Regular practice of hatha yoga and meditation supports our ability to focus the attention on what is, rather than what is not, and provides us with a powerful antidote to the distractions and tensions of our daily lives. A regular routine helps us to reduce stress, become more productive, improve decision making skills, relate better to others and to be more creative. A recent study at Harvard unveiled an MRI study proving meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s grey matter in 8 weeks. Test subjects taking part in the 8 week meditation program showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at the university. The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s grey matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”
Guru Purnima Hatha Class with Chanting – Saturday 1 August 9.00-10.30am, $20/$18 concession or use your class card
This class honours teachings from the past and present that foster wisdom, healing, love and light throughout the world. We will open with hatha yoga and close with kirtan chanting to reflect the core understanding of Integral Yoga ‘Truth is One, Paths are Many’. The objective of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation, and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family. If you require further information, please let me know.
Meditation Insights – Saturdays 22 and 29 August 10.45am-12.30pm,
Early bird by 1 August two classes $50/$45 concession, Standard two classes $60/$55 concession, Single class $35/$30 concession
Is your mind where you want it to be? If not, it’s time to train it! Discover what meditation is, how it works and how it can become an enjoyable daily experience. Meditation is increasingly being recognised by the western medical establishment as a major component in health and wellness. Regular practice helps us to cope with stress, improve health, unlock creativity, and more! These classes are suitable for new students and for seasoned meditators wishing to enhance or strengthen their practice. They will equip you with the information, experience and motivation required for regular practice. To develop a clear understanding and to derive the maximum benefits, you are encouraged to book for both sessions however you are welcome to attend either class on a casual basis. Please discuss any specific requests with me so the classes can be tailored to meet your needs.
Hatha Yoga for Peace – Monday 21 September 6.00-7.30pm, $20/$18 concession or use your class card
The International Day of Peace is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The concept of peace on earth is pertinent to people of all faiths, religions, nationalities, race, gender, principles and philosophy. The goal of Integral Yoga and the birthright of every individual is to realise the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation, and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family. We will flow through the foundational hatha yoga sequence integrating specific aspects of peace associated with the faiths and traditions depicted on the Integral Yoga yantra to infuse a profound understanding of our innate peaceful nature. Please contact me for further details.
Super Moon! Super Swoon! – Monday 28 September 6.00-7.30pm, $20/$18 concession or use your class card
Music can be described as the silence between the notes. Likewise, hatha yoga can be understood as the stillness within the practice. The super full moon is a time when all energies are heightened. When the lunar magnetic pull is strongest it influences not only the tides, but also our individual emotional state. This is an effective time to ground, reset and connect to that still place within. Nada yoga explores the art of listening as a beautiful practice in mindfulness. A super moon and a musical swoon unite with your inner silence to inspire a profound, resonant hatha yoga practice. Please let me know if you require further information.
Connect! Retreat Day with Marie and Shanthi in St Kilda Road
Saturday 17 October 9.15am-5.00pm, Early bird by 14 September $100/$95 concession, Standard $110/$105 concession, Half day $65/$60 concession
Connect with the essence of your true nature and allow all aspects of your being to unite during this yoga immersion. The retreat day is designed for all ages and levels of experience. It will provide tools to create lasting, positive awareness and allow you to delve mindfully into your practice. We will investigate the integration of consciousness, breath, mind, body and lifestyle as we explore the connection with ourselves and the world around us. To derive the maximum benefits and develop a profound bond with 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 and healthy snacks are included. We cater to all dietary requirements. 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 if you have any questions, personal requests or suggestions regarding this special day of unity and understanding at my home in St Kilda Road.
May the entire universe be filled with peace, joy, love and light!