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.

Yoga classes info September/October 2020

Over the last couple months I slowly re-introduced the face-to-face Yoga classes at the Scout Halls. It has been good. Every class that is back at the Scout Hall, can at the same time be attended online via Zoom as well. This set-up will remain in place.

The following classes are back at the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights 4305:

  • Tuesday morning 9am – 10:30am, hatha yoga class.
  • Thursday evening 6:30pm – 8pm, hatha yoga class.
  • Wednesday morning 9am – 10am, seniors yoga class.
  • Thursday afternoon 5pm – 6pm, seniors yoga class.

The Yoga class on a Tuesday evening 6pm at the Scout Hall in Cameron Park, was back from beginning of August – mid September. This venue is now closed for several weeks for renovations. I offer an online class at this time instead.

Online classes:

  • Monday 10am – 11am
  • Tuesday 9am – 10:30am, or in person at the Raceview Scout Hall
  • Tuesday 6pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 9am -10am Seniors Yoga class, or in person at the Raceview Scout Hall
  • Wednesday 4pm -5pm
  • Thursday 6am -7am early bird session
  • Thursday 5pm – 6pm Seniors Yoga class, or in person at the Raceview Scout Hall
  • Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm , or in person at the Raceview Scout Hall

Please contact me by phone/text 0423 477 725, or email HathaYogaIpswich@gmail.com If you have any questions or would like to join a Yoga class at the Scout Hall or online. I look forward to be hearing from you and seeing you.

August 2020 Yoga class info

Due to the current new Coronavirus outbreak and situation in our Area, there is now a delay with some in-person Yoga classes back at the Scout Halls.

Tuesday 9am, has resumed at the Raceview Scout Hall, 32 Taylor Street, Eastern Heights last month. We had three classes so far, and everything went well, so this will continue. Over the past weeks, we were always around 8 – 10 Yogis. No need to book if you like to join this class.

Tuesday evening class 6pm – 7:30pm at the Scout Hall in Cameron Park, Easton Street, Booval will resume on 4th August 2020 (as announced last month). Please book for this class, if it is your first time ever joining this class. Thank You !!

The other Yoga classes, Seniors on Wednesday morning and Thursday classes will resume by the end of August / early September 2020.

Please contact me if you have any questions. https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/contact/

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 !!

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 Retreat August 2019

So far this year, about once a week someone or two came back to a yoga class, who hasn’t been in class for a while/years. It’s interesting; often when people miss for a long period, they are almost embarrassed to come back to a yoga class. There is no need to be embarrassed to return to the yoga class after a long absence.  As I hear this excuse a lot, if you wan’t to come back to class come back, no questions asked.


The next excuse I hear from people not coming to a yoga class is: “I’m not flexible”.  Well that’s the purpose of yoga to become flexible and allow movement to your own ability. Improve and moving to your own level. 


The same counts for the Yoga Retreat, you can be a complete beginner to attend the 
Yoga & Meditation Weekend in August, Friday 16/8 – Sunday 18/8/2019.

  • We will return to the same venue as last year, Luther Heights Youth Camp in Coolum Beach. The accommodation is very simple, bunk beds, dorm style. But since we occupy only a third or quarter of the beds available, we can spread out nicely. There are separated niches to share with your friends & family. You need to bring your own linen. 
  • Toilets, showers are basic & clean.
  • The vegetarian meals are delicious, and a good variety.
  • Even good coffee (a luxury, not following traditional yoga ashram rules).
  • So rather than a luxury yoga Retreat, this is more a traditional Yoga & Meditation Camp, as they used to be, when Yoga first arrived in the West. Or more like a Yoga Ashram in India, where the focus is on the practice of yoga, rather than a luxury bed & spa. (which is very nice, but has it’s price). 
  • This allows me, to keep the price below $450
  • The cost the for whole weekend is $420 (including the yoga program, accommodation and meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • We are surrounded by beautiful, peaceful nature, trees and grounds. Views over the ocean and towards Mount Coolum.
  • Spectacular sunrise, to start the day with Sun Salutations and Meditation.
  • Short walk to the beach and Point Arkwright lookout. 
  • A good location and opportunity to immerse into the practice of Yoga. Dust of the winter blues, getting ready for Spring.
  • My friend Amrita Kamala will mostly likely join us again, to play the harmonium.
  • As a new activity this year, we might have a camp fire on Saturday evening. The Camp has the facility for this, but of course this will be weather permitting only. If no fire restrictions.
  • For the Retreat Weekend to go ahead, I need a minimum of 15 -18 bookings. 
  • Please let me know by 31 March 2019, if you are seriously interested to attend the Yoga & Meditation weekend.
  • As by then I can cancel the venue without any extra charges, and of course I would refund your deposit as well. Fingers crossed, that will not be the case. 

Please contact me for any questions and bookings. I can also send you a detailed pdf file by email , or you find all the important details by following this link:

https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/retreat/

Looking forward to hearing and seeing you,

Prema Maria

Sunrise Meditation, Retreat September 2018.

Yoga is back for 2019

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!!