Bardon and Paddington Classes

Tuesday morning, and Wednesday, Thursday evening classes will all be term based from 16 June

 

Hello Fellow Yogis and Yoginis,

 

Well, we are at last approaching the stage where we can resume classes!  It will be wonderful to have our group yoga again. 

 

Indoor yoga classes of up to 20 people can be conducted from Friday 12 June, however the ongoing restriction of social distancing must still apply.  This will affect the class sizes and it means that all of my classes will be run as term classes which require a booking.  This means the Tuesday morning class will not be operating as a casual class.  The Tuesday evening class is cancelled until further notice as we cannot use the school hall.  The next two terms will be run for reduced periods (details below) so that we can stay flexible with our arrangements.

 

In order for me to manage the maximum number of people in each class I need you to let me know which class you want to attend.  Once you have had a chance to consider the information below please let me know your first and second class preferences.  Per class, there will be a maximum of 11 people in each of the four classes at Bardon, and 20 at Paddington.  This will allow us to observe correct physical distancing.

 

Wednesday and Thursday Term Classes Resuming From 17 June for Six Weeks (Term Two) - Bardon Counselling and Natural Therapies Centre

Each of the 5.45pm and 7.30pm classes on Wednesday and Thursday nights will run from 17 June for a six week term for $120 pp which will finish 23 July (Term Two).

 

The Tuesday Morning Class will Become a Term Class

Starting from 16 June, the Tuesday morning class (9.30-11am) will no longer be a casual class and will become a term class requiring bookings.  It will run for six Weeks for $120. 

 

Term Three and Beyond

At this stage I plan for Term Three to start from Tuesday 11 August.  This term will also run for six weeks at a cost of $120 pp and will finish the week ending Thursday 17 September.  This will bring us in line with the beginning of school holidays in Spring, and after those, Term Four will be ten weeks from 6 October as was originally planned subject to any further changes in government restrictions.

 

Yoga Gear

You must bring your own mat, strap and blanket/towel to the classes.  No yoga gear will be provided at any of the venues.

 

I hope that all makes sense.  While the videos have been useful over these last three months, and can continue to be useful, I’m sure many of you will be looking forward to attending a regular class again and I hope to see you soon.

 

Cheers, and Namaste,

Peter

Classes (see timetable and cost below for term two 2020)

Wednesday and Thursday Evening and Tuesday Morning Term Classes (class size is limited)

Bookings for next term are being taken now for all evening classes

All welcome, please reserve your place for the evening term or Tuesday morning classes as places are limited

If you wish to join a class please phone Peter on 0434 551 337 or email: peter@peterbissonyoga.com

If you haven't been to these before, please phone Peter on 0434 551 337 or email: peter@peterbissonyoga.com about any health conditions before attending. All classes are 1.5 hours long.

 

Venues

Paddington

Tuesday mornings (see table below) Briswest Centre, 132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. 
This is a lovely big air conditioned hall with sprung floorboards and. It is set in the heart of Paddington, opposite the shop 'Thousand Island Dressing', and just up the road from Woolies.  The classes have been held here in Paddington for over twenty years now..

 

Bardon

Bardon Counselling and Natural Therapies Centre, 151 Boundary Road, Bardon

Wednesday and Thursday evenings (see table below)
This is a longstanding therapies centre with a designated and air conditioned yoga room. It is on the border of Rainworth and Bardon, next to Rainworth State School.  Set in a leafy environment, it is a very quiet space.  The Wednesday and Thursday evening classes have been held here in Bardon for over 27 years now.

 

Rainworth/Bardon

Rainworth State School Hall (or Library in Winter), Boundary Road, Rainworth/Bardon

Tuesday Evenings 6 to 7.30pm (Cancelled until further notice)

A wonderful space and atmosphere. Large and airy at one of Brisbane's best primary schools.

Classes - General and Intermediate

 

General Classes

These classes are open to anyone. They are open to absolute beginners and to those who have been doing Yoga for some time. Variations can be given so that stretches and postures during the session can be done either gently or more dynamically to suit each person's needs.

 

The emphasis here is on releasing tension and getting to know the body through correct alignment. The aim is for the posture to feel naturally stable and uplifted. The result is increased stability and balance, flexibility and strength.

 

Even people who are quite stiff can benefit from gentle, deep stretches. Together with a deep relaxed breath awareness, the approach is one of sensitivity. Each individual can then progress towards greater energy levels, structural integrity, resiliance, and calmness of mind.

 

Pranayama (Breath Control Practices), Meditation and Relaxation are also practised to further release the mind and body from tension.

 

Current Practice Emphasis for General Classes

Understanding the stabilizing of pelvic and shoulder girdle areas. This develops core strength and centredness. Deep abdominal muscles and shoulder girdle  muscles are strengthened. Bringing this awareness into our yoga practice has helped to maintain balance throughout the body.

 

Sun Salutations, Tibetan Five Rites, and other sequences incorporating a range of postures, are taught from time to time as well to promote smoothly flowing and dynamic energy.

 

This term will involve:

 

Stretches and Strengthening Exercises

Gentle, therapeutic stretches - for stress and muscle tension release, and joint realignment

Stretching and toning exercises - for the health and balance of the whole body

 

Postures (Asanas) and Sequences

Classical and innovative postures - for flexibility and strength

 

Breathing Practices (Pranayama)

Ujjayi Breath - for calming the mind and improving concentration

Kapalabhati (Skull Shiner Breath), Bhastrika (Bellows Breath), and Nadi sodhana and Anuloma viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing) for improving energy through the body, cleansing the mind, and balancing energy flow to the brain

 

Meditation (Dhyana)

Various practices for calming and centreing the mind, overcoming stress, and improving brain health

 

Relaxation (Yoga Nidra)

For whole body and mind relaxation

 

Intermediate Classes

These are open to those who are either reasonably fit as well as those who are more experienced yoga practitioners.

 

Some postures can be held for longer periods of time and may also be of a greater degree of difficulty.

 

Sun Salutations, Tibetan Five Rites, and other sequences incorporating a range of postures, are taught from time to time to promote smoothly flowing, and sometimes, dynamic energy.

 

These classes also give the practitioner the choice to explore Inverted Postures such as headstands and shoulderstands or variations of these. Intermediate classes involve more advanced Pranayama practices, and Meditation and Relaxation.

 

In all classes

Practitioners are encouraged to go at their own pace, approaching stretches and postures appropriately and without force.

 

Current Practice Emphasis for Intermediate Classes

Stretches and Strengthening Exercises

As for General classes

 

Postures (Asanas) and Sequences

More advanced postures and sequences

 

Breathing Practices (Pranayama)

Ujjayi Breath - as for General classes

Kapalabhati (Skull Shiner Breath), Bhastrika (Bellows Breath), Nadi sodhana and Anuloma viloma (with higher ratios) for enhancing energy flow through the body, cleansing the mind, and balancing energy flow to the brain

 

Meditation (Dhyana)

As for General classes however for longer periods

 

Relaxation (Yoga Nidra)

For whole body and mind relaxation

 

 

Affirmations

Bringing affirmations into one's meditation practice can be very positive and self-empowering. Below are some examples which have been sourced from a plethora of sources.

I suggest reading through the list and choosing one that feels appropriate at the time.

To bring it into your meditation or any other time you make available, repeat the thought pattern ie. affirmation, several times, feeling its meaning deepl with full concentration

All is well and harmonious in my life

I am a loving being, full of the joy of life

I trust in and allow the process of life to flow freely

I am at peace with myself

I trust and accept change as a necessary part of my spiritual growth

I am a patient and tolerant person

I am healthy, whole and complete

I love and approve of myself. I am loving and loveable

I love and accept myself at every age. Each moment in life is perfect

I move forward easily in life

I lovingly hold and embrace my experiences with ease and with joy

I am filled with joy. It flows through me with every beat of my heart

I know that life always supports me

I am well structured and balanced

I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my world with joy. I love and approve of myself

I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and around me

I relax and allow my mind to be peaceful

I easily flow with new experiences, new directions and new changes

I see with love and joy

I am enthusiastic about life and filled with energy and enthusiasm

It is safe to be who I am

I am at peace and comfortable with every area of my life. I am strong and capable

I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age

I am flexible and flowing

I am a human being not a human doing

I am both wise and loving in nature

I value the practice of being free of judgement

I value the practice of being free from criticism

The energy of the universe flows through me, maintaining my well-being. I release energy in ways that are healing for myself and the Earth

I am committed to finding the most worthwhile routes for my energies - I work to transform my emotions into the exhilarating energies of the spirit

Like an ocean wave, my emotions come and go, but the depth of my being remains unchanging, eternal

I rest in tranquillity and divine grace. In this moment I am calm, happy, and fulfilled

I have a wealth of knowledge and talent. Each day I spend some time in quiet contemplation to allow these riches to emerge

Infinite patience creates infinite results

I choose the joy of wellness as a way of life

Peace begins at home. When I come from a place of peace, I see peace around me

 

Affirmations for the Chakras

First or Base Chakra

I trust in the goodness of life to carry me through

I belong wherever I am

I choose life

I affirm my right to the life I know I want

I cultivate consistency, stability, and a wholesome struture to support me through life's changes

I accept myself as I am

I am grateful for the experiences of my life

 

Second or Sacral Chakra

I allow pleasure and goodness into my life

I know that I deserve goodness and joy

I accept that good health is my natural state

I allow abundance into my experience

I open myself to simple healing pleasures

I cultivate health, wholeness, and ease

I deserve to feel peace in my life

 

Third or Solar Plexus Chakra

I know that who I am is love, intelligence, and goodness

I am worthy of a good life

I am confident that life will support me through all its changes

I use my power wisely

I choose life, love, and goodness

I am in touch with the source of my power

I am a radiant and whole being, able to find my path in life

 

Fourth or Heart Chakra

I love to be loved

I am love

Love is at the centre of my life

Love is all that truly matters in life

Love connects me to the infinite and makes me whole

Love restores my faith in life

 

Fifth or Throat Chakra

I speak my truth and homour my commitment to it

I express myself as honestly as I can

I share my feelings with ease and comfort

I live from my integrity

I communicate what is so for me, without projecting my truth onto others

I express myself as creatively as possible

I listen to my inner truth

 

Sixth or Brow Chakra

My love of life reflects itself in all that I see and do

I acknowledge my worth and accept my goodness

My nature is whole

I am able to discern the good from what pulls my spirit down

I find wisdom from my past and healing in the present

I use my intelligence and intuition to light my way forward

I cultivate a positive outlook in all situations

 

Seventh or Crown Chakra

I acknowledge the presence of spirit working in my life

I see the one true reality

God works in my life regardless of my limitations

I am open to the healing power of spirit working in my life

Th divine guides me on the path of life

I release fear, doubt, and pain as i accept that my life is blessed

I surrender my arrogance and ego to a power higher than myself

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