Description of Classes
- Outer yoga is physically strengthening, with deep, core openings in your joints and lengthening your entire spine, from your tailbone to your neck
- inner yoga nourishes the internal organs and gathers and conserves living energy (prana), and
- integral yoga dissolves the duality of mind and body to merge with the primordial energy of the cosmos. you experience yourself at the deepest level of your being.
- Unstiffen your supple body (yoga asana and kriyas)
- Unchatter your quiet mind (deep relaxation, concentration and meditation)
- Unfreeze your fiery heart (pranayama, breathing practices and pratyahara, which means sensory management)
CORE YOGA: HEALTHY BACK, ABS, HIPS, LEGS:
Guided deep relaxation and self healing, yoga nidra. When the mind touches the body, cells respond (Tues 12.30-1.20pm & Wed 6.30-7.30pm)
The literal translation of yoga nidra is yogic sleep. It is simple, guided, transformative, physical relaxation session with imagery, that starts with surface-level change and then goes deep into your subconscious mind, so that your innermost limiting beliefs and mindsets can change, with long term and permanent results. Its practice is integrative. It heals unresolved issues and traumas that are present in your mind and body and enables you to access your innate peace of mind that is intrinsically present amidst life's changing scenery.
Practiced lying down, designed to let you rest and relax deeply, release stress, find your own stillness and calm, increase your resilience, improve your interpersonal relationships and provide you with a greater sense of mastery and control in your life which leads to inner peace and spontaneous healing. Yoga nidra leads to a blissful experience, where the body is able to totally let go and the mind becomes calm and clear. Relax and heal. For stress relief and self healing.
Featured CDs for home practice • Samadhi • Origins Yearnings Destiny • Deep Relaxation and Self Healing
GENTLE FLOW YOGA:
Easy, gentle flow yoga (Mon 10.15-11.30am, Tues & Thurs 11.30am-12.30pm)
Incorporates Yoga postures and exercises (asanas), yogic breathing (pranayama), concentration (dharana), inner silence meditation (antar mauna) and relaxation (nidra). Kidz Yoga is a system of many different things to practice and ways to think and feel, which make the body and mind strong and healthy. It also helps children be happy, peaceful and full of good energy. It opens up a world of peace, creativity, joy and disciplines for children from all walks of life.
Featured CD for home practice: Meditation for Children - of all ages
Meditation is a relaxing way to still the mind, learn to stay calm, explore your inner universe, awaken extraordinary powers of the mind, and access altered states of consciousness. It is not complicated or mysterious. Meditation is a natural state of mind which everyone can experience and receive amazing, lasting benefits from. Through the practice of meditation you cut away the hype, release mental blocks, unlock feelings of bliss and peace of mind, which enable you to create new, simple, yet powerful perspectives for changes within your mind, on life and anything else. Changes that will last and bring you success in all areas of your life, naturally. Abandon personal agendas and allow your inherent inquisitiveness to help lead you to further exploration that overcomes doubt and hesitation. When the mind is silent, it radiates compassion, joy and humour.
People who practice meditation regularly experience reduced depression, fear and anxiety; a greater ability to relax and enjoy life; reduced insomniac and levels of stress; improved interpersonal relations; reduced chronic and acute pain and increased inner peace and wellbeing.
Featured CDs for home practice • Calm the Mind and Discover Inner Peace • Guided Meditations on Mindfulness • Vipassana
PARTNERWORK & ASSISTED STRETCHING:
PRANAYAMA & MINDFULNESS:
The pranayama class is how to breathe for optimal health. It offers gentle, powerful and easy-to-follow yoga breathing and visualisation instructions, to soothe away tiredness, stress and illness. It incorporates the body with universal awareness, diaphragmatic breathing for pulmonary health, the complete (three-part) yoga breath and sound (vibrational healing) to help you find your home in the breath. The breath is the ultimate power behind the cosmos. Central to the healing process, it is our first and last possession - the natural rhythm of life and our link with the divine of all creation. Breathing irregularities foster disease. In this class, you will dissolve stress, relax your body and mind and open yourself fully and authentically to the transformative power of the spirit in action.
Featured CD for home practice: Breathe for Health
STRETCH AND TONE
Classical Shanti Yoga with warm ups, ‘fix-its’ and classical resting poses. When time is of the essence (55 min. class). Increase and maintain health and flexibility. Walk-in stressed-out, walk-out blissed out.
YOGA FLOW - RENEWAL:
Yoga for total renewal will help you maintain flexibility while regaining strength. Let years of accumulated tightness and stiffness be removed from your body and feel the clock turning back. Foundation yoga poses practiced with awareness, gentleness and non-competitiveness, in a state of relaxation and with healthy, deep breathing. In these sessions, classical Shanti Yoga asanas are systematically combined with the additional help of other Yogic adjuncts, which are a combination of locks, seals and gestures. Prana, or life energy, is awakened, balanced and expanded in the body and mind and latent, physical tension and energy blocks are removed, leading to a feeling of clarity, lightness and wellbeing. This is a class for strengthening as well as stretching. If your schedule permits, attend tag yoga i.e. the earlier session of Yoga Peace or Pranayama and follow up with the Guided Relaxation and Meditation session, for a truly wonderful experience.
A perfect class to end your day, where the breath is used to move and explore the body. Unravel by strengthening and stretching your body, learn to let go of tension and centre the mind. This is a mixed level class that begins with warm-up and restorative stretching and poses and slow vinyasa (breath-synchronised movement) in the first half of the class. The second half has a change in pace and purpose and ends with standing poses and sun salutation vinyasa.
YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF: Tues 10.30-11.30am & Th 10.30-11.30am.
CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE & BOLLYWOOD COURSE:
BOLLYWOOD FUN MOVEMENT:
Easy to learn, fun, Bollywood dance workout. Structured moves. Cardio-respiratory endurance and memory is developed whilst you are guided towards weight-loss, fitness, fun, health, vitality and wellbeing.
• Weightloss program • Spiritual and Lifestyle counselling • Massage and Ayurvedic treatments • Private classes • Facilitated Yoga Stretching • Weekend workshops • Tme-out retreats • Teacher training • Vegetarian Cooking classes
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography
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