A big hello from SunYoga central :-) The last 3 months have flown by and suddenly we're getting ready to launch into another fab term of yoga.
I try to avoid stress - it makes me feel like
I'm rubber stamping all my organs "Urgent." ~ Berri Clove
The subject of my feature article this e-news is the dreaded STRESS. Perhaps even seeing the word STRESS makes you a wee bit tense! It's part of life that we all must deal with, and very thankfully, something that yoga is pretty good at combating... Full article below
Cup Weekend Mini Retreat
Speaking of addressing STRESS, I've booked the sunny Eco-Living Centre in Albion for a luxurious 3 hour Mini Retreat session on Cup Weekend Saturday, November 4th. This special chill-out class will be focused on taking time to settle in, soften, move, breathe and lay down our stress. A slow, mindful class culminating in a wonderful, long relaxation. Then for those who fancy, we can head off to our new Albion cafe, Sadie Black, for some treats!
More about Mini Retreat
All the images in this newsletter (except for my YES rainbow onesie pic) come from my recent 10 day trip to Ubud, Bali, where I enjoyed a wonderful retreat with my teacher, Paul Wooden. Ubud is a magical place; the perfect environment to slow, soften and be soothed by the bountiful supply of delicious foods and pampering; all given with love by the Balinese people.
SunYoga Term 4 - On the yoga classes front we are soon to launch into Term 4. If we haven't seen you for a while and you are curious about getting back into a bit of SunYoga-ing, then I encourage you to come back. Anytime. You are always welcome!
Term 3 classes finish on Saturday, September 16th, and Term 4 classes start on Tuesday, October 3rd.
Please note - I have extended the Early Bird cut off date to next Friday, 22nd of September. This is only a week away, so get your bookings in, peeps!
More Term 4 Info
Much love and fruitful living,
Recently, I admired a friend's brooch; a beautiful, hand carved, wooden animal. "What kind of animal is that", I asked? "It's a sloth" she said.
I'm all for a bit of sloth worshipping; the world's slowest moving animal, moving so slowly that algae grows on their fur! They spend most of their lives hanging upside-down, sleeping a lot, moving only when necessary, (at a pace of 15 – 30 centimetres per minute), and come down out of their tree weekly to defecate. YEP, they're super slow and don't do much. Next time you do a walking meditation maybe try sloth pace?
Is there any sloth-fullness in your life?
Since closing the Sun Crescent yoga studio in 2013, I have been simplifying my life. Creating lots of space. Fine tuning the dynamic balance between doing enough to keep me happy, fed and watered, and not doing too much, and leaving myself plenty of unstructured time to do... errr... whatever! Sloth-fullness is a welcome visitor. As a yoga teacher and student, this simplifying is part of my work, but more generally, it feels wise and kind to take the foot off the accelerator and move at a slower pace.
One of the welcome results of choosing a simpler life is less stress.
Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply? ~ Carrie Latet
One of the ways we generate stress is doing too much. Over complicating our life and making choices that give ourselves little downtime. No time for free flying, for simple enjoyment and pleasure, for creativity to flower, and not nearly enough rest. With constant fast movement and goal driven pressure our systems are stretched to the limit. We easily get stressed, tempers are quick to spark and our natural equanimity is threatened. This inevitably leads to general exhaustion, which takes its toll on all aspects of our life and health.
We know this is true and we feel it keenly, but to choose a different way can be confronting. It takes courage and determination. You might have to give some things up. Or be willing to be a little less important. To stop and step out of the stream and actively go against the main tide of humanity can be threatening, perhaps even be perceived as downright subversive!
My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. ~ William Shakespeare
The question is why not create your own trajectory? Why not step out of the stream? Why wait for some unknowable future to bring you equanimity? Most able-bodied people have much choice. All you need to employ is imagination and creativity. Is this present that you are living in right now of your own bespoke design? And what of the design you have created? Is it serving your essential being? Does it help you flourish, live fully, engage with others and get your joy juices flowing?
Above, I challenge you on a big, broad, grand life scale. This big picture changes slowly and it often takes time to imagine and create a scenario of artful design. So we start with the little picture changes, which are easier to grapple with, and this is where our beloved friend yoga can come to our aid.
The good news is that all of the big stuff is addressed when we participate in our yoga with intelligence. Mind-fullness, body-fullness, heart-fullness. The word yoga means union; to bring together, to bind, to join. When we practice yoga we seek to bring all the warring, disparate parts of ourselves into agreement, into a living dynamic balance that flows in tune with all other living beings and the universe. Through the exercises we investigate the ways that we resist this union and fullness. The ways that we rage against ourselves. Every time we move into a pose and intelligently connect to our body, breath, mind, heart, we are stepping along this path of union. As we make peace with ourselves we can then make peace with the world outside the classroom. With time the knowledge and information that we harness and consolidate through our practice informs the bigger picture, and then the bigger picture, and the bigger picture... And change that once seemed inconceivable might just become reality...
This is the gift of Yoga. Yoga brings freedom.
Live where you
fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Cup Weekend Mini Retreat
Saturday November 4th
8.30 am – 11.30 am
@ Albion Community House
I gently work with my heart, body and mind.
I foster loving kindness,
Inviting deep acceptance.
I breathe, stretch and move my body.
I sit quietly,
Listening to the deep inner life,
sink into a
Deliciously long relaxation.
It is such a relief to come home,
To re-friend myself.
To find union,
$60 Full/ $50 *EB special
*Early Bird Rate? Pay by Saturday, October 7th
Spaces limited to 12
Book your spot NOW!
0448 074 204
Term 3 ends Saturday, September 16th.
Term 4 starts Tuesday, October 3rd.
Let me know if you would like to book your Term 4 spot. Book and pay upfront by Friday, September 22nd, and be eligible for the generous *Early Bird price!
Term 4 Dates & Times
9.30 - 10.30 am (Albion)
6.30 - 8 pm (Footscray)
T4 Oct 3 to Dec 12
(10 weeks, no class Cup Day,Nov 7)
6.30 - 7.45 pm (Albion)
T4 Oct 5 to Dec 7
8.30 - 10 am (Albion)
10.15 - 11.30 am (Albion)
T4 Oct 7 to Dec 16
(10 weeks - no class Cup Weekend Nov 4th)
1 class per week
Full $160 / $150 *Early Bird & Concession
($16 / *EB $15 per class)
2 classes per week
Full $300 / $280 *Early Bird & concession
($15 / *EB $14 per class)
*EB - Early Bird Special - Book & pay by Friday, September 22nd.
Casual Rate $20 per class
bsb - 063 172
account number - 1068 4549
Please include your name as a reference code and email me when you make your payment.