Our theme for this week is sunshine!
We’ll play with some fun variations of Surya Namaskar on the mat and in the aerial hammock.
Free outdoor pilates in Oldis Gardens Wednesday morning at 9.30-10.30.
Have a great week Yogis, enjoy the sunshine!
On my way to teach pilates in Oldis Gardens and saw some parrots! Btw the pilates class is free and starts at 9.30 :)
Our theme this week is core strength! It’s another aspect of the Spring cleansing focus we’ve been exploring…
Mindfully working on our core strength physically can help us feel grounded, steady, strong and powerful mentally, especially since there is often an element of balance and stability involved which reminds us to stay present.
There are many definitions for core muscles. One that works for me is that they are all the muscles responsible for moving and supporting the spine. A primary goal of building ‘core strength’ is to enhance their function, providing freedom of movement, well aligned posture and optimal function of our nervous system (and nadis!). This can prevent and relieve back pain, making our movements more efficient and enjoyable!
Yogic physiology adds an extra dimension of core function. Exploring the concepts of Agni (fire), Apana (dross), provide a different perspective on how our bodies function and how we can enhance this function through yoga. You may have heard asana referred to as ‘cleansing’ or ‘detoxifying’ and many of them work the ‘core’ of the body, stoking this fire, to burn through the dross. Read more here
We’ll be playing with lots of fun (and challenging!) core strengthening postures in Vinyasa Playlist on Thursday night at Dance of Life. The core strengthening possibilities of the aerial hammock are endless- so be ready for lots of flips, inversions and balancing postures at the Garden of Yoga Studio this week!
I’m really excited about teaching at Bojangles Festival!
It’s coming up on 31/10 to 2/11, and I’ll be teaching a Multidimensional Mandala workshop at 9am Sunday morning. We’ll be making a beautiful mandala with natural materials, and then practicing yoga around it, with the shapes of our asana becoming a part of the mandala.
Australian artist Meredith Woolnough creates elaborate embroideries that mimic delicate forms of nature like leaves and coral. “I have been collecting skeletonized leaves for as long as I can remember,” says the artist, whose “traceries” capture the beauty and fragility of nature. Woolnough uses a special embroidery technique that involves a domestic sewing machine and a base cloth that dissolves in water after the piece is complete leaving just the skeleton. In a way, her process also mimics the natural process of leaves dying and drying up which, in turn, become the subject of her work.
I’m really excited to be part of the free exercise in the parks program again, I’ll be teaching pilates at 9.30-10.30 Wednesday mornings, and there are other classes on every weekday, all around Darebin. All levels of fitness and experience are welcome, it’s a fun, friendly class and so lovely to be able to practice outside! There is some shade, but bring sun screen and your own mat or towel.
We’ll be continuing with the Spring cleansing this week, focusing on twists!
Twists are especially powerful ‘cleansing’ postures, as we rotate the torso from side to side we squeeze and release our internal organs, encouraging a fresh flow of circulation. Read more about how asana can help our organs work here
Many of the twisting postures are named after sages, reflecting their mental benefits. As we twist from side to side, we see the world from different angles, allowing us to see new perspectives. Moving mindfully into twists gives us insight and deeper awareness of the inner workings of our own body, especially the spine, and the internal focus required can hone the meditative aspect of our yoga practice. While the strength that we build in twists- through the core and especially obliques helps as feel steady and powerful on a physical level. A twist can add a new dimension to many familiar standing and seated postures and a big challenge in inversions and arm balances!
Have a great week Yogis!
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