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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Holiday Timetable Week Commencing Monday 15 July

This is week 2 of our holiday timetable.  Classes available this week are:

Wednesday 17 July 9.30-10.45am - General Class with Sharon

Wednesday 17 July 6.00-7.00pm - Focus on Forward Bends with Kim.

Brave the cold, come into the warm studio and be consistent with your yoga practice.  It will reward you with support for the immune system, good circulation through mindful movement and a settling of the nervous system and the mind.  

Term 3 starts on Monday 22 July with our regular timetable.  Use the link below to book all classes.

See you on the mat.


July Holiday Timetable and Five Reasons you Should Keep Coming to Class during Winter

Hello to our lovely yoga students and yoga friends,

A quick reminder that the current term concludes on Saturday 6 July with the last class being Kim's 7.30am General Class.  Then we are in school holiday territory where we operate on a slightly reduced timetable (see timetable below).  I realise it's well and truly Winter but there are a million reasons to maintain your practice over the coming months, and particularly over the July holidays.  Here are five.

1. Reduce Stress Levels

With all the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Yoga is a great way to relax and unwind, helping to lower cortisol levels and promote a sense of calm. By attending holiday yoga classes, you can combat the stress that often comes with school holidays juggling work and children.

2. Boost Your Immune System

During the winter months, it's important to take care of your immune system. Yoga can help boost your immune system by increasing circulation, improving lymphatic flow, and reducing inflammation. By attending holiday yoga classes, you can support your body's natural defenses and stay healthy throughout the season.

3. Stay Active and Fit

With all the holiday treats and indulgences, it's easy to let your fitness routine slide. Attending yoga classes during the holidays is a great way to stay active and maintain your fitness level. Yoga can help improve flexibility, strength, and balance, keeping you in shape during this the Winter months.

4. Cultivate Mindfulness and Gratitude

Winter is often a great time for reflection and gratitude. Yoga can help you cultivate mindfulness and gratitude by focusing on the present moment and connecting with your breath. By attending yoga classes, you can take time for yourself, practice gratitude, and cultivate a sense of inner peace.

5. Connect with a Community

Yoga classes offer a supportive and welcoming community where you can connect with like-minded individuals. Attending holiday yoga classes is a great way to meet new people, make friends, and feel a sense of belonging. Joining a yoga community can provide you with the support and encouragement you need to stay motivated and committed to your practice.

So, why not make time for yourself this Winter and attend yoga classes? Whether you're looking to reduce stress, boost your immune system, stay active, cultivate mindfulness, or connect with a community, our classes offer a multitude of benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.


July Holiday Timetable

Week 1

Monday 8 July 6.00-7.30pm General Class with Tricia

Tuesday 9 July 6.15-7.15pm General Class with Tricia

Wednesday 10 July 5.45-7.15pm General Class with Fiona

Thursday 11 July 9.30-11.00am General Class with Tricia.

Thursday 11 July 5.45-6.45pm General Class with Kim.


Week 2

Wednesday 17 July 9.30-10.45am General Class with Sharon

Wednesday 17 July 6.00-7.00pm Forward Bend Focus with Kim (open to all students).


Our regular timetable starts again on Monday 22 July.


International Yoga Day Friday 21 June

Are you looking to celebrate International Yoga Day in a meaningful way? At the Yoga Room we celebrate this day each year and invite our community to join us.

What is International Yoga Day?

International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21st every year to raise awareness about the many benefits of practicing yoga. It is a day to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being through the practice of yoga.

How we are Celebrating?

We are holding a free class from 6.00-7.00pm followed by soup and dahl whilst watching a yoga related film.  There is no cost but if you would like to bring something sweet like a slice for our dessert, that would be lovely.

Please book for the online class using the link below.  We would love to see you.

Timetable for Term 2

Term 2 commences on Monday 29 April.  We are looking forward to seeing you back in class after a week's break in the timetable. 

A few points to note:

  • Sharon is returning to teaching from her 12month Sebatical and will resume teaching the Gentle Class on Wednesday morning in early June.
  • Fiona is on leave and Kim will teach the Intermediate class for a few weeks.
  • We will no longer use PunchPass as our booking system.

A previous email has been sent about how we are proceeding to book and pay for classes in Term 2. 


Term 2 Passes

I am offering the following passes for Term 2:

10 Class Pass - $240.00 ($24 per class)
20 Class Pass - $400.00 ($20 per class - you are welcome to direct deposit weekly, fortnightly or monthly for this pass)
5 Class Pass - $130.00 ($26 per class)
Casual Pass - $28.00
Concession Casual Pass - $25.00.

You are also welcome to pay cash to the teacher on the day or at the beginning of the term.

I am working on a new online booking system but if you wish to pay for your classes before term starts, you can deposit into The Yoga Room bank account at any time.  Please email me for details.

Below is a link to the Term 2 Timetable.  Please note we will no longer have Led Practice on a Wednesday morning.  

I'm looking foward to seeing you all back on the mat.

See you in class next week.



Easter Holiday Update

We are observing the public holidays over the Easter break as follows:

There will be no classes on Good Friday.

Kim will teach the 7.30am Saturday morning class in the studio and online.  Book as usual through Punchpass.

There is no class on Easter Monday but for those students who cannot attend another class next week, there is a recorded class which you can access by booking the class as usual.  Once you've booked the class, at 6.00pm on Easter Monday log into your Punchpass account.  You will see the recorded class sitting in your class reservations list ready to be played.  Press Play and enjoy!  

Have a fantastic Easter and I hope you can enjoy some time to relax and enjoy the sun.

Term dates and April Holiday Timetable

A bit of info so we all clear about term finish and start dates.  This term is a long one - 11 weeks in total.  This term concludes on Sunday 14 April.  We will be on a holiday timetable for the week commencing Monday 15 April (see below).  The holiday classes are general in nature and open to all students of any level.

There are no classes during the week commencing Monday 22 April.  Fiona is on leave, Kim and I are training and there is also Anzac Day in the mix.

Term 2 starts on Monday 29 April and concludes on Sunday 7 July.


Holiday Timetable

Monday 15 April 6.00pm General Class with Tricia

Wednesday 17 April 6.30am Led Practice with Kim

Wednesday 17 April 6.00pm General class with Kim/Fiona

Thursday 18 April 9.30am General class with Kim

Saturday 20 April 7.30am General class with Fiona.


Yoga for Children and Young Adults - Saturday 6 April

Fiona and I continue our classes for children and young adults on Saturday 6 April.

We had a great bunch of budding yogis attend last month and would love to see as many young people as possible in class to continue developing the skills of focus, resilience, team work and learning to be still.  So if you know any kids or teenagers that could benefit, please send direct them to the timetable on the website or send them the links below.  The sessions are as follows:

9.00-10.00am 5-11yrs

Use this link to book:

10.15-11.15am 12yrs+

Use this link to book:


See you on the mat to continue your learning and progress along the yoga path.