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Class Description

8 Week Chakra Course*

The chakras are the energy centres in your body system which directly influence your health, energy levels, emotions and progress along the spiritual path.  In this 8-week Chakra healing course you will work on each individual chakra week by week. You will learn yogic postures, breath techniques and specific meditations to release blockages and unravel the potential of each chakra. 

Ashtanga Vinyasa 

Founded by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

(July 26th 1915- May 18th 2009)

 

The name Ashtanga Yoga means “8 limbs” in Sanskrit. It is a reference to the 8-part method of practice in the ancient text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

 

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali explain an 8 limbs/steps system for liberation and enlightenment.

Asana - the physical practice of yoga poses, is the 3rd limb out of the 8.

 

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic method of a repetitive sequence of postures linked with breath and concentration techniques that aim to give practical experience of the 8-limbed method.

 

"Yoga, as a way of life and philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion. "/ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Beginner’s 8 Week Course*

Yoga is a wonderful, holistic practice, but unfortunately the only practice that allows us to decide for ourselves which level of class to attend. For most of us if we are slightly flexible or strong we will very quickly find ourselves in an advanced class, before we are fully aware of the proper foundations of yoga, body alignment and correct breathing techniques, making us more prone to injury. This course will shed light on these very important elements and will enable you to choose wisely which class to attend and how to modify each practice in order to meet your needs and better protect yourselves.

Beyond Asana

Yoga in its deepest essence is much more than Asana. For many Westerners the Asana is the door that open us to the world of Yoga.

This class is a passageway between the intellect and the body. 

With the aid of Pranayama, Meditation and Mantra practices we will drop into the heart not only as a centre of awareness but as a thoroughfare between the brain and the belly. 

This class is open for all and does not require prior knowledge or experience.

 

 

“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates

Community Class 

Led by our teacher training graduates, class is $8 with all proceeds going to charity. If you have any suggestions of charity and non-for-profit organisations we could contribute the funds from this class towards please do reach out and let us know! This is a great opportunity to support those on a new journey, as we have all been beginners at some point in our lives.

Gentle Flow

Taking our popular Vinyasa flow and slowing things down.  This class is held at a slower pace and rhythm, and is suitable for beginners wishing to deepen their practice or for those who have a consistent practice but wish to slow down the rhythm and focus more on the details of the asana rather than the fast pace movement, as we hold poses for a little longer periods. 

"Slowing down is the precursor to Yoga practice because this simple act allows us to consider our thoughts, feelings and actions more carefully in the light of our desire to live peacefully." / Donna Farhi

Kids Yoga
Kids yoga promotes inner strength, self-esteem, improved concentration and healthy bodies.  Our kids yoga classes will explore each students natural ability to open their mind, body and heart.  It is a wonderful way to introduce your child to a healthy lifelong activity in a fun and non-competitive environment. For ages 4-8 years old. 

Vinyasa Level 1

A class suitable for those looking for  a more gentle option, those with less experience in their practice and those returning from an injury. (*please note; if you had a severe injury or an ongoing condition please email us before you come to class).

"You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state". ~Sharon Gannon

 

Vinyasa level 1-2

Suitable for those with one or more years of practice and those ready for stronger challenge and intensity in poses.

 

"Yoga is not just repetition of a few postures - It is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life." / Amit Ray

 

Vinyasa Level 2-3

Classes providing more consistently intense and challenging postures suitable for those with a consistent practice over a number of years.

 

"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self"/ The Bhagavad Gita

 

Vinyasa Align 

A class that focuses more deeply and with much more attention, often with the use of props, into the alignment in the different Asanas, as means for deeper understanding of the practice and of the self.

Highly influenced by the Iynegar Yoga lineage and Donna Farhi.

“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” B.K.S. Iyengar  

Vinyasa Core

Through the practice of Vinyasa Yoga, this class focuses on core strength.
Core strength is important for the health of our body and spine, and for our mental and emotional strength.


Going through different Asana groups, and some extras taken from some other disciplines such as Pilates and Barre, this class will help you understand what is yoru core, and how to reach it and strengthen it, rather than tighten and weaken.


“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable”… Socrates

 

Vinyasa Mindful Flow:

A slower paced vinyasa class

All Yoga classes and practices are mindful.

However this practice is for those who wish to take their practice more slowly.

Moving slower can often be more challenging for some, and allows us to pay attention to the way in which the body moves, the thoughts that run through our mind, and the emotions that arise.

A beautiful class for anyone;

From those who have just finished their beginners course, to long time students who are now ready to slow down and become still.

 

"Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head". Swami Satchitananda

Vinyasa Open

In the Vinyasa Yoga practice breath is coordinated with the movements and the movements or postures are linked together in a continuous flow. 

Vinyasa Flow moves through the postures progressively with an emphasis on uniting mindful movements with breath. Variations of yoga postures will be offered in an intelligent sequence to generate warmth in your body. 

 

the breath is considered the bridge between the physical and the mental bodies.

most of us live outside our body and in our heads, governed by our thoughts, fears, and expectations. the breath helps us full the mind back again and again to the present moment. with continuous practice we learn to still the mind and focus on that which is happening at the present moment. 

 

This practice builds strength, flexibility, and concentration, both physically and mentally, and supports us on all fields of life.

 

 

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palkhivala, Fire of Love

Pranayama and meditation - 8 weeks course*

Learn how to meditate, relax and breathe. Let go of stress and bring peace into your life.

In this course you will learn effective techniques to permanently reduce stress and use breath and meditation to calm your mind and create balance.And much more! This course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators.​

Restorative

Restorative Yoga is known for it calming, relaxing, and healing effects.

Most Asanas are practiced reclining (lying on the back) and occasionally there will be 1-2 Seated poses.

We use many props to create as comfortable of a practice as possible, to allow the mind on its most subconscious level to feel safe and to relax.

It is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and has been developed greatly by Judith Lasather and Donna Farhi.

 

Restorative Yoga is popular with students who are recovering from illness or injury, but all will benefit from this practice as we all live in modern culture and are effected by stress. 

 

It is often called "embodied meditation". As we hold the poses for a lengthened period of time, it allows the student to come to see the nature of their mind, and with conscious breathing and activation of the Parasympathetic nervous system, we often experience meditative states and stress release.

 

Open for all levels. 

 

“Whilst our culture promotes a never-ending amount of doing, Restorative Yoga is the radical, counter-cultural experience of simply being.”/ Neal Ghoshal

 

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“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”/ Rumi

Yin

Yin Yoga is a slow-pace and meditative Practice, during which we hold poses passively for longer period of times. 

Stimulating the Chi (energy) in the body and in the connective tissues it opens up the body both physically and mentally.

 

Yin yoga works on the yin tissues - also known as the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load, which is why we hold the poses for longer. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time in this way, the body will respond by making it a little longer and stronger - which is exactly what you want.

Different Yin yoga poses stimulate and remove blockages in the myofascial meridians in the body, which in turn balances the body’s internal organs and systems. 

Yin Yoga is known to many benefits, some of which include:
Decrease in stress and mood swings.
Increases circulation and improves flexibility
Calms and balances the mind and body
Reduces stress and anxiety
Releases fascia
Encourages deeper relaxation
Improves joint mobility

A wonderful and beneficial experience for students of any level of practice.

 

“Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” – Max Strom

Yin Yang

Yin Yang Yoga - In one class you will experience the two styles of yoga. Bringing  together the benefits of passively holding yoga poses with more dynamic sequences and standing postures.

 

For a balanced yoga practice, we need both Yang and Yin elements, whether that is by including one or two Yin or Restorative yoga sessions along with more active yoga into our weekly schedule, or by practicing both Yin and Yang aspects in the same class.

 

The Yin portion of class is a gentle, quiet, & meditative practice that teaches us to relax & accept ourselves just as we are. Yin Yoga incorporates minfdul stretching that maintains the health of the connective tissue and encourages free flow of qi (energy) in the body. Poses are held for longer periods of time and awareness is brought to sensations in the body. 

The Yang portion of class allows us to integrate this openness and awareness into a sense of steadiness & alignment. Poses will include gentle flow. 

 

This class is suitable for all levels. 

 

 

“ Accept your dark side, understanding it will help you to move with the light. Knowing both sides of our souls, helps us all to move forward in life and to understand that, perfection doesn't exist."  - Martin R. Lemieux

Yoga & Mindfulness practices for Teens

Learn yoga asana (postures), pranayama (breathing) practices & meditation and the science that explains this phase in your life, & why your brain is virtually under “construction” and how to develop the ability to: Reflect: Assess: Respond. Feel a sense of calm that comes from observing yourself & your thoughts and take home your journal, your personal resource.

If you have never practiced yoga before, we recommend that you take the eight week beginner’s course before you begin drop-in classes.

*Please note that we do not offer make up classes or refund for missed classes as part of a Yoga Course.

We are located at:
38c Macpherson Street
Bronte NSW 2024

Phone: 0490 090 530

Fax: 02 9365 6887 

Email: info@sukhamukhayoga.com

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