What to expect in a class • Connecting to a steady and subtle breath. • Moving into pawanmuktasana - energy block release exercises to create a greater and even pranic (energy) flow throughout the body as it rids acids and lubricates joints. • Flowing into a meditative, gentle yet dynamic salute to the sun (Different from any you have done) which will increase lymphatic flows and regulate the organs and glands. And most importantly balance your fire energy. Includes the practice of bandhas (energy locks). Yang. • We then move into some deeper, longer held stretches, calming and deepening the breath allowing you the space to move deeply inward, strengthening mind and will power. Yin. • Ending with savasana (relaxation), the most important part of a yoga practice as this is when you absorb the energy of the practice; just lay down to be guided through a magical, relaxation meditation to complete your trans-formative yoga experience.
Finish with a short chant, leave feeling well, happy and a little different.
In these classes we are aiming to move through the body's fluids, to increase circulation and the flow of the lymphatic system, concentrating on the organs and glands of the body. Please read below for more detail on each class type.
Discover your fluidity and realise the amount of "strength" there is in "gentleness". Alchemic yoga is not floor gymnastics and neither is it seen as a work out even though you will experience this through a deeper level. Benefits the more established practitioner to the absolute beginner, it is a safe practice for all ages, wellness and body types. With use of deep intention through posture, visualisation and meditation you can create a transformative experience for yourself. Alchemic yoga comes from the Tibetan tantric traditions and gives you strong foundations for any yoga practice. Each class Natalie teaches is different, some days may be dynamic while others will be more flowing and chi kung based, all classes are meditative and restorative. Natalie tends to go with the energy of the day and intuits the students needs in the class at the time.
Natalie has abundant knowledge on yoga and healing and loves to impart this with her students. Whether you are in teacher training, a teacher wanting to learn more or just interested in how yoga and the body, mind and heart work, these classes will be of great benefit. To understand more about alchemic yoga please see end of page.
Acro-Balance for Kids
Arian Levanael is a yoga teacher and silks and aerial acrobatics teacher. He is strong and confident,having a kind and encouraging approach with children.
Acro balance helps increase core strength, focus, concentration, trust and is the most fun thing to do.
We run 10-week school terms and bookings are essential
Beginner “Never fear you are capable of more than you could imagine, ‘Time is of the Essence”. These classes are recommended to all levels - teachers, practicing yogis or non-yogis.
Focusing on moving into and OUT of postures correctly, learn the benefits of each pose, correct breathing and empowering self-healing, with caring support and guidance. This extensive beginner course is run in 3 x 6 week segments.
Part 1: Educating you on correct posture and breathing to create strength and peace.
Loosen and lubricate joints
Remove blocked physical and emotional energy
Learn the basic yoga postures:
Standing Poses Salute to the sun Forward Bends
Part 2 Finding your Fluidity
Breath techniques inversions
Surprise yourself as your legs rise above your head by inverting your beautiful body.
Simple bandha techniques to increase energy in the entire system of the body, mind and heart.
Part 3Move into Trans-formative Process of Internal Alchemy! Still keeping a strong focus on posture correction and core stability, we now are in a practice of energetic flow, re creating ourselves through trans-formative processes as we move through the core of body and being.
Children's classes for 6-12 year olds: For Confidence. Focus, Expression, Relaxation, Mind Body balance, Correct sitting posture Children’s classes are fun and safe with a maximum of 12 per class.
From the age of 8 years old children begin to make sex hormone before the body has matured also the pineal body an essential organ in the brain begins to calcify making rationalisation even more difficult. At this stage children may become angry or depressed and unmotivated or swing between the two. To prolong this process we practice postures that slow down maturing processes to balance physical maturation with emotional and mental maturation.
What to expect in a class:
Acting out the animal.
Static postures for self-reflection.
Sound and music for expression and healing.
Learning how the body, mind and emotions work in yoga and bringing it into life situations.
Meditation for relaxation.
Learn about the 5 elements (earth, fire, water, air and wood) how they relate to our life and all of life.
Parents please be punctual for drop off and pick up. No Parents to stay in room during class, you may enjoy a relaxing walk on the headland, a coffee downstairs at the Pool Cafe or a swim at the beach or rock pool.
Chi Kung and Internal Exercise Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Accompanying this class are Breathing techniques and Bandhas (energy locks); to increase flows of the systems. If you wish to understand and feel energy, if you need to learn to manage your energy, if you need to direct and focus your energy; you must come! We still the mind, halt the internal dialogue and balance the meridians associated with the organs organs.
HathaIs the traditional word for the physical aspect of yoga. It is a balance of flowing and static postures. Focus on working into held postures going into breath, allowing you to move deeper into body and mind. Hatha focuses on postural alignment and balance of the organs and glands. The most traditional form of yoga, a very safe practice for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.
Ha (Sun) Tha (Moon) The meaning of hatha is ‘Sun – Moon’ and opposites of all universal life; left right, mind body, male female, light dark, yin yang, calm focus and so on. We hold each aspect within ourselves, The translation of yoga is union, so our aim is to balance our polarities. All styles of yoga aid in healing lethargy, depression, anxiety, obsession and all other ills and ails of the body, mind and emotions.
QI Yogais a delightful blend of hatha yoga (80%) and qigong (20%). Each Qi Yoga class focuses on clearing blocked qi (life force energy) to improve your health and vitality. The yoga classes will activate all your chakras and meridian lines.
Taught in both fluid and static positions, each class engages the mind/ body/ spirit in a gently flowing moving meditation and creates the sacred space for the transformational stillness of meditation. Structural alignment and protection of the spine are key to creating an experience of profound health free of injury and stress. This allows the body of any age, size, experience or condition to enjoy the benefits of the class.
Restorative, Wellness and Meditation is for people wanting a more chilled out and nurturing session than their regular workout and for those who think they do not fit into a yoga class due to the fact: you can’t touch your toes, you are too large, too injured, too old or too unwell? People like you are needing us the most. This class is specifically designed to help you relax, release and heal whether it be physical, emotional or mental dis-ease. If it's just because you need some self nurturing and rejuvenation from the city pace come and slow down a little.
We move into and out of gentle and strengthening postures slowly and carefully aiding your needs. Our aim is to make you feel comfortable within yourself and the way you move, increasing joint mobility and internal strength. These gentle and nurturing classes consist of balancing the body’s energies, strengthening core muscles to lift up pelvic and abdominal organs and to support the spine and lower back. Most postures are balancing, sitting and lying, touching into the organs and glands bringing them into closer balance with each other. With breath, meditation and visualisation as a strong focus. ^0 minutes of postures and 30 minutes guided meditation/yoga nidra These nurturing classes are designed restore, rebalance, heal and re-create your body, heart and mind.
Seniors/Yin class is a one hour $15 midday class. The practice is meditative and intentional, it is suitable for seniors and the less flexible or those wishing to enjoy a truly relaxing class. There is a strong focus on slow breathing with slow movement, it is sure to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. This yoga is extraordinarily meditative with a strong focus on joint mobilisation, increased flow of blood and lymphatics and harmonising the emotions and increasing mental abilities.
Vinyasa a more dynamic, fast paced practice of yoga. Continual, flowing movements are synchronised with a steady breath designed to increase strength and stamina. Creates dynamic personality and mind. Vinyasa - the Sanskrit word Nyasa means to place and vi means in a special way, thus Vinyasa taken literally means to place in a special way. What does it mean in the context of a yoga class?
Broadly vinyasa can mean the order of the postures, that is, how they are placed in a particular order to maximise the overall effect of the class. Vinyasa can also mean how one goes in and out of each posture, and where the breath is placed in that movement. Further, vinyasa can be about the actual technique of a posture also, to place it in a special way. The word vinyasa calls us to be present in the choices we make for our class, our body and our breath so that we are placed in a special way to sit in stillness for a few moments at the end of practice.
Wellness Classes will help you in your healing process. Learning techniques to increase the lymphatic flow, increase energy and vitality, steady the mind and balance the body's pH system, aiding in healing dis-ease. The class includes breathing, meditation, visualisation, gentle yoga postures and chi kung exercises and some theory. Learn about the benefits of yoga, the essence of body, soul and spirit, the elements and the chakras. This class is vital to aid healing all dis-ease; physical, emotional and mental, giving a feeling of wellness. Also recommended to those wishing to learn more about yoga and energy.
Yin is a much slower practice. Poses are typically held for a longer period of time. Anywhere from three to ten minutes. Sometimes even twenty. Yin yoga works on and nourishes the deeper, more hidden tissues, our ligaments, fascia, joints and bones.
More props such as pillows, blankets and bolsters might be used to support yourself during a yin class. Yin Yoga is focused more on time in order to go deeper not intensity. In Yin we go only to the point where the most resistance is felt. We don’t rush into the deepest position straight away. We find our “first” edge, then wait for our body to open up further and invite us in deeper. It is common to move into greater depth after thirty seconds to a minute, however sometimes this range is not available. Bare in mind that we have emotional edges too. Sometimes your resistance will be emotional. You may be unconsciously holding back and not ready to venture into painful memories, feelings or thoughts. Yin honours what is offered and accepts where you are at in that present moment.
More About Alchemic Yoga
This class has a mix of yoga, chi Kung and connecting breath with movement, all aiding you to move and contact deeper within the self. This class is a flowing style of yoga, which has tremendous benefits toward self healing and letting go. The most common outcome of this class is that you finish with a feeling of happiness and well being no matter how you felt when you first walked in the room. Alchemic yoga is based on the seasons and the elements of nature, balancing body, soul and spirit and it's connection to everything living. And enhancing the performance of the chakras. You will develop a deep understanding of yoga and your inner (universal) nature.
Alchemic Yoga concentrates on: • Separating the 3 essences of body, soul and spirit and the chemistry each relates to in the body: alcohols, oils and salts creating a more balanced pH level in the body which is what wellness is all about. • Working through the core muscles to increase: strength, flexibility and stamina creating an increased flow of blood, lymph, nervous and energy supply to the body. • Posture correction for healthy balance of body, mind and soul and an even flow through the body's pranic channels. • Practicing: asana (postures) flowing and static, pranayama (breath control), mantra (sound), visualization and meditation for transformation.
The Internal Process
Alchemy is the ability to change one substance into another. Some may believe that if it is hereditary there is no chance for change, whatever we believe strongly enough is our truth and that is the way life works for us. If we can change one substance into another through chemistry why can’t we do this with the chemistry of our bodies and minds?
In alchemic yoga we break down the ‘salute to the sun’ (Surya Namaskar). Instead of repeating right, middle left over and over again we break it down; working on the right side for a length of time, then we move to the middle and finish on the left. So we are only working on each side once. Working each side of the body - as in Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun)
Working the right side (spirit) The organs on the right side of the body create or release alkaline substances; the right lung absorbs negative ions through the breath, taking them to the liver which makes these alkaline substances and the gall bladder releases them to counteract the acid created by the stomach and to break down fats, the ascending colon releases the alcohols from the food we have eaten and puts it back into the liver. We see these organic soaps relating to spirit, just as we drink an alcoholic beverage we feel light headed and high, when we create and use our body's organic soaps (alcohols) we feel a natural high without the harmful effects of drinking alcohol, this is the way spirit energy feels; light and clear and enthusiastic. We use this spirit energy to wash away old unwanted patterns created by our present lives and our ancestors, to counteract the acids in the body and to calm and relax, to lift our spirit. Reducing the risk of anxiety and depression.
Working the left (body) The organs on the left side of the body are more acid based; the left lung absorbs positive ions and taken to the spleen. The transverse and descending colon release the salts and acids from the foods we have eaten to the spleen, some of these are converted into acids that break down the food in our stomach, some are used to make adrenalin, some are used to make amino acids for protein. Too much acid tends to make our body and mind tight or rigid. Just as all that we see including our own body are matter ‘a crystallized form (salt)’ a vehicle for the soul to travel in this lifetime. Salts hold patterns so with the left side we use these to hold the new pattern we created through the soul energy. If we have a balanced spleen we have focus without the obsession.
Working the middle (soul) Our endocrine glands run up through the centre of our body, most of them in pairs, so here it is about keeping balance. The main substance in the endocrine glands is the hormonal oil, which is a combination of acid (body) and alcohol (spirit/mind). Our hormones are ruled by our emotions; so we program ourselves by the way we think, act and react, which is the way we feel. So if we think light which is more ruled by spirit we remain soft, and fluid, when we react harshly or rigidly we are more ruled by body energy, which tends to make us become tight and rigid, more acidic. If we harmonize our actions and reactions our feelings will keep our hormones and endocrine glands balanced. Our bodies' hormones are the oils, which nourish, moisturize, rejuvenate and broaden the options of our entire being, so the DNA can reset in a new pattern and this is what we call soul energy. The hormones are full of information about the state of our organs and glands; this hormonal information is taken to the pituitary gland where the messages are fired off into the brain. The brain then tells our bodies what we need to do next to maintain our state of well-being but REMEMBER our hormones are programmed by the way we feel, if we are not acting and reacting in accordance to a healthy mind and body this is what we will get. We use this soul energy to change the way our herd and WE have programmed us to feel.
Summary The soul’s experience in a human body is through the senses and feelings. If we are too acid our experience becomes fixed and rigid to the point of obsessive and anxious, losing focus, which may lead to depression. If our bodies become too alkaline (which is difficult in this day and age) unless we don’t eat enough, we then become light headed, a little too carefree, leading to feelings of being disconnected and incomplete. So by keeping the left and right side of our bodies balanced we are left with a calm focus; a comfortable soul.
The meaning of hatha is ‘Sun – Moon’. Right - Left Near - Far Male - Female Light - Dark Alkaline - Acid Yang – Yin Mind - Body Calm - Focus