The act of giving is a simple and practical path toward peace. Sharing gives rise to harmony. Swami Satchidananda encouraged his students to consider doing things for the sake of others, not only for themselves. Author Jacob Devaney noted that long ago wealth was measured by what we gave back to our community, and not what we managed to take from it. This wisdom is still true today. Generosity is a way of life which has nothing to do with the size of our bank account. Giving freely of ourselves increases our sense of wealth, rather than depleting it. It feels good to give, and that feeling is multiplied when the gift increases the quality of life for someone else. Life on earth is in a constant state of give and take. The trees provide us with food and shelter. The sun, the moon and the stars demand no payment for lighting our planet. If wealth is measured by what we give away, let’s all practice generosity. May your December actions fully embrace the season of giving!
Saturday 1 December and Monday 3 December
Incorporated within usual class times, no extra fee
Meditation provides the means to access an inner knowing, enabling us to realise our full potential. Practising in a group creates a harmonious atmosphere which deepens that experience. During the first class each season we lengthen the meditation component within the regular hatha yoga sequence, extending access to innate intelligence, awakening awareness and enlightening consciousness.
Summer Solstice Salutes
Saturday 22 December 9:00-10:30am, $22/$19 or use your class card
The summer solstice prompts us to be thankful for the sun which nourishes the earth. This hatha yoga class will emphasise the power attributed to Surya Namaskar. Repeating specific mantras for each position in the cycle adds a profound meditative vibration of peace and calm. Sun salutes begin and end with the hands together at the chest, reminding us that worthy intentions stem from an open heart.
Saturday 22 December 10:30-11:30am, no charge
Relax and mingle with your fellow yoga students. Please bring a water bottle and your own snack or a small plate of vegetarian food to share. We will picnic on the lawn in front of the hall, or inside if the weather is unsuitable. Everyone is welcome, not only Saturday students.
Monday 10 December
The Caulfield Photography Society members require extra set up time for their annual presentation night, and no hatha yoga class can be held. All Monday students are welcome to attend the Saturday class.
The Gift of Yoga
Are you looking for a meaningful gift for someone who would benefit from practising hatha yoga? Integral Yoga hatha promotes an easeful body, a peaceful mind and a useful life. Please consider the ‘Newcomers Card’ intended for family and friends who do not currently attend Integral Yoga classes. This 5 class gift card offers excellent value at $75 and is valid until 31 March 2019.
The church folk close the hall during January necessitating a break from classes. The last Monday class is 17 December, resuming on 4 February. The last Saturday class is 22 December, returning on 2 February. In addition to sharing time with family and friends, I have scheduled dedicated periods for focussed yoga immersions and inner reflection.
I am available for private or small group sessions at St Kilda Road during the holiday break, and throughout 2019. Single classes or short courses in the classical yoga practices including asana, meditation, deep relaxation, breath awareness, sutra studies and yoga philosophy, are tailored to suit your individual needs. Rates and mutually convenient times can be negotiated on request.
Be at Peace
May you give and receive the gifts of love and joy during the holidays. For those of you facing difficulties at this time of year, open your heart to the peace of your true nature and allow the yoga practices to provide a refuge of unity and calm. In this season of giving thanks, I express my sincere appreciation to all who uphold the true teachings of yoga. Lokaah Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may my thoughts, words and actions contribute to that happiness and to freedom for all.
Please contact me if you require clarification or further information regarding the items detailed above. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!