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Free class, winter timetable, exciting new teachers

Dear yogis

I will be leaving this Sunday for Berlin where I will be teaching over the European summer and attending various yoga workshops and a yoga retreat. I can’t wait to share these yoga teachings with you on my return to Sydney mid September.

From 1 July to 15 September we will be running a reduced Winter timetable. I am very excited to announce that two fabulous, experienced teachers will be covering the 7:30pm Monday class in Erskineville whilst I am away. Sarah de Graff will cover for the next three weeks – see her bio below – and Doug Whittaker will cover for the remaining period on his return from his European yoga teaching tour.

The weather is absolutely perfect at the moment for enjoy a vigorous dynamic vinyasa yoga class. We have two heaters to keep you warm during the class. Just remember to bring along an extra layer for the relaxing Shavasana at the end of class.

FREE Winter Warmer yoga class this Thursday 7pm,  Erskineville

As a thank you to all the lovely yogis who have been coming to yoga in Erskineville, there is a FREE winter warmer yoga glass this Thursday.  Feel free to bring friends and loved ones to this free class which is guaranteed to shake off the winter blues !

Where: Yoga On Rochford, Erskineville Village Anglican Church, cnr Erskineville Rd & Rochford St, Erskineville
When: 7-8pm

NEW Yogawallah CD – 60 Minute Vinyasa Class: Riding the wave of the breath

Finding it difficult to make it to class, or perhaps you would like to start a home practice… this professionally produced Audio CD contained a balanced, vigorous yet calming yoga practice, with clear instructions to enable you to practice without the need for a visual guide.

The CD is only $12 and is available at the Free Thursday class, and also at the 9am Saturday class in Erskineville. There will also be some copies for sale at the Monday classes.

Please drop me a line via the website contact form if you would like to purchase a copy.

Yoga on Rochford, Winter Timetable 1 July to 15 September: Mondays 7:30pm with the highly talented Sarah de Graff

Sarah did her first training at Samadhi Yoga, with Katie Manitsas, and is a Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. She has also trained in Pranayama Yoga Therapy.  Sarah teaches Jivamukti yoga, and Vinyasa but also loves the practices that balance a dynamic practice or dynamic life. She has taught Yoga Nidra the past four years and is a passionate believer in it’s benefits. She teaches yoga to groups of adults with Autism and a spectrum of psychiatric challenges. She believes that yoga is available to everyone if they want it, regardless of physical or other limitation.
Sarah’s teaching is a form of activism, a way to facilitate peoples experience to expand, to fill out their body, breath, mind, emotions and spirit and in becoming really present and alive, also becoming awake! She believes the practice of yoga is something that informs all of life, from working to playing, doing the dishes and making lunch.

Website

Check out the yogawallah website with more information on all of my classes in Sydney. Aside from my classes at Yoga on Rochford in Erskineville, I also teach at several locations in the inner west of Sydney … just visit the online timetable with information on all my classes. I have made a few updates over the summer break and will (slowly!) add content over the coming months including information on yoga poses, photos and also my favorite links and yoga accessories, so stay tuned.

Looking for a yoga mat, check out the Yoga Shop.

Facebook

I like you, so why not like me ! Like http://www.facebook.com/pages/yogawallah/330978471505 on Facebook my facebook page to keep up to date with yogawallah’s latest developments. Become part of the yogawallah community, feel free to make yoga related posts … anything from beautiful yoga images, quotes or articles, to questions to Chris.

Free audio podcast

If you would like to practice between classes, why not download my audio yoga podcast: FREE 20 minute Express Vinyasa Class.

… and finally don’t worry about being spammed, emails will be few and far between.

Namaste
Chris
“Through friendliness, kindness and compassion, strength comes”
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras III.24

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6 Week Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course, starting 7pm Thursday 3 May, only $75

Develop a safe, balanced yoga practice with emphasis on alignment, core awareness, breathing & relaxation techniques:

• Safety – create a safe, sustainable practice

• Balance – create a balance between stability and mobility, effort and ease

• Alignment – understand alignment in key yoga postures improving strength and flexibility

• Core awareness – learn to initiate postures from the core creating power and freedom of movement

• Breathing & relaxation techniques – lower stress, increase energy and improve sleep

Understand the basic principles of vinyasa yoga and Sun & Moon Salutations. Discover the fundamentals of standing postures, balances, twists, forward bends, backbends, hip & shoulder openers and inversions.

All students who complete the course will receive a handy “Home Practice Guide” covering a 30-minute practice, with descriptions of all key poses.

Bookings and advanced payment for this course are essential as places are limited. Bookings can also be made in person at Yoga on Rochford or over the phone with payment by bank transfer.

For more information call Chris on 0424 459 696.

6 Week Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course

7pm-8pm, Thurs 3 May – Thurs 7 Jun, $75

@ Erskineville Village Anglican Church
Cnr Erskineville Road and Rochford Street, Erskineville

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Dear yogis, no classes this Easter Saturday or Easter Monday. Wish you all a wonderful Easter break filled with peace & joy, hope to see you in class next week !

Dear yogis, no classes this Easter Saturday or Easter Monday. Wish you all a wonderful Easter break filled with peace & joy, hope to see you in class next week !

Chris

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6 Week Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course, starting 7pm Thurs 22 Mar, only $75

Yoga Foundation Course March 2012 image

Develop a safe, balanced yoga practice with emphasis on alignment, core awareness, breathing & relaxation techniques:

• Safety – create a safe, sustainable practice

• Balance – create a balance between stability and mobility, effort and ease

• Alignment – understand alignment in key yoga postures improving strength and flexibility

• Core awareness – learn to initiate postures from the core creating power and freedom of movement

• Breathing & relaxation techniques – lower stress, increase energy and improve sleep

Understand the basic principles of vinyasa yoga and Sun & Moon Salutations. Discover the fundamentals of standing postures, balances, twists, forward bends, backbends, hip & shoulder openers and inversions.

All students who complete the course will receive a handy “Home Practice Guide” covering a 30-minute practice, with descriptions of all key poses.

Bookings and advanced payment for this course are essential as places are limited. Bookings can also be made in person at Yoga on Rochford or over the phone with payment by bank transfer.

For more information call Chris on 0424 459 696.

6 Week Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course

7pm-8pm, Thurs 22 Mar – Thu 26 Apr, $75

@ Erskineville Village Anglican Church
Cnr Erskineville Road and Rochford Street, Erskineville

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A warm welcome to Niccy Swann & Expressions of interest – 6 Week Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course starting mid March

I hope you have had a great start to 2012 and are back in your yoga routine. With the new Thursday evening class you can now practice up to three times a week at Erskineville, and with the free online podcast you can also start working on building a regular home practice.

I will be away until 2nd March travelling and also teaching in Berlin, and have the pleasure to introduce Niccy Swann who will be covering all three classes in Erskineville in my absence. Not only is Niccy an experienced vinyasa teacher but is also a specialist in pre and post natal yoga, kids yoga and yoga therapy. Welcome Niccy !


New Cover Teacher Niccy Swann

Niccy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, but only over the last several years has it become an integral part of her life, including the study for her Diploma in Yoga teaching, studying under Sindar Kaur and Mark Breadner at Nature Care College.

She loves the benefits of yoga and how yoga can be useful everyday. Practicing yoga has given Niccy a feeling of more time and less stress, despite increasing commitments with work and her 4 children! She is passionate about sharing the nurturing and balancing aspects of yoga with individuals of all abilities, including the important transition stages of pregnancy and the post natal period.

She has completed further training in Kids, pre natal and post natal yoga as well as yoga for addiction, increasing her skills to work with people in all stages of their life journey.

Particular emphasis is placed on working within the individual, encouraging people to be true to themselves within their practice, taking into account their physical, mental and emotional aspects that may change on a day to day basis.

She believes skills learnt in yoga enable individuals to use these skills in everyday life to aid navigation through the increasing complexities of life!

Expressions of interest – 6 Week Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course starting mid March

Learn the foundations of a flowing (vinyasa) yoga practice.  Develop a safe, balanced yoga practice with emphasis on alignment, core awareness, breathing & relaxation techniques.

The response to the February Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course was very positive, and I am looking at holding another course in March. Please contact me if you are interested in signing up for this course (I am currently evaluating two options, either Tuesday 7pm or Thursday 7pm). This course is ideal for both beginners and those who would like to deepen their practice.

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Yoga on Rochford new 2012 Timetable !

Yoga on Rochford new 2012 Timetable !

* $10 per class with 3 class pass

All classes held at the Erskineville Village Anglican Church, 55 Erskineville Road (Cnr Erskineville Road & Rochford St)
Variations are given so all students can find the level of practice that is right for them.

Click here for more information

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6 Week Summer Foundation Vinyasa Yoga Course (Tues 10 Jan 7pm, $75 / December Early bird $70)

Develop a safe, balanced yoga practice with emphasis on alignment, core awareness, breathing & relaxation techniques:

• Safety – create a safe, sustainable practice

• Balance – create a balance between stability and mobility, effort and ease

• Alignment – understand alignment in key yoga postures improving strength and flexibility

• Core awareness – learn to initiate postures from the core creating power and freedom of movement

• Breathing & relaxation techniques – lower stress, increase energy and improve sleep

Understand the basic principles of vinyasa yoga and Sun & Moon Salutations. Discover the fundamentals of standing postures, balances, twists, forward bends, backbends, hip & shoulder openers and inversions.

All students who complete the course will receive a handy “Home Practice Guide” covering a 30-minute practice, with descriptions of all key poses.

Bookings and advanced payment for this course are essential as places are limited. Bookings can also be made in person at Yoga on Rochford or over the phone with payment by bank transfer. December early-bird special price available until 5pm Friday 30th December.

For more information call Chris on 0424 459 696.

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Chris is back in Sydney and teaching at Yoga on Rochford

“Now the practice of yoga begins (Atha yoga anushasanam).” Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, 1.1

Yoga is in the here and now. The practice of yoga begins from the present moment, no matter the current state of your mind or physical body. Your mind may be calm, or may be busy and full of thoughts. Your body may be healthy, or you may be feeling weak and unprepared. Do not judge yourself, yoga is always ready for you !!

The best time to start your yoga practice is now !

Spring is here, and the summer holidays are only a few months away. What better time that now to start a regular yoga practice to calm the mind and open & strengthen the body before the holiday season.

Chris is back in Sydney and teaching at Yoga on Rochford

Its great to be back !

Many thanks and blessings to Cath and Penny for their wonderful classes over the last 4 months.

After a fabulous 4 months of teaching & training in Berlin, I am very excited to be back in Sydney and teaching at Yoga on Rochford as from Saturday 15 October. My first class will be Yoga Flow on Saturday 9am, followed by Dynamic Vinyasa on Monday at 7:30pm.


I had the opportunity to do workshops with a range of world renowned yoga instructors including David Swenson (US – Astanga), Rusty Wells (US – Vinyasa/Flow) and Jivamukti teachers Yogeswari (Switzerland), Dechan Thurman (US), Cat Alip-Douglas (US/UK), Anja Knuesel (Germany). Here’s a photo of me at one of David’s workshops… orange shirt in the front row for those that didn’t recognise me !!

Yoga on Rochford

All classes are now held in the beautifully renovated uplifting church space. There is plenty of space and as a bonus the fabulous new doors have also been installed to separate the space from the foyer area.
Dynamic Vinyasa, Mondays 7:30 – 8:30pm

Yoga flow, Saturdays 9-10am

Holy Trinity Church & Hall, 2 Rochford St Erskineville
$12 drop in, 3 for $30 multi-class pass available

byo yoga mat or check out the website yoga shop to purchase a mat

Variations are given so all students find the level of practice that is right for them. Suitable for all levels including beginners.

For more details including a map, click here

Facebook

Join my facebook group to keep up to date with yogawallah’s latest developments. Become part of the yogawallah community, feel free to make yoga related posts … anything from beautiful yoga images, quotes or articles, to questions to Chris.

Namaste
Chris

“There is no power greater than right action in the present moment.”
Vasistha

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Meet our fabulous new cover teachers at Yoga on Rochford, Erskineville

As you may know I am off to Berlin this week for four months to teach yoga and to take part in Jivamukti and Astanga intensive training and mentoring programmes. We are really fortunate to have two world class teachers to cover the Yoga on Rochford classes in my absense.

Dynamic Vinyasa, Mondays 7:30 – 8:30pm with Cath

“I’m interested in making yoga accessible to everyone – whatever their level of ability.”

My approach to yoga is to remain in the moment and accept how I feel physically and mentally. That might mean practicing an asana to alleviate a physical ailment, or focusing on postures that will help me deal better with a stressful situation. It’s important to practice without expectations or judgment. I try to honor the way I’m feeling and be open to that state changing. I practice yoga because it makes me feel good and helps me connect to my spirit – it helps me to be the best me I can be!

More about Cath
While studying a Bachelor of Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Cath used yoga as a pre-performance warm-up – she was excited to have found a practical discipline that gave her a sense of peace. Cath completed her teacher training at Samadhi Yoga and travelled to India where she studied Tibetan Buddhism. On her return, she completed her YogaSynergy Teacher Training and YogaSynergy Anatomy & Physiology Course. She has attended workshops by Clive Sheridan, Donna Farhi, Glen Ceresoli and Simon Low.

Yoga flow, Saturdays 9-10am with Penny

Penny has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 35 years. She became interested in yoga and started practising from B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. She traveled to India in her early 20s where she practised meditation and yoga at the Sivananda ashram. On her return to Australia, Penny trained as a visual artist and set up and ran a successful artist’s co-operative. She continued practising yoga with well-known Sydney yoga teacher Acharya Upendra Roy and then with Yoga Synergy.
Penny teaches a vinyasa style of hatha yoga with emphasis on safety, correct alignment, breath awareness and relaxation. The practice can always be modified according to the experience and needs of individual students.
Penny teaches meditation at Yoga Synergy, special needs yoga at Samadhi, and several corporate classes. She has taught prenatal and mums and bubs yoga at Life & Balance and Samadhi.  She also enjoys gardening and is an avid violinist.

Penny’s qualifications include:
·Certificate in Meditation Facilitation, Nature Care College, St. Leonards
·Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teaching, Life Source Yoga & Health, Crows Nest
Yoga Teacher Training Levels 1 & 2, The Yoga Room, St Ives (in conjunction with
Byron Yoga)
·Zen Meditation Course with Yogi Brahmasamhara, Meditation Sanctuary, Leichhardt

Penny has completed Yoga Synergy’s Applied Anatomy & Physiology Course in 2004 and 2007 and has attended workshops with Clive Sheridan.

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No classes this Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Wish you all a wonderful Easter break!

Dear yogis, no classes this Easter Saturday nor Easter Monday. Wish you all a wonderful Easter break, hope to see you in class next week ! x Chris

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