Please Note April Blockout Dates ! |
The following East St.Kilda classes will not be running:
Friday 19th (Good Friday)
Sunday 21st (Easter Sunday)
I am running a Meditation class on ANZAC DAY (Thursday 25th April) in Windsor: 10-11am.
** Class Timetable **
||Breathe & Meditate
|| East St Kilda
||East St Kilda
|| YIN Yoga*
^ Surcharge applies for EFTPOS transactions.
* First Friday of every month includes YOGA NIDRA.
BSPC (Balaclava St Kilda Physiotherapy Clinic) YOGA STUDIO
268 Inkerman Street
***** EAST ST KILDA *****
BROPHY'S Body and Mind Studio
1-7 McIlwrick Street
***** WINDSOR *****
Special Package Deals
*Applies to East St Kilda classes only*
10 classes over 12 weeks ....... $180
20 classes over 12 weeks ....... $320
Yoga or Meditation, or a combination of both - $90 per hour
Small group or family- $100 per hour
20% concession for one-on-one with a referral from a doctor
Private sessions are generally conducted in East St Kilda
** Description of Class Styles **
Breathe and Heal
Just Breathe ... and Meditate. That's right, there is no physical effort in this class.
We use the BREATH, deep RELAXATION, and guided VISUALISATIONS to assist in reducing pain, worry, and tension.
You will also experience on-going calmness and clarity within
your thought processes.
The Pranayamas or Breath Techniques will improve and balance ALL the internal systems:
mental, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, enteric, endocrine, etc... thereby improving the overall joy and quality of life.
When the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems are brought into balance, you are able to fire into action when needed,
but also quell an over-stressed mind. Learn to replace worry (which involves the focus being mainly on the problem) with concern
(where focus is more on the solution).
The Breathing practices are generally done sitting cross-legged on a mat, which is provided if you don't have your own.
However there are bolsters to make your hips and lower back more comfortable, and chairs for those who are not comfortable sitting at floor level.
The Meditation part of the class will be done lying down, covered with a blanket and with a pillow under your head if you wish.
I will assist you into a state of Stillness and Peace with progressive muscle relaxation. I will then guide you through one of my many meditations.
Meditation is healing and everybody on the planet needs healing, whether the root cause be physical, mental, or emotional.
There is always another layer of pain or tension that can be released, or at least softened.
Once you make peace with the pain, you can begin to let it go
Yin Yoga is simple, however that does not mean it is always easy.
Due to limited flexibility, some may find holding a few of the positions a little demanding at first, while others may have difficulty
finding the patience necessary to relax completely. With gentle guidance, both of these challenges can be overcome relatively easily.
Yin Yoga incorporates Pranayama Breath Control, distributing vital life force energy
throughout the whole body. As well as having a calming and energising effect, Pranayama is an excellent way to nourish all our cells
with oxygen and nutrients, and remove toxic debris
from the body. Yin Yoga is like needleless acupuncture, eliminating energy blocks from meridian pathways.
This meditative and relaxing class suits everyone. Age or lack of yoga experience is irrelevant. Scroll
down for more benefits on the practice of Yin Yoga.
Hatha Yoga enhances well-being as we bring the body, mind, emotions, and spirit into balance. Physically and energetically,
muscles are strengthened and toned, and all the internal systems become balanced and harmonised.
Breathing deeply and smoothly into your postures improves the circulatory system, ensuring the distribution of an
optimal supply of oxygen to all your organs and cells. Every cell needs oxygen to survive. Long, slow exhalations improve the functionality of the
vagus nerve and also stimulate the lymphatic system, aiding detoxification.
My Hatha Yoga classes are suitable for beginners and those at intermediate level, with variations given for gentler or more challenging
preferences. For example, the pose in the above picture could be done with both hands reaching high above the head to hold the foot, or
it could be done lying on one's side on the floor, using a strap around the foot if required.
Relaxation in Savasana at the end of each class allows your neuromuscular system to integrate everything you did during your physical practice.
In Savasana, we let go of any residual tensions, whether they be physical, mental or emotional.
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness and rejuvenation. Sequences are designed to remove toxins and awaken dormant energy as we work through
the Chakras, our subtle energy centres. This practice provides a great opportunity to cleanse the lungs with Breath of Fire.
Dynamic movement combined with Breath of Fire releases endorphins, which are feel good hormones. Participants leave the class feeling strong
and energised, and at the same time clear-headed and happy.
Socrates said, "If you would seek health, first look to the spine."
If we did not have calendars, our age would probably be measured by the health of the spine.
Kundalini Yoga keeps the spine strong and flexible, ensuring that we carry ourselves in a youthful and confident manner.
* You don't have to be flexible to do yoga – practise yoga and become flexible *
Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and
emotional relaxation. Some participants do this practice regularly because it helps them get a better night's sleep ... others because they discover
handle life's troubles and frustrations more calmly. However there is so much more to Yoga Nidra.
Lying in stillness and covered with a blanket, you will be guided into the Theta state, which is the dividing line between
being asleep and awake. The Theta state is also known as the Hypnoyogic state. The brain wave cycles are gradually slowed down so that the conscious mind
settles into complete rest; i.e. there is no judging, analysing, worrying, decision-making, etc. This is a perfect time to plant the seed of your
Sankalpa into your subconscious mind. A Sankalpa is a positive resolution to improve your life, or perhaps achieve a goal.
In the Theta brain-wave state, your mind is very powerful. Your deeper and higher Self will do everything to ensure your resolution comes to fruition. Of
course, you must do your bit too as you continue with daily life, not just sit back to see what happens! Know the path you want to take, and you
can become the Director of your life.
For more information on the benefits of Yoga Nidra and the Sankalpa - including how to choose your Sankalpa - please email your request for an excerpt from one of
my books, Stepping Stones to Meditation.
All enquiries welcome
More on Yin Yoga
My love of Yin Yoga came as a bit of a surprise to me as it looked like a lot of lying around doing nothing. I discovered it does indeed
involve a lot of doing not much at all, however after my first class I was hooked. This is not to say others will love it quite so
readily ... as a meditation teacher I was already well-practised in the art of relaxation and mindful breathing.
Learning to relax deeply for anyone who is stressed or overly busy can take a little time and dedication, however the benefits of Yin Yoga
do begin on Day One, even if they are too subtle to appreciate fully. As blockages in the energy channels dissolve, you will feel lighter, more energised and yet deeply relaxed at the same time. The breathing
techniques can make your practice serenely meditative.
In Yin Yoga, most postures are done at floor level and are held for several minutes. This is to give the muscles time to soften and relax totally.
Our muscles (and organs) are contained in a network of connective tissue called fascia. Fascia is similar to cling wrap, but when muscles are tight,
it becomes more like shrink wrap. Holding postures in certain positions gives time for the fascia to soften and become rehydrated. The muscles are
then able to move more fluidly.
Once the muscles
are completely relaxed in a Yin Yoga position, other connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, cartilage) begin to receive the TLC they need.
They are softened into gentle traction and, as synovial fluids flow more freely, they too become rehydrated and more flexible. Joints become juicy, giving you more comfort and ease of
movement in everyday life.
Yin Yoga and Hatha Yoga should not be looked on as a one-or-the-other choice, rather as being complementary to each other.
Yin Yoga allows time and space
for synovial fluids to flow freely, rehydrating the joint mechanisms. A yang practice such as Hatha Yoga
strengthens and tones. Strength is necessary to support the joint flexibility that we
achieve through the more passive practice of Yin Yoga.