June 2016

The Art of Living

Yoga can be described as the art of living. Using this approach, we meditate (listen inwardly for guidance) when we sit quietly, while we practice poses, and throughout the rest of our day. From this inner connection, we act as we are prompted to—from within. While not a strenuous practice, it is an advanced one, requiring courage to follow our deepest impulses about what feels right and what doesn’t—which isn’t always easy. “I finally ‘got how to do yoga.’ It became clear. It’s internal. It’s a way of listening inwardly and of being guided within. It means I learn from others when I am guided to do so, and that at all times I am in touch with the teacher within. Most importantly, I’ve learned to relax and trust the movement of life. Life has demonstrated its trustworthiness. I’ve learned to willingly go with the flow and thereby enjoy life more fully. Yoga is not merely touching your toes, standing on your head, or folding yourself into a pretzel. It’s about how you do what you do, and how you live your daily life on a moment-to-moment basis. My guess is that if you also learn to meditate and pause occasionally throughout the day to be still, to breathe, to relax, and to feel the energy of the life force within you and all around you, the life force that must be in you for you to even exist, that you, too, will feel the palpable joy of “union with the infinite” yoga. The word yoga means yoke or union. You will feel healed, renewed, strong in mind and body, and your life will take on new meaning and new fulfilling directions that you are not personally responsible for. It’s worth the small effort required. Remember, yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. The practice of yoga is the practice of meditation, or inner listening, in the poses and meditations, as well as all day long. It’s a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time, and then daring enough and trusting enough to do as you are prompted to do…” – Eric Schiffmann.

 Restorative Yoga in Sandringham – Sunday 19 June 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. Please note that this session will be held at Shanthi’s home studio in Sandringham. Please liaise with me for bookings or further details.

 Full Moon – Hatha Yoga – Monday 20 June 6:00-7:30pm, $22/$19 or use your class pass

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

Be the Light! – Saturday 9 July 9:00-10:30am, $22/$19 concession or use your class card

You are an essential component of the sacred eco-biological system that makes up all of life. You are a light connected to the whole cosmos, and your brilliant spirit helps the universe shine even brighter. Awaken the consciousness that is the essence of your existence during this profound hatha yoga class, specifically designed to unveil the radiant light of your inner self. We will harmonise our hatha yoga practice with verses honouring the faiths and traditions represented on the Integral Yoga yantra. Please contact me for further details.

Guru Purnima in Sandringham – Celebrate 50 Years of Integral Yoga – Sunday 24 July 2:30-4:00pm, $10 or $15 for families

Integral Yoga teaches that ‘Truth is One, Paths are Many’. 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 chant mantras from the Integral Yoga kirtan. Chanting calms the nerves, purifies the emotions, heals the body and opens the heart. No chanting or yoga experience is required. Family and friends are especially welcome. This special event will be held at Shanthi’s home studio in Sandringham. Please liaise with me for bookings or directions.

Meditation Insights – Saturdays 6 and 13 August 10:30am-12:30pm

Early Bird by 6 July – 2 classes $45/$40 concession

Standard – 2 classes $50/$45 concession, Single Class – $30/$25 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 cope with stress, improve health, unlock creativity and more!  These classes are suitable for new students and seasoned meditators wishing to enhance or strengthen their practice. Equip yourself with information and motivation for regular practice. To develop a clear understanding and to derive the maximum benefits, you are encouraged to book for both sessions however you may attend either class on a casual basis. Please discuss any specific requests with me so the classes can be tailored to meet your needs.

Slow Down! Retreat Day with Marie and Shanthi in St Kilda Road – Saturday 15 October 9:30am-5:00pm, Early bird $90/85 concession by 17 September

Standard $100/$95 concession, Half-day $60/$55 concession

Sometimes slowing down is the most precious gift we can give ourselves. Slow down and be! This retreat is designed for all ages and levels of experience. To derive the maximum benefits 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, catering to all dietary requests. Space is limited and bookings are essential. A deposit of $50 is required to confirm your commitment and secure a place. Please contact me if you have any questions, personal requests or suggestions regarding this relaxing day at my home.

Classes as Usual – Saturday 11 June 9:00-10:30am and Monday 13 June 6:00-7:30pm

Classes will be held as usual on the Queen’s Birthday weekend. If you usually work, but have a day off, you might consider adding an extra class to your schedule.

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

Om…Marie

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