The Gift of Yoga - Honouring BKS Iyengar at the Centenary Celebrations in Sydney

At present in India, Centenary Celebrations are being held in honour of BKS Iyengar.  In Australia we held our own Centenary Celebrations for BKS Iyengar in each capital city to mark 100 years since his birth.  I attended the Sydney celebration at Opera Australia in Surry Hills on Sunday 11 November.  The Sydney celebration started with a 2hr Led Practice led by a representative from Sydney and each regional area in NSW.  I attended as the representative for the Central West and led the adjusted sequence for anyone who was pregnant, menstruating or had injuries.  The atmosphere was friendly and the energy in the room was beautiful as we all practised together for the 2 hours, each individual adjusting their practice as needed.  

After the Led Practice we had morning tea and talked to old friends, met new people and drank seriously good chai!

We then sat for an hour or so to listen to stories and perspectives from four Senior Iyengar Teachers who started travelling to Pune to learn from Mr Iyengar in the 1970s.  They were among Iyengar's first students and most of them have travelled at least once a year to learn from Iyengar and his family every year since then.  Their stories were full of funny anecdotes and reflections on their time in India.  They all have enormous gratitude and respect for Iyengar's generosity to share his knowledge with a sense of humour, and his passion to bring yoga to the West so it was accessible to everyone.

Pooja was held in honour of Guruji where 100 candles were lit by almost 100 attendees to give thanks to Guruji and his life of teaching.  It was a moving and joyous celebration and a reminder that yoga is a gift.  If we treasure, nurture and put the time and effort into our practice, we will receive all it has to offer us.


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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.


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