MARRICKVILLE YOGA MAY NEWSLETTER
“By drawing our senses of perception inward, we are able to experience the control,
silence, and quietness of the mind.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life
WELCOME TO AUTUMN AT MYC
What a start to the year it’s been at Marrickville Yoga Centre: new classes on the timetable, Yoga in the Country at our stunning Laggan studio, an outstanding workshop from guest teacher James Murphy, and some wonderful news for one of our teachers.
As always at Marrickville Yoga Centre we welcome the arrival of new faces through our popular 6-Week Beginners Course and it’s been great to watch so many of our ‘Beginners’ progress into General classes over the past couple of months.
Enjoy the chill in the air as we head into winter, and catching up on the goings on of our vibrant studio at the top of the stairs in our May Newsletter. – Simon & Hasu
This Easter at Marrickville Yoga Centre we got the chance to deepen our yoga practice in the Backbends & Balances Easter Workshop with James Murphy from the New York Institute.The workshop was an uplifting and informative insight into the potential of yoga not only to change how we do things but to transform the way we see.
James’ warm and passionate teaching style was incredibly integrated – every pose was connected and his sequencing was seamless. James gave yoga to everyone in the room, always his teaching came back to a deep and enduring kindness towards the body, a steadfast faith in the integrity of the practice of yoga and in those practicing it in the room.
In balancing poses James explained how we test out one direction, test out another, and work to find ourselves somewhere in the middle. He taught that taking a layered approach to balances eventually gives you the balance, makes the balance inevitable – instead of simply trying to put the body in a position and hold on for dear life.
Yoga workshops give us the chance to shake up our common views, challenge habits, and develop a more balanced perspective. Sometimes it’s a phrase that cuts through, sometimes it’s a new voice or image or even a particular asana that seems to suddenly reveal something essential, and you experience once again that sense of newness and rejuvenation that yoga has to offer – a sense that life is sweeter than it sometimes seems, and that change is really possible.
Y o g a
K i d s
Yoga is a great way for kids to get active, develop strength and resilience, and above all have fun.
Our Yoga for the Kids classes are dynamic and engaging, and offer children the chance to learn new skills in a really positive, supportive environment. We now offer 2 Yoga for the Kids classes to choose from.
Our 1-2pm class is for children over the age of 8 years who are keen to progress in yoga. In this class we focus on developing knowledge and capacity in asanas for children.
Our 2-3pm class is for children who are brand new to yoga. In this class we focus on develop yoga skills through lots of play, movement, and foundation work.
There are various payment options to choose from:
$130 for a 10-week term – for those keen to make the commitment
$170 for a 10-class card valid for 12 months – for those regular students who are unable to attend each week
$20 casual class – for once-off students just wanting to try a class
Wake Up with Backbends
6am Tuesdays with Hasu
Hasu’s Tuesday morning backbends class is a great opportunity to progress in your backbends.
This is a General level class run in the LED style – meaning it’s fast-paced and Hasu will be doing poses along with the class.
As we head into the cooler months it’s more important than ever that we keep the chest open and are able to access the uplifting benefits of ‘going back’.
Please rest assured you can be at a general level of backbend practice to enjoy the benefits of this class – as always in the Iyengar method we cater for students working at a wide range of levels. At the moment we’re working on building stamina – which makes for an energising and fun class.
Just come along and experience all that comes with an early-morning backbend practice. You won’t be disappointed. As one of our most regular students, Michael Egan, said after a recent Tuesday morning class: ‘Just put on the backbends and the people will come. May it long continue!’
See you at sunrise.
Want to know more about why backbends are so great? Check out this great piece on our Blog for the Top 5 Reasons to Love Backbends.
Assistants at MYC
Who are the assistants?
In the Iyengar method we have a rigorous and highly structured method of Teacher Training and Professional Development. In your class, you will notice that often teachers have ‘Assistants’ – these are either Trainee Teacher’s or fully certified teacher’s who are undergoing Professional Development.
What is the role of the assistants?
The role of the assistant is essentially to assistant the teacher in his or her teaching. With the direct guidance of the teacher the assistant is there to first of all help students in the room to access the poses correctly through props or adjustment.
What is adjusting?
Adjustments are made to students during class under the direct supervision of the teacher. The assistant has undergone extensive training in the ethics and practicalities of making adjustments to students in the Iyengar method and the adjustment should always help improve the student’s understanding of a pose.
What if I don’t want to be adjusted?
That’s absolutely fine – just mention it to your teacher at the start of class. Many people find adjustments extremely beneficial as they are a chance to learn directly about the way they are approaching the asana. If this is not something you are comfortable with, don’t hesitate to mention this to your teacher. We value student feedback and are committed to ensuring our students are developing their yoga in a supportive and enriching environment.
I like the idea of assisting – how could I become an assistant?
Assisting is an integral part of the philosophy and practice for Iyengar Teachers. If you are keen to learn more about the teaching pathway please inquire about our In-Depth Yoga Course for 2017.
Newly Certified Iyengar Teacher
Congratulations to Yvonne Cheng, who recently passed her Introductory Level Assessment. Yvonne began attending classes at MYC in 2010, she teaches on Sundays at 4pm and assists Simons Tuesday 7.30pm general class. We have watched Yvonne over the passed 6 years work consistently at developing her knowledge and practice of the Iyengar method and are thrilled at her achievement. We asked Yvonne to reflect on her yoga journey. Enjoy!
‘I remember my first ever Adho Mukha Svanasana in a small exercise room at the University of Western Australia in 1989. We didn’t have mats and the teacher held us for what seemed like eternity. I don’t remember much else except that despite the exertion and effort of a group of puffing university students, there was an underlying humbleness and quietness in the pose.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but that was my first experience of Iyengar yoga. I have tried different yoga styles, different teachers, in different studios in different cities; but when I decided I wanted yogasana to be an integral part of my life, I committed to practice in the Iyengar method. Since then, yoga has been my unwavering friend through life’s ups and downs. Becoming a certified Iyengar teacher is another part of my relationship with yoga. Even though I am now a qualified teacher, I will always be a yoga student.’