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Jivamukti Yoga Intensive with Doug Whittaker

Advanced Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Teacher Training Mentor, Jivamukti Sydney studio director, world traveller and all-round stand up guy, Doug Whittaker is BACK in ADELAIDE!

Sharing his wealth of knowledge about The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and how Jivamukti Yoga compares to Hatha Yoga, you’ll leave this fun-filled day feeling inspired and uplifted!

Hatha Yoga was composed by Svatmarama sometime during the 15th century. A medieval yogic text covering posture, breathwork, energetic seals and deep listening, it has become the bedrock of many modern yoga practices and a reference source for any aspiring yogi. But what does Svatmarama mean to practice Hatha Yoga and what is Jivamukti Yoga in comparison to Hatha Yoga? Explore these questions and ideas with Doug in this full day Jivamukti Yoga intensive in South Australia’s home of Jivamukti Yoga – Go Yoga Adelaide!

The day will include Jivamukti masterclass and practical’s, meditation, pranayama, chanting, scripture study and of course a full vegan lunch!
The early bird cost of this full day mini-retreat is $120 if paid prior to Monday October 23rd 2017. Price increases after this date to $140. Full buffet-style vegan lunch is included in the price. *Money will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to Monday Oct 23rd 2017, absolutely no refunds after this date.

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Meet Ai

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet Ai

Ai started her practice just over a year ago here at Go Yoga and has really jumped right in. She attends all 3 beginners vinyasa classes almost every week and has just recently started up Spiritual Warrior classes for the disciplined practice they instill. Yet, discipline is not something she is lacking – although a busy mum to the sassy but adorable Minnie (3 years old), Ai is always the first to arrive to class and finds her peace in sukhasana pose while everyone else piles in. Over summer you’ll recognise her as the Frangipani Yogini, petite and exotic with the sweet smelling white flowers in her hair. Read about her Yoga story…

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

I was originally drawn to Yoga as I was looking for something to help me de stress and to seek relief from my busy everyday life, especially with my young toddler. I was also in need for inner peace at that time.

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My current favourite class is the Beginners Vinyasa class, as I would like to learn the basic poses properly before I go onto the more advanced classes. I keep my regular practice to stay physically and mentally fit, and of course to be Happy!

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

The philosophy of yoga has taught me to (and continues to) stop comparing myself to others in a negative way, to love and accept myself and to be truly happy with who I am. I am now a much happier person and that means that I am also a kinder person to others as well. Ever since I started practicing yoga, I am much more active and I now have a strong desire to improve my yoga skills.

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga is absolutely for EVERYONE! I am 38 years old and no matter how old you are or no matter how fit or unfit you are, you will find a happy place in every yoga posture. It’s never too late to start. My only regret with yoga is that I did not start much earlier. I am quite sure that I will be practicing yoga until the day my body gives up. Yoga has become that much of a part of my life and my joy.
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Meet Jan

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet Jan

Jan started practicing yoga with me in 2012 for flexibility, relaxation and meditation – she was a regular in my Jivamukti classes for many years. Nowadays she enjoys Beginners Vinyasa classes for breathing and to sustain her flexibility…when she isn’t on nanna duty to her pre-schooler grandkids that is! She is now an active 63 year-old, attends Yoga twice weekly and is a firm believer that all ages can practice yoga.
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Meet David

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet David

Digger David started practicing yoga in his 50s – he is now 70yo and has amazing strength and flexibility, proving it’s never too late to begin a regular yoga practice! He believes all styles of yoga generate benefits, but his favourite classes are #hathayoga and #beginnervinyasa , which he attends twice weekly. He also believes the philosophies of yoga, the breathing and meditation all have positive impacts on his daily life. This humble guy is himself an ex-serviceman and generously donates most of his time now to #legacy , a charity supporting returned servicemen and their families.
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Chakra Balancing Mini Retreat

In Yogic tradition, the human body has seven energy centres, known as chakras, that affect us physically and emotionally. When these energy centres are healthy and open, so are we in both body and mind. Yet when they become blocked, as may occur through injury, distress or disconnection, we too are blocked from living our best.

Chakra balancing yoga is a full and absolute mind-body-spirit practice. At a time when many people feel disconnected from themselves and others, Chakra Yoga can help to heal the body and free the heart to feel a new sense of happiness, peace and completeness.

This mini-retreat will begin with an invigorating Jivamukti Open Yoga practice and meditation, then the chakras will be studied. The day will finish with a Chakra Balancing Yoga practice, where you will be guided through a series of yoga poses, affirmations and mantras that awaken and balance each of the chakras as taught to me by my teacher, Sharon Gannon.

The early bird cost of this full day mini-retreat is $120 if paid prior to Monday June 26th 2017. Price increases after this date to $140. Morning tea (including chakra smoothies!) and a full vegan lunch is included in the price. *Money will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to Monday June 26th 2017, absolutely no refunds after this date.

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Jivamukti Yoga Autumn Equinox Mini Retreat

When day and night are equal in both hemispheres we too can experience balance and integration when we connect to our inner selves. This equinox is a prime time to rebalance after the intensive work and activities of the Summer.
 
Autumn is a time when nature starts to pull its energy inwards. In this retreat we will honour this inward turning transition by practicing Yoga in a way that activates the energy of groundedness and inner awareness. Through specific asana and contemplation you will celebrate what you have intensively worked on over the Summer, in the warm growing months (your own personal harvest).
 
Autumn in particular is also associated with physical, emotional and spiritual transformation and is a time for letting go of the things that are not serving you. In celebrating your own personal harvest, it’s also worth considering what seeds haven’t grown or developed. This gives you an opportunity to release the past and move forward with clarity. Again using specific asana to encourage introspection, in this day retreat you will be able to reflect on fresh new ideas, concepts, proposals – new seeds you can sow over winters incubation.
 
The day will also include two Yoga practices – beginning with a dynamic Jivamukti Yoga class and ending with a Restorative Moon Days Yoga class – the latter allowing you to celebrate the Summer that has passed and reflect on new seeds of intentions for the winter. There will also be discussion of daily Ayurvedic rituals and practices to ease into the colder months.
 
The early bird cost of this full day mini-retreat is $120 if paid prior to Monday March 20th 2017. Price increases after this date to $140. Freshly ground coffee and tea, yummy nearly naughty snacks and a delicious warming vegan buffet lunch is included (as always) in the price!
Just message Go Yoga or Jacqueline Teusner for registration details to secure your place.
*Money will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to Monday March 20th 2017, absolutely no refunds after this date.
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Meet Gary

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Gary in Fire log pose/agnistambhasana

Meet Gary

Gary began practicing yoga with me as part of a Corporate Yoga class at his workplace in 2009, but joined classes at the studio after wanting more! Back then I had to physically help him out of a pose like agnistambhasana, seen opposite. With dedication his asana practice blossomed and, as you’ll read below, so too did his holistic view on life.

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

There are 2 main reasons that drew me to yoga. One was  the need for increased flexibility in my muscles and joints to help me deal with the daily rigours of parenting 4 boys. Secondly, I studied Indian History in Year 11 and 12 looking deeply at the different religions in India. Yoga(not a religion) kept being mentioned with its leaders and teachings which  intrigued me. Its values and beliefs can easily be applied in daily life especially at the fast pace we live with now.

 

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My favourite two classes are Jivamukti Open and Spiritual Warrior. Jivamukti Open is a fun class where you can work at your own level with breath control. Spiritual Warrior is a more structured class where you follow a set routine each time requiring a bit more discipline. They are both dynamic classes that make you feel  reinvigorated  ready for the day ahead. As a surf boat rower I commit to a regular practice to keep my flexibility and as a primary teacher the meditation and values lessons help keep me thinking  positively in both the classroom and life.

 

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

There is always a renewed energy after each session that leads into a positive outlook for the day. The philosophies are important as a wakeup call because you can become so absorbed in your daily life that you forget the little things that make you happy and keep you going, but they also make you think about the bigger picture around the world and how your positive outlook can have a ripple effect with others.

 

 

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga can be for any person, age, shape or size. There are no limits. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to find an hour to escape the fast paced world they live in and to put a bit of perspective back in their lives.

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Meet Jason!

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Jason in Upavistha Konasona and Eka Pada Raja Kapotanasana

Meet Jason!

Jason has been practicing yoga with me for 10 years!

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

I am interested in improving my strength and flexibility.
What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?
Vinyasa intermediate.  I like a class with flowing movements as it better for stretching.
Have the philosophies and/or the practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if so, how?
Meditation with yoga helps relax the body and mind.
In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?
Yes.  It’s all about practicing at your level.
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Inversions 101 Jivamukti Yoga workshop

Whether the idea of balancing on your head, hands or arms lights you up or terrifies you, this workshop will safely support and progress your practice of turning your world on its head. There are just so many benefits when you invert:

  • Gives you an energy boost
  • Allows for a complete focus on the present moment
  • Provides a change of perspective
  • Is healthy for the heart
  • Sends a rush of blood to the brain
  • Builds core strength
  • Builds upper body strength
  • Requires spine stabilization
  • Is really fun!

So come along and let me flip your mind in a 2-hour inversion workshop on Sunday February 26th beginning at 10:15am. You’ll unpack the big four; handstand, forearm balance, headstand and shoulderstand.

The advanced asana workshops are fun, intimate and encourage growth in each student’s asana practice on a personal level. In order to maintain individual attention and give each student optimal care and assistance, enrolments are limited to 12 students. Students are also encouraged to attend the Spiritual Warrior Jivamukti Yoga class that runs from 9-10:15am at the studio beforehand, in order to warm up the body in preparation for the workshop.

GO YOGA only run a few advanced courses per year, and as student numbers are strictly limited to maximise individual care and attention, they usually book out fast. Students can book in prior to Feb 19th at the “early bird” rate of $30, payment via EFT. Cost on or after Feb 20th is $36. *Money will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to Feb 20th, absolutely no refunds after this date.

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Jivamukti Yoga Summer and New Year Mini Retreat

Who needs time out to recharge and reset after the silly season, but can’t find time or money for a vacation? Gift yourself (or a loved-one) the Go yoga mini-retreat. This one will be big!

People generally tend to experience heightened emotions at the dawn of a new year. Nearly half of us experience increased stress, which puts our health at risk. Unless you implement effective relaxation and positive self-care techniques, your worries may lead to less beneficial or even self-destructive behaviours.

In this full day retreat you’ll take time to pause and reflect on how you want to spend 2017. What can you do in 2017 that will best serve you? What are good uses of your precious energy this year? We’ll also discuss bucket lists, intentions, the mechanisms of desire and the conscious way to make dreams come true. The day will also include two Yoga practices – beginning with a dynamic Jivamukti Yoga class and ending with a Hatha Yoga class, meditation on intention, action and surrender, and extended relaxation.

The early bird cost of this full day mini-retreat is $120 if paid prior to Monday January 2nd 2017. Price increases after this date to $140. Freshly ground coffee and tea, yummy morning tea and a delicious vegan buffet lunch is included (as always) in the price!
Just email jackie@goyogaadelaide.com for registration details to secure your place.

*Money will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to Monday January 2nd 2017, absolutely no refunds after this date.
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