Suitable for the novice and returning student alike, these classes will take you through the fundamentals of yoga practice.
As usual, classes will be challenging and lots of fun. Generally, the classes comprise a fusion of many styles of yoga including, IYTA, Iyenga, Ashtanga, Acro, Tantra and Oki-Do. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese Shiatsu and Western Anatomy and Physiology are also woven into the fabric of the classes.
In accord with the dynamic, ever-changing nature of our Canberra climate, and the mood of those attending, every class will be different and somewhat improvised. This variation keeps the classes relevant and interesting and prevents us from plateauing in our development from too much repetition.
Each new class builds on your knowledge. The flow of a typical class would be something like this:
a brief talk
a short relaxation practice
physical warm-ups for strength and mobility of muscles and joints
classical yoga asanas such as twists: side, back and forward bends; balance and inverted poses — all taught in a graded style to accommodate any level of ability
pranayama (yogic breathing practices)
Yoga Nidra — deep relaxation, to calm emotions and clear 'mental clutter'.
Classes may also include solo, partner and group exercises as per the individual's preference.
Yoga is about alignment, as much in a physical sense as in a metaphysical sense. You’ll improve your physical posture with correct alignment in the poses, and you’ll also become aware of any ‘misalignments’ with respect to your direction in life, and the activities and relationships you’re currently involved in. Yoga students may find themselves questioning their past decisions and making positive changes in their life direction. Or, if they’re already ontrack in their lives, they’ll be inspired by more energy and passion.
Yoga classes can also provide new social opportunities and help develop existing friendships between students. Usually, towards the end of a term, we’ll enjoy a shared meal after a class, either at the venue of a restaurant close by.
All classes are general level. Anyone can join.
When and where?
The Dojo, Sports and Recreation Building, North Road
mixed gender, general level, suitable for beginners
enquiries: 6125 8383 or
CSIRO CLASSES (for CSIRO employees only)
Thursdays 12noon to 1pm
mixed gender, general level, suitable for beginners
CANBERRA YOGA SPACE
Yoga for the Seasons
Mondays 5.45 to 6.45pm
Beginners' Yoga Fridays 12pm and Saturdays 2:30 pm, 75 mins.
1/13 Botany Street, Phillip
mixed-gender, general level, suitable for beginners
POWER YOGA CANBERRA
Fill-in teacher. Check their timetable or enquire with me.
21 Altree Court, Phillip
Mens' Yoga Tuesdays and Fridays 6.30 to 8pm
WORKPLACE OR HOME-BASED CLASSES
Available on request
With the exception of ANU and Canberra Yoga Space, which run all year round, most classes run in-line with ACT public school terms.
FEES Chapman classes are $27 prepaid or $32 casual (student concession: $24). If you’re re-enrolling from the previous term I’m happy to offer you a 10% discount on the total. Make a commitment to yourself and save money in the process by paying in advance for as many classes you can attend. No refunds for missed classes, come to a make-up class instead.
All other classes are charged at the venue's per class rate. Click on the links for more info.
ENROLMENT For Chapman classes only: Download the Health History and Enrolment Form complete it and either email it back to me or bring it along to your first class.
PRIVATES If you prefer to learn yoga one-on-one, we can set up an appointment. You may also bring a friend with you to share the cost. It's $150 per lesson.
YOGA EQUIPMENT There are only a few yoga mats available for use, so please bring your own if you have one. A mat can be hired for $7 to cover cleaning costs. Filtered water, yoga blocks, blankets and yoga straps are provided. All yoga equipment is regularly cleaned and maintained, but you’re welcome to bring your own props if you prefer.
PREPARATION Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and arrive with an open mind and an empty stomach. Please leave shoes and bad moods at the door! Footwear can be stored indoors if it's very cold or raining.
WHAT IS KIRTAN?
Part of the Bhakti Yoga tradition, kirtan is a celebration of life through sound and song (and sometimes dance). Kirtan is primarily a spiritual practice, though not necessarily a religious practice, although some religions do use it as such. Essentially, it’s call-and-response singing in the ancient language of Sanskrit; kirtans are also sometimes sung in other languages. The music is accompanied by harmonium, guitar, percussion, drums and other musical instruments.
For those with a more secular worldview, scientists have recently proven that when we sing together we synchronize brain waves with each other.
Kirtan can engender feelings of peace and unity for those in attendance. It can also facilitate social interaction, strengthen existing friendships, and helps in the formation of new ones.
You don’t have to be a great singer or musician to participate. You don’t even have to sing! Some prefer to play an instrument, while others sit quietly and immerse themselves in the good vibes.
All are welcome.
Chapman Yoga Studio
Third Sunday of each month
Arrive from 3:45pm for a 4pm start. We wrap for food about 6pm. Please bring $5 to cover running costs and a plate of vegetarian food to share if you’d like to join in on the social part of the evening.
RSVP by email the day before.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR 2019
Third Sunday Kirtan
November 17 (there will be a house warming party after this event, which you're welcome to attend).
(no Kirtan December 2019 or January 2020)
More info about Canberra Sankirtan at
CHAPMAN COMMUNITY KIRTANS
HOW TO FIND ME
For more information or to book a lesson or a class, call 0419 694 991