Lotus Yoga Shala was founded in inspiration to connect a community of practitioners who share the same love for this practice, and, to welcome all newcomers into the wonderful world of self exploration.
We use practices derived from Yoga and Buddhist wisdom to guide the process of letting go of the layers, so we can come back to the source of our original nature.
Asana means body posture. Classical hatha yoga postures involving sun salutations, standing and seated postures, back bending and arm balancing will be practiced in a vinyasa (flowing with breath) style sequence.
Prana" is the vital life force that sustains all of creation and pertains to breath. Yama translates to control. Controlling prana through breathing exercises focuses the mind and cleanses the body, boosting the overall health and well-being of the practitioner. Breathing techniques such as nadi-shodhana, dirga and bhastrika will be practiced during pranayama class.
Meditation sits are silent and unguided. You will learn to practice sitting with the eyes closed and remaining aware of the breath.
During meditation discussions, the teacher will guide on the fundamentals of meditation and answer questions about the practice.
I've spent most of the last 6 years in India practicing different spiritual disciplines. While I'm in Melbourne, I'd love to share some of those practices.
I am grateful to have had the guidance of some wonderful teachers, experiences and places including ordination as a Buddhist nun in Bodh Gaya under Chandramuni Bhante of the Myanmar Temple, 30 + 10 day Vipassana meditation courses, Satipattana courses and 3 30 day courses in the Goenkaji tradition, meditation in Uruvela Meditation Centre and Pa Auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar, Yoga in Mysore (under Chidhanadha, Vinay Kumar, and Masterji) and Ashtanga Yoga Mysore where I completed a 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga TTC) and some mystics in Tiruvannamalai, along the way.
I have taught in various studios in Melbourne, shalas in India, and at Hope Drug and Alcohol rehab centre in Nepal.
Prior to my time in India, I completed the Grass Roots Yoga 200 hour TTC, the Byron Yoga Centre 500 hour TTC (and lived at the Byron Yoga Centre for 6 months).
Growing up I had the influences of both my parents who had lived in India for years (my father, 10 and my mother, 6) studying and practicing Buddhism and other traditions.
From a young age I took part in different Vedic, Buddhist and Christian (through my all girls' Catholic schooling) practices and experiences including stays at the Satyanda Yoga Ashram, Buddhist Temple stays, Kundalini Shaktipat, involvement in the Swami Muktananda lineage, to name a few.
In my non-Yoga life I've worked in a couple of Melbourne's popular restaurants and bars including Mamasita and the old and gone Mink Cocktail Bar, I've studied and dropped out of psychology, worked in Digital, TV and Radio Media on the network side for General Motors at Mitchell and Partners, among many other things.
My current teachers and practice lie in the Ashtanga Yoga lineage, Amanda, Greg, Tracy of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre, and the work of a gifted Chinese Medicine Doctor, Raffaele.