“When the waves of consciousness are stilled and silenced, they can no longer distort the true expression of the soul. Revealed in his/her own nature, the radiant seer abides in her/his own grandeur.” BKS Iyengar commentary Sutra 1.3
We are a hatha yoga school - we use our body as a primary instrument of practice. And what better ‘object’ than the body, to steady the mind upon? In it we are so invested. Full of desires and fears. In working with the body we have an instrument of both liberation and suffering. A teacher guides us through learning and study, into a practice of freedom from suffering. Download information about our class options and our pricing system.
|Monday||4.15 - 5.45pm||Introductory||Russell|
|6.00 - 7.30pm||General||Polly|
|Tuesday||9.30 - 11.00am||60+ experienced||Vera|
|6.00 - 7.30pm||Introductory||Vera|
|6.00 - 7.30pm||Beginner||Polly|
|Wednesday||9.30 - 11.00am||Introductory||Vera|
|9.30 - 11.00am||Beginner||Polly|
|5.30 - 7.00pm||Beginner||Russell|
|5.30 - 7.00pm||General||Vera|
|Thursday||9.30 - 11.00am||60+ experienced||Vera|
|9.30 - 11.00am||Introductory||Russell|
|6.00 - 7.30pm||Beginner||Polly|
|6.00 - 7.30pm||Introductory||Russell|
|Friday||9.30 - 11.00am||General||Polly|
|Saturday||7.00 - 8.30am||Beginner||Vera|
|9.30 - 11.00||Introductory||Polly|
Moving from introductory to beginner level classes in our school means that you have some understanding of how practice functions as a "mirror". We start to collect evidence that what we perceive, or understand, about ourselves may not actually be true. We start to open our understanding of ourselves and become available to learn from the practice rather than do or perform the practice.
At Beginner Level we introduce twisting standing poses, more forward bending and backward bending postures and also develop shoulder stand and learn head stand. When we build diversity into our asana, practice walks us up to the gate of great change. We are led to the recognition that a huge obstacle to peace and living a meaningful life is that we make experiences into ornaments.. things that we glorify and hold on to.. things that we attach to for self esteem.
Once we learn to stop just polishing our ornaments, practice becomes an instrument for transformation. The mind arrives into a state of "pause". The postures funtion to change the chemistry of the body and thus the function of the nervous systems making experience conducive to meditation. As we step our toe into this process, practice functions as an instrument : we go to our mat because we practice encountering ourselves within situations (asana); we study ourselves in these situations and develop skills that help us get clear. Practice teaches us how to put down the 'ornaments' (experiences that prop up the ego). If we don't have a practice, a process of putting down the ornaments we have made out of our experiences, life will most certainly throw them to the ground where they smash into a thousand pieces. We are not who we think we are and life will keep asking that we learn this lesson. Life can only be lived in moment.. each moment what is asked of us, can we engage clearly; can we act rather than re-act? We are being asked to feel, to become present at increasing levels of subtelty.
Mind is trained through practice to function as dharmendriya.. we practice to locate ourselves in the here and now of life. To become present. In this way mind functions as a sense organ. Just as the nose smells, and the ears hear, mind locates.. to locate ourselves in the embodiment, in each moment of experience, is to align with peace.
In General Level classes, sequence of asana, and timing within asana, are used to create conditions for penetrating the mental emotional kosha. It is essential that students understand how to set up for shoulder stand, both active and restorative, including going through halasana, and be able to work in head stand, either with our without support. These postures become necessary resources for practitioners interested in working with the body as an instrument of meditation.
It is always good to remind ourselves that when we attend classes, we are not paying for Yoga, because Yoga Is.. Yoga is not a commodity. Payment for classes covers the cost of having someone who has walked the path of practice for a long time available to share what they have learnt. A teacher of yoga, teaches the practices of Abhyasa and Vairagya: Discipline and Renunciation. These practices develop clarity of perception. Over time practice equips the body/mind/breath instrument such that it is an instrument capable of meditation. Stillness of mind is how we open the path to walk in the power of our own presence.
Yoga is a state of Being and the journey to awaken to this state is regular practice over a long period of time. Our pricing system reflects this understanding. The more you commit to attending, and the longer your commitment, the cheaper the fee per class. Download policy on pricing.
Please note that cost comparison per class, between a casual attendance and class card is considerable. In fairness to those who attend and pay the casual rate, those who purchase the class cards must adhere to the expiry conditions. The discounted rate per class is valid because you are a disciplined student who attends regularly. Unless extreme extenuating circumstances, and advice from you prior to the expiry date on your card no extension of expiry will be granted.
Casual attendance price is $22 per class5 week cards
$99 for 5 classes ($19.80 per class)
$165 for 10 classes ($16.50 per class)
$ 187.50 for 15 classes ($12.50 per class)
10 week card
$250 for 20 classes ($12.50 per class)
General level students, please also attend, regularly, the beginner level classes and beginner level students please, on occassion, attend introductory level classes. General level student are also encouraged to, on occassion, attend an introductory class. The 'learning mind set' is essential if we are to cultivate the 'gravity of silence'.. the force arising within that allows us to stand in the 'potency of calm'.