Welcome to Yoga in Nature, located in Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) Victoria. Please come and share my love of yoga and passion for nature in my small private studio (Yoga Shed).
I am a trained teacher in Hatha Yoga and my classes are for anyone who is interested in taking some time out to move the body, breathe a little more and create some space to improve health and wellbeing. All in a friendly, casual and relaxing atmosphere.
I have been lucky enough to train with some amazing Yoga teachers to specialise in Shakti Purna Yoga (Yoga for women), Yoga Therapeutics and Restorative Yoga. My clases all focus and combine this work which I have found fundamental through my own health ups and downs, to calm the nervous system and relieve stress.
I am completely drawn to the concepts and study of Ayurveda (the sister science of Yoga) and how it relates to the Asana practice, the body, mind and its deep connection to nature. Even though this is a long term study I think everyone should experience a Abhyanga (warm oil massage) at least once in their lives so added this skill to my offerings.
I offer regular classes online and face to face when possible, season themed yoga, flexible retreats (often in collaboration with other great teachers), corporate and private group classes (on request), Cooking (locally sourced where available) and when often (not always) based on Ayurvedic principles.
Bookings are essential and strict Covid-19 social standards will apply.
When should I arrive and what do I bring to class?
Please arrive 10 minutes before class starts. The door will be closed at start time and mobile phones are to be switched off during class.
If you are new to the class this will give you time to fill out a health and safety form, discuss any injuries you may have, ask questions and settle in. As a regular guest, it will give you time to set up your matt and spend a few minutes starting to relax and soak up the atmosphere. Please wear comfortable clothes - stretch pants or leggings, T-shirt and shoes that can easily be removed at the door. If the weather is cooler please bring a few layers – light jumpers and socks. Yoga matts are available but If you own a matt please bring to the class. If you decide to practice yoga on a regular basis I highly recommend to invest in your own matt (If you need help with this please let me know).
I am not flexible, can I do Yoga?
Yes, this is why I think we do yoga. Yoga keeps our bodies moving and our joints and muscles supple. All my classes are designed to not have a primary focus on being amazingly flexible but offer gentle and mindful movement and different versions of an Asana to move at your own individual pace. I will also provide lots of props to support you in the class (Props include: Yoga blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets).
What is Yoga and what is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga refers to a set of physical exercise (known as asana or posture) and sequences of asana designed to align the skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open many energy channels of the body (Aireys Yoga 2018). In modern Yoga we tend to focus on the third limb of the eight limbs of yoga known as the Asana.
Yoga can be as simple as coming to the matt to move and breathe a little more, or it can be a life time of study and self-discipline. If you are interested in finding out more information I have a number of books and guides that can be borrowed, (locals) to get you started.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra can be described as a state of dynamic sleep. Yoga Nidra is a method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. It is a technique used to learn to relax consciously, using concepts for absolute relaxation while remaining aware.
During the practice you are lying on the floor in Savasana supported and can be supported by cushions under the head, bolster under the knees and covered in a blanket and eye pillow. I read to you in a way to systematically relax the body and my voice acts as a rope to the mind.