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Chillax Restorative Yoga – Tuesday

restorative yoga

Gentle Chillax Yoga

Restorative slow stretching for maximum bang! For those who just want to relax and unwind whilst still experiencing the myriad benefits of yoga.

If you think you don’t fit the usual yogi steroetype this could be the class you have been seeking.  If you feel you aren’t the right age, size, shape, zodiac sign for regular yoga then here is one class you will feel perfectly at home in. (Suits seniors, newbies, busy people with stressful lives, those who may have some physical challenges to work around, and anyone who has too much happening, who wants to reduce stress and rebalance).

DUE TO INTENSIVE USE OF PROPS BOOKINGS FOR THIS CLASS ARE ESSENTIAL.

Five weeks only: 15 March to 12 April 2016.
Tuesdays 4 – 5.15 pm
At the Grovedale Community Centre, 45 Heyers Road, Grovedale.
For busy people and those who’s body needs a breather.
Relaxing + Soothing for the soul.
Payment upfront: $78 for 5 weeks ($15.60 per week).
Casual students pay $20 (only accepted once minumium numbers are reached).

Contact Debbie on 0417 556 175 if you would like further information.

Private Yoga Mentoring

Geelong private yoga

Classes Tailored Just For You

Have a personalised yoga class tailored just for you, or if you perfer – you and your partner, family member, friend, or work colleague. An opportunity to explore your own practice in more depth, to learn a particular pose or sequence of your choosing, or to adapt a practice around a particular health issues you may be currently experiencing. Some days you may be looking for a more active class and other days you may just feel like luxuriating in a slower paced more mindful yoga. You can choose how it is tailored. Personal yoga mentoring helps you to attain a whole new level of practice.

Only $50 for 1-1.5 hours at a mutally convenient time.

We also tailor private yoga classes, relaxations, and fun yoga events for brides to be, girl’s nights out, sports teams, corporate groups, and conferences. Contact Debbie for a quote.

Contact Debbie on 0417 556 175 to plan a special yoga treat to suit your requirements.

How Do You Yoga?

Have you noticed your own yoga practice changing over time?

Mine has. Quite significantly.

Before I started yoga seriously, practicing at least once a week and sometimes four times a week, I was a gym goer. I did quite a lot of gym classes where I became very used to the teacher/instructor standing up the front of the class on a podium and all of us basically copied the instructor’s moves. The focus was generally on challenging myself to get the most out of my body, to become fitter, stronger, and push myself to the limit.

I came to yoga with the same sort of impressions. Initially I approached my yoga practice with the same intention. It had to last a certain length of time, to go through a range of fairly regimented type poses, it became a routine set of sequences, and I did focus on pushing myself to the limit and trying to advance into more difficult poses each practice. I suppose I also felt that all bodies were pretty similar and that most of us could achieve the same look in poses given time and persistence.

That wasn’t enough in itself to make me want to come back to my mat day in day out. It didn’t feel right and I didn’t feel as though I was being true to myself. If yoga is the union of body, mind and spirit – this wasn’t the way to achieve it. It felt like another ‘workout’ and I had also tried to make it into a cardio fitness session. It just didn’t have the Oomph! And it wasn’t doing it for me. Have you experienced that feeling yourself?

Then I studied other types of yoga like Mind Body Connection, Curvy body yoga, Yin Yoga, and Somatics. These all taught me a new perspective and different ways of doing yoga and moving the body. Every mode has different philosophies on how to approach my own practice, and the myriad of benefits that can be gained from slowing it down, moving from the centre or core of the body, and allowing my own breath pattern to dictate the rhythm, intensity, and pace of the poses. I started to feel the joy within my practice, and sense the strong, resolute voice within myself engage with me.

Learning about Bio-mechanics certainly showed me clearly how all bodies are so different and should indeed be treated uniquely. There is no one way of doing anything, let alone a yoga pose. Aiming for a particular pose whilst paying homage to your own body, and always keeping yourself safe is the best type of yoga. You can always strive to attain better alignment, more depth in a pose, or to feel the joy of clinching a new pose but to keep your own physical being safe is a no-brainer. You know that feeling when your body might be telling you to ease back or that to continue to pursue what you are doing could be risky? Sometimes I can feel that. Can you? If you do notice that back off a little, use a prop, try a different pose. It may only be for today. Tomorrow may be different. Every day our bodies are in a different place just as our emotions are.

Yoga is not a competitive sport. For now I have stopped going to group yoga classes that involve strong, challenging (maybe extreme) poses as I find hard to listen to myself and to not be competitive. It is hard to stop myself from wanting to be on par or better than other students. This is something I dislike in myself because I know it is not yogic and it is not keeping myself safe. So for now I’m sticking with other types of yoga, some I enjoy so much more.

What changed for me the most was I also started to explore other aspects of yoga in more depth, like meditation. Meditation is the most amazing gift we can give ourselves. It helps to slow down everything and for me to realise that everything is always going to be alright. It helps me to stay in a mindful state and to breathe deeply and mindfully not just when I’m doing yoga.

So how is my personal yoga practice these days? I don’t have any pre-conceived ideas about how long it should go for. On a busy day it may be 15 minutes or just meditation. On another day it may be 1.5 hours. I don’t have any routine in mind when I start. I start at the beginning, usually lying on my mat and then I just do whatever I feel like doing. I stay with myself in each pose and with the feelings that it gives me and then move onto the next pose as an awareness comes to me about what to do and how to move next. I don’t always do sun salutations and I don’t always do many standing poses. But I do feel so much stronger (arm balances will do that too). Lifting one’s own body weight is so much more fun than lifting weights.

However, I always ensure that I include at least one of each of the 5 ranges of movement daily: a forward bend, a back bend, a twist, lateral stretches, and an inversion such as down dog, legs on a chair or up the wall, or a headstand (I LOVE headstands as they have helped my neck so much).

This is the gift of yoga. This is what bliss feels like. Just feeling or sensing your way through your own practice. Go where your body, mind and spirit tell you to go. Try it next time you roll out your own mat at home. It’s magic!

For more yoga tips jump onto our Facebook page.

Namaste

Debbie x

 

Are You Scared Of Spontaneity?

We all say we have busy lives. We all say we don’t have time for things we want to do. And often we feel say we are overwhelmed by all the things we have to do. Why are we so busy? 

A good friend said recently that she feels we all over-plan our lives these days. We carefully plan our work life, our social life, our exercise, our leisure time, our hobbies, perhaps our eating and food, our sleeping, and sometimes even our family time. It may seem as though we plan everything way more than what our predecessors did. I can’t remember my parents ever living life by a diary or filling their days with so much activity when I was growing up.

Another friend told me yesterday that she is trying to plan some meditation in her day. She does work full time, is starting a university course this year, travels a lot for work, goes to the gym regularly, and has several other interests that demand time from her days as well.

We do plan a lot it seems.

So do you over-plan? I certainly feel like I do. So why do we now plan so much? Is it because we are worried we may miss out on something or because we are scared of spontaneity.

Think about that for a moment – Do you see spontaneity as something desirable or not? Perhaps it is to do with equating spontaneity with surprises. Do you like surprises? I tell people I don’t like surprises whilst secretly harbouring a wish that occasionally I would get a nice one. So maybe I just don’t like “not nice” surprises.

Being spontaneous may be defined as: “A person having an open, natural, and uninhibited manner.” That sounds desirable don’t you think? What if being spontaneous could give you some relaxed and uninhabited qualities, because no matter what happens next, you can deal with it. Would this be an incredible trait to have in your life?

Some other side benefits that also come to mind are: 

  • Less stress! – If you are more familiar with dealing with unknown situations then your stress level should decrease as you won’t be as scared of spontaneous situations popping up in your day.
  • Escaping the routine doldrums -  I get so bored to death with routine some days. Generally I have to plan a holiday so I know the routine has a deadline. What if you frequently do something unexpected? Shake your day up a little. Be a spur of the moment person and say yes to breaking the rules occasionally. Be naughty now and then. Does that sound like fun?
  • Cultivate a sharper mind – Legend has it that being impulsive and flexible enough to deal with all level of surprises can actually help your mind to be focused, quick-thinking, and good at problem solving.

This brings to mind another good friend who I see as very spontaneous. In a nutshell, her life is never dull. It is brimming with exciting events, people, places, learnings, and adventures. Okay so maybe spontaneity isn’t such a monster after all.

As all you yogis know being more flexible can help you physically, and mentally, and boosts the self esteem, especially when you finally “get” that asana you have been practicing for some time. So I am certain that being a little more flexible in routine could sure help your outlook and thinking as well. That’s where being spontaneous is not something to fear. Maybe it can really help us by conditioning us to relax. Maybe over-planning our lives robs us of some of the magic, the joy.

Interestingly Wikipedia states that a spontaneous process releases free energy. This of course relates to the laws of thermodynamics but an interesting thought to contemplate next time you feel negative about a spontaneous invitation or idea. Spontaneity – Letting your energy flow freely! Yes please!

For more yoga tips jump onto our Facebook page.

Or see what others have to say about our retreats.

Namaste

Debbie x

Searching For Treasure

Maybe in all the wrong places……

You know those “Aha!” type moments when you realise you have been looking for the pearls in all the wrong places? I’m sure it must happen to you too.

I had just such a recent experience when myself and a couple of lovely ladies travelled to Daylesford together for a mini retreat. 

The retreat didn’t quite end up as I had originally planned and I was feeling a little uneasy because I hadn’t been able to properly check out, to my excruciatingly high standard, all the variables about the place where we were staying, the yoga facility, the actual experience that may be gained from the sound healing we all did, or the food (always at the top of my list for research). In other words I was sweating the small stuff and probably focusing on the things that weren’t going to change people’s enjoyment greatly.

We arrived early Saturday afternoon and our accommodation was a gorgeous tranquil bush setting with a myriad of birds, a kookaburra in a nearby tree that captivated our attention, and a family of goats gazing on us newcomers with curiosity. Just out of Daylesford there was no traffic noise and we were in our own piece of paradise.

After the group sound healing Saturday afternoon all of us seemed to shed a few worries and our shoulders became lighter and less burdened. One of the lovely ladies then followed that up with her own personal sound healing. Her transformation was incredible. Afterwards her eyes were shining and looked quite translucent, her face was lighter and looked more carefree, and her whole body seemed to be resonating at a higher vibration. Her energy had been seriously transformed. She looked as though she had ‘Let go!’

The healer, Rama’s particular type of sound healing works to release layers of energetic blocks, past painful experiences, and physical, mental or emotional suffering. It’s like peeling layers of an onion Rama told us. Once one peels off the top layers of painful experiences one uncovers other layers underneath that also need shedding. With each layer shed the heart can grow lighter, the mind can release some of its feeling of anxiety and stress, and let go of the need to control, and it can help the body to breathe a sigh of relief. It’s all natural healing, no drugs, no chemicals and no medical intervention. The body, mind and soul working in unison to heal itself. Such healing can be a deeply personal nurturing and peaceful experience. It is the process of becoming whole again. 

As the famous poet Rumi said, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Healing allows light to come through you and be a light unto the world. When you heal, you help the whole world heal.

After morning yoga and a candle meditation on Sunday the same lovely lady lapped up a 90 minutes healing Shiatsu massage with a knowledgable and intuitive massage healer. Her transformation continued to amaze us. She became aware of aspects of her physical being that she was previously unaware of and the hurting layers continued to shed. The massage was certainly something she wants to experience again, and would travel to Daylesford to do so.

Reflecting on that experience the lady I am talking about is also a dear friend who has experienced a lot of pain and grief in recent months. Her life has been a challenge. To see her achieve this state of happiness, lightness, and well being in such a short time was a gift to me. To see her eyes alight and vibrant, and to feel as though I could look so deeply into her eyes as to connect with her soul if I happened to be vibrating on the same level as her (which I wasn’t) was an absolute treasure for me as well. I really did feel teary when I looked into her eyes.

I had been so worried about whether this mini retreat would be “Right” instead of clearly focusing on my intention to create a safe, peaceful and loving environment where the retreat participants could just allow themselves to be, to relax, to heal, and to be nurtured. The treasure for me was in seeing my friend and yoga student transform before my eyes. It still makes me feel teary. It was the greatest gift I could facilitate for any of my retreat participants, even without ensuring all the T’s are crossed and the I’s dotted. Lesson to myself: Stop sweating the small stuff and enjoy the journey. 

So the retreat was a treasure and a gift to me the facilitator as well. Or as the other lovely yogi on the retreat might say; “It was frickin’ awesome!”

For more yoga tips jump onto our Facebook page….Or see what others have to say about our retreats.
Namaste

Debbie x

No Time For Svanasana

Are you too busy for relaxation after a yoga class? Once the last asana has ended are you moving onto the next thing on your to-do list or is it the icing on the cake for you?

When your yoga teacher tells you it’s time for Svanasana at the end of a class are you excited or do you think “Waste of time!”

Otherwise known as corpse pose. In Sanskrit sava means “corpse” and asana means “posture”. Strange name for a remarkable pose and the deep feelings of relaxation and inner harmony it can evoke.

It can look like the easiest pose in the whole yoga practice but it may be one of the most challenging to do. The benefits of Svanasana are more than any other pose.

It’s a brief pause in your daily life. The body needs this time to integrate the new information it has received through practicing yoga. It gives the muscles a chance to let go, resettle and relax even for a few moments. Even though Svanasana is a resting pose, it’s not the same as sleeping. It’s more effective to stay present and aware during the five to ten minutes of final relaxation.

Generally it is recommended that you should do Svanasana after every 30 minutes of yoga practice or once after finishing the yoga class or personal practice.

How can It Benefit Me?

  • Improves memory and concentration.
  • Reduces nervous and muscular tension.
  • Reduces headache occurences.
  • Reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure.
  • Reduces metabolic rate and oxygen consumption.
  • Relieves fatigue and insomnia.
  • Improves self confidence.

Getting Into The Pose:

  1. Lie flat on the mat.
  2. Let the legs come apart and the feet fall out to either side.
  3. Bring the arms alongside the body, but slightly separated from the body, and turn the palms to face upwards.
  4. Relax the whole body, including the face. Let the body sink into the mat and become heavy.
  5. Let the breath settle into your natural rhythm.

Coming Out Of The Pose:

  1. To come out, first become aware of your breathing.
  2. Then wiggle the fingers and toes and gradually awaken the body.
  3. To massage your neck, let your head roll to one side as you exhale, inhale to bring your head back to centre, and then exhale and let your head roll to the opposite side, and then to centre.
  4. Slowly roll to your side, open your eyes, and then gradually bring yourself back up into a sitting position.

Utilise Your Props

  • Bolster: Under the knees to ease any tension and reduce restless legs.
  • Small Bolster or Cushion: Under the lower back to maximise comfort.
  • Blanket: Under the head to keep the spine aligned and ease the neck and to cover yourself (your body can cool down very quickly at this stage).
  • Lavender Eye Pillow: The best! Smells divine and soothes the eyes as well as blocking out light. 

Our Restorative Yoga classes are on Tuesday afternoons at Grovedale Community Centre, 45 Heyers Road, Grovedale, 4 pm to 5.15 pm. One hour of total blissful relaxation and 15 minutes of meditation – 4 to 5.15 pm. And of course Svanasana is included. Bookings are essential.

For more yoga tips jump onto our facebook page.

Namaste

Debbie x

Private Classes

Private Yoga Mentoring

Geelong private yoga

Classes Tailored Just For You

Have a personalised yoga class tailored just for you, or if you perfer – you and your partner, family member, friend, or work colleague. An opportunity to explore your own practice in more depth, to learn a particular pose or sequence of your choosing, or to adapt a practice around a particular health issues you may be currently experiencing. Some days you may be looking for a more active class and other days you may just feel like luxuriating in a slower paced more mindful yoga. You can choose how it is tailored. Personal yoga mentoring helps you to attain a whole new level of practice.

Only $50 for 1-1.5 hours at a mutally convenient time.

We also tailor private yoga classes, relaxations, and fun yoga events for brides to be, girl’s nights out, sports teams, corporate groups, and conferences. Contact Debbie for a quote.

Contact Debbie on 0417 556 175 to plan a special yoga treat to suit your requirements.