Yoga Festival Program
Saturday May 7th
Start your day with the magic of Gita Yoga. A unique approach to experience a sense of wholeness, to take into your day. After warming up the body, we connect with our brain, spine, and emotions. Postures to follow target the endocrine glands, and our energy centres which sit behind these glands. When the right balance of hormones is secreted, everything functions optimally. When our energy is aligned we open our channel of consciousness. With this channel clear we feel more aligned with ourselves, more connected with others, with nature, and all that exists.
When one's yoga practice is merely physical, the yogam or union of body, mind and spirit is often far from reach. I AM takes you on a journey within yourself through different types of Pranayama, Chants and Restorative Asanas that unravel the koshas one by one, help the kundalini unwind and rise and help realise the beautiful connection that happens between individual consciousness and universal consciousness. When this connection happens, the yogi feels Paramananda or bliss. It is then, that the Chitta or intellect quietens and the core of our existence reveals itself. The addition of apt Naada Yoga mantras and music in Sri's soothing and resonant voice takes your practice to a whole new level and to unvisited depths of spirit. Aham Brahmasmi!
Using specific grounding asana, bandha, mantra and pranayama to culminate into the gem of the practice: a kriya meditation. Ancient techniques to uncover what is always present: calmness, stability and ease.
Dive in to Twists, Bandas and the Primordial Ocean! Yoga twists and binds are a great way to churn out goodies and baddies from the physical body. In this workshop we’ll explore some fun modifications and hybrids to get your body detoxifying and releasing the yucky bits and stretching back into the ‘aaaahhhh’ good bits while enjoying one of Yoga’s oldest yarns.
A mindful practice breaking down poses , where you’re instructed to listen to your body and work with your alignment. Then flowing with the poses explored. A delight for beginners and coming home to seasoned practitioners.
Returning to love with this deeply nourishing sonic experience weaving breathwork, kinesiology, meditation, and an extensive range of traditional and sacred instruments with Matty Rainbow.
Qigong is many things. Embodiment practice, movement therapy, self-care, energy healing, gentle exercise. One of the best ways to describe the practice is gentle and restorative exercise therapy. The purpose of the practice is to release physical, mental and emotional tension and stress, which allows the energy of the body to circulate more freely and with less stagnation and blockage. The practice has its origins in ancient China and is one of the branches of Classical Oriental Medicine, it is closely related, but not the same as Tai Chi. Qigong activates our body's energy system and the innate self-healing capacity of the body and can be likened to form of moving meditation. Sessions incorporates acupressure, slow stretches, gentle flowing movement, breath-work and stillness, accompanied by a strong focus on presence. During Qigong we focus and anchor our attention on the breath, the body and the awareness of Qi; the feeling of aliveness within. When practicing our intention is to be embodied and present, to connect with ourselves in a holistic way. There are numerous principals and dimensions to this beautiful form of self-nourishment and restoration, the essence being to slow down, soften the heart and to do less.
A 90 minute tantrik hatha yoga practice with a fusion of dynamic vinyasa, pranayama, mudra, meditation and philosophy.
Experience how easy it is to lengthen your psoas to relieve back pain, improve your posture and great better hormone flow. Learn how this deep core muscle is related to anxiety, your adrenal glands and reproductive system and how working this muscle with Zen Ki Yoga can put everything back into balance and leave you feeling lighter, taller and calmer.
Satsang on the yogic science of the nervous system, the states of consciousness in the OM symbol and Yoga Nidra, restorative postures, pranayama to move towards the effortlessly restful meditation practice of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep).
Yoga massage class in the Oki /Japanese tradition How well can you actively move yourself? A weird question, isn’t it? Explore your range of motion and improve your relationship with your brain and body. This is vital any yoga practice, and extremely beneficial not only for how you move throughout life but to set yourself up with a daily practice you can sustain and grow.
Gentle meditation and movement with journaling.
Breathing meditations with hand mudras.
Kirtan, the practice of chanting the names or mantras of the gods and goddesses, is one of the most important techniques in Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. ... Kirtan is part of an ancient form of Yoga known as Bhakti, or the Yoga of Devotion.
In the traditions of Oriental Medicine, Qigong and Neigong the Dantian is the bioenergetic centre of the body, the core in accessing and utilising our Qi. The word Dan translates to mean elixir, cinnabar or universal, and the word Tian to mean field or reservoir. Join me to learn about the fundamentals of the Dantian and explore the practice of Nourish the Field… a five-part meditative practice that incorporates presence, movement, Mudra and stillness.
Anyone with back, knee, hip, shoulder issues, arthritis and joints stiffness, any physical limitation can benefit from a Gentle Chair Yoga practice. And all Yoga movements I turn into dancing, it is fun way to improve your health. Dancing requires mental, physical, emotional and social skills, all of these functions working together can be beneficial to your brain and overall health. Dance is a multi-tasking activity which can improve cognitive function and slow the ageing process. And I am here to help you.
Rise and ShineJacki Deering8:15 am - 9:15 am
I AM - A journey within through Pranayama, Asana and NaadaSrimathumitha9:30 am - 10:30 am
Tantric Hatha Lunar Practice: GroundingWhitney Cummins10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Going Within with Twists and BindsAmy McDonald12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Flow and AlignmentSamantha Sepulveda1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Sound of Being Journey ‘Return to Love’Matty Rainbow3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Breathwork & SavasanaJodie Corin4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
QigongNicole Lee8:30 am - 9:30 am
Journeying The Layers of Being Via the KoshasKylie Bertuch Haynes9:45 am - 10:45 am
Breath & DanceLarisa Healy11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Psoas Release for Anxiety & Back Pain ReliefLouisa Bennett12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Gentle YogaRhonda1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Radiantly RestfulWhitney Cummins2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Yoga massageLouisa Bennett4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sunday May 8th
Dynamic Purna yoga (infused with flow and Pranayama)
Explore the Warriors and Heroes of Yoga in this standing pose masterclass as we explore refining and going deeper into common poses we can take for granted while also exploring some of the heroic tales of the Yoga tradition! Nerdy, yoga goodness!
Yoga Moves -learning to fall- (and get back up again). This classes promote physical alignment, body awareness and mental health. Weaving together Yoga and Dance disciplines my classes incorporate traditional yoga asanas and draw on my knowledge as a professional contemporary dance artist. These classes are journeys aimed at sensorially connecting one to their body. Using sound, imagery and feeling, the practice begins by lying on the mat; the body is mindfully directed to standing and then extending out into the space. Each class finishing by releasing the physical body and the brain from thought. Through honouring the bodies capacity to move and the brains potential to grow - these classes build skills to create flow through the body and into life.
Sometimes all it takes is slowing down and listening to your body. In this integrative yin yoga workshop we’ll explore mind tools, breath, the deep wonderland of energy within and letting go, like the shedding of autumn leaves. With gentle poses held for 3 to 5 minutes we’ll create space, curiosity and balance leaving you feeling lighter and connected. Get ready to drop into a parasympathetic state and feel the MAGIC of this crafty practice.
Yoga nidra is like a massage without the touching. Do a few stretches first to warm up the body and then lay down on the floor and start with tensing and relaxing the eyes, cheeks, jaw and then go to the toes and up again. Together we do this body scan a few times, so you come deeper and deeper into your relaxation.
Moving towards your infinite potential with Breathwork, Meditation and Sound. An activation of the soul and psyche as you journey deeper into your own awareness with Matty Rainbow.
A 60 minute Slow Tantrik Hatha Flow practice paired with grounding pranayama (breathwork), mantra, and mudra to help you return to balance. Let go of the busyness of life as you open slowly through your body and connect to the deeper more subtle energetic layers of your being. Expand in spaciousness as you return to a more aligned state within your mind, your body and your essence.
Just a few minutes of meditation each day can transform your life! In this fun workshop we’ll look at a range of different meditation techniques, including mindful movement, chanting, sensory awareness, crystals, imagery, awareness of thoughts and inner stillness. You won’t have to sit still the whole time!
If only you could bottle that feeling you have at the end of a yoga class? During our Autumn unwind we aim to induce this ‘alpha state’ early on. You will flow through gentle variations of the ‘Gita sequence” to target the endocrine glands and energy centres. Pranayama and a longer guided relaxation will help you find your still point. No props required, but please bring a blanket for relaxation and any other comforts to make the most of this time to unwind.
Laughter Yoga is a process that enables us to laugh even if we don't feel like it. It is an aerobic exercise program that ANYONE can do that is designed to get the happy hormones going and connect us with our playfulness and inner sense of joy. The benefits of this class will give both long-term and short-term effects. In the short-term, this session will help clear the mind and stretch the body while in the long term, it will help improve overall health, making stress easier to deal with, and bring more happiness. Just a few practices will bring a more peaceful centre of being, increase morale, create a stronger immune system. You will achieve all above without any Effort, just by having Fun and letting go. 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"
In the 5 element tradition Autumn-winter food feeds wherever we need feeding. We will crave whatever is going to feed our function - which is usually our dis-function
A gentle meditation and movement with journaling.
Dynamic Purna YogaDee Howard8:30 am - 9:30 am
Standing Strong: Warrior Poses Playshop!Amy McDonald9:45 am - 10:45 am
Yoga and DanceTracie Mitchell11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Art of Yin YogaRenee Italia12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Yoga NidraCarole Overmaat1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sound of Being Journey ‘Your Infinite Potential’Matty Rainbow3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
All classes are included with entry.
Program subject to change by divine intervention.