DOUBLE BAY OPEN DAY!!

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Yoga Village Double Bay is Opening it Doors for an Open Day on October 17th with FREE CLASSES all day!!

On the day we will also have specials on all class passes, giveaways and more!

Please note we will not be taking bookings, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your classes and tell your friends!

If you have a yoga mat please bring it along with you.

The schedule for the day will be as follows
  • 8-9am Hatha Martine
  • 9:15-10:15am Beginners Nadia
  • 1030-1130am Ashtanga Nadia
  • 11:45am -1245pm Yin Lauren
  • 1-2pm Hatha Ros
  • 2:30-3:30 Slow Flow, Lucy
  • 4-5:15pm Classical Hatha (Sivananda) Dafna
We look forward to welcoming you to this amazing space!

Love Nadia

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Ashtanga Yoga: What's the Story with Moon Days?

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Many of us know through experience or through hearing the rumours that Ashtanga Yoga is a strong practice, both physically and mentally. The practice (when adhered to properly) requires intense dedication from its students which is one of the reasons this practice can be so incredible transforming.

When I first began to practice I didn't adhere to all these 'rules' such as practicing 6 days per week, taking rest when I was menstruating, respecting the full and new moon as rest days. But after a year or so they seemed to make sense and I naturally wanted to respect and follow this tradition in its tried and tested form.

When I explain to friends, family (and sometimes students) the reasons why we take rest on new and full moon I am often met with a rolling of the eyes, like what I am saying has no substance. And maybe it does appear that way, but I can say in honesty that since I have started respecting the moon cycles my whole body seems more in sync with the natural cycles of the planet and universe. Taking rest on the moon isn't just a requirement, by the time the moon day comes along, I can actually feel it in my body.

Here is a good description from the Jois Ashtanga Yoga Centres


"It has always been the tradition in Ashtanga Yoga to rest from asana practice on new and full moon days (tithis). When asked why we shouldn’t practice on these days, Guruji was fond of saying, “Two ‘plantets’ [grahas] one place, very dangerous.” What is meant by this is that on these days, the sun and the moon are in a line relative to the position of the earth. Consequently, their gravitational forces are all combined, and thus the effect of the ‘plantets’ more pronounced. One definitive effect of this is that the ocean’s tides are higher and lower on these days. When āsana practice is done daily, rest days are important for regeneration; and the extra biweekly ‘moon day’ comes as a welcomed respite."

So we are now respecting the rest days in our Ashtanga Yoga program here at Yoga Village. All other classes will take place as usual, but Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style, Intro to Ashtanga Yoga and Ashtanga Led Classes will not take place on the following days.

Moon Days 2015

  • Jan 5 Monday (FULL)
  • Jan 20 Tuesday (NEW)
  • Feb 4 Wednesday (FULL)
  • Feb 19 Thursday
  • Mar 5 Thursday (FULL)
  • Mar 20 Friday (NEW)
  • Apr 3 Friday (FULL)
  • Apr 19 Sunday (NEW)
  • May 4 Monday (FULL)
  • May 18 Monday (NEW)
  • Jun 3 Wednesday (FULL)
  • Jun 17 Wednesday (NEW)
  • Jul 2 Thursday (FULL)
  • Jul 16 Thursday (NEW)
  • Aug 1 Saturday (FULL)
  • Aug 15 Saturday (NEW)
  • Aug 30 Sunday (FULL)
  • Sep 13 Sunday (NEW)
  • Sep 28 Monday (FULL)
  • Oct 13 Tuesday (NEW)
  • Oct 28 Wednesday (FULL)
  • Nov 12 Thursday (NEW)
  • Nov 26 Thursday (FULL)
  • Dec 12 Saturday (NEW)
  • Dec 26 Saturday (FULL

MOON DAYS 2016
  • January 10 Sunday (NEW)
  • January 24th Sunday (FULL)
  • February 9th Tuesday (NEW) 
  • February 23 Tuesday (FULL) 
  • March 9 Wednesday (NEW)
  • March 23 Wednesday (FULL)
  • April 7 Thursday (NEW)
  • April 22 Friday (FULL) 
  • May 7 Saturday (NEW) 
  • May 22 Sunday (FULL)
  • June 5 Sunday (NEW)
  • June 20 Monday (FULL)
  • July 4 Monday (NEW)
  • July 20 Wednesday (FULL)
  • August 3 Wednesday (NEW) 
  • August 18 Thursday (FULL)
  • September 1 Thursday (NEW)
  • September 17 Saturday (FULL)
  • October 1 Saturday (NEW)
  • October 16 Sunday (FULL)
  • October 31 Monday (NEW)
  • November 15 Tuesday (FULL)
  • November 30 Wednesday (NEW)
  • December 14 Wednesday (FULL)
  • December 29 Thursday (NEW)
Please don't use those days to go running or do another yoga class. Instead give your body a chance to rest, sleep in a little, meditate, stretch lightly at home or go for a stroll in the park. And enjoy!!

Much Love
Nadia

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Yoga Village Teacher Training Scholarship

YV TT Scholarship Hey Yogis - I have something very exciting and special to announce to you today.

Enrolments are now open for the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training Scholarship Program.


Teaching yoga has changed my life.

I feel grateful every day that my 'job' helps people to feel good, get sensitive, listen to their body and connect to their true selves. What a freakin' blessing. Being a yoga teacher also allows me to express myself creatively through sequencing and class themes, to meet the most amazing people and to be part of a community in a way that supports my own health and happiness. Not to mention I get to help spread the teachings of yoga to a wider audience.

However, I almost didn't apply for my first teacher training.

I knew deep down in my heart that teaching yoga  was exactly what I wanted to do. So why did I almost miss out on my first training? I couldn't afford it.  I had just finished a very expensive psychology degree and without professional career prospects - I continued to work in a bar that helped me fund my education. While you can make a pretty decent wage in a North American bar, I had  a huge debt hanging over my head, expensive rent and despite my best efforts I was barely scraping by. The idea of spending $5000 on a teacher training, plus flights and accommodations, was just too much.

Seeing how much this training meant to me - my family banded together, and decided to pay my tuition for my first teacher training, as a University graduation present. If I hadn't been met with such generosity, I'm not sure where my path would have taken me.

I feel incredibly lucky, that I'm now in a position to be able to give something back, to pay it forward and to step into the cycle of abundance from a different position.  I'm literally typing this with a massive grin on my face, and a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart.

We have decided to offer 1 space in the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training, to a dedicated student  of yoga who could otherwise not afford to take the course.

HOW IT WORKS

+ If you are awarded the YVTT 2015 scholarship your tuition will be waived - excluding costs for text books, yoga classes ( outside the 8 weekends ) and the 5 day residential retreat.  The exact amount for the retreat has not yet been determined, however we estimate costs at approximately $1000. 00. We will only charge you the actual cost of the retreat ( i.e. food & accommodation ) and will not make a profit from this expense.

+ If you apply for the YVTT 2015 Scholarship - you must be able to cover the above costs yourself. The universe helps those that helps themselves .. ya dig?

+ You must be available for the dates of the YVTT 2015 program - which you can review HERE

+ You must live in - or be able to travel to Sydney for the training

HOW TO APPLY

+ Copy & Paste the questions below into a word document.

+ Answer all questions from your heart, with honesty.

+ Send your responses via email to Cora at cora@coraandbodhi.com by the application deadline

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

+ The scholarship will be awarded based on:

a) Financial need

b) Genuineness and sincerity in your desire to become a yoga teacher

c) Your desire to actually teach yoga ( help others ) rather than a purely self- development motivation for taking this course.

IMPORTANT DATES

+ Application Deadline - Saturday January 31st at midnight + The Successful applicant  will be notified on Monday February 9th via telephone + email + The results will then be posted on social media in the days following February 9th

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

1) Can you tell me a little bit about your yoga journey?
i.e. how long you've been practicing, what styles you practice etc.

2) What impact has yoga made on your life? 3) Why do you want to become a yoga teacher?

3) If you are awarded this scholarship - how do you plan to use your new qualification?

4) Why are you unable to pay full price for your yoga teacher training?

5) If you are awarded this scholarship, how can you 'pay it forward' and practice generosity with others?
Please complete your answers and email them to Cora at cora@coraandbodhi.com - no later than January 31st at midnight. Applications made after this time will not be considered.
Wishing you the very best of luck, Yogis. Much love, Cora

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2015 - New Classes & Changes

Happy New Year Everyone!


I hope you have settled in to 2015 and have a positive outlook for the year ahead.

In 2015 I have resolved to be 100% authentic in all my decisions and actions. Over the last few years I have made professional and personal decisions based on fear which I can has held me back from my true calling. Towards the end of last year I began taking actions that were based around facing my fears, and following my heart and have seen so many positive changes in all areas of my life. Everything just feels easier when I trust my instincts rather than trusting other peoples expectations and experiences.

As many of you know I recently returned from my three month study trip to India that was spent studying with my teacher Sharath Jois in Mysore. I return year after year to continue my studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and this year was honoured to be Authorised by my teacher to teach the Ashtanga Tradition – which is something only a select number of people in Australia have been given.

The Ashtanga Yoga tradition involves teaching (and practicing) a Six Day per week Mysore program, in which students of all levels come together to practice their personal sequences as taught by the teacher.

I am delighted to be started a Mysore Program in Potts Point from next week. It will be running mornings from 6am to 9am, and evenings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Students are welcome to arrive anytime within that window and should allow 60 to 75 minutes for their daily practice. Each person will finish at different times depending on how long their practice is taking. If you have a busy day ahead you are welcome to come in at 6 and finish at 7, so the times can change depending on your life schedule.

There is no expectation for students to have knowledge of the sequence before they start and it can take some time to learn whole of primary series as practitioners only move on to the next pose when they are comfortable in the one before. Those who come along should not feel discouraged or embarrassed not to know the sequence. I will soon be starting Ashtanga for Beginners on Wednesday evenings in Potts Point which will be a good opportunity to get to know the sequence with a group of beginners. Despite its reputation for being suitable only for the young and flexible, this powerful practice is for all ages and abilities; and has the power to transform body and mind more than any practice I have found before. If you find that you “plateau” in another style of yoga then you won’t have that same problem in Ashtanga. This is a practice that will definitely challenge you and will grow with you through life. Please don’t rule it out before giving it a go! I would love for you to join me in the mornings or evenings for Mysore practice. For any questions about Ashtanga please feel free to email me.

We will still be holding the 6:45am Hatha Vinyasa classes Monday to Friday in Potts Point and 6:30am Hatha Vinyasa Tuesday to Thursday in Double Bay. In February we will be adding a handful of new classes to the schedules in both Potts Point and in Double Bay.

Please note that as a part of the Ashtanga Tradition there will be no Ashtanga classes held on New and Full Moon days. These days will be advertised around the studio and also on the website. For more information about why we take rest on moon days please refer to this explanation.


I hope to see you on the mat soon.


Love Nadia


PS - Here is a photo of me just after receiving my Level 2 authorisation - proud as punch outside the Ashtanga Institute

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Yoga Village Teacher Training - Sydney, 2015

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Deepen Your Practice & Share Your Passion For Yoga With Others

Welcome Yogi, 

Yoga Village is excited to announce our Inaugural Yoga Teacher Training Program will commence in March of 2015.

Before you dive in to the details, I would like to share a short quote with you.  It is my hope that these words will impart the flavour, the underlying current or backbone of this training and give you a better understanding of our perspective of the yogic path.  Author, psychologist and buddhist teacher, Tara Brach writes:

"There are two contrasting motifs of spiritual development that I find its valuable to reflect on:

In the first, and this is the more traditional view, the spiritual path is like ascending a mountain of perfection. Our job is to transcend the lower, more impure self and achieve high and rarefied states of purity and perfection. So what that means is the seductive realms of sexuality and sensuality and emotionally are to be guarded against with great vigilance. And the feminine side, our earthy nature is not to be trusted. In fact, we are supposed to control this part of our being. This has to do with reacting to the perceived blight of original sin. Something is inherently wrong with me.

Carl Jung suggests a paradigm shift, a more mature and friendly vision, so this is the second motif:  Rather than a journey towards perfection, our journey is towards wholeness. Rather than ascending upwards, we are turning to embrace this world, this life, in all its realness. Broken, messy, vivid, alive - so we are becoming genuinely intimate with this life. Our essential nature is trustworthy, is good, is awareness. There is nothing to strive for, that is outside ourselves."

In this program, we are not striving for perfection, but rather turning in, towards wholeness.

-  Cora, xx


 If the words above resonate with you, and you have a desire to deepen your personal practice, and learn how to share your passion for yoga with others - we would be exceptionally happy to welcome you to apply for the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training Program.


This training will prepare you with philosophical understanding, anatomical knowledge, business understanding and most importantly practical teaching experience; laying the foundation to become a capable, confident and inspired yoga teacher. It is our highest intention that by the end of your training, you are not only qualified to teach yoga, but feel confident walking into your very first class, and teaching from the heart.

What sets the Yoga Village teacher training apart is our emphasis on yoga asana as mindful movement,  practice teaching and hands on assisting. You will go from learning, to doing, to being. This course will fill the gaps that many teacher training programs leave open by providing practical preparation for yoga teaching. Trainees will be expected to attend, observe, assist and eventually teach groups classes in the studio throughout the entire course to enable them to step from the textbook to the classroom confidently.

Teacher trainees will gather monthly from March to October 2015, meeting for a full weekend of theory, personal practice and hands on assisting and teacher.  In addition to the weekend trainings we will meet for a 5 day intensive training retreat.

In between these meets there will be mentoring and assisting,  which will give you a chance to ask questions, receive feedback and  practice what you learn until it feels natural. This takes time, therefore our training has been designed to give you time and space you need to truly understand and consolidate your course work.

Students will also need to commit to attending a minimum of 2 classes per week at the studio outside the teacher training program.

Our training is comprehensive and hands on please make sure that you are available for the following dates. Each of the following dates is a Saturday & Sunday, and will run for approximately 6-8 hours per day. The 5 day retreat dates TBA.


 Course Dates
  • March  - 14th &15th
  • April - 18th & 19th
  • May - 16th & 17th
  • June - 20th & 21st
  • July - 18th & 19th
  • August - 15th &16th
  • Sept - 19th & 20th
  • October - 17th & 18th
5 Day Intensive:  Date TBA
Payment Options  We offer 3 Different ways you can pay:

  •  Early Bird Full Pay - Full Price $4000  (Must be paid in full before December 15th, 2014)
  •  Regular Full Payment - Full Price $4200 (Must be paid in full before February 28, 2015)
  •  Payment Plan Monthly Deductions of $570 From February to September (Total $4560)
Additional Costs:
  •  Course Materials such as books, props for home practice, Yoga Classes (outside of teacher training weekends)
  • One day First Aid course

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Cora Geroux - Lead Trainer

Cora Geroux is a life coach, yoga teacher and writer. Cora is an ERYT 200, RYT 500, international yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga classes, sold-out workshops, mindful yoga & meditation retreats and private yoga sessions -  full time since for the last 6 years. In this time Cora has amassed more than 4000 hours of teaching experience, in Canada, America and Australia. Cora first came to yoga in an effort to manage her anxiety, and has been practicing yoga for over a decade. In the yoga world,  Cora has studied with Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson, Frank Jude Boccio, Bernie Clark, Sadie Nardini,  and Richard Miller - among many others. Cora teaches strong and sweaty vinyasa classes, deep, introspective yin yoga and insightful meditation & yoga nidra.

On a bigger level Cora's passion lies at the intersection of western psychology, and eastern spirituality.  At the age of 18 Cora began her study of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, and graduated at 24 with a BA in Psych. In 2014 , Cora became a life coach after training with Julie Parker, Rachel MacDonald and Melissa Ambrosini of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy. She weaves this passion and understanding of the mind and wisdom traditions  into the study and practice of yoga philosophy, energetic anatomy, yoga asana and through her writing. Cora’s work and writing has been featured in numerous well known sources; such as Inspired Coach Magazine,  Elephant Journal, The Lululemon Blog, The Wellness Project, The 21- Day Meditation Project, The Loving Earth Blog and countless other. publications. Cora is also an ambassador for Lululemon and a faculty member for the Level 2 Teacher Training at Qi Health & Yoga in Manly. If you want to learn more about Cora - you can visit her at www.coraandbodhi.com or contact Cora at cora@coraandbodhi.com

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Elizabeth Bennett - Anatomy & Physiology 

Liz  has been teaching yoga and working as a physiotherapist for over 15 years.Having my early physiotherapy career in the hospital system, then moving into private practice where I have remained, I've worked with people in a huge variety of settings, both in a hands on treatment capacity and teaching yoga to clients.

My yoga teaching began at 21, when I enthusiastically started classes at the hospital for staff on site. Formal training began in Sydney, in 2004, with a three-year intensive apprenticeship with physiotherapists and yoga teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy. After teaching full time at Yoga Synergy, I moved to the Northern Beaches and undertook a Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Michael De Manincor at the Yoga Institute of Australia. I began teaching Anatomy and Physiology to yoga teacher trainees in 2006.

Liz's  Anatomy and Physiology module for Yoga Village is experiential and practical, oriented towards the questions of  "what are we doing in this pose, why and what can we do for the safety of ourselves and our students." By linking what we need to know of the anatomy of the different joints and systems with visual and kinaesthetic practice in class, my intention is for students to know and embody a deeper understanding of the wisdom of the body. Understand what can prevent and alleviate physical issues. Then, as teachers, you will be able to communicate safe and meaningful knowledge to your students.

For further information, to request a prospectus, or to apply please contact us below or get in touch with Cora Geroux directly at cora@coraandbodhi.com

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Yoga Village Opens in Double Bay

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I hope you are all enjoying the crisp autumn days as we head in to our winter hibernation months.

 
Winter, traditionally a time to lie dormant is looking like a big season for Yoga Village in 2014 as I have decided to take a big leap. I am excited to announce that in July this year we will be opening the doors to our second location – in Double Bay!!
 
I have ummed and ahhed over this for around a year now; usually doubting whether it will work or whether I can get it to work but recently I have been overwhelmed with messages of how Yoga Village has made a difference to so many people’s lives, which was just the message I needed to take a leap of faith and spread the love a few kilometres down the road. The exact location will be announced in a future email but I wanted to share this exciting news with all of you, the people who inspire me daily to keep doing what I am doing.
 
Your passes will all apply to both locations so you have an even greater option of classes to attend with the same teachers you have come to know in Potts Point, as well as a few new faces.

Hope to see you there.

Wish me luck!! Love Nadia

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Meet Lizzie Avery!

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Many of you emailing would have noticed that Jess is no longer replying to emails and that a new lady, Lizzie has been taking care of all of your enquiries. I wanted to put a face to her name. So please meet Lizzie – the beautiful yoga loving Virgo with a heavy breathing pug called Daisy….

Lizzie Avery (or Lizzie Aves as her besties call her) is our Studio Manager at Yoga Village. She will be the first person to greet you with a big beautiful smile and is always more than happy to help with anything you need.

Lizzie is just about to complete her teacher training at Yoga Arts in Bali, so get to know her because before you know it, she will be guiding you through your Yoga Practise as well.

Apart from her dedication to her Yoga practise, Lizzie is completely obsessed with Pugs (well all animals, really). She has her own 8 year old Pug called Daisy Moo Moo The Grumbly Moo Scrums for the Bali Moo and if you’re lucky, you might get to meet Daisy in the studio when she makes one of her famous guest appearances.

Lizzie is also a big fan of slow cooking, and if you ever need a good recipe (or want to share one) don’t be afraid to ask!

To follow Lizzie and really understand just how obsessed she is with Pugs (and Yoga!), you can follow her on Instagram at @Lizzie_Avery

If you have any questions about Yoga Village, you can email her enquiries (at) yogavillage.com.au

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New Timetable From August 24th

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With only a few days to go until we move I am so excited to launch our new yoga class schedule!

Thanks to everyone who sent us requests for yoga classes, I have tried my best to fulfil them!

You will notice new class times and that the 6:15am time slot has moved to 6am, we have also launched a new 7am time slot.

There are two new class styles on the timetable

Advanced Immersion

Held Monthly, advanced classes will focus on more challenging poses and technique required to move in to them with strength and grace.

Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga

A beautiful fluid practice, Slow Flow incorporates Hatha Yoga Poses and and flows gently between poses. This class is less vigorous practice that Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Vinyasa Yoga and is appropriate for all levels.

View the new Yoga Class Timetable  for the Darlinghurst Yoga studio here.

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Open Day @ The New Yoga Village

We are so excited to be opening our doors in our beautiful new home on Darlinghurst Road and on August 31st we invite you and your friends to free yoga classes at Yoga Village.

No bookings are required but please come early to secure your space in the classes - last year some late comers sadly missed out.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30am Hatha Vinyasa with Kendall

9:00am Ashtanga with Charmaine

10:00am Foundations with Jess

10:30am Prenatal Yoga with Alex

12:00pm Restorative Yoga with Jess

2:00pm Advanced Masterclass with Nadia

4:00pm Hatha Vinyasa with Sarah

4:30pm Ashtanga with Nadia

There will be specials on class passes and giveaways so please join us and help celebrate the opening of our new Yoga Village!

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Yoga Village is Moving!!

Yes the rumours are true!

After an amazing weekend retreat just finished I returned back to some exciting news confirming that that the rumours are indeed true. Yoga Village is moving home!

After two incredible years on Bayswater Road, it started to become clear that Yoga Village would soon outgrow its little nest. So I started looking around and as luck would have it I found the perfect new home just a 2 minute walk away. So in around 6 weeks we will be picking up all our things and moving in to 18-20 Darlinghurst Road. The new space will have two yoga rooms, separate foyer, bathrooms and showers and a lot of light and love!

I purposely chose a new premises that would keep our class sizes intimate and decided that as the studio grows we would add more classes as opposed to trying to add more students to the existing ones. So basically this means, the same teachers your love, same classes, just more of them.

If you walk past the new building you will almost certainly see that there is no front door yet; but don't worry – it will be built soon enough and we can invite everyone up to have a little poke around when we have a launch party.

Accompanying the move comes a few changes on the timetable so please do write to us with any suggestions.

I hope you are as excited as I am about these changes! I know you will love the new space as much as (if not more than) the current home on Bayswater Road. It has a very similar feel with high ceilings and lots of light, and most importantly, a really warm energy.

Please make sure you like the Facebook page as over the next few weeks I will be posting photos of the new space as it all pulls together.

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