Philosophy Term 2 2021 - The Klesas


Life is never predictable, and sometimes not easy.  I really feel that having a regular yoga practice helps us to keep a healthy perspective on our place in the world.  It is said that 'yoga cleanses the lenses of perception'.  How we perceive or see the world, our reality, has an effect on how we react, what actions we take, and the consequences of those actions.  Obstacles are a breeding ground for tendencies, but they are also an opportunity for reflection and change.  Below you can read about the Klesas, which are often translated as afflictions or personal obstacles.

The Klesas

Each term we teach an aspect of Yoga philisophy.  This is integrated into the classes and it may involve a quote, explanation from the teacher or instruction.  This term we are looking at The Klesas.  The Klesas are translated as afflictions, pain, obstacles, distress or disturbances.  They are internal objects that arise in our minds and cause us suffering.  The five Klesas are:

Avidya -  Lack of knowledge or insight, or ignorance
Asmita - selfishness, or over-identifying with the ego
Raga - attachment
Dvesha - aversion or avoidance
Abhinivesha - fear.

Patanjali writes about the Klesas in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras.  

'Obstacles (Klesas) are the breeding ground for tendencies (samskaras) that give rise to actions and the consequences (karma) thereof.  Such obstacles are experienced as visible or invisible obstacles'.
Yoga Sutra 2.12

In our western culture, the Klesas can seem a little moralistic but the principles are very useful.  I think a productive way to approach the Klesas is to think of them as obstacles that give rise to traits or tendencies to examine within ourselves.  The Klesas require self-examination, or self-study (Svadhaya).  If you have a regular yoga practice you will already be working closely with Svadhaya, but most people only start to look deeper into themselves when things go wrong in life.  For example, the break up of a relationship, loss of employment, or financial devastation forces us to stop and take stock.  These obstacles that we inevitably encounter in life, present the opportunity to look at our actions, habits, ideas of ourselves, and how we move through the world.  As Marcus Aurelius pointed out, the obstacle becomes the way.  It is the catalyst for a journey from the self to the true Self.  In this sense, the Klesas are opportunities as much as obstacles.  When we are aware, we realise that change is part of life and fighting it is where suffering arises.

By stepping onto the mat to practice each day we encounter lack of knowledge, we get attached to ways of practising, there are poses we despise, and poses we are afraid of.  A practice can be a microcosm in which to examine ourselves and the Klesas so that we gain clarity.  If an obstacle shows up, we can look at it from different perspectives, with less fear, and move forward without being attached to the present situation or the outcome.  We can sit in the uncomfortable space of change.  Let's look at the first Klesa, Avidya.

Avidya is the source of most Klesas, which is why it's one of the most important ones we need to face.  An example of Avidya is when we think negative emotions will last forever.  We're not able to see the temporary nature of negative emotions, and we are unable to see the true nature of ourselves.  This causes pain and suffering.  When things don't go the way we expect, it causes us pain.  We are unable to see something for what it is, or what it's not.

Asmita puts the ego on a pedestal and values material possessions more than anything else.  It's when we believe our individual 'self' is separate from everything around us.  All that matters is how 'I'  perceive something or how it affects 'me'.  We may take things personally and need our ego constantly 'stroked' to be happy.

Raga is the attachment to our desires.  It often means our happiness depends on external factors.  So what happens when those external factors are taken away?  Because we are afraid of this, we create stronger attachments, which can eventually create insecurity, anxiety and fear.

Dvesa is aversion or avoiding things that cause unhappiness.  As humans we are always moving towards pleasure or away from pain.  Anything that threatens the ego, we tend to avoid.  Unfortunately, we can't avoid everything that doesn't make us happy.  Going to the dentist is usually not a particularly happy experience!

Abhinivesa is the fear or anxiety of change, and ultimately fear of death.  We fear death because we fear losing everything and not being able to control what we are facing.  We fear change because we have to let go of certainty and the old way of being.  Letting go ultimately creates the space for new things to come into our lives, but first we must let go of fear and stare uncertainty in the face.  We have to let go of everything we are attached to and live life as it unfolds. 



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Celebrate and be of Service - International Yoga Day and Floods Fundraiser Class

Saturday 18 June 2.30pm Class and 3.30pm Afternoon Tea

On Saturday 18 June at 2.30pm we are holding a class for our yoga community and anyone wishing to join us to celebrate International Yoga Day. We are making this celebration about service. The class is $30 which includes a cuppa.  After the class, we will have afternoon tea.  Cake and slice will be available for purchase for a small amount for anyone wishing to indulge.  The proceeds of the class and the afternoon tea will be donated to the CWA to be distributed to their Lismore branch to help those still in need of food, clothing, shelter and support after the floods in Northern NSW.  If you can't attend the class, please join us afterwards at 3.30pm for tea and cake. The need for support in Northern NSW is still great and I invite you to join the teachers to be of service to those in need. Use the link below to purchase a pass for the 'Floods
Fundraiser class'. You can join us online or in the studio. I will also have a donation box at the studio for anyone wishing to contribute. Thank you for your support. Namaste.


Yoga Basics Weekend 29 and 30 January

Are you are curious about Yoga and the benefits it has to offer? Would you like to 'try yoga'?

The Yoga Basics weekend is a great way to come into the studio, and do a class in a friendly environment with no pressure. We have a covid plan and you must be double vaxed.   There are two classes available - you can come along to one, or both.

Saturday 29 Jan 3.30-4.30pm
Sunday 30 Jan - 3.30-4.30pm.

$15 for one day,
$25 for both.

I am a certified teacher with a passion for helping everyone access yoga. I have been teaching since the opening of The Yoga Room in 1997. You are very welcome to see what Yoga has to offer you - which is lots! A regular yoga class helps you to stay focussed, calm, develop strength, and learn to be quiet and still amongst the busy nature of our lives. Feel free to email me if you would like to ask questions:  Use the link below to buy a pass for one day or  both.  You will be very welcome!

See you on the mat!


Setting Goals Workshop - 10.30am Saturday 22 January

Hello everyone!  

The January Intensive started this morning but if you would like to join us for 4 or 6 sessions, then please let me know.  You can attend in the studio, or online.  The theme of the Intensive is Support, Lengthen and Release and it's suitable for all levels.

Tomorrow (Sat 22 Jan) I will again hold the annual Setting Goals Workshop.  Incidentally, 20 January was peak time to set goals, so we are not far off that date!  I am offering this workshop free as I think it's a great way to start the year and think about what you would like to achieve.  What goals do you wish to set?  In what areas of your life do you need to pay the most attention?  You can participate in the studio or online.  Use the link below and the discount code SETGOALS2022 at the checkout to waive the attendance fee.

Bring coloured pencils/textas to create your goals chart.

I hope you will take advantage of both these offerings and join me to set yourself up with a clear vision of what you want, even though we are off to a rough start!

Yours in Yoga


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Classes, Passes and Memberships for 2022

Hello everyone!  

We are commencing our regular timetable on Monday 31 January.  All our classes are in studio and online so you have the choice to stay at home, or come into the studio.  We are abiding by all government regulations, including QR codes, vaccinations, distancing and regular cleaning of the studio.  Please be assured we are doing everything possible to keep you all safe and healthy.

There are some additions and slight changes to the timetable this year so read below to see how it rolls out.  I have also created lots of options to be regular in your attendance, either online in your home, or in the studio.  

Ready Steady Focus is a new 30min class which targets a particular area of the body, like the shoulders.  Or we might focus on meditation, or relaxation, or the immune system.  

So read on to find out what we have on offer:


9.00-10.30am - General with Tricia
6.00-7.30pm - Experienced with Tricia


5.30-6.00pm - Ready Steady Focus with Tricia*
6.15-7.15pm - Beginner with Tricia


6.30-7.30am - Led Practice with Kim*
9.00-10.15am - Gentle with Sharon
5.30-6.30pm - 10wk Introductory Course with Fiona
6.45-8.15pm - Intermediate/Developing with Fiona


9.00-10.30am - General with Tricia
5.30-6.45 - Intermediate/Developing with Sharon


7.00-7.30am - Ready Steady Focus with Tricia*



7.00-8.00am - Iyengar Flow with Kim
4.30-6.00pm - Self Care Saturday 1st Saturday of each month.

* denotes online only.


Passes and Memberships

The memberships below are amazing value and allow you to explore your practice and deepen your understanding of Yoga and yourself.  When you sign up for a membership, a weekly amount is taken from your card as it normally would when you purchase a pass.  This means you are not having to find a larger amount of money every 10 weeks.  You can cancel or pause your membership at any time and 7 days notice is required to process your request.  You can read the conditions on the membership page of the website.  You can still purchase a 10 or a 20 class pass, or a casual pass.

Membership 1 - $29/week (includes 1 x class per week, in studio or online, and Led Practice online).

Membership 2 - $37/week (includes 2 x classes per week, in studio or online, and  Led Practice).  

Membership 3 - $42/week (includes 3 x classes per week, in studio or online, and Led Practice).

Membership Unlimited - $49/week (includes unlimited classes per week, in studio or online, and Led Practice online).

10 Class Pass -  $230 (includes 10 x classes valid for 3 months, in studio or online).

20 Class Pass - $380 (includes 20 x classes valid for 3 months, in studio or online).

Casual Class $26 (1 x class online or in the studio)
Casual Concession Class $24 (1 x class online or in the studio)

Ready Steady Focus Class $10 (1x class online)

10 Led Practice Pass Term $100 (includes 10 x sessions online)
Casual Led Practice $12 (1 x session online)

Yoga Basics 1 day $15
Yoga Basics 2 days $25

Free New Student Pass (unlimited classes for 10 days).

Use this link to see the passes/memberships or go to the Timetable or Membership page on the website.

We look forward to seeing you online or in the studio!  Keep healthy, keep practising yoga, and keep being kind to each other.


Join us for YogArt on Thursday 20 January.  This is a fun and educational activity for children from 3yrs+.  We have three age groups:


3-6yrs - 9.00am-10.45am
7-12yrs - 15.15am-12.45pm
13yrs+ - 1.00-3.00pm.


1  child - $55
2 children - $100
3 children - $140.

Fiona from StoryTime at Orange City Library takes the 3-6yrs on an adventure through story, incorporating yoga poses with balance, focus, flexibility and listening skills.  Sharon teaches more dynamic poses to the 7-12yrs coordinating breath with movement and ending with a relaxation segment.  The 13yrs+ will work with more complex poses, developing awareness, mindfulness and being present.

The children and young adults always love YogArt and so do the teachers.  It's fun to see young yogis develop skills that can be used in every day life.

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Get Ready for 2022

New Year and a New Beginning

Hello there and hello cocky!  From beautiful Manly I am working on the new memberships and passes for 2022, which will be ready for bookings very soon.  I had a visitor last night so I'm not working alone!  A reminder that whilst I am taking some time off, the office is closed until 10 January. 

In the meantime, you can purchase casual passes for the January holiday classes right now.  You can also book for the January Intensive and the Setting Goals Workshop, the Yoga Basics classes for new students, and YogArt.  Use the link below to book.  

And another thing ...  if you follow us on Instagram and Facebook you will receive the Setting Goals Workshop free.  Like us and look out for the post in the next few days.  It's not only a great way to start a new year, but a very necessary one.  It creates purpose and motivation for the year ahead and also helps us to reflect on the past.  I am really excited to be offering this workshop for those who want to start 2022 with a fresh and positive attitude and a clear path forward.

Stay posted for bookings for 2022 regular timetable of classes.  Until then, take special care,


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