Regular Yoga classes are a great way to learn the fundamentals of Yoga, build fitness and strength, lower stress, and to meet like minded people. It is a little bit of time just for you to explore Yoga and your re-connection to your body, mind and breath.
The full benefit of Yoga comes when we can learn to re-connect the body, the mind, the breath and spirit. The integration of these aspects of ourselves allows us to connect to our inner, deeper wisdom and to be peaceful in the world around us.
But this type of work we do on ourselves takes effort, consistency and commitment. You need to actually do it, to participate fully. It is a great start to attend a regular class, but things really start to change when we remember the principles of the class off the mat and begin to apply them to our everyday life.
YogaHara is at 1A King Street, Bendigo and has a variety of weekly Yoga classes. See the timetable to the right.
10 Class Pass $160
20 Class Pass $280
5 Class Pass $85
Casual | Single $22
5 week Introductory course $90
Red Tent $25
Friday Philosophy $25
All class passes expire at the end of each term.
All group classes run with the school terms.
2019 term dates are:
School Holiday Program 14/01/201 - 25/01/2018 2 weeks
Term 1: 28/01/2019 - 07/04/2019 10 weeks
Closed for Term 1 School Holidays 8/04/2019 - 22/04/2019
Term 2: 23/04/2019 - 30/06/2019 10 weeks
Term 3: 15/07/2019 - 22/09/2019 10 weeks
Term 4: 07/10/2019 - 15/12/2019 10 weeks
Before your attend your first class at YogaHara, please visit this page to find out everything you need to know about attending. Make sure you download and fill in the Health Form and bring it with you to your class.
Scroll down to see class descriptions.
YogaHara is closed for the term 1 school holidays. Classes will resume on Tuesday April 23rd
Timetable Term 2, 2019
Term commences on April 23rd, 2019
1A King Street, Bendigo.
6.00pm - 7.00pm General - Gina (Studio 1)
6.00pm - 7.00pm General - Claire (Studio 2)
7.15pm - 8.30pm Yin - Claire (Studio 2)
7.15pm - 8.45pm Introductory Course 5 weeks - Gina/Carolyn
10.30am - 11.45am Gentle & iRest Yoga Nidra - Gina
6.00pm - 7.00pm General - Nina
7.15pm- 8.45pm Integrated - Gina
*These classes are held once a month.
"A yoga practice matures not by adding more and more spectacular postures, but by simply paying attention to the movements of the breath in the space of the heart and the role of the mind with the body, not apart from it." -- Michael Stone - The Inner Tradition of Yoga
Our introductory Yoga is a great place to start if you haven't practiced Yoga before. You will work though the foundation postures (asana) and simple breathing practises (pranayama) plus some basic philosophy to help get a feel for what Yoga is all about. There is a big emphasis on how to work with your particular body, rather than you trying to fit into a particular postural shape. You don't need to be flexible, coordinated or strong, these are some of the great benefits of practicing, not prerequisites. We aim to build body-mind awareness and reduce negative stress.
To see when our next Introductory course begins check out our Workshops page.
Gentle or Gentle/Yoga Nidra
Our gentle yoga classes are open to all students and focus on nurturing, healing and rejuvenating the body and mind. They include gentle movements, breathing, relaxation and some meditation. The classes help to release built up stress and tension, and can be a great option for those returning to practice from injury or those just wanting to take some quiet gentle time for themselves. Yoga Nidra is a practice of deep relaxation where you are systematically guided to release the body and mind. A great way to end a class.
Gentle Chair Yoga
Our Chair Yoga classes are great for older students and those with mobility concerns. They include gentle movements that develop strength, flexibility and balance, and mindful breathing helps you manage pain and stress. By using a chair you can learn to move with confidence and comfort. Chair Yoga may include seated, standing and lying movements depending on your ability. Scroll up and click 'Book a Class' to book.
Our general classes are hatha based classes and are suitable for most students. They include postures (asana), breathing (pranayama), relaxation and some include meditation. They aim to nourish your entire body and mind. Each teacher has their own style so general classes vary from teacher to teacher – which is great for you, the student. All general classes offer various levels of postures to cater for the variety of students. YogaHara recommends the Introductory class for people who have not tried Yoga before, however some teachers are happy with new people in their class. Please check on inquiry.
Our meditation class is a guided 30 minutes. There is no requirement to sit on the floor or in any specific posture. You are welcome to sit on a chair or lie on the floor if you would prefer. You are fine to wear work clothes or sports clothes or anything else you fancy. Over the past few years, western science has begun spruiking the many benefits of meditation that meditators and yogis have known for thousands of years. It helps you focus better, have more compassion, reduces anxiety, and lowers stress, plus hundreds of other benefits. Here is a good article about its many benefits and how it affects us on a day to day basis.
These weekly guided meditations run in six week blocks and are introduced to participants in an accessible and practical format that is easy to follow. Each class has a theme and consists of a guided meditation and a debriefing in the group. The weekly themes include: Presence of mind, non-judgemental attitude, curiosity, kindness and compassion, acceptance, and letting go. The classes are suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their meditation skills, deepen their own practice and be supported by a group that explores together the various experiences that arise. The classes build on the mind-body concepts and techniques covered at the Everyday Mindfulness workshop, and although beneficial, prior participation in the workshop is not required.
Dru is a yoga that is suitable for all 'ages and abilities'. It is firmly grounded in classic yoga practice with an integrated approach incorporating limbering, flowing posture work and movement sequences, posture work, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. Dru Yoga works with the flow of energy within us and specific to Dru is the use of Energy Block Release sequences. Working with these helps create a free flow of energy within us, helping bring more balance to every aspect of ourselves.
Our dynamic class is a stronger, vinyasa style class, flowing from posture to posture, linking breath and movement through correct alignment of the body. Props are used to accommodate individual body proportions and abilities, allowing every body to practice from their own space and to encourage personal exploration. You will require a reasonable level of fitness, and to be established in the foundation postures. It is not suitable for beginners or people recovering from injury. It is a great class to start the day with and includes postures (asana), breathing (pranayama) and relaxation.
Our Integrated class is for students looking to explore yoga more deeply. The asana practice is at a general level but the invitation is to dive more deeply into the practice using more of the philosophical principles of yoga. We also explore pranayama and meditation in more detail and work within the guidelines of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Deep Rest Restorative
Deep Rest Restorative Yoga is beautifully relaxing with supported postures designed to rejuvenate and nurture your mind, body and soul. It is the ultimate gift of relaxation and deep stillness. Everyone can benefit from this class. Deep Rest will nourish your whole being. You’ll find that this practice is great for those times when you feel run down or tired from the business of life, recovering from illness or injury, or if you find other styles of yoga too difficult, Deep Rest is for you. It’s like a mini retreat every time.
Yin is a quiet, gentle and mindful meditative practice, with long held floor poses, supported by the use of props to help reach a deeper release. The practice helps improve flexibility, targeting connective tissue and the more subtle energies, inviting us to explore a little more deeply. Great for recovery, athletes, restoring and people who feel they struggle with flexibility. It is available to beginners and experienced yogis alike. This practice is about restoring balance in our lives, an antidote to the business of our yang lifestyles and strong yang practices.
Our monthly Friday Philosophy class is an opportunity for you to delve a little deeper into some of the other components of yoga. We will discuss Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and other philosophical frameworks that support a yogic lifestyle. You are welcome to bring your questions and will be invited to participate in the discussions.
Our Friday Philosophy dates for 2019 are coming
I Am What I Am
Facilitation of this circle welcomes you, just as you are in this moment, to share and explore a deeper understanding of your true nature and life purpose. Bring your beautiful uniqueness, specialness and weirdness (what’s normal anyway?) to nurture your personal wellbeing and self-development in a safe group space, inclusive of all humans (genders, cultures and belief systems).
The circle will include facilitated discussion about concepts related to self, community and authentic conscious connections; listening to self and others with love, compassion, and respect; guided iRest® Yoga Nidra practice to support self-awareness; exercises to support development of self-awareness including intuition and self-love amplified by the collective energy and love of the circle; cuppa and snack (ok … chocolate).
Friday April 26th
Friday May 24th
Friday June 28th
Yoga therapy is about empowering you to manage your own health and wellbeing using the principles of Yoga within a safe therapeutic relationship. And a Yoga Therapist is a Yoga teacher who has had specific additional training in the therapeutic application of Yogic principles and bio medicine to facilitate that empowerment.
Yoga therapy looks at you as a whole person, rather than just as a symptom or condition and your Yoga Therapist will work with you to develop practices that support your whole being.
Private Yoga Classes
Gina offers private sessions, either ongoing or as a one off, to help you establish a regular yoga practice or to work on a particular aspect of your practice.
Private classes are for one hour. $60 for one person, $90 for two people, $120 for three people.
Please note, private classes are NOT Yoga therapy.
For more information on private classes please click ‘Request Class’ on the right.
Red Tent Women's Circle
Our Red Tent Women’s Circle will not be running for the first half of 2019. However, please register, by clicking the button on the right, to be informed of when these sessions will return.
Red Tent The Red Tent tradition has been honoured historically in many different societies. In the last decade, women have been rediscovering the ancient tradition and finding it to be a positive, insightful and nurturing monthly ritual.
For most it was a place where women would gather each month to rest, rejuvenate and honour their mooncycle (menstruation) and also a space where women conducted rite of passage ceremonies to assist each other with the emotional and psychological milestones of life. For women, attuning themselves to the lunar cycle is the easiest way to reconnect with and empower the feminine sense of self. The new moon is believed to be the best time to meditate and access our intuition and also, to give ourselves time to rest and rejuvenate.
What to expect at a Red Tent evening:
Firstly, it is not a yoga class,
Discussion about the current new moon and astrological influences,
Guided relaxation and meditation,
Awareness and intuitive exercises,
A time to be held, loved and listened to,
The circle usually closes with a cuppa, and of course chocolate.
Red Tent evenings are held once a month on a Friday from 7.30pm to about 9.00pm (allow time for a cuppa) on or around the new moon. To be updated when Red Tent dates are announced please register your details and we will email you.
Register to be notified of future Red Tent Circles
Our Community Yoga program is currently taking break. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when it returns.
Our Community Yoga class is a donation based class with all proceeds being donated to that term's chosen charity. YogaHara choses a local charity each term to be the recipient of the funds raised in this Community Yoga class. All the money donated goes back to the community, so not only are you offering yourself the gift of yoga, you are making an offering to your community in a meaningful way. We encourage you to give generously to support your local community. The regular class fee is $22, but please give what you can afford.
Community Yoga is for everyone. All abilities, all ages. Everyone is welcome.
To read about the community groups we have supported please click here.
Conditions of Community Yoga classes:
It is not a free class, please make a donation.
There are no bookings, first in best spot. If the door is locked, the class is full.
It is not a make up class, if you come to this class you need to make a donation regardless of whether you are registered and have paid for other classes, or have classes to make up.
You must sign in. It is important that we know you were there.
You will need to complete a health questionnaire if you are new to YogaHara and all the information in the etiquette section still applies.