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:

Relax and Restore Class Tuesday 8 October 6.7.30pm and Neck and Shoulder Class Thursday 10 October 5.45-7.45pm

Relax and Restore Casual Class tonight 6-7.30pm

It is so important to take time out of our busy lives to create a space to sit with ourselves and cultivate the practice of stillness and observation.  The Relax and Restore class centres around these concepts.  By practising asanas that quieten the nervous system, we can bring harmony across the physical, mental and emotional sheaths.  The result is a feeling of being grounded yet energised.   Life looks and feels a little lighter when we take the time to practice these asanas.  

Suitable for all students of all levels.  Cost $23

Neck and Shoulder Class Thursday  10 October 5.45pm-7.45pm

A two hour session that looks at asanas and the use of equipment to ease tension in the shoulders and create space and release around the neck.  The session is practical and is useful to those with neck and shoulder issues as well as general knowledge for students of all levels.  Please email to let me know if would like to attend.   Cost $35

Holiday Timetable October

I will teach the following workshops and classes during the holiday break so come along and keep up you practice and increase your knowledge and understanding of this amazing practice of Yoga.

Tuesday 8 October 6.00-7.30pm

Relax and Restore Class with Tricia

Cost:  $23

 

Thursday 10 October 5.45-7.45pm

 

Neck and Shoulder workshop with Tricia

Cost:  $35

PLEASE READ: Staff Absences Term 3 - change to Monday 6pm and Thursday 9.30am classes

I am taking leave from Thursday 12 September until Friday 4 October.  Covering classes wouldn't normally present a problem except that Steph and Sharon will be on retreat in Varanasi for some of this period.   Instead of cancelling classes, a Level 2 student has volunteered to conduct a Led Practice sequence in the Monday 6pm Level 2 class on 16 and 23 September and the Thursday 9.30am class on 12, 19 and 26 September.  This will only concern the students of these two classes unless you are planning to do a 'make up' class in either of these two.  If you are unfamiliar with Led Practice then I suggest you use another class for a make up this term.  Talk to me if you have any questions.  

Thank you for your understanding.

Tricia

Weekend Workshop Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November

Workshops allow us to look in more details at certain aspects of our yoga practice.  We have time to contemplate, study detail and cultivate a deeper understanding of yoga asana, pranayama and philosophy.  Building knowledge gives confidence and allows us to become strong, independent yoga practitioners.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced student, this workshop is suitable for you, so join me!

Saturday 3.00-5.30pm

Sunday 8.00-10.30am and 3.00-5.30pm

Cost:  $150

 

Relax and Restore Class Tuesday 8 October 6.00-7.30pm

It is so important to take time out of our busy lives to create a space to sit with ourselves and cultivate the practice of stillness and observation.  The Relax and Restore class centres around these concepts.  By practising asanas that quieten the nervous system, we can bring harmony across the physical, mental and emotional sheaths.  The result is a feeling of being grounded yet energised.   Life looks and feels a little lighter when we take the time to practice these asanas.  

Suitable for all students of all levels.  

Join me for a relaxing and energising start to your Sunday - 9.30am tomorrow 4 August

Jump out of bed and join me on the mat tomorrow morning to start to your Sunday with some self care.  

Running on empty is not beneficial to anyone and it's so important to take time out of our busy lives to create a space to sit with ourselves and cultivate the practice of stillness and observation.  The Relax and Restore class centres around these concepts.  By practising asanas that quieten the nervous system, we can bring harmony across the physical, mental and emotional sheaths.  The result is a feeling of being grounded yet energised.   Life looks and feels a little lighter when we take the time to practice these asanas.  See you tomorrow - all students welcome.