Weekend Workshop with Alan Goode 28, 29 and 30 September

The Yoga Room is honoured to welcome back Alan Goode from Yoga Mandir in Canberra to teach a weekend workshop.  Some students attended Alan's workshop last May for our 20th Birthday Celebrations and I am excited to offer all our students that same opportunity.  

All students of all class levels and experience are welcome and I would urge everyone to come along to deepen their understanding of the subject of yoga.  This is a unique opportunity to work with a Senior Teacher in our usual friendly and supportive class environment.  

There is also an opportunity on Friday night for newcomers and beginners alike to attend a free talk on 'What is Iyengar Yoga' followed by a free class.  Feel free to bring your friends and family and take advantage of this generous offer from Alan.  The talk  is open to everyone but due to restriction on numbers for the class, priority will be given to newcomers and beginners for the class.  Any places unfilled in the Friday night free class will then be opened up to all levels.

Reserve your place now.  To book your place, put your name on the enrolment list at The Yoga Room or contact me direct.



Other articles:

Women's Series Workshops - Yoga for a Woman's Cycle - Saturday 1 December 2.00pm-5.00pm

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.  This workshop provides knowledge around menstruation when the body is energetically different.  Taking time to learn and accommodate the body’s responses throughout the cycle is an essential part of every woman’s practice.

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.  This workshop provides essential knowledge for all female yoga practitioners to honour their cycle.  It is especially relevant for those preparing for pregnancy or 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

Bookings essential. 

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

Another year of Yoga - let's celebrate!

I am so grateful that I stumbled upon a yoga class many years ago when I was in my early 20s.  I cannot imagine what my life would be like without a yoga practice to ground, to energise and to balance my crazy world.  I am so grateful that I have been able to walk the path of yoga.  It has taught me so much about expectation, judgement, resilience, acceptance and surrender.

Being a teacher is a challenging path filled with responsibility, but it is also very rewarding.  It makes my heart happy when I see students coming to class each week, attending workshops, asking questions and making progress as they tread their own path.  In our own way, we are all seekers, and yoga provides an opportunity to question, to look below the surface and makes sense of our lives.

I am very proud of our yoga community and the efforts of all our students to develop their yoga practice and their own Svadhaya (self study).  I am also very grateful to my teachers who are dedicated and devoted to the practice of yoga and to the art of teaching.  I am very fortunate to have Steph, Fiona and Sharon in the school and you are all so lucky to have the benefit of their knowledge.

In this spirit, please join us to celebrate another year of yoga at our Christmas gathering. It's an informal get together to relax, mingle, celebrate  and chat.  Call in for 30mins or stay for a few hours.

Date:          Friday 14 December

Time:          From 5.30pm-8.00pm

Venue:         The Building, 86 Piesley Street.

RSVP:         11 December to Tricia or on list at The Yoga Room.

Nibbles and music provided.

Women's Series Workshops - Saturday 10 November

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.  The Women's Series Workshops provide knowledge around those times of flux when the body is energetically different.  Taking time to learn and accommodate the body's response to these transitions is an essential part of every woman's practice.

Please join me for these essential workshops for female yoga practitioners.  You are welcome to participate in both or one of the workshops, as well as the talk by Dr Josephine Braid on hormonal health.

Term 4 starts Monday 15 October and 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. 


Upcoming Workshops - 2nd edition

Whilst classes offer instruction and guidance, Workshops and Intensives offer the opportunity to immerse ourselves more deeply, to observe more acutely and to access the intelligence of the body over a sustained period of time.  Workshops are important to build a knowledge base and have a deeper experience to take into our classes and our own practice.

The Yoga Room is offering the following workshops:

Women's Series Workshops:

Saturday 10 November

10am-1.00pm - Yoga to ease through menopause and beyond 

Learn the asanas that give energy when needed or calm the nervous system and adrenals to find balance during this transition.

1.15pm-1.45pm Talk by Dr Jo Braid on hormonal health (open to participants who attend either of these workshops)

2.00pm-5.00pm - Yoga for a Woman's Cycle.

Practising asanas that support a healthy cycle before, during and after menstruation can relieve common symptoms like cramps, lower back pain, dizziness and PMS.  This workshop provides essential knowledge for all female yoga practitioners to honour their cycle and prepare for a healthy transition to menopause.

Cost:  $40 each or $70 for both workshops.

January Intensive 23-26 January 2019

After the Christmas break an Intensive is the ideal way to prepare for the term and the year ahead.  The New Year affords us a clean slate to begin with a fresh outlook.  To allow ourselves the time to observe, be patient and truly learn from the intelligence of the body gives us the opportunity to look at our patterns and habits, and to make space for change and progress.  It is a gift to ourselves.

Wednesday 23, Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 27 January

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 6.30am-8.00am and 5.45pm-7.15pm

Saturday 8.30am-10.00am and 4.00pm-5.30pm

Morning Asana will have emphasis on active practice

 Evening Asana will have emphasis on restoratives and Pranayama.

Cost for 8 sessions:  $140.

Cost for 4 sessions:  $85.

Cost for 2 sessions:  $48.




Restorative Yoga Class Thursday 11 October 6pm

Dear students,

A reminder that I will teach a restorative class tomorrow night at 6.oopm.  Restorative classes are ideal to recharge the batteries for the term ahead, which is always a busy and crazy one leading up to Christmas. All students welcome.