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As I reflect back on the year, I am filled with gratitude to have spent time with so many inspiring yogis. Each of these gurus have influenced my personal yoga practice and teachings in so many ways.
Jasmine Tarkeshi, the beautiful yogi dancer from Laughing Lotus in San Francisco returned to Sydney after the wonderful response to her Chakra teacher training workshop in Sydney in 2015. This year, Jasmine was here to teach us about her Ayurveda approach to yoga in a 50-hour yoga retreat.
Ayurveda is the holistic science of health, focusing on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state. It began over 5000 years ago by monks in India who were looking for new ways to be healthy. Over thousands of years of observations, they gathered all their conclusions and advice and preserved it for future generations. This collection of knowledge came to be known as the "science or knowledge of life" -- Ayurveda.
In the five day teacher training course, I gained an appreciation of Ayurveda and the principles of three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Importantly, I now understand how yoga practice is influenced by the seasons and have incorporating these into my yoga class sequence plan. You can read more about Ayurveda all in an article here http://www.mindbodygreen.com/wc/nadya-andreeva
Donna Fahri, an enlightened yoga guru based in New Zealand was in Sydney to explore the best yoga practice for a healthy spine at a four and half day workshop in Sydney for yoga teachers and students. One of the highlights was learning the importance of our psoas muscles that lie deep in your core to maintain stability and strength of your spine. The pair of psoas muscle are the only ones that wrap around and connect to the front and to the back of the body. The psoas is critical in almost all yoga poses (asana). Many yoga poses focus on releasing the tension in the psoas muscle as the tight psoas can cause lower back pain. You can read more about psoas here. https://yogainternational.com/article/view/a-sequence-for-your-psoas.
With 35 years of yoga experience, Donna has written many books including, The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: Bringing Yoga to Life and more. She is a brilliant teacher who knows so much more than she was able to share with us during her four-day intensive. Keen to do another Donna intensive.
Good things come in threes. Jacinta MacDonell, co-founder of the huge franchise Anytime Fitness studios in Sydney (photo of Jacinta & I) is the third yogi that has truly inspired me this year. Not because she is a yoga teacher, rather because yoga has been transformative in her life. As a female entrepreneur (there are fewlike her in Australia) she has now followed her passion and set up Urban Yoga studio in Sydney’s CBD offering a unique immersion experience. After listening to Jacinta share her personal story and life long commitment to help others in the third world through the Human Kind Project, I was determined to meet her in person. We have met and are now connected with an intention to catch up again soon, I hope.
2016 has been an intense and exciting year that has inspired my yoga practice and teaching in so many ways. Look forward to sharing all this inspiration and learnings with you on and off the mat in 2017.
WYLIES BATHS YOGA SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY - 21 June 2016
To show our support for INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY, Tuesday 21 June, Wylie's Baths Yoga and Pilates will be offering free Sunrise and Sunset Classes to align with the world-wide activities to promote the physical and mental health benefits of yoga to prevent and manage disease.
FREE Yoga Classes:
Tuesday 21 June- International Yoga Day
With much gratitude to Jasmine and the group of 40 + enthusiastic yoga teachers at our 50 hours workshop, I am now inspired to create a new series of yoga classes that are focused on each one of the five chakras. Jasmine, a former dancer and long standing yoga teacher has a wide range of flowing sequences and beautiful music that she has shared with us to help awaken, balance as well as heal each of your chakras.
It is wonderful to be able to incorporate Jasmine's new yoga poses, sequences and music into my classes. Look forward to sharing all of Jasmine's wonderful yoga experiences and knowledge with my yoga students.
2015 has kicked off to be a promising year for alternative therapies. This week, I read about a new study showing the benefits of yoga on heart health published in a respected medical journal.
Ironically, the same day the ABCTV's 730 Report had a investigational story looking at whether alternative therapies like yoga should continue to reimbursed by Government. The question about reimbursement arose on the back of a Report soon to be released in Australia looking at the scientific evidence base for the benefits of Alternative Therapies and Complementary Medicines. You can watch the program here.
As a yoga teacher & qualified medical scientists, my thoughts are that alternative therapies like yoga will continue to show their benefits in improving and maintaining our health and wellbeing. As a scientist, I appreciate that it will take a different type of clinical study design to show the evidence base for yoga.. however I do believe that yoga will prevail and science will help lead the way!
Southern Courier took gorgeous pics of yoga at sunrise at Wylies Baths for SNAPSYDNEY 26 November. Thrilled to be invited by News.Com to take part in this Special Day promoting the best of Sydney in action. More people are finding out about one of Sydney's best kept secrets - the beauty of Wylies Baths.
With Mental Health Month coming to an end today, it is the perfect time to reflect on the importance of yoga and meditation in maintaining mental health. One in five Australians suffer mental health issues, mostly anxiety and depression, so it is likely that you will know someone that is affected.
If you are that one in five person that is struggling with a mental health issue, meditation and yoga along with a combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise and open conversation with a support person, may help to keep on top of the issue.
At Wylie’s Baths on World Mental Health Day, 10 October the yoga and pilates team held a Hat Day class to raise awareness of mental illness and to help reduce the stigma associated with mental disorders. Yogarama and Core Dynamics also donated all class proceedings to support Hat Day for mental health research.
It was wonderful to see our national broadcaster, the ABC, raise awareness of mental illness through their Mental As campaign during mental health week (5-12 October). You may have seen or heard one of many discussions or documentaries about mental illness on ABC TV and Radio.
As we move in to the sunny summer months, join my Hatha flow yoga class closing with gentle meditation, followed by a refreshing dip at Wylie’s Baths as an ideal natural therapy for those of us touched by mental health month and keen to maintain our own mental and physical health.
It is good to know that yoga therapy classes for anxiety and depression is offered in Australia through the Yoga Foundation www.theyogafoundation.org.au - so please contact them if you want to know more is .
MENTAL HEALTH TIP:
A daily diet of meditation and yoga is a recipe for good mental health. Ideally, 20 minutes of meditation when you wake up and one hour class of yoga will have an impact... Truth is we all have busy lives, so whatever you can fit into your schedule will make a difference..
Today is the shortest day of the year - the winter solstice - a time to reflect on our health and replenish our energy.
Winter Solstice is a turning point in the natural cycles and the perfect time for each one of us to set new intentions for the next year.
For me, an intention is to nurture and grow my Yogarama business - yoga and drama classes for kids and yoga classes for adults at Wylies Bath in Coogee.
Join our yoga class on the deck at Wylies Baths in Coogee on Sunday mornings 830-930am - an invigorating and healing class that will connect your mind, body and breath.
Yoga can help build up your resistance to those winter blues and resist those unwanted cold and flu bugs.
The hatha vinyasa yoga style class is open to all levels. First class is free for new students.
Sunday mornings 830-930am, Neptune st Wylies Baths in Coogee.
COOGEE-COUPLE COMBINE YOGA & DRAMA FOR KIDS
When Tony and Daniella met over 15 years ago, his passion was drama and hers, yoga. Yogarama-Drama is the inspiration of this Coogee couple that have combined yoga and drama in holiday camps for kids 8-12 years old at their home in Coogee.
Daniella and Tony, who are parents of young teenagers, believe that helicopter parenting has led to busy and stressed out kids that have not learnt to switch off and relax and are often left feeling anxious. Children’s busy schedules have lead to emotional and physical stress that manifests in their young bodies and mind.
On the flipside, many children are so often plugged into technology that this leads to poor flexibility, a lack of focus and stifled imagination.
Yogarama-Drama workshops are a fun and inspiring experience that sparks creativity and strengthens the mind-body connection in a safe and nurtured, environment.
Yogarama-drama workshops are designed to be a fun and inspiring experience that sparks creativity and strengthens the mind-body connection in a safe and nurtured, environment.
The drama program is led by Tony Sloman, a professional actor, that has taught drama for over 15 years. “The yogarama-drama program allows the kids to gain confidence whilst developing the art of acting,” says Tony.
8 year old Orley said she loved the drama activities, most of all, the “human machine”. Five kids jump up into a line to be part of a human machine. Each child has to create and maintain a sound and movement in time with the other kids in the human machine”.
"This exercise sparks the imagination and boosts a child’s concentration and awareness of others in the human machine" says Tony.
“Yoga is a perfect companion to drama encouraging calm breathing and flexibility in the body and mind when performing,” he said.
“We encourage the kids to use their breath so that they can make loud or soft sounds and teach them to focus on their breath to be centered”.
Daniella Sloman-Goldberg, a qualified yoga instructor who has practiced yoga since she was five years old is running the Kids yoga class. She has a passion for teaching yoga to young and old.
“In the yoga class, we nurture the kids to build flexibility, body strength, gratitude and confidence” she said.
For 10 year old James who attended the Yoga and Drama Workshop last holidays, he said his favourite activity was the yoga nidra, the full body relaxation, at the end of the day.
"The kids have lots of high energy fun first doing the drama activities, this makes them open to embrace the yoga activities, relaxation and mindful meditation at the end of the class, says Daniella. We teach them skills to just let go and relax."
Yogarama-drama camp is being held during the July school holidays and classes will soon be offered to local primary schools.
For further information go to: www.yogarama.biz eml: email@example.com
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.