“It is an illusion that yoga is something you do alone on your mat. In truth, everything that we learn has come down to us through a long line of teachers and students, from Patanjali’s first lectures over two thousand years ago to the creative license teachers take today as they refine poses and create new traditions. I have never subscribed to any one form of yoga, or any one teacher, but have taken the attitude that I can learn something from everyone… My inner guru became my best teacher as I experimented on the mat, coming up with my own discoveries…While yoga is a cultivation of attitude that occurs throughout your day, your mat becomes the sacred classroom you enter whenever you practise. Therefore, your mat becomes… a place to step onto with reverence and intention, to hold you in grace as you open… Before you step onto your mat, think about your intention. Why are you practising? What do you hope to accomplish today? Perhaps you want to dedicate your practice toward some purpose – the healing of a friend, the contribution to a peaceful world, or the resolution of a difficulty. Perhaps you want to calm your mind, heal your own body, purify, or develop strength. Set your intention first, and then step consciously onto your mat. Always let your body and your needs be your guide… The idea of yoga is to find your centre, your stability, and your grace… deeply feel your body and the breath within each pose… Follow your own inner timing… Yoga happens whenever your consciousness pays close attention to what you are doing… Yoga happens when you bring breath to your body, attention to a feeling, or whenever you penetrate that space between your thoughts and enter a deeper presence in the moment. Yoga happens when your actions are conscious, deliberate, and aligned with your values and virtues…” Anodea Judith
Restorative Yoga with Shanthi and Marie
Sunday 23 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. New and experienced students are welcome. This session is at Shanthi’s home studio in Sandringham. Please liaise with me for the address.
Autumn Group Meditation – The Power of Breath
Saturday 29 April 10:30-11:00am, $500
Meditation provides the means to access an inner knowing, enabling us to realise our full potential. Uniting in a group creates a harmonious atmosphere which deepens that experience. This session incorporates guidance to access innate intelligence, awaken awareness and enlighten consciousness. There are no prerequisites, and everyone is welcome. Self-Awareness is the underlying theme for the 2017 Group Meditation Series. Future topics are:’ Open Your Heart’ on 29 July and ‘Being’ on 21 October.
Saturday 13 May 10:45am-12:45pm, $29/$25 concession
Develop clarity and improve concentration as you experience the many benefits of this age-old practice. 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! Find out what meditation is, how it works, and how it can become an enjoyable daily experience. This session is suitable for new students and seasoned meditators wishing to review the basics.
Chanting with Shanthi and Marie
Sunday 21 May 3:00-4:30pm, $10/$15 families
Enjoyed for thousands of years in many cultures around the world, chanting relaxes and energises the body, quiets the mind, opens the heart, lifts the spirit and connects people of all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome and no chanting or yoga experience is required. This session is at Shanthi’s home studio in Sandringham. Please liaise with me for the address or further details.
Future Diary Date
Saturday 14 October 9:15am-5:00pm Retreat Day in St Kilda Road
Early expressions of interest are welcome.
Welcome Baby Jack – Congratulations Greer and Gareth
It is a joy to announce the safe arrival on 3 March of precious baby Jack weighing 2.9kg. Greer savoured the benefits of attending classes all through her pregnancy, and practised with us the evening prior to giving birth. It was a joy to visit them at home, with little Jack so peaceful and content. Greer thanks you all for the card and good wishes. The baby dream catcher which has been absorbing our peaceful energy at class will hang in the calm, white nursery. Congratulations, love and kisses to all the family from the Integral Yoga sangha.
Hatha Yoga with Shanthi and Eileen – in the hall as usual
1, 3, 8, 10 April, $22/$19 concession or use your class card
Wonderful opportunities to attend class with two committed teachers entrenched in the yoga principles and lifestyle. Shanthi will teach on Saturdays and Eileen on Mondays. Please support them with your regular attendance and assist with packing up after class. And thank you Eileen for teaching on 25 March.
Classes as Usual
The Saturday and Monday classes will be held during the Easter weekend.
I am taking a short break between 28 March and 12 April and will not access phone or email messages during that time. Your queries, comments and suggestions will be attended to when I return.
Please let me know if you require further details regarding any of the special events detailed above. Advance bookings are always appreciated. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!