Yoga can boost your brainpower!

Bette Calman‘Yoga can boost your brainpower: Hatha yoga three times a weeks found to ‘dramatically’ improve cognitive function in the elderly’.

This is a must read for all those who think they’re too old to start Yoga…….you’re never too old!!!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2728417/Yoga-boost-brain-Hatha-yoga-three-times-weeks-dramatically-improve-cognitive-function-elderly.html

Community Classes at Moksha

We have been working away and preparing for our NEW Community Classes that commences next Thursday the 21st August from 11am-12.15pm! We will be selecting a Charity each month where 100% of the proceeds are donated.
This month we choose Beyond Blue, an organisation that helps raise awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

Our new Community Class starts next Thursday, 21st August, and is pay-by-donation. We encourage you to sign up before you come along just so you don’t miss out on a spot!

Click here to Sign In

Join us afterwards for a chat and a chai!

We invite you to share the community love, by forwarding this email on and tell everyone you know about this class!

Asana Clinics

We are all so excited to be launching our monthly Moksha Yoga ‘Asana Clinics’ commencing Saturday 20th September 2014 from 1-3pm.

These asana clinics have been designed for qualified yoga teachers, yoga teachers in training as well as all dedicated yoga students as a means of breaking down specific asana groups whilst developing and deepening your practice delivered in a workshop style over two hours.  We don’t often get the opportunity to workshop some of the more challenging asana in a public class and therefore tend to avoid them, these clinics will provide you with the platform to experiment with the asana your body is ready for while supporting you to progress through each variation of asana in a safe, informed, educated, supported and joyful way.

For each group of asana we will focus on the use of breath in combination with the specific anatomy and biomechanics required to progress through each variation of asana as well as looking at different ways to come into and out of each asana with the use of props; this allows the asana to become more accessible and therefore support your practice to grow and deepen while moving towards a more advanced practice.

We will kick start our Asana Clinics with ‘Arm Balancing 101’ on Saturday the 20th September 2014 from 1-3pm with Amelia Schrader and we will focus on breaking down some of the arm balancing postures and alignment. We will be using integrated methods from yoga and gymnastics to teach you how to prepare, progress and take flight. Suitable for anyone wanting to lay the foundations for arm balancing, learn safe methods to incorporate arm balancing into their regular practice or wanting to explore different variations and transitions to a current arm balancing practice.  This will be a playful and informative workshop style practice.

Each month we will break down a specific asana group so that your practice can continue to grow, deepen and develop and adopt the fearless heart of the yogi and try the asana that you perhaps tend to avoid in a supported way!

We look forward to supporting you to take your practice to the next level!

Life Revitalisation

Yoga is a beautiful experience of self discovery and you can receive even further support with our resident life and transformational coach, Dave Beaumont from Life Mastery Coach who is offering 3 sessions for the price of 2 until 31 July! To secure your booking or to enquire further, contact Moksha on (03) 9557 5885 before 31 July.

Life Revitalisation

Living Liberated: A Jivamukti Yoga Intensive

Living Liberated: Introduction to Jivamukti Yoga - Friday 1st August 2014, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Pashenka and Nick

Join Nick and Pashenka of Jivamukti Yoga, for a journey into this amazing, inspiring and uplifting Yoga method.

Expect a vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating evening of flowing Vinyasa sequences, hands-on assists, Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings, deep relaxation, and great music.

We will delve into the 5 tenets of Jivamukti Yoga:

Shastra – scripture

Bhakti – devotion

Ahimsa – kindness

Nada – music

Dhyana – meditation

Experience a solid Jivamukti Yoga class and deepen your understanding of the foundation yoga asanas and assists, energetically, physically and anatomically.

Suitable for all students, teacher trainees and teachers alike.

The incentive is $80. To secure your ticket visit www.mokshayoga.com.au and book online or phone (03) 5887 5885.

For more information about the teachers visit www.nikipiyoga.com

Yoga & The Full Moon

Yoga and the Full Moon

The lunar cycle affects the tides of large bodies of water and, as our bodies are largely made up of water, there may be some truth to the statement that the moon affects our tides as well. With the recent full moon on Saturday, 12 July, it’s a good time to reflect on just how this phase in the moon’s cycle can influence us humans. The lunar effect is the connection between the cycle of the moon and our own bodies. At different times within each lunar cycle, we may notice changes in our sleep quality, moods, behavior, and even the events of our daily lives, including our yoga practice.

During a full moon phase, it seems like everything in our lives gets a little crazy. This is often called lunar lunacy (the word lunacy actually derives from the Latin for moon). Animals start to go a bit mad, we might not sleep as well each night, our hormones may fluctuate wildly – these are excellent reasons to slow down, take stock, and be more present in our everyday lives, especially when we practice yoga. We may feel the urge to push ourselves to new limits in our asana, but, if we do follow that course, we must remain mindful of the fact that we can more easily injure ourselves during this time.

What we really need to do is to listen wholeheartedly to our bodies. Sometimes the body tells us to slow down and focus on balance and stillness, rather than on action and power. In this full moon time of chaos, it’s important to remember that you will nurture your body if you follow its root desires. If your body is calling out for a greater physical challenge, then you can mindfully provide it that outlet, reaping the mental and spiritual benefits as well as the physical. On the other hand, if your body is telling you to rein in the action and draw energy in toward your center, then heed these directions and your practice, body, and soul will glow with the health and healing of yoga.

Here at Moksha Yoga, we encourage you to find presence both on and off the mat. So embrace this time of lunacy and harness that wild energy to the advantage of your life and practice!

Live What You Love – Become a Yoga Teacher with Moksha

Live What You Love – Become a Yoga Teacher with Moksha

 Are you a dedicated student of yoga looking to deepen your practice by moving beyond the superficial, physical aspect of yoga? Do you want to share your passion and knowledge of yoga and inspire others? If this sounds like you, then a course in Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Moksha Yoga may be just what you need.

Becoming a yoga teacher can be a great way to change careers to something more fulfilling, or to add on to your current career to broaden your work life. Moksha Academy of Yoga (RYS200) is a Yoga Alliance-accredited school of yoga and offers an internationally recognized program to help you make a career out of yoga. We provide a thorough and comprehensive YTT course that is a seamless synthesis of the ancient practices and philosophies of Yoga and the modern Western approach to the body. The goal of this blend is to equip our yoga teachers with a solid foundation in yoga teaching that spans thousands of years of knowledge and wisdom.

Our YTT course is an in-depth exploration and integration of key areas of teaching yoga in the modern world, including teaching techniques and methodology, applied gross anatomy and systemic physiology, yoga philosophy and psychology, yoga therapeutics and evidence-based research, and practical teaching experience. At Moksha, we understand that yoga is the union of all life and, through our YTT courses, we give our teachers-in-training the skills and tools to deliver this wisdom to the wider world, so that others may benefit from the bliss that yoga brings.

Enrollments are now open for our next intake on 9 July 2014, so call us at (03) 9557-5885 or email us today for more information about our class schedules and flexible learning options.

When yoga gets into your bones and you start to live and breathe yoga, go out and share your love with the world. Answer your calling and become a yoga teacher with Moksha Academy of Yoga today!

Yoga Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients & Survivors

If you have attended a yoga class before, you are probably well aware of the physical benefits of yoga, such as increased flexibility, stamina, strength, and relaxation. However, you might not know of the therapeutic benefits of yoga and the ways in which yoga can complement Western medical treatments for serious illnesses like breast cancer. Pick up the latest issue of Australian Natural Health at your local newsagent for a chance to read Emma Palmer’s most recent article on the issue.

Emma summarizes the latest research on the benefits of yoga for people actively treating breast cancer and for those who have survived it. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in January earlier this year demonstrated that, with a consistent and targeted yoga practice during and post-treatment, women with breast cancer found relief from a wide range of symptoms, including inflammation, anxiety, and fatigue, and they experienced a heightened sense of general well-being and relaxation.

This study took subjective measurements such as self-reports on mental health, as well as objective measurements such as blood tests to obtain a holistic picture of the effect of yoga on each person’s body and mind. The researchers found that, not only did participants report feeling less anxiety, lethargy, depression, and difficulty with sleep, their physiological measures also showed a reduction in inflammatory response and levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress in the body.

Due to the invasive nature of breast cancer treatment, these findings are significant because they show benefits even to those who have been through perhaps the most harrowing experience of their lives, a fact that highlights the therapeutic potential of yoga. A consistent practice of gentle yoga, paired with yogic breathing and meditation techniques, presented a notable intervention for patients during and following treatment, and this study serves to reinforce what previous studies have also found: that restorative yoga practices are key to reducing stress and increasing quality of life both during and post-treatment, and may also be instrumental in increasing rates of success for breast cancer survival when prescribed appropriately.

As Emma points out in her article, yoga provides us with a space for healing and self-improvement like no other physical exercise practice. The spiritual aspect of yoga is particularly important in a therapeutic sense for breast cancer patients and survivors because being diagnosed with breast cancer and surviving its treatment is an experience to test anyone’s resolve. Although breast cancer predominantly affects women, a consistent yoga practice would also benefit men who have been diagnosed with or have survived breast cancer.

The findings of these studies are not necessarily generalizable to patients with other forms of cancer or other life-threatening illnesses, but the fact that yoga has been shown to be beneficial for people dealing with such a devastating disease can give us hope that yoga will prevail as a common therapy in hospitals and clinics worldwide.

Yoga Teacher Training (RYT200)

Become a Yoga Alliance qualified Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and follow your passion, live what you love and then offer that in the form of service to others.

The Moksha Academy of Yoga is reputed to offer one of the most hands on practical Yoga Teacher Training Courses in a supportive environment, delivering thorough, in-depth, holistic teachings in all areas of Yoga study and Yoga Teaching.  Our goal… is to ensure that we provide a consistently high standard of learning providing you with the opportunity of being fully prepared to teach Yoga to a diverse range of Yoga students.

Whilst studying, the Moksha Academy of Yoga Graduate moves through a process of extraordinary transformation and enters the world of Yoga Teaching harnessed with experience, confidence, passion and a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Yoga and holistic health.

Our next Intake starts on the 29th January 2014 offering both the Yoga Teacher Training Course (RYT200) and the Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training Course.  The Information Session for both courses is on Tuesday the 14th January from 4.30-5.30pm.

To find out more simply contact us today on (03) 9557-5885 or email us at ytt@mokshayoga.com.au for an Information Pack.

Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training Course

If you have ever wanted to study your love of Yoga further without undertaking the full Yoga Teacher Training Course, then this course is for you!

This 6 month course offers an Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training and has been designed for you to choose any of your favourite 10 of the 40 units available whilst getting a taster of what studying Yoga at the Moksha Academy of Yoga would be like. Here you can study with like-minded people, explore the key areas of Yoga that you love the most, or simply update and refresh your existing skills as an already qualified Yoga Teacher.  An excellent way to commit some time for your own personal and professional development.

This course has also been designed for students who are Yoga enthusiasts considering changing their career and want to try some of the units before making the full commitment of undertaking the full RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training Course Accredited through Yoga Alliance.

Current qualified Yoga Teachers may also wish to apply to undertake study in Units that may not have been offered in their original training and subsequently adding focus to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) gaining 50 total hours of CPD points.

Simply choose any 10 of the 40 units available over a period of 6 months selecting lectures held on any of the following days/times:

  • Wednesday’s from 10am - 3pm; or
  • Thursday’s from 5pm – 10pm; or
  • Saturday’s from 12pm – 5pm

Should you then choose to enrol into the full course to qualify as a Yoga Alliance Accredited Yoga Teacher (RYT200) (full course must be completed within 2 years from initial start date) you will be able to receive recognition of prior learning for your chosen units and can then study the remaining 30 units as well as completing all other key assessment areas in order to receive the full RYT200 Yoga Teaching Qualification.

Contact us today on (03) 9557-5885 or via email at ytt@mokshayoga.com.au to find out more!

 

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There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
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