Yoga To Go Studio
6:34 PM

Beginners Yoga – Home Practice

Getting a regular home yoga practice going is not easy. Yet it’s one of the best ways to develop and grow your practice and understanding of yoga.

There are distractions, chores to be done and social media to scroll through. Then you have to work out which poses you should do – which can be daunting if you’re not a yoga teacher or regularly putting together class sequences.

Three quick home practice tips:

•             A short practice is better than no practice – don’t worry if you only have 20 minutes, its all about quality not quantity!

•             Listen to what your body and mind needs – a restorative practice including forward bends and inversions is great after a busy day, while a backbend practice might help lift your energy when your energy is low.

•             Happy inversions - Sirsasana (headstand) is stimulating and heating and should be followed by a soothing and cooling Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). While shoulder stand can be safely practiced on it’s own, Headstand should always be followed by shoulder stand.

To help kick start your home practice, we’ve also asked our teachers to put together suitable sequences – like this Beginners Yoga practice from Sarah:
                                               beginner sequence
Download the PDF version here and stay tuned for more home practice sequences coming soon!

Don’t forget to send us your home practice questions, tips and photos – email,au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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.

5:13 PM

Yoga for Emotional Stability

Emotianal StabilityThe physical health benefits of yoga, like increased strength, flexibility and balance have long been known and accepted. However, in recent years scientists and researchers have also begun looking at the affect that yoga can have on our mental and emotional health.  

Their studies have since shown that yoga is also helpful in managing stress, anxiety and improving overall mood. Yoga is now even being used in prisons and to help people suffering from PTSD to recover and manage symptoms.

Unfortunately, stress is an unavoidable part of modern day life, and we may never be able to completely eliminate it. So making sure that we get enough quiet time to truly rest and relax has never been more needed!

In his book Light on Life, BKS Iyengar explains that in yoga, “our aim is to be able to deal with stress as and when it arises, and not to imprint and accumulate it in the body’s various systems.” (Page 62)

He goes on to say, “because of this fast life, we are neglecting the body and the mind. The body and the mind are beginning to pull each other in opposite directing, dissipating our energy. We do not know how to recharge our batteries of energy. As a result, we become careless and callous.” (Page 62)

“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” (Page 9)

A restorative Iyengar yoga practice is a great way to calm the mind and nervous system, and manage stress and emotional disturbances. A restorative yoga sequence usually involves fewer poses that are fully supported by props to allow students of all levels and abilities to rest comfortably for longer periods of time – about 5 minutes or more. This allows the body and mind to settle, soften and become quiet.

Join our NEW 6-week Rest and Restore course starting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 12 April or simply drop in to these weekly classes when you can and experience the soothing benefits of a restorative yoga practice for yourself.

If you’d like to try a restorative practice at home, download BKS Iyengar’s Asanas for Emotional Stability sequence HERE and send us any of your restorative yoga questions, tips and photos. Email or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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.

5:43 PM

Autumn Equinox Sound Healing

Celebrate the transition of equal day and night when you can harvest your successes, clear the space and come to ground.  Preparing you for a period of reflection and restoration before planting the seeds of your future.

Gong Autumn EquinoxBathe in the sublime sounds of bronze gongs and singing bowls as you experience deeply restorative relaxation, recalibrating your nervous system, relieving tension, refreshing your mind.

Being submerged in an ocean of sound allows healing to occur at a deep level. The sonic vibrations of these ancient instruments of sound help to clear negativity and old habits leaving you open for new ideas to emerge.

Please bring a light shawl to cover yourself during deep relaxation and water to drink ~ whatever you need to be completely comfortable

GONG BATH Autumn Equinox Sound Healing
at Yoga To Go Studio in Petersham
Sunday 19 March
$25 purchased in advance
$30 at the door

Christine 0410 289 519

5:37 PM

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

Join qualified yoga therapist Alex Ivetic over a one-day workshop as she delves into yogic techniques for optimum mental and physical Well-being.

• Discover why the mind-body connection is the key to inner happiness and stability
• Experience breathing, mindfulness and relaxation techniques that build awareness, steadiness and stillness
• Engage in therapeutic yoga postures that will help you release stress, feel calm and grounded
• A tool-kit of skills that can be used when needed in daily life that is sustainable And transformative

Course date: Sunday 2 April 2017
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Yoga to Go. 106-108 Crystal Street, Petersham
Cost: $285

Your booking is essential. Call for more info.
RSVP Alex 0414 638 680

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

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 or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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

Guruji’s Urdhva Dhanurasana - 53 seconds
Bobby Clennell - Urdhva Dhanurasana over a chair - 1.11 minutes
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.

4:47 PM

Sound Therapy Participant Research


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