So we made it half way through the year and what an incredible start to the year it has been. I like to use this time of year to look back on all I have achieved, what I have created, what I have maintained and what I have destroyed. All things in life go through this cycle and with winter being the dormant, gestational time of year, the time to look inward and lay foundations I can’t help but think what a great time to look back, reassess and then move forward with the value of hindsight and insight.

We can reflect and consolidate from this place and draw in the Shiva qualities of creation, maintenance and destruction. What did you create so far this year? Has it served your purpose or is it still unfolding? What are you maintaining or nurturing? Sometime we need to be in a holding pattern, looking after things before they bloom or show their full potential. What have you destroyed this year so far? Have you had to let something go or pull it to pieces. I like to think of this phase as clearing out the dead wood from the garden of the mind or from life itself in order to create space for new things to grow.

As we head into the cooler months, bunker down and consolidate you might ask yourselves these questions and reflect on the previous months and thus gain insight as to how you might move forward into the next half of the year. Thankfully we have the playground of our mat and a place to just move through the body and the breath to help us navigate these questions and so many more. To help us figure out the tough things life can throw at us with out necessarily thinking about them. This is one of the gifts of Yoga, it provides us with the ability to navigate life, its ups and downs, its exciting times, boring times, stressful times and everything in between. It can provide us with an anchor or foundation with which to create stability and consistency in our life no matter the turmoil, it helps us transform, reflect and trust in the flow and ever present quality of change.

CYS Events and Information

Lotus Kids School Holiday Classes

Lotus Kids School Holiday Classes are here on Wednesday and Thursday mornings these school holidays, 11:00am – 12:00pm, both weeks of the holidays 10 & 11 July, 17 &18 July.

Classes are designed for kids aged 4-9 and will be an exploration of movement through yoga. We had a great time with the taster class earlier this term, the kids loved the wobble boards and working together. This is a great way to introduce your kids to the joys of yoga and its many benefits. Parents are welcome to stay and watch or perhaps take some time out for a coffee downstairs. Book your place as spots are limited.

The Magic of Mantra

This month we have a wonderful Playshop with Gail Robertson; The Magic of Mantra Sunday 21st July 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm. This Sunday workshop (playshop) will have you understand and explore mantra, music and the power of chanting. If you have never given chanting a go or are curious as to the benefits and different ways we can use chanting to create positive change in our life then you should definitely come along to Gail’s event. Gail has a wealth of knowledge with years of experience, I have no doubt we will have a great time. Book you place here 

Spring Challenge

We are having a Spring Challenge coming up culminating in a Blindfold Workshop. Join Fiona for at least 1 class a week for 5 weeks in her Knoff yoga class, moving through a layered sequence and the practicing this sequence blindfolded to heighten your senses and body awareness. This is a great way to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Book you place here. There might even be a few prizes on offer….

For more details on all these events check out the posters in the studio or our FB events page.

Lunch Time Classes

Beginners Course is having a bit of a change. As you may know some classes in the Beginners course are very full and other have fewer students. In order to start integrating students into open classes and provide more open classes for students the Thursday 12:15 – 1:30pm lunchtime class and the Friday 12:00 – 1:15pm lunchtime beginners classes are now also available to Open students to attend. These class will still be taught at the beginner level and as part of the syllabus, but will provide a great opportunity for open students to brush up on some fundamentals or just enjoy an extra lunchtime class. Please note these are 75min classes. Open students can now book in via the website or Mindbody app as per other classes. Beginners can book in as per usual.

Our next round of the Beginners Course starts this Monday 8th July, there are still spots available, so if you know someone who is thinking about trying yoga this might be the perfect gift for them.

Guest Teachers

We have some fabulous guest teachers coming to visit CYS in the coming months.

Starting with Sarah Owen and Mellow Kids – Mindfulness Teaching for Working with Kids on the 5th and 6th October 2019. This is a wonderful weekend workshop ideal for anyone working with or caring for children. Looking deeply at nature and mindfulness practices to help nurture and encourage children to feel grounded, connected and mellowed out. Click for more details and to book your place.

Sarah will also be back in January of 2020 for Level 1 Yin Teacher Training. More details to follow in the coming months.

Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage by Dani is coming on the 10th – 13th October 2019. Dani is joining us from Queensland for this fabulous 4-day workshop which is suitable for anyone wanting to give the gift of touch. This is an amazing way of giving nurturing touch and massage in a way that is compassionate and caring, all done with cloths on. You do not need any prior training to attend, just a willingness to learn and an open heart to give joy and relaxation to others. For more details, visit our FB event page.

Dani will also be here for a very special small group Prenatal Thai yoga Massage training on the 14th – 15th October, open to those who have completed Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage or those already working with pregnant women. Spots are very limited so book in early to ensure you have your place. For more details visit our FB event page.

Please note there will be some modifications to our regular class timetable during these events, but I will give you plenty of notice so you can still get your practice in.

Weekend Door Access

Lastly please note that the Altree Court entrance to the building (on the Duratone side) is only open during the week. This entrance is locked on the weekends so please enter the building via the Divine Court side (near the Laundromat).

Please get on and like our Facebook and Instagram pages as these are a great way to stay in touch with what’s happening and get more information on all our events and the community of Canberra Yoga Space.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat.



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