What do you love?
I love yoga.
It's not a big bold statement I know, but it has depth. Yoga is such an embedded part of me. And everyday I wake up deeply grateful that I get to share what I love with other people. It’s not always easy, but nothing is always easy, every job has it challenges so I’d rather be challenged doing work I love rather than work I don’t like.
Do you do what you love? If not, what would your life look like if you did?
C O M M U N I T Y - Y O G A
This Sunday 8am
Community yoga is for the whole family, kids and parents together.
But maybe not your dog. My dog, loves it when I do yoga, I just wish I was smart enough to teach him as well. Alas, he just likes to lick me.
Your donation this term will go to Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services who are all about supporting animals and they do tremendous work in our community.
Come to community yoga and support those supporting our community.
This drumming workshop will be so much fun. Explore rhythm, harmony and mindfulness through the power of group drumming, chanting and movement, a therapeutic and holistic workshop for women.
No musical experience necessary.
Viparita Karani (legs up the wall). My 30 days of Viparita Karani has finished, but my practice hasn't. I can't work out why I ever stopped practicing it. It has contributed to my increasing sense of wellbeing and created that much needed 'pause' in my day.
Enjoy these variations, resting in each. Read more about this awesome pose via the bio link.
I have been very busy these past weeks and am focusing on being more compassionate towards myself and the reality of how much I can actually do. Sometimes, less is more.
But that is also really hard. To do less, to be slower and to rest and pause is not the soundtrack of this life. We are applauded for our efficiency, our quickness, our ability to do more than one thing at a time. And when we do pause for a minute people think there is something wrong with us.
And so I find myself in this weird place of wanting to do all the things I want/need to do and of wanting to rest. Recognising this about myself and being more compassionate towards myself around this is my mission today.
All our classes are an opportunity to pause and nourish ourselves, however we have two that take this to the next level. Our 6pm Friday night Yin with Claire and our Saturday 3pm Deep Rest Restorative with Donna. Just the class names are relaxing.
Come along and try a bit of doing less. You’ll feel great for it. All the info is in the timetable link via the bio.
YogaHara now has Mukti Yoga Mats. These mats are natural, ethical and eco friendly. Plus, they come with their own strap.
Currently we stock the the Mukti Grounded mat which is 100% natural and designed in Australia to suit all styles of yoga. It is reversible to complement both a stable, sweaty practice and a more nurturing restorative practice.
The Mukti Grounded mat is available in the studio now and are $90. Thanks @muktimats
"The purpose of yoga is to engage with a deep sense of interconnected wholeness, both within ourselves and the world around us. We are learning to live the essence of our true nature: welcoming, open, spacious and free from judgement and conditioning." - James Reeves.
Got a child who loves yoga? We are looking to start some kid's yoga classes. Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to try a class for free.
Check out this gorgeous book from Mariam Gates, 'Good Morning Yoga' a sequel to her just as gorgeous 'Goodnight Yoga'.
We have a few copies of each in the studio. Grab one when you are next in class or call in just before a class start time.
Viparita Karani (legs up the wall). I rocked up to my Naturopath recently rather tired, stressed and blaming peri-menopause and she said to me, have you been practicing Viparita Karani? Hmmm, it is usually a part of my practice but it hadn't been for a couple of months.
So I made a commitment to practice it for 30 days. I am almost at the end and although I've missed a couple of days, it has been great. Those 5 - 15 minutes I have spent each day have left me feeling refreshed and rested.
Read my blog post about this great pose via the bio link.
Hepburn Springs Yoga Retreat
There are still a couple of spaces left in this weekend retreat.
Tag a friend who you would love to spend a weekend with immersing yourself in yoga, good food and self care.
All the details are via the bio link.
Did I choose the path or did the path choose me?
On my daily walks with Ruckus, I am often drawn to this little gap in the fence. There is a bigger opening to the right, but we both like to squeeze through this smaller one like a silent invitation.
My yogic path has such a strong pull on me, and I feel the path chose me. Even during those times when I really didn't like yoga (and there have been a few), I was still drawn to practice. Drawn to my mat. And at the time I didn't really know why. But the pull is undeniable. And I am grateful for it because I know it has saved me on many occasions. I would not be this person (who I love) without it.
I have had a few conversations lately about the love/hate relationship that is the yogic path. Life is not smooth sailing, so neither is yoga. But here is the thing about yoga: It is a reflection of life, a mirror. But we can't hide in yoga like we do in life. I can remember vividly times of hating yoga and when I look back on it, it has been when I have not been that happy in life, but yoga was there. And I kept doing it. At the time I probably couldn't tell you why but now I can say that my deeper nature was demanding that I show up for life/yoga.
Show up yogis, stay on the path, even when it’s tough.
THE SUMMER DAY -- by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Happy Monday Yogis
I’m pretty excited (and nervous) to be hosting the @yogaaustralia state event at YogaHara today. I will be sharing 3 of my favourite mudra practices with teachers from around the state. Such an honour. Thank you Yoga Australia and Gabrielle from @buddhi_mind for this great opportunity for regional teachers to come together in sangha and learning.
A bit more Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) in studio 2. So nourishing. It is terrific for our general wellbeing. I am in the middle of 30 days of Viparita Karani, actively applying selfcare everyday.
I hope you looked after yourself today. I finished the day with a gorgeous Yin class with Claire.
Try some Viparita Karani
before you go to bed tonight and actively try a bit of self care tomorrow in our Deep Rest Restorative at 3pm.
Details via the timetable in the bio link.