Dec 2018

Generosity

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!

 

Summer Meditation

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.

 

Picnic Brunch

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.

 

Photography Club

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.

 

Summer Break

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.

 

Private Sessions

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!

Om…Marie

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Nov 2018

Simplicity

With thanks to Swami Ramananda of the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute for permission to edit and share this message.

We can follow our spring cleaning, as appraised in the October newsletter, with the practice of simplicity. Swami Satchidananda often cited simple living as a key element of spiritual life. Like cleanliness, this practice applies to every aspect of our lifestyle, from our homes and diets, to our hearts and minds.

Simplicity implies a physical environment that is clean and free of clutter, exemplifying the understanding that accumulating material things can never be a source of genuine happiness. Swami Satchidananda always encouraged the maintenance of a diet consisting of whole foods, avoiding complex combinations and shunning elaborate preparations. This saves energy in preparing and digesting our meals that can then be used for our service and spiritual practice.

Even our schedules can be simplified by avoiding the tendency to overfill our days with to-do lists and multi-tasking. Focusing on one thing at a time enables us to give our wholehearted attention, and encourages us to sustain a meditative mind. A regular practice of meditation enables us to quiet the incessant and often confused thought forms in the mind that make it difficult to clearly reflect the truth.

The focus of our spiritual growth can be simplified by embracing one teaching at a time. There are many scriptures, quotes and sayings that may resonate with us, but we make good use of them when we zero in on one and integrate that concept into the way we perform whatever we do. Two of my personal favourites are practicing contentment and equanimity.

One of the most profound forms of simplifying our lives is accomplished by reflecting on what is truly important to us in the broadest sense. Identifying what we consider to be the overarching purpose for this life empowers us to choose very consciously how we use our time and energy. In a culture where we are inundated with sensory attractions, endless forms of entertainment and empty promises of fulfilment, it is crucial that we clarify this for ourselves. Only then can we channel our energies in a way that feels meaningful and awakens us to our true nature.

You are welcome to attend the following sessions designed to enhance your understanding of simplicity, to strengthen the body, to settle the mind and to elevate the spirit.

 

Classes as Usual

Saturday 3 November and Monday 5 November

The Saturday and Monday classes will be held as usual during the extended Melbourne Cup weekend.

 

The Joy of Solitude

Monday 19 November 6:00-7:30pm, usual class fee

The essence of all the yoga practices is ‘To Know Yourself’. The more comfortable we are with solitude, the more likely it is that we will discover our true selves. We will flow through the basic Integral Yoga sequence with a minimum of instruction, infusing the practices with the natural qualities of calm and silence which accompanying solitude.

 

Summer Meditation

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.

 

Picnic Brunch

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.

 

Seeking Rental Accommodation

Conscientious Integral Yoga student seeks to rent a granny flat, shared accommodation with a trustworthy person, or a small 1-bedroom unit, from mid/late December for 6–9 months. She requires a calm space conducive to finalising a Ph.D. at Monash University. Please liaise with me if you have any suggestions.

 

State Election

The hall will be used as a polling centre on Saturday 24 November and no hatha yoga class can be held. Be thankful to live in a democratic society and appreciate exercising your right to vote!

 

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!

Om…Marie

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Oct 2018

Spring Cleaning

With thanks to Swami Ramananda of the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute for permission to edit and share this message.

Spring is a time of transition, when the dark and barren days of winter give way to light, warmth and new growth. With the intention of making space for a fresh perspective and new ways of blooming, consider the tradition of spring cleaning.

From a spiritual perspective, cleanliness applies to all levels of our being, from the environment that we inhabit and our physical bodies, to the inner recesses of our hearts and minds. Spring is an ideal time to de-clutter our homes and cleanse our bodies in preparation for the renewing energies of the season. Spring cleaning may mean ridding both our outer environment and bodies of the unwanted accumulations of the past that encumber our lives and hinder our health. To support our body’s natural ability to heal and grow, we could choose an emotionally suitable physical cleanse to help eliminate the toxins that inhibit vitality and our potential to thrive.

Spring cleaning for our hearts and minds takes place on a much deeper level. Selfish thinking and behaviour leave a psychic residue in the energy body which constricts the heart, and diminishes our ability to experience love. Living with the anxiety of trying to make happiness happen, prove ourselves worthy or win affection, makes for a stressful and dis-eased life. In this deeper context, spring cleaning means recommitting ourselves to practices that calm and quiet our overactive minds and attune us to a natural sense of internal peace that frees us from grasping for happiness.  In this stillness, the lake of the heart stretches out in all directions, revealing our connection to all of life. Thus, a regular practice of meditation enables us to realign our actions, and more importantly, the motives behind them, with spiritual values.

For example, instead of trying to win someone’s love or acquire happiness, we can experience great fulfilment from giving and serving others with compassion. We can practice forgiveness toward those that may have harmed us, releasing from our hearts the poisonous feelings of ill-will or bitterness that may otherwise dwell there. We can experience extraordinary moments of wonder by being fully present to the miracles of human life, and profound gratitude for the many blessings we normally take for granted. All of these efforts contribute to shedding the physical, emotional and mental weight that can unnecessarily burden our being. With this intention, we can cultivate awareness of the habits and thought patterns that no longer serve us, and make a conscious choice to release them, opening the door to new ways of living that bring greater peace to the mind and joy to the heart.

 

Mantras and Meditation Workshop

Saturday 6 October 10:30am Check-In and Welcome Snack, 10:45am-12:30pm Workshop $22/$19 concession or use your class card

The mind is like a kite. Sometimes it flies away or gets tangled! Learn to let go of the string of thoughts in which the mind becomes entangled. Beginners will focus on the basic concepts of a mantra and experienced meditators will learn new skills to refine their practice.

 

Nurture – Retreat Day with Marie and Shanthi at St Kilda Road

Saturday 20 October, 9:15am Arrival and Check In, 9:30am Opening Session, 5:00pm Departure

Full day $100/$95 concession, Half day $60/$55 concession

Nurture your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing during this full or half day retreat. Fostering reflection and conscious awareness, this welcoming day includes a nourishing hot lunch catering to your dietary requests.

 

Spring Fair

Saturday 20 October

The church folk will be holding their annual spring fair, and no classes can be held at the hall. Instead, you invited to the ‘Nurture’ retreat day detailed above. “Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture.” Thaddeus of Vitovnica

 

The Joy of Solitude

Monday 19 November 6:00-7:30pm, usual class fee

The essence of all of the yoga practices is ‘To Know Yourself’. The more comfortable we are with solitude, the more likely it is that we will discover our true selves. We will flow through the basic Integral Yoga sequence with a minimum of instruction, infusing the practices with the natural qualities of calm and silence which accompanying solitude.

 

Baby Welcome

Precious baby Georgia Margaret was born on Saturday 22 September. Rebecca’s consistent attendance at class is inspiring. Congratulations Rebecca! Love and cuddles to baby Georgia! Best wishes to dad Chris, big sister Olivia and grandmother Margaret from the International Yoga sangha.

 

Yoga Study Options 2019

Caroline Giles will host a visit from Swami Asokananda in January. For information please email Caroline at caroline@experienceyoga.com.au or phone 0407 542 169.

Chitra Stern will offer Living Yoga and Integral Yoga Teacher Training during the year. For details please contact Chitra at chitra108@bigpond.com or phone 03 5427 4895.

Please note that I am not participating in these programs.

 

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!

Om…Marie

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Sept 2018

Let Us Rejoice!

“Australians all let us rejoice for we have a golden bloom that may be worth celebrating”. – Tony Wright. The coming of spring in Australia is golden… The wattle has been the annual herald of new life to Australians from the first indigenous people… to those who have adopted the green and gold… as today’s national colours… As Australia celebrates Wattle Day, the fluffy golden flowers are being floated as a settling of the growing national argument about the appropriateness of celebrating Australia Day on January 26… The nation could embrace Wattle Day on 1 September as a complementary national day… The wattle has been in our land for more than 30 million years and welcomed us all – aboriginal, colonials, post war and 21st century migrants. It has no historical baggage… There are more than 900 species of wattle… and one or the other is always blooming somewhere, whatever the season… Could it light the way to a new Australia Day? The spring programs detailed below invite our hearts and minds to bloom with a tinge of green and gold!

National Wattle Day

Saturday 1 September 9:00-10:30am, $22/$19 concession or use your class card

“As the wattle blossoms gold to celebrate the changing seasons of our land, let us blossom gold to celebrate the changing seasons of man”. – Unknown Australian. For many Australians the wattle signifies home, country, kindred, sunshine and love – qualities enshrined in the traditional yoga teachings. This class pays tribute to the glorious wattle, integrating poetry, chant and a fresh spring meditation within the basic Integral Yoga Hatha sequence.

 Spring Meditation

Monday 3 September – 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 of every season we lengthen the meditation component within the regular hatha yoga sequence, extending access to innate intelligence, awakening awareness and enlightening consciousness.

The Right to Peace – Meditation at Deakin Edge Federation Square

Friday 21 September 7:45-8:30am, Free

The International Day of Peace embodies a shared aspiration to end conflict in all its forms and to safeguard the human rights of all people. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day in our lifetime we will witness an end to violence. Stand up for human rights for all, in the name of peace for all. Details regarding this event are still to be confirmed. If you plan to attend, please check closer to the date.

 Mantras and Meditation Workshop

Saturday 6 October 10:30am Check-In and Welcome Snack, 10:45am-12:30pm Workshop $22/$19 concession or use your class card

The mind is like a kite. Sometimes it flies away or gets tangled! Learn to let go of the string of thoughts in which the mind becomes entangled. In Sanskrit ‘man’ translates as mind and ‘tra’ implies to steady and focus. Meditation reduces stress and exposes the peace within. Be inspired to integrate mental clarity and calm into your daily life. Beginners will focus on the basic concepts of meditation with a mantra and experienced meditators will learn new skills to refine their practice.

 Nurture – Retreat Day with Marie and Shanthi at St Kilda Road, Saturday 20 October

9:15am Arrival and Check In, 9:30am Opening Session, 5:00pm Departure

Early bird fee $90/85 concession, open until 17 September

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

Devote quality time to yourself and nurture your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. To derive maximum benefits you are encouraged to attend for the whole day, although bookings may be accepted for the morning or afternoon only. The retreat is for students of all ages and levels of experience and includes a nourishing hot lunch catering to your dietary requests. Space is limited and bookings are essential.

 Sharing the Yoga Wisdom

You may have heard that some local teachers are planning the new Integral Yoga Centre Melbourne. Although Marie and Shanthi wish these teachers well, they are happy with their current teaching arrangements and have opted not to join the IYCM. In harmony with authentic intentions and integrity of purpose, Marie and Shanthi are committed to maintaining a personal approach to sharing the wisdom of yoga with you. They will continue to offer hatha classes, workshops, retreat days, chants and restorative sessions at Carnegie and Sandringham. You are welcome to contact Marie or Shanthi if you require further clarification. Your comments, questions and suggestions are of great value and sincerely appreciated.

 Blankets and Bolsters

Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance on how to utilise these props to maximum advantage. A folded blanket positioned correctly under the buttocks can help sustain a steady sitting position. A bolster can be used to lift various parts of the body in restorative type poses. Please don’t sit on the bolsters as they flatten out and lose the circular shape. If you have borrowed a bolster please return it when convenient.

Yoga Mats with Free Wipes

Whilst yoga mats are provided free of charge for new students and for anyone needing extra padding, it is highly recommended to bring your own for hygiene purposes. Thanks to those of you who do. Quality, individually wrapped purple mats are available for $30. These washable 6.2mm mats provide ample cushioning for floor work, yet firm support for standing poses. Free, essential oil mat cleaning wipes are available with all mats purchased during September.

 

Please contact me if you require further information regarding the items detailed above. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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Aug 2018

Listen and Silent!

Listen and Silent

“The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent”. – Alfred Brendel.

Recently I scheduled a few days of silence and solitude at the charming Little Lake Cottage nestled on the bank of a small lake near Nyora in Gippsland. The isolation of this self-contained cottage fostered a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The quiet and seclusion enfolding my private retreat nurtured an abundance of profound thoughts and meaningful insights, inspiring clarity of mind and awareness of spirit. Silence is said to be the language of the wise. When we listen, silence speaks to us. To spend even a few minutes in silence each day is extremely useful. Some of us might consider silence to be an absence, a space waiting to be filled, perhaps empty or hollow. Yet silence can be full! During an extended period of silence, we make space to hear the parts of ourselves which may not often have a voice, find compassion and acceptance for aspects of our personalities which might not always be welcome, and celebrate strengths which often go unnoticed. A source of tremendous power lies deep within each of us. When we connect with this source, we meet challenges in life with focus and balance and treat ourselves to an abundance of new growth, strength and wisdom, all sprouting from the foundation of silence. United with this inner silence, we move beyond our active minds and emotions, and discover the depth of calm and contentment at the core of our being.

 

Soul Space Wisdom

Monday 13 August 6:00-7:30pm, $22/$19 concession or use your class card

“Stand in your own space and know that you are there.” – Anonymous. To become conscious, a thought or incident needs to seep deeply into the soul. During this class we will flow through the basic Integral Yoga hatha sequence infusing the body, breath and mind with soul based wisdom, and transforming the experience from literal to soulful.

 

Restorative Yoga with Shanthi in Sandringham

Sunday 26 August 3:00-4:15pm, $22/$19 concession

Restorative Yoga focuses on physical and mental relaxation via poses aided by comfortable props, enhancing their therapeutic benefits. This gentle empowering session helps de-stress, re-energise and re-balance. Suitable for people of all levels of fitness and health, including pregnant and postnatal women, those managing aches and pains, sleep deprived, or simply wanting to unwind. No prior experience is necessary for this session at Shanthi’s peaceful home studio. Space is limited and bookings are essential.

 

National Wattle Day

Saturday 1 September 9:00-10:30am, $22/$19 concession or use your class card

“As the wattle blossoms gold to celebrate the changing seasons of our land, let us blossom gold to celebrate the changing seasons of man”. – Unknown Australian. For many Australians the wattle signifies home, country, kindred, sunshine and love – qualities enshrined in the traditional yoga teachings. This class pays tribute to the glorious wattle, integrating poetry, chant and a fresh spring meditation within the basic Integral Yoga Hatha sequence.

 

Spring Meditation

Monday 3 September – 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 of every season we lengthen the meditation component within the regular hatha yoga sequence, extending access to innate intelligence, awakening awareness and enlightening consciousness.

 

The Right to Peace – Meditation at Deakin Edge Federation Square

Friday 21 September 7:45-8:30am, Free

The International Day of Peace embodies a shared aspiration to end conflict in all its forms and to safeguard the human rights of all people. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day in our lifetime we will witness an end to violence. Stand up for human rights for all, in the name of peace for all.

 

Mantra and Meditation Workshop

Saturday 6 October 10:30am Check-In and Welcome Snack, 10:45am-12:30pm Workshop $22/$19 concession or use your class card

The mind is like a kite. Sometimes it flies away or gets tangled! Learn to let go of the string of thoughts in which the mind becomes entangled. In Sanskrit ‘man’ translates as mind and ‘tra’ implies to steady and focus. Mantras invite us to steady and focus the mind and meditation reduces stress and exposes the peace within. Be inspired to integrate mental clarity and calm into your daily life. Beginners will focus on the basic concepts of meditation with a mantra and experienced meditators will learn new skills to refine their practice.

 

Nurture – Retreat Day with Marie and Shanthi at St Kilda Road, Saturday 20 October

9:15am Arrival and Check In, 9:30am Opening Session, 5:00pm Program Close

Early bird fee $90/85 concession, open until 17 September

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

Devote quality time to yourself and nurture your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. To derive maximum benefits you are encouraged to attend for the whole day, although bookings may be accepted for the morning or afternoon only. The retreat is for students of all ages and levels of experience and includes a nourishing hot lunch catering to your dietary requests. Space is limited and bookings are essential.

 

Jai and Namaste

Best wishes to 2018 teacher training graduates Anandi (Deb) and Muktan (Doug) prior to the commencement of classes at St Peter’s, Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm with Anandi and Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm with Muktan, starting on 8 August. To assist with the maintenance of accurate attendance records, please note that all 10 class cards issued by me are valid on Mondays and Saturdays only, otherwise the usual single class fee will apply.

 

Calm Atmosphere

Our time together is valuable and I aim to share the full 90 minutes with you. To assist with a smooth transition, please aim to arrive 10 minutes prior to class and allow some time to settle in mindfully, maintaining a peaceful environment and adopting a sensitive approach. Speak quietly, tread lightly and remember to turn off your phone. We all understand that being late might be unavoidable, and regardless of the time you are always welcome to enter quietly and join in when ready. At the conclusion of class, be aware that some students prefer to leave the hall quietly as this can be a valuable period for inner reflection.

 

Please contact me if you require further information regarding the items detailed above. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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July 2018

No Boundaries

“Yoga has no boundaries and it is a blessing when we can all connect as one.” – Matsuko Matsumoto, Sage Japanese Yoga Teacher. Matsuko visited her family in Carnegie recently, and we were honoured with her attendance at a Monday class. We remain grateful for her presence, motivated by the authenticity of her practice and inspired the depth of her spirit. Matsuko’s unassuming presence served as a reminder that yoga is a universal language, surpassing geographical barriers and uniting people across cultures worldwide. Regardless of where we are in the world, we can rely on a traditional yoga class to speak to us. No matter the country, society, or local vernacular, we are capable of sharing a sincere approach to the practice, bonding with likeminded people, and feeling at home with ourselves. Practising together reflects our shared love of the teachings, and exposes the heart to boundless honesty and sincerity. The intensity of the Sanskrit vibration transcends the native tongue, and amalgamates the energy of students globally. Yoga speaks to our bodies, minds, hearts and souls. Yoga means union. This ancient wisdom integrates breath with body, heart with mind, and the self with the divine. Yoga is a language unto itself, connecting time and societies all over the world.

 

Trust in the Heart Chant Tour with Krishna Das – in Hawthorn

Thursday 26 July 7:30pm, $55.00 plus booking fees

Layering traditional kirtan with accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centres and into concert halls. For information and booking please click http://www.chrishooper.com.au/krishna-das-2018.html

 

Guru Purnima Hatha Yoga and Chanting – with Marie and Shanthi

Saturday 28 July 9:00-10:30am, incorporated within usual class times, no extra fee

Guru or ‘remover of darkness’ refers to both our spiritual guide, and to the divine light within each of us. Purnima is the day of the full moon in July. At Guru Purnima the Integral Yoga community acknowledges traditions that bring wisdom, healing, love and light to the world. We will open with hatha yoga and close with kirtan chanting to reflect the core understanding that ‘Truth is One, Paths are Many’.

 

Soul Space Wisdom

Monday 13 August 6:00-7:30pm, $22/$19 concession or use your class card

“Stand in your own space and know that you are there.” – Anonymous. To become conscious, a thought or incident needs to seep deeply into the soul. During this class we will flow through the basic Integral Yoga hatha sequence infusing the body, breath and mind with soul based wisdom, and transforming the experience from literal to soulful.

 

Nurture – Retreat Day with Marie and Shanthi at St Kilda Road, Saturday 20 October

9:15am Arrival and Check In, 9:30am Opening Session, 5:00pm Program Close

Early bird $90/85 concession, Standard $100/$95 concession, Half day $60/$55 concession

Note: Early bird offer for bookings with full payment by 17 September 2018

Devote quality time to yourself and nurture your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. To derive maximum benefits you are encouraged to attend for the whole day, although bookings may be accepted for the morning or afternoon only. The retreat is for students of all ages and levels of experience and includes a nourishing hot lunch catering to your dietary requests. Space is limited and bookings are essential.

 

Swami Asokananda is Visiting Melbourne

January 2019, Early bird bookings open until 31 July

Swami Asokananda is the President of the New York Integral Yoga Institute, sharing the teachings of Swami Satchidananda. During his first visit to Australia, Asokananda will facilitate a range of classes, workshops, and retreats. For details and bookings please click https://experienceyoga.com.au/swami/ contact Caroline Giles via email at caroline@experienceyoga.com.au or phone 0407 542169.
May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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June 2018

The Yoga Life

Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Integral Yoga, taught that ‘The objective of Integral Yoga, and the birth-right 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’. His understanding of the ecumenical spirit went beyond the coming together of all faiths. His calling was to heal all divisions, to care and share, because ‘There is no other way to find peace and harmony except to raise above these man-made differences, realising the oneness of the spirit’. Applied common sense and spirituality stems from the true heart of yoga, and what we summon in the name of yoga, is the same as the essential principals of all faiths and traditions. If we live a balanced life, a life of peace, joy, and service, and extend an open, loving heart to all those around us, we are living the yoga life.

 

Winter Meditation

Saturday 2 June and Monday 4 June, 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 of every season we will lengthen the meditation component within the regular hatha yoga sequence, extending access to innate intelligence, awakening awareness and enlightening consciousness.

 

Shoulderstand Workshop – Sarvangasana Queen of the Asanas

Monday 11 June 5:15-5:45pm, $10

What if life were turned upside down? How strong would your convictions look? Practising hatha yoga helps us to gain an understanding of balance in our life and the union of the body and the mind. The insights that come to us during the inverted postures gradually move beyond the purely physical. You might consider a supported version of the pose utilising the wall or a chair, or explore the early, middle or later stages of the pose. Work individually, ask questions, receive personalised advice and share feedback.

 

Trust in the Heart Chant Tour with Krishna Das – in Hawthorn

Thursday 26 July 7:30pm, $55.00 plus booking fees

Layering traditional kirtan with accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centres and into concert halls. For information and booking please click http://www.chrishooper.com.au/krishna-das-2018.html

 

Guru Purnima Hatha Yoga and Chanting – with Marie and Shanthi

Saturday 28 July 9:00-10:30am, incorporated within usual class times, no extra fee

Guru or ‘remover of darkness’ refers to both our spiritual guide, and to the divine light within each of us. Purnima is the day of the full moon in July. At Guru Purnima the Integral Yoga community acknowledges traditions that bring wisdom, healing, love and light to the world. We will open with hatha yoga and close with kirtan chanting to reflect the core understanding that ‘Truth is One, Paths are Many’.

 

Nurture – Retreat Day with Marie and Shanthi at St Kilda Road, Saturday 20 October

9:15am Arrival and Check In, 9:30am Opening Session, 5:00pm Program Closes

$90/85 Early Bird by 17 September, $100/$95 after 17 September, $60/$55 Half Day

Devote quality time to yourself and nurture your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. To derive maximum benefits you are encouraged to attend for the whole day, although bookings may be accepted for the morning or afternoon only. The retreat is for students of all ages and levels of experience and includes a nourishing hot lunch catering to your dietary requests. Space is limited and bookings are essential.

 

Baby Welcome and Congratulations

It’s a joy to share news of the safe arrival of precious baby Reuben Arch weighing 4.3kg (9.8 lbs) and 53cm long on Saturday 12 May. May tender hands hold you and warm hearts guide you. Best wishes, love and kisses to little Reuben, mum Jen, dad Tim, big sister Elsie, grandmother Sue and all their family, from the Integral Yoga sangha.

 

Classes as Usual

Saturday 9 and Monday 11 June

Classes will be held as usual during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. If you have extra time on the Monday, you are welcome to attend the Shoulderstand Workshop as detailed above.

 

Programs with Swami Asokananda

January 2019

Swami Asokananda is the President of the New York Integral Yoga Institute, sharing the teachings of Swami Satchidananda. During his first visit to Australia, Asokananda will facilitate a range of classes, workshops, and retreats. For details and bookings please click https://experienceyoga.com.au/swami/ contact Caroline Giles via email at caroline@experienceyoga.com.au or phone 0407 542169.
May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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May 2018

Cultivate Your Best Life

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ This is my favourite quote from Maya Angelou, a motivating author and speaker, who showed the world the truth of what she believed while aiming to become ‘an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, and a woman who teaches by being.’ A long list of inspirational quotations attributed to Maya was recently circulated throughout the wider community. Those below clearly align with the yoga teachings, motivating us to ‘Be Good – Do Good’ as expounded by Swami Sivananda.

 

The Value Every Action – Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

 

Power and Perspective – If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

 

Balance – A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

 

Forgiveness – It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

 

Befriend Yourself – I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself.

 

Courage – One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

 

Personal Growth – We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!

 

Integral Yoga teaches that the deeper essence of all of the yogic practices is to recognise, and be open to receive, the profound wisdom of our inner self. The following programs aim to offer potent insights to help you cultivate your best life.

 

Chanting with Shanthi and Marie in Sandringham

Sunday 6 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 calm, air-conditioned home studio.

 

Cosmic Abundance

Saturday 19 May 2:00-6:00pm and Sunday 20 May 9:30am-5:00pm, $600

Jivana is facilitating a course designed to empower spiritual development and manifest abundance in daily life at the Hughesdale Community Centre, 160 Poath Road Hughesdale. For more information please visit www.multidimensionalhealth.com.au, email jarrod.vains@gmail.com or phone 0417 302 919.

 

Winter Meditation

Saturday 2 June and Monday 4 June, 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 of every season we will lengthen the meditation component within the regular hatha yoga sequence, extending access to innate intelligence, awakening awareness and enlightening consciousness.

 

Shoulderstand Workshop – Sarvangasana Queen of the Asanas

Monday 11 June 5:15-5:45pm, $10

What if life were turned upside down? How strong would your convictions look? Practising hatha yoga helps us to gain an understanding of balance in our life and the union of the body and the mind. The insights that come to us during the inverted postures gradually move beyond the purely physical. You might consider a supported version of the pose utilising the wall or a chair, or explore the early, middle or later stages of the pose. Work individually, ask questions, receive personalised advice and share feedback.

 

Room Temperature

Given that we all experience the heat and cold differently it’s unlikely a specific room temperature will suit everyone. Some students tend to overheat very quickly and others are ultra-sensitive to chills. Please remember to dress in layers of clothing that are easy to slip on and off. To add warmth during the winter months, an extra top, beanie, gloves or socks will help keep you cosy.

 

Please contact me if you require further information regarding the programs detailed above. Advance bookings for special events are always appreciated. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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April 18

True Wellness of Being

Namaste

For many Aboriginal people in Australia, ‘True Wellness of Being’ is fundamental to the Dreaming, the Sacred Path and the True Identity. The spiritual understandings are ‘a way of life, a relationship with all that is, a commitment to follow a path of truth while abiding by the laws of nature and being true to oneself’.

 

Linj’dta – Now is the Moment of Your Being

Presence is deep within every form as our essential nature. When we start living in the now, time melts and our true essence is revealed. Live now, in this moment, for now is the moment of your being. This is where the energy is.

 

Aildt – Everything Is One

Everything and every person is inextricably linked as part of one creative force, universal soul or vitality known as Aildt. As all thoughts, words, actions, animate and inanimate objects impart their own energy or vibration upon the earth to form the ongoing creation of the world, everything tangible and intangible is ‘one’.

 

Dtwongdtyen – A Varied Perspective Is the Key to Perception

While your truth and my truth are not the same, each person’s truth is equally valid. Therefore, it is important to respect that someone else’s truth is as valid as your own, as acceptance of a varied perspective is the key to perception.

 

Adtomon – Truth Is the Path

By living in harmony with our own truth, being true to the universe, true to each other and respecting the interconnectedness of all things, we find the true path of nature, health and wellbeing.

 

Whilst these traditional words of understanding are copyrighted to Spa Beauty & Wellness, it is interesting to note how clearly they align with the ancient wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This wellness of being is reflected in the Integral Yoga expression ‘An Easeful Body, A Peaceful Mind, A Useful Life’ and the diversity of the spiritual path is acknowledged in the adage ‘Truth is One–Paths are Many’.

 

Headstand – Sirshasana King of the Asanas

Monday 2 April 5:15-5:45pm, $10

Explore the early, middle or later stages of headstand. This asana requires good balance, a strong core, and strength in the upper arms, shoulders and upper back, to minimise the amount of weight being supported by the head. A steady practice of shoulderstand and dolphin is recommended as preparation. To ensure you are well prepared for this session bookings are essential.

 

Restorative Yoga with Shanthi in Sandringham

Sunday 15 April 3:00-4:15pm, $22/$19 concession

Restorative Yoga focuses on physical and mental relaxation via poses aided by props, enhancing their therapeutic benefits. This gentle empowering session will help you de-stress, re-energise and re-balance. Suitable for people of all levels of fitness and health, including pregnant and postnatal women, those who are managing aches and pains, sleep deprived, or simply wanting to unwind. No prior experience is necessary for this session at Shanthi’s peaceful home studio. Space is limited and bookings are essential.

 

Compassion Games – Survival of the Kindest

Monday 16 April 6:00-7:30pm, $22/$19 concession or use your class card

To be deep, authentic and long lived, compassion must start with the unification of our entire being. When the mind, body and thoughts are not integrated, we are not present. Conversely, when abundantly connected with ourselves we are able to see others. We will flow through the basic hatha yoga sequence acknowledging that compassion arises from the recognition of the shared human condition.

 

Chanting with Shanthi and Marie in Sandringham

Sunday 6 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 calm, air-conditioned home studio.

 

Cosmic Abundance

Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 May

Jivana is facilitating a course designed to empower spiritual development and manifest abundance in daily life at the Hughesdale Community Centre, 160 Poath Road, Hughesdale. For more information please check the flyer at class, visit www.multidimensionalhealth.com.au, email jarrod.vains@gmail.com or phone 0417 302 919.

 

Classes as Usual 

Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April

The Saturday and Monday classes will be held as usual during the Easter Weekend.

 

Please contact me if you require further information regarding the programs detailed above. Advance bookings for special events are always appreciated. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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Mar 2018

To Know Yourself

“When you know yourself… you know everything and you understand everyone. It’s not easy to know yourself. It takes work and perseverance. But even the effort can be joyous, and when that realisation dawns, you will enjoy your own true nature, which is always peaceful and happy.” Swami Satchidananda

In its true sense, yoga is not outcome oriented. Think of the practices as a process of learning more about ourselves, rather than aiming to achieve something. We can observe ourselves as we are today, recognise that tomorrow will be different, and understand that’s ok!

 Autumn Meditation – Saturday 3 March and Monday 5 March, 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 of every season we will lengthen the meditation component within the regular hatha yoga sequence, extending access to innate intelligence, awakening awareness and enlightening consciousness.

 An Extra Hour of Being – Saturday 31 March 9:00-10:30am, $22/$19 or use your class card

We are all familiar with the physical body, the breath, the mind and the intellect, but according to the yogic philosophy we have five levels of being called koshas. These koshas are illusionary sheaths or veils that conceal our true nature. We will savour the extra hour around Daylight Savings Time during the hatha yoga class, unite with the light of our inner being, and understand that we are divine beings experiencing a human life.

Restorative Yoga with Shanthi in Sandringham – Sunday 15 April 3:00-4:15pm, $22/$19 concession

Restorative Yoga focuses on physical and mental relaxation via poses aided by props, enhancing their therapeutic benefits. This gentle empowering session will help you de-stress, re-energise and re-balance. Suitable for people of all levels of fitness and health, including pregnant and postnatal women, those who are managing aches and pains, sleep deprived, or simply wanting to unwind. No prior experience is necessary for this session at Shanthi’s calm, air-conditioned home studio. Space is limited and bookings are essential. Please liaise with Marie.

Compassion Games – Survival of the Kindest.  Monday 16 April 6:00-7:30pm, $22/$19 or use your class card

To be deep, authentic and long lived, compassion must start with the unification of our entire being. When the mind, body and thoughts are not integrated, we are not present. Conversely, when abundantly connected with ourselves we are able to see others. We will flow through the basic hatha yoga sequence acknowledging that compassion arises from the recognition of the shared human condition.

Labour Day

No class will be held on Monday 12 March. For Monday students, the long weekend may present you with an opportunity to attend the Saturday morning class which will be led by my wonderful daughter Shanthi, a highly accredited Integral Yoga teacher and health care professional. Her nurturing teaching style fosters a calm and caring atmosphere, and you are in for a treat while I take a short break.

Please contact me if you require further information regarding the programs detailed above. Advance bookings for special events are always appreciated. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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