All our classes are open to beginners; our class sizes are smaller so teachers can give individual attention.
We teach with the concept of “no goals only go to your edge”. Of moving our bodies with loving awareness within a safe zone where you are engaged, present and with calm heart. This helps over time to establish good habits, and understanding of your unique alignment. Props are used where helpful. Most essential is the practice of ‘Acceptance is Transcendence’ opening the door to deep listening and attunement to mind-body-spirit.
We offer a variety of classes to suit all needs. The instructor will teach to the feel of the day and the class attendees. All classes include time for meditation, deep relaxation and community.
Take a look through the class descriptions. It is good to balance type of class and practice over the week. All our needs are all a little different and also vary over time. If you have a injury, special need or interest please email email@example.com. Sydel will support you in creating a yoga routine that is right for you.
Essentials For Beginners
We highly recommend if you are new to yoga or wanting to refresh on the foundations of yoga practice attending our 6 week beginners course. Not only is it a great deal, you receive mentoring and step by step guidance that will be of ongoing value for your yoga journey in the years ahead.
Transformational Alignment Based Yoga (T.A.B.Y.)
Transformational Alignment Based Yoga is suitable for all levels of students.
Teachers will teach to the needs of each person in the class. We always begin each class by asking how you are today to ensure we take care of your individual needs and give you personalised attention.
- T.A.B.Y is essentially Hatha Yoga where you learn the benefits of alignment detail, postural alignment and finding your own unique alignment, as no two persons are the same.
- T.A.B.Y integrates sequencing and longer timing always encouraging you in “ no goals listen to your edge”. This allows for the introduction of how to work with basic and more challenging poses alike. Yoga poses are adapted to the uniqueness of each individual, props may be used and alternatives given if necessary.
- In TABY our attention is on how we come into the pose, hold the pose and release from the pose. An essential aspect of the practice is the integration of the mindfulness qualities of acceptance, loving awareness, kindness and friendliness.
‘Acceptance is Transcendence’
- You will come to a deeper space in the poses and learn how to move from stress to relaxation response with calm heart and soft belly.
- T.A.B.Y was developed by Sam Weinstein our Beloved Mentor who founded the Home of Yoga with Sydel Weinstein in 1985.
Over more than 30 years in Australia Yoga Sam taught up to 20 classes a week. His yoga journey began training with and being mentored by Ed K Keays, (Swami Satya Pujari) Founder of The Yoga Institute in San Diego, USA and studying with B.K.S. Iyengar
Transformational Alignment Based Yoga is an invitation to adventure and have fun with your yoga practice. Sam loved to say as taught by his mentor ‘Be Total’ ‘Love your self’ and the rest will follow.
- All Our classes at the Home of Yoga end sitting in a circle celebrating community and connection.
Intensive Transformational Alignment Based Yoga “Hot Flowing Power Yoga”
In our more intensive or dynamic classes students develop, maintain and work with more challenging yoga poses. The full range of asana groups are explored, including the arm balance and other inversions such as headstands, shoulder stand, as well as back bends and flowing sequences as is appropriate for the class and student.
Alignment details and foundations are always the base that we build from. Listening to our edge and attuning to what is right for our body in any given moment. We never push and do not view yoga as a linear progression of moving to advanced levels. Rather by listening to the body and breath we follow the path that opens and our teachers are here to guide and support.
The path may lead us to stillness, slow steady yoga or more strength based and flow. Intensive focus can happen in any of our general T.A.B.Y class should the moment emerge and several of our teachers enjoy a more intensive practice and teach in this way.
We do encourage a balance to your practice over the month. Visiting the full circle of poses: standing, forward bends, backbends and inversion as well as beginning by tuning into slow and steadying the breath.
Yoga’s inherent nature is awareness of the body and breath. At the Home of Yoga we teach all our classes with this understanding.
Every class includes relaxation and or meditation, chanting or pranayama. Moment to moment awareness is the practice. In the Mindful Yoga classes this is our primary intention we slow all the way to where we are comfortable to be, paying attention to subtle sensations, rhythm, and flow of our breath. We practice mindful movement and enjoy long pauses and meditation.
This is a trauma informed class and we begin by establishing ground, sense of place and bed of safety.
Whilst Mindful yoga is a open class it is also part of our ongoing Heart & Wings: Mindfulness Training as such we may enjoy the practice of the week for example a body scan or sound awareness.
Particular emphasis is placed on exploring unconditional acceptance, love and friendliness as well as kindness and compassion.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”Jon Kabat–Zinn
Sydel has been practicing and studying meditation for over 40 years in Australia and Internationally. She completed the Professional Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training with Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2009.
“ In my own practice I find myself slowing and often coming to a pause and stillness. So teaching mindful yoga is natural to me and has been an exploration over the last 30 years. My time working with refugees as a trauma informed body therapist also profoundly influenced me in how I teach and experience the practice of yoga. ”
“Mindful yoga is a lifetime engagement – not to get somewhere else, but to be where and as we actually are in this very moment, with this very breath, whether the experience is pleasant unpleasant, or neutral– ‘Mindful Yoga’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn
We run a regular 4 week introduction to Mindful yoga: “ Essentials of Mindful Yoga”
Therapeutic Restorative Yoga
In this very special class we will practice poses that work on old injuries,strengthening weak areas, and postural alignment of the body. Healthy backs, knees, shoulders, necks, ankles, reproductive organs and of course calm minds. Restorative yoga will support you in experiencing deep rest so important for our well-being. Experience the many benefits of going slow.
This is a passive predominately floor based yoga class holding positions for longer amounts of time. We will introduce meditation into your yoga and many new poses that facilitate rejuvenation of the entire being. Bolsters, blankets, walls, yoga balls, myofascial balls, awareness of breath, massage and self massage techniques with heaps of loving support will be used as a way for you to find the path to good health, relaxation, and a happy stress free life.
This is a great class for tight areas and a better understanding of your yoga. Sam (and Sydel from Sam) studied the use of props from both B.K.S. Iyengar and Sw.Satya Pujari over many years and classes. Additionally both Sydel and Bianca have completed several specific Therapeutic Restorative Yoga courses with Judith Hanson Lasater.
“Follow your nature. The practice is really about uncovering your own pose; we have great respect for our teachers, but unless we can uncover our own pose in the moment, it’s not practice — it’s mimicry. Rest deeply in Savasana every day. Always enter that pratyahara (withdrawn state) every day. And just enjoy yourself. For many years I mistook discipline as ambition. Now I believe it to be more about consistency. Do get on the mat. Practice and life are not that different.” — Judith Hanson Lasater
We run regular introductions to restorative yoga see Essentials in Restorative Yoga: a 4 week course
Our pregnancy yoga classes are an expression of over 30 years of teaching and facilitating pregnancy yoga classes and support in Western Australia. This side of our work offered via the Family Nurturing Centre a registered charity.
Pregnancy classes integrate parenting education and support with Mindful Birthing and Mindful Pregnancy practices, Transformational Alignment Based Yoga adapted for pregnancy, (we have a pregnancy version of the Salute to the Sun), Embody Birth as developed by Maha Al Musa, with community and support.
You can also attend other classes on our timetable where teachers are trained in Pregnancy yoga. To enquire email firstname.lastname@example.org
Baby and Toddler Yoga
Our parent and baby yoga classes are also facilitated through the Family Nurturing Centre and run by course booking:
Classes combine yoga for parent and baby with mindfulness games, singing, dancing, massage, community and support in attachment, parenting and breastfeeding. With over 30 years of classes we have generations of parents who have been through our centre many who remain an extended community of friendships.
Bianca Lucas offer’s Yin Yoga class every Tuesday at 7pm
Yin Yoga is a complementary practice to the more active (or Yang) styles of Yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hot or Bikram Yoga for example).
It is a stationary practice done predominantly on the ground. We allow the muscles activated (lengthened and strengthened) during the more dynamic practices to soften, thereby stimulating, strengthening and reviving the tissues in the body that are not normally stimulated in the same way as our more active practices (or exercises). These include the joints, ligaments, bones and deep connective tissues. As these parts of the body are naturally less elastic with much less fluid content than the Yang tissues, they do not have the same ability to stretch and elongate. They require a gentle loading, stress or, pulling to maintain their pliancy and lubricate them in a healthy way.
There are 3 ‘tatva’s’ or qualities to a Yin practice.
The first is we come to our edge. Our edge. Not the person next to us or the teachers. All of our bodies are different. We come to our practice with injuries, with stress, with past samskara’s, therefore your variation of the pose may look entirely different to the person next to you, or even what is was the previous week!
Once we come to our edge (the point of moderate sensation) we then allow the muscles to relax and settle into stillness where we remain in each pose for anywhere from 2-10 minutes.
The use of props (and even the wall) to be able to maintain these longer holds (and allow for the muscles to relax) is encouraged throughout. In between poses rest (Savasana or Corpse Pose) or a rebound pose is incorporated. It is in these rebounds or rest positions, we are able to feel the release of chi (our energy or life force) and blood flowing through the targeted areas.
The longer our bodies are still (in or out of the pose) the more concentrated the chi becomes and we are able to come to a place of embodiment, where the more Yin aspects of our being are enhanced – receptivity, softness, compassion, our intuition and contemplativeness. Thereby each pose becomes a mini-meditation, helping us to develop patience and tolerance for slower rhythms not only on our mats, but also in the real life yoga practice, that is our daily lives.
Trauma Informed Yoga
Classes that are specifically trauma informed have the intention of bringing not only awareness, sensitivity and choice to use of language, positioning, touch, breath, we also emphasize sense of place, regulation, body awareness, balancing nervous system, connection and community in this context.
Sydel’s classes are trauma informed as this is her specific interest and skill set having a long interest in researching trauma, mental health and attachment. Sydel worked for 5 years as a trauma informed body therapist and was part of the creation of one of Australia’s first Trauma Informed Body therapy programmes for refugees, where clinical counsellors and body therapist worked together as part of one model of care. Sydel brings this skill set and awareness into the home of yoga.
Heartflow Yoga is a healing yoga that integrates heart-based awareness and loving intention with mindful movement, coherent breathing, the synchronisation of breath and movement with self massage techniques and exploration of the 8 bridges between the conscious and the unconscious to awaken our natural healing energies.
We play with mudras and mantras. The tempo may vary from slow to steady. We explore our relationship with our bodies the earth and each other through movement, presence and meditation.
Bowen offers Bhakti Yoga Mondays 9am
In Bhakti yoga we approach our yoga practice with an attitude of love and gratitude for the gift of life as a human being and that by taking the time to care for your body and mind in this way you valuing and appreciating this gift and maximising your capacity to be of benefit to others.