NEW WINTER TIMETABLE - NEW TEACHER

"It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence." ~B.K.S. Iyengar

 

Greetings Yogi's!

Winter has hit, and with it comes a busier schedule for many.   I would like to take the opportunity to welcome a new teacher, Carmen Jereb to Alpine Yoga.  Carmen has a background in teaching contemporary dance, and has recently completedher Level One Certification, teaching yoga.   Carmen has been assisting me over the past 6 weeks with the Beginners Intro course, and will continue leading her own weekend afternoon classes at the studio over the winter months. 

I am thrilled to have her on board, and happy to offer extra classes during the busy season! :)   Sat & Sun afternoon classes (5pm) will commence 1st of July 2017.

Carmen's bio can be viewed on the website- SEE HERE

WINTER TIMETABLE

New winter timetable is now available on the website.  Bookings can be made via txt msg, email, phone or online via the website -
SEE HERE

*** Please also just a reminder, to use the off street parking in Clyde St over the winter period, as Kookaburra parking is for the lodge guests only ***

Many thanks to all the beginners, who have recently completed the 6 week workshop, I hope you have enjoyed the classes as much as I have enjoyed teaching them!   It really is rewarding seeing so many of you progress in such a short space of time.  Keep up your practice :)   Big thank you to Carmen for your assistance!

Due to the completion of the Beginners Workshop, Sat morning time is now back to 8.30am, (please feel free to join us for breakfast afterwards).  

Happy to see a few students returning after their pre winter holiday's (lucky ducks!)  Thanks for sharing some beautiful pics from all across the globe, so much beauty, so much culture.  Those still away or hard into the winter slog, you are missed, but look forward to seeing you again on the mat in the months ahead...  remember to just inhale the good and exhale the bad! 

Winter can mean comfort food for some...  now you can have your cake and eat it!   Try this delicious raw bounty cake recipe.....     yummmmmmmm

Raw Bounty Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • ¼ cup (heaped) cacao powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbl coconut oil

Directions:

  • Place walnuts in a food processor
  • Process until they turn in to a fine crumble
  • Add the cacao and salt
  • Process again until mixed through
  • Add dates
  • Process again
  • Add coconut oil
  • Process again until all well combined
  • Line a spring form cake tin with baking paper
  • Press mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the tin
  • Place in fridge or freezer to set

Coconut Layer

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of cashews
  • 1 can of coconut cream
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup of shredded coconut (can use more depending how coconutty you want it)

Directions:

  • Place the cashews, coconut cream and maple syrup in a high powered blender
  • Blend until really smooth
  • Add the coconut oil and blend again
  • Pour in to a mixing bowl and stir through the shredded coconut
  • Pour in to cake tin on top of the base layer
  • Put in the freezer to set hard

Chocolate Ganache Layer

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Ensure coconut oil and maple syrup is melted and at room temperature
  • Whisk together coconut oil and maple syrup (option to use a food processor or just hand whisk)
  • Add cacao powder and continue to whisk until well combined and it has formed a thick ganache texture
  • Only once the coconut layer is completely set, pour the ganache layer on to the top and spread with plastic spatula to form little peaks (or whatever your desired look)
  • Send it a whole lot of love and place back in freezer and remove 30 minutes prior to eating

Wishing you all a safe and happy winter, on and off the slopes. 

Namaste,

Sonya

HAPPY EASTER!

HAPPY EASTER!

Greetings Yogi's!
It seems as though someone flicked the weather switch?  In the blink of an eye summer has gone and the winter months seem ever so near... yikes! 

Easter can be a busy time for us in Jindabyne, a prelude for what is to come over the winter months.  Always remember the importance of refueling the mind, body and spirit, so as not to run out of steam when life gets hectic.  

The studio will be open over the holiday period, although there are some changes to the usual timetable.
 

EASTER TIMETABLE

THURSDAY        CLOSED
GOOD FRI         CLOSED
SATURDAY        7.30am (All Levels)
SUNDAY            16th April - CLOSED
MONDAY           17th April - 5.30pm (Int/Adv)
TUESDAY          18th April - 6pm (Beginners)
*** Bookings can be made via the website, or by texting 0401460328 ***

This week saw the end of the beginners workshop held over the past 6 weeks. It has been a pleasure to introduce new students to the concepts of yoga and see so many progress in such a short period of time. So much wonderful feedback, not just the flexibility gained, but also many who have commented on better sleep and more calmness of mind in their day to day lives. This is the true nature of yoga, its not about touching the toes, or being perfect in a pose, but what we learn on the way down   I thank you all for taking the first step of your yogic journey.   Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding your practice.

Both Tues and Sat classes will remain, although slight change to Saturday time slot which will commence at 8.30am as of 22nd April.  The majority of classes are suitable to ALL LEVELS, so please see the timetable by clicking HERE , should another class time suit you better.  

This week saw the end of the beginners workshop held over the past 6 weeks. It has been a pleasure to introduce new students to the concepts of yoga and see so many progress in such a short period of time. So much wonderful feedback, not just the flexibility gained, but also many who have commented on better sleep and more calmness of mind in their day to day lives. This is the true nature of yoga, its not about touching the toes, or being perfect in a pose, but what we learn on the way down   I thank you all for taking the first step of your yogic journey.   Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding your practice.

Both Tues and Sat classes will remain, although slight change to Saturday time slot which will commence at 8.30am as of 22nd April.  The majority of classes are suitable to ALL LEVELS, so please see the timetable by clicking HERE , should another class time suit you better. 

A Healthy Alternative to Easter Eggs
Bliss balls are a raw snack filled with protein and energy, usually packed with dried fruits like dates nuts and seeds.  I find them really easy to make, in fact it’s rolling the them into balls which takes the longest amount of time.  A lot less calories than chocolate eggs ;)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup cacao
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Add dates and nuts into a food processor, process on high speed for 20 seconds.
  2. Scrape down sides of bowl and add in cacao and coconut, coconut oil and honey. Process on full speed for 40-60 seconds or until mixture combines together (this may take a little while, keep blending until it happens).
  3. Roll into bite sized balls.
  4. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

I wish you all a safe and happy Easter, and look forward to seeing you on the mat soon!

Namaste,
Sonya

Happy New Year! Creating your Sankalpa for 2017

As the Christmas dust settles and we move toward 2017, we let go of ideas, thoughts, attitudes that are not serving us and make room for new fresh stuff. Let all that doesn't serve you fall out now. What seeds will you sow, feed and grow for 2017?   Give those new year resolutions the best chance of sticking by setting the intention and start the year with a focus on your health and well being.  .

Setting an intention for change in our lives can be a powerful way to achieve a desired outcome rather than just another New Years Resolution.   The setting of intention is known as Sankalpa.   Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word meaning a solemn vow to bring about positivity in one’s life, an idea formed in the heart. The ‘formed in the heart’ part is really important, because it’s from this place that we can create realistic, loving intentions.   Those heartintentions can be directed at our own lives or towards the loved ones around us.  It may be a desire to have a healthier diet, to be more flexible (mentally or physically), to be more loving, to break a bad habit or even just internal happiness and self acceptance.

 

‘The purpose of Sankalpa is to influence and transform the whole life pattern, not only physically but also mentally and spiritually’ – Swami Satyananda Saraswati

 

By setting an intention you are building a bridge between what you work through on your mat, and what you continue to focus your mind on when you step off of your mat. This intention is a powerfully energetic tool to take your practice into the world.

In addition, as you continue to focus on your intention, even after class has finished, you uplift your energy and increase your vibration, thereby acting as an example to inspire the lives of those you encounter.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!
Throughout January 2017 we will focus on creating your Sankalpa during class sessions with the aim of cultivating the desired change set by each individual student.

As a wise man once said ' Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees' - B.K.S. Iyengar.

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year as we welcome 2017 with open arms! 

Namaste,

Sonya

Christmas Newsletter

Greetings Yogi's,

As we head ever so closer to the end of year, it is a great time to stop and reflect on the year gone by.  For myself 2016 came with many challenges, a new business, a new direction, loss of my Father, Brother and Aunty all within months of each other, and a few other trials along the way.   I can't say it hasn't been a tough year, but I also understand, what doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger!  

That said as my own yoga practice evolves, I realize how it has helped me greatly in times of incredible stress and hardship.  The ability to accept what ever comes our way, to have the capacity to just 'breathe' through life's toughest moments is the key to sailing through the rough waters we sometimes find ourselves in.  'When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace' :)

Jan 2017 marks the first anniversary since purchasing Alpine Yoga.   Throughout alll the challenges faced this year, Alpine Yoga has been a blessed one.  An opportunity I am glad I didn't pass up, one that has allowed me to grow further as a teacher, and the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing beautiful students/souls along the way.   Many thanks to many of you for your friendship, kindness and support over the past 12 months, couldn't have done it without you!

Christmas and New Year Timetable

I am scheduled to travel to Byron this Thursday 15th Dec for a short Teacher Training workshop, and will re open the studio on Weds 21st Dec.  I am happy to put on a class this Weds evening at 5.45pm to compensate for Thurs evening class,  (please let me know by Wed morning if you are interested).  Alpine Yoga will be open as usual over most of the festive season.  

CLOSED 15 - 20th December

CLOSEDMonday 26th December (Boxing Day)

As a Christmas Gift and Thank You, I will be holding a free class on Christmas Eve Sat 24th Dec at 8am
 

Finally, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year!   If you are going away, stay safe on the roads and remember a few Sun Salutes each day will help maintain your yoga practice.   I look forward to seeing you soon.

Namaste,

Sonya

October Newsletter

Greetings all,

As many of you are already aware, my father passed away last week unexpectedly.   It has been a challenging week, with many old memories coming to the surface.  Throughout this process of loss, it has been a good reminder how yoga has helped me though many of life's challenges, as the practice is not just physical, but very much mental and spiritual, a practice where the three become one (Mind, Body, Spirit connection).   

Sometimes life's tribulations bring about an imbalance with the Mind, Body Spirit.   We over think, get stuck in emotion, and deny our physical bodies proper nourishment and exercise, when the mind becomes the driving force.   A lesson once again learned this week.

I share this experience as a reminder to us all, that life is not always plain sailing, but full of challenges that we must overcome, if we are to reach that level of understanding, acceptance and enlightenment many yogi's aspire to.   It is important that no matter what life throws at us,  we continue to look internally to the body, remain conscious of ourselves, our breath and our actions, and keep that mind body & spirit connected.

I will be traveling to Adelaide this week for my father's funeral, so unfortunately no classes this week.   Normal class times will resume as of Monday 10th Oct.   I wish you all a happy end of season (last day today!), and hope you all manage to breathe a sigh of relief, embracing the warmer weather and extended daylight.   I look forward to seeing you when I return :)

Namaste,

Sonya James

Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Paul Frechtling

Come and join one of Australia’s Senior Ashtanga Teachers, Paul Frechtling, in this Ashtanga Yoga weekend intensive. Comprised of four individual sessions over three days, this is a level and quality of training you would not want to miss.  http://bluemountainsashtangayoga.com.au/

Ashtanga Yoga has been a big part of Paul Frechtling's life for the last 20 years. He was introduced to yoga in the late eighties and began a dedicated daily Ashtanga practice around 1992. Finding the flow of breath and postures of Ashtanga so beneficial for both body and mind, he began teaching this style to others so they could also feel the benefits and now teaches both in Sydney as well as the Blue Mountains. Paul teaches with care and understanding to slowly cultivate deeper awareness and encourage a daily practice.

He has been to Mysore, India to study under the master Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sharath, who gave him authorization to teach. Other teachers who have greatly influenced him have been Graeme Northfield, Peter Sanson and Eileen Hall. Paul has also studied Anatomy and Physiology to encourage greater body awareness, pranayama and meditation. He has worked with people with injuries and illnesses and found Ashtanga Yoga to be very beneficial for all types of people.

In this workshop Paul will offer students an opportunity to deepen their practice through led and Mysore-style classes. We will work on technical aspects of the practice as well as focusing on breath and flowing movement. This is a great opportunity for students of all levels to experience a weekend of intensive Ashtanga Yoga practice with a senior teacher of this tradition.


Schedule:  Date to be set within April School Holidays 2nd/3rd Week 2016
Fri,  6 pm to 8 pm / Led class
Sat, 7 am to 9 am / Led class (pranayama/technique) & 4 pm to 6 pm / Led class
Sun, 7 am to 9 am / Mysore or Led

Cost: $ 120
(individual classes $40 if spaces are available)

Bookings: Booking essential as spaces are limited! Email info@alpineyoga.com.au , Phone 0401 460 328 or book in person at Alpine Yoga Studio

ALPINE YOGA LIVES ON

The End Of One Era.... The Start Of Another

Alpine Yoga has been sold and Sonya James is the proud new owner/teacher!


 I am thrilled to be able to pass the studio on to Sonya. With her knowledge and kindness I feel confident that you all will be in great hands. I will continue to work with Sonya and support her throughout this transition. The studio at 10 Clyde Street will remain the same with the props and rope wall. Classes will resume in the New Year and Sonya will be in touch to advise of any timetable changes. What a wonderful Christmas gift to all!

About Sonya

I discovered yoga here in Jindabyne about 10 years ago,  after having battled a serious health issue, which had left me very weak and frail. Yoga literally changed my life! Having found the therapeutic benefits of yoga,  physically and mentally, I decided to embark on a teacher training course with John Ogivili of Byron Yoga in 2010. At the time I had no intention of becoming a teacher, I craved more understanding behind the philosophy of the Eight Limbs (knowing asana practice is just one limb) and wanted to learn more.  

My training with John Ogilvili was a style called Purna, meaning integrated or complete. Purna Yoga represents a holistic approach to yoga integrating not just the physical postures but also philosophy, meditation, pranayama breath control and the yogic personal and social code of ethics, intergrating all 8 limbs (Ashtanga) of yoga the way it was originally taught, more than 3000 years ago in India.

Over the past 10 years, I have been blessed having the opportunity to practise yoga in Bali and Thailand. In 2012, I began to attend workshops with Blue Mountains Ashtanga Teacher, Paul Fletching, who studied in India under the master Shi K Pattabhi Jois. His teachings have helped to develop a deeper meditative state and awareness during my own practice. Further inspiring me to incorporate this style into my own classes.    

2015 brought about an opportunity to teach here in Jindabyne. Being new to teaching, I found myself quite nervous. After a few classes I soon realised the benefits of sharing this ancient method of healing and wellbeing with others. Witnessing the effect it can have on students made it all worthwhile!    

The practice of yoga is intended to be joyful and to lighten the heart and mind by calming and energising. I encourage students at all levels to build flexibility, strength and stamina of body, mind and spirit. This helps bring about a deeper understanding of the key yogic values including diet and lifestyle aspirations. Many discovering that yoga becomes for them a way of life. 

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar