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International Day of Yoga celebration 18 June

Friday, 26 May 2017

On Sunday 18 June at 8am until 10am students from all yoga traditions are invited to come for a group practice session where a number of practitioners will lead a sequence of asana that everyone can follow. After the practice there will be a shared vegetarian brunch. Everyone attending is asked to bring some food to share.

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Innocence in a practice of yoga

Monday, 17 April 2017

“Why do you think it’s so constantly said in the Bhagavad Gita “Act without looking to the fruits of action”? Why is it always taught “Never look for results, never expect”?

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A free public seminar: Integrative health treatments and Yoga.

Sunday, 02 April 2017

Saturday April 8 at 2.30 through to 5.30 and followed by the screening of Awake: the life of Yogananda. We invite you to the first of what we hope is a series of seminars where practitioners of different modalities, who are also yoga practitioners, help us weave together the threads of lifestyle, self care, treatment and enlightenment. Our presenters are Natalie Pickering on Ayurveda lifestyle and the interface between self care, lifestyle and the choice to undertake formal training. Susan Koschel-Gatenby from Breathe Easy Therapies on Kinesiology as a treatment modality and how it translates to self-care. Karen Sonter from Hervey Bay Massage on Ortho-Bionomy as a treatment modality and also how it translates to self-care.

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No shoes - what sort of exercise is that

Sunday, 08 January 2017

If you asked me 12 months ago, about my interest in yoga, my answer would have been a very quick and definite ‘NO interest at all’. Why would I want to do something like that? I didn’t know much about yoga but what I did know is that it was slow, you listened to relaxing music and you didn’t wear shoes. What sort of exercise is that - no shoes!

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Yoga and endometriosis

Sunday, 08 January 2017

I’m not going to sit here and say the journey has been all butterflies and rainbows, because it has not. There have been many sessions I’ve gone home and cried. But it was ok, because the tears were tears of becoming aware of my body, of who I was. They were tears of letting go, of releasing tension, pain and control.

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My only way back was to accept

Sunday, 08 January 2017

Letting go of the fight response and understanding that the mind can influence the pain response was the first step. Appreciating that my body has served me extremely well through 60 years of exertion and should not be expected to perform like a 30 year old, came next. That meant accepting my limits with a new calmness and humility rather than anguish and stress.

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Why are you so crooked?

Sunday, 08 January 2017

Nobody else can fix us, we need to take action ourselves to benefit, every ones body is different and we all have our own story. Support and guidance is a wonderful gift and there's nothing wrong with incorporating other health care professionals into our health care plan, but ultimately no one knows us better than our own selves, and this from my experience takes time.

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Yoga and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Thursday, 15 December 2016

“The rational brain is the crowning glory of human beings. It is there to help us to engage in the world, but it is not very good in helping us take care of ourselves. In other words, the rational mind, while able to organize feelings and impulses, is not well equipped to abolish emotions, thoughts and impulses. People with PTSD, usually are out of touch with their physical sensations, and, as a consequence, they have trouble taking care of themselves. On the other end of the brain, the reptilian part is not good in quieting and taking care of the mind. However, when that system is harnessed the mind gets clearer, it’s easier to regain perspective on one’s life.”

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You can't fudge yoga

Monday, 21 March 2016

I completed a long distance (1000km) walk which made me fitter, stronger and more confident but no more supple after carrying a heavy backpack. So back to another beginners course in January and I am ready for more conversations with my body but slightly more forgiving this time.

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The occasional afternoon stretch

Monday, 21 March 2016

It was great to have my mum join me, she is the person who aside from my husband knows me best. She has been watching my mind click over from the days I explored my very first emotions. We would leave class and then just talk, discuss, ramble even about the finer points of class that really resonated with us. Polly seemed to speak as though she understood the journey we were just beginning personally and it was incredibly comforting as though we were headed in the right direction.

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What is really important to me

Monday, 21 March 2016

My home has become a lot more peacefull, and my kids are trying to be little yogis next to me every time I practice a pose. I am so happy that they, already now, are paying attention to this positive new practice in my life. I am starving to learn more, practice more – do more yoga; and is working hard to let my self be vulnerable and soft, and to lose the idea of always having to be perfect. My journey is about being more deeply involved in life, and yet less attached to it…

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I am male I am strong

Friday, 25 December 2015

My happiness depended on my wife’s happiness, the children’s happiness and extended families happiness. If they weren’t happy, I wasn’t happy. I would get down easily and stressed a lot. I would argue with my wife and the relationship began to grow distance between us.

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In and out of gym most of my life

Friday, 25 December 2015

Before yoga I was heavily involved in sport up to a National level. Rugby League gave me a few broken bits and pieces. Acrobatics strained a few ligaments and muscles. Swimming and lifesaving from an early age meant that I was muscled before puberty and this left me with hunched shoulders and a body that I was not sure how to carry. (Of course I didn’t realize this at the time).

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Far more conscious

Friday, 25 December 2015

When I started with Polly it was simply just trying to make at least a class a week whenever I could fit it in and went to all of the different levels of class and then started to regularly attend Tuesday night men's class. The men's class help take away that feeling of being self-conscious while practicing an art that can never be perfect. The class is really focused on simple postures that help to get everything into alignment. What I now understand is that taking the time to learn from the beginning through a course or a weekend workshop really helps progress rather than just randomly attending classes.

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Fridays 11.30 - 1.00pm: A class of its own

Saturday, 31 October 2015

In this hour and a half we find out how to lift, turn, stretch, wring and open up ribs, pelvic bones and sitting bones, calves and thighs etc etc...You name it we can stretch it, loosen it and get it to where it should be. From toes and feet fingers and hands: to the bowling ball weight sitting on top of the spine, we maximise the benefits of our body in this yoga class with Polly. AND WE REMEMBER TO BREATHE

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We are 'post' most things

Saturday, 31 October 2015

All too soon the class is over, and I leave feeling stronger, taller, more grounded, focused , amazed at what I can do. I take nothing for granted.

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Being

Saturday, 31 October 2015

If I were a young woman now I am not sure I would cope With all the things that you have – the opportunities the technology I’d like to think it would be a world of pleasure But I fear instead, it would only be a world of pressure Pressure to be the perfect mother, the perfect partner, the perfect daughter, the perfect friend Pressure to be successful – a boss – a leader If I had my time again I wouldn’t create a ‘to do list’ – I would create a ‘to don’t do list’

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Yoga saved my home

Saturday, 31 October 2015

After studying to become an owner builder and bringing my home to near completion, I just about froze on the job. Sitting day after day - headaches/dizzy spells/anxiety/panic attaches/high blood pressure/sore joints - afraid to move.

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Organic Body with Caroline. A poem by Jan Edmitson

Saturday, 31 October 2015

My life's habit of protecting, holding, not allowing the unknown to be known ...until a gentle touch ... and not so gentle touch showed my body how it could release its energy

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mum...mum....MUM

Monday, 28 September 2015

” I always knew that my husband and family were fed up with my anxiety but I couldn’t help it. The fear of something happening to Aaleah (6) and Lucas (3) washed over me every time my kids tried to be……..well let’s face it, be Kids!!! I would watch other kids my children’s age jumping off high beams or flipping around monkey bars…….. But not my children as they took each step cautiously and with fear…fear that I had given them."

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Finding myself

Monday, 28 September 2015

I’d never once considered staying home to care for the small person we’d created to be a legitimate, worthy choice and I struggled a lot with accepting this and “lost” myself a bit in the process. If only I had yoga in my life at the time! But I didn’t...so in order to regain a sense of normality and self I started distance running again, something which I enjoyed immensely and did a lot of before, and to a lesser extent during my pregnancy.

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My mother had Alzheimers

Monday, 28 September 2015

My mother had Alzheimers. She had not been with us for many years although I always felt her with me. I had made the decision not to be with mum when she passed as I had said my goodbyes on previous trips home. Yoga helped me to make a decision on what I felt was right for me at that time not what I felt I should do.

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Ebbing and flowing

Monday, 28 September 2015

This openness and willingness to try that my dad modelled for me without even realizing it has had both subtle and profound effects on the course of my life. I still have a yoga book that I ‘borrowed’ from my dad over 15 years ago now.

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Donna meets Sirsasana (headstand)

Monday, 31 August 2015

I was a little wary when on the first evening Caroline said that she would commence the class with a chant, and if we were not familiar with the chant, we could all join in for the three Om’s. From the moment the vibration of the first Om emanated around the room, I was overcome with emotion and began to shed tears. My logical brain knows that sound has vibrational energy , but my emotional heart had forgotten it, and as soon as it felt it, my soul remembered.

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Subtlety can be more powerful than intensity.

Monday, 31 August 2015

During the workshop Caroline gave us long pose timings, which encouraged me to “dig deeper” and “go within”. This allowed my body to really settle in to each pose and instead of over-thinking the pose, the body finds its true alignment instinctively.

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A nourishing gift of calmness and joy.

Monday, 31 August 2015

What initially drew me to yoga was that it simply offered a new opportunity to maintain my fitness. However I was hooked from the very first class and very quickly became intrigued with the notion that practicing this physical discipline could develop a deeper self awareness and bring a more harmonious connection between mind, physical body and emotion. This was all new territory for me. I relished the opportunity to learn more and explore this pathway into a part of myself that had been buried.

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From the inside out

Monday, 31 August 2015

I’m standing in Tadasana and Caroline Coggins is talking to my right leg. “What are you doing there?’, she says. My leg seems to be listening, so the ‘me’ who’s observing sits back to see what unfolds. There’s a slight pause. A subtle adjustment occurs.

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A note from Caroline

Monday, 31 August 2015

It is heartening for a teacher to see students engaged, growing and developing. It is really just the best thing! This is how it is for me to return again and see this live engaged energy in the school, the buzz.

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My Yoga Journey - Belinda's Story

Sunday, 02 August 2015

“There were times during the retreat I actually felt my inexperience added to my practice – it was as if my body was on autopilot applying what Caroline was saying without my mind interfering. Not once did I feel inadequate just in awe that this is where my yoga journey is leading. It was also humbling to hear that even these experienced Yogis still have days when they find it difficult to meditate!...

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In Quest of Happiness External vs Internal - Russell's Story

Thursday, 16 July 2015

"What I learned from this experience was in the quest of happiness I look for external drivers to what essentially is and internal function. I observed the Balinese People who from my perspective whilst living in poverty and hardship but maintaining a high level of happiness. They were loving, generous and always smiling. "

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Learning through Yoga - Nat's Story

Thursday, 16 July 2015

“I remember my first meeting with Polly, walking through the studio, seeing all the ropes and props and coming away unsure of what to make of it. I remember speaking to my family and best buddy and telling them I would “give it a go”. I felt a very sincere, deep connection with this teacher Polly and something was telling me trust that instinct....

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Polly's Reflections from the Bali Retreat

Thursday, 16 July 2015

I stayed on in Bali to attend a professional development week with Caroline and a number of other teachers and trainee teachers from across Australia. One of the ongoing themes throughout the period of retreat was about how people learn.

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