Yoga for life
"Pause for a moment. Sit down and relax. Smell the air. Look around you.
Take a deep breath in and out. This state of mind called Yoga can't be found
anywhere else but here. The moment opens itself for you. Will you step in?"
~ Donna Farhi, author, Bringing Yoga to Life
"Yoga is the rule book for playing the game of life" BKS Iyengar
Let’s talk about you first. If you're new to yoga you might be wondering what all the fuss is about? Who are these self-righteous folk walking around with their Kale smoothies sprouting the benefits of this ancient practice?
Simply put: Yoga helps you to feel better about yourself & about life. It impacts the way you move, live, hold yourself, breathe, relate (to yourself & others) and navigate your way through this crazy world of ours.
In the west we've tended to focus on the physical practice because we luuurve to look good. The reality is there's so much more to Yoga than flexibility and turning yourself into a human pretzel. In fact, in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras (ancient text written roughly 2500 years ago) Asana (postures) are mentioned just twice.
Yoga isn't about standing on your head, it's about becoming your own best friend.
Patanjali talks about the human condition, how crazy hectic our minds are, how we love to obsess over stuff, material possessions and post photos of ourselves on Instagram (actually he doesn't mention that at all). But he does talk about the layers of a human, how we are so much more than skin, bone and thoughts. He talks about how Yoga can help us quieten the mind, get comfortable in our own skin and peel away all those old unhelpful thoughts so we can reveal our true, shiny, amazing selves.
We can be free of all those crazy thoughts we carry around like 'I'm not good/smart/pretty/clever/handsome enough.' Boy we are hard on ourselves and you know what? You're perfect. Just as you are. You're more perfect and powerful than you can possibly imagine.
You're more perfect and powerful than you can possibly imagine!
About Claire Nettley
I began practicing Yoga in 2007 while working overseas. What started as a physical practice with a DVD very soon became a way of life. I’d spent years feeling something was missing. I thought everyone else had it together and there was something fundamentally wrong with me. I seemed to keep repeating the same old patterns and had a marvellous ability to get in my own way. Physically I suffered from constant back pain and pelvic instability which at it's worst meant I could put my back out holding a door open with my foot. My years at a desk hadn’t helped.
In 2012 I made the swap from boardroom to Yoga studio and haven’t looked back.
"Claire's great strength is her ability to ground the principles of Yoga in everyday life" Alice, Melbourne.
Academy of Yoga Learning, Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (1040 hours)
Donna Farhi, Post Graduate Advanced Yoga Studies Certificate (150 hours)
iRest Level 1, Teacher-in-Training
Yoga Australia Registered Teacher
President of Yoga Australia
I teach a hybrid style based around Hatha Yoga that incorporates human movement patterns and Somatics exercises/principles.
"Adventure is not outside man, it is within." ~ George Eliot
Our classes are guided by the belief that students reap the most rewards when encouraged to practice in a way that respects their own body.
In the coming months we’ll be introducing additional classes, philosophy evenings, workshops and gatherings (Sangha). This Yoga Life is an open, friendly, heart-warming and welcoming environment where you can learn to apply the tools of Yoga to your own life.
We can't wait to share with you the joys of Yoga!
Casual classes ~ all levels welcome.
Saturday 9.30 ~ 10.30am - Hawthorn Aquatic & Leisure Centre ($16 casual rate)
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts. Not sure what to expect? Read our etiquette blog.
Yoga at home
If you’re looking to have a practice tailored to your needs then book a 1:1 with Claire in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Yoga at work
It’s no surprise that corporate wellness programs are on the increase – they achieve results. Fewer sick days and a more productive, efficient and engaged workforce are just some of the outcomes being reported.
We offer onsite Yoga and mindfulness-based training programs to enhance your staff’s physical,
mental and emotional wellbeing, and their ability to manage stress
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Claire just loves to talk about Yoga and through her work with Yoga Australia, has shared the love with the following publications. She's covered everything from the importance of a peak body through to what students should be expecting of their teachers, and how to meditate while standing on your head (not really):