YOGA

 

At Dharma Shala Bondi Yoga School, we teach beginners, Vinyasa, variations of Yin, prenatal,  mums 'n bubs, kids and pre-schoolers, Yoga combining classical postures, pranayama, as well as meditation and chanting.

At Dharma Shala we invite you to participate in group silent meditation time.  You may use a technique of your choice ie Hindu Veidic Mantra, Buddhist, Mindfulness etc.  If you have never meditated before, the teacher can offer you guidance to develop a self practice during this time.

Each class is based on the same approach:

  • taking you in and out of postures correctly and safely

  • using the breath for its many purposes such as clearing the mind and helping with day to day life, or dealing with pain;

  • balancing body, mind and spirit to enhance all that you do in life.

A few general reminders:

  • We supply mats, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

  • If you can, try not to eat an hour and a half before a class (life is busy, bananas are a great snack if you have to eat).

  • Try not to over hydrate before a class—a little water goes a long way. We supply filtered drinking water.

  • Bring a towel

  • For those who like to cycle, we have bike racks for you to secure your bike
 

 
Beginners

Beginners yoga appeals to totally new students as well as advanced students wishing to hone their practice. You will cover all of the basic concepts and poses, develop confidence in your practice and focus on themes such as backbends or hip openers. You’ll be taught to move into, hold and come out of postures correctly and safely. You will also practice simple breathing exercises and meditation techniques.

 

Open (classical contemporary vinyasa)

One of the meanings of vinyasa is to link movement with breath, and all classes focus on this aspect. The pace of vinyasa can vary with the teacher, but all classes build well-rounded fitness, including wrist strength, shoulder strength and core strength.

Classes start with breathing exercises and warm-up movements, progressing to sun salutations that continuously link both standing and seated postures. In vinyasa there is less emphasis on workshopping poses and more emphasis on getting into a flow for the session.

 
Yin

Yin Yoga is an excellent complement for active people looking to open their bodies safely and find inner stillness. Yin Yoga is not intended as a complete practice in itself, but rather as a complementary practice to balance the effects of more active forms of yoga and exercise.

A Yin Yoga session will mostly consist of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues, the systematic loading of which is a main focus in this style of yoga.

Yin Yoga practice targets the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility, as opposed to the more dynamic practices, which target the muscles.

Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of prana, or qi, the subtle energry, or life force. Practitioners often comment at how unexpectedly energizing and soothing the practice is, offering deep releases.

Make a Yin Yoga class a staple in your yoga routine once a week, and you’ll be surprised at the benefits!

 
Prenatal

A pregnant body often has very different needs for movement and relaxation.

Different trimesters invite different practices and needs. Our prenatal classes are tailored around your changing body and can also accommodate any complications such as malposition, various blood pressure and placenta praevia.

If you are pregnant and new to yoga, then we recommend you holding off coming until week 14, as your body is busy enough developing a baby!

 
Mums 'N Bubs

The Mums 'N Bubs class is designed specifically for mums, with a focus on rebuilding core strength and stability, releasing muscle tightness resulting from pregnancy and feeding, together with restorative practices to balance the nervous system.

The class is all about learning to integrate yoga into your day with baby by your side. This includes learning how to let go of taking on a whole practice if baby is needy. The class combines chi gong (energy cultivation) with the Dharma Shala yoga flow to energise mind, body and soul, bringing about balance to all these aspects of self.

Eve’s philosophy is that your baby will let you do as much of the practice as needed. In saying that, Eve is more than happy to cuddle your baby if need be. Your baby always get to join in through massage, play and song.

NB: It is generally recommended that women wait 6-8 weeks following a vaginal birth, and 10-12 weeks following a caesarean section before joining the class. The practice is suitable for experienced practitioners as well as beginners.

 
Alignment

The alignment yoga classes centre on developing the correct posture in our asana practice. The classes draw upon the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of the asana practice, and props are used in all classes. Alignment yoga works on strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core, and overall strength. This style of yoga is of benefit to anyone who is practicing yoga or participating in physical activity, such as surfing, running or weight training; however, it is also great for those of us wanting to work deeper into our yoga practice and to work into our alignment. Alignment yoga complements the vinyasa and yin classes. This class combines both slow movement and flow sequences and we also work into inversions and backbends.

 
Kids and Pre-schoolers Yoga
Kids and Pre-schoolers Yoga is developmentally and age appropriately designed to each child’s need during class. Dharma Shala teaches use extensive knowledge and experience to challenge and/or progress the children through a carefully developed curriculum that follow the children throughout the year. For this reason class sizes are kept small, so individual attention can be given.
Each class is created to engage the imagination, bringing movement into the mind and body through yoga, qigong and dance. The class begins with mindful connection, followed by chanting and then gentle limbering to prepare the body for asana. The theme or story of the class brings us on an adventure, exploring the natural world through rhythm, sound and movement. Each class ends in a lovely relaxation/meditation. The practice helps children to build confidence in themselves, gain strength, improve concentration and learn how to share their special gifts in a safe, non-competitive environment. The children will learn (and sometimes teach) yoga postures, breathing techniques, qigong, chanting/singing, meditation and simple dance steps. They will be given the opportunity to share their experiences with others in the class, to listen and be heard.