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YOGA 18-35s

I’m offering a class to this age demographic in an attempt to get younger male and male-identifying peeps interested in yoga. Females are already well represented in yoga classes. But where is everyone else? I’ve been teaching yoga for 18 years, and young guys have been especially conspicuous by their absence from those classes.

SO, WHY PRACTISE YOGA? 

Here are some reasons why this class needs to exist:

  • improve cardiovascular health

  • enhance muscle tone

  • regain flexibility

  • improve balance and coordination

  • be less susceptible to mood swings

  • develop acceptance of self and others

  • build self-confidence

  • make new friends and form bonds of trust, and camaraderie within the group

  • enjoy the social opportunities offered outside of class times 

  • strengthen your immunity to diseases

  • develop your virtuous qualities

  • learn to meditate and deeply relax your mind and body

  • ​As class numbers are limited to 7 participants, everyone gets the attention they need from the instructor to do well

 

WHY DO YOGA IN AN MALE/MALE-IDENTIFYING CLASS?

  • practices are specifically tailored for male physiology

  • challenging arm and leg balances, and inverted poses

  • the company of like-minded people

  • be part of a supportive social network

  • more freedom of movement while practising yoga postures

  • feel more sensual and alive

  • learn to be more comfortable in your own skin

  • form friendships based on trust and mutual respect

 

Note: Yoga is not a form of religion and thus is compatible with any established religious practice.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

You can apply to join at any time. Just be between 18 and 35 years old. Complete the Yoga Health Questionnaire and hit send. Usually, within a few hours of receiving your application, I'll send you details on how to find the venue, what to bring, etiquette etc. 

 

COURSE DETAILS

Class times: Saturday afternoons 4.30 to 6pm

Please arrive no later than 4.20pm

Arriving late disturbs the others who will be relaxing

Venue location: Parramatta Park, Cairns QLD 

 

FEES

The first class is free. So you can try it out without any financial commitment

  • If you’re paying for a term in advance, each class is $20. If you’re paying each class casually, it’s $25. 

  • Concession cardholders (health care or full-time student), deduct 10%. Please show your concession card at your first class.

  • Direct debit 

    • Account name: Wholistic Solutions 

    • BSB: 923100 

    • Account number: 65024313 

    • Please identify your transaction with the words ‘Yoga 18 to 35’ and your name in the relevant fields.

  • If paying by cash, please bring the exact amount, as I only carry limited change 

  • Visa or Mastercard only accepted. There’s a surcharge of 2%

  • Please let me know in advance if you’d like a receipt

  • For Cairns students, your very first Yoga 18 to 35 class will be free-of-charge with no obligations. This gives you an opportunity to sample the experience and decide if it’s for you or not. If you’re visiting Cairns from other cities in QLD or from interstate, its $25 for your first class, the standard casual rate

  • Attendance: Regular attendance gives optimum results. If something beyond your control precludes you from attending classes you’ve paid for, please let me know

  

WHAT TO BRING 

  • a sticky-backed yoga mat is essential. Towels or other kinds of rubber exercise mats don’t work. You can buy yoga mats at modest cost from most leading discount stores such as Big W and Target and most sports equipment stores. Alternatively shop online (do a search for ‘Yoga mat Cairns’). The choice is up to you. I do not recommend any particular brand or reseller. If you’re caught short for your first class let me know in advance and you can hire one of the spare mats for $5 (covers cleaning costs)

  • a towel to be used as a prop; or if desired, to cover your body during relaxation

  • a bottle of water — you’ll need to stay hydrated

  • an extra towel, if you want to shower at the venue before/after class

  • an empty stomach — it’s better if you stop eating two hours before the class; otherwise, you’re likely to feel nauseous.

 

CLASS ETIQUETTE

  • We get sweaty in the warmer months, so please shower before the class. If you need to use the shower at the venue, please factor in an extra 10 minutes

  • For the comfort of other students, please don't wear strong aftershaves or perfumes as we will be in a small space

  • ​Cameras, mobile phones, and other image recording devices must be turned off before entering the classroom and are not to be used during class

 

ABOUT ME

My name’s Gregory Barnes. I moved to Cairns in July 2020 mid pandemic, before that I taught yoga in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. I'm fuelled by a strong desire to learn more about myself and be of more assistance to others. I study intensely. So far, I’ve completed courses in massage therapy, Shiatsu and oriental therapies, foot reflexology, lymphatic drainage, scar tissue massage, Touch for Health 1, posture and flexibility, functional anatomy, sports massage, Chinese dietary therapy, basic Western herbalism, aromatherapy, Theta healing, Playback and Improvisational Theatre; and Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Tantric Yoga.

 

My official qualifications are B.A., Dip. Yoga teaching, Dip. Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies, Cert Tantric Yoga Teaching, Cert. Remedial Massage, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta healer.

 

My mission is to encourage my students to develop a better relationship with themselves: body, mind, and spirit. My background in wholistic therapies underpins my belief that we are an intricate mix of physical substances, thoughts, memories and feelings all held together by our spiritual self: the essence of who we are. We’re all on a journey called life and my intention is to be a strong positive influence, a patient and encouraging support for you through some of the bumpier parts.

 

I’ve had a regular yoga practice since the 90s and yoga is now an integral part of all areas of my life. I’m a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher with IYTA as well as extensive experience in leading spirituality groups and facilitating various tantric workshops in Perth, country Victoria and NSW, ACT and QLD. I teach a variety of clothed and nude yoga classes each week in the Cairns region. I also hold a respected position in the local community as a natural therapist, horticulturist and musician.

 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD 

There is a very small budget for advertising, so people will mostly find out by word of mouth. Therefore, we need your help to make this happen. With discernment, please share this weblink with anyone you think may be interested. After contacting me, I’ll send a Welcome pack, which includes more information on the classes and etiquette, a Health History/Enrolment Form and some other free goodies.

WIN/WIN! Proceeds from these classes will finance a PADI scuba diving course and equipment that will enable me to start volunteering out on the Great Barrier Reef doing restoration work such as coral planting, turtle conservation etc.

 

WHAT'S NEXT? THE YOGA HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE

Read through the FAQ and then complete the questionnaire. I'll be back in touch with you soon to get going on your new adventure in yoga!

RESOURCES

Ten yamas and niyamas

Ten guidelines

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