pm, Saturday 21 October 4.00pm-5.30pm and Sunday 22 October 8.30-10.30am and 4.30pm-6.00pm

Spring is a time of change and unfolding.  It is a time to leave behind any old unwanted patterns and habits that no longer serve us, and to make way for fresh and more relevant and meaningful choices.  It's a great time to leave the hibernation of winter and renew our commitment to the practice of Yoga to support this seasonal change. Students with 3 months experience of yoga welcome.   Cost $180.  Book at The Yoga Room, on messenger or via website.

Womens Series Workshop (Yoga for a Woman's Cycle) - Saturday 28 October 1.00pm-4.15pm

Learn the benefits of structuring your practice around your cycle to include asanas for symptoms of PMT and specific asanas to support your time of menstruation.   This is open to all levels and is a workshop that looks at the philosophy behind doing a specific practice immediately before, during and just after menstruation to bring about a regular cycle.  We will set up the asanas and look at equipment and sequences to support and nurture you.  Open to students with 3 months experience of yoga.  Cost $50.

Sound Bath Meditation with Paulien from White Raven Healing Saturday 18 November 4.00-6.00pm

Let yourself be taken on a wonderful journey while being immersed by high vibrational sounds of the Neptune Gong, Tibetan and Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls, Shaman Drum, Chimes, Monochord and Channelled Chants that will support and help you to fully let go.

A Sound Bath will bring you into a deep state of relaxation while the sounds of the different instruments will help your body to heal itself and to rejuvenate. We'll finish with a cuppa and some healthy snacks to bring you fully back.  Paulien Gort is an experienced Sound Healer who runs regular Sound Baths in Sydney. Bringing in her experience with shamanic healing, she facilitates powerful shifts on a physical/emotional/spiritual level.  Cost $35.

Womens Series Workshop (Yoga to Support and Tame the Change) Sunday 26 November 9.30pm-1.45pm

We will learn what asanas are beneficial for perimenopause, menopause and post menopause to balance the hormonal system and support the body, mind and spirit through the challenges and changes of this time.  There is a lot to be positive about and Yoga has much to offer in this area. Students with 3 months experience of Yoga welcome.  Cost $70.