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're obsessed with how we look, rather than how we feel. 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). 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 and patterns so we can reveal our true, shiny, amazing selves. There's no mystery to it - you don't need to shave your head, move to an Ashram and invest in 80 pairs of Yoga pants. You can simply bring Yoga into your life right here, right now. My job is to show you how.
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 very clunky physical practice with a DVD 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. Physically I suffered from chronic back pain and pelvic instability which at it's worst would see me in excruciating pain. Yoga helped me connect with, understand and transform my body, mind and spirit. My goal now is to help guide others on their own healing journey.
"Claire's great strength is her ability to ground the principles of Yoga in everyday life" Alice, Melbourne.
Training & Development
Australian Women's Health Magazine Yoga Expert
Former President of peak body, Yoga Australia
Donna Farhi, Post Graduate Advanced Yoga Studies Certificate (150 hours)
Academy of Yoga Learning, Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (1040 hours)
iRest Level 1, Teacher-in-Training
Yoga Australia Registered Teacher (visit yogaaustralia.org.au)
You do not need to be flexible to do Yoga. Yoga can be practiced at any time by anybody.
My classes are guided by the belief that students reap the most rewards when encouraged to practice in a way that respects their own body. I offer thorough instruction and weave through philosophy, relaxation and meditation. My mantra is 'slow and strong' - we take our time practicing safely and mindfully. We also have fun! All are welcome.
My aim is to help you:
· Learn more about your own body and develop a practice that will serve you for life
· Build functional strength, flexibility and mobility
· Understand how you can take your Yoga off the mat and into your life
· Build an understanding, respect and love for your own body
My hope is that students feel:
· Safe and supported
· Comfortable to explore their internal experience, ask questions and play
If you can breathe you can practice Yoga!
Casual classes ~ all levels welcome.
Saturday 9.30 ~ 10.30am - Hawthorn Aquatic & Leisure Centre ($17.10 casual rate)
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before class starts.
Not sure what to expect? Read my etiquette blog.
Yoga at home
If you’re looking to have a practice tailored to your needs then book a 1:1. Contact Claire on 0437 704 315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.
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.
- Corporate mindfulness program
- Onsite Yoga classes
- Talks and workshops on mindfulness, resilience, stress management
- Classes and workshops for corporate away-days / team building
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