COMING UP AT ANANDA
Saturday 22nd May • by donation
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Kirtan is the singing of ancient Vedic mantras, spiritually uplifting songs, prayers and the Sacred Names of the Supreme. Rather than being a type of performance, Kirtan is a journey of self discovery.
This ancient yogic practice was traditionally accompanied with Indian instruments. In the hands and voices of contemporary practitioners, Kirtan has been transported beautifully to all cultural and musical styles without losing its genuine spiritual authenticity.
Weaving together melody, music and mantra with people responding to the words of the singer, clapping, swaying and sometimes dancing, Kirtan is simultaneously a meditative, exhilarating and fun activity.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome to join in with beautiful sacred Kirtan meditation (yoga chanting). Whether you are a beginner or a long time meditation practitioner, you will leave feeling uplifted, relaxed and satisfied.
Sunday 13th June • $45
Ethnic Sound Healing
with Kamilindo &
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Offer yourself a unique and nurturing experience conducive to your inner exploration, integration and wellbeing.
Kundalini Project will blend ambient electronic soundscapes with the Kamilindo's healing frequencies of flutes, drums, gongs, Tibetan and crystal bowls, yidaki (didgeridoo), chimes, hang drum as well as sacred chants. You will also experience guided mindful self-compassion weaved together with sound.
Kamilindo is a multi-instrumentalist and a psychologist who is interested in sound as a healing modality. He performed at many festivals such as Melbourne Fringe, Rainbow Serpent, Yumaanda Aboriginal Gathering and World Music Festival in Kolkota (India).
Bruce (Kundalini Project) is an internationally recognised musician, producer and a music therapist. He performed in Australia, India, Turkey, Africa and Europe. Kundalini is renowned for creating immersive ambient spaces that transport the audience into altered states of consciousness.
Starting Monday 19th April • $10/class
Kids Yoga (8 weeks)
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Casual class pass available for this course
Weekly fun classes that build upon each other so its best to book for the term as we work on strengthening and lengthening core muscle groups, expanding lung capacity to encourage greater oxygen flow and decrease anxious breath patterns as well as mindfulness. We will start with the basics and expand our practice throughout the term. Working through various Asana (pose) sequences and Pranayama (breath) so we can bring our practices home and into our every day lives.
Class structure 45 minutes:
Music and movement warm up Joint, Aerobic and cardiovascular warm up to high energy music ensuring body is warm prior to any stretching. 5 mins.
Intro to the week's pranayama & asanas
Introducing the mindfulness, brain building and visualisation.Feeling into the body and breath. Workshopping through the how (mechanical and geometric progression of body) of each of the selected asana by focusing on specific muscle groups using a combination of pilates and yoga to successfully flow through the weeks sequence which will be built on each week. 30 mins.
Warm down and Savasana, coming back to stillness and breath with easy warm down flow and to the mindfulness theme of the week. Brain building meditation and visualisation. Consolidation of the weeks practice.
Encouragement to practice weekly sequence at home and mindfulness tools.
Sunday 23rd May • $20 - $25
1:30 - 3:15 pm
Join us for a delicious class guiding you through one of the oldest & most traditional yoga practices.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Sequence is a set series of poses executed in swift succession, combined with deep, controlled breathing. The sequence has been handed down from teacher to teacher for 5,000 years.
This rewarding & challenging 75-minute practice will strengthen your mind-body connection as you sync your breath with challenging physical movement.
Ashtanga is a powerful tool to tune the body. It improves focus, balance and coordination. A paced and intense set of asanas instills a better sense of rhythm and increases your awareness of the movement and flow of your body
Don’t be intimidated if this practice is new to you! Or if you haven’t practiced the sequence in a while! We will go through some simple and to fundamentals of the sequence and establish a good foundation to work with before we begin.
At the beginning of the workshop give a brief overview about the practice and it’s philosophy as well as workshop a couple of the key principles that outline how to approach each pose. We then move with the breath and establish flow, mindfully breathing through the sequence together.
Developing an Ashtanga practice takes dedication and commitment, this series will give you the tools to start this journey. Prepare to transform body, breath, and movement through this rigorous but rewarding sequence!
In this series, you will:
- Learn the Ashtanga Primary Series sequence
- Build strength, flexibility & balance
- Cultivate breath & body awareness
- Learn a bit about the background of Ashtanga Vinyasa; the history, the intention and philosophy of our practice
Sunday 20th June • $25 - $30
Winter Solstice Yoga & Sitar
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Come join us celebrating this year's winter solstice with some very special Sitar music performed by the brilliant David Balaban alongside a yummy & nourishing restorative yoga class, welcoming in the colder cosy nights together in a positive spirit of self-care.
We will utilize props to assist with gentle and extended postures, and use gravity to further open the body. Physiologically, the slow and gentle pace of each practice will help you shift from the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system to the restorative “rest and digest” response of the parasympathetic nervous system. This relaxation of the body is assisted through soft & mindful holds that give you plenty of time and space to open the body and clear your mind.
Tuesdays • $10 - $15
Drum & Bassersize
5:30 - 6:15 pm
Rumble in the Jungle!
This is a bodyweight choreographed dancercise session with full vocal direction and rhythmic bliss from MC Terra Bunny. The perfect way to get your heart rate up.
Combine playful aerobic moves, lightly simmer in some uplifting vocal Dnb and you’ve cooked yourself up a tasty Drum n Bassersize dish.
Banging beatz and colourful shapes, with a side of bass. Then embody your slow flow.
Then we intuitively move our bodies to some deep, emotive bass frequencies, combined with guided breath, meditation and self loving.
Suitable for EVERYONE
Sunday 30th May • $45
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an amazing experience, bathe in pure sounds that will take you on a deeply transformational journey. The Sound shower combines chimes, tibetans bowls, flutes and vocal harmonics. During a session you will be invited to lie down and immerse in vibrations created by these special instruments.
Throughout the “Shower” different instruments are carried around the room and sometimes placed physically on the body. Flutes and voice are used to create a magical musical journey and overtones charge the brain and energize the body. The aluminum chimes which are at the centre of the Soundshower are tuned to the earth year tone. This tone is the sound created by the earth’s movement around the Sun. The 32 nd octave of this movement is C# at 136.1 hertz. This Tone is intimately tied with the year’s cycles and seasonal changes .In India’s ancient tradition this note is considered as the universal sound (Aum) and is the preferred note to tune their instruments and meditate to. Music played by instruments tuned to the earth year frequency naturally slows down brainwave activity and heart rate and induces a deep meditative state. Being exposed to these healing frequencies enhances a physical, mental and emotional calibration to the human body and energy field . Pure frequencies shift and release stagnant energy and tension accumulated in the body.
The Sound Shower re-aligns and harmonizes body/mind and is a very relaxing and refreshing experience. It releases stress and anxiety increasing focus clarity and insight.
Early birds save $5 when booking before 20th May!
Starting Sunday 18th April • $199
Prenatal Yoga (7 week course)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Casual class pass available for this course
Join Nerissa in this beautiful empowering birth preparation course. Releasing fear and expectation associated with child birth and allowing your birth to be one of transformation, empowerment and true self awakening!
Using yoga, yoga philosophy, pranayama (yogic breathing) & meditation to grow confidence and connection in both the body and the mind.
The Birth Prep Workshop is open to all stages of pregnancy - from 12 weeks gestation to 38 weeks gestation.
This course is designed for women wanting and planning for a vaginal natural birth.
All yoga mats and yoga props will be provided, all you will need to bring every Sunday - is a 90cm / 95cm yoga exercise ball.
The breakdown of each 90 minute class will be as follows:
Prenatal Asana Practice: 30 mins
Pranayama Practice: 30 mins
Birth Prep Education: 20 mins
Meditation Practice: 10 mins
The course runs for 7 weeks and includes the weekly prenatal class (Sundays) Plus one additional class of your choice from the timetable.
In yoga philosophy it is said that God is Sat-Chit-Ananda (existence consciousness bliss). Paramhansa Yogananada adds that Ananda is different from the temporary happiness that comes from sense pleasures such as eating, listening to music, and seeing beautiful things. It is also not a monotonous joy that is always the same. Ananda refers to a joy that "Changes and dances itself in many ways to enthral your mind and keep your attention occupied and interested forever"