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.

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Workshops for 2019

Workshops are a great way to increase your knowledge of the practice of yoga and to take time out to immerse yourself into your practice more deeply.  A longer format often allows us time to experience and see things about yoga and ourselves, that we can't access in a class format.  Please consider coming to any of the following.

 Saturday 29 June  1.00-4.00pm

Womens' Series Workshop:  Yoga for a Woman's Cycle

Saturday 3 August  1.00-4.00pm   

Home Practice Workshop

Saturday 1 September 1.00-2.00pm

Sound Bath Meditation with White Raven Healing

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November

Weekend Workshop

Saturday 30 November 1.00-4.00pm

Womens' Series Workshop:  Yoga for a Smooth Transition

What's on this Week

Term 2 started this week

If you haven't enrolled or couldn't get to class this week, don't stress.  Start next week.  We allow students to 'make up' three missed classes during the current term.  Attend a class of the same level, if possible.

Sunday 5 May - 9.30-11.00am - Relax and Restore Class

This class on the first and third Sunday of each month will focus on restorative yoga, pranayama and relaxation.  Casual attendance $23.  All levels welcome.

2.00-4.00pm Essential Oils Workshop - Emotional Health

The workshop on Sunday is around oils for emotional health.  Come along and learn which oil is useful for emotions such as forgiveness, courage and procrastination.  A small charge will be made if you choose to participate in the practical session using the Feelings Kit which encourages the process of letting go of old patterns and emotions, forgiving those who have hurt you and going forward.  Everyone welcome.  If you have any questions, bring them along. 

New Class: Yoga to Restore and Renew, Pramayama and Meditation

1st and 3rd Sunday of each month 9.30-11.00am

I am excited to add a new class to the timetable.  On the first and third Sundays of each month I will teach a class centered around yoga to restore and renew, learning to sit quietly and pranayama.  We will explore these themes over the 5 weeks of term and you are welcome to attend casually ($23) or pay for the 5 weeks at the beginning of term ($100).  Please note that due to the number of classes each term, students are unable to make up a missed Sunday Class.  

We start on Sunday 5 May and everyone is welcome.

10 Week Introductory Course commences 2 May 7.00-8.15pm

As yoga practitioners we know the benefits of coming to a yoga class each week.  No matter what age we are, how our body is working or what is going on in our busy lives, yoga allows us the time to come into the present and recalibrate.  We are overloaded with information and yoga is one way of taking time for ourselves.  

The ideal way to start Yoga is with the Intro Course.  If you know anyone who might benefit from this course, please direct them to our website.  I am happy to have a chat to anyone interested.

Steph, Fiona, Sharon and myself are looking forward to seeing you all next week.  I hope the Easter bunny had a few eggs for you!

Open Casual Class Wed 24 April 9.30am

All students are welcome to attend the casual class tomorrow at 9.30am.  Suitable for all levels, this is the last general class for the Easter break.

Term 2 commences Monday 29 April.  Enrolment is open on the website www.orangeyogaroom.com.au or pay in class in week 1.

We look forward to seeing all our students back on the mat next Monday after a relaxing Easter break.  

Holiday Classes and Term 2 Classes

This week is the last week of Term 1 followed by the Easter Holidays.  During the holidays we will have one casual class per week, which will be open to all students of all levels, as well as YOGART: Yoga and Art for Children and Young Adults.  Children and adults of all ages love this workshop and bookings can be made on line or by contacting me.

Tuesday 16 April 6.00pm - Restorative Class with Tricia

Wednesday 17 April - Yogart with Tricia, Fiona, Sharon, Abigail and Alice

Wednesday 24 April 9.30am - Casual Class with Sharon.

Monday 29 April - Term 2 commences.  Bookings can be made on line or in class.

Thursday 2 May - 10 Week Introductory Course starts.

We look forward to seeing you at a class in the holidays break or in Term 2.  Have a wonderful relaxing Easter.