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Yoga is a great form of self care. Yoga practice is about healing the self through self discovery and self acceptance. It's a transformational practice that strengthens the life force within. It teaches us to overcome internal and external obstacles that come with everyday life.
Pranayama, the regulation of the breath, can be one of the most soothing and calming techniques in yoga. Salt therapy is one of the oldest and most potent forms of improving your lung capacity to help healing. Salt thins the mucus lining our inner lungs allowing us to exhale toxins and decongest our airways.
In the foothills of the Himalayas, local mountain dwelling tribes knew about the effect of salt to increase the lungs breathing capacity. The Himalayan mountain caves are lined with pink salt- the same pink salt you use in your cooking, Himalayan salt. Whenever someone had an illness they would sit in the caves and often would come out feeling better.
The way in which pink salt improves your breathing is by cleaning the air through a process of drying. The salt draws in micro droplets of water, and these droplets trap dust, allergens, and other pollutants on the way. The warm salt lamp is able mimic a cave lined with pink salt, to trap dust, allergens, and pollutants. More importantly, replacing bright lights with the soft orange hue of the salt lamp calms the mind.
A salt lamp in your bedroom or in the quiet space where you practice yoga, can definitely help soothe and relax your body, mind and spirit. I've been using a salt lamp to unwind before bed - it truly works for me. !
July is self-care month for the Yogarama community and we'd love to thank The Salt Lamp Shop for inspiring this self-care blog.
May is the month of mindfulness. One of the hardest practices of all is living in the present moment being aware of the world around you - whether it's tuning into nature practicing outdoor yoga at Wylie's or focusing on a conversation or working in your office or in class, it's paying attention to what IS NOW!.
Having completed Jon Kabbat Zin's Mindfulness Course years ago after becoming a yoga teacher, it has changed my life & teaching practice for the better.
Mindfulness is all about living in the present - being aware of what is happening right now, instead of dwelling in the past or focusing on the future. Cultivating this ability to observe, without judgement, can help us to respond to our experiences with clarity and focus, rather than reacting out of old habits and patterns".
Join us at Yogarama at Wylie's Coogee by the ocean, during the month of May to explore different elements and practices of Mindfulness and Meditation.
Just 10 minutes a day can transform you and the world around you.
Learn More about Our Mindful Meditation Classes here.
"Time and time again, I hear people say “I am not flexible enough to do yoga; there is absolutely NO WAY I could do this pose”. If that's you, read on !!!
Our Core Yoga Course is just right for you.
Yoga is not designed to create flexible rubber bands like the yogis on social media. The physical yoga practice - asana- is to prepare our body for meditation, and the side effects of this are improved mobility, strength, flexibility, and most important, body and mind awareness. That's right?!
So if you are a brand new yogi wanting to try it out, or a seasoned yogi who would like to brush up on alignment and benefit from a slower practice, our Core Yoga Course is for you: step by step, we guide you through to our core and the best alignment for your body, in gentle, effective and playful ways.
Classes our mini-workshops - always focus on an element of core stability which is an indispensable ingredient for the longevity of your practice. Over time you will build flexibility and strength in body and mind, and cultivate a positive outlook in your life!
Wear your most comfortable gear, a curious attitude and an open heart, and join us!"
Join Yogarama's Caroline Bakerman for Core Yoga Classes every 930am Tuesday at Wylies Baths in Coogee, nestled in nature by the ocean.
Happy International Women’s day from the Yogarama Community! IWD2019 is all about #balanceforbetter
As a mother of two, I trained to be a yoga & mindfulness teacher after a potentially life-threatening illness that was mostly caused by too much stress. After nurturing myself back to health and finding balance in my life through meditation and yoga, I started a journey to empower more people to bring back balance and health in their life.
At Yogarama we are celebrating with special classes focused on the theme for this special day #balanceforbetter. We believe life is all about balance, both in creating a world that is gender-balanced as well as living a personal life of balance.
Take a deeper dive into finding inner peace and balance this year and join us for a trip to India - info night in April 2019.
Join the Yogarama team for a special $10 class on International Women’s Day - 9 am Friday to delve into the world of balance.
The journey to health and wellness is an ongoing one - a lifetime of new learnings.
A recent survey of our Yogarama community revealed that many of you are keen to learn about meditation. A regular yoga practice is one big step forward in managing your physical, mental and emotional health and regular meditation is the next big step for many of us.
In my own journey, I began with a regular yoga practice and it was my shift toward a regular meditation practice that truly calmed my mind, grounded me in every aspect of my life leading to spiritual growth. Importantly meditation has truly helped me when I’ve been experiencing anxiety, sleep issues, and illness.
Meditation is increasing in popularity much more as people discover its benefits. There are many forms of meditation from mindful meditation focused on the breath to transcendental meditation using repetitive mantras.
Essentially meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.
You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings as well as to reduce stress and improve focus.
A regular meditation practice can develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.
Learn more about the 12 benefits of meditation from this article:
Yogarama will be holding a 4-Week Mindful Meditation Course in our beautiful shala space by the ocean in nature. Register your interest here.
Our lives are always so busy. When we don't take time out for ourselves, we do get stressed. A toxic dose of that stress hormone, cortisol, can lead to chronic diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia or even cancer.
Saying “no” on occasion is a powerful gift we can give ourselves so that we have the energy to focus on what matters most and is better for our health: like being with friends and family, or spending time with a good book.
Here are three helpful tips to slow down and set boundaries so you can enjoy your life so much more.
1. Get comfortable with saying the word “No”—Nicely. It can feel awful to say no to help someone else but making yourself a priority is an act of self-compassion that can help prevent burnout— take time out to walk the dog, go to your favourite yoga class or soak in a bath. In the end, you will be more focused and engaged in the activities you commit to do.
2. Take time out to breathe – whether its 3 deep breaths, 3 minutes of quiet time or a 20-minute meditation session. There are enormous benefits of breathing more consciously. Invite a friend to yoga & meditation classes to reflect and set your intention for being more present and centred..
3. Finally, say “thank you”—and mean it. We give and receive—whether it’s a home cooked meal, a donation to charity, or simply a present. It's easy to end up in “gratitude autopilot,” going through the motions of thankfulness without truly appreciating what was gained. Try a mindful scan of the body just after every time your say “thanks” or “thank you”. Notice how you feel.
Yogarama's yoga and mindful meditation classes explore filling up our hearts with self-compassion so we can give to others. The focus is on the breath (pranayama), asanas (yoga poses) and calming meditation.
Image: Black Dog Institute team supported a World Mental Health Day event hosted by Yogarama
1 in 5 Australians live with a mental illness such as anxiety, depression, anorexia, bipolar or schizophrenia. Many don't seek help because of the stigma associated with mental illness. The truth is that we can all do something to help shed a more positive light on mental illness and to support them in seeking help.
On World Mental Health Day Wed 10 October 2018 we are encouraged to support those in your community that live with mental illness or know someone with a mental illness. Yogarama held a series of free yoga and mindful meditation classes to support help our community that may know someone or themselves have a mental illness.
Our gentle yoga and meditation classes were led by two of our experienced Yogarama teachers that have recently joined the community - Simone Lai and Pats Kinnaird. Enormous gratitude to both teachers for taking the classes in the pouring rain. It was pretty wet weather and still the staff from Black Dog Institute joined in the class to show their support for the cause.
Black Dog Institute for Mental Health Fundraiser
For the second time, Yogarama chose to raise funds for Black Dog Institute's research into mental wellness. Our first fundraiser for the Black Dog Institute was on a yoga weekend in July 2018 and raised over $500.
We met one of the researchers at the Black Dog Institute that is undertaking research into mindfulness and we hope to be working together to create a Mindful Meditation Course just for the Yogarama community.
Mindful Meditation Course by Yogarama (coming soon)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in our 4 week Mindful Meditation course.
For Support. Call Lifeline: 13 11 14
Image: The Full Harvest Moon - September 2018
Practicing yoga can bring us more in tune with our own cycles as well as the cycles of nature. Humans are approximately 60% water and we are energetically affected by the phases of the moon. The moon is exerts two and a half times the gravitational pull of the sun. Many of us feel this powerful effect without realising it.
The full moon has a strong energy and is a time of fullness, completion, endings, and letting go.
Energetically the Full moon is a powerful time in the lunar cycle when the moon pours down a tremendous amount of energy. Our body responds to this and whatever is going on in your body and mind, is amplified. If you are angry, you will feel angrier or if you are happy, you will feel happier. This is a good time for spiritual practice to help you attain a calm state of mind so you can use the lunar energy for transformation.
Yogis and other spiritual practitioners throughout the ages have performed rituals during the Full moon to channel the powerful lunar energy to the higher chakras, so that it provides the opportunity to transform, empower, heal and cleanse.
By bringing awareness to those things that are blocking us and holding us back we are able to work on letting them go so we no longer feel as stuck. We can use the two week period of the waning moon (becoming smaller) to continue to let go and affirm our willingness to release any obstacles to happiness.
The new moon brings with it the opportunity for new beginnings and new directions. We can use the new moon energy to identify what it is that we truly want in our life and start to plant the seeds of growth. During the two weeks of the waxing moon (growing larger) we continue to add energy to the intentions and goals we have set, and take any action that we can to help make our dreams a reality.
The Full Moon then arrives once again, which gives us the opportunity to let go of anything which may be standing in the way of manifesting our goals and dreams – and so the cycle starts again!
If you ever found that you can’t sleep for a few nights in a row or feel overly emotional, exhausted or filled with the need to make big changes and start something completely new for no apparent reason? Step outside at night and check out the size of the moon. You may be tuning into the energetic cycles of the moon.
Yogarama classes tune into the moon cycle and each week we explore a different aspect of yoga so that at the end of each month we are energetically balanced and in tune, bringing you into optimal health. If you are interested in how the moon cycles influence our yoga sequence - email: email@example.com.
TOP 5 REASONS TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY AT SYDNEY'S MOST HIDDEN YOGA RETREAT
More than 5000 years ago yoga & Ayurveda started its journey in ancient India as the science of exercise and healing, passed along from teacher to students through physical practice.
Travel about 5000 miles and 5000 years later across the Indian ocean to Coogee’s Wylie’s Baths and you will see a dedicated group of yoga students every morning practising yoga in the open air studio in a class on the northern deck guided by one of the inspirational local yoga instructors.
Wylie’s Baths in Coogee is open all year – 365 days and yoga is also offered through all four seasons. This month, Wylie’s Winter Wellness space is being upgraded, with an enclosed marquee for winter encouraging yogis to practice all year around in the fresh air surrounded by sea & nature.
If you have not experienced yoga at Wylie’s Baths in Coogee, here are 5 top reasons you should try it.
1. Walking into Wylie’s Baths is like taking a journey into a hidden wellness retreat. As you venture off into another world along the coastal walkway down deep into a space that is nestled into the cliffs
2. Enjoy spectacular views practising yoga. Gazing out to the sunrise or sunset over the ocean and stretch up to view blue sky balancing in tree pose.
3. Experience the unique benefits of breathing in the fresh sea air to purify your lungs and pranyama (breathing) that are energizing and grounding.
4. Guided meditation at the beginning of each class, encourages yogis to leave behind their busy schedule and quieten their minds as they are guided to connect to the peaceful calmness of Wylie’s.
5. Relaxation or Savasana at the end of class is what most yogis look forward to.. Listen closely to nature’s tranquil music of the ocean waves and morning birds whilst deep in relaxation
For the first time in 2018, Wylie’s Winter Wellness Day Retreats are being offered - it is a truly replenishing and healing full day at Wylie’s. The day spa includes a 1.5 hour uplifting yoga practice and grounding mindful meditation. A fresh light morning tea and wellness talk followed by a delicious wholesome warm Ayurveda lunch and self-care talk by our local Ayurveda chefs. A heavenly one-hour massage by the sea awaits those that chose to book in. A restorative yoga practice and yoga nidra completes the wellness day as each participant is gifted a wellness goodies bag supported by local businesses. Forget travelling out of Sydney for a wellness retreat, join us in the heart of Sydney.
WYLIES WINTER WELLNESS FREE CLASSES Saturday – Sunday 15-17 June
AUTUMN WELLNESS TIPS
Autumn is the season of transformation. We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves start to fall, the air is changing - now cool and windy and an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables are being harvested. It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does. It is the time to adapt our yoga practice, daily habits and food choices.
Whilst we can feel the crisp, sharp, aliveness of the Autumn air, its an ideal time to master your breathing exercises (pranyama). Clear a space in your day to try out a regular breathing exercise. Wake up half an hour earlier to begin your day with breathing exercises such as Nadi shodana (alternate nostril breathing), helping to purify the energy channels that block from tension and constriction of the channels.We'll be practising breathing exercise in our morning yoga classes & on retreat. As you start to tune into your breath you'll begin quietening your mind and letting go of what is not serving you.
If you don't have time early morning, consider hopping off the bus a few stops early and simply clear out the lungs by taking a walk with awareness or taking a swim in Wylie's Baths ocean pool after class- it's still warm. Let your feet do the walking, your arms & legs do the swimming & allow your breath to become the focus.
Give a little care to your digestive system as it is easily unsettled during Autumn season. The cooler air can agitate the digestive fire. According to the 5000-year tradition of Ayurveda medicine, in Autumn, your meals should be cooked and ideally served warm, including your breakfast. Keep the following to a minimum – processed or fried foods, ‘windy’ beans and vegetables, cold, raw or dry food, such as cereals and crackers. Focus on sweet, sour and salty foods and reduce bitter, astringent and pungent tastes.
WYLIES WELLNESS AUTUMN YOGA RETREATS
We are excited to introduce this Autumn, Wylie's Wellness one-day yoga & wellness retreats. Gift yourself a well-deserved time out from work and family commitments to relax and rejuvenate in the heart of Sydney surrounded by nature - our first series of one-day retreats is coming up soon, 5th and 8th April 2018.
Our weekend retreat in the bush 50 mins from Sydney (Autumn and Spring) is almost full so book in or register your interest for our India yoga tours & retreats in November 2018.
Daniella Goldberg has a love of yoga and a passion for mindful meditation. Through her Hatha-Flow classes, she gently guides her students to grow strong, be flexible, focused and mindful, on and off the mat.