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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YogArt - Yoga and Art for Children Wed 22 January

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.

BOOKINGS:   HTTPS://ORANGEYOGAROOM.COM.AU/COLLECTIONS/ALL OR CONTACT TRICIA@ORANGEYOGAROOM.COM.AU.

 

Term 1 2020, Casual Holiday Classes in January, and January Intensive

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.

Happy New Year - 2020: A New Decade

Happy New Year to everyone in our yoga community!  

I know most of you have heard this before (because I say it every year), BUT .......  I do love the New Year.  The promise of a fresh start and the infinite possibilities that come with it, is irresistible.  2020 is also a new decade, which is twice as exciting.  

Setting Goals  Workshop Saturday 25 January 11.30am-1.00pm

Setting goals gives us direction, momentum and extends us to look more deeply at what we want to achieve.  Setting goals is a great way to help us have a purpose and to make ourselves accountable.  At the beginning of each year I set my goals for the next three months, for one year, 3 yrs and 5 yrs.  If you would like to do the same, join me for the Setting Goals Workshop on 25 January.  I would love to take you through this process and set you up for 2020 and into the future.  We may even make a 10 year goal to celebrate the new decade.  You may wish to set some goals around your yoga practice.  You may wish to practice Headstand (Sirsasana) proficiently, get your health on track, improve your finances or find some balance with family and work.  The cost is $30 and is open to anyone.  Friends and family are welcome.  The Setting Goals Workshop is free to students attending all sessions of the Intensive (22 January to 25 January).

Begin the new decade with positivity and direction!  Contact me to enrol in this workshop.  You will be most welcome!

Give the Gift of Health for Christmas

I hope you are staying calm and centred in the face of this frantic time leading up to Christmas.  As part of the usual last minute shopping, I have had a few calls for gift vouchers over the past few days.   I am working from home and happy to be available for anyone wanting a voucher for classes or yoga equipment up until 3.00pm on Christmas Eve.  There is loads of equipment in stock, ready and waiting to find a home and get put to work on the mat.

Fiona, Steff, Sharon and myself wish all our students a healthy, safe and fun Christmas with lots of laughs, the odd present and happy times with family and friends.  

Until 2020, stay well and keep practising your yoga!

January 2020 Holiday Timetable

Begin 2020 by renewing your commitment to your yoga practice.  Consistent, regular practice brings rewards in many ways.  Practising yoga regularly encourages a healthy lifestyle, a positive attitude and an ability to remain centred when the world around is unpredictable, overwhelming or just plain busy.  All students are very welcome to join Steph for the following classes to maintain their practice over the holidays.  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 2 Jan 9.30-11.00am Casual Class with Steph
Tuesday 7 Jan 6.00-7.30pm Casual Class with Steph
Thursday 9 Jan 9.30-11.00am Casual Class with Steph
Tuesday 14 Jan 6.00-7.30pm Casual Class with Steph
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.

Bookings for Intensive to be paid in class or via direct deposit.

Term 1 2020 commences on Monday 3 February and is a 10 week term for all students.  Term 1 2020 bookings opened on Monday 9 December.

 

2020 - How are you going to spend your time next year?

Firstly, I simply had to post this image of Kim practising Urdva Padmasana in Sarvangasana in class a few weeks ago, to compliment Owen's version of the asana in a previous post!!  It's the result of consistent, dedicated practice.

2020 A Clean Slate

As most of the student body knows by now, I am a huge fan of the New Year.  A clean slate and a new beginning offer so much promise.  It's a time to look at what's important in our lives, what we would like to put front and centre as a goal to work towards, and to generally assess how we are going to spend our time in 2020.  What will you prioritise in 2020, and how are you going to spend your time in 2020?  These are some of the questions we will contemplate in the Intensive and the Setting Goals Workshop in January.  

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. All levels welcome.

Intensive 22-25 January

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.
Book in class or email Tricia.