Embodied Flow is an integrative blend of hatha yoga, somatics, movement meditation, tantric philosophy and transpersonal psychology that elicits the experience of stepping into flow as meditation in action.

This workshop, lead by Yoga Spot Fairfield teacher Laura Escudero, is designed to help bring practitioners into a flow state by working with areas of the body that are proven to relate to optimal states of flow – an experience similar to athletes or musicians being ‘in the zone’.

Immersing ourselves into moment-to-moment presence allows the full spectrum of our awareness to be harnessed. The subject and object in states of flow can merge, creating a time/space blur. Transforming meditation into movement gives us a repeatable practice to glide with more presence and ease through transitions, both on and off our yoga mat.

This workshop will use asanameditationfree movementchanting and journalling, with the intention to deliver participants into a flow state that creates an easeful, optimal dance through life.

Yogis can expect to: 

 Gain a better understanding of flow states and uncover optimal levels for productivity and creativity.

 Learn about yogic philosophy and cosmology and how to integrate these into daily life.

 Explore a range of physical practices including slow flow yoga and free movement in order to challenge and expand ideas around form and shape.

You’ll leave feeling present with an energised focus, at ease, confident and free.

THE DETAILS
When: Saturday March 7, 1.30-3.30pm
Where: Yoga Spot Fairfield, 70 Station St, Fairfield 3078
Investment: $45 full, $36 Yoga Spot Fairfield members



Our six-week prenatal course is designed to equip mamas-to-be with tools, tricks and tips to instil an inner sense of trust, calm and confidence on their journey towards motherhood

Prenatal yoga offers women a chance to bond with their developing babies and their blossoming bodies, connect to their mama-bear intuition and instincts, and provides practical tools to feel confident and trust in the magical process of creating life. Pregnancy is a time to nurture and connect, as well as to strengthen and stabilise; to tap into a woman’s innate power to become a mother – a temple of courage, compassion and fierce love

The course includes the following:

Yoga asana: modified for each stage of pregnancy to create space, strength and stamina and to prepare you physically and mentally for birth. We’ll discuss labouring positions and take in movements to encourage optimal foetal positioning. We’ll also provide you with basic do’s and don’ts of a safe physical yoga practice during pregnancy and ways to integrate these into ‘regular’ yoga classes.

Breath work: including yogic pranayama and hypno-birthing techniques to facilitate a sense of calm, focus, relaxation and presence during all stages of pregnancy and birth.

Vocal toning, affirmations and mantra: an opportunity to self-sooth, build assurance and explore self-expression through the use of voice.

Guided meditation and visualisation techniques: unwind and connect with bub and learn tools to assist in labour by stimulating release, opening and ease. Also helps increase focus and vitality and builds mental and emotional confidence and stamina.

Our prenatal course is an opportunity to embrace this exciting stage in a safe and supportive environment, and to empower yourself by learning about your changing body. It also enables you to connect with a community of other expecting mothers to share experiences and concerns.

It’s never too early or late to start, this course is ideal for all expectant mothers at any stage of pregnancy. However, we do advise:

–    If you are new to yoga, we encourage you to begin in your second trimester, as it’s not recommended to take up any new physical activity in your first trimester.

–    Ensure you are cleared by a doctor to practice physical activity prior to commencing this course.

–    If you are experiencing any conditions or complications, even if you have been cleared by a doctor/OB, please take time to chat with us prior to commencing the course so that we can offer you the best experience for you, your body and baby.

–   Lastly, we believe in mutual responsibility; your teacher has the responsibility to guide a safe practice and offer alternatives, you have the responsibility to listen to your body and only partake in what feels okay within your personal ability each day.

Note: Class will be capped at 14, with a minimum of 8 registered participants for course to run.

THE DETAILS

Dates: Saturday Mar 7 – Sat Apr 11, 11am-12pm

Investment: $120 for six-week course


Join Mohit for this six-week series and explore the foundations of Hatha yoga in a non-heated room – perfect for beginners or those returning to yoga after some time away.

Week-by-week you’ll break down elements of the practice, discuss basic yoga terms and establish an understanding of correct alignment and technique.

Small class numbers will ensure personal attention and assists, and participants will receive handouts recapping the week’s class for home use and review. 

This series is perfect if you want to:

  • Gain confidence on the mat
  • Build bodily strength and tone
  • Better manage stress and anxiety
  • Tune into your breath 

We know what it’s like to be reluctant to jump into a Hot Yoga or Vinyasa Flow class – or to attend those classes but still feel like a fish out of water. This series is the ideal preparation for our more dynamic offerings.

Can’t attend every week? No problem – either make-up the class with your choice from our timetable, or re-join a session on the next available series.

THE DETAILS

Dates: Thursday Feb 20 – Thursday Mar 26, 7.30-8.30pm

Investment: $120 for six week course or $160 + 2 extra classes per week

Note: Class will be capped at 12, with a minimum of 8 registered participants for series to run. Extra classes option must be used within timeframe of Beginners Series.

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Join us on Saturday February 15 for a relaxing day amongst the vines at the beautiful Bellarine Estate on the Bellarine Peninsula. You’ll enjoy yoga, wine tasting, indulge in share platters and meet wine-loving yogis. This event is an amazing day trip from Melbourne. BYO yoga mat (or pre-book a hired mat). 

Your yoga and winery tour starts in Melbourne Docklands, where Megan will meet and greet you at the ferry departure point to the Bellarine Peninsula. Upon arrival in Portarlington, a short bus ride will take us to Bellarine Estate winery, where we’ll stay for the day.

AT THE WINERY
You will get your appetite going with a 60-min indoor or outdoor yoga class, followed by a guided wine tasting in the cellar door. During the wine tasting, indulge in a relaxed lunch with delicious shared platters including a glass of vino on the house. All this will be paired with plenty of laughter and inspiring conversations.

YOGA AND WINE TOUR ITINERARY
10.15 – Arrive at Docklands ferry departure point
10.40 – Depart Docklands with Port Phillip Ferries (ensure you arrive at least 20 min early)*
12.00 – Arrive Portarlington, transfer to shuttle bus
12.15 – Arrive at Bellarine Estate with shuttle transfer
12.30 – Vinyasa yoga class with Megan
13.40 – Guided wine tasting incl. share platters and wine served in cellar door
16.00 – Depart Bellarine Estate to Ferry
16.15 – Drop off at Portarlington Ferry
16.30 – Ferry departs to Docklands
18.00 – Arrival Docklands
* Changes to schedules and times by Port Phillip Ferries are outside of our control

INCLUSIONS
• Meet and greet at the ferry departure point
• Return ferry from Docklands to Portarlington
• Return bus from Portarlington to Bellarine Estate
• 60 min outdoor or indoor yoga (weather dependent)
• Guided seated wine tasting at Bellarine Estate
• Sharing style grazing platters during wine tasting (vegetarian options available)
• Glass of Bellarine Estate wine of choice

INVESTMENT
$117 Yoga Spot Fairfield members (direct debit or 12 months up-front)
$130 full


Join Megan Gamble and Jules Jenkinson for this special fundraising event, with all proceeds donated to bushfire relief efforts and the Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary in NSW. 

1pm-2.30pm: Yang to Yin class with Megan and Jules (details below)

2.30-3pm: Afternoon tea donated by Kissaten, beverages by Hart & Soul

3pm-4pm: Optional vision boarding activity

Cobargo was decimated by fire on New Years Eve and this small sanctuary, run by Gary Henderson and Sara Tilling, was razored to the ground. Gary and Sara have been sleeping in the one shed that was still standing on their property and caring for injured kangaroos around the clock, without a thought to their own predicament or wellbeing. We think people like that deserve a helping hand and hence have chosen to donate everything we raise to their cause. You can read more about them here.

The fundraiser will begin with an all-levels, 90-minute Yang to Yin class. Jules will take you through a dynamic, flowing sequence to get the blood pumping and create a state of gratitude in your mind and body. Megan will then share some long, meditative Yin holds to balance your Qi (energy) and move you towards your more purposeful, compassionate self for the new year ahead.

After yoga we’ll convene for a vegetarian and vegan-friendly afternoon tea and conversation, with catering generously donated by our friends at Kissaten (538-540 Heidelberg Rd) and beverages by Sarah from Hart & Soul

We’ll also have a bunch of art supplies on-hand for those who are keen to hang around and create a vision board expressing their hopes and desires for the new year – as was our intention with the original event on this date, New Year, New Mood. 

Come for yoga, come for afternoon tea, or come for vision boarding. The choice is yours.

Minimum suggested donation: $15 – to be paid upon arrival (cash or card)

If you can’t make it on the day but still want to contribute, we’ll be accepting donations throughout the week at reception. We’re also putting out the call for towels and blankets for several wildlife shelters, including Wildhaven Wildlife Shelter (St Andrews, Vic). Second-hand is ok. You can donate these at reception.

BOOKINGS REQUIRED – PLEASE SIGN UP ONLINE AS YOU WOULD FOR A NORMAL CLASS, OR IN-STUDIO


This November we’re bringing together three of our all-time favourite things: yoga, food and wine, in another delicious and social collaboration with our friends from Retreat Here.

Join us on Saturday November 23 for an all-levels Vinyasa Flow class, before we re-group around the corner at 15 Pounds for a nourishing vegetarian lunch and glass of wine.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know your fellow yogis, to share in conversations about how much you enjoy your practice, and discover more about the interesting lives you lead away from the mat.

Yoga and wine gatherings such as these have become a specialty offering for Retreat Here, so we are very excited to bring our two communities together. If nothing else, the afternoon is a great way to get a yoga class in, meet some new people, and unwind with a vino.

Bookings essential, spaces are limited. Open to all levels – everyone welcome.

WHEN? Saturday November 23. Doors open 12pm, Vinyasa class 12.15pm – 1.15pm, Lunch, wine and socialising 1.30pm onwards
HOW MUCH? $60 ($48 for Yoga Spot Fairfield members). Price includes yoga class, shared lunch and a glass of wine.
WHERE? Yoga Spot Fairfield, 70 Station St & 15 Pounds Cafe, 21-23 Railway Place, Fairfield


Yogis! It’s time for our first-ever Yoga Challenge. And in the spirit of how we do things at Yoga Spot Fairfield, it’s a fun one – Bingo Yoga!

Join us from November 1-30 to explore this practice both on and off the mat. Every time you take a class you’ll complete a mini task and can cross a square off your bingo card.

There’s 14 minor prizes on offer for those who get bingo first (e.g. complete the diagonal or a column) and everyone with a completed bingo card at the end of the month goes in the draw to win a 3 month membership ($480).

There’s 25 squares in total on your bingo card and we don’t expect you’ll be in every single day of the month, but these Challenges are designed to draw you deeper into your practice and provide extra motivation to hit the mat. They’re also a wonderful way to get to know your fellow yogis. We’re really looking forward to this one and hope you are too.

Entry is FREE for members (also those on a 3mth or 12mth unlimited pass) or $99 non-members which includes a month of unlimited yoga classes.



By Kimberley Laurence, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner

https://www.kimberleylaurence.com.au

Here we are welcoming spring once more, how joyous! Spring is a time of physical and emotional growth and expansion. In spring the Qi of the liver and gallbladder dominate, bringing more focus to our plans, life dreams and relationships.  

Chinese medicine and acupuncture are powerful tools in spring when energetic change causes emotions to stagnate. In TCM, the mind and body are intimately connected; to feel truly vital and healthy it is essential that we find balance in our emotional lives. Through acupuncture and herbs we can utilise this mind body connection to influence our spiritual health, allowing a deeper connection with our dreams and desires.

Stress, anxiety and overwhelm are so common in our modern lives. If you’re feeling stuck or struggling to move forward this spring, Chinese medicine can help you find balance and peace.

The emotions of spring 

The liver houses our ethereal soul. The ethereal soul is the intuitive aspect of the spirit and forms the basis of our psychic life. The liver governs the movement of our psyche outwards – towards others in our relationships, and towards the future in our life dreams. Ensuring the free flow of liver Qi promotes the free flow of inspiration, ideas and intuition. 

The gallbladder is the partner organ to the liver. Where liver Qi helps us make plans, gallbladder Qi gives us the courage and decisiveness to enact them and the initiative to make change. Regulating and harmonising gallbladder Qi can help us to make bold choices and move forward confidently with our life. 

What are the signs of stuck Qi?

Qi flows in regular pathways in the body, and there will be physical and emotional signs if this is disrupted. Problems such as headaches, PMS, muscle tension and digestive disharmony are all indications of Qi stagnation. An unusual sensation in the throat, including a sense that something is stuck there, or discomfort or tension in your ribs or side also manifest when your energy isn’t moving as it should. Disruptions to the normal flow of Qi can also cause feelings of being stuck, irritation or frustration. Difficulty with making decisions and procrastination can also signal that your Qi is stuck. 

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine both work to regulate and restore the normal flow of Qi in the body, helping you to fully process and let go of unresolved emotions. Lifestyle changes are also important in unwinding blocked energy and stimulating the movement of Qi.  A psychologist can support you to work through difficult emotions if you’re struggling to move through it on your own.

Try these lifestyle shifts to move your liver Qi and help ease you into spring. 

Lighten up your diet

Eating with the seasons supports the harmony of Qi in the body. In spring we naturally move away from the denser meals of winter towards lighter, fresher dishes. Leafy greens are perfect spring fare – try this green gozleme recipe.

Do a spring clean

Clutter raises the levels of stress hormones and encourages procrastination. Clean and tidy spaces promote calm and creativity.

Get moving

Physical movement promotes the free flow of Qi and is helpful to unwind stuck energy. Use your intuition and work within your limits – gentle movement is as effective as more vigorous exercise. Yin yoga is particularly helpful for undwinding stuck Qi; it works on the meridians of the body to promote harmony and flow.

Here’s a simple Yin yoga sequence you can try at home that targets the liver and gallbladder meridians.

Dragonfly (liver): Seated on your mat, extend your legs wide out to the sides until you start to feel a stretch through the inner thighs. Fold your way forward into the middle and hold for 4 mins. Release, lying still on the back for 2 mins.

Dragonfly

 Reclined butterfly (liver): This one is great with a bolster, a few pillows or some folded blankets to prop you up. Lie on your back, draped over your props, and bring soles of feet together to form a loose diamond shape. Look for sensation through the inner legs. If you’re not feeling much, try bringing the feet closer to the body. Rest your arms out to the side or overhead. Hold for 5 mins then release and lie down for 2 mins. 

Reclined butterfly

Twisted roots (gallbladder): Lying on your back, lift and bend your knees, wrapping the right leg over the left. Shimmy the hips across to the right and let both knees drop across to the left. Look for sensation down the outside edge of the right leg. Extend your arms out to the side. Hold for 4 mins then repeat other side (left leg on top).

Twisted Roots

Take a 5 min savasana when you’re finished, lying in a comfortable position on your mat with eyes closed. Rest and enjoy the benefits of the practice.

About the author

Kimberley Laurence is a Chinese medicine practitioner with a particular interest in women’s health, fertility support, pregnancy and digestion. She’s passionate about natural health care and is committed to working with her clients to help them achieve optimal health and wellness. She’s also a regular at Yoga Spot Fairfield, and we swear by her treatments! You can find Kimberley at 115 Victoria Road, Northcote or give her a call on 9482 1542. Even better, if you’re a Yoga Spot Fairfield member you’ll receive $10 off an initial consultation.


What is Prana? What is Pranayama and why do we do it? What techniques are good to start with?

The breath, the body and the mind are all intrinsically linked. But we tend to neglect or take for granted our inherent life force (Prana) – ultimately to the detriment of our own health and peace-of-mind. 

Join us for our October workshop, where special guest teacher Tamblyn Lord will introduce a basic understanding of Prana and why the regular practice of breathing techniques (Pranayama) and your connection to the breath are instrumental in improving mindfulness and sense of wellbeing. 

Some of the techniques we’ll explore on the day:

Ujjayi (Psychic or Victorious breath) • Full Yogic Breath • Kapalabhati (Shining Skull breath) • Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breath)

In addition to Tamblyn’s inspirational teachings, this workshop will encourage you to further explore the vital relationship that exists between the breath and the mind. It may also help enhance and deepen your current asana practice.

Bookings essential, spaces are limited. Open to all levels – everyone welcome. Some movement involved.

WHEN? Saturday October 19, 12.30-2.30pm
HOW MUCH? $45 ($36 for Yoga Spot Fairfield members)
WHERE? Yoga Spot Fairfield, 70 Station St, Fairfield


About your teacher: Tamblyn Lord has been teaching yoga since 2003 and has a Level 3 Senior registration with Yoga Australia (the highest level available), making him one of the most experienced Hot Yoga and Vinyasa practitioners in Melbourne.

Tamblyn is a founding member of Yoga Flame (Moonee Ponds’) Teacher Training staff and he spends the majority of his time at that studio, guiding students in weekly classes and supporting teacher trainees. It was at Yoga Flame that Tamblyn and Megan, director of Yoga Spot Fairfield, crossed paths.

Tamblyn’s vast theatrical resume as an actor allows him to share a deep knowledge of voice and presence in being heard as a yoga teacher. His studies in physiotherapy also give him an acute anatomical understanding of the physical practice. His Vedanta training in Kerala, India in 2005 supports his passion and respect for the philosophy and traditions across all streams of yoga. Tamblyn is also a children’s yoga teacher trainer, a Thai-massage therapist, an avid hiker and the voice behind the Smiling Mind meditation app.


Join Mohit for this six-week series and explore the foundations of Hatha yoga – perfect for beginners or those returning to yoga after some time away.

Week-by-week you’ll break down elements of the practice, discuss basic yoga terms and establish an understanding of correct alignment and technique.

Small class numbers will ensure personal attention and assists, and participants will receive handouts recapping the week’s class for home use and review. 

This series is perfect if you want to:

  • Gain confidence on the mat
  • Build bodily strength and tone
  • Better manage stress and anxiety
  • Tune into your breath 

We know what it’s like to be reluctant to jump into a Hot Yoga or Vinyasa Flow class – or to attend those classes but still feel like a fish out of water. This series is the ideal preparation for our more dynamic offerings.

Can’t attend every week? No problem – either make-up the class with your choice from our timetable, or re-join a session on the next available series.

THE DETAILS

Dates: Thursday Sept 12 – Thursday Oct 17, 7.30-8.30pm

Investment: $120 for six week course or $160 + 2 extra classes per week

Note: Class will be capped at 12, with a minimum of 8 registered participants for series to run.

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