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Gold Coast Yoga Centre November 2015 Newsletter.


Namaste Yogis & Yoginis,

 
Around this time of the year I hear a lot of comments like “WOW – didn't last year go quickly” or “WOW” I can't believe it's already 20XX!!!”. I too, am guilty of such comments from time to time. That is why whether you “like”  it or not, whether you are “into” it or not, the New Year is so powerful. It is a sucker punch that says “TIME IS PASSING!” in a way that won't let you ignore it. And most of us need this reminder. It seems we live in a dream, a permanent adolescence, where we are invincible, we are going to live forever, knowing death happens, but surely, not to me!?. In this dreamlike state, we squander our time, our lives, our bodies – careless, as if we can just get another one.. like everything in this throwaway time. But we can't. Even if reincarnation is true and we do get another go around – why do we waste THIS beautiful incarnation, THIS beautiful body and mind. We fritter it away, not paying attention, cramming our lives so full we barely know who or where we are – even when we think we're having fun – the confusion remains... and then one day... we are shocked to find ourselves ill, old or dying. Then, we feel loss and regret and the urgent wish to do it again, only better this time.

Don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom. We DO get to do it better – THIS TIME AROUND – by stopping, being present, feeling, being there for loving relationships and meaningful endeavours – supporting our body to do its job the best it can through clean food, water, rest, movement, – supporting our minds to function to their fullest capacity through meditation, contemplation, pausing and reflecting, planning and creating – by opening our hearts and loving and forgiving as fully, absolutely and completely as we are capable of. But it doesn't happen by chance. We have to decide to do this. To be present, all the time, it takes work. Time both flies... and stays still. This moment is infinite. It exists for all eternity. Our experience of it is what moves, slowly or more quickly depending on how much attention we pay to it before moving onto the next infinite moment. Some would say we don't have to worry, that it is ALL an illusion, that nothing is lost, it all exists permanently – and according to the teachings that is apparently true.

But the teachings also tell us that we evolve from the most dense to the most etheric, from the body to the soul – so first things first – we have to deal with the delusion that the body is infinite and we can do what we like. Then when we master that skill, we can move on to understanding the infinite nature of all things. Like all things in yoga – it is seemingly a paradox, but if you tune in, you can feel it's true. You can't skip the stage of mastering life and being in this body-mind to get to the ultimate understanding. Yoga karmasu kausalam – yoga is skill in our actions – when we have mastered that skill (yoga as the practice/path), we then experience Yoga – the awakened understanding (yoga as the goal/destination). And one simple way is just to slow down... be present, pay attention, be aware of the seeming passing of time. In some cultures they even hang masks of the god Kala (Time) over the doorway to remind them of this daily, to not waste a second of this precious life. We usually don't do that, we usually only remember a few times a year – as the year passes into a new one, on a birthday, or at a birth, a death or other milestone. The beauty of it is, that even if nothing I have said here is true – it feels good, it feels better to be present – and amazingly, when life is lived this way, time actually seems to slow down – the years no longer fly buy, they feel rich and heavy with experience.

To truly appreciate and enjoy your life and all that's in it can be compared to having a fine meal prepared before you: you can throw it down barely chewing or tasting, rush through in a minute and leave feeling unsatisfied; or you can chew, taste enjoy, wonder, delight, digest, understand and feel completely satiated at the end of the meal (that is your metaphorical life). Perhaps this New Year, perhaps this time of remembering is the one where you truly decide to live – what have you got to lose? 

 






GCYC STORE

We have an abundance of new and exciting products in our yoga store, carefully selected by our beautiful manager Antoinette. We have Manduka mats, bolsters, straps, eye pillows, oil infusers, lip balms, meditation cushions, yogitoes skidless towels, chakra design pendants and lots more!

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the products we carry please give us a call on 07 5534 2883, email yoga88@goldcoastyogacentre.com or simply pop in and visit us!
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NEW TIMETABLE
Commencing 11th January 2016

Please be sure to check the New Timetable carefully, as we have made some changes and there are a couple of exciting additions:

 
MONDAY 6AM MEDITATION
- 30minutes
What better way to start the week than with a 30minute guided meditation with Danny; followed by a General Class.
 
MONDAY 9.30AM MIXED LEVEL CLASS
- 90minutes
This addition is in response to a number of requests we have received, by busy parents who have school drop-offs. We hope this new time slot will allow you to drop your babes at school and then ease your way into a 90minute yoga class.  



 


WHAT'S ON IN JANUARY

 



SPRINGBROOK RETREAT 
18-20 March, 2016
 
Join Kathy for our summer Springbrook Retreat! You will be treated to a weekend of yoga, music workshops, drumming, delicious vegetarian cuisine and more.

Earlybird:$390 Normal:$420



5 MINUTES WITH ANITA ...

I started my yoga journey at the GCYC 10 years ago, back when the centre was in West Burleigh. I remember the first time I walked into the space instantly feeling at peace and at home. By this time I had already started my quest for enlightenment and was searching for more in life = found. In that 10 years my life has taken me on many adventures around the country so my practice was not consistent or with one yoga studio or style. I finally moved back to the GC with my daughter in 2012. I ran into Suzanne at Wray Organics, I was looking for work, Suzanne was looking for an Office Manager - the planets aligned that day and I found the GCYC again.

My practice started out slow. I was born with dislocated hips and for a second time dislocated my right hip when I was 16.  I have always had pain and felt uneasy with my practice, even forward bends were painful, half moon… forget about it.  With continuous, regular practice and the help of all the teachers at the centre I am now achieving more than I ever thought possible, forward bends are now my friend!
 
My passion in life is… life!  I live each day with the fullest intentions to create happiness and contentment for myself and those around me.  My very busy and sometimes chaotic lifestyle can at times unbalance me this is why I choose yoga, my practice is my saving grace.  If I could inspire anyone to stop for a minute and consider yoga as a daily life practice I would be a happy lady.  Some might say it is an addiction but for me Yoga and the philosophy behind it is a life practice which I will continue to develop throughout my years.  When I grow up I want to be a Cam, Suzanne, Kathy, Mark or Danny ;) Only joking I am happy with who I am.  I feel extremely blessed that I have found a daily practice that keeps my whole being aligned and a community that offers so much love and support.
 
Anita Colenbrander – ACE Entertainment. 


 

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“Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion."

                                             ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois ~


 

 

 


 



 
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