Welcome back – we open Monday 11th Jan

Hello everyone, great news …We are open again this Monday 💕💫

Here is our new timetable for Summer 2021…all our classes from last year remain unchanged and we have some exciting new class additions and a new teacher starting with us👏🏻

We welcome Carly @xpandingyoga who will be teaching an early bird Friday class 6.30-7.30am and also Sunday 9-10am🌸

We also have Sarah @sarahhayesyoga continuing her Thursday 9.30-10.45am🌸We ask that you please still message your teacher to book your place in class, you will find the numbers on the timetable 🙏🏼

We have relaxed our equipment protocols and you can now begin using our equipment again…if you prefer bring your own mat and maybe just a sarong/towel to lay over our blankets and bolsters that is welcomed 💜

We have all had a wonderful break as do we hope you all did but we are sooo looking forward to sharing yoga with you all again 🙏🏼

See you on the mat, namaste 🙏🏼

Christmas break

Christmas and the end of year is fast approaching 💫

We wanted to wish you all happiness and love in the lead up to the festivities 🎄

We also wanted to let you all know this will be the last week of yoga classes for 2020. We will finish the year off with the tradition of our Community Christmas class on Saturday the 19th of December. Our community class will be a little different this year but that pretty much sums up the year we have had but we still wanted to hold something to show our gratitude. Bookings essential as spaces limited 😊

Our studio will be taking an extended break starting Monday 21st of December and returning Monday January 11th 2021🌸

We hope to see you all this week and thank you all so much for your amazing support and presence in our studio💕

Namaste 🙏🏼

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QR Code

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To our dearest students, you will notice at your next class we have our QR Code displayed for you to scan for contact tracing. There is one located at the sign in desk and another on the bench.

We will also have our sign in book to record your attendance as we always have even pre Covid, so we please ask you still continue to use that as a way for us to keep class records. This will also be a way for contact tracing if you don’t bring your phone to class or prefer to sign in manually.

Please ask your teacher for assistance with this or if you have any questions. Om shanti, namaste 🙏🏼

We re-open Monday

Smiles all round…we can re-open Monday 🙌🏻

We are back to our current timetable, please contact your teacher to book your space 💜Gentle reminder to please continue to bring along your own mat and equipment and to keep up with the social distancing & hygiene.🌻

We are continuing to do extra cleaning and have decided to lift our mats to help keep everything cleaner, please when you come in place down your mat with the distance and we will be there to help.🌸

We hope you are all well, see you soon. Namaste 🙏🏼

STUDIO CLOSURE

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Its with heavy hearts we close our studio at midnight tonight due to covid restrictions announced today (Nov 16th). Please keep an eye out on here for updates.

It all seems feels overwhelming but Lets all take a deep breath in and long slow breath out and trust that all will be well and we will be back very very soon. 🌸

Please take care of yourselves and each other. Sending love & light to all 💫

Namaste 💜🙏🏼

The Viniyoga® Newsletter | October 2020 | NAVRĀTRI GREETINGS

THE VINIYOGA NEWSLETTER | OCTOBER 2020

Health, a fundamental responsibility!!!

Health is a fundamental right!’ scream the politicians. On their campaign trails across the globe, we find leaders chanting this mantra in hopes of winning their citizens’ vote. They call for lower medical costs, be it for pharmaceutical drugs or insurance coverage, or any other kind of interventions.

If you understand the deeper dimensions of this, it is yet another call to disempower the public.

Health isn’t a fundamental right. It’s a fundamental responsibility!

Putting our health in the hands of others is not just an act of laziness, but also puts us in a very dangerous situation. We feel we can ignore the signs and symptoms that our body tries to give us, and indulge in an irresponsible and gluttonous form of lifestyle, one that makes us sick and disempowered.

Our diet and lifestyle are strong contributing factors to almost all of today’s illnesses. We have created a work-centric lifestyle that leaves us little time to look after ourselves or even enjoy the meals we make. We have mechanised the food supply chain and made it into an industry of genetically and chemically modified content. Animals are not allowed to live naturally, nor are fruits and vegetables. Cows were not meant to live in robot-controlled barns, nor were plants meant to be grown in controlled laboratories. They were meant to be nourished by the Sun, by the wind, by the water and other natural forces. They never needed regular injection of chemicals or interferences from mankind. Just as with King Midas, all we touch becomes lifeless.

When we eat such food, how are we meant to be healthy?

On the other side, we have also forgotten that we are human beings (the emphasis is on the word “being”). Instead we have become human- machines, just working day in and day out to merely earn money. We don’t even work at what we are good at or what we love. Rather we chase what we think will bring us more money. Rather than chase our passion we have started to pursue insanity. Not only have we become insensitive to our true potentials, but have also become apathetic to what’s going on around us. We don’t pause to smell the flowers, or hear the sounds of the birds around us, or feel the wind blowing across our face or other such simple but profoundly nourishing things. We look into our phones and disappear into the fantasy world of digital media, rather than actually look, smile at or talk to the person seated near us, be it on a flight or train.

What we don’t realise is, making simple changes like having a healthier diet, a healthier lifestyle, pursuing our passion, could make us much healthier and much happier. This would make us more empowered and therefore, able to take greater responsibility for our own health and life journey. These changes also must include not only how much we consume, but rather more fundamentally how we consume. Most of the countries in the world have such high national debt, which not only trickles down but also sets an example to its citizens that it’s okay to spend more than we earn. How smart is this? How safe is this? But as people, we buy into this credit-based system to buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, mostly to impress people we don’t like.

And when all of this affects us, either physically, psychologically or spiritually, we expect the system to fix us, while not taking any responsibility. This is neither feasible nor fair.

Health is a fundamental responsibility, and if we don’t do our part, no one else can help us.

So, rather than fight for it as an entitlement, work toward making health your fundamental obligation to yourself. Eat healthy. Get enough sleep. Keep company with responsible adults, even if you don’t always agree with them or find them comfortable. Enjoy the seasons, the birds’ chirping, the sound of flowing water, etc. Pursue your passion and boldly be in your element. Speak and live by the truth. Act responsibly. Accept that life won’t always be on an upward trend and that downward trends are okay too. Most importantly, don’t give your power away to someone else.

Our health is our responsibility!

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation
The Viniyoga® Tradition
August 2020

Beautiful words by Dr Kausthub Desikachar

“His Master’s Voice – Yogasūtra of Patañjali
Explained by Dr. Kausthub Desikachar

1.13 Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkara-adara-asevitah drdha-bhumih

Last time we discussed sutra 1. 13, tatra sthitau yatnah-abhyasah, which defined the concept of practice, and we found that it was something that takes us close to the goal and sustains us there. Patanjali does not tell us what it is that we should practice, for that depends on our goal and where we are in our life. That is the power of now, of Yoga – being in the present moment.

What he does describe, in this following sutra, is certain important qualities that practice should have, so that it is able to attain drdha-bhumih, a strong foundation. 
Firstly, he makes it clear that yoga is a long process: doing ten Sun Salutations will not immediately result in citta-vrtti-nirodhah. You must have the discipline of practice for a long time. The first attribute of practice, therefore, is dirgha-kala, a long period of time. This does not mean five hours a day – duration depends on many things – but it does mean that it needs to be done for many weeks, many months, maybe years. It’s no good stopping after a few days because you don’t see any results. That is the challenge of Yoga – it takes time, and so this is presented first.

However, a long time is not enough – it should also be uninterrupted, which is the meaning of nairantarya. So many people give up for one reason or another, feel guilty and start again. My grandfather used to say that if you interrupt practice, when you resume it, it’s like returning to Day Zero. If you are eating every day and sleeping every day, to nourish yourself, you should also practise every day, like a ritual … when people asked on what day they could have a break, he would reply, on the days you don’t eat, you don’t have to practice.

Satkara is a very beautiful word with many meanings. Sat means the truth, what is real – so satkara means that you should practice according to your capacity and your reality, and this changes every day. It also means a positive attitude, a belief in what you are doing, that it will work. Then it will have better results. Adara means with eagerness, with enthusiasm: you should look forward to practicing every day!

Asevitah means that the practice must have, be served by, all these qualities. Then it will gain a strong foundation. This is a very important word. You are not being guaranteed citta-vrtti-nirodhah, but what has to manifest will manifest. Practicing doesn’t mean that you will get the result that you want, but you will get what is right for you, what is within your potential. Perhaps you will discover your goal: the goal which is appropriate for you and which is meant for you. Different people have different gifts, abilities and capacities. We must accept the limits of our svabhava, our potential, and act accordingly.

When Patanjali talked of the goal of Yoga in the third sutra, he said that consciousness will be established in its own nature, its own svabhava. Please practice in this way, my friends, and your practice will gain a very good foundation.”

Our school respects and follows the lineage of these teachers, they offer authentic yoga teachings and training programs in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar:

http://www.khyf.net & http://www.krishnamacharya.org for more insight into the deeper layers of yoga or see their facebook page in the link bellow.

https://www.facebook.com/TKrishnamacharya

Class update – relief teacher

Dearest students……Class update 🕉

Jamie will be away this coming Monday 6pm and Tuesday 6.15am…..we are excited to welcome Carly to our teaching team, she will be relieving these classes. To book your space please message Carly on 0416 743 543💕Namaste

@jamie_elise_yoga

@xpandingyoga

Remembering T.K.V. Desikachar

This week we are remembering and honouring one of the greatest yoga teachers of modern times, T.K.V. Desikachar. Following in the traditions of his father T Krishnamacharya he developed ‘Viniyoga’ – now his son @kausthub has continued the teachings. 🙏🏼
He has a wonderful book called ‘The Heart of Yoga’ which is a great resource if you are looking at broadening your knowledge of the true essence of Yoga. It can be ordered through the library. 💜
May you all have a wonderful day….take a breath in deeply and a breath out completely….in the words of this great man “The breath is a wonder drug”
Hari Om 🙏🏼