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Blooming Happy Easter

BLOOMING HAPPY EASTER

Happy Easter Long Weekend

Yoga in Mother Nature

We are a little piece of continual change, looking at an infinite quantity of continual change.

― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

Happy Easter Long Weekend!

Term finishes next week just in time for a studio rest before the new term begins.(18th April)  

Wishing everyone rest and replenishment in the break.

 I feel inspired and attune to signals that the season of hibernation, consolidation, reflection approach as nature prepares for her long winter rest.
This contracting quality draws us not only into our homes but also into our inner worlds, a big difference from the playful, exuberance of summer.
As days grow shorter and early mornings become darker finding ways to be in yoga can become increasingly difficult.
Try this….
*Booking a class or two in the studio. It propels and diminishes lethargy.
*Recognise & appreciate the time when in yoga. 
*Remind yourself again of supportive benefits…staying grounded,(“Stability-The Physical Body, Asana”― B.K.S. Iyengar)  ..staying in good care of yourself.
*The intimate relationship with the inner landscape and the greater awareness that grows with intelligence of body, breath, and emotion.

Beginners class is the doorway to it all…..
Beginners Yoga Saturday 7.30am
the perfect start before weekend breakfast & coffee…PLACES AVAILABLE
 https://yogabloomoconnor.com.au/classes/beginners/

Joan’s Yoga Journey
Joan is a favourite teacher to her students and on request asked her to tell us a little on yoga life.


Joan is teaching:

Saturday 9.30am open Class 
https://yogabloomoconnor.com.au/classes/general-classes/
    
Wednesday 10am 
Gentle 50+
https://yogabloomoconnor.com.au/classes/gentle-yoga

 

I began yoga in my middle age and attended weekly Iyengar yoga classes with various teachers in Canberra. When I started to attend two classes a week I noticed a difference in my practice. It took some time before I started my own home practice. The impetus came when I was given a sequence to practice daily.

After retiring from full time secondary teaching the opportunity arose to commence teacher training with Alan Goode. This involved many hours of early morning practice.The journey continued as I met like minded people in the training cohort and continued to expand as I attended Iyengar Yoga Retreats in Australia, then Bali, Hong Kong and Varanasi, even classes in London and Bangkok The principles taught by many different teachers involved attention to alignment, repetition, use of timings and similarities in sequencing.

I attended RIMYI, the home of the Iyengar family in Pune in 2014 and 2019. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) is the heart and soul of Iyengar Yoga and is located in Pune, Maharashtra India. Mr Iyengar reminded us that yoga is for everybody and although I am challenged by many poses the intelligent use of props helps give an experience of many asanas. 
My journey is continuing and I really appreciate quieter, restorative practice and pranayama interspersed with dynamic classes.

Goodbye to Fiona, her teaching Saturday morning will be missed by all.
She is heading back to PNG this time to Bougainville!! (Above image in 2016, she taught community classes in Port Moresby and at Bihute Prison in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands) Best Of Luck!!

Two Spots left for the Weekend Holiday Yoga Workshop April 9th - 11th 

Fri 4.30-6.30pm

Sat 9.30-11am / 4.30-6pm

Sun 9-11am

Email: martineisfree@gmail.com

LED PRACTICE

FREE Yoga Practice to assist with your booked class

Thurs 7-8am

Book in next term

https://yogabloomoconnor.com.au/classes/led-practice/

Yoga the way into Autumn

YOGA THE WAY INTO AUTUMN

Autumn on the yoga mat

Autumn is upon us and it is a beautiful time of year. The magic of the season as nature prepares for her winter rest, with the seasons crisp winds starting to blow, and her golden light, as we watch the leaves fall to the ground. And amid it all, like a faithful friend your yoga practise awaits, it is time to focus on the steadiness (sthira) of practice and nourish the energy built by summer. As it says in the Yoga Sutras attributed to Patanjali: ‘The physical postures should be steady and comfortable’. The late B K S Iyengar wrote ‘In every pose there should be repose’. There is a balance of effort and ease.

Yoga Bloom helps you settle into this autumn season with a full timetable of yoga classes.

Iyengar yoga teachers Brenda and Joan teach students Wednesday &Thursday mid morning being kind and gentle with ourselves and listening to our bodies. https://yogabloomoconnor.com.au/classes/gentle-yoga/
For students that have completed Basic Beginners or Beginners the practice of Restorative Yoga in slowing down, is another recommendation into this season, with Jenny bringing some nourishing quiet on Sunday afternoons.https://yogabloomoconnor.com.au/classes/restorative/

This current Term will wrap up on 1st April,
and classes will return from 18th April, running through to 26th June

Beginners Yoga

Some new additions for Beginners Yoga and some extra beginners2 level classes are a few of the small time changes.

Take a look at the timetable and book your place via the link below:
https://yogabloomoconnor.com.au/yboclasses/

Join Yoga Beginner Basics no yoga experience or wish to brush up!! 

Join our Beginner 2 class, It is when the student asks the question When do I go from beginners up?, I feel ready!!

As Suzuki Roshi writes “In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Autumn self care

Doing our yoga practice is important though so is eating well. According to Ayurvedic, our health is the most vulnerable at the junction between seasons. Enjoy the goodness of kitchari. Eat a bowl for breakfast or  kitchari cleanse, (treats the lungs & large intestine) 
  • 1/2 cup moong dal, split mung beans
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee, coconut oil or avocado oil for vegan-friendly
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger, or a pinch of ground ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

GENTLE YOGA (50S PLUS)

GENTLE YOGA (50S PLUS)

This class is for students new to yoga, or older students who are looking for an easier, gentler paced class.

As we enter our midlife and later years practising yoga is a way to regain our energy, remain active and improve our quality of life. With a balanced practice, weak areas become stronger and tight areas become more flexible. You begin to feel more ease in your body and calmness in mind.

BKS Iyengar himself was such an inspiration. At 92 years of age, he continued to practise yoga for several hours each day.

It is never too late to start or get back into yoga!!

EVENTS THAT WILL BE HAPPENING IN OUR STUDIO

JANUARY SUMMER INTENSIVES

SUMMER SERIES OF YOGA AND WELLNESS INTENSIVES.....

Yoga Bloom is offering two, 5 day intensives during the month of January.


13th -17th and 20th-24th


Enter the new year feeling strong and balanced. In these intensives we work on the physical body, with students guided through a range of poses.


You will feel flexible strong and balanced for the New Year. Both Intensives are suitable for Beginners to Intermediate. Along with the morning yoga classes, in the afternoon enjoy the restful and nourishing restorative yoga, finishing with selected quiet reflective time an opportunity to reset and refocus. Joining us, you will gain the time and freedom at Yoga Bloom to reconnect with yourself, rediscover what is most meaningful to you, and re-anchor in your body and in your life.

TERM THREE STARTS 20TH JULY….

TERM THREE STARTS 20TH JULY....​

Interested in 50+ Gentle class this term???

Join term three!!!
 
Yoga Bloom is about to open its doors again. We are excited that the very popular Gentle 50 plus class with teacher Brenda on Thursday 9.30am is returning…
there are a few spots left…COME ALONG!!! (Maximum 6 students)
Yoga is a progressive practice and the term is planned for each week to build on, the term is 10 weeks.
 
Learn more by perusing the website….