Aug 2014

Namaste

The traditional yoga practices pave the path to greater knowledge and understanding. This ancient methodology awakens self awareness and opens us to new perspectives, generating a stable foundation for transformation. Unblocking the unconscious conditioning that has limited us, we evolve creatively to reveal our full potential.

Full Moon Hatha Yoga – Monday 11 August, 6.00-7.30pm, $20/$18 concession, or use your class card

The energy of the full moon inspires us to open our heart to ourselves and to others. You have the power to create each and every moment of your daily and spiritual life to reflect your authentic self. The auspicious energy of the full moon and the company of others sharing a similar vision will help facilitate the awareness of the calm and stillness within. Soft candlelight will set a hushed tone. We will flow through the foundational Integral Yoga class with an emphasis on harmonising the practices with the natural qualities of peace associated with the true self. Please let me know if you have any queries.

 Positive Thinking! Group Meditation – Saturday 30 August, 10.30-11.00am, $5

When disturbed by negative thoughts, initiate opposite, positive thinking. This is pratipaksha bhavana. If we are aware of unfavourable attitudes before they manifest as words or actions, we retain the power to reverse them by changing our approach, rather than hoping to change the state of affairs or the people who we perceive cause us to be unhappy or disgruntled. This practice enables us to remain harmonious, balanced and openhearted. Group meditation creates a powerful energy that deepens our experience of inner calm and serenity. New and experienced meditators are welcome and there is no requirement to practise hatha yoga to attend this session. It is important for the body to be comfortable or the mind will stray. Seating options include chairs, stools and cushions. If you plan to come, or have any questions, please let me know.

 Restorative Yoga in Sandringham – Sunday 14 September, 4.00-5.15pm, $20/$18 concession

Restorative yoga is the practice of certain asanas with the body fully supported by pillows, bolsters and blankets. In the supported state, yoga poses can be held for a longer time, enhancing their therapeutic benefits and helping you rest deeply and completely. Suitable for people with various conditions and especially relaxing for those in good health, new and experienced students are welcome.

Note: This session will be held at Shanthi’s home studio in Sandringham and bookings are required. Please liaise with me for the address or further details.

Balance! – Monday 22 September, 6.00-7.30pm, $20/$18 concession, or use your class pass

Invite the spring equinox to inspire you to feel steady and stable. We all have particular tendencies and inclinations, and without awareness these patterns create imbalance. Sometimes our stability, or lack thereof, is reflected in our physical balance. By becoming aware of our habitual predispositions and consciously applying their opposites we can release ingrained patterns of doing and being, and bring body, mind and spirit back into union. We will move through the primary Integral Yoga sequence adding some extra balance poses and including various suggestions to help foster equilibrium. Please contact me for further information.

 Illuminate! Day Retreat with Marie and Shanthi in St Kilda Road – Saturday 11 October, 9.30am-5.00pm

Early bird by 13 September $100/$95 concession

Standard $110/$105 concession

Half day $65/$60 concession

Discover the power yoga has to light up your life and create a memorable experience that stays with you long after the day ends. As it has been since the ancient past, and will continue to be for millennia to come, the science of yoga offers various ways to nurture and delight you. This retreat provides an opportunity to spend time together and enrich your life through the light of the yoga teachings. To derive the maximum benefits and develop a profound appreciation of the true light of your inner self, you are encouraged to attend for the whole day, although bookings may be accepted for the morning or afternoon only. A nourishing hot lunch is included. Space is limited and bookings are essential. A deposit of $50 or the full early bird fee is required to confirm your commitment and secure a place. Please contact me for the address and relevant details.

Note: The retreat day will be held at my home in St Kilda Road.

Sit Comfortably – Saturday 25 October, 10.30-11.15am, $10

Sukhasana is Sanskrit for an easy, comfortable cross legged position, but it’s not always easy or comfortable! Padmasana is lotus pose, the symbol of creation. This workshop is structured to lengthen the thighs, open the hips and relieve tension around the buttocks. Releasing stiffness in these areas brings a greater freedom of movement in many asanas and results in more ease throughout the entire body. This workshop is designed to suit each individual whether you’re working in a basic sitting pose or extending into variations of full or half lotus. If have any specific questions or plan to attend, please let me know.

 It’s a Girl!

Congratulations to Rebecca and Christopher on the safe delivery of their precious baby girl Olivia Beth. Rebecca consistently attended the Saturday class until a week prior to the birth. Best wishes to delighted grandmother Margaret, long term Integral Yoga student. Love to all the family.

May the entire universe be filled with peace, joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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