Yin Yoga

What is the Divine Feminine?

Whatever our gender, we all have both masculine and feminine energies within us. These are our divine energies as they are connected to our spirit and are sacred. The energies we associate with the Divine Feminine aspect of ourselves are creativity, intuition, flow, kindness, internal focus, listening to our bodies and surrender. These qualities are important in creating relationships, managing our health, building communities and looking at the greater good.

 

The energies we associate with the Divine Masculine aspects of ourselves are goal driven, linear, healthy risk taking, logical, focused and ordered. All of these qualities are helpful in situations when we need to be assertive and outwardly focused.

 

We all need both of these masculine and feminine qualities, also known as yin and yang, feminine and masculine, shiva and shakti energies. It’s great if we can have both in balance, but life is continually moving and changing and so is the balance of our energies. Our lifestyle, environment, body type, job, belief systems relationships etc can all affect the balance of our energies.

 

The qualities associated with the masculine energy are often needed for survival and are often celebrated in the business world and society in general. However there is a lot of unbalanced masculine energy around right now it is expressed as anger, fear, anxiety and aggression, being unreasonable and over thinking. It may show up as a drive to prove ourselves at the expense of our body. A constant push, push, push.

 

In Ayurveda like attracts like and when we want to reduce a quality we do the opposite so increasing the feminine energy will help to balance any unhealthy masculine.

 

How do we discover the different energies in our bodies and work with them? The […]

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    Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

The invitation for this nourishing retreat was to slow down and listen to the bodies natural intelligence. We inhaled the lemon scented air, we exhaled and released into the spaciousness of the bush surrounds. We explored the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda through movement and meditation. We swam in the crystal clear water at Hyams beach and relaxed by the fire in the evening gazing at the stars in the night sky.

Thank you to all the fabulous, gracious and powerful women who showed up with open minds and hearts we had a magical experience. Thank you also to Camilla at Paperbark Camp and to Mother Nature for again providing such perfect weather.

Please get in touch if you are interested in future retreats justine@triveda.com.au

 

Feel and Accept for Deep Relaxation

What is feeling?
In yoga we describe this as an inner awareness of our body.
As we turn our attention inwards we start to become aware of our breathing; we may sense our heart rate; we become aware of ‘gut feelings’; we may become aware of the temperature of our body.
When we start to draw our attention inwards to the interior space of our bodies we start to move towards relaxation. This is because we start to relax our senses and in yoga this is called Pratyahara.
Our senses are connected to our sympathetic nervous system our ‘fight, flight and freeze’ response. When our senses are alerted and our attention is outwardly focused, the sympathetic nervous system is switched on and the cortisol is pumping around our body, in this state we are ready for action, we are not relaxed or healing.
When we relax our senses and move our attention to feeling from the inside out we start to access our parasympathetic and enteric nervous systems. This is the place where true relaxation takes place. This is sometimes called the ‘rest and digest’ response.
What if we don’t like what we feel? Feeling can be hard or uncomfortable as there are may be things we don’t want to continue to feel. Feeling takes courage and an open heart. When feeling is hard or uncomfortable I would invite you to notice this, and try to accept what you have found. Allow whatever is there to be there fully. This creates space around the pain or uncomfortable feeling and helps it to resolve. The opposite of feeling is numbing, which is defined as ‘depriving one of feeling or responsiveness’. It’s very easy to ‘numb out’, we all do it. We […]

Yoga in Bondi Beach Park

Welcome to Spring!

I’m excited to announce that my beach permit is on the way and I’ll be teaching in the freshly renovated Beach Park for Summer.

Come and practice yoga in the Park (starting November 1), relax and revitalise with yoga under the trees, feel the summer breeze on your skin as you inhale the oceanic energy.

All classes 1 hour.

See timetable here.

Nameste
Justine
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2017 Yoga and Wellness Retreat :: Paperbark Camp

This Autumn I’m very excited to be offering another Yoga and Wellness Retreat in collaboration with Camilla at the stunning Paperbark Camp. This amazing bush setting encourages a very nurturing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Here is the scene last year, relaxing in savasana fireside…

Please get in contact if you are interested in future retreats as this one booked out fast.

Justine

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Increase Immunity – more tips from ‘The Ancients’…

When I refer to the ‘Ancients’, I’m not talking about my parents or even my grandparents, I’m thinking about wisdom passed down from thousands of years ago. Let’s look at two ancient systems Ayurveda from India and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from China. What similar guidance have these traditional systems sent us?

Three layers of the body are recognized in each system, the Physical Layer, the Mental Layer and the Subtle Layer. As a yoga teacher, I’m curious about the Subtle Body. The non-visible energy channels that travel through the body are recognized in Ayurveda and are called Nadi’s and they are also acknowledged in TCM and are called Meridians, many pressure points along these energy lines are similar in both systems. To access the subtle body, both ancient wisdoms link breath and movement, think, Tai Chi, Yoga as well as Meditation.

Elements feature in both systems, TCM recognizes the five elements Fire, Water, and Earth, and in Ayurveda the 5 elements are Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Importantly, both systems recognize the microcosm and macrocosm idea, what is outside is also inside, each constantly influencing and affecting the other. In other words how we interact with our environment will hugely influence our energy.

Practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation are the best way to start to access the subtle body. When we strengthen and heal the subtle body we will amplify our energy but also strengthen our body on a cellular level and build immunity. To dive in deeper come and try a yin yoga class!

See you on the mat!

Justine

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Love your Liver – Twist out your Organs!

Yoga for the Army General a.k.a the Liver
I’m obsessed with organs at the moment, not in the ‘head-to-tail eating’ variety, but the internal organs of humans and in particular, how they are affected by yoga. I think it’s incredible that when we pay close attention we can actually imagine and even feel these organs and the affect the different yoga poses have on them.
This week all my classes have been about the Liver. In the Chinese philosophy, Taoism, the liver is described as ‘The Army General’. I really love the idea of creating characters out of organs to explain bodily functions. ‘Organ characters’ become even more interesting when we think about their personality. We can do this by looking at the energetic body, the energy/chi/lifeforce running through the organs. Taoism refers to certain emotions arising when different organs are out of balance (for example a liver that is sluggish/congested or alternatively an over active liver). The Liver is most commonly associated with the emotions Anger & Kindness. When you think of the expression, ‘he/she was Livid’ this makes sense. I wonder what happens when the Army General is over active/hyper? How will this affect our demeanour?

‘The Liver is a very complex organ; it has a number of functions, protein production, storing and releasing blood, blood clotting regulating cholesterol, and glucose and iron metabolism. And by continually filtering our blood, the liver detoxifies and cleanses our bodies.’[1]
With tasks like this, it’s no wonder the Liver is referred to as the Army General. Without a doubt, no matter how clean living you are, urban living means everyone can benefit from a boost to liver function. The good news is the liver is able to heal […]

Book Now for Winter Yoga!

We are very excited to announce the opening of the Triveda Yoga Studio for private and small group classes. The yoga studio is located at Bondi Beach and will be opening in the first week of May 2014.

Bookings required for all classes, please register by contacting us here.

8 week course: $160

6 week course: $120

Casual class: $25

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

9.30am

General Hatha

Starts 5/5/14

(8 weeks)

9.30am

Beginners

Starts 7/5/14

(8 weeks)
9.30am

General Hatha

Starts 8/5/14

(8 weeks)
9.30am

General Hatha

Starts 16/5/14

(6 weeks)

11am

Yin/Deep Relaxation

Starts 5/5/14

(8 weeks)

11am

Yin/Deep Relaxation

Starts 8/5/14

(8 weeks)

7.30pm

Yin/Deep Relaxation

Starts 14/5/14

(6 weeks)

All classes 1 ¼ hour

Class Descriptions

Beginners

You do not need to be flexible to do yoga! Yoga is for everyone! Join my 8 week course to introduce you to the basics of Hatha yoga. Open your body, calm your mind and feel the benefits of this ancient science.

General Hatha

Move your body and find space in your mind. This class is made up of pranayama, sun salutes and vinyasa (breath-synchronised movement) followed by different combinations of balancing poses, hip openers, abdominal work, forward bends, twists and inversions finishing with relaxation and meditation. A great way to kick-start your day!

Yin Yoga

Do you want to learn to relax in uncomfortable situations? Stay centered in the middle of kaos? Then come and try this class! In yin yoga we hold each pose for 2-10min. This practice is the opposite to most other forms of exercise we do. The idea is that we completely soften the muscles and relax into the pose, observing the mind as the body becomes still. It is a fantastic antidote to our everyday life and helps bring awareness to the subtle body. You will leave feeling revived and restored.

Svadhisthana Chakra – Pleasure and Pain

As we continue the journey to explore the space where mind and body meet, we take our attention to Svadhisthana Chakra, the second Chakra in the Chakra System. This is the Water Chakra and is associated with the moon, feelings and emotions, reproduction and sexuality. It is located in the bony bowl of the pelvis and is linked to the sexy sex organs.

After the stability of the earth element in the first chakra we get in touch with the fluidity and movement of water, in the second chakra. Interestingly, this Chakra develops at around 6 months of age, around the time we begin to see beyond our mothers face and start to notice the world. As this Chakra develops it brings movement and exploration, we start to curiously explore through our senses, listening, watching, touching, smelling, tasting whatever we can. At this age, as we shove anything into our mouths, we learn the difference between eating soil, and the taste of chocolate or ice cream, we feel the difference between the touch of a soft animal and the touch of a sharp nail. We are learning the difference between pleasure and pain. The seat of pleasure resides here in this Chakra, and as we explore more of the world we move towards pleasure and away from pain. Pleasure allows the body to relax and invites energy to ‘go with the flow’ like the water element, moving easily through the body. The word Svadhisthana is often translated to ‘the sweetness of life’.

As adults out in the competitive world, and caught up in our work obsessed culture we are taught to sometimes deny or delay pleasure, which can lead to stress and contraction of this Chakra. […]

Muladhara Chakra

Organise your energy, start at your roots.

In the chakra system the first chakra, also known, as the root chakra, is located at the base of the spine at the perineum.  In the physical body our largest nerve the sciatic nerve runs from this chakra all the way down to our feet.  This chakra is associated with our survival and material aspects of our life. When this chakra is blocked we are often living ‘too much in our heads’ or we maybe fearful, insecure, restless, and can suffer from anxiety.

Grounding practices that work energetically to balance this chakra are very healing; they help us in the more practical parts of life as well as facilitate energy moving up the chakra system.

When we are grounded we are able to live in the ‘here and now’, without roots we are unsteady with no foundation from which to grow.  We need roots to have wings!

Grounding Exercise

As a child my grandmother would often say ‘go and ground yourself, take your shoes off and walk along the beach.’ It sounded strange to me then, the concept of electricity within the body. I wasn’t aware at the time that this simple exercise was connecting my nervous system to the earth. Walking barefoot upon the earth and feeling the stability beneath us is very supportive and nourishing and helps to calm the mind. For those of us who live an urban existence it is easy to go days without our feet actually coming into contact with the earth. Make a conscious effort to try it even for 10min a day in the nearest park and notice the effect!

Yoga

Most of Hatha yoga is very grounding especially when done slowly.  The standing poses, as […]