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May 2019
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Namaste Yogis & Yoginis,

Your mission, should you wish to accept it…

This next two weeks provides an opportunity to make change in some form with the election coming up. I know not everyone is comfortable with being actively political – but there is something special that yogis & meditators can do besides man booths, share posts, have dialogues, protest or vote (all of these are amazing and necessary things to do, and if you can – do them!) – yogis meditate and do yoga – they change consciousness, they generate energy, they create a future with their minds.

For the next two weeks – can you break into your normal meditation routine to do a very special meditation? Similar to the Buddhist metta-bhavana, or the Hawaiin Ho'opono'pono – simply get into a meditative state, then visualise various people while repeating “may they feel peace, may they feel loved”.

Naturally, you'll include those you love, and those in your community, but you'll also include the politicians, the mining companies, those stuck in old ways. You'll also include all the people in your state, in Australia, in the world, and of course, the source of all life, our beloved Mother Earth, as well as all the animals, plants, trees, and life in all its forms. For this is the one area that yogis and meditators excel – changing consciousness, change through love, change at the most subtle levels that can manifest in the material world and beyond.

Remember Masaru Emoto's experiments with water? Meditation has a physical impact on the world. So let's get together and put our minds and hearts to it over the next few weeks, over our meditation and yoga practice for the greater good – for if all those people truly felt peace, truly felt loved – they could not help but act for the planet and her children, they could not help but listen to the Elders, to the Earth, to those suffering. They could not help but want to do good and reduce greed.

This practice may seem simple but I have had profound results in my personal life, imagine what affect we could have nation-wide or globally if we all got together… We could truly change the world. As the late great John Lennon said: “You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one”.

Imagine.

Blessings from us all,
Suzanne & the GCYC team
<3




My Panchakarma Journey - by Suzanne
 
If you ever had doubt about the mind/body connection – Panchakarma will clear those doubts away. I decided to do Panchakarma with the wonderful Dr Ram (from Vibrant Ayurveda in Burleigh) after having trouble getting back on track after being unwell for some time. Physically I had digestive trouble, very low energy, pain, osteoarthritis and often felt depressed and/or anxious. Panchakarma (five actions) is a series of Ayurveda treatments prescribed for your body type and current condition. I did a 3 week Panchakarma, that was preceded by 3 weeks of herbs and modified diet to prepare; and followed by 3 weeks of Rasayana (rejuvenation) to integrate the cleansing regime and recover energy.

I found almost all of it very manageable – some of the treatments are divine, some less pleasant. I drank medicated ghee to start the process off, had some kind of massage or treatment almost every day, followed by a sauna. The three therapists Noriko, Flavia, and Jobin were all fantastic – each brought something special to the table. I experienced massage with oil, herbal paste (like a scrub) and ghee, as well as the harmonising treatment of Shirodhara (warm oil poured on the forehead – creates a deeply relaxed state – good for calming the mind) as a reward after the more difficult therapies of purgation and enema.

I'll be honest, the purging day was not fun. I'm glad I took Dr Ram's advice of staying home, as once the herbs kicked in, there was no leaving the throne (if you know what I mean!!). I had the strange and unlikely scenario of the cheers from a neighbour's footy watching party as the soundtrack to my experience “Oh! No way!!” “C'mon!!!!” etc. I couldn't believe it at the time, but later on, it really made me laugh it was so comical.

Once everything quietened down though, I was left in a pleasantly euphoric state for days. I didn't really feel like eating (you can eat some very plain food such as rice water, plain rice and plain lentils as the days pass) but I just felt satiated and didn't eat for days. I would love to feel like that – light, spacious, inwards more of the time. The other treatment I found less enjoyable were the enemas – alternating herbal and ghee. Dr Ram feels they are one of the most potent treatments Ayurveda has to offer. I definitely felt as if I was detoxing on those days, and felt low in energy, and a bit sick.

This all happened over 3 weeks, and then 3 weeks continuing with herbs and some home rituals such as abhyanga (self massage), nasya (nasal oil), tongue scraping, oil pulling, light fasting one day a week etc. I still mostly stuck to the modified diet, but was able to introduce a bit more variety in what I was eating. I found the diet very easy to stick to as it was nourishing and satisfying. I rarely felt hungry, and found my sweet cravings naturally drop away (except for a little honey here and there).

A lot of the time, I really didn't feel like doing much, nor did I have the energy/motivation for it. I can really see the benefit of taking time out while going through the process as much as you can. Resting, staying quiet and taking time in nature to enhance the effects. I could literally feel my body at work cleaning house, and my mind was clearing itself too. I naturally felt less inclined towards screen time and socialising. It is said to cleanse the tissues of the cells, so is a very deep process, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

Dr Ram provided guidance in every way including herbs, what to eat, tips on managing the experiences and all tailored to what I needed. He did it in such a gentle nurturing way too. I felt completely supported the whole time, and enjoyed learning more about Ayurveda, health and nutrition along the way. He has such a vast knowledge and shares generously.

So was it worth it??? Unequivocally YES!!

My skin has changed dramatically – regaining a healthier complexion and shine. I lost 6 kg in about 6 weeks without even trying and all while eating rice/lentils and ghee every day!!! Never hungry (rice and moong dahl together provide a perfect protein)! The inflammation and pain in my body has dramatically reduced and I have recovered some movement – especially noticeable in my asana practice. My osteoarthritis seems to have lessened and I have been able to sit in Baddha Konasana and Sukkhasana (cross legs) for the first time in a long time. I have not had a headache for many weeks (usually frequent) nor have I experienced my previously frequent allergies (usually several times a week). My sleeping patterns are better, and my energy is coming back – in fact I've had a few days that I've actually felt “normal”! My digestion feels good! Even more than the physical – I feel calmer, cooler/calmer in my mind, more content, and my thinking feels clearer.

I am so grateful to Ayurveda, Dr Ram and his amazing team for this wonderful experience of healing. I also have to do a special shout-out to the very kind Verena at Wray Organics who made me kitchari so I could stay on the program while having our weekly staff lunches.

Panchakarma can be done seasonally, or as needed. It is an incredibly valuable tool in health and wellness, not just in healing, but in daily life. To contact Dr Ram and team – call Vibrant Ayurveda in Burleigh (07) 5520 0657. Dr Ram is also a regular guest at GCYC, so you can catch him at the centre on Saturday 15th June – event details below!



COMING UP AT GCYC...

TIMETABLE CHANGES - Labour Day 6th May



May - Promotions & Specials!





GCYC Yoga Art Prize - submissions are now closed...

Thank you to all who entered the GCYC Yoga Art Prize. Our fabulous judging panel will now deliberate and pick our Grand Prize winner of 3 months free yoga!

Keep an eye out on the event page, as we are excited to announce there will also be a People's Choice Award, to be voted by Facebook poll - this second winner will receive a month's free yoga! And if that wasn't enough, we'll also be giving away a month of free yoga to one of our voters in the people's choice award!

"When will the winners be announced?", I hear you cry! Save the date of Saturday 1st June, where we will display the artwork at a 2 hour social event and announce all winners... Details coming!


View all entries and judging panel on the Facebook Event Page.

April Yoga Art Prize special mention!
Well done to Lucy Deslandes for creating this month's special mention for the Yoga Art Prize - titled 'Lotus Pond' - inspired by "the renewal of energy and balance, the quiet space in between movement".



Dr Ram - Saturday 15th June 2019 from 1pm to 3pm
Vastu Shastra - Ayurveda in the Home - Tickets $25



Boundary Setting to Optimise Your Life with Jacinta Callaghan
Saturday 27th July - tickets $30



Springbrook Winter Yoga Retreat - Fri 2nd to Sun 4th August
Early Bird Price $395 (payable by Saturday 29th June)



SAVE THE DATE!
Nicky Knoff Headstand & Inversions Workshop
Saturday 28th September - more details coming!



PRACTICE TIP - Getting to the front of the mat

As we build up our strength and skill, or after recovering from an injury, we sometimes have to modify postures or ways of linking the poses and still stay within the rhythm of the class. This is particularly so in flowing Vinyasa style classes. In the salutes we jump back into a dip and jump forward. Jumping back is fairly easy to modify – simply step back into a high dip, then lower down (to a hold or the floor as you are comfortably able). Stepping forward however can feel a little ungainly.

Here is a simple method that can help:
Walk hands and feet forward to the front of the mat while still in dog pose.


CLICK HERE TO WATCH KATH IN ACTION!

The benefits of this include:

  • Moving easily and staying in the flow of the class, ending up at the front of the mat.
  • Strengthening arms, legs and core.
  • Lengthening hamstrings.
  • Strengthening wrists, arms and shoulders
  • minimal risk of injury
  • energy conserving
  • the strength developed will assist in achieving the eventual pose

Give it a try, and enjoy!!!




Love and blessings <3 <3 Suzanne
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