6:20 PM

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health & Stress

8 week course in mindfulness for pain and stress.

BreathworksBreathworks Mindfulness practices, including meditation, help us make better choices about the way we respond to our experiences, even the difficult ones. Choice brings freedom as we realise we no longer need to automatically respond from habit.

Course Dates for 2017:
- 5th February - 26th March
- 7th May - July 2nd
- 8th October - November 26th

Weekly 2.5 hour sessions will be conducted at Yoga To Go Studio in Petersham, Cost $500 including CD's, workbook and support throughout the course (concessions available)

For More information contact Jenny on 0403 916 778 or visit

www.breathworks-mindfulness.com.au

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6:58 PM

Spotlight on: Urdhva Dhanurasana

Urdhva - upward, Dhanu - bow, Asana – pose

Commonly called Upward Bow or Wheel pose, Urdhva Dhanurasana is an uplifting and energising back Urdhva Dhanurasanabend that strongly opens the chest and heart and will invites courage and hope into your mind and life. 

Practicing this pose regularly can help counteract feelings of depression, also stimulates the thyroid and pituitary gland and is used to help relieve Asthma symptoms by allowing more oxygen to flow through the lungs.

The spine can become compressed as a result of the natural ageing process and from sitting for long periods of time. Urdhva Dhanurasana helps create space and increases flexibility, helping to keep the spine healthy and strong.

·        Strengthens: arms, wrists, legs, buttocks, spine and abdomen.

·        Stretches & opens: chest, lungs, armpits, groins and spine

·        Helps with: back pain, asthma, anxiety and depression

Because they provide a powerful full body workout and strong abdominal stretch, back bends should not be practiced during pregnancy or menstruation, and should be avoided if you suffer from high or low blood pressure.

Use caution if you suffer from back or neck issues, and consult an Iyengar yoga teacher before practicing Urdhva Dhanurasana. There’s a good range of ‘baby back bends’ that are suitable for beginners to steadily and safely build strength and flexibility before attempting more advanced back bends like Urdhva Dhanurasana.

Download our infographic here for some basic instructions and don’t forget to send us your Urdhva Dhanurasana questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about Urdhva Dhanurasana we recommend the following resources.

Videos:
Guruji’s Urdhva Dhanurasana - 53 seconds
Bobby Clennell - Urdhva Dhanurasana over a chair - 1.11 minutes
 
Books:
Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar p. 479 BUY
Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar p. 160 BUY

Important note: Remember to always seek the guidance of an experienced and certified yoga teacher, and check with your medical professional if you have any health concerns.

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4:47 PM

Sound Therapy Participant Research

soundscapeSOUNDSCAPE

Create your own soundscape, with gongs, singing bowls, percussion.

A group exercise in

• creativity • communication • community •

This is active participation where YOU get to play all the instruments and create a piece of sonic art. It is SO MUCH FUN! And beneficial on many other levels too which is what allows the process to be a therapeutic practice for groups and for individual reflection.  Plus you learn new sound making skills to satisfy your curiosity and creativity, as well as having an opportunity to meet and interact with lots of new people.

Sunday January 15th, 4-7pm, $15 donation

Bookings are Essential and can be made by contacting Christine Directly on 0410 289 519

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4:55 PM

Yoga To Go Studio - Christmas Gift Guide

Give the gift of wellbeing, balance and transformation this Christmas… Here are our top 2016 Christmas gift ideas all available in studio:


Gift Vouchers – any amount
 
Gift VouchersOur gift vouchers can be purchased for any amount and can be redeemed for any products, yoga or Pilates classes and are valid for 6 month from the date of purchase.

Whether you know someone who comes to the studio, or who has always wanted to try yoga or Pilates – a gift voucher provides the choice on how they use their gift.


5-Class Holiday Pass - $100

Holiday SpecialIf you’re staying in town over Christmas and New Years and would like to get lots of practice in, you can purchase our special 5-class pass for just $100 to be used during this time.

It’s also a great gift idea for a friend or family member – come to a few classes together (and enjoy brunch afterwards) over the holiday!

Our holiday timetable will be running from 12 December - 14 January – view and download it HERE.


Yoga Gift Pack - $100

xmass Gift PackLooking for something to wrap and put under the tree for the dedicated or emerging yogi? Pick up one of our Christmas Gift Packs containing:

1 yoga mat
2 blocks
1 belt
2 yoga classes
 
All this for just $100!


Wearable Art Leggings


leggingsShop the latest range of colourful leggings from Anthropic Skin - now on display at reception!

Made using sustainable printing and manufacturing, each of the unique designs features on the legging are by local artists, tattooists and graffiti artists.

A fun gift idea and wardrobe update!

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2:49 PM

Spotlight on: Janu Sirsasana

Janu – knee, Sirsa – head, Asana – pose

Janu SirsasanaJanu Sirsasana is a seated forward bend that is practiced regularly in all our classes and is highly beneficial for students of all levels from absolute beginners to more advanced practitioners. 

Despite its name, which suggests that the head should rest on the knee, the real aim of this pose is to extend the abdomen, spine and torso fully forward along the extended leg, keeping the chest and front body broad and open.

Don’t worry if you can’t reach your toes! In Iyengar yoga, the use of a belt around the foot of straight leg, and blankets or height under the buttocks allows even the most inflexible person to begin experiencing the soothing benefits of this pose.

Forward bends can help to calm and quiet-en the brain after a long busy day, sending our attention inward and encouraging time for reflection. Janu Sirsasana is also known to help relieve mild depression, insomnia, sinusitis, high blood pressure and symptoms experienced during menstruation and menopause - among other benefits.

      Stretches: spine, shoulders, hamstrings and groins

      Stimulates: liver, spleen and kidneys

      Helps with: digestion, stress and anxiety, fatigue and headaches

Download our infographic here for some basic instructions and don’t forget to send us your Janu Sirsasana questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about Janu Sirsasana check out the following resources.

Video: Janu Sirsasana with Lois Steinberg – 3.48 minutes
 
Books: Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar p. 148 BUY
            Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar p. 114 - 17 BUY
            A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar p. 142 - 4 BUY

Important note: Remember to always seek the guidance of an experienced and certified yoga teacher, and check with your medical professional if you have any health concerns.


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8:08 PM

Summer Sound Healing

Bathe in a sound bath of subline bliss, deep relaxation, achieve deep relaxation, release and healing on Sound Healing Summer Petersham A4all levels, experience the sonic resonance of gongs, bronze and crystal singing bowls and sound meditation.

Summer Sound Healing at Yoga To Go Studio
Saturday December 3rd 2016
6 - 7:30pm
$25 purchased in advance
$30 at the door

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL, contact Christine 0410 289 519 or via email at info@soundboundhealing.com
www.soundboundhealing.com

Tickets can be purchased at Sticky Tickets prior to the event, Facebook Event

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6:08 PM

Yoga for Back, Shoulder & Neck Care

We spend so much time sitting – at work, at home and in our leisure time, and we’re increasingly attached to our smart phones, tablets and other electronic devices.

BackcareThis is having a significant and negative impact on the health of our spine, shoulders and neck!

The problem has become so common, the term ‘Text Neck’ has been coined to explain the damage being caused. Sitting has also been described as the ‘new smoking’ thanks to research which found that every hour of (seated) TV watching cuts about 22 minutes from our life span…  

But not all back, shoulder and neck issues are cause by sitting and smart phones. Accidents, injuries and a range of genetic conditions are also to blame.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey shows that about 3 million Australians (13.6% of the population) have back problems, and an estimated 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives.

So what can you do to prevent and relieve back, shoulder and neck problems?

Keep active: get up regularly - stretch (use our info-graphic below), take a walk, grab a glass of water or a cup of tea, and talk face-to-face instead of sending an email!
Try yoga and Pilates: strengthen the spine, improve posture and learn how to manage any existing injuries and issues with the guidance of an experienced teacher.
Natural Therapies: we’re fortunate to have Crystal Street Family Chiropractic at our studio, and our Saturday morning yoga teacher Scott Read is also an Osteopath with 13 years experience.
 
Talk to us, if you’re experiencing back, shoulder or neck pain – we’ll take the time to understand your concerns and design a program to address your specific needs, including private or Remedial Yoga classes if needed.

Download the info-graphic for some simple stretches you can do at your desk and don’t forget to send us your questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about yoga for back, shoulder and neck health try the following resources.

Books:
Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar – Yoga sequence for Lower, Middle & Upper Backaches p. 319 - 325 BUY
Yoga and Scoliosis BUY

Important note: Remember to always seek the guidance of an experienced and certified yoga teacher, and check with your medical professional if you have any health concerns.

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5:29 PM

Spotlight on: Salamba Sirsasana


Salamba – with support, Sirsa – head, Asana – pose

Salamba SirsasanaKnown as ‘King of all Asanas’, Salamba Sirsasana (or supported headstand) is an advanced yoga pose that is described by BKS Iyengar as one of the most important poses.

Taught to students only after they have mastered Salamba Sarvangasana  (supported shoulder stand) - Salamba Sirsasana can have a highly stimulating, energizing and refreshing affect on the body and the mind!

In A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar says upside-down poses like Sirsasana help counteract the effects of our normal upright position and refresh the internal organs, which have a tendency to sag and become sluggish.

On the mind, inverted poses can bring about more focus, new perspectives and increase feeling of courage and self-esteem. It’s even been said to help relieve cold, flu and sinus issues and symptoms among many other benefits.

·      Strengthens: shoulders, arms, the spine and core

·      Increases: blood flow to the brain, scalp and eyes

·      Helps with: digestion, stress and anxiety

Sirsasana will literally turn your world upside-down! It can feel scary at first but BKS Iyengar reminds us that falling is OK and part of life and the learning process…

Please only try this asana under the guidance and supervision of a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher. Beginners should use the support of a wall until they can balance freestanding. Props such as sticks and blocks can also be used to support beginners and help build strength and stability.

Salamba Sirsasana and all inversions should be avoided during menstruation but can be performed throughout pregnancy (using support, until one becomes too uncomfortable or heavy) - if it was being practiced regularly before conception.

Download our infographic for some simple instructions and don’t forget to send us your Salamba Sirsasana questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about Salamba Sirsasana we recommend the following resources.

Video:
John Schumacher teaches Salamba Sirsasana – 7 minutes

Books:
Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar p. 179 BUY
Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar p. 138 BUY
A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar p. 180 BUY

Important note: Remember to always seek the guidance of an experienced and certified yoga teacher, and check with your medical professional if you have any health concerns.

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10:23 PM

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health & Stress

8 week course in mindfulness for pain and stress.Breathworks

Mindfulness practices, including meditation, help us make better choices about the way we respond to our experiences, even the difficult ones. Choice brings freedom as we realise we no longer need to automatically respond from habit.

Course Dates for 2016:
- 25th September - 20th November (excluding 9th October)

Weekly 2.5 hour sessions will be conducted at Yoga To Go Studio in Petersham, Cost $500 including CD's, workbook and support throughout the course (concessions available)

For More information contact Jenny on 0403 916 778 or visit
www.breathworks-mindfulness.com.au

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5:39 PM

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Working with Alex Ivetic a qualified Yoga Therapist to assist you in developing a greater sense of mental and physical well-being. You will learn and experience:Alex

• Specific breath awareness, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques and yoga postures that help bring about more calmness, steadiness, stillness and presence

• How to use your mind-body connection, as a key to your inner stability and well-being

• How to move, yet quieten the body and mind, both inwardly and outwardly

• How to integrate these techniques in your daily life with a more refined and skillful approach.

Course Dates: Sunday 16, 23, 30 October, 6, 13 November 
Time: 8am - 9am
Location: Yoga To Go Studio, 106-108 Crystal Street, Petersham
Cost: $150 for 5 weeks
Bookings required move@innersenseyoga.com.au. Bookings essential. Call Alex: 0414 638 680

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