Term 3 in the Studio Again!

The head is the seat of intelligence.The heart is the seat of emotion.

B.K.S. Iyengar

We have come a long way since the scary days of March 2020 when nobody could tell how the whole COVID situation would develop. Fortunately, Australia did better than most countries and we are lucky to be able to think about returning to some form of (new) normality.  
Four weeks ago we started to move softly forward from online to studio classes and I have seen that most of you have been eager to come back to studio classes. 
I have also heard from those of you who do not feel comfortable practicing at the studio due COVID-19 currently. I want to let you know that I understand. Everybody needs to decide for themselves how they manage this new risk in all our lives. 
So, looking at Mr. Iyengar’s words above, let’s use our intelligence and our emotion to be guided and find the decision that is right for us individually. For me, it’s the balance of wanting to continue to guide you in your development of your yoga practice on the one hand and the fear of being in contact with so many people on the other. 
I am grateful for the mindfulness of all students, who are helping me cleaning the chairs and blocks after each class and staying away from classes when not feeling well. Some have even been tested when showing symptoms of a cold and let me know the results. If we all continue this path of self care and looking out for others I believe we can proceed with studio classes.  
On the positive, I am very proud of the beginners from the Tuesday class who have been keen to take it up again despite not having tasted the “nectar of a regular yoga practice” yet. Well done!

Now, we are ready to take the next step and start with our shorter Term 3 over 8 weeks. To reduce the risk in our classes the number of students is still limited to 10. For that purpose please book via my website for Term 3 to reserve your place. During  checkout you will see a text box for additional notes. Please, write your preferred session in this box or let me know by email which class you would like to attend.
If there is a high demand for one class and the number of students will be over 10, I will offer an additional class on Monday at 7.00 pm. First, let us see how the bookings will proceed. 

If you have to attend another than your reserved class for any reason, please contact me and I will advise. 

I am wishing us all a safe practice!

Yoga in times of COVID-19: We are online!

Last week I told you about my crash course in streaming yoga classes live via the Internet. After much deliberation I decided against a webinar (where you only see me on screen and follow the instructions) and in favour of a two-way video conference where I can also see and hear you and give you feedback on your poses and necessary adjustments.

The trial sessions last week were a success (after some initial technical problems) with many of you commenting that this works surprisingly well. Hence, it’s a go!

Regular online yoga classes will commence on Monday, 9 April!

We will be using Zoom which is easy to use and has all the functionality we need. The process to join is as follows:

  1. Check the Class Schedule and select the class that you would like to attend
  2. Register by clicking on the class and then ‘Register here’ and pay for your pass online or via bank transfer (no cash in class, sorry :-)).
  3. After payment, I will send you an email to the email address you used when registering (The sender of this email is ‘info@northsideyoga.com.au’. Please, make sure that you can receive emails from this email address.)
  4. The email contains the link and password for the Zoom Yoga Class.
  5. Please, join the meeting about 5 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time to iron out any technical issues. I will open the meeting 15 minutes before the scheduled time in case of questions.
  6. Have fun!

Recommendations for the best experience:

Use a computer with a webcam, speakers and a microphone OR a laptop with integrated webcam and mic OR an iPAD (with some sort of stand). Headphones don’t work well for yoga.

You need your yoga mat and props ready before the class starts. You can order props by clicking here (Iyogaprops) or here (EMP Industries) and bolsters by clicking here (Stretch Now) (and no, I don’t have any affiliation with them.)

Make sure that you can see the screen and that the camera has a good view of you on your mat. The light needs to come from behind the camera. Minimise background noise as everybody will be able to hear it.

Yoga in times of COVID-19

Since making the difficult decision to temporarily close studio classes, I have been truly touched by your lovely emails, well wishes and encouragement to offer you an option for a home yoga practice. I would like to sincerely thank all of you for your kindness and positivity. 

Adaptation is the skill to compromise, the will to change, and the opportunity to evolve.

 Theordore W. Higgingsworth

The above quote pretty well summarizes how many of us feel at the moment. I am also adapting to new options and ways to support you in your yoga practice. 

I am currently taking a crash course on how to use online media to conduct effective yoga classes. I plan to offer some (free) trial sessions in the near future to see whether we can make this work.

If you would like to be part of the free Yoga Class Streaming experience (or should I say experiment?), please register here.

If it works, I plan to charge a small fee for those virtual classes in the future. 

What do you need? 

Your yoga props, a computer, laptop, phone or IPad to participate in the webconference. 
You can order props by clicking here (Iyogaprops) or here (EMP Industries) and bolsters by clicking here (Stretch Now).

Our First Ever Rope Workshop

On Saturday, 21 July 2018 we had our first ever yoga rope workshop in Hornsby. We had installed the Yoga Wall in March of this year and used it for the occasional pose during regular classes.

Warrior Pose during the Rope Workshop
Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Ardha Mukha Uttanasana during the Rope Workshop
Ardha Mukha Uttanasana

However, we were all irking to give the Yoga Wall a really good work out. So, we did. The workshop was fully booked with ten students. Franziska gave us the option of comparing poses with and without the ropes. But, being all shiny and new, we all agreed that we wanted every pose to include some form of ropes. And Franziska was happy to accomodate our wishes. We started with standing poses and continued to inversions. The first big adventure was to do a handstand hanging in the ropes. What a feeling! Because your body is supported by the pelvic swing there is no pressure on the wrists. And you can stay in handstand longer than normally!  After some backbends and standing twists we tried sirsasana (headstand) hanging in the ropes. Again, so different from the ‘normal’ version. We all felt transformed back to our younger days, when hanging upside down from a bar or some playground equipment gave us so much fun. As an adult you don’t get to feel that way often. You can imagine the laughter and joy in the room!

At the end we all felt very elated and stretched. It was an experience not to be missed.

Yoga Wall is finally here!

After much planning, measuring, cutting, sawing, sanding and drilling we are happy that the new yoga wall is ready to use at the Hornsby Studio. Here are some impressions of the work in progress….

Panels sanded to a soft finish and oiled

The beginnings of our Yoga Wall

More battens to be fixed…

Heavy drilling machinery in action

More holes to drill….

First panels fixed to the wall

Fun with the Swedish Ladders

Fixing the lights

Yoga Wall is finished!

Our Yoga Wall in all its glory

New Yoga Class for Age 59+

UPDATE (October 2018): This class is no longer offered. However, if you are interested, please contact me and we might reinstate it!

From 14 February 2018, we will be offering a slow yoga class especially for those of mature age (59+). You might have read that “Yoga is for everyone and every age”. That includes higher age!

I am passionate about yoga and thus I would like to present you with an opportunity to benefit from yoga even if you feel that things are not as easy as they used to be when it comes to movement.

In this class we still focus on different areas of the body to develop a sensitivity to bring about change in body posture BUT at a slower pace. As we age, we tend to neglect some muscle groups and to adopt some postures which over time give us grief. I have seen time and again that yoga can reverse those negative changes and bring back vitality and rigor.

Yoga is for every age

Also, if you have health problems like osteoarthritis, scoliosis, shoulder, back, knee problems or would simply like to be able to get down to the floor and back up again (!) … that would be the right class for you. As you probably know, alignment of the muscle-skeleton body can influence habits: how we stand, walk and sit. An aligned body can alleviate pain. Basically, we work on the body and breathing to bring it slowly back into an equilibrium. The goal is that you wrestle less with daily activities and life becomes more harmonic and joyful.

I have a yoga student that told me that at age 79 she is able to do things that she thought she could never do again when she was 69 years old. What will be your story?

Hornsby Studio with new look

During the January school holidays Franziska took to paint and roller and put a beautiful coat of ‘orange clay’ on the walls of the Hornsby Studio. Come and see for yourself! In other good news, the Yoga Wall is also taking shape. We will have some lovely warm birchwood plywood panels with Yoga Wall stations for eight students. There will also be wall bars on both sides of the Yoga Wall. Stay tuned.

Our Emails will be more professional

We have signed up with a professional email distribution company in order to make sure that our emails actually end up in your inbox and not in your spam folder. You will receive emails from us via MailChimp from now on. Additional benefit: They will look much nicer.

We have added all of our existing students to the distribution list. MailChimp adheres to very strict anti-spam guidelines. You can unsubscribe at any time directly from the email. However, we hope that you continue to find the emails useful.