A wonderful read from Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Another wonderful read from one of our favourite teachers Dr Kausthub Deskichar. Well worth the read, especially during these times when Mother Earth needs our love & support more than ever. Namaste
Greetings from the Viniyoga® family worldwide.
Namaste my dear friends.
Consider this situation for a moment. Imagine you have a boil in your belly region. You attend to it and try to pacify it, by applying some cooling oil or cream. A few weeks later imagine a skin rash erupting on your arms. You start using some anti-itch creams and take some anti-histamines. Another fortnight later appears some ulcers in your mouth, which you try to counter with antacids recommended by the local pharmacy. Some days later you experience a burning sensation in the eyes and it turns red. You visit your local eye doctor, who recommends you to use some eye drops. And life goes on and on like that, eventually resulting in a heart attack.
None of these are isolated events that are meant to be viewed as mutually exclusive. Rather they are all connected and a traditional Ayurvedic doctor would say that there is a systemic aggravation of Pitta. The doctor would strongly recommend that we reconsider the way we live our life, and change our diet and lifestyle.
In the same vein, Mother earth is going through this crisis now. Be it the fires in Australia, the virus in China, the hurricane in the Philippines or any other global event that has occurred in the recent past, or is occurring now, or will occur in the future, are all interconnected. Mother earth is giving us a warning that she is pissed off with our way of life and that we need to start making dramatic changes. Not just some of us, but all of us. As we are all connected not only to each other, but also to Earth.
So rather than watch the news and get shocked and think we have nothing to do, we need to wake up and start doing something. Not just something mild, but something dramatic.
So please reconsider your diet and start consuming more plant-based foods. Even with plant-based foods consume what is naturally grown. Try and consume as much local food as possible. Even better grow your own vegetables.
Change your lifestyle. Walk to places nearby rather than drive. Buy fewer products, especially those that don’t disintegrate ecologically into nature. Try buying used goods and reuse them. Drastically reduce the use of plastic and if possible avoid using it. Share food, share rides to work and share time with family and friends without digital interferences. Consume less. Because what we need for healthy living is actually way less than what we desire. We need to step away from the gluttonous consumption patterns and relook at what is needed.
Please consider these and anything else that will reduce the agitation of mother earth. We have looted her enough of her resources. It is now time to give back to her with care and affection. This is even greater Yoga than to just practice some Asana or Pranayama without care or concern for this world.
Namaste. May we all be blessed infinitely by our creators, teachers and wellwishers.
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation – KHYF
The Viniyoga® Tradition

Yoga Workshop with Lucilla Hammond – Align Your Life

Yoga Workshop with Lucilla Hammond – Align Your Life

 Saturday 8th February hosted by the Port Lincoln School of Yoga

“At the heart of Yoga is the principles of morality and peaceful living. We may believe that we are living that life but actually it is becoming increasingly difficult to do, in our ever complex society.

How do you really know if you are living in alignment to your deepest values? Do you even know what your most important values are?

This essential information helps us to understand ourselves better, to improve decision making and to contribute to the world at large with greater impact.

Join us at Port Lincoln School of Yoga for a morning of discovery of what our values are. As we get clear on our moral compass we integrate it into our cellular body through beautiful fluid yoga. Aligning our body, mind and spirit with the greater flow of our breath.

This will be a dynamic flow style class lead with a focus of body and breath awareness, to feel with honesty, the structural alignment of your body. This allows you to know what you are truly capable of when you are aligned in truth and integrity.

After a break of light refreshments you may like to continue onto the second, seriously nourishing, half of the class.

Restorative yoga can help you heal and integrate even the most difficult aspects of Self and Life, in the most gentle and compassionate way. Restorative Yoga is long holds of reclined postures properly supported by yoga props that allows the body to release deeply held tensions and opens the body in a way not normally available to us.

Pranayama or breath work, will be incorporated into this section for greater depth and enhancement. And we finish the day with a meditation that will leave you clear on the qualities you need to take you through this most powerful of years.

We are living through a very important moment of the human evolution. Let’s move through it Aligned in ourselves; consciously, with awareness and in community. All this is set to an inspiring soundtrack to keep you focused and connected as we dance the dance of Life.”

We hope you can join us

Session 1 – 9-11.30am Active Asana session $35

Session 2 – 12.15-2.15pm Restorative & Meditation Session $30

Both Sessions – $65 (with refreshments to follow)

Bookings can be made to Lucilla at  joyyogainfo@gmail.com or contact PLSY

Payment can be made on the day in cash or direct debit to Lucilla

Bendigo Bank
Joy Yoga or Lucilla Hammond
BSB: 633 000
Acc.: 131 188 815

Printable Information flyer

About Lucilla

“Words cannot convey the value of Yoga, it has to be experienced.”

These words from BKS Iyengar are so true. When I started yoga about 21 years ago I had no idea the influence it would have on my body, mind, emotions and life. It has completely changed them and transformed me into who I am today.

My first 7 years were attending a weekly Iyengar class in Edinburgh Scotland, where I quickly realised it helped me manage my moods. So within a month started a personal practice 2 or 3 times a week. This helped me manage bouts of depression, which over the years, disappeared altogether.

When I moved back to Australia into rural Victoria I couldn’t find a teacher and somehow ended up teaching instead! So I did my training in 2007 with the Australian Yoga Academy. I opened up a small yoga studio in 2010 and ran that until I decided to see the world again in 2017. Since then I have been travelling, mostly around Asia but the UK too teaching yoga, studying and offering healings in Reiki, Thai Yoga massage and some Ayurvedic massages.

Move, the way Love moves you.

I have developed my own style of movement, incorporating the focus of alignment and comfort that Iyengar offers, with the playfulness, fluidity and creativeness that flow and vinyasa yoga gives you. Learning to move, as Rumi puts it, the way love moves you.

This conversation of love through the body, breath and movement are all we really need to meet ourselves each day with where we are at. And to help process all we need during these turbulent times of the human evolution.

I am super excited to be able to offer a workshop in Port Lincoln, a town I have been visiting for decades now, as I have family here. I can’t wait to share my love of Yoga with yours and know that together we make the world a better place.

Om Shanti. May your experience be peace.

Lucilla Jane (Hammond)



SAVE the DATE – Workshop Saturday February 8th

~ Save the Date – workshop Saturday February 8th ~
We are hosting a fantastic workshop with Lucilla Hammond of Joy Yoga (www.joyyoga.com.au)
….we are just finalising some details and will have more information very soon, in the meantime put this one in your diary, its not to be missed!! There will be a couple of different options to hopefully suit everyone
We are sooo excited to bring another amazing yoga teacher to Port Lincoln School of Yoga to learn from and allow us to delve deeper into our knowledge of the beautiful practice of yoga

Kangaroo Island Bushfire Fundraiser

1802 Oyster Bar – Coffin Bay have organised a wonderful fundraiser for the Kangaroo Island Bushfires. We have been feeling pretty helpless over here, but every bit counts…so we have donated a class pass to the auction…if you have anything to contribute or would like to attend the event, contact 1802 or visit their page. A big thank you to them for organising this
Our hearts and thoughts are wholeheartedly with all of Australia at this time.

WOW! What a weekend! Workshop Wrap Up!

We are so incredibly grateful and our hearts are overflowing after the workshop we held at our studio over the weekend 💜

It was such an amazing collaboration and a real sense of community as we welcomed all. 🥰

We were so focused, in awe and enjoying ourselves so much that we actually all forgot to take lots of photos…oops…but below is a few snippets of the fun that we did have! 🧘🏼‍♂️🧘🏼‍♀️

We would like to thank all the students and teachers who attended, some traveling from as far as Adelaide and Port Augusta. It was lovely to also welcome teachers from Solfit Yoga & Barre and the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre 🙏🏼

We would like to say a big thank you to 1802 Oyster Bar – Coffin Bay for our delicious meal, Australian Coastal Safaris for the bus hire, Coomunga Wines for the bus driver Pete! 🙏🏼

To our own teachers who worked tirelessly together as the beautiful team we are to pull this event off, thank you 🙏🏼

Lastly the biggest thank you to Wendy Samek of Om Yoga for coming over and sharing your incredible knowledge of yoga with us…we think you are amazing and sincerely wish you back soon! You have inspired us beyond words! 🙏🏼

This is what it’s all about for us…collaboration, community, love of yoga and yoga at its true essence. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the workshop as much as we did and we hope to bring more amazing events like this to you in future… 🌸

Link to Om Yoga’s Website – www.omyoga.com.au/


Unravel Your Stress Workshop Update

We are so excited, its almost here…we have been blown away by the amazing support and response for this event as we reach capacity. Wendy is such an incredible teacher and we feel very honour to host an event with her.
For all those who have booked and paid for the workshop, it begins 1pm this Saturday November 30th. If you could try arrive about 15 minutes early that would be wonderful. We still have a few to complete registration forms, these could be printed from our website prior or we will have a some in studio on the day.
For those joining us for dinner and using the bus we will be meeting at the studio 6.15pm. For those making their own way to @1802oysterbar dinner is around 7pm.
If anyone who is attending has any questions or would like more details on the workshop or dinner please send through a message.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend

Qigong (Chi Gung) Classes

Welcome guest teacher Kim to our ‘featured class’ time slot Wednesday evening at 6pm for 5 weeks starting November 20th featuring Qigong.
Originally from China, Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is a traditional healing technique that supports the body’s natural tendency to return to balance and equilibrium.
It gently and profoundly creates strength, flexibility, & balance in muscles and joints through gentle flowing movements.
“Qi” is a traditional Chinese concept which means vital energy, life-force, information, breath or spirit.
Qi-gong is gentle, available to older people and those with physical limitations. It can be practiced standing, seated in a chair or lying down.
Cost $15 per class or $13 concession.
For more information please contact Kim on ph. 0423033252

restorative yoga is back

We are so excited to have our dear Patsy back from her time away 🌸

Restorative yoga starts again this Friday the 8th of November 5.30pm 🙏🏼

Patsy is also back teaching her Monday morning class 💜