The Integral Yoga teachings invite us to thrive in a sincere and gracious way, while leading a full and productive life – as Swami Satchidananda often said ‘to develop easeful bodies, peaceful minds and useful lives’. For thousands of years a myriad of cultures have incorporated aspects of yogic understanding to live more conscious and fulfilled lives. These yogic approaches are still relevant today because they work. A mindful and considered approach to life beckons us to do more than merely survive the stresses of daily life. Effective methods to support us to flourish and prosper include incorporating the practices of chant, hatha yoga, breathing techniques and meditation on a regular basis. The following classes and special events are programmed to encourage you to integrate practical, simple and direct ways to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing and to experience the depth of your inner peace.
Chanting in Sandringham – Sunday 6 March 2:30-4:00pm, $10 and $15 for families
Chanting is a joyful way to quiet the mind, open the heart and connect with your inner voice. This session will focus on simple phrases in Sanskrit and other ancient languages, which help bring us into harmony and more fully experience our innate peace and happiness. All are welcome and no prior chanting or yoga experience is required. Please note this session will be held at Shanthi’s home studio in Sandringham. For the address, to book or to find out more, please liaise with me.
Harmony Day – Monday 21 March 6:00-7:30pm, $22/$19 concession, or use your class card
This day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The theme for 2016 is ‘Our Diversity is our Strength’. The central message is that ‘everyone belongs’. The Integral Yoga teachings advocate ‘Unity in Diversity’. The aim of Integral Yoga, and the birth right 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. This class will incorporate the basic hatha yoga sequence and integrate the wisdom of the Integral Yoga adage ‘Truth is One, Paths are Many’. If you require further information please contact me.
Restorative Yoga in Sandringham – Sunday 17 April 3:00-4.15pm, $22/$19 concession
Restore energy, reduce stress and relax completely. Restorative yoga is the practice of specific 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 health conditions and especially relaxing for those in good health, both new and experienced students are welcome. This session will be held at Shanthi’s home studio in Sandringham and bookings are required. Please liaise with me for bookings, the address or further details.
Warriors for Peace – Monday 25 April 6:00-7:30pm, $22/$19 concession, or use your class card
Often referred to as poses of gentle courage, the warrior postures build strength of body and mind. Virabhadrasana 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be highlighted during this hatha yoga class, inviting your inner warrior to emerge calm, content and serene, yet strong, steady and self-assured. When we establish ourselves in a sound foundation of peace, we instinctively share a joyful essence with everyone around us. Only in peace do we find joy. Please let me know if you would like further information about this class.
Walking Meditation in Fawkner Park and Afternoon Tea – Sunday 1 May 2:00-3:30pm, $5
Meditative walking deepens connections with nature and our true self, without the need to reach a specific location! When contemplating each footstep taken, we arrive fully in the present moment. This introspective walking experience will be held amongst the fig, poplar, elm and oak trees in Fawkner Park via direct access from the rear of my apartment, or indoors if the weather is unsuitable. Afternoon tea is included. Please let me know if you wish to book and I will confirm the address with you.
Classes as Usual – Monday and Saturday hatha yoga classes will continue without a break throughout the Labour Day and Easter weekends. If you usually work and have a day off, perhaps the public holidays will present an opportunity to add an extra class into your schedule. You are welcome to arrive early and take some extra time to review a specific asana or breathing practice, to stretch, relax or meditate before we start.
Future Diary Dates
Expressions of interest regarding the following sessions are welcome:
Saturday 15 October 9:30-5:00pm, Retreat Day
Saturdays 6 and 13 August 10:30am-12:30pm, Meditation Classes
May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!