Yoga Retreats with us!

Urban Retreat


Mon 11 March

Easter Retreat 

Hepburn Springs

19 - 22 April 2019

Sanctuary Retreat

Mission Beach QLD

8 - 14 June 2019

Bali Retreat


17 - 23 August 2019

India Retreat


12 - 25 October 2019

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FREE Yoga in the Park for adults & kids!

Free Yoga in the Park
Monday 28 January Public Holiday   9 - 10.30am
Burnley Park, Richmond. Under the shade.

All welcome. There will be 2 classes running side by side. Fiona will conduct a session especially for kids! Doggies are welcome too.

BYO Yoga mat or beach towel & morning tea picnic for afterwards.

In case of bad weather it will be cancelled.
In case of Melbourne weather text 0447 566 587 to check if it is going ahead.

Urban Retreat on Labour Day

urban retreat
Monday 11 March Public Holiday,   10am to 1pm

uplifting yoga + deep relaxation + a delicious vegetarian lunch

Bookings Essential t: 9427 0977

Cost: $40
Venue: Our Richmond centre


Full Moon Satsang


Friday 22 March, 6.30pm  

Satsang is a Sanskrit word meaning “in the company of truth”.  
Satsang is an opportunity to gather with like-minded people on the spiritual path to reflect, share and draw inspiration that we can apply in our daily lives. The evening includes talks that share insights and understandings on the yoga teachings, guided meditation and a shared vegetarian meal and chai.

The evening includes a vegetarian dinner so please RSVP by Thursday 21 February so we know how many to cook for. 
Phone 9427 0977   text: 0447 566 587    $10 donation      at our Richmond centre



RETREAT: Easter Long Weekend in Hepburn Springs 

Yoga in Daily Life Easter Yoga Retreat
Friday 19 - Monday 22 April 2019  (Friday Afternoon to Monday lunch.)

Escape the city and retreat to the big skies and rolling countryside. Taking advantage of this extra long weekend, it is Yoga in Daily Life's goal to offer a friendly, nourishing weekend, suitable for yogis with experience in the practices (not beginners) who are seeking a harmonious immersion (not boot camp). This unique and uplifting retreat offers a balanced schedule of yoga classes, guided pranayama & meditation, yoga nidra, afternoon workshops and ample free time.


The retreat package includes 3 nights accommodation, all delicious and freshly prepared vegetarian meals and a great yoga program!  Follow this > link for all the details & how to book in 




RETREAT: Awakening Peace Within Yoga & Meditation Retreat in FNQ

Yoga in Daily Life Winter Escape Retreat
8 - 14 June 2019  
Saturday afternoon to Friday morning
My favourite retreat & this will be our 4th visit ... 
We are fortunate again to have Swami Madhuram join us. We will be treated to his amazing knowledge and skills in “Nada Yoga”, the yoga of sound. It's very close to magical being in a yoga space surrounded by rainforest and inside the teacher is leading the meditation with his Bansuri flute, and chants that heighten the resonance of peace within and around us.

All this plus daily Yoga in Daily Life classes, guided meditation, yoga nidra, mini Nada Yoga workshops, inspiring talks and ample free time to relax or explore the lush and warm tropical surrounds, ensuring a balanced, nourishing and enriching experience awaits us at this retreat!
Follow this link to see all the details > here.

Celebrating the International Day of Yoga 2019

The 21st of June has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Yoga – and Yoga in Daily Life centres around the world are providing free yoga classes during the week, that everyone can experience the many benefits that yoga yields for the health and well-being of body, mind and soul; and to demonstrate how Yoga in Daily Life offers a clear pathway towards good health, deeper awareness, understanding, harmony and peace, for yourself and others. 



details coming soon!


1 month unlimited $90     |     3 months unlimited $260
Available for purchase for a limited time 19 - 25 June.
Valid for all casual classes on the Richmond timetable


RETREAT: Bali Yoga Retreat: Heart Centered Living

Yoga in Daily Life Retreat Bali
17 - 23 August 2019 Saturday afternoon to Friday morning
We invite you to join us on this blissful week away. With the warm, peaceful atmosphere and healing energies of Bali as our backdrop we will explore the wondrous practices and teachings of yoga. MM Swami Jasraj Puri is our guest yogi.

Our intention is to offer an immersion into yoga without the distractions of our regular life, the opportunity to explore your own practice more deeply, touching the wisdom of your heart.
This is balanced with ample free time to relax and do nothing or to explore the stunning tropical natural surrounds and vibrant culture of Ubud.
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RETREAT: NSW for New Year - Recharge, Relax & Rejoice

Thurs 27 Dec to Tues 1 Jan 2019

A retreat especially for this auspicious time of year to transition with focus and intention into 2019. 

Within the beautiful surrounds of the NSW Royal National Park & the Pristine South Coast Beaches this retreat is the perfect way to start the New Year and bring back that feeling of health, joy & clarity. Suitable for all levels of yoga experience.

Follow this > link for all the details.

End of Year Celebration

End of Year Celebration

Friday 14 December, 6.30 - 9pm 

As the calendar year draws to a close we are coming together to honour our yoga community and hope that you will be there!

This years celebration features:

    - live music

    - nada yoga | chanting

    - rituals for upliftment, reflection & gratitude

    - connection & giving

We'll finish with sharing a pot luck feast, so please bring a plate of vegan fare to share. RSVP by Thursday 13 December t: 9427 0977



Focus Class: Exploring Patajali's Yoga Sutras

Patanjali Yoga In Daily Life


Sat 17 Nov, 9 - 10.30am lead by Swami Gopal AND Sun 18 Nov 4 - 5.30pm lead by Leeann


In tune with the weekend retreat on the same topic these two classes, though quite independent in their own right, will be regular classes with some teachings from Patanjalis Yoga Sutras woven through them. Retreat participants have one of these classes included in the retreat fee. 


Patanjalis Yoga Sutra, widely regarded as the authoritative text on yoga, is a collection of aphorisms, outlining essential teachings of yoga. These "threads" (as sutra translates from Sanskrit) of wisdom offer guidelines for living a meaningful and purposeful life.


$20 per session or use your unlimited / discount class pass at Yoga in Daily Life Richmond



Satsang with Swami Jasraj Puri

Swami Jasraj Puri


Saturday 17 November, 6.30pm

All are welcome to this uplifting event to hear and imbibe teachings of yoga through illuminating discourse, songs & stories.

Donation: $10. Includes a vegetarian dinner & chai
Please let us know early if you will attending so we can cater accordingly  Phone 9427 0977.

Swami Jasraj Puri is a highly respected and very inspiring yogi, whose immersion in the yogic life in India for 20 years has contributed to his deep insight & experiences. With his western background we have the unique opportunity to learn from someone who can offer these valuable ancient teachings in a modern, relevant context and a clear, down to earth manner.



Joint Freedom: Level 3 Focus Class

Trikonasana V4


Saturday 20 October, 9 - 10.30am


This months focus will be on the neglected and often forgotten foundation of a safe yoga asana practice. Ideally, before beginning our daily yoga asana practice we should check in with our bodies. A foundation series (level 1) accomplishes this goal plus systematically warms up and loosens all joint movements. Each joint should move freely through its full range of motion without cracking, muscular stress and discomfort giving us the green light to commence our higher level of asana routine. The class will highlight links between Level 1 and a range of classical asanas in the next levels.


$20 or use your discount / unlimited class pass



Yoga Philosophy Weekend with Swami Jasraj Puri

Swami Jasraj Puri


16 - 18 November

Study of Patañjali Yoga Sūtras


Yoga is often understood to be series of postures and breathing exercises for nurturing health, balance and harmony in the body. However the treasures of Yoga span far beyond the physical. All authentic Yoga practices have at their heart a gradual quest towards understanding, and sublimating the mind. Eventually merging the individual self in meditation (samādhi). 


The Yoga Sutras, compiled by the Sage Patañjali, are the primary modern text of Yoga Philosophy. This ancient text is presented in short, often terse, 'sutras' or threads, which are unfolded by contemplation to reveal their wisdom. The Sūtras cover a broad range of topics regarding practice, the mind, the pitfalls of practice, aṣtānga yoga, meditation and enlightenment. 


Swami Jasraj Puri presents the Yoga Sūtras with mind to their importance in daily life. Infused with anecdotes and experiences of living more than 20 years as a monk in India, his down to earth style and practical examples make the Sūtras accessible to all. Each session of the retreat will include a discourse on a section of the Sūtras and a group meditation.


Mahamandaleshwar Swami Jasraj Puri was born in Sydney and graduated as a Physiotherapist from Sydney University. He started teaching Yoga in 1995 and, soon after, moved to India spending 20 years living in a Yoga in Daily Life Ashram, practicing and studying Yoga, Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit. Whilst there he managed a large Yoga retreat centre, taught meditation and yoga, founded a school and college for local students and lectured on Yoga Philosophy in countless programs throughout Northern India.

In 2010 he was given the honorary title of Mahamandaleshwar in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the highest title of the traditional Hindu spiritual order of monks. He was the first 'western Swami' to be accorded the title.


Fri 16 Nov 6.30 - 8pm    Sat 17 Nov 10.45am - 12.15pm  (break) 1.30 - 3pm    Sun 18 Nov 10.30am - 12noon (break) 1.30 - 3pm

Plus attend one of these regular classes Saturday 9 - 10.30am level 3 OR Sunday 4 - 5.30pm Level 1 and Yoga Nidra.

Non residential weekend retreat of 6 x 1.5 hour sessions  at Yoga in Daily Life Richmond  

Suitable for all seekers  $150  bookings required  e:  t: 9427 0977



Focus Class: Yoga for Longevity (vitality, anti-aging) 

Yoga in Daily Life


Saturday 29 September, 9 - 10.30am


Some say, many things can prolong life but only wisdom can save it.

This class will be focusing on few things from the many that have the innate potential of leading to wisdom.


At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond

Cost $20 or use your unlimited / discount class pass




Focus Class: Yoga for the Respiratory Tract

Yoga for the Respiratory Tract


Saturday 28 July, 9 - 10am


For health reasons the air we breathe day in & day out should not only be lungs-friendly (body temperature, moist, bereft of much atmospheric pollutants, free of harmful bacteria & viruses) but according to the yogis of yesteryears our nadis (ida & pingala) should also be kept fit / clean. Find out how in this class…


Cost: $20 or use your unlimited / discount class pass

At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond




Yoga 4 Dignity: Charity Class Supporting Homeless Women



Saturday 1 September, 10.45am - 12.15pm


Share the Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every YEAR for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. We fund funerals for victims of domestic violence and campaign for justice for women in Australia.


Your $20 donation when joining this class means you too can make a positive difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence. 

Register & pay > here



Focus Class: The Latent Potential in Dristhis

Yoga Workshop - Yoga in Daily Life
Saturday 25 August, 9- 10.30am >> on again for a 3rd time due to popular request!
Each yoga posture has a drishti, a point of gaze or focus, designed to direct our attention to the subtle aspect of our practice and ultimately to tune ourselves with the underlying principal of ONE-ness within surrounded by the ever changing finite world of multiplicity. 

In this workshop we will explore methods of gazing both externally and internally to enhance balance, stability, grace within the flowing movement of asanas as well as in the stillness of each individual asana. Open for yoga practitioners and teachers of any discipline.  

$20 or use your unlimited / discount class pass
Bookings recommended   At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond


Satsang & Kirtan with Swami Madhuram

Swami Madhuram Puri
Friday 8 June, 7 - 9pm
  A not to be missed evening of wisdom & chanting.


Through kirtan (chanting / singing mantras in call & response style) we can awaken divine inherent energies within us. Kirtan is uplifting. It takes us out of our heads and into our hearts. Kirtan is a yoga technique that helps to sublimate the emotions, enabling us to connect to a higher aspect of ourselves and to bring this aspect into our mundane lives quite easily. 

Starts with sharing a delicious vegetarian dinner & chai with yoga friends. 
Cost: $10 and bookings are essential for catering purposes. RSVP before Thursday 7 June t:9427 0977 
At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond

Focus Class: Yoga for the Nerves

Yoga in Daily Life


Saturday 30 June, 9 - 10.30am


The brain and its nerve pathways form an important system of the human being. 


This class will address some of the unique procedures in Yoga that helps the efficacy of the nervous system combating anxiety, nervous tension and depression.


At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond. Bookings Recommended.

Cost: $20 or use your discount / unlimited class pass



Focus Class: Inversions

headstand yoga in daily life melbourne


Saturday 26 May, 9 - 10.30am


Focusing on inversions and arm balances, this focus class teaches you all there is to know about turning your practice upside down such as mastering the preliminary practice to gain confidence, knowing & using your props wisely, the duration, precautions, contraindications and the benefits of this important group of asanas.


Cost $20 or use your discount / unlimited class pass. 

Bookings Recommended. At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond





Stay Strong All Winter Long: Yoga & Ayurveda Workshop

Yoga in Daily Life Workshop
Sunday 3 June, 9am to 12noon 
Join us in exploring ways of responding to winter with Yoga & Ayurveda.

This three hour workshop will commence with a 1.5 hour yoga and meditation session designed to manage kapha dosha and winter sluggishness, followed by healthy refreshments and a interactive workshop where you will explore Ayurvedic winter routines.

Cost: $57  |  BOOKINGS REQUIRED  | at Yoga in Daily Life Richmond
Follow this > link for all the info & to book in


Treating Imbalance: with calming introversion & stimulating extroversion.

Yoga in Daily Life Workshop


Saturday 28 April, 9 - 10.30am

A Focus Class for all Levels


Psychic rigidity dulls spontaneity and adversely affects the external personality. It translates itself via the brain and nervous system into the body creating physical stiffness. Correcting postural defects and neuromuscular imbalances of the vertebral column helps to remould and reshape the personality.


$20 or use your discount / unlimited class pass. Bookings recommended.

At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond



Mindfulness & Gut Health Ayurvedic Workshop

Healthy Gut Workshop
TBA, 3 - 6pm    |   $50

In this practical afternoon of yoga & ayurveda we will share the importance of and the benefits you will experience when your digestive fire (agni in Sanskrit) is operating at its optimum.
   * the reasons we need to nurture our agni (digestive fire) 
   * the role it plays in wellbeing & immunity & more
   * realistic tips & techniques on how you can support your agni on a daily basis

This workshop will offer a good foundation for maintaining your health throughout the year and leveraging other seasonal & health practices.  
more details & book in >>

Focus Class: Reclaiming your Core  

Saturday 24 March, 9am - 10.30pm  
Whether we spend days sitting at a desk job or car, or we are flexible with little strength, with a baby or young children, an athlete etc etc ... this workshop aims to show you ways how to counteract the unbalanced ways of modern life by carefully structured comprehensive strengthening and stretching exercises, that work together, creating strong, limber body and a focused mind.
You will learn
> what is, how to engage and work with your core.
> the signs of existing postural / muscle imbalances
> specific exercises for correcting them
Enjoy an improved posture, feel more aligned and together, breathe deeper, have a healthier blood circulation, greater energy, stamina and vigor as well as a friendly sociable frame of mind.
Suitable for all.  $20 or use your discount / unlimited class pass.   Bookings recommended.   At our Richmond centre.

Autumn Workshop: Living and Eating for the Season

Yoga in Daily Life
Sunday morning 18 March, 9am - 12noon  at Yoga in Daily Life Richmond

Presented by Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Niveen & Yoga in Daily Life Teacher Leanne.

Come along and join us with a relaxing chai and yummy refreshments to experience & explore:

    - A Yoga & meditation class aligned with some Ayurvedic principles to bring balance for the season

    - An introduction to Ayurveda and its core principles

    - How to cleanse in between seasons

    - How to prepare for Autumn

    - Discuss sample meal plans


Cost: $50 - includes refreshments & notes

For bookings email:  or 


RETREAT: Cup Long Weekend in the Yarra Valley

Yoga in Daily Life Spring Retreat
4 - 7 November 2017 Saturday 3pm to Tuesday after lunch

Our Spring Retreat has moved to Cup Weekend, giving an extra day for the opportunity to find some tranquillity and space among our busy lives.
The weekend schedules has been carefully designed for a balance between doing & being; programs & free time; challenges & nourishment. Take a digital detox, slow down a few notches & soak up the natural surroundings; breathe in the fresh country air, take some time for silence & time to connect with new friends.

$540 full   $480 concession  Follow this link for all the details > here

Yoga for Non Violence

In recognition of the International Day of Non Violence we are hosting a specially themed yoga class 
that will conclude with a short talk on integrating nonviolence into our daily life from a yogic perspective & supper.

Monday 2nd October, 7 - 8.45pm
All welcome but please register your interest for catering purposes.
Normal class price $20 full $12 concession or use your class pass

at Yoga in Daily Life Richmond

free PEACE meditation

Thursday 21 September, 6.30 - 7AM morning

It's the International Day of Peace.

Join us & others globally sending out vibes for world peace.

All welcome. Free event followed by chai.
Please register.  9427 0977 or
at Yoga in Daily Life, Richmond

September Spring Cleanse

September Spring-CleanseSpring a great time to consider doing a simple cleanse. 
Our program is a combination of resources to give you support doing a yoga and whole foods cleanse throughout all of September. This cleanse aims to rest and reset digestion and eliminate toxins for you to reap all the physical, mental and energetic benefits that come with it!   

It includes:
Unlimited yoga class pass for Richmond classes for all of September
Twice weekly emails &/OR via a specific Facebook group with supporting information such as
           > video tutorials of yogic cleansing techniques that you can incorporate into your routine
           > cleanse guidelines, suggestions of what to avoid and include, advice, info, tips & recipes

Spring Cleanse Yoga in Daily Life RichmondDiscount vouchers
           > $20 off 1 Ayurvedic consultation or treatment with Ananda Wellness in September & October
           > 10% off our Spring Retreat 4 - 7 November in the Yarra Valley
Connection with a awesome tribe also on the cleanse via Facebook conversations & in classes 
+ an opportunity to feel your best self!    

Cost $175    SIGN UP!
FAQs ... 
if you have a class pass for Richmond we will suspend it for the month during the cleanse.
> for  all of you Ivanhoe, Doncaster, Pascoe Vale, regional Victoria, interstate & international friends you can still join in for $80.

Basics of Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop

Yoga in Daily Life Workshop
Saturday 17 June, 2.30 - 5.30pm
An Ayurvedic diet is designed to bring balance to the body and mind. It centers on balancing the 6 tastes found in different food groups. We will explore some of the basics of an Ayurvedic diet and discuss key kitchen ingredients, spices, herbs and cooking methods.

In this 3 hour workshop you can expect to:
 - learn the key qualities & tastes of some everyday food groups and how you can use them
 - practice how to prepare an ayurvedic breakfast, lunch dinner & snack options
 - receive handouts of the recipes for all the meals that are practiced
 - discuss how to increase efficiency by making dishes that can be creatively used across meals
 - share these freshly prepared meals with a refreshing chai

Cost: $80.   Places are limited & bookings essential.   At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond.    
OR $140 for the workshop and a personal Ayurvedic consultation or 45 minute Ayurvedic massage (for anytime after 3 June)

Advanced Asana Focus Class

Yoga in Daily Life Advanced Asana ClassSaturday 8.30 - 10.30am  **contact us if you are interested to have this on again**
Join us for an exploration of exciting things that are one of the best medicines on this planet. 
We will:
   - break down some of the foundational arm balances & inversions
   - investigate how to appropriately work with where we are at
   - look at the necessary progressions for each of us individually moving forward
   - also learn how to safely bail if things go pear shaped as you learn to take risks

This class is appropriate for intermediate & advanced practitioners of all backgrounds. If you are new to our studio please call us first to discuss if this class is suitable for you. Or better still attend the 6pm Tuesday or 6pm Thursday casual class at Richmond first & talk to Gopal, the teacher about whats involved & if it will benefit you.

Small group therefore places are limited, so to book in e:  
Cost $25 or use your discount / unlimited class pass  At Yoga in Daily Life Richmond

Yogic Studies Course: Yoga and the Chakras

starts Tuesday 14 March, 7.30 - 9pm for 6 weeks

The purpose of the course is to recognize invisible forces creating physiological changes in us such as fear, guilt, shame, grief, lie, illusion and attachment. To see where and how they (may) manifest in the physical body could give us a chance to counterbalance their effects.

The course will provide practical instruction:
* on the physical level by treating symptoms or to prevent them arising with asasnas, bandhas and mudras
* on the mental level by working on our emotions we have held on to with kriyas and pranayama
* on the intellectual level by reviewing and revising our beliefs and thoughts about ourselves and life with contemplating on philosophical truths.

For all the yogi explorers! A comprehensive, practical and awakening experience open to all who wish to deeper their understanding of the science of yoga.

Cost: $150 plus an extra $20 if you'd like to purchase the recommended resource the 'Hidden Powers in Humans - Chakras & Kundalini' book (valued at $35)  Bookings required. At Yoga in Daily life Richmond

Focus Class: H A P P Y   H I P S

Yoga in Daily Life Workshop
Saturday 25 June   9 - 10.30am   $20
Does it feel like your hips will never open up or that you can't figure out how to be in more advanced poses? If so, this class is for you. Hips and lower backs are usually stiff for one of two reasons: either too much sitting or too much exercise. Either way, yoga can help as long as we're practicing with correct alignments.
This class will take you through a sequence which will help you learn how to undo years of stiffening patterns in your hips and lower back muscles. As a result your you will feel greater comfort and freedom in your activities and you will soon be doing poses you never thought were possible.

At our Richmond centre    Bookings Required 9427 0977

Finding Balance: Yoga & Meditation Workshop

   9am - 12noon   $40   Bookings required

How often can we honestly say that we feel 100 per cent? That our body, mind, intellect and soul are balanced and we have enough energy, resources and drive to realise our goals and live the life we want. If most people appreciate the idea that life is whatever we want it to be, why aren’t we all feeling fulfilled and wonderful? Sure there are challenges every step of the way but do they really prevent us from leading a satisfying life? While every individual is unique, there are some common themes that the majority of the population strives to incorporate into their life. This workshop offers you the opportunity to reconnect with the themes that are important to you, so you can get on track with the life you truly want.   Practice & Wisdom at our Richmond centre

Meditation Focus Class with Workshop taste

   9am - 10:30am   $20   bookings required  at Yoga in Daily Life Richmond
Yoga in Daily Life Meditation Workshop
A guided focus class with a workshop taste. It offers instructions in the view and practice of meditation. Instructions are given on working with the body / mind (thoughts, feelings and emotions) to find a more restful state where clarity and calm abides. You will learn the ABC of meditation step by step. Be guided on the way of lifting our minds from the present agitations and wasteful tendencies towards the greater goal of inner joy and fuller wisdom.

Learn the intelligent and fearless way of waking up to impermanence. Cultivate the attitude of the wise and go through life, both in joy and sorrow, in success and failure, in pain and pleasure with the constant awareness: “Even this will pass away”. Warning: It will ruin your life! It ruins the auto pilot Samsaric life by transforming it into a naturally more awake, balanced, healthy and happy existence. You will feel less stressed, your relationships become easier as emotions become clearer and less reactive. You will surely lose the freedom to be unhappy in a very natural human way. And best of all, who you really are shines through. So yes, your auto pilot life is ruined, but that’s not so terrible after all.

Inversions Workshop

Yoga in Daily Life WorkshopIt’s a New Year & here is an opportunity to get a New Perspective!
The workshop includes shoulder stand, headstand, forearm balance & handstand. Small group. Clear guidance. Focused practice.

Suited for people with a regular asana practice who already have some experience with shoulder and head stands. Bookings are Essential.
You will learn:
-          the techniques
-          tips for safe practice
-          some ideas to move from the physical to the deeper benefits

Workshop:  Mindful Menopause

   2 - 5pm   Bookings Essential   at our Richmond centre    t: 9427 0977
An informative workshop offering a wholistic approach for women transitioning from the reproductive to the wise woman years. 
Yoga in Daily Life Menopause Workshop
3 womens health professionals will together cover a range of topics including what the changes mean, symptoms and relief, nutrition, exercise, wellness and more. Includes afternoon tea & a gift bag.

Victoria - Nurse & founder of ‘Stabilise’
Discussing the changes to sexual health & intimacy, and offering practical solutions.
Andrea - Naturopath (BHSc)
Offering natural alternatives and lifestyle advice for a healthy, positive transition.
Gita - Yoga in Daily Life Teacher
An optimal balanced yoga practice to support & nourish you through this transformation.

includes afternoon tea & a gift bag with samples & vouchers


Yoga Workshop Series: The Roots of Modern Yoga

This workshop series offer an insight into how yoga might have been before the recent BIG yoga BANG based on the 15th Century Sanskrit manual, Hathayogapradipika, by Swami Svatmarama. A book of vital interest for mankind that shows the way to restoration of health, a much longer life (and may be even to "physical immortality"). Visiting the roots of Yoga will naturally raise the question of what it has become… it’s indeed a 3 part journey from the medieval Himalayan caves to the popular studios of the 21 Century’s modern globalised world. These workshops will convincingly show that yoga as we know it today does not flow directly from the Yoga Sutras or India’s hatha yoga traditions. Moreover, as some researchers say: "it has emerged out of a confluence of practices, movements and ideologies, ranging from contortionist acts in carnival sideshows, British Army gymnastics / calisthenics and modern ballet to social Darwinism, eugenics and the Indian Nationalist movement". Thus this ancient tradition was seemingly reinvented against the backdrop of India’s colonial experience making asana the principal facet of yoga practice (sadhana) while shedding many of the esoteric aspects and unconventional practices of the original hathayoga. Such evolutionary process is to be expected in living traditions—it can be healthy, may have some dangers, but so it is for all forms of knowledge. The content may change according to the pedagogical needs of the teacher as well as the audience but the essence must remain true to the roots otherwise it cannot be called Yoga any longer.

Part 1: Asanas and Diet

Saturday 9 April     9am - 12:15pm     $40     bookings required

In this session we will look at 15 asanas as they were described for yogis of the medieval era as tools to develop the ability to sit comfortably in one position for an extended length of time as is necessary during meditation. These specific body positions are to open the energy channels influencing the chakras. They are indeed tools to higher awareness providing stable foundation for the journey beyond the body-mind-intellect apparatus. Part of the process is to develop good physical health by stretching shortened muscles and ligaments, massaging the internal organs, have specific effect on the glands, to alter electrochemical activity in the nervous system and stimulating the flow of vitality (prana) in the energy channels (nadis). At the end of the session we will look at the food that was recommended for Yogis in order to keep their bodies toxin and tension free.

Part 2: Shatkarmas and Pranayamas

Saturday 16 April     9am - 12:15pm     $40   bookings required

Learn the Shatkarmas, the 6 purification techniques, to create harmony between the two major pranic flows, Ida and Pingala, also to balance the three Doshas in the body as Kapha-mucus, Pitta-bile and Vata-wind. These techniques are used before Pranayama and other higher yoga practices in order to purify the body of toxins and to ensure safe and successful progress on the spiritual path.
Pranayamas are various breath exercises that activate and regulate the vitality (prana) in order to go beyond the boundaries of limited ordinary life thus realizing the underlying higher states of vibrations and ultimately the expansive realm of pure consciousness. This session will teach you 8 different (balancing, meditative, cooling, and warming) breathing techniques.

Part 3: Mudras and Bandhas 

Saturday 30 April     9am - 12:15pm     $40     bookings required

Learn the Mudras, gestures. These are combinations of subtle physical movements that alter mood, attitude and perception to deepen awareness and concentration. They are to establish subtle, non-intellectual connections within certain areas of the brain which can snap the practitioner out of instinctive habit patterns and establish a more refined consciousness.
Bandhas are energy gates which aim to lock the life force (prana) in particular areas and redirect their fortified flow into the central energy channel (sushumna nadi) for the purpose of spiritual awakening. The practice of Bandhas results in purification of the psyche by the removal of mental blocks, the impurities of material living, which tie us down to Samsara.