Shanti Yoga Classes
Shanti Yoga Classes are peaceful, sacred, transformational practices for body mind and spirit. Held at Shanti Yoga Southport Centre & Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat.
Shanti Yoga classes are a peaceful, sacred, transformational practices for body mind and spirit. They present a unique sequence of intentional breathing (pranayama), supported stretches and postures (asanas) incorporating simplified yoga in common, everyday approach to deep rest, restoration, wellbeing and healing. You meet and heal yourself on the mat.
Guided awareness, breathing, stretching, classical postures, modifications and safety features are incorporated throughout the class, making them appropriate for beginners, safe if you are ill, injured, menopausal, and also are pre-post natal safe. You are invited to practise at a level that is appropriate to you, in a comfortable setting. No experience necessary. Everyone can attend a class and benefit from it, regardless of how new or experienced you are.
Our beautiful centre provides an opportunity for you to attend regular classes with a mindful community of fellow practitioners, like-minded people who you can interact with at our lunches, retreats and social events.
Practising regularly together with a teacher, over a period of time, enables you to systematically develop and grow as a human being, and deepen your understanding of life.
Classes are multilevel, fully demonstrated, and beginners are able to attend all of the Shanti Yoga classes because of the way that Shanti Yoga is designed and taught. Cushions, pillows, blankets, props and chairs are available to support you during practice. While doing yoga you also work with the mind, emotions and spirit.
The beauty of Shanti Yoga is that it introduces you to yourself at all levels. You will help boost your nervous and immune systems, improve overall pain relief, help recover from lack of sleep, soothe headaches and migraines, lower blood pressure, release endorphons and anti-ageing hormones, strengthen bad backs, joints and so much more.
A combination of three styles of yoga are taught in each class (Restorative, Shanti Yoga flow (vinyasa), and Gentle Hatha Yoga) together with Pranayama (intentional yoga breathing, to work at building levels of prana (lifeforce), invigorating the immune system, healing the nervous systen and strengthening the mind-body. The shorter (55min classes) include Yoga Nidra (conscious yoga relaxation) while the longer and back-to-back classes extend the session for asana practice, with deep rest Yoga Nidra and Meditation added on as a separate class, helping your body heal itself. The combination of philosophy with practice is a hallmark of Shantiji’s back-to-back sessions.
The needs of the body are different in the morning of your life and in the evening. Morning practice uses posture and breath in specific ways to energise and strengthen the entire system for the wear and tear of each day. Evening practices relaxes the entire body to heal and repair from the wear and tear of the day.
Come prepared to for authentic practice, by agreeing to be a student, accepting the soft, nurturing style of classical yoga, and to practice with awareness and presence. Check out how you feel after!
SHANTI YOGA STUDIO FACILITIES
Fully equipped studio
Non-slip Yoga mats – no hire-fee
Cushions and Pillows provided
Blankets, Towels, Filtered water
Natural bamboo timber floor in yoga studio
Toilets that you can change in
Shoe rack and clothes hanging area
Lounge and waiting area
Shanti Yoga shop
Massage therapy rooms
Delicious, weight loss, vegan, lunchbox meals $15
Yoga teaches discipline – the discipline of freedom. It’s practice encompass eight limbs. These are social (yama) and personal (niyama) disciplines; body (asana), breath (pranayama) and sensory (pratyahara) disciplines; and the mind disciplines of concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and equanimity (samadhi).
Yoga teaches us to live in contemplation of the body, feelings, mind and mind objects as a way of disentangling ourselves from the tendrils of karma in order to find liberation. Using the process tools of yoga postures, breath, sound vibration and affirmations (mantra), yoga relaxation (nidra), concentration and meditation make disentangling ourselves from our beliefs and assumptions, projections, aspects of our personality, disidentification and centering not only more manageable but also fun and enjoyable. Yoga is about practice. In this way, it’s much more about how than what.
The physical practice for its own sake is not the be-all, end-all of yoga and must not be taken out of its original, holistic, integrated context. Whilst asana is the centerpiece of most Yoga practice, Yoga is not just exercise and poses! Yoga teachers and students must expand their idea of what yoga is so that you do not consciously or subconsciously encourage aggressive practice.
Would you like to learn how to prepare the healthy and delicious food that Shantiji and others yoga teachers and students eat daily? In this connection, we offer an all-day, hands-on workshop where you will learn to prepare and eat yogic breakfasts, lunches and dinners. You’ll benefit from the Health Institute Australia’s 40+ years of research, experimentation and practice with nutrition, vegetarianism, Ayurveda, alkaline and nutrient therapies. Menu preparation will respect your personal Ayurvedic (the science of life) body-type and dietary restrictions.
Just start with what you know and can do easily. Through the process of the lessons you will discover how you can move and feel better. By becoming aware of what is easier, more connected, stronger and more efficient, you can go beyond your current levels of performance. The effects of Shanti yoga are both generalised throughout your system and are also specific. People at all levels of ability can improve from where they started. You will learn to make the impossible possible; the possible easy; and the easy, elegant.