Yoga classes May 2022

After a rather bumpy month of April… I hope the month of May and beyond will be more calm and consistent, with the morning classes at the Raceview Scout Hall and evening classes at the Scout Hall in Cameron Park.

The current locations, days and times are:

Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights 

Tuesday  9am – 10:30am

Cameron Park, Scout Hall, Easton Street, Booval

Tuesday  6pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday  5pm – 6:30pm

Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights  

Seniors Yoga classes **) open for everyone, easier 1 hour classes

Wednesday  9am – 10am 

Thursday     10am – 11am

All these classes can be joined online via Zoom.

Please feel free to contact me for any questions. Thank you!! Maria Prema, OM OM OM

Phone/text: 0423 477 725, email: HathaYogaIpswich@gmail.com

Evening Yoga Classes as of April 2022

As of April 2022 the afternoon/evening Hatha Yoga classes are at the Scout Hall in Cameron Park, Easton Street, Booval.

  • Tuesday 6pm – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 5pm – 6:30pm

These classes are 90 minutes, we practice the basic “Sivananda-Yoga” class: breathing exercises, sun salutations, Yoga postures & exercises, guided final relaxation.

The classes are open to all levels.

Yoga classes at the Scout Hall in Cameron Park, current as of April 2022.

New Yoga Class starting Wednesday 10th March 2021

New Hatha Yoga Class starting on Wednesday 10th of March 2021.

5pm – 6:30pm

at the Silkstone Scout Hall, 14 Cambridge Street, Silkstone 4304.

 Cost  

  • first trial class: free
  • drop-in class $15.00
  • 5-class pass (valid for 2 months) $70.00
  • 10-class pass (valid for 4 months) $120.00
Silkstone Scout Hall, 14 Cambridge Street, Silkstone 4304.

Four more weeks of Yoga in 2020

My spot for morning Sun Salutation on our recent holiday, overlooking Shark Bay, Evans Head, NSW. November 2020

Let’s finish 2020 with some good Yoga practice.

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

Cost  

  • 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
  • 10-class-pass  $80.00

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

Maria Steiner (Prema), February 2020, Photo Session in Cameron Park, Booval with Amanda Rossow.

August 2020 Yoga class info

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.

Please contact me if you have any questions. https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/contact/

Photo Session, February 2020

Back in February 2020, I had a beautiful morning with Amanda Rossow Photography. For a photo session in Cameron Park in Booval.

It just took me 2 months to finally post some of these photos. Last but not least, have a browse through the album.

More photos to follow in upcoming posts, here on the website in different sections and newsletters. Thank You Amanda !!

Online Yoga Classes June 2020

My home yoga space and set-up for online classes.

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

Thursday 5pm Seniors Yoga class

Thursday 7pm Hatha Yoga Class

https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/online-yoga-classes/

Looking forward to welcome and seeing you online soon, Maria Prema

Maria Steiner, February 2020, Photo by Amanda Rossow Photography.

Yoga classes for the remainder of 2019

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:

Wednesday, 9am – 10am (last class 18/12/19)

Thursday, 5pm – 6pm (last class 19/12/19)

See Website for details: https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/classes-cost/

Friday Hatha Yoga Classes and Satsang Meditation, at our home in Silkstone:

Friday 22nd of November and Friday 20th of December 2019

See Website for details: https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/satsang/

Frangipiani thriving in drought conditions.
Despite the drought and lack of rain, our Frangipiani is thriving. November 2019

How I Got My Handstand Back

Handwritten Testimonial Essay by John Carmichael 27/8/2019.

How I got my handstand back

(A Testimonial by John Carmichael)

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 psychologically healthy.

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 repertoire.

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 and/or meditation.

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 .

My September Hiatus

I’m on holidays from September 2nd – September 27th 2019, therefore no Yoga classes with me all of September.

I’ll be back on Tuesday 1st of October 2019, and ready for the new warm Season.

No Yoga Classes at the Scout Hall all of September 2019.

Silvia will teach and cover the Yoga class on Wednesday evening 6:30pm – 8pm, at the PCYC Ipswich.

Silvia also teaches a weekly, morning class at the PCYC. Every Thursday 9:30am – 10:30am.

For cost, terms & conditions, please check the PCYC Website https://www.pcyc.org.au/clubs/pcyc-ipswich/

Or phone the office at 3281 2547. The PCYC Ipswich offers a good variety of fitness classes such as Pilates, Silver Sneakers, etc. and has a 24/7 Gym.

Silvia teaches also a free Yoga class on Monday 6pm – 7pm, at the Croquet Hall in Queens Park. During School terms. This class is free, and part of the Ipswich Council Active Parks Program. You find many other free classes and activities here: https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/residents/healthy_lifestyle/active-parks-program

I prepared a sound file for you, with the Sun Salutations (surya namaskar). It’s about 8 minutes long, a good morning practice. You can listen here and/or download it:

Enjoy your practice. Namaste

Sun Salutation at Retreat August 2019, sunrise practice.