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Christmas Break December 2018

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

16 Nov

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 

30 Jul

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

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

Retreat page updated

11 Dec

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

14 May

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.

 

Autumn Break

16 Apr Enziane - Swiss alpine flower. I took this photo in Grindelwald in May 2017.

I’m off soon for a visit to family & friends in Switzerland and France this year. 

Therefore we have NO Yoga classes from Tuesday 18 April until Friday 12 May 2017.

All Yoga Classes will resume on Tuesday 16 May 2017, as per our normal weekly schedule.

I wish you all a good Easter break, ANZAC Day, labour day weekend. See you when I’m back.

OM OM OM  Maria Prema

 

 

Cherry Trees in bloom May 2016

Cherry trees in full bloom. I took this photo last year May 2016 in Baselland, Switzerland.

 

© Photography Maria Steiner

 

Asana – proper exercise

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

1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)

Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.

Asanas or yoga postures/exercises focus on increasing and maintaining flexibility of the spine, toning and rejuvenating the nervous system. The gentle stretching, twisting and bending movements bring flexibility to the joints and muscles of the body, as well as massaging the glands and organs. Circulation is also improved, ensuring oxygen to all the cells of the body. The different poses put pressure on various points, which help to relax the nervous system and therefore also helps to release stress.

The Sanskrit word Asana means steady pose, therefore holding the yoga postures is beneficial.  Taking a few deep breaths in every pose, slowing down.

 

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Ardha Matseyndrasana – half spinal twist.

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Halasana – the plough.

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Standing spinal twist in triangle – Parivritta Trikonasana.

© Photography Maria Steiner

Friday 24th February 2017

17 Feb

Time for a Friday Hatha Yoga Class and Satsang Meditation.

Coming up on Friday 24th February 2017:

At the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights.

5pm – 6:30pm  Hatha Yoga Class (breathing exercises, sun salutation, 12 basic postures, guided final relaxation)

6:45pm – 8:30pm Satsang (silent meditation, uplifting Sanskrit chants, an inspiring reading)

The cost is $15 or  one tick on the class pass.

You can join for both sessions to get most benefits, a good way to end the working week. Or if this is not possible for you,  just attend the Hatha Yoga class or the Satsang/Kirtan class.

In between the two sessions we have a cup of tea and something sweet.

If you know you will be coming  for sure, please let me know (message, email or in class). Otherwise it is perfectly fine to just show up and bring your friends.

Looking forward to a yogic start into the weekend. OM OM OM

Maria Prema

 

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Australia Day Holiday

25 Jan

A short reminder, that we have NO Yoga Classes on Australia Day Thursday 26/1/17, and next week.

NO Yoga from Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd of February 2017.

All back to normal schedule and weekly routine as of Tuesday 7th February 2017.

Looking forward to seeing you back on the mat. 

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Marigold blooming in my garden.

 

 

 

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