Why do Yoga?

Hi there beautiful yogis!

The school holidays are upon us and hopefully some sunny weather.  Gardens are looking wonderful and Spring gives us the flavour of fresh, new life.

Like the freshness of Spring, our external environment can change our perspective.  The only problem is that our external environment, the world around us, is always changing.  Sometimes we don't like what we see in front of us.  It's too cold, too hot, too hard, not enough ...  the list goes on.  We don't have control over our external environment.  But we do have control over our internal environment:  our thoughts, what we choose to focus on, and our internal stories.  The practice of yoga and pranayama teaches us to sit quietly and observe.  To watch our tendencies and our habits and the way we interact with the world.  By practising yoga, pranayama and meditation (3 of the 8 limbs), we build the skills to be present.  We learn to sit quietly with what goes on around us and, over time,  we are less reactive.  Our external environment no longer pulls us in so many different directions.  We are less distracted, more steady, more able to 'see' with a calm and grounded perspective.  The world will always be changing and fluctuating, but the question is how will you move through the world?  How can you sit in your 'centre' or your 'Self' rather than being pulled away?  This is a big question.

We are wired to move towards pleasure, or away from pain.  If we go with this, it may work for a short time.  There is a syndrome called 'shiny new objects'.  Most of us love a bit of this.  A new dress bought online, new tools for the shed, a better table for the kitchen, or even a new kitchen!  All of this is fine, but it's never enough.  A new dress or tools don't actually make us happy in the long term.  A new car doesn't keep us fulfilled for years on end.

So what's the answer?  We can only answer this question for ourselves.  For me the answer lies in two areas.  The first is to work on the inside - to cultivate a steady 'Self' so coping with the outside stuff is less overwhelming.  LIfe will always throw stuff at us that we don't like, usually when you least expect it.  The second is to keep learning and growing.  

Both of these take a lot of effort and we live in a society where effort is not valued.  The quick fix, the easy way, the most pleasant etc etc etc.  I had a conversation last week with my teacher Alan Goode.  He made the comment that practising Iyengar Yoga has become more at odds with the world.  Iyengar Yoga asks that you get on the mat and practice.  It's a practice-based form of learning.  When you step onto the mat, you may not like what you see.  It may be difficult emotionally, physically, and in all sorts of ways.  There is no music, no bells and whistles.  It's just you and the practice - asana, pranayama, meditation.  But if you do your class and a little regular home practice, if you sit quietly for a few mins every day, you see things about yourself that you don't see reflected back to you in a new kitchen or a new dress.  You learn things about yourself by showing up and observing.  To show up is for most of us the hardest thing of all.  To be consistent, to go against what the world values, is to tread the path of yoga in a very personal way.  To be curious enough to learn; to do your class, whether you feel like it or not, to practise pranayama, when it makes you want to scream and run out of the room, to sit and watch yourself, without reacting, is often the hardest thing you will have to work on in life.  The hint of spring, the ray of light that comes out of this consistency, is the opportunity to learn and progress and to be steady and content in yourself.  To cultivate the internal landscape is such a challenge, but its rewards are immense.  For me, the practice I have done over the years has taught me a lot about myself.  I am still very much a beginner and I am still learning.  Learning how to accept what is, learning to be grateful with what I have, letting go of what I thought would happen.  This is why I practise Yoga.  

If you wish to join me, and many other yoga practitioners, in this endeavour, jump on the mat and keep practising.  The key is consistency - a little over a long period of time.  I've never heard anyone say they regretted the time they spent on the mat.

 

Namaste,

Tricia

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Term 1 2024 Timetable

Welcome to a new year of yoga!  Term 1 is an 11 week term and starts on Monday 29 January.  Please note there are no classes in the week commencing Monday 22 April due to teachers undertaking Professional Development in Canberra.

We have a great year planned and I am working on locking in some workshops with guest teachers, as well as the usual workshops I teach in the studio on a regular basis.  Here is an outline of what's to come:

  • Lulu Bull is returning for a weekend workshop in September/October;
  • We are planning to celebrate International Yoga Day on 21 June with a class, soup and a film night;
  • We are holding Yoga classes for Children and Young Adults on the second Saturday of each month starting on 10 February at 9.30am; 
  • I will teach the Home Practice Workshop on Saturday 24 February from 2.00-5.00pm;
  • Fiona is again teaching an 8 week Pranayama Practice session each Friday at 6.45am from 2 February, in the studio and online;
  • and lots more.

 

We are a small studio and offer high quality classes with attention to detail.  We focus on teaching our students in a wholistic and comprehensive manner.  We can only continue to offer this high standard of classes and workshops with your support.  We look forward to teaching you again in 2024 to support your yoga practice and overall health and wellbeing.

 

The Timetable is as follows and booking are now open:

 

Monday 6.00-7.30pm - Experienced Class with Tricia

Tuesday 6.15-7.15pm - Beginner Class with Tricia

Wednesday 6.30-7.30am - Led Practice Online with Kim

Wednesday 9.30-10.45am - Gentle Class with Tricia

Wednesday 5.45-7.15pm - Intermediate Class with Fiona

Thursday 9.30-11.00am - General Class with Tricia

Thursday 5.45-6.45pm - Beginner Class with Kim

Saturday 7.30-8.30am - Rise & Shine General Class with Kim.

 

See you on the mat!  Use the link below to book from the schedule.

https://orangeyogaroom.com.au/pages/timetable

January Holiday Timetable 2024

The studio will be closed from Saturday 23 December until Monday 15 January.  We have casual classes on the timetable from 15 January until we resume with a full timetable on Monday 29 January 2024 - see below.

Monday 15 January

6.00-7.30pm Open Class with Tricia
 

Wednesday 17 January

6.30-7.30am – Led Practice with Kim (online only)

6.00-7.30pm General class with Tricia

 Thursday 18 January

9.30-11.00am General Class with Kim

9.30-3.00pm - Children and Young Adult's Yoga at the Library

Intensive 

Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21, and Monday 22 January 2024

I love, love, love teaching the Intensive each year.  The New Year is an opportunity to start with a clean slate, to set goals and to move forward in a way that's free of the past.  There is a freshness and a lightness to the New Year which is well suited to the mindset of Intensives.  Intensives are designed to focus your awareness on your yoga practice in a way that you wouldn't necessarily do by simply coming to class each week.  We can look more deeply into different aspects of asana and pranayama as well as restorative asanas.  It can give students clarity and insight into their practice and allows us to start the New Year with energy and positivity.  The Intensive is open to all students who have a solid foundation in basic standing poses, shoulder stand and halasana.  As numbers are limited, priority will be given to students who attend all 7 sessions.  There are options for 5 and 6 sessions but it is preferable to do the whole Intensive.   I will consider taking 4 session bookings if we have places available closer to the time.


Dates and Times:

Friday 19 January - 6.00-7.30pm
Saturday 20 January - 8.30-10.30am and 4.00-5.30pm
Sunday 21 January - 8.30-10.30am and 4.00-5.30pm
Monday 6.30-8.00am and 6.00-7.30pm.


Investment

7 sessions - $280.00
6 sessions - $260.00
5 sessions - $240.00.

Book all 7 sessions on the link below.  If you wish to book 5 or 6 sessions, please place your name on the list at the studio and pay a deposit of $50 which is nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Wednesday 24 January

9.30-10.45am General Class with Tricia

 

Saturday 27 January

7.30-8.30am General class with Kim

3.30-4.30 pm Yoga Basics for those wanting to start Yoga

 

Monday 29 January

Regular Timetable and Term 1 starts.

Book Intensive:  https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes/14251558

 

What's Happening up until Christmas

Friday 1 December at the Studio

Free Christmas Class 5.45pm

Gathering 6.45pm

As usual, we will get together as a community for a free class and nibblies to celebrate the end of another year of learning and practising yoga together.  Please come along to the class, or pop your head in the door and say hello when the class finishes.

5.45-6.45pm - Free class (please book your place)
6.45-7.45pm - Catch up for a chat and nibblies.

If possible, can you please book online for this free class.  Please remember to cancel your attendance if you can't be there on the night.  There will also be a list at the studio for those who don't use online bookings.  If you are able to bring a small plate to share after the class, that would be wonderful, but not necessary.

Fiona, Kim and I would love to see as many students there as possible.

Book Christmas Class:  https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes/14251824

Classes 18-23 December

Term 4 finishes officially on Saturday 16 December.  However, I will teach a few Restorative Classes during the week leading up to Christmas.  All classes will be focused on relieving stress, taking time out to breathe, moving slowly and steadily, and staying grounded.  Here are the dates. Please look carefully at the times:

Monday 18 December 6.00-7.30pm 

Tuesday 19 December 6.15-7.30pm

Wednesday 20 December 6.00-7.30pm (tbc)

Thursday 21 December  9.30-11.00am.

Book as usual with your pass or purchase a casual pass to attend.  All students welcome.  

The studio will be closed until Monday 15 January.  We will have casual classes on the timetable for two weeks until we resume with a full timetable on Monday 29 January 2024.

Please note that all passes expire on 22 December 2023.  We will start with new passes and a clean slate in 2024.

 

January Intensive

Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21, and

Monday 22 January 2024

I love, love, love teaching the Intensive each year.  The New Year is an opportunity to start with a clean slate, to set goals and to move forward in a way that's free of the past.  There is a freshness and a lightness to the New Year which is well suited to the mindset of Intensives.  Intensives are designed to focus your awareness on your yoga practice in a way that you wouldn't necessarily do by simply coming to class each week.  We can look more deeply into different aspects of asana and pranayama as well as restorative asanas.  It can give students clarity and insight into their practice and allows us to start the New Year with energy and positivity.  The Intensive is open to all students who have a solid foundation in basic standing poses, shoulder stand and halasana.  As numbers are limited, priority will be given to students who attend all 7 sessions.  There are options for 5 and 6 sessions but it is preferable to do the whole Intensive.   I will consider taking 4 session bookings if we have places available closer to the time.


Dates and Times:

Friday 19 January - 5.45-7.15pm
Saturday 20 January - 8.30-10.30am and 4.30-6.00pm
Sunday 21 January - 8.30-10.30am and 4.30-6.00pm
Monday 6.30-8.00am and 5.45-7.15pm.


Investment

7 sessions - $280.00
6 sessions - $260.00
5 sessions - $240.00.

Book all 7 sessions on the link below.  If you wish to book 5 or 6 sessions, please place your name on the list at the studio and pay a deposit of $40 which is nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Book 7 Sessions of Intensive:  https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes/14251558.

 

 



 

Holiday Timetable - 25 September-8 October

Hello everyone,

The last class for Term 3 is Saturday 23 September.  From Monday 25 September we will be on a holiday timetable for two weeks.  All classes are open classes so any student can attend and we encourage everyone to come along to whatever class suits over that two week period of time.  You can purchase a casual pass or use your existing pass or membership.  The classes are:


Monday 25 Sept 6.00-7.30pm - Open Class with Tricia
Tuesday 26 Sept 6.45-7.03am - Pranayama Intensive with Fiona
 
Tuesday 26 Sept 6.00-7.00pm - Open Class with Kim
Wednesday 27 September 6.45-7.30am - Pranayama Intensive with Fiona
Wednesday 27 Sept 6.00-7.30pm - Open class with Kim
Thursday 28 September 6.45-7.30am - Pranayama Intensive 
Saturday 30 Sept 7.30-8.30am - Open Class with Kim.


Tuesday 3 October 6.00-7.00pm - Open class with Kim
Wednesday 4 October 9.30-10.45am - Open Class with Tricia
Wednesday 4 October 6.00-7.30pm - Open class with Kim
Thursday 5 October 9.30-11.00am - Open class with Tricia
Saturday 7 October 7.30-8.30am - Open class with Kim.

Sunday 8 October - Kids Classes with craft, bath bombs and lip balm.
9.00am-10.00am - 3-6yrs
10.15-11.45 - 7-11yrs
12.00-1.30pm - 12yrs+.

Term 4 starts on Monday 9 October.  

Please be aware that passes have an expiry date so Log into your account and check to make sure you attend all classes on the pass.  Classes can be booked and cancelled up to 1 hour before the class starts.

See you on the mat,

Tricia

 

 

 

 

Why have a Home Practice?

'Home Practice' means you start practising a little of what you have learnt in class in your own time at home.  There are many reasons to develop a home practice, and also many benefits.  

Yoga is a practice-based form of learning.  We come to class each week and learn as a group.  Just like you need to train if you play a sport, ie football or netball,  in Yoga you need to train or practice during the week so that when you come to class, you can apply what you have practised.  This is the way we progress and develop our yoga practice.  

Having a yoga practice requires a certain amount of discipline, there's no doubt. But what it really requires is consistency.  The act of stepping onto the mat once, twice or three times a week means you create a space from which to observe what is happening in your life, and your reactions to it.  To sit with sensations, emotions and whatever else rises up in the stillness of practice, is sometimes difficult.  If you remain curious instead of judgemental, you can create a space that is welcoming, familiar and almost like a haven.  It is a space for learning - some days things go well, and other days things are challenging.   Some days you need to do active asanas to work out tension, and other days you are so exhausted or anxious that restorative asanas are required to sooth the nerves and revitalise your energy.

The beauty of having a home practice is that you can practise what you need on the day.  Practice becomes a valuable part of your life where you can be still, learn, energise an recalibrate.  This first step to creating a home practice is knowledge, but then you have to apply the knowledge and step onto the mat.  In the workshop we look at obstacles to practice, how to prioritise practice and what to practice.  We look at categories of poses, how to sequence poses to gain different effects, how to enliven the body, and how to soothe the nervous system.  It is practical as well as looking at some basic theory. It is suitable for all levels and invaluable to all yoga practitioners.  If you would like to join me, please use the link below to book, or email me.  You will be very welcome.

Date:  Saturday 19 August
Time:  1.30-4.30 pm
Investment:  $50.00.

 https://orangeyogaroom.punchpass.com/classes/13620674

 

Yoga for Children - Thursday 13 July

We love teaching yoga to children and it's a perfect school holiday activity that is fun and educational.  Through story and imagination the children will learn how to balance, focus, move with awareness and be still and relax.

This week we have two classes running at the studio:

3-6yrs 9.00am

7-12yrs 10.00am.

We would love to share these skills and have some fun with your children.  Use the booking link below or contact me with any questions.

Tricia