Happy New Year! And what better way to start things off than to get your Yoga Habit going! Remember, it’s not just about showing up to class on day one, it’s about changing your habits so that you can consistently practice yoga and start to experience the difference it can make in your life. So that may mean taking your yoga gear with you to work, or setting an alarm for Sunday morning, or making alternative meal plans for Tuesday night so that you can attend class.
Got family member or friend who’s keen? Remember, you can share your 10-class pass with a friend or family member and children 7 and over may attend the adult classes with you. Sometimes it’s easier to change a habit when you make that commitment with someone else so that you can support each other to make positive changes.
In this article for the Yoga Habit Challenge, I go into more detail about how habits are developed and how we can change them, because new habits are only developed by changing old ones.
Classical Hatha Yoga Now on Thursdays
I am so excited to try a new format for the Thursday evening 5:30pm class. Previously, it has been the same as the Tuesday and Sunday classes, but I’ve now decided that I would like to teach a class the way that I learned yoga from my teachers! Classical Hatha Yoga will focus more on the refinement of Asana (yoga poses). We will work with traditional sequences and each class will be like a mini-workshop focusing on specific poses or areas of the body. I will also begin to introduce techniques for Pranayama (breathing exercises), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), and Dhyana (meditation). Although the pace will be slower than Vinyasa Yoga, the class will not necessarily be easier, but rather work your body in other ways with more sustained holds and a greater emphasis on technique and alignment.
I will offer two special Restorative classes at the beginning of the term for anyone seeking a gentle welcome back to yoga on Sunday 21 January at 9am and Tuesday 23 January 6:30pm. Both of these classes will focus primarily on seated postures, breathing techniques and I will present two styles of meditation.
Family Yoga for Term 1 2018
Join me for more fun and games with Family Yoga on Sundays at 9am on 18 February, 11 March, and 8 April. This term we will The April class will pay homage to Beatrix Potter and her wonderful children’s stories. Please remember to book in advance.
Win Five Free Classes
I like to do a survey at the end of the year to get your feedback on the classes I offered this year, and your suggestions on how to proceed for next year. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so that I can start making plans for 2018.
You may answer the survey anonymously, but if you’d like to add your name at the end, then I will put your name into a drawing to win 5 free classes!
Tentative Class Schedule for Term 1 2018
I have yet to sign a contract with BAC for 2018, and the schedule could change based on your responses to the survey, but at the moment, the schedule will run as follows:
- 8-9am Yoga for Power & Grace • 14 Jan – 15 April (no class on Easter weekend)
- 9-10am Yoga for Beginners • 21, 28 Jan; 4, 11, 25 Feb; 4, 18*, 25 Mar (*This class is tentative because I will be in Sydney and depends upon the teacher covering the 8-9am class)
- 9-10am Family Yoga • 18 Feb, 11 Mar, 8 Apr
NEW: Yoga for Beginners on Sundays
This new Sunday 9am class will differ somewhat from the Tuesday 6:30pm class because it only runs for 7 weeks, as opposed to 11 weeks, and the weeks are not consecutive (due to Family Yoga, Easter, and my trip to Sydney). This means that some information and topics may be skipped such as backbends, inversions, and additional standing balances and seated poses (both of which are usually presented over the course of two classes). Having said that, however it will still be a class that is accessible to beginners so that they will feel comfortable and confident to attend other classes. It is also a great way for beginners to take in two classes per week in order to really improve their knowledge and understanding of the poses.
Thai Yoga Massage
I have recently completed my training in Thai Yoga Massage and I am keen to try out some of these techniques in class. So remember to grab an Adjustments card on your way in to let me know if you’d like an extra little bit of love and care in class. This might include, for example, pressing on your back or shoulders in certain postures, not to take you further, but to relieve tightness and tension in the body. And if there’s time a hand or head massage during Savasana!
I have also finished up a training program in Yin Yoga, a very relaxing style of yoga designed to relax the body, soothe the nerves and settle the mind. I will begin to bring some of these techniques into my classes and hope to add a Yin Yoga class to the schedule later this year.
Baby-Friendly Yoga is Back!
To help bolster numbers to the Thursday lunchtime class, I’m making it available to carers with non-mobile babies. Please feel welcome to bring your baby to class either in a pram/capsule, in a chest/back carrier, or even on the floor with you as we do seated poses. Based on attendance in February, I will decide at that time whether or not to continue running the class. Any students who regularly attend may have the balance of their passes refunded to them if the class is cancelled permanently and they cannot attend another class.
Construction at the Belconnen Arts Centre
I do not yet know how the construction of the expansion of the BAC will affect classes, however I have been assured that classes may run as scheduled for Term 1. I have been told that there is the possibility that rather than having a 1-week break between terms I may need to take a 2-week break in order for them to make some minor renovations to the studio. But BAC will do its best to keep classes running uninterrupted. Below is a map of parking options.
Yoga Habit Challenge
On the other hand, those of you who are attending quite regularly may be eligible for a $30 discount on your next 10-class pass. If you think you have attended class for 10 consecutive weeks, please let me know and I can check MBO to see if you qualify. Alternatively, you can check your past attendance on MBO to see if you made it. Remember to exclude weeks when classes did not run (usually 1 week during school holidays).
Online Course for Beginners
If you are attending Yoga for Beginners and have missed a class, or would like a little extra review, please check out the online course that I created earlier this year. It is an excellent way to practise yoga at home or even while your away and unable to attend class. Follow this link to learn more: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/115111