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

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.

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 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.

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.

New look for the website.

The last couple days, I’ve been working on my website. http://www.hathayogaipswich.com.au A first step of the update for 2020.

Mainly a new, mobile phone and tablet friendly layout. For a good start.

I check now through each section, and adjust mainly the font and pictures sizes. and any other adjustments I find necessary.

If you come across any mistakes, please let me know. Thank You!!

If you are on a mobile device, reading this post and through the website. Please let me know, if you find what you are looking for.

Thank you for your help and constructive feedback.

Maria Prema

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.