Yoga update

Time to de-stress and breath
Just be………..

As we are all entering uncertain and challenging times it is more important than ever to be the calm amongst the chaos.

We all know that stress and anxiety are not going to help us or anyone else at this time but rather deplete our immune systems making ourselves more vulnerable to the nasties that are looming.

If you can’t make it to class, that’s fine but I highly recommend you find some quiet time to focus on your breath and maybe even do a practice :).

My plan at this stage is to continue my normal schedule until I’m told I can’t. I really feel that it is important to have these classes available for you, for your own peace of mind and a bit of normality.

It’s during times like these that yoga shines its brightest and everything that we learn in our classes comes into play in our daily lives. Stay strong in your centre Watch your breath Relax and be open to what challenges present   themselves Practice compassion (Karuna) Help those in need Be present in the moment And we know that on a physical level it’s important to keep our bodies strong, flexible and therefore healthy!

If we need to close the studios down for a period of time, I will look into the live streaming option which I have absolutely no idea about! 
If anyone has any suggestions then I would love to hear from you so I can set it up asap as a back up plan 🙂

Here is the protocol for the studios so you can relax knowing everything will be disinfected before and after each class.
We’ll be removing props for now, so please BYO your own eyebags, blocks, straps if you have them and need them.
If you have your own mat, please bring it.  We will keep a few out if you don’t have your own.

Bring a clean towel from home to place on blankets

We will be using a bucket with disinfectant in it to wash mats, rather than the spray bottles.  This will be changed after every class.  We will also be steam mopping the studio floors once a day.

There will no longer be glasses or cups available at the studios for water so please remember to bring your water bottle. 🙏

As always, if unwell with any flu/cold/bug please stay at home. I know it’s hard, but it helps the health of the whole community. Follow the current guidelines of 2 weeks self-isolation and seek help if needed.

Please take care of yourself and you know where I’ll be if you need a break!

About Julie Stephens

I started my yoga journey approximately 30 years ago and after many years of travelling around the world I decided I was ready to commit myself to becoming a yoga teacher. The draw card for me was/is more of the spiritual aspect as I have always been curious about the bigger picture, meditating and finding contentment. The physical side was an added bonus. In the late 90s, I was living on the Gold Coast in Australia and practising regularly at the Gold Coast Yoga Centre. In 2000, I started my yoga teacher training apprenticeship – at that time it didn’t have an end to it. I was basically told that I would be finished my training when they saw that I was ready. This took 18 months of practising six days a week, 30 hours a week. There were no excuses for missing the training and if I didn’t turn up, I would have been expelled from the program. With hindsight, this was one of the most important lessons I learnt, as it gave me the dedication to continue my six-day-a-week practice no matter what the circumstances were and I can tell you, there were many interesting situations where I would be practising amongst the local people in Mongolia, China, The Tibetan plateau, Nepal, India etc, on trains, planes, airport disabled toilets because they were big… anyway, my point being, is that I had to maintain this combination of devotional practice and study which has allowed me to gain a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the amazing art and science of yoga. Since I qualified I have owned a yoga studio on the Gold Coast, taught in Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Bali and of course New Zealand, which is where I am now based. For me this has been the perfect balance of doing what I love, teaching yoga and travelling. I am blessed to have trained with a lot of great inspirational teachers along this journey, such as Erich Schiffman, Donna Farhi, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Ana Forest, David and Sharon, the founders of Jivamukti, Andrey Lappa from Universal Yoga, Nicky Knoff (Iyengar), John Friend (Anusara), David Soul Ray, Lance Schuler, Clive Sheridan and of course my teachers: Kameron Story, Mark Togni and Suzanne Grey from whom I learnt the Ashtanga Primary and Second series, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, meditation and pranayama. The style of yoga I predominantly teach is Vinyasa Flow, which leads you through a flowing series of postures with an emphasis on the breath. Options are given and the yoga class is structured so that each pose prepares the student for the next. Everybody can do my yoga from a beginner level, pre-natal, general through to advanced. In the beginner and pre-natal yoga classes the emphasis is on the foundations of yoga with the correct use of props ie; blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters, to enable the student to practise safely. I also teach Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. I offer beginners’ classes and yoga therapy. The class environment is positive and fun, so you can feel at ease and comfortable to practice at your own level, after all it is ultimately about your own self exploration. As a yoga teacher I feel truly honoured and privileged to be able to share such an ancient practice – one that offers not only great physical benefits, but ultimately allows us to be mindful, happy and content.

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