Gold Coast Yoga Centre February 2015 Newsletter...
Namaste Yogis & Yoginis,
February feels like a good time to talk about the Heart Chakra (the Anahata Chakra).  The heart chakra is the middle chakra with the three lower chakras relating to the material world, and the three higher chakras relating to the esoteric world. The Heart chakra is the gateway between these two worlds. To be able to achieve their fullest expression both the lower and higher chakras need each other. If you only focus on the material, then you can become lower-minded and stuck in your desires and struggles for power and so on. If you only focus on the higher chakras, you can become stuck in theory and can lose the capacity to relate or to bring the wisdom and knowledge you  may gain at these levels into the world. The Heart chakra raises the vibration of the lower chakras through love, and brings the higher chakras into their capacity to feel and therefore be imbued by compassion.
Kundalini teacher Maya Fiennes says this chakra is “where me becomes we, and I becomes us”.
It is where we transcend from self-centred seeking = looking for what's good for me and how to raise me up; to looking for what's good for the collective, what will raise us all up. We need both, so there is no judgement one way or the other. Without the higher chakras, the lower chakras are dominated by greed, lust and power. Without the lower chakras, the higher chakras can be ungrounded, lack compassion and be unable to manifest their wisdom. The Heart chakra enables us to reach full expression of all chakras with love, openess, courage and compassion.
The colours of the Heart/Anahata chakra are green (and sometimes pink). The qualities when in balance are joy, peace, love, compassion. balance and connection. When out of balance/depleted we can feel isolated, depressed, fearful or disconnected.  The element is air – which is perfect because love is as essential to life as air! Spend time in a green forest, in fresh air, with people you love, being involved in charity, doing things that bring you joy, wear green/pink, have flowers and items of beauty around the home, forgiving and giving. These things will strengthen your Heart Chakra.
Happy Valentine's Day on Saturday, Happy Heart Days every day <3



This month we feature Burleigh chiropracter Matthew Scheier of Zuma Health.
Matt is a passionate and dedicated practitioner who has your total well-being at heart.

'Everyone knows that the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone and the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone, as the song goes!.  In yoga as well as chiropractic care, we also know that the skeletal system is connected to the nervous system and the nervous system is connected to the vital organs and good health requires good connections between all your systems so your whole system can function optimally, happily and vitally. 
Nerves are the body’s vital connection.  Without healthy nerves, the body cannot be healthy. 
The role our nerves play is crucial to the growth and repair cycle of the body.   
Underpinning this role is the body’s in-born ability to self regulate and self repair.  This is what your body is great at given the right support and this is exactly what chiropractic is all about. 
It has been said before “you are what you eat”; I would like to offer a new adage:  “You are what you grow.” Take a moment to think about this:  A good seed will not grow in bad soil.   
So if what you eat are the seeds of the body, your nervous-system represents the soil.  This matrix is what connects all aspects of the body(cells, tissues, organs & systems) and that is the essential role of nerves.   
So how do you get healthy nerves and ensure the body has great soil? 
Healthy nerves are supported by a healthy spine.  Chiropractic specializes in a gentle specific approach to restoring spinal function and health.  By REstoring spinal function this allows the RE-establishment of proper nerve connection and the body is the empowered to REsume all of its processes.  When practiced correctly, yoga is also a fantastic whole body approach to supporting the spine and nervous-system.   
Zuma Health specialises in understanding the process involved to help you to restore true body health and function, not just a temporary fix.    Our techniques are all selected to provide safety and comprehensive analysis with the aim of gentleness so as to assist your body and not cause disruption.
Would you like to have your spine and nervous system checked with Matt? Mention this article and pay only $45 for a comprehensive 1 hour initial consultation!
Call 5535 1167 to book, or check out the website for more info.

Valentines Day

Bring more love into the world this Valentines Day.
Step 1 - Go to yoga! Relax, unwind and open your heart
Step 2 - Get a ticket to put into the jar to win a divine massage with the gorgeous Eilidh McWhirter - the Illumination Goddess.
Here's a little about Eilidh:
The true practice of the art of healing in traditional nuad bo-rarn (thai massage) is the compassionate intent of the healer.
ITM School in Chiang Mai is where I studied Traditional Thai Massage. I have been practicing Thai Massage since the end of 2012, and enjoy every moment.
Thai massage is a style of massage that involves stretching and deep massage as well as acupressure on energy lines.Traditional Thai Massage is one of the most effective therapeutic bodyworks you will ever experience. It is a modern expression of a 2500 year old tradition. This form of massage uses the whole body to heal the body.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than other classic forms of massage. I use my hands, knees, legs, and feet to move your body into a series of yoga-like stretches.
Thai massage suits a wide range of physical needs however my aim is to promote the motion of blocked energies, alleviate stress and relieve anxieties within the body through the massage by incorporating Reiki in the healing.

Love Eilidh



February 14 – VALENTINES DAY – Attend any class on this day and get a ticket in the draw to WIN a divine Thai massage with the gorgeous Eilidh – the Illumination Goddess.
February 14-21 Spoil yourself or a loved one with $20 off all Dharma Bums, 1 week only <3
March 20 – 22 – SPRINGBROOK RETREAT – very excited this year to have the awesome Kath leading the retreat. Enjoy yoga, delicious vegetarian food, great company, Ayurveda teaching and  crystal bowls all in a stunning natural environment. Take time out to replenish your spirit. Earlybird price if paid by March 7 is $370, full price $395 inclusive of all food, accomodation & activities.
AS A BONUS – sign on during February and you will go into the draw to WIN this month's $50 voucher from our favourite organic supermarket and cafe – WRAY Organic in Palm Beach <3 <3
March 21 – 4pm class will be a special ASHTANGA 2ND SERIES LED class with Mark Togni. Your chance to further your ashtanga practice under the guidance of this special teacher. $20, bookings required as this class is usually booked out.
March 29 – One day Zen Meditation Day with Peter Genyō Gallagher, a long time student of Japanese Zen Master Hōgen Yamahata. Meditation, instruction talks and optional private interviews. $10 Donation appreciated.




“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”  Osho

“Love is beyond description, but not beyond demonstrating” Barry Long


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