Led Practice - now is a great time to start!

How does it work?

Led Practice runs every Saturday from 7.00am-8.30am.  It is not a class as such, but students set up as usual and then a teacher or a Level 2 student will 'lead' the practice.  The leader will call the poses and do them.  Everyone else follows.  The leader will give alternatives to the inversions so there is no pressure to do headstand or shoulder stand if you don't yet practice these poses.

What you will do

Each student follows the leader but does his or her own individual practice.  This means each student will use equipment for support if appropriate, and shorten the timings if appropriate.  Effectively, we are all practising the same sequence but adjusting it to suit our individual needs.   

You can sign up for 5 or 10 sessions of Led Practice during the term or you can come along and pay the casual rate.  I know some students have signed which is great.  

Start Now!

It is the beginning of a new year and a fantastic time to start Led Practice.  To make the transition smooth, I will be at Led Practice this Saturday to assist any students who are new to Led Practice and need a little guidance.  Sharon will lead and call each asana and I will be available to help.   So make use of this offer and come along.  The casual rate is $15 and it's a great way to start the weekend!  Below is a piece written by one of our students where she shares her thoughts on Led Practice.

Clair's Thoughts on Led Practice

Attending weekly classes allows us to become students of yoga.  Being a student of yoga and a yoga practitioner, rather than just 'dropping into a class', is a commitment to sit with ourselves.  We take the time to come onto the mat, once, twice, three times a week, or even daily,  to observe our habits, to notice what's happening the body, breath and mind.  Alan Goode spoke about this in his weekend workshop two weeks ago.  Alan noted that a yoga practice becomes a study of consciousness, rather than just a physical activity.  A regular and consistent yoga practice gives us the opportunity to observe whats happening within ourselves without reacting.  To watch the rise and fall of emotions rather than becoming entangled within the drama of our circumstances.  

The first step on this path is to attend a class or classes.   Once you are familiar with the basic asanas, it's a great idea to join Led Practice on Saturdays 7.00am-8.30am.  Led Practice is not a class but provides the support of other students of yoga.  We come together to practice, working at our own individual capacity.  A student or teacher will lead a sequence and we all follow along.  A very simple concept.

It's also a fantastic way to start the weekend.  If you have 3 months experience of yoga, please feel free join the Led Practice group.  You can pay casually on the day, or pay on line as you enrol for your term class(es).  

One of our students gives her perspective on why we should attend Led Practice:

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 confidence to build on your yoga practice. 

 

Other articles:

Free Class International Yoga Day and dinner at Scrumptious 6pm Friday 21 June

Join us at The Yoga Room this Friday 21 June for a free class to celebrate International Yoga Day and the Winter Solstice.  This is an opportunity for us to say thank you for your commitment to our school through your attendance in class each week.  The class is free but places are limited.  Please confirm your place by 11.00am on Thursday 20 June by adding or removing your name from the list at The Yoga Room. 

I have booked a table at Scrumptious downstairs for 7.15pm for anyone wishing to get together and share a meal after the class.  Confirm your place by 11.00am Thursday 20 June.  Everyone is welcome.

Women's Series Workshops - Yoga for a Woman's Cycle Sat 29 June 1.00-4.00pm

A yoga practice is not a ‘one size fits all’  approach. As practitioners we need to adjust our yoga practice to support ourselves during times when the body, mind and emotions are moving through transitions.  Practising asanas that stabilise before menstruation, poses to restore during menstruation and poses to rebalance your system post menstruation, will support a healthy cycle before.  The workshop provides essential knowledge for all female yoga practitioners to honour their cycle.  It is especially relevant for those preparing for pregnancyor with issues around menstruation. The workshop will look at the asanas to set up a healthy regular cycle, asanas for symptoms like PMS, dizziness and lower back pain.

Cost for workshops:   $40 which includes notes and sequences.

 Bookings essential.  Place your name on the list at The Yoga  Room or contact me

Led Practice this Saturday 8 June

Led Practice is an opportunity to come together as a group and practice.  Led Practice is held each Saturday from 7.00am-8.30am.  Please come along and join us as we work through a sequence this Saturday.  It's a great way to start your long weekend and to learn to adjust your own practice to your individual capacity, with the support of the group.  All students are welcome to attend and I encourage you to come along and find out how simple Led Practice is.

Sunday Relax and Restore Yoga Class - next class 9.30am 16 June

Life is busy and we are generally overloaded with information, jobs to be completed, and stress.  

Make space in your life for a few hours of restoring and re-energising before the start of a new week.  All levels are welcome.  

This class runs on the first and third Sunday of each month.  

International Yoga Day - Free Class

We love our yoga studio and our practice.  It gives us a comforting, and sometimes lifesaving, dimension to our lives.  To thank our yoga community and to celebrate International Yoga Day, we are holding a free class from 6.00-7.00pm on Friday 21 June.  

It is always lovely to have a catch up with fellow students and teachers, and anyone who is interested in having a meal after the class is very welcome.  I have booked Scrumptious for a 7.15pm dinner afterwards.  Bookings for both the class and dinner are essential.

Namaste

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 2.00-4.00pm

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