Compliments for online Yoga classes

Over the last three months we had many, daily and weekly online Yoga classes via Zoom. I know joining online is not possible for everyone.

In case you need some motivation and encouragement do give the online Yoga classes a try during this Queensland Winter, then please read some heartfelt feedback I received lately:

Gerbera in our Garden, June 2020.

Hi Maria,

I just wanted to thank you for continuing with yoga during the Covid 19 lockdown. Before the lockdown I would not have considered online but now I am a convert. It is so convenient. There is no travelling involved, I log on to the computer and become part of the online class. Following you through the class is easy as your instructions are clear and seeing you is like you are in my lounge room.

So thank you again,

Tina

Hi Maria

Just a short note to thank you for the on-line yoga classes during this time of isolation. Something to look forward to and keep me in practice.

Really appreciate the classes on these cold mornings when it would be easy to ‘give it a miss’. Miss the company but on-line has a lot going for it.

June

Maria is a wonderful & warm-hearted yoga teacher. Her yoga class has a good structure with pranayama breathing, exercise for each level and at the end of the class a peaceful, relaxing shavasa. She has follower all over the world, I join her online from switzerland. During the Covid19 Lockdown, her yoga class online was really precious and helpful to me. If you‘re looking for a healthy and good doing yoga class, you‘re in right hands there with Maria. OM 🙏🏻🕉🧘🏻‍♀️ Léticia

Next door neighbour’s beautiful roses, July 2020.

Early Bird 6am Yoga class

Starting on Thursday morning 6th of February 2020 we’ll have a new yoga class at 6am – 7am.

At the Scout Hall in Cameron Park, Easton Street, Booval.

This class will run through the months of February and March. Then we’ll decide, if and how long it will continue, as the days get shorter. Maybe into April and May, before Winter.

In any case, if you are interested in this early morning yoga class, please join as much as possible. The interest has been good, for an early morning yoga class. Now you just need to show up and roll out your mat.

The cost for the class is $15, or a tick on your class pass.

60 minutes hatha yoga class. We will practice the Sun Salutation, basic yoga postures & stretches, and a short final relaxation. To get you ready for a joyful, motivated start into the new day.

See you soon early birds. Thank you!!

Kookaburra on our back veranda in June 2017.

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

6 – weeks – meditation – course

I’m teaching a meditation course starting Monday the 13th of May 2019, from 5pm – 6pm for 6 consecutive weeks.

The cost for the whole 6 sessions upfront is $80.-, if you prefer you can pay and attend each session individually $15.-

The course is based to learn step-by-step the Japa Meditation practice (repeating a Mantra as a focal point). But each week, has also it’s own, individual lesson. So in case you can’t commit to 6 weeks ahead of time, you are most welcome to join for a couple of lessons.

This meditation class is taken at our home in Silkstone, and you need to book and confirm please.

What to expect from this meditation course:

Besides and as preparation for the Meditation, we’ll do light stretches, breathing techniques, concentration exercises and learn about the purpose of meditation.

It has been a while, since I offered a course like this. If you are interested, make some time to attend all six weeks or a few lessons.

https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/classes-cost/meditation-course/

Christmas Break December 2018

Christmas tree at Sydney town hall, November 2018.
Christmas tree at Sydney  town hall, November 2018.

 

This year’s Christmas / New Year’s break will be for three weeks, from Monday 24th December 2018 until Sunday 13th January 2019.


The last Yoga classes in 2018 are on Thursday 20/12/18.

All Yoga classes resume on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

The yoga class at the PCYC Ipswich will resume one week earlier, on Wednesday 9th January 2019, 6:30pm – 8pm.

 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year !!

Thank you for your loyalty during the past year.

Looking forward to welcome you on the yoga mat in 2019 again.

Be well and healthy.

Focus on breathing

How I recently experienced the power of proper breathing.

Healing on and by the water. Tallebudgera Creek, November 2018. Photo by Prema Maria

A couple weeks ago I had a root canal treatment. It wasn’t my first one ever. But for this one, I had to go to an Endodontist, a specialist for those kind of procedures. I spare you of the details.

The procedure took about two hours. I couldn’t do much, lying there with my mouth open, breathing through the nose. 

And that’s exactly what I’ve done. I had my hands on my belly, focusing on deep abdominal breathing, taking the attention and focus away from my face. While I visualised healing light all around me, specially on my tooth, as well as for the Endodontist and Assistant. They did the hard work, I was just lying there. 

Now in general I very seldom meditate for longer than 15 minutes. But I had no other choice, no place to go – nothing to do. I tried to detach from my body and observe myself from the outside. Forgetting time and space. 

Of course I felt dizzy and was numb on one side of my face, once the procedure was finished. Instead of going home or trying to drink, let alone eat anything. I went straight to the movies. Probably the best I could do at the moment, and I can highly recommend it. I watched “A Star is born”. It made me forget my tooth, I was distracted in a dark room. While the sensation in my face and mouth came back slowly. Afterwards I drank a green smoothie with a straw and went home on the train.

In the evening I was teaching a yoga class, without bending forward or moving my head too much.

At night before going to sleep I took two pain-killers, just in case it would help me from waking up through the night with pain. Plus I did not need to be a hero, as I almost never take any painkillers.

The next morning I had the day off. I could feel the pain and swelling ease by the hour. I was thinking more about the movie I saw, listening to the Soundtrack of “A Star is born”, than my tooth.

I give credit to my almost pain-free experience and quick healing to the BREATH, proper deep abdominal yoga breathing, meditation of detaching from the body. 

Everyone in my yoga classes the following week, had to listen to my story. As I was practising and experiencing in every day life, what I preach.

Thank you for reading my story !!  Prema Maria 

PS: In addition to the breathing exercise, I would recommend to go straight to a movie theatre after a root canal treatment or similar. 

Tallebudgera Creek, a few days after the procedure we had a nice Sunday on the stand-up-paddle boards on Tallebudgera Creek. November 2018, Photo by Prema Maria






   		   	

Proper diet – vegetarian 

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

4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)

Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.

The yogic diet is a vegetarian one, consisting of pure, simple, natural foods which are easily digested and promote health. Simple meals aid the digestion and assimilation of foods. Nutritional requirements fall under five categories: protein, carbohydrates, minerals, fats and vitamins. One should have a certain knowledge of dietetics in order to balance the diet. Eating foods first-hand from nature, grown in fertile soil (preferably organic, free from chemicals and pesticides) will help ensure a better supply of these nutritional needs. Processing, refining and overcooking destroy much food value.
There is a cycle in nature known as the “food cycle” or “food chain”. The Sun is the source of energy for all life on our planet; it nourishes the plants (the top of the food chain) which are then eaten by animals (vegetarian), which are then eaten by other animals (carnivores). The food at the top of the food chain, being directly nourished by the Sun, has the greatest life promoting properties. The food value of animal flesh is termed as “second-hand” source of nutrition, and is inferior in nature. All natural foods (fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains) have, in varying quantities, different proportions of these essential nutrients. As source of protein, these are easily assimilated by the body. However, second-hand sources are often more difficult to digest and are of less value to the body’s metabolism.
Many people worry about whether they are getting enough protein, but neglect other factors. The quality of the protein is more important than the quantity alone. Dairy products, legumes, nuts and seeds provide the vegetarian with an adequate supply of protein.
A healthy motto is: “Eat to live, not live to eat”. It is best if we understand that the purpose of eating is to supply our being with the lifeforce,or Prana, the vital life energy. So the greatest nutritional plan for the Yoga student is the simple diet of natural fresh foods.
However, the true Yogic diet is actually even more selective than this. The Yogi is concerned with the subtle effect that food has on his mind and astral body. He therefore avoids foods which are overly stimulating, preferring those which render the mind calm and the intellect sharp. One who seriously takes to the path of Yoga would avoid ingesting meats, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, coffee, tea (except herbal), alcohol and drugs.
Any change in diet should be made gradually. Start by substituting larger portions of vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts until finally all flesh products have been completely eliminated from the diet.
The Yogic diet will help you attain a high standard of health, keen intellect and serenity of mind. To really understand the Yogic approach to diet one has to get familiar with the concept of the 3 Gunas * or qualities of nature.
*(I’ll explain the 3 Gunas in a future post)

I eat and thrive on a vegetarian diet since many years, including raw vegan. 

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Quinoa salad, zucchini fritters, roasted vegetables with yogurt dressing + and raw vegetables / mixed salad with avocado dressing. 

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Vegetables from my garden: sauteed greens (silverbeet+spinach), rocket or rucola,  cherry tomatoes and homemade sauerkraut. 

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Raw Vegetable plate at my sister’s place in Switzerland, made with organic vegetables fresh from the farmers market.

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

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

Retreat page updated

All the information for our Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat has been updated. 

The next retreat is in September 2018, Friday – Sunday, 7/9 – 9/9/18.

At Coolum Beach, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland. 

Follow this link: https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/retreat/

Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, need more information or would like to book your space.  https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/contact/

Thank You!!

Prema Maria 

Sunrise at Coolum Beach, November 2016
Sunrise at Coolum Beach, November 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga during Queensland Winter

I’m back in Ipswich from another beautiful trip to my home country.

All classes during autumn / winter / early Spring as per our well-known weekly yoga class schedule:

Cameron Park, Scout Hall, Easton Street, Booval

(this hall has a heather, no excuse to miss class)

  • Tuesdays, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights

  • Tuesdays, 9:00am – 10:30am *) followed by meditation 10:30am-11am, if you wish to stay.
  • Wednesdays 9:00am – 10:00am Seniors Yoga class  *) followed by meditation 10am – 10:30am, if you wish to stay.
  • Thursdays, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

 

 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 Class (Wednesday 9am – 10am)

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

 

 

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Snow in Spring near Lucerne, Switzerland, April 2017.

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Spring in Switzerland, country side of Basel, April 2017. This should be enough firewood for our Queensland Winter.

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Spring in Switzerland, May 2017.