Yoga Moves Class Descriptions phone: 486 7740 studio address: 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park postal address: P.O. Box 7191, Shenton Park, 6008 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.yogamoves.net.au 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 classes. 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 equanimity. 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 email@example.com 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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