We are delighted to be launching our expanded schedule of classes beginning Feb 4 in the new studio, 221 Macquarie St (corner of Molle & Macquarie). This is a dream taken form and as with many dreams, bringing it to life has challenged me in many ways; made me face my deepest fears head on, trust my heart, come to centre again and again, and learn project management in quick time to pull the threads together. Thanks to YFTH teachers, the painting crew, moving gang, and all of you for making it possible. It is my heart felt wish that you will find inspiration and support here to open to your innate wisdom and live the highest vision for yourself and our world. And, this is not the only big undertaking unfolding .... I am offering the Elemental Yoga Immersion program starting in March. The Immersion is designed for practitioners of all levels who want to deepen their experience and expression of Yoga, and aspiring teachers who want to share the life affirming practice with others. I am working on getting registered Teacher Training up and running also, the Immersion being the first component. And, we are fortunate to have world recognised Yoga teacher and author Donna Farhi coming to Hobart May 24 - 26. Meredith Izon is doing an amazing job of managing the event for which I am so very grateful. YFTH is here to serve you. We welcome your feedback, ideas, and requests and we look forward to sharing the journey with you.
The new year is approaching and it feels like a time for expanding! We have lots of new initiatives in action at Yoga from the Heart for 2013, offered with the intention of serving the Hobart’s yoga community with the fullness of our hearts. Thank you for those who have made requests and encouraged us along this path.
We are very excited to be moving into our very own yoga space at 221 MacQuarie St (cnr Macquarie and Molle St),and with that move comes the opportunity to provide a schedule covering 7 days a week. Here’s are visuals of the MacQuarie St face of the building and the Molle St face of the building indicating where the studio is .... deck, balconies, and all! (we’ll be entering off Molle St before or after business hours). See the schedule for the additional class times we will be offering starting Feb 4. We are also very excited to be welcoming two experienced and passionate yoga teachers, Emma Miley and Alan Halyk, who will join us teaching at Yoga from the Heart next year. You can read more about them on the teachers page and see their class offerings on the schedule. Clare will be offering workshops throughout the year, and Donna Farhi will return to Hobart in May. In response to the requests from so many of you the Elemental Yoga Immersion Program will be offered over 6 weekends once a month starting March and is the part of the teacher training program taking form (though is not limited to aspiring teachers as it serves those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience). Dani will also step up to her first workshop-style teaching with several Pregnancy yoga workshops scheduled throughout the year. We will update the website and send emails as more details are available. Stay tuned for possible spontaneous holiday classes .... our ability to offer classes in January is limited by how soon we can have the studio up and running as there are walls to build, lighting to be addressed, and of course the large heatpump to be installed in readiness for the winter months. Stay tuned for an invitation to our Studio Blessing early in the new year.
It is an honour to be part of a community that deepens in its connectedness, mutual support, and inspiration as life both challenges our heart’s strength, and delights and expands us, a full spectrum in differing measures as the seasons flow. Our schedule remains the same this term and it is time to re-enrol, or to contact us to reserve a place in class. We are looking forward to Carlos Pomeda’s third visit to Hobart in November. His seminars are always inspirational, grounding, and transformational and we have some fabulous topics to explore this year. Additionally, Restorative Yoga Sessions will continue monthly, and Clare will be offering a workshop and professional development session in Melbourne at the end of October.
Interconnectedness, expansion, choice, Arete, simplicity, spaciousness, play .... some threads from classes this term. An overarching GRATITUDE pervades my experience in time practicing, planning and sharing with others. Rumi said, ‘Work is love made visible.’ My recent Melbourne trip for the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference was inspiring and landed me firmly in the ‘yoga is an amazingly powerful way to experience well-being as a presence of vitality and balance that supports us and is truly preventative health care’ camp. That is what I hope to continue to learn about and offer in the best way I can! Namaste, Clare
The winter term is drawing to a close, and spring is in the air. This winter has been a huge one for me personally, as many of you know I lost my son Obi at 23 weeks gestation on the July full moon. It is said in the yoga tradition that this moon is an auspicious time when our blessings are multiplied 1000 times. Obi has certainly been a wonderful blessing in my life, teaching me so much about love, beauty, compassion and peace (the themes of my classes have been inspired lately by these reflections). And these blessings seem to have indeed multiplied, as so many people’s hearts have also been touched by this special little soul: it has been overwhelming what friends and students in our beautiful yoga community have shared from deep in their hearts during this time. Big thanks to Clare, Neidra and Lee who so lovingly looked after my classes on the schedule while I was unable to teach. Huge thank you to all of you for your messages of consolation, words of inspiration, long and heartfelt hugs and on-going support. With the money gifted by the yoga kula, my house has been warmly coloured with beautiful flowers and a memory box was specially made of Huon pine with a black-heart-sassafras inlay on the lid that looks like a full moon rising. The winter of Obi has been very special in so many ways, and as his name means “strong heart”, it has been most prominently a winter of discovering just how deep and boundless our hearts can be. So as spring approaches, I bow in honour of what has been, while looking forward to the new beginnings that this season heralds. Namaste, Dani
The term has flown by for me. I have enjoyed continuing to explore yoga with some of the students from my beginner’s course last term, as well as some enthusiastic new students. It was also a pleasure to reconnect with some long term students of Yoga from the Heart when covering for Dani. Recently, I was fortunate to take several yoga classes in various places in Bali during our family holiday. A bamboo, open air yoga studio overlooking the ocean was a highlight, as was doing a class in an ashram for disadvantaged young adults. I was humbled by the bright, optimistic nature of the Balinese people, who often have so little. The beautiful daily offerings they leave out the front of every shop, restaurant, and house were such potent reminders to me to the daily opportunities to connect with something greater than ourselves. Taking classes with several different teachers during this time reminded me what an individual journey yoga can be. There are so many interpretations and styles and ways of practicing. However at their core, I believe they all aim for the same thing, for each practitioner to come to understand a little more about themselves and to reach their highest potential. I look forward to continuing the journey with you all, Neidra.