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Yoga is back for 2019

11 Jan Yoga with Maria in Ipswich QLD

Grab your Yoga mat. All Yoga classes with Maria resume on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

(No unforeseen interruption to weekly class schedule until Easter mid April 2019).

Hatha Yoga with Maria Steiner
Hatha Yoga with Maria Steiner

Weekly Yoga class schedule:

Cameron Park, Scout Hall, Easton Street, Booval

  • Tuesdays, 6:00pm–7:30pm (90 minutes Hatha Yoga class)

Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights

  • Tuesdays, 9:00am – 10:30am (90 minutes Hatha Yoga class)
  • Wednesdays 9:00am – 10:00am  (Seniors Yoga class) 
  • Thursdays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm   (Seniors yoga class – new class)
  • Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  (new time – 90 minutes Hatha Yoga class)

 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

Cost for Senior Classes  (Wednesday 9am – 10am + Thursday 5pm – 6pm)

  • first class: free
  • single class  $10.00
  • 10-class-pass  $80.00

Plus every Wednesday night 6:30pm – 8pm. I teach the yoga class at the PCYC Ipswich. Now since 10 years.

Please phone, email or message me, if you have any questions. All of the above Yoga sessions are suitable for beginners.

Looking forward to welcome you on the yoga mat in 2019!!

Dharana & Dhyana – concentration & meditation

11 Jan My Altar January 2019

Based on the “Five Points of Yoga” as outlined by Swami Vishnu-Devananda-ji.+

5. Meditation (Dhyana) and positive thinking

Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practising the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

Meditation is a natural state of consciousness that isn’t learned, any more that you learn to sleep. It just happens. When the mind becomes one-pointed and steady, it will naturally go beyond the normal mundane awareness into the state referred to as meditation.

Before meditation, practice concentration, one – pointed thinking. Then this practice will lead to a meditative state of the mind. Train the mind in a variety of ways in concentration in the beginning. Sit in a quiet place, or in nature focus on your breath. Inhale – Exhale …… mentally repeating a Mantra “OM” or “Soham”. Concentrate on any concrete image: a flower, a candle, the blue sky. Concentrate within on one of the Chakras.

In meditation do not strain the eyes. Do not strain the brain. Do not struggle or wrestle with the mind. Relax. Observe the thoughts like a cloud passing by. Gently allow the divine thoughts flow.

Meditation practice – Concentration on a flower.

Through regular meditation, the mind becomes clear and the motives pure. The subconscious mind release hidden knowledge that allows a better understanding of oneself and our relationship to the world. the limited personality slowly dissolves into an expanded consciousness. Ultimately, the super-conscious or intuitive forces are released, leading to a life of wisdom and peace.

Swami Vishnu-Devananda

Sunrise Meditation in nature – yoga weekend retreat September 2018.

November Break

15 Nov raod trip

I’m on an early Summer Holiday (before the silly Season starts).

NO Yoga classes from 19th November until 30 November 2018.

The yoga class at the PCYC Ipswich on Wednesday 6:30pm – 8pm, 21/11/18 + 28/11/18, will be taken by Silvia.

In December we have all the Hatha Yoga classes, as per new schedule,  from Tuesday 4th December until/including Thursday 20th December 2018.

 

I’m off on a road trip. 
We are on a road trip. 

Change to Thursday Yoga Classes

24 Sep Yoga Class at the Raceview Scout Hall with Maria Steiner.

As of Thursday 18th October 2018, 

Thursday class schedule / timetable as follows:

These Yoga classes are at the

Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights, 

Yoga Class at the Raceview Scout Hall with Maria Steiner.

Yoga Classes at the Raceview Scout Hall with Maria Steiner.

5pm – 6pm Senior Yoga class (new class), cost $10.-

this class is suitable for everyone who likes or needs an easier and shorter yoga class, this class is one hour. For the breathing and other exercises we sit on the chair, instead of floor. We do standing up exercises and on the yogmat or continue on the chair. In general we do not practice the Sun Salutation in this class.

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Standing spinal twist, my mother Pia Steiner, November 2015.

 

6:30pm – 8pm Hatha Yoga Class (new time), cost $15.- or yoga class pass

our usual 90 minutes hatha yoga class, breathing exercises (pranayama), sun salutation, 12 basic postures, final relaxation.

 

Hatha Yoga class with Maria Steiner at Raceview Scout Hall, Eastern Heights, Ipswich, QLD.

Hatha Yoga class with Maria Steiner at Raceview Scout Hall, Eastern Heights, Ipswich, QLD.

 

# Yoga 4 Dignity, 1st September 2018

16 Aug

#Yoga4dignity will bring thousands of women & men from Australia together to Share the Dignity whilst at the same time opening our hearts and touching our toes. In Australia we have 48,000 homeless women and it is our GOAL this year to have the same number practicing YOGA in your hometown as we share #Yoga4dignity.

Purchasing this ticket enables you to be part of this amazing event.

 

The cost is $20 and you donate directly to https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/

I donate my time to teach this class, and the Scouts are donating the use of the Hall on this Saturday, I don’t have to pay any hall hire cost.

The class I’m teaching will be at the

SCOUT HALL in Cameron Park, Easton Street, Booval 4304

Saturday 01/09/18   9am – 10:30am

All proceeds go directly to #SharetheDignity, I don’t handle any money. Please buy your tickets here:

https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/shop/yoga4dignity-y009-booval/

This is the second year of #Yoga4Dignity. Last year we had a sold out class of nearly 30 Participants and Yogis, at the Scout Hall, Booval. Let’s see if we can do this again.

Thank you for helping to Share the Dignity.

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#Yoga4Dignity sold out class 2nd September 2017. Let’s do it again in 2018.

 

Nice article in the local paper QT Ipswich to help promote #Yoga4Dignity #ShareTheDignity

https://www.qt.com.au/news/be-a-part-of-australias-biggest-simultaneous-yoga-/3501078/#/0

 

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September 2018 Yoga Weekend

16 Aug

via Retreat

I have a few last minute spaces available, if you would like to join our Yoga & Meditation Weekend.

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th of September 2018.

The cost for the weekend retreat is $420 including, Yoga & Meditation program, accommodation, meals. 

If you are short on time you can join us for one day only Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th of September 2018, at the cost of $300.-

All bookings need to be confirmed and paid by 30/8/18.

Please, don’t hesitate to contact me for any questions and discuss details.

Looking forward to begin Spring in Queensland with a Yoga Weekend: release – relax – recharge.

OM Shantih – OM Peace, Prema Maria

 

 

 

 

 

my annual leave, mid-May to mid-June 2018

10 May

It’s almost time for my yearly trip to Switzerland, to catch-up with my family & friends back home.

I’m away from Monday 21st of May until Friday 15th of June 2018. 

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Im schoene Baselbiet, April 2017

While I’m away, Ken will teach one class per week at the

Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights. 

Thursdays 24/5, 31/5, 7/6 and 14/6 from 5pm – 6:30pm, Cost: by donation.

Or you can join Ken in his weekly yoga class in Haigslea, every Tuesday 5pm – 6:30pm.  https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/2018/04/09/yoga-class-in-haigslea-qld/

The weekly Yoga class at the PCYC Ipswich is continuing as well. Silvia will teach this class, Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8pm. Please contact the PCYC Ipswich for cost and terms.  http://www.pcyc.org.au/ipswich/

Silvia teaches Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga. 

 

Photos from April 2017 in Switzerland

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Arboldswil, April 2017

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Spring in Switzerland, April 2017

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Canton Baselland, Switzerland, April 2017

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Schloss Wildenstein and Happy Cows, April 2017

Yoga class in Haigslea, QLD

9 Apr Svadharma Yoga - Yoga with Ken

Since two months Ken teaches a weekly yoga class in Haigslea at the Chuch Hall on a Tuesday  evening 5pm – 6:30pm

Last year Ken completed the Yoga teachers training course and studies at VIMI Yoga with Celia Roberts.

Svadharma Yoga - Yoga with Ken

Svadharma Yoga – Yoga with Ken

Svadharma Yoga

YOGA (In the Viniyoga tradition)

Where ?: Haigslea Uniting Church Hall, 765 Thagoona-Haigslea Road, Haigslea Qld 4306 (opposite Haigslea State Primary School)

When ?: Tuesday evenings – 5pm to 6:30pm – Commencing 6/2/18

How much does it cost ?: Attendance is by donation (you contribute what it’s worth to you to participate) There is no set fee.

What do I bring ?: Essential items – yoga mat, yoga block and water bottle. Optional items – yoga strap, yoga bolster or firm cushion.

Who’s the teacher ?: Your teacher will be Ken Oldham. Ken studied with the Yoga and Integrative Medicine Institute and is a 350 hour, level 1 yoga teacher accredited through Yoga Australia.

What do I do next ?: Just turn up 10-15 minutes before the start time (no booking necessary).

FAQ
Question: I’m not very flexible, can I still do yoga?
Answer: Absolutely… flexibility comes with practice, and the asanas (yoga poses) can be adapted to suit your current body condition (asana modification is a fundamental concept of Viniyoga).

Question: Isn’t yoga just for girls?
Answer: No way! Yoga is for EVERYBODY… any age (8 to 80 and beyond), any physical shape, any fitness level, and definitely not gender specific. As a matter of fact some very elite, high level football teams practice yoga as part of their regular fitness programmes.

 

3 daily healthy habits

5 Mar I start my day with lemon or lime water.

A few weeks ago, in one of the yoga classes, I talked about daily healthy habits. We narrowed it down to three. Here a short summary for everyone:

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I start my day with lemon or lime water. Presently I have fresh limes from my garden. 

 

  1.  Drink plenty of water 2 – 3 litres per day.

  2.  Stretch and move daily. This can be yoga, walking, swimming, running, cycling, fitness class, dancing, a few rounds of Sun Salutations. etc.  Any kind of movement and stretching you like and you will do. It does not have to be long, 15 minutes daily is good. 

  3. Breathing exercises. Focusing on deep abdominal breathing, taking time out throughout the day to make time for some conscious breathing. This can even lead to a short meditation. 

 

Stretch daily - sun salutation

Stretch daily

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breathing exercises

going into stillness and silence

daily meditation

Start with small, steady steps and keep it up.

I wish you a good, happy, daily practice.

Prema Maria xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Savasana – proper relaxation 

12 Dec

Based on the “Five Points of Yoga” as outlined by Swami Vishnu-Devananda-ji.+

3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)

Long before the invention of cars, planes, telephones, computers, social media, freeways and other modern triggers of stress, the Rishis (sages or seers) and Yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation. As a matter of fact, many modern stress-management and relaxation methods borrow heavily from this tradition. By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his/her nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.

When the body and the mind are constantly overworked, their natural efficiency to perform work diminishes. Modern social life, food, work and even the so-called entertainment, make it difficult for modern people to relax. Many have even forgotten that rest and relaxation are nature’s way of recharging. Even while trying to rest, the average person expends a lot of physical and mental energy through tension. Much of the body’s energy is wasted uselessly.

More of our energy is spent in keeping the muscles in continual readiness for work than in the actual useful work done. In order to regulate and balance the work of the body and mind, it is best to learn to economize the energy produced by our body. This may be done by learning to relax.

It may be remembered that in the course of one day, our body usually produce all the substances and energy necessary for the next day. But it often happens that all these substances and energy may be consumed within a few minutes by bad moods, anger, injury or intense irritation. The process of eruption and repression of violent emotions often grows into a regular habit. The result is disastrous, not only for the body, but also for the mind.

During complete relaxation, there is practically no energy or “Prana” being consumed, although a little is keeping the body in normal condition while the remaining portion is being stored and conserved.

In order to achieve perfect relaxation, three methods are used by yogis: “Physical”, “Mental”, and “Spiritual” relaxation. Relaxation is not complete until the person reaches that stage of spiritual relaxation.

1 – PHYSICAL RELAXATION

We know that every action is the result of thought. Thoughts take form in action, the body reaching to the thought. Just as the mind may send a message to the muscles ordering them to contract, the mind may also send another message to bring the relaxation to the tired muscles.

Physical relaxation first begins with the toes and then moves upward. The autosuggestion passes through the muscles and reaches the eyes and ears at the top. Then, slowly, messages are sent to the kidneys, liver and the other internal organs. This relaxation position is known as Savasana, or the Corpse Pose.

2 – MENTAL RELAXATION

When experiencing mental tension, it is advisable to breathe slowly and rhythmically for a few minutes. Soon the mind will become calm. You may experience a kind of floating sensation.

3 – SPIRITUAL RELAXATION

However one may try to relax the mind, all tensions and worries cannot be completely removed until one reaches spiritual relaxation.

As long as a person identifies with the body and the mind, there will be worries, sorrows, anxieties, fear and anger. These emotions, in turn bring tension. Yogis know that unless a person can withdraw from the body/mind idea and separate himself from the ego-consciousness, there is no way of obtaining complete relaxation.

The yogi identifies himself with the all pervading, all-powerful, all-peaceful and joyful self, or pure consciousness within. He knows that the source of all power, knowledge, peace and strength is in the self, not in the body. We tune to this by asserting the real nature, that is “I am that pure consciousness or self”. This identification with the self completes the process of relaxation.

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Savasana – corpse pose – classic yoga relaxation posture.

 

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Relaxation lying on the abdomen.

 

“The practice of relaxing the muscles of the body will bring rest to the body and to the mind also. The tension of the muscles will be relieved. People who know the science of relaxation do not waste any energy. They can meditate well. Take a few deep breaths and then lie down flat on your back as in Savasana. Roll on to one side and then relax as thoroughly as you can do. Do not strain the muscles. Roll on the other side and relax. This is naturally done by all during sleep. There are various exercises in relaxation, for the particular muscles of a particular part of the body. You can relax the head, the shoulders, the arms, forearms, wrist, etc. Yogins know the science of relaxation thoroughly. When you practise these various relaxation exercises, you must have the mental picture of calmness and strength.”

Sri Swami Sivananda-ji

 

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Savasana in the back yard, December 2017.

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