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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


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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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Dance classes with our friends @ Dance Star

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Dance Star educates Children from 3 years old to Adults. They have dance classes Monday to Saturday during the school term, and School Holiday Workshops. Special Courses are also offered with the Australian Ballet Education Programme.

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New Yoga Flow Class @ Yoga on Rochford, Saturdays 9-10am (starting 19Feb) !!

Yoga flow, Saturdays 9-10am

Start your weekend on a positive note with a fluid, flowing dynamic morning practice. The flowing style of the class is designed to gently wake up and energise the body, removing blockages and detoxifying the body. Creative sequencing will warm up and open your body and mind, whilst lifting the spirit.

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

A great complement to our Monday evening class.

For more information check out our yoga classes page.

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6 Week Spring Foundation Yoga Course with Chris Johns (10:00-11:00am, Sat 9 October)

10:00-11:00am, Sat 9 October  – Sat 20 November (no class 6 Nov)

@ St Stephan’s Church Hall Newtown, 189 Church St, Newtown (just off King St)

$75 ($70 Yoga on Rochford special)

Interested in Yoga but not sure where to start?

Want a stronger foundation to your existing practice?

… finding open yoga classes a little too challenging… overwhelmed by the many different poses … or perhaps had trouble finding the most appropriate version of the pose for you

…or perhaps you would just like to discover a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, whilst lowering stress and improving sleep.

This course provides a foundation for your yoga practice, and you will learn:

•    Safety – How to safely warm up your body

•    Positions – Key yoga poses to improve strength and flexibility

•    Breathing – Techniques to strengthen and balance your nervous system

•    De-Stress – Deep relaxation and meditative techniques

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 is essential. Come along to Yoga on Rochford on Monday 4th October and receive the special cash price of $70.

For more information call Chris on 0424 459 696.

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Chris returns to Yoga on Rochford this Monday 7:30pm

Chris has just completed his Jivamukti teacher training in New York, and is back in Sydney full of inspiration , with lots of new ideas to help you reconnect with body and mind through a regular dynamic yoga practice. Why not enjoy the many benefits of a regular yoga practice, and when better to start than here and now !

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Chris is heading to Jivamukti teacher training, Bec to cover classes Mon 26 April to Mon 24 May

As part of my continuing yoga training I will be heading off to New York to do the intensive Jivamukti teacher training this week! I will be back in Sydney at the end of May.

The fabulous yoga teacher Rebecca Shaw will be taking the Yoga on Rochford classes as from next week (Mon 26 April) until Mon 24th May. Here’s some information about Bec and her teaching:

Rebecca Shaw photoRebecca has been practicing yoga since 1997 and has a genuine love and desire to share the benefits with all. She understands that every body and every day is unique and believes yoga is about contentment, non-violence and truth – to ourselves and others. Itʼs about engaging with the spirit within you and goes well beyond what we do on the mat.
She believes anyone can do yoga and teaches with understanding and compassion, instilling respect for your body and calming the mind. Her classes are designed to invigorate and challenge, allowing you to discover your own potential, through a dynamic Hatha style.

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Yoga on Rochford – Vinyasa Hatha Class

Join us every Monday from 7:30-8:30pm for Yoga on Rochford. This is a Vinyasa Hatha class that is open to everyone.

With a monthly physical focus ensure you build up your understanding of a complete range of yoga asana, whilst the monthly yogic focus ensures that you work mindfully through their practice, enhancing the relaxing aspect of the class.

For more information check out our yoga classes page.

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