Monthly Archives: December 2013


Make it happen

At this time of year, Christian or non, the year is folding in on itself, the new year is imminent, there may be family functions to attend, histories replaying, celebrations to enjoy or there might be an intense feeling of loss, aloneness or grief for those that did not make it through to the turning of the year. Emotions are heightened, the streets are busy, the roads congested and the weather is warming, or at least here, in the southern hemisphere. This can result in a perception that we are too busy to simply ‘be’. The to do list is long and deadlines loom, tension creeps in, even when we are in excited anticipation of the festive season.

This is actually the perfect time to stop and pay attention to personal practices that restore our equilibrium, our sense of peace and lead us to stillness. A restorative yoga practice can provide this relief, a walk dedicated to ourselves without dependents wanting to play or a ball to be thrown, a swim, a defined time to read, listen to music, all these things and more, can be, should be, sought. As you have your morning or evening shower explore how you would like to shape your, personal, perfect time – and make it happen. It doesn’t have to be a half day or day affair, try for 10 minutes to start with, then think of ways to build on this and plan the time ahead – make it happen.

When in yoga classes you will often here the teacher say ‘create spaciousness’ this is a way of asking you to practice in the tangible body how to make space for extra movement, extra stretch or a momentum for you to step closer into your own light. As we train our bodies, our mind and life practices follow. So when you are next in a yogic posture or any exercise posture think on what it means to create space not just for the body, but for the mind and the self. When you practice for spaciousness you are creating room for inner transformation.

10 minutes is not a lot to ask

Single tree on rock

when you have the promise

of walking closer to your inner light

As your inner light flickers

create more space

so that you can give the gift

of luminosity this festive season

– make it happen!


Hampton Community Centre

Hatha: Join these Hatha classes to unite your sun and moon energies. The movements/asanas will be combined with breath techniques and a short meditation. Go home with a deeper understanding and respect for body/mind

 

Class schedule

Yoga-Hatha –  (2)
Barbara Long
Thurs.10.30-11.45
 30/1/14
3/4/14
10
24/4/14
26/6/14
10
Yoga Hatha 1
Barbara Long
Thurs 12.00-1.15
30/1/14
3/4/14
10
24/4/14
26/6/14
10
Yoga –  Advanced
Barbara Long
Tuesday 8.30 – 9.45am
28/1/14
1/4/14
10
22/4/14
24/6/14
10

 

Bookings and more information

Bookings: directly through Hampton Community Centre

Website: www.hampcomm.org

Call: 9598 2977

 

Restorative held at the Hampton Community Centre

Wednesdays: 5-6.30pm, $20.00 including a Yoga Nidra or other extended meditation

Bookings: 0425 854 542 directly to Barbara 

 


Hampton Community Centre Restore

5-6.30pm Wed – Restorative

Hampton Community Centre
14 Willis St
Hampton
Small Hall enter reception and turn to the left

Class

Restorative: A yoga class to explore a yogic theme through gentle movement, pranayama/breath work culminating in the incredible healing and transformative powers of a 20 min Yoga Nidra.
Cost: $20.00 1.5hr or concession $15.00

Bookings

Bookings for Restorative classes barb@lalunameditations or TEXT: 0425 854 542

Home Studio Offerings

Private Classes by appointment

Private sessions may be booked for therapeutic purposes, to prepare you for public classes, for exploration of various meditative practices or assist in breath development through pranayam/yogic breath techniques. Collaboration with your chosen health care professional is encouraged. Bookings as per pranayam classes below. Cost: Initial session $85 1.5hr Follow up sessions $70.00 1 hr

Check out Yoga Australia’s website to see if your Health Fund is on the list and to see what you or I need to do for you to claim. This might make a private session a little more feasible.

 

Pranayam Classes

(limited numbers)

Home Studio Friday to energise you for the day to help you meet all your commitments without running out of breath

Pranayama Classes: Early morning pranayama classes reconnect you with your breath, providing you with techniques that give you the tools to reach for when you are stressed, anxious or need athletic lung capacity.

The classes begin with wake up movements, a series of breath techniques, the Tibetan 5 Rites and a short meditation. This experience will have you energised for the day to meet all your commitments fully nourished by your breath. Cost: $20.00 1hr Concession $15.00

Bookings essential by email barb@lalunameditations.com or TEXT 0425 854 542


The whole of the body

In our first restorative class for December at The Fitness Room I thought we’d begin to infuse the entire practice with a greater understanding of Yoga Nidra which is the meditative practice we enjoy in the classes final 20mins. How to do this? Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice of ‘dynamic sleep’ derived from techniques in tantric texts and brought in a constructed way to the west in the 1960’s by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. So where do you begin? How do you deepen the sense of something that has developed through years of experience, self study and scholarly study?

It seemed that an initial step could be made by introducing the tantric concept of non-dualism. My own lineage Hatha is clearly dualistic Ha/the sun tha/the moon and yoga the yolk or union of sun/moon, masculine/feminine etc. So I thought I’d begin with the familiar notion of opposites and draw them in together to reveal the whole – then take the leap into non-dualism as the divine manifesting in all.

The class began in sivasana, the delicious pose where you lie comfortably on your back allowing yourself a moment of utter abandon. At the beginning of the class it can act as a release point for your day, your night or the impending day ahead. It allows you a moment to observe the breath and read what is happening in the body. So I asked the class to release their upright posture down to the mat, to close the eyes if comfortable, relax all the muscles and suggest to their mind ‘here on the ground I am’…….whilst a voice offered “connected, warm, supported by the earth below. Each part of your body supported. Beginning at the right big toe bring attention upward through the right side of the body…the left side of the body…the centre of the body…settle into the centre of the body…notice where you have settled – where is this centre for you: spine, abdomen, navel heart centre? Be aware of this centre and then bring attention to your non-physical sense of yourself, where do you feel the centre of you? …Are these places the same? Different?

Begin to breathe as if you are breathing into this centre of yourself and exhale as if exhaling from this centre. Inhale oxygen merging with prana/vital life force…exhale and feel the energy freeing as you let go…know that the ultimate state is available to you…divine awareness…sacred energy…shakti…open beyond any limitations you cling to within…”

Full Moon

The whole of the moon

And then it struck me to thread through this opening practice and the following asanas to feel into the right side, the left side, the centre, the top, the soles of the feet and realise there are no actual physical borders with sign posts declaring these divisions. What there is, is the whole of the body …that familiar refrain when we are in Yoga Nidra and the voice has taken us through a full rotation of consciousness and repeats either “the whole of the body” several times or “together”, “the whole of the right leg and the whole of the left leg together”

In the actual class I began to use the word ‘borders’, “there are no borders between the left and the right, only what we perceive, feel the right and left of your posture, hold steady at the centre – hold steady the whole body” and the class transformed into a class ‘yoga without borders’**. When I came home I thought how wonderful if both personally and as a world we could have such clarity, such awareness, such inner security that we could ‘see’ that borders are constructs…limiting constructs – that cause no end of conflict within our own minds committing us to the same old behavioral cycles that do not serve us personally or worse commit communities to fear, blood shed and terror.

**Yoga without Borders existed formally before my little non-dual epiphany as www.yogawithoutborders.com a humanitarian and service organisation.


Resources & Links

On this page I’ve listed links I have found useful or inspirational

Yoga

www.bala.com.au

Beach Yoga

www.diabeticyogini.com

Javaa Yoga

Sanctuary Yoga

VIYETT

Gaynor’s Fitness

Divine Grace

One Heart

www.theyogalunchbox.co.nz

www.yogainternational.com

www.yogaaustralia.org.au

www.thefitnessroom.com

Hampton Community Centre

Southside Yoga

Yoga synergy

Donna Farhi

Yoga Clothes

www.samudra.com.au

www.bodhaclothing.com

 

Wellbeing

www.totalbalance.com.au

www.andreatyrrell.com

Coconut Oil & Wellbeing with Lucy Bee a Definitive Guide

Queen B for the purest Australian Beeswax & Candles 

Resources

The Spirit of Things ABC Radio National

 

Art / Inspiration

 


La Luna’s Blog is the Moon-bower

Welcome

Welcome to La Luna Meditations. Specifically this blog. I hope you will enjoy the exploration of the yogic path that will be offered here. I intend to share with you words, thoughts, insights from classes and images that celebrate yoga. It struck me today that I am a yogic bower bird who whilst trained in Hatha enjoys the discoveries and insights from an array of lineages and yogic paths. I delight in revealing parallels between yogic teachings and other philosophies and religions. The Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, Plato’s Republic to name just three texts have their intersecting concepts, even phrases that share similar ideas.

IMG_1006.JPG - Version 2La Luna Meditations as a name came to me as I traced my mind body rhythms with the cycles of the moon. It was a time of great confusion in my life, a time of distress, a turning point where life challenged me to examine who I was by reducing my sense of I to a point of chaos. The moon became my anchor, a waxing, waning anchor toward gentle light. I obsessively photographed the moon in attempt to reconnect with something greater more infinite and vast. In the tangible act of amateur moon photography I connected and reconnected to my sense of self as part of a wonderous whole. The more clearly I observed the whole of the moon with its infinite displays through fine weather, bleak weather, night and day, through foliage, or cloud – the greater the clarity, the greater the awareness of my true nature, that core that had been knocked severely off-centre.

In addition to my moon cycle therapy : ) I returned to yoga. When I say returned, I’d been dabbling for two decades without bringing it in as part of my life, the return was the realisation that this was not something I went to for a class here and there, on and off – this was a way of choosing to be – it was a way of being.

So welcome to the moon-bower! I hope you enjoy the offerings you find hanging in the twigs.