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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Say whaaaat? You read right. We’re bringing together three of our all-time favourite things: yoga, food and wine, in a delicious and social collaboration with Retreat Here.

Join us on Saturday August 24 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 August 24. 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! We’re offering $15 drop-ins for the month of August only. So every Thursday you’re invited to swing by for a super cheap casual class or drag along that friend who always says they want to try yoga but complains about it being too expensive. No excuses now!

This is a no bookings initiative, just have your cash or card at the ready. No strings attached. Everyone welcome.

Our offerings on Thursday are as follows:

9.30am Hot with Laura

4.30pm Vinyasa Flow with Mohit

6.15pm Hot with Mohit

Note: this deal is for August only (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th).


Join Megan in an exploration of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) Five Element Theory and learn more about the five Shen – or spirits – associated with the body’s Yin organs (heart, kidney, spleen, liver and lungs).

Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood are understood to be the Five Elements of TCM and each element is awarded a number of characteristics. Together, we’ll discover their separate natures, movements and traits, and how they affect our emotions and interactions in the world, through a series of long-held yin yoga poses and discussion.

In this two-hour workshop we will:

  • Start by establishing a sense of harmony in body and mind with a slow-movingQi Gong session

  • Move through a juicy Yin Yoga practice that helps balance the energy (or Qi flow) in the five meridians

  • Conclude with a mindful, guided Yoga Nidra meditation.

Experience the bliss of Yoga Nidra, commonly referred to as yogic sleep, which is an immensely powerful meditation technique and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. The best part is, you get to lie down for the whole thing! You will leave feeling deeply rested and balanced in both body & mind.

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

WHEN? Saturday July 27, 1.30-3.30pm
HOW MUCH? $45 ($36 for Yoga Spot Fairfield members)
WHERE? Yoga Spot Fairfield, 70 Station St, Fairfield


We are so excited for the first of our monthly Sound Meditation sessions, with the amazing Nicole from Sound Consciousness. Sessions will be held on the last Friday of every month, so this upcoming one is Friday April 26, 7.45-8.45pm. Book your spot for $22 online here (or via the MindBody app), or $25 on the night. The early bird gets the worm 😉

If you didn’t catch Nicole’s Sound Meditation on our launch weekend, or haven’t shared in this practice before, here’s some info on its amazing benefits and what to expect.

“In these sessions, we use sound as a means to venture deeper within the self, to practice deep listening, and to let go of the monkey mind. Join us to journey deep within, to begin cultivating self-awareness, and creating greater space between your internal and external worlds,” says Nicole.

She continues, “In this quiet space begins an unravelling and letting go, as you sink deeper and deeper into transcendental realms, and find pockets of deep quiet and peace within, and create a stronger connection to your true self. It’s a remarkably restful sound meditation journey, that will have you feeling deeply rested, rejuvenated and with greater mental clarity.”

It’s an event you don’t want to miss, yogis. Wear something warm and comfortable, feel free to bring a pillow or something soft to place under your head. You will be lying down for the entire session so it’s friendly to all ages, all levels, all backgrounds. Bring your family, bring your friends. Spread the word. Any questions, drop us an email or ask at the studio.


Free classes on launch weekend

Saturday 16 March + Sunday 17 March

Come and meet our friendly and experienced teachers on launch weekend. FREE classes each day. Plus free coffee, healthy treats, prizes and 20% off sale on all class packs and memberships! Book via the Mind Body app on your phone, or by clicking the button below. Be sure to select a class on either Saturday 16 March or Sunday 17 March.

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