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									                                                            Yoga Moves Class Descriptions
                                                                                             phone: 486 7740
                                                                studio address: 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park
                                                            postal address: P.O. Box 7191, Shenton Park, 6008

Below are some general guidelines, they are not necessarily rules. You are always free to discuss with Usha
(or your teacher) which class you would like to join. You are also free to try different classes and sense for
yourself which level or style suits you the best. We may even suggest classes to you.

New students:
 1. Everyone’s body and personality are different and there are always exceptions but generally; if you are
 new to yoga, nervous about attending yoga or have had unsatisfactory yoga experiences in the past then
 you would start classes as close to the beginning of a term as is possible.
 2. You would also attend at least three to five weeks in a row. Yoga is a cumulative experience.
 3. Having said that, new students are welcome at any time up until the last two weeks of a term. This is not
 only for your own sense of comfort but also for those students who have been building their skills and
 awareness over the term. The last two weeks are often an opportunity to explore variations on what has
 been practiced in the previous weeks.

1. Classes with Usha - Hatha yoga and the Feldenkrais Method: Characteristically, these classes feature
‘linked’ yoga poses, done as a series with one pose following another. Classes combine stretching, breathing,
strengthening, balancing, meditation and mind-body awareness resulting in heightened well being, improved
posture, strength and flexibility. Usha is also particularly interested in the link between movements and yoga
poses and activities from daily life being clear.
 Beginner/General: Suitable for everyone including beginners (little or no yoga and/or meditation
 experience). In these classes participants are taught basic poses which are linked through a series of
 connecting movements leading to greater agility, less pain and/or tension and deep relaxation.
 General: These classes are for those who have at least six months yoga experience. Classes build on the
 sequences and poses learned in the Beginner/General classes.
2. Hatha yoga classes with Eithne, Claire, Jane and Jen: The primary characteristics of these classes include a
focus on postural alignment and precision; holding poses for an extended period of time; and
healing/therapeutic applications. Props are also used more readily in class (e.g. belts, blocks and bolsters) to
encourage good alignment, as well as providing extra support for those who are injured. All students are
welcome to the Level 1/2 and Open classes including beginners however those with little or no yoga
experience will find attending the Level 1 classes lay the foundations for the Level 1/2, Open and Level 2
  Deep Rest Hour: A nourishing way to end the working week and set up for the weekend, so that you
  optimise rejuvenation. The idea is to use a series of gentle exercises that help in dropping the barriers to
  the deeper levels of relaxation. By using restorative body postures, we use the energy of the body to
  send signals to our over-busy mind to wind down and let go. Using Yoga Nidra (a deep relaxation
  practice), breath work and evocative music, we look to open space for deeper levels of calm, peace and
  Seniors Classes: Flexibility is never more important than when are the guardian of an aging body. These
  classes are for those who are approaching 70 years of age or beyond and are designed to enhance
  participants’ balance, vibrancy and concentration. The classes will include very gentle lengthening,
  balancing and breathing exercises. The specific focus here is on safety and enhancing the quality of the
  physical experiences given the challenges that occur at this stage of life. Participants will not be
  required to go beyond their natural capacity, they will not be encouraged to tolerate pain or discomfort
  but to loosen the body in ways that are suitable for them. The only physical requirement is that
  participants can sit on a chair, lie on the floor, and make the transition between the two.
3. Awareness through Movement (Feldenkrais Method): We all have movement and posture ‘signatures’ or
habits that are so recognisable that others can identify us from a distance simply by watching the way we
move. Some of our habits are helpful; others may cause pain, injury, poor posture and/or be an unnecessary
drain on our energies. The Feldenkrais Method is a way of exploring our unique movement and postural
habits and discovering ways to change and improve them. In these classes, we become clearer about where
we have movement and/or stability and where we don’t. At the same time, we learn new ways to move
and/or balance with increased ease, efficiency and grace. We then apply this knowledge to improve our
standing, sitting, walking, bending, stretching and playing in daily life. After all - daily life is where we spend
most of our time! All levels of experience are welcome.
4. One-to-one Feldenkrais lessons (Functional Integration) with Usha: Each of us has postural and movement
habits which govern the way we move and act in the world. Some of these habits serve us well, others can be
problematic. In Awareness through Movement classes, a practitioner primarily uses words to guide
participants toward new or improved ways of moving. In an individual Functional Integration lesson, the
practitioner uses precise touch and gentle movements to highlight current habits and suggest new
experiences of ease, posture and movement efficiency. Clients are clothed (please wear long pants not a skirt)
and most lessons will occur lying or sitting on a low table. An individual F.I. can assist in the healing process of
orthopaedic injuries e.g. back or neck conditions (especially chronic or recurrent problems), develop body
awareness and improve everyday activities like sitting, walking, lifting. It can also be used to improve your
yoga practice and/or be an experience of nurturing yourself with a session of meditative bodywork.
Cost: Individual lessons with Usha are $80 for 1 hour except first lesson which is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Bookings: Please phone 9486 7740 or email to make an appointment. All lessons are
given at the Yoga Moves studio.
5. Private yoga classes with Ethna: Tuesdays 11:30-3:30. Please enquire about other possible times. These
lessons for those who have been practicing for some time and want to move through certain issues or
challenges that routinely arise. If you are looking to enhance specific aspects of your yoga practice, or you
would like to inquire more deeply into those aspects of yoga that you find challenging, this approach could be
useful. Sessions are fully geared to your personal requirements and we specifically work on your particular
needs so that you can get the most out of your yoga practice in class and/or at home.
Cost: Private lessons with Ethna are $80 for 1 hour.
Bookings: Please phone 0423 989 882 to make a booking. Lessons are given at the Yoga Moves studio.
6. Meditation: We have a regular Wednesday night ‘sit’ for those who like to practise meditation in a group.
As a general rule, before coming along, you should have attended Richard’s Introduction to Meditation and/or
spoken with Richard or Usha. All meditation sits and classes at Yoga Moves are by dana/donation.
   An Introduction to Meditation with Richard Yin: This four week series is for those interested in learning
   to meditate and meditators wanting to enliven their practice. The classes include a mixture of gentle
   movements, theory and guided sitting practice. Participants will not be required to sit for 90 minutes
   and need no prior experience to attend however, in the 5 weeks leading up to the course, you will
   receive an email per week from Richard which requires a little reflection and a response if you would
   like to respond.
   ‘Calm Abiding’ Meditation with Michael Bobrowicz: ‘Calm Abiding’ is a simple yet profound technique
   for increasing clarity of mind and the stability of attention. Based originally on the meditation of the
   historical Buddha, yet open to all, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, this current outline of the
   meditation has been structured as a step-by-step guide. Like any other skill, the capacity for calm can be
   trained through practice, and even 10 minutes a day can make a difference. Aiming not for a passive
   calm where the mind is vacant but for an active calm, engaging the body and the senses, knowing what
   we want to achieve, we can increase our ability to remain in the present moment and bring more joy
   and interest into our lives. The course runs over 8 weeks and provides a training programme on how to
   unfold the practice of meditation in an orderly manner. The emphasis will be largely experiential with
   regular practice at home and opportunities for feedback. We will take a detailed look on posture, body
   scan, visualization, pain and other obstacles as well as mindfulness in everyday life. The course is
   suitable for beginners and experienced meditators with an interest in a systematic approach.

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