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Festival Program

May 1st-2nd

All classes are included with festival entry.

Saturday May 1st

08:00
08:30
09:00
09:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
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14:00
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18:30
19:00
YOGA One
YOGA One
Ishvara pranidhana Yoga
08:15 - 09:15
Elisha

Ishvara pranidhana is not about what your yoga can do for you, but about approaching your practice in the spirit of offering. Pranidhana means to dedicate, devote, or surrender. The practice of Ishvara Pranidhana therefore means that if we are able to completely surrender our individual ego identities to God (our own higher self) we will attain the identity of God.

Universal Yoga
09:30 - 11:00
Rita Madou

Universal Yoga, found by Master Andrey Lappa, is a complete Yoga System that covers all spheres of a human being : spiritual, psychic and physical. Universal Yoga is a multi-faceted and cutting-edge of yogic methodology, representing its unique pathway to experience the essential approach to yoga as a means to a spiritual science. Universal Yoga in correspondence with the ancient system of the maya koshas (shells) offers a world-class yoga practice for every individuals wellbeing. Universal Yoga draws a scientific and geometric structural approach which provides and enhances every practitioner to realize the highest Yogic philosophy of life. Mandala crossed-mats practice is a precise metric structure which has been passed down for centuries to map out one source of consciousness and shine to its zenith of awareness.  This 90 minutes’ crossed-mats mandala practice is an open level class, suitable for yogis who has 6 months’ regular yoga practice. For better practice results, please bring two yoga mats.

Explore your favourite Yoga shapes
11:15 - 12:15
Amy McDonald 

Explore your favourite Yoga shapes in new ways in this playful class suitable for ALL yoga practitioners: from beginners to advanced. Let's have some fun!

Ashtanga Vinyasa Led Yoga class
12:30 - 13:30
Ilaria B

Kundalini Infused Flow & Chakra Meditation
13:45 - 14:45
Felicity O'Dea

Kundalini yoga is a form of yoga that involves chanting, singing, breathing exercises, and repetitive poses. Its purpose is to activate your Kundalini energy, or shakti. This is a spiritual energy that's said to be located at the base of your spine.

Women's yoga
15:00 - 16:00
Rosalind O'Loughlin 

Yoga Nidra
16:15 - 17:15
Leanne Holmberg

Yoga Nidra is a specific, powerful, restorative technique designed to induce total physical, mental and emotional relaxation. This practice is usually done from lying, whereby the body becomes fully relaxed (or sleeps), while the mind and emotions are relaxed/released by turning inwards, away from outer experiences, by following the formulaic verbal instructions. Over time benefits can include relief of muscular, emotional and mental tension, reduced anxiety and stress, improved sleep, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, allowing a sense of inner peace and calm to be found.. A wonderful relaxation practice!

Restorative yin yoga
17:30 - 18:30
Emma McCann

Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that encourages physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Appropriate for all levels, restorative yoga is practiced at a slow pace, focusing on long holds, stillness, and deep breathing.

YOGA Two
YOGA Two
Slow Hatha Flow & Somatic Inquiry
09:00 - 10:00
Jodie Corin

In this practice, you will take your mind deep within, and decide for yourself, an intention for your practice, that will best serve you.. You will be guided to intuitively feel your way through gentle flowing movements, opening the body, and building an awareness of your unique strength, alignment and energy within .. Finishing with a Savasana that builds connection and community… This class is just as perfect for curious beginners, as it is for the curious, more practiced Yogis….

Soft Vinyasa Flow
10:30 - 11:30
Kaycie Jade

Meditation in Motion
12:00 - 13:00
Christiane Seletto

In our daily life we constantly react to whatever challenges arise especially when under stress. The use of the Meditation in Motion tools help us to relax deeply and allow to consciously cross over from Energy following Attention to Attention following Energy. The purpose is not “to get it right” but to learn how to recognise the innate intelligence of prana and let it lead bodily movements. We then become less reactive, more relaxed, more conscious. This attunement allows us to live our life in Meditation in motion. For all ages and abilities - Bring a mat & a blanket

Laughter Yoga - Working with emotions
13:30 - 14:30
Lea Singer

You will be introduced to the NEW way of Laughter Yoga. We will focus on working with Core energy centers (Chakras) and Emotions related to each chakra. You will experience the main emotions (both negative and positive) and learn why expressing them in a correct way is important for our wellbeing, both physical and emotional. You will take home a knowledge about simple techniques that easy to use in everyday life. There are some of testimonials from different people: "This was the best thing I had in my Life!" "I joined the yoga studio because of Laughter Yoga" "I use the techniques I learned in my daily life, I remind myself to laugh, smile, breath and meditate"

Yoga Nidra
15:00 - 16:00
Robyn Hridaya

Take some time out of the day to let everything go and move effortlessly into a deep state of relaxation guided by Robyn Hridaya who has successfully been guiding students through yoga nidra for over 7 years. Robyn learned the practice of Yoga Nidra directly from Swami Jayananda Saraswati, she learnt Yoga Nidra from Swami Satyananda Saraswati who devised the practice of Yoga Nidra in the early sixties. The benefits are profound and many - A powerful meditation practice. Breath awareness Bringing the awareness form the external world to the inner world through body rotation Using san kalpa resolve (affirmation to drop a seed into the sub conscious to manifest supportive behaviours in mind and attitude) Awaken the willpower. Open to beings of all ages from children to elders A practice done laying down or seated. Supports deep rest and relaxation Relieves stress and anxiety Improves sleep Release tension and pain Connect with self Full body awareness Access sub conscious Extremely beneficial Brings about a feeling of peace Heal repair and awaken Develop easy access to a joyful state that guides the awareness/attention to the infinite self

Release your psoas without manipulation.
16:30 - 17:30
Louisa Bennett

Release your psoas without invasive manipulation. Use your body and see how easy it is to release....! The psoas is one of our deepest core muscles. It is the only muscle that connects our legs to our spine and is often too short, which causes back pain, period pain and other postural alignment issues.

Meditation & Workshops
Meditation & Workshops
Saturday May 1st
YOGA One
YOGA Two

Sunday May 2nd

08:00
08:30
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YOGA One
YOGA One
An Introduction to Forrest Yoga
08:30 - 09:30
Evalina Woodward
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Forrest Yoga puts emphasis on how to carry the transformative experience of what you’re doing on the mat into your daily life. It’s accessible to everyone and all experience levels. BREATH INTEGRITY STRENGTH SPIRIT

Kundalini Basics: Breathwork, Mantra and Awakening the spine.
09:45 - 10:45
Alex McLean

Alex happened upon a Kundalini Yoga Class several years ago and was amazed by the instant energetic shift that she felt. She returned to class several times that week and within months was enrolled in teacher training. She loves so much about Kundalini; the variety, the community and the beautiful mantras. Kundalini yoga practice is equal parts spiritual and physical. This style is all about releasing the kundalini energy in your body said to be trapped, or coiled, in the lower spine. These classes really work your core and breathing with fast-moving, invigorating postures and breathing exercises. These classes can involve chanting, mantra, and meditation.

Gippsland Kirtan
11:00 - 12:00

Haribol! Gippsland Kirtan invites all people to experience the joy of Kirtan; a call-and-response style of music meditation, where the singing of mantras and spiritually uplifting songs honours the universe and connects us with each other and to all things. The main expression of Bhakti Yoga, kirtan transcends all differences that keeps us apart. Vibrating at the highest level, it’s a collective joy that needs to be experienced, as words just don’t do it justice. Namaste

Balance - Hatha & Yin flow
12:15 - 13:15
Nikki Dawn

The Sanskrit term “hatha” is an umbrella term for all physical postures of yoga. Hatha yoga classes are best for beginners since they are usually paced slower than other yoga styles. Hatha classes today are a classic approach to breathing and exercises. If you are brand-new to yoga, hatha yoga is a great entry point to the practise.

Pranayma & Yoga Nidra
13:30 - 14:30
Bhavani

Yoga Nidra is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Yoga nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.

Into Sound & Light
15:00 - 16:30
Annebelle van Tongeren & Jacqui Sterling

Into Light and Sound is a truly transformative and restorative experience, integrating gentle movement and sound bathing, which is a combination of Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls, vocal toning, over toning and percussion with the added layer of harmonized mantras in the practice. Join Jacqui Sterling from Aloha Healing and Annebelle van Tongeren, from the Yoga Stylist for a special 90 minute session in very gentle restorative yoga, supported by sound. We will be connecting breath, body, intention and vibration as we access the different layers of our energy bodies, letting go of tension and allowing a beautiful expansion into light, healing and endless possibilities.

YOGA Two
YOGA Two
QiGong
09:00 - 10:00
Rita Madou
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QiGong is originated from Chinese medical community back to the legendary Yellow Emperor, which has thousands years’ history. QiGong including breathing techniques, 3-dimensional physical movements, the basics of energy circulation and meditation. By bringing the body, mind and emotions into a relaxed state you allow the healing process to take place. This 60 minutes’ QiGong Basic is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced students who want to revisit what they have learned and take their practice to a deeper level. For better practice results, please bring a yoga mat, we practice bare foot.

Energizing Yoga Flow
10:30 - 11:30
Ruth Gayatri

Energizing Yoga Flow followed by Pranayama and Meditation with the intention that you leave feeling re-charged, balanced and clear.

Thai Massage Yoga
12:00 - 13:00
Andrea

Restorative Yoga 
13:30 - 15:00
Rosalind O'Loughlin 

Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that encourages physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Appropriate for all levels, restorative yoga is practiced at a slow pace, focusing on long holds, stillness, and deep breathing.

Yin from head to Toes
15:30 - 17:00
Jenny Tulk

Yin yoga is a meditative practice that allows your body to become comfortable in a pose without doing any work (strength). It is also called Taoist yoga, and focuses on lengthening the connective tissues within the body. It is meant to compliment Yang yoga, or muscle-forming yoga practices. If Yang is active, then Yin is passive, meaning the muscles are allowed to relax with gravity and rest. This is usually performed with the assistance of props.

Meditation & Workshops
Meditation & Workshops
Women’s health & hormonal balance food as medicine
09:30 - 10:30
Louisa Bennett

Qur blood and our cells are made directly by the food we consume. Simply put... food turns into blood and blood makes our cells and our cells make our organs and body. So your health, including your brain, heart and nervous system, is directly influenced by your daily consumption. So, we literally are what we eat.

Train the Trainers - accessible yoga poses
11:15 - 12:15
Gayle

Train the Trainers - accessible yoga poses. Learn how to make your yoga class more accessible.

Chair Yoga
12:45 - 13:45
Leanne Cannan

Meditation & Yoga philosophy (how & why)
14:00 - 15:00
Christiane Seletto

One of the main purposes of meditation is to go beyond the conscious analytical mind and enter the sub conscious mind in order to change self-destructive habits, behaviours, outdated beliefs, emotional reactions, attitudes and unconscious states of being. But also to access the super conscious state of limitless possibilities!

Sunday May 2nd
YOGA One
YOGA Two