Gold Coast Yoga Centre November 2014 Newsletter...
Namaste Yogis & Yoginis,
The Vedic teaching “yatha Brahmanda, tatha Pindanda” roughly translates to the English equivalent of "as above, so below". Literally "as in the macrocosm, so in the microcosm". It teaches us that the truth is reflected everywhere, and as we look around we can see examples of what's happening in the larger world being the same for smaller "worlds". We observe the cycles of life and death around us - the seasons, day & night, harvesting cycles... and we take pause – I have heard it suggested that if this is how it is reflected in the world around us... is it not possible the same happens to us? on a soul level? we die and are reborn? The truth is, I have no idea. The Buddhists could be right, the Hindus, the Atheists, the Christians, the Muslims.... in some ways it's not really important. To me, what matters most is how I live my life right now. Am I living the best I can, being the most compassionate, the happiest, the clearest, the most truthful being I can be right now? All I know is that we have opportunities to die and be reborn every day, almost every moment. Every time we let our ego drop away and open ourselves to Truth, every time we practice Savasana, every time we sleep and wake up, every time we decide to let go of an old belief or pattern and embrace a new one. We are creating and re-creating ourselves all of the time – just as we see in Nature around us – shedding our skin, casting off our shells – and evolving! Of course we can resist – we see stagnancy in Nature too. Fetid, foul pools where the water has stopped flowing... but why would we want to? Luckily for us, we have a choice. To flow and grow, to resist and stagnate... even thought letting go can be a little scary or uncomfortable, the rewards are many.
What will you choose?

With blessings,
Suzanne Gray



Enjoy this delicious spicy rice dish from our Spring Yoga & Food day retreat – can't wait to see what we are going to make for the Summer one!!!
Cumin and coriander rice
These are approximate quantities (from memory from the Spring Yoga + Cooking Workshop) and you should always taste and adjust if necessary ;)
6 cups cooked brown rice (start with say 3-4 cups uncooked rice)
3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter or rice bran oil)
1 whole head of garlic (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 oranges 
good quality salt (sea salt or himalayan salt)
Place your ghee, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin and coriander in a large fry pan and saute over medium heat for a few minutes until the garlic is soft. Mix the cooked brown rice in and salt to taste. Juice two of the oranges and then cut the pith (white bitter flesh underneath the skin) off the remaining two oranges and cut into small cubes. 
Just before you serve, pour the orange juice over the rice once its hot and mix the cubes through. You can serve this lovely rice dish with fresh coriander, nuts and seeds or with a salad, curry or tagine.
Delish and wonderful for a slow burn carbohydrate meal. Enjoy xx Skye


Calendar dates

Saturday November 15th – FREE Discover Ayurveda talk with the delightful Jade Ragunatham from Ayurveda Santosha. 1.30 – 3pm. Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga, keeping body and mind healthy, free and balanced. Expand on your practice of yoga to incorporate a whole, natural, feel good, approach to living and a complete and systematic approach to health care.

Sunday November 23rd – Summer Yoga and Cooking Day Retreat – Held at a beautiful beachside home in Tugun, this day will begin with a Yoga practice tailored to balance and take advantage of what Summer brings, followed by a delicious whole food lunch together (vegetarian or vegan), then a talk on Summer food and a meditative Dessert creating experience. We have shifted the focus slightly to bring everyone together, and make the most of the intricate dessert experience that we had so much fun with at the Spring session. It will be an awesome day... $115, bookings essential.
Call 07) 5534 2883 or email

Sunday December 7th – Our annual YOGA DEMO & XMAS PARTY – a highlight of the year as the teachers share their practice with you, and you get to enjoy the company of your fellow yogis & yoginis!!! Margs super delicious Chai and cake for sale – it is always a great night – inspiring and fun!!! Doors open 4pm, Demo @4.30pm.

Monday December 22nd – Xmas timetable begins

January 5- 9 inclusive – Annual Summer Intensive
January 12 – regular timetable resumes

For experienced students only!! 

Headstand (sirsasana) is a fantastic pose, rejuvenating, restorative and rebalancing – however it must be practiced with skill and respect as we are balancing a much larger weight on our cervical spine – which is designed to hold only about 7kg (the average weight of a head)!

Part of this skill is the ability to direct the flow of energy, which we learn when we practice poses like dog, all the standings, and shoulderstand correctly. In the standings; the joints must not be locked, and no over-reaching - or the energy gets blocked and cannot be directed.
The second aspect is correct alignment. If too far forward on the head or too far back, you can put excess pressure on the C7 or occipitals causing headache, inflammation and nerve impingement.
Before placing your head on the floor, place the heel of your hand on the bridge of your nose, fingers facing up to the crown. Follow your middle finger up, and where it ends – rub the head to create a sensation – this is the exact spot you must place on the floor. When balanced on that spot, the pose becomes light, and the right energies are activated. Always ask for guidance if unsure!


“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw


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