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Success Chiropractic Timetable

March 2, 2014

Success Chiropractic Timetable

This is the current timetable for classes at Success Chiropractic. For further information, including prices and class descriptions, then click on the timetable to be directed to the Success Chiropractic website. To make a booking call 0488 400 175, 9417 4004 or email successchiropractic@hotmail.com

 

 

Changes to Gaiamara Yoga Studio

February 16, 2014

Hari om wonderful yogis!

There are some changes coming to Gaiamara Yoga from Monday the 25th of February 2014.

The Success studio will be running through Success Chiropractic so all bookings will need to be made on 0488 400 175, 9417 4004, or via successchiropractic@hotmail.com if you prefer to email. There will also be some changes to the timetable and a new yoga teacher to take some of the classes!

The classes that will be running from the 25/02/2014 are as follows:

Mondays – Beginners 6.00pm-7.30pm
Tuesdays – Beginners 9.30-11.00am
Wednesdays – Beginners/General 6.00pm-7.30pm
Thursdays – Beginners 9.30-11.00am and Kids Yoga 4-5pm
Saturdays – General 10.00-11.30am

Keep an eye on the Gaiamara Yoga Facebook page as there will be new classes starting soon in Baldivis and Rockingham! Feel free to register your interest via email. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks folks! Hari om tat sat x

Mahamaya – The Great Illusion

January 2, 2014

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One tends to find, at the tail end of the year, that the stressful energies flowing around public places and among our friends and family are easily absorbed and accepted as our own. We get caught up in the panic of materialistic giving. We worry that we will be judged upon our cleaning, gift-selection, decorating, wrapping and cooking abilities. Essentially, we forget that we are not here to participate in mass hysteria and competition but to find our compassion and truth; our inner selves.

Then the New Year arrives and we try to do away with all of our perceived foibles and create sweeping changes in our lives. We promise to be healthier, kinder, more outgoing, less outgoing, spend more time with our kids, work less, work harder, play more, play less, and on and on it goes. Quite often we expect all of these changes to take place beginning on New Year’s Day. Yeah, right.

The pressure of the weeks preceding and the over-whelming festivities of the season take a huge toll on us and we tend to feel flat, worn out and not at our very best when the 1st of January rolls around. Perhaps this is not the best time to be judging ourselves so harshly. Instead, wouldn’t it be better to give ourselves a pat on the back for surviving yet another holiday season without a trip to the psyche ward?

As a long time yogi, I understand the concept of “maya” or the “illusion” of the life that we see around us. Like characters in a video game we constantly strive to reach the next level, gaining experience and wealth, overcoming the “bosses” and other challenges to finally reach our end goals, assuming we know what they are. In truth, it’s all a facade, a veil hiding us from the reality of ourselves: our infinite and immutable spirit.

Getting caught up in the minutiae of living stops us seeing the macro, the bigger picture. We forget what is important and start believing that what the media and advertisers tell us is what’s important, when all they want to do is sell us things. Things we don’t need which distract us from becoming truly acquainted with ourselves; because if we were truly happy in ourselves we would realise that we don’t need these other things to give us happiness, or distract us from our emotional baggage.

We plan to “get in touch” with friends and family but months go by and we still haven’t. We forget to honour ourselves and our loved ones that we live with and instead become entrenched in the goings-on of people we barely know on Facebook. We return to the old habits that carried us, unseeing, through the previous year and kick ourselves for it when the new one arrives.

So, this year why not make your goal to stop believing the hype? Don’t allow yourself to be carried along for the ride, as you are the creator of your own destiny so paddle your own damn boat. Take time to be still and really LOOK at the world around you, and I don’t mean via the TV and computer screens. Be PRESENT in nature and with your loved ones, INHABIT the body that you are blessed with, be COMPASSIONATE with yourself and HONEST, the rest will fall into place.

Most important of all… appreciate that you’ve made it into another year and make this one your best year yet.

BUT…

… if another year goes by and you haven’t managed to follow your dreams and goals or overcome your deepest fears then, take a deep breath and try again! After all, it’s only an illusion.

Getting Serious About Sadhana

October 27, 2013

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For someone who teaches 17 yoga classes a week I have a crappy sadhana. It’s difficult to find the inclination and energy at the end (or early beginning) of the day. Although the tremendous benefits do outweigh the inconvenience.

What is a sadhana, you ask? A sadhana is a personal yoga practice; that which helps one develop one’s physical, mental and spiritual self along one’s chosen path. Each yogi’s path is individual and one’s sadhana ought to reflect that. Some yogis will spend years perfecting their Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) whereas others might change the details of their practice from week to week or month to month.

For a goodly period of time I was a daily Surya Namaskara yogi, using the consecutive practices to delve into the subtle energetic, spiritual and philosophical elements of the practice. I stopped my daily Sun Salutations when I injured my shoulder and have not had the tenacity to resume them since. In a perfect world, injury and illness should incite us to adapt our practices to meet the needs of our minds and bodies. More often than not, though, we fear the pain or the potential of increasing the damage (or feeling more unwell) and stop altogether.

For me, the overwhelming situation of teaching classes 6 days per week whilst recovering from an injury (with the addition of settling into a new home) was all too much. My sadhana was sacrificed mercilessly. I feel the keen loss, though; the lack of something in myself and my life.

Fortunately, the onset of Spring has awakened my enthusiasm and I may actually be able to get out of bed 20 minutes earlier than usual. I shall keep you updated! The next post will be on developing your own sadhana…. stay tuned 😉

“What is sadhana? It’s a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. … Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

Hari om tat sat x

Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend

September 29, 2013

Hari om dear yogis!

Gaiamara Yoga studio will be closed for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday Monday, 30th of September. Apologies for any inconvenience but classes will be back on Tuesday the 1st of October. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Om Shanti

What yoga isn’t.

July 20, 2013

So, I’ve been reading a few blogs around the web and different people’s opinions on spirituality and yoga. As I sift through the muck and mire I have come to notice a very skewed, predominantly Westernised view of yoga. It’s easy to buy into because it fits in with all of our other Western  consumerist ideologies.

I’m not talking about the trend  towards “yoga for fitness” but the “Insta-guru” thing that seems to happen with celebrity yoga teachers all around the world. Firstly, a celebrity yoga teacher goes very much against the grain for me. Yoga is about breaking down the ego not building it up. Patanjali would be back-flipping in his unmarked grave.

“Who’s Patanjali?” You might ask. Patanjali was an Indian philosopher from the 2nd Century BCE who compiled the foundations of the philosophy of Yoga – the Yoga Sutras. Within the 4 chapters, or books, of the Yoga Sutras are the Eight Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga – not referring to that particular style of yoga but the sanskrit word for “eight-limbed”).

These eight limbs are as follows:

  • Yama – things to avoid doing as we interact with the world (and beings) around us.
  • Niyama – things to attend to within ourselves, tenets to hold to.
  • Asana – strenghtening, developing and disciplining the body through physical practice.
  • Pranayama – control of the breath, helping to clear the body and still the mind.
  • Pratyahara – withdrawal of the senses, that “going within” feeling.
  • Dharana – one-pointedness or focus upon a single object or thought.
  • Dhiyana – the act of concerted meditation.
  • Samadhi – the point of bliss where the practitioner is at one with the meditation.

Within our practices we try to incorporate these limbs and work towards developing our body, mind and spirit. However, in the beginning we aim to work on our interactions with the world around us, namely the Yamas.

Why? Because you can’t start at the top and expect results. You need to build an adequate foundation to work up the limbs. If you lose your foundations then the rest crumbles…

So, what are the Yamas? They are as follows:

  • Ahimsa – non-violence or non-harm. This refers, of course, to the life around us but also to ourselves. The tenet “first, do no harm” is one of the principal precepts of medical ethics and ought to be something we consider with our daily actions as well.
  • Satya – non-truth or non-illusion. Referring, as you’d expect, to being truthful in both word and thought. We do need to remember ahimsa when we speak our truth though.
  • Asteya – non-covetousness or non-stealing. Pretty simple; don’t take what isn’t yours. However, yoga takes it a little beyond this to where we ought not even desire our own things as they become an extension of the ego. Could also be seen as non-attachment.
  • Brahmacharya – abstinence, but not the total abstinence of a monk. More like avoiding wasting our sexual energy on relationships that have no meaning (playing the field), or using our charms/energies in a way that might harm others. Essentially, responsible behaviour and relationships that help us towards our truth and not away from it. Taking oneself away from people and relationships (of any kind) that cause us harm – ahimsa in practice.
  • Aparigraha – greedlessness or non-grasping. So not hoarding anything, be it food, wealth, items, cats. Allowing items that are no longer in use to pass onto someone else who may need them. Do we really need all of these “things”? Do they actually make us happy? Happiness is not found in objects but within, hence we ought to only take what is necessary for us to live. Okay, sometimes we find happiness in cats.

The Yamas all work together to provide us an ethical guideline by which to live. Not taking from others by hoarding resources. Not cheating in relationships, which steals from the wronged party as well being untruthful and harmful. You can see how they all work together.

So, what is it that I’m getting at here? All the over-hyped, cult-creating yoga teachers that you see in the DVDs, on talk-shows, in magazines, writing books, giving conferences, and hanging out with movie stars aren’t necessarily great yogis. Perhaps they are, but you have to look at how they’re living, not what they’re selling.

Don’t get me wrong, there is no perfect person (I’m FAR from perfect myself) and these tenets to live by are ideals to aim towards, not necessarily devote our lives to. But when you see a famous yoga teacher living the high life, flashing their designer clothes and relationship-hopping you have to wonder… do they truly live a yogic life?

We are all the same at our core level and yoga teaches us that no one is above anyone else. So try not to place anyone, no matter what they teach or provide you, on a pedestal. We are all equal.

Hari om x

There is but one…

July 3, 2013

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