8 weeks Meditation Course

A next 8 – weeks – meditation – course is starting soon. Monday 10th of May 2021, 5pm – 6pm, for eight consecutive weeks. The Topic of the course is on the Chakras.

The 7 main Chakra

Chakra means ‘wheel’. Chakras are energy vortices, or intersections where two or more nadis (sanskrit word) meet. Everyplace the 72,000 nadis of the astral body intersect, there is a chakra. There are an uncounted number of chakras in the body.

The chakras are the mechanisms by which the prana (lifeforce) is able to permeate the physical body from the astral body, and basically then, it is the prana that keeps the physical body alive.

Within the astral body are 7 main chakras associated with kundalini awakening. They are located within the astral body in locations that correspond with the spine in the physical body, and at the junctions where the ida and pingala, and various other nadis, meet.

These main chakras are called:

  1. Muladhara – located near the base of the spine in the perineal space for men, at the back and top of the cervix for women; sacral plexus
  2. Swadhishthana – located at the level of the uro-genital systems; prostatic plexus
  3. Manipura – located at the area of the navel; solar plexus
  4. Anahata – located at the level of the heart; cardiac plexus
  5. Vishuddha – located in the throat region near the thyroid and adam’s apple; laryngeal plexus
  6. Ajna – located in the space between the eyebrows; cavernous plexus
  7. Sahasrara – located at the top of the head; pineal gland

In the first week of the course, we cover the basics and overall meaning of the Chakra. Then every week we cover, talk and meditate on one Chakra from 1 to 7. So if, you miss a week, each week is it’s own lesson.

Cost & Registration:

The upfront payment for the whole 8 weeks is $110.-, or you can pay each week $15.-.

If you have yoga class pass, you can use it of the meditation course as well.

The course is taking place at our home in Silkstone, and is limited to six participants. You need to book for the whole course, or for each week, if space is available.

Please send me an email: hathayogaipswich@gmail.com or phone/text 0423 477 725. Thank You !! Looking forward to diving into this important topic of the Yoga theory and help you with a meditation practice. It will improve my own as well. 🙂 Namaste, Maria Prema ❤

Yoga with Maria, February 2021, class times.

Sunflower in our Garden, January 2021. (Photo taken with my new phone 🙂

I hope you are well, finding a new daily routine with the new school year just starting.

Our class times, locations, and Zoom online for the month of February are as follows:

  • Cameron Park Scout Hall, Easton Street, Booval (hall renovated, new paint and ceiling, etc.)
  • Tuesday 6pm – 7:30pm Hatha Yoga class

  • Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights
  • Tuesday 9am – 10:30am Hatha Yoga class
  • Wednesday 9am – 10am Senior’s class
  • Thursday 4:30pm – 5:30pm Senior’s class

Above classes can be joined via Zoom online.

  • Zoom online only
  • Monday 10am
  • Thursday 6am (early bird)
  • Thursday 7pm

New classes Hatha Yoga & Meditation as of mid – March 2021. Stay tuned for announcement of day, time and location.

Stretch….. Maria Steiner, February 2020

Christmas Break 2020

The Christmas Break for the Yoga Classes will be three weeks, from Monday 21th of December 2020 until Monday 11th of January 2021.

Even over the Holiday Season take some time out for yourself to go into stillness, take some deep breaths, calm down, meditate. Spend quiet moments in nature to ground yourself and recharge.

All the Yoga classes resume on Tuesday 12th of January 2021, as follows:

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)
  • Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm (90 minutes Hatha Yoga class

These days and times are our classes for January 2021 (except Tuesday 26/1/21 Australia Day – public holiday).

If you can’t make it to the Scout Halls, you can join any of these classes online via Zoom. One thing we take with us from 2020 into 2021… is Zoom Yoga.

As of February there will be a change to the Thursday classes. I will give you the details, closer to the date.

Plus I will most likely offer a few additional Yoga days & times. Extra Zoom classes, and possibly a weekly meditation class. However we’ll start the New Year slow and steady.

Poinciana tree at Raceview Scout Hall, December 2020.

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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.

Update in-person and online Yoga classes


Not long until our in-person Yoga classes return to the Scout Halls. The following dates, are when each individual class resumes:

Tuesday 14 July, 9:00am – 10:30am, Hatha Yoga Class at Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights.

Tuesday 4 August, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Hatha Yoga Class at Scout Hall in Cameron Park, Easton Street, Booval.

Wednesday 5 August 9:00am – 10:00am, Senior’s Yoga Class at Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights.

Thursday 6 August, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Senior’s Yoga Class at Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights.

Thursday 6 August, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Hatha Yoga Class at Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights.

You find the updated information also on the Class Info Page: https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/classes-cost/ Please let me know, if you have any questions. Looking forward to welcome you back on the Yoga mat soon. Maria Prema

Maria Steiner, February 2020.

Even once the in-person Yoga classes resume, you can join all of the above classes online via Zoom as well.

Plus for Zoom only, you can join the following Hatha Yoga classes online, time in Brisbane, Australia:

  • Monday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM (early bird session)
my Altar with Banksia, June 2020

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 !!

Yoga classes during Coronavirus

UPDATE Monday 23 March 2020: ALL CLASSES CANCELLED UNTIL END OF APRIL 2020.

Or longer if required.

Presently as of today Monday 16h of March 2020, all Yoga classes are held as per weekly schedule:

Cameron Park, Scout Hall, Easton Street, Booval

  • Tuesdays, 6pm–7:30pm
  • Thursday, early morning yoga class, 6am – 7am

Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights

Our classes are relatively small with 5 – 20 persons per class.

I will review weekly, if we can keep the yoga classes going. And also discuss with those attending each class, how they feel about coming to Yoga and being out in public.

In general I will follow the guidelines and practices of the local gyms and other fitness/yoga classes on offer in Ipswich. Especially the PCYC Ipswich. As long as the classes run at the PCYC and I teach the weekly Yoga class on Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8pm at the PCYC Ipswich. We will keep all the Yoga classes in the Scout Halls in Eastern Heights and Booval going as well.

Of course should I feel unwell, I will cancel immediately !!

Please follow the daily Health and Hygiene guidelines & updates by the health professionals and experts.

We are all in this together. Yoga helps reduce stress and keeps us calm.

Maria Prema

Summer flower, pink Zinnia. In our front gardn, March 2020.
Zinnia in our front garden. Silkstone, March 2020.

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 .

Yoga & Meditation Weekend, 16th – 18th August 2019.

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.

email: hathayogaipswich@gmail.com

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.

Detailed information are on the website: https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/retreat/

or contact me directly via email and phone call.

email: hathayogaipswich@gmail.com

phone or text: 0423 477 725

I also have a pdf file (6 pages) with detailed information and photos.

Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you.

Prema Maria
OM OM OM

PS: Following some more photos from last year’s Retreat, September 2018.

  • Hatha Yoga with Maria Steiner