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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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We are currently working with both our builder and a supplier in the US to get a yoga wall installed in our Hornsby Studio! Exciting times. The yoga wall will allow us to do poses for which we need ropes. This is great for inversions but also for further extension. Using ropes it will be possible to stay in the pose for longer giving you more of the benefits. Stay tuned for more information.