Online and in-person Yoga classes from Monday 23rd November until 17th December 2020:
Monday 10am – 11am Zoom online only
Tuesday 9am – 10:30am, at the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights or join online
Tuesday 6pm – 7pm Zoom online only
Wednesday 9am -10am Seniors Yoga class, at the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights or join online
Wednesday 4pm -5pm Zoom online only
Thursday 6am -7am early bird session Zoom online only
Thursday 5pm – 6pm Seniors Yoga class, at the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights or join online
Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm ,at the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights or join online
first trial class: free
drop-in class $15.00
5-class pass $70.00
10-class pass $120.00
Cost for Senior Classes
first class: free
single class $10.00
Please contact me by email, phone or text, if you have any questions. Or would like to join any of the above Yoga classes, online or at the Scout Hall. Even if it’s your first try at Yoga ever, or the first time in a looooong time.
I look forward to seeing you all before the end of 2020. Maria Prema
Due to the current new Coronavirus outbreak and situation in our Area, there is now a delay with some in-person Yoga classes back at the Scout Halls.
Tuesday 9am, has resumed at the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights last month. We had three classes so far, and everything went well, so this will continue. Over the past weeks, we were always around 8 – 10 Yogis. No need to book if you like to join this class.
Tuesday evening class 6pm – 7:30pm at the Scout Hall in Cameron Park, Easton Street, Booval will resume on 4th August 2020 (as announced last month). Please book for this class, if it is your first time ever joining this class. Thank You !!
The other Yoga classes, Seniors on Wednesday morning and Thursday classes will resume by the end of August / early September 2020.
It’s already two months since I teach the Yoga classes online via Zoom. 6 hatha yoga classes and 2 seniors classes per week, Monday to Thursday. Everybody participating so far is happy to practice in the comfort of their own home. We have people joining from Ipswich, Brisbane, Melbourne, Tasmania and overseas. Even though with restrictions easing, but the Winter weeks and short days approaching, I intend to continue all classes online only until end of July 2020.
If you didn’t have a chance to join us online yet, but would like to give it a try, please contact me. I can help you setting it up, and give you all the information for payment and log-in details.
The weekly schedule for the Zoom online Yoga classes is as follows, all the classes are 1 hour (60 minutes):
Monday 10am Hatha Yoga class
Tuesday 9am Hatha Yoga class
Tuesday 6pm Hatha Yoga class
Wednesday 9am Seniors Yoga class
Wednesday 4pm Hatha Yoga class
Thursday 6am Hatha Yoga class – early bird session
Besides being a busy time of the year with Christmas and end of 2019 approaching fast, we are all affected by the current bush fires in our wider area and all over Australia. The smoke haze, bad & dry air, the lack of rain puts extra stress on all of us and our bodies.
So it’s even more important to practice some yoga, meditation, conscious relaxation and deep breathing. Even a class or two over the next few weeks is helpful.
Below is the current timetable until Friday 20th of December 2019.
Cameron Park, Scout Hall, Easton Street, Booval:
Tuesday, 6:00pm–7:30pm (last class 17/11/19)
Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights:
Tuesday, 9am – 10:30am (last class 17/11/19)
Thursday, 6:30pm – 8pm (last class 19/12/19)
Senior Yoga classes at the Raceview Scout Hall, Eastern Heights:
When I was a skinny kid I, like many other youths, used
to love doing cartwheels and handstand all over the house and out in the back
yard. I found doing them gave me a feeling of exhilaration. Fast forward some
40 years and I now weigh in at 97 kilograms. I gave up smoking seven years ago
and took up yoga three years ago under the guidance of Maria Steiner (Prema) at
Hatha Yoga Ipswich.
One of the first things Maria told me was not to compare
myself to others as I struggled to do the Asanas and found meditation difficult
to say the least. Maria delights in helping people achieve their goals and is
hearty in her approbation. She was excited when I managed to do the full wheel
pose, which I hadn’t done since attending the Y.M.C.A. where it was called a
bridge. It dawned on me that I could improve with effort and that many new
poses were attainable. I do yoga to help me become physically, emotionally and
I was given positive reinforcement for each new Asana I
did. Maria is always looking to promote students to do their best and take on
new challenges. She uses humour to keep the class cheerful and optimistic
whilst remaining on the task at hand. I am slowly learning to meditate to
create a calm and resilient disposition. I have also found that my blood
pressure, since commencing yoga, has come down from high to high/normal. My
G.P. is impressed.
One day, a few weeks ago, Maria suggested that I try a
handstand against the wall. I think I am too old and too heavy was my response.
Maria advised me that age and weight are simply numbers and that if I had done
a handstand in the past perhaps, like the wheel, I could do it again. So I
tried. I placed my hands about 15 cm from the wall and positioned my feet as if
ready to run. Kick up two three, fall back two three. Kick up two three, fall
back two three. Kick up two three, fall back two three. Fail.
I then turned my back to the wall and slowly inched up
with my feet until my weight was almost fully on my arms and hands. I could
only step half way up the wall. Before I go on, let’s look at the health
benefits of doing a handstand. According to Google; “ As with all inversions, you get a sense of immediate clarity in your
mind when you bring yourself upside down, delivering fresh, oxygenated blood to
the brain and alleviating stress, anxiety and depression.”
These results were definitely worth striving for, especially as I am inclined to anxiety and depression. So I persisted. A week passed and at the next class I tried again, first with my back to the wall and then facing. Kick up two three, fall back two three. Kick up two three, fall back two three. Kick up two three and then, by gosh, my feet found the wall. I pointed my toes and straightened my posture. I was still heavy, but I was upside down and feeling fine. My body had remembered all those handstands of my youth.
I will mention here that it is important to warm up and
stretch before attempting a handstand, especially by doing the dolphin. As with
a headstand one should follow the Asana with child’s pose to avoid dizziness.
Maria said, good work John and my satisfaction was
immense. That is how I got my handstand back. Now I practice the handstand
twice at classes each week and nearly every day at home. It is a joy to be
coordinated, flexible, stable and strong. Now I have a new Asana in my
Our bodies were designed to move and exercise and yes, go
upside down. Good health makes one feel youthful and more able to cope with
stress and various life challenges. Everyone seeks praise and positive
reinforcement. Doing yoga with a competent instructor like Maria is a good way
to inoculate oneself against these stresses and strains.
Our bodies strive to be healthy and yoga, including
meditation is a good way to ward off and avoid toxic, unhealthy habits. With
every handstand I do I feel stronger and more balanced. I have also regained
that feeling of exhilaration I felt as a skinny kid. It is a wonderful way to
be in the moment and focus the mind.
I hope my story inspires you to do something healthy,
that you haven’t done for years. Or even, if you have not already, take up yoga
Namaste. John Carmichael 27/8/2019.
Following are Photos taken in the Yoga Class on Tuesday 27/8/19. John Carmichael in Handstand and Wheel.
Handwritten Testimonial Essay by John Carmichael:
Thank You very much John for your heartfelt feedback, and allowing me to share your story. May it inspire many others on their life- and yoga path. Namaste, Maria Prema .
#Yoga4dignity 2019 is happening Australia wide on Saturday 31st of August.
Every day, 48,000 Australian women face another night with nowhere to call home. Imagine the difference we could make to the lives of these women if 48,000 people came together in a nationwide show of solidarity?
Once again yoga instructors across the country donate their time to teach a yoga class on Saturday August 31 to help raise funds and awareness of the issues faced by women and girls experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and period poverty, in what will be the biggest joint yoga class ever seen in Australia!
I’m teaching the #Yoga4dignity class on Saturday 31/08/19 at 9am – 10am, class location is the Scout Hall in Cameron Park, Easton Street, Booval.
This is the third consecutive year I donate my time to teach this special yoga class, and the Scout Hall offers us the Hall for free. I don’t have to pay any hall hire.
Thank you very much for buying your ticket for the cost of $20 to participate in the #yoga4dignity class, supporting women in need of a safe shelter.
#Yoga4Dignity is a simple and fun way to make a real difference to the lives of women and girls in Australia experiencing period poverty.
Your registration fee for #Yoga4Dignity helps us to ensure that these women and girls will have access to the items they need, when they need them, like the young girls at a Brisbane therapeutic school who were in tears at receiving handbags filled with sanitary items and luxury items recently. “On that incredible day,” said school staff, “I saw one young woman walk out our front gates, with her head held a little bit higher,”. This is why we do what we do, and why we are so grateful for your support.
Following some photos from the previous years, some of you have been part of it each time. Thank You !!
Only a few more weeks until our Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Coolum Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, at the Luther Heights Youth Camp.
We still have spaces available in our small, focused group. If you feel inspired and called to immerse yourself into a weekend of traditional Hatha Yoga and Meditation, don’t hesitate to contact me for detailed information and to book.
phone or text: 0423 477 725
Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat Friday 16th – Sunday 18th of August 2019 at Luther Heights Youth Camp, in Coolum Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Experience, learn & practice traditional Hatha – Yoga, Meditation, Rituals and Kirtan (Mantra chanting).
Simple, basic, clean accommodation and amenities.
Delicious, vegetarian meals, that might inspire to try new recipes at home.
Spectacular ocean views, observing the sunrise.
Walks along the beach, or buswalk at Mount Coolum. If we are lucky we spot some migrating whales in the distance.
Release – Relax – Recharge.
Letting go of the Winter blues, to be ready for Spring.
The topic of the weekend retreat is based on the five points of Yoga, as taught by Swami Vishnu-Devananda:
1) Proper Exercise (Asana) Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
2) Proper Breathing (Pranayama) Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
3)Proper Relaxation (Savasana) By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his/her nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
4)Proper Diet (Vegetarian) A lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
5) Positive Thinking and Meditation(Dhyana) Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.
During the weekend we practice these five points of yoga.
The retreat is suitable for beginners to learn about the basics of yoga and for more advanced yoga students to deepen their practice.
The cost for the weekend is $420.- Included in this price are the complete yoga program, accommodation (Please bring your own linen) and vegetarian meals. A non-refundable deposit of $120 .- is required to reserve your space. The final payment is due one week before the Retreat.