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Saturday 7th March

8:00 am
8:30 am
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Yoga Space 1
Yoga Space 1
Yoga to Elevate Your Body and Mind - Dynamic Hatha
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Nina Hakamies – YogaHara

Discover the interconnectedness of your body, mind, spirit and emotions. This class is offered in a wholesome hatha yoga style, incorporating yogasanas, breathwork, meditation and deep relaxation. Nina Hakamies – YogaHara

Moving Mountains with Hanuman!
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Alignment & Story Telling, Amy McDonald
10:00 am - 11:00 am

A strong and playful class to get your Yoga weekend moving from stillness into dynamic focus and flow. Amy will draw on the myths and epics of Yoga, weaving together story, asana, pranayama, mudra and magic! Alignment & Story Telling, Amy McDonald

Classic Hatha Yoga class
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Niveen
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Experience a classically balanced hatha yoga class designed to strengthen, stretch, tone and balance the body while calming the mind and preparing the senses for meditation practice Hatha Yoga technically encompasses all of the physical yoga styles, the asana practice. The word Hatha can translate to “ha” the sun and “tha” the moon, two opposing energies coming together to balance as one and that is what you can expect from a Hatha Yoga class; a balance of two energies merging into one, a practice balanced in strength and softness, leaving you feeling complete. A Hatha class is a nourishing slower paced practice. The poses are held for multiple deep breaths and the teacher gives detailed alignment cues giving you and your body the opportunity to truly get to know each pose. Now don’t be fooled, this slower paced practice can still be a physically challenging practice therefore making it perfect for the seasoned yogi or the absolute beginner. Niveen

Exploration into the heart opening and life affirming teachings of Tantra
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Eleni Kidis
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Join Eleni Kidis for an exploration into the heart opening and life affirming teachings of Tantra. All you need is to come along with an open and curious heart mind! WAHT IS TANTRA YOGA ANYWAY? Have you ever been interested in what Tantra Yoga is? Tantra Yoga is such a loaded term in the modern yoga world today and that’s because the term Tantra is often associated with the ‘Neo-Tantra” field and sacred sexuality. But that’s not the kind of Tantra that we will be exploring in this workshop, but rather, looking into this ancient spiritual movement that had flourished in India about 1500 years ago. Have you ever heard terms like, Shiva, Shakti, unity consciousness, non-duality, essence-nature, energy body, chakras, bindus and kundalini but don’t have a real grasp of what these terms mean? In this workshop we will have a chance to explore what these terms mean from the tradition of non-dual classical Tantra often referred to as non-dual Shaiva Tantra (NST) If you are looking to cultivate a more wholistic yoga practice that includes meditation and spiritual teachings, then according to the tradition of tantra, it’s necessary to orientate yourself to the “View Teachings”. This means understanding what the goal of yoga is as well as understanding how the world and life is viewed, and then to begin to align your life with them! Understanding the spiritual teachings, coupled with practices from the same tradition, then your yoga practices becomes a powerful force. Eleni Kidis

Wrist- Free Vinyassa
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jay Gardam, Peak Physique Hot Yoga
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

WRIST-FREE HANDS-FREE YOGA FLOW Here you’ll find yoga flow classes WITHOUT Downward-Facing Dog, Plank, and Chaturanga. Enjoy a flowing sequence without putting weight on your wrists, shoulders, and arms. These are perfect for those with carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder injuries, tendinitis, and other issues. Jay Gardam, Peak Physique Hot Yoga

Lunar Flow
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Natalie Jenkins - Swan Yoga Bliss
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Dive into the sublime world of Prana Vinyasa yoga. This lunar inspired meditative flow class will get you fully present in your body and dropping into your fluid and creative self. Experience sahaja, the spontaneous flow of consciousness that arises from the inner current of your breath. Learn how to embrace slowing down and nourishing yourself deeply through the ancient lunar arts of Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations), Yoga Nidra and more. Designed to be deeply nurturative and meditative, this class is a wonderful way to invite in deep relaxation and inner restoration. Natalie Jenkins - Swan Yoga Bliss

Stretch it out
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Graeme Heinrich

Hatha yoga is the branch of yoga that typically comes to mind when you think of yoga in general terms. The practice involves breath, body, and mind, and classes includes breathing, yoga poses, and meditation.

Yoga Space 2
Yoga Space 2
Sacred Ceremony - Divine Union
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Raym and Chicchan
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Raym and Chicchan share a simple inclusive ceremony, honouring the Elements on Earth and the Divine Masculine and Feminine within us all. Raym and Chicchan

Yogic Meditation - Rest in your true nature iRest Yoga Nidra
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Nikki Knighton - Yoga Hara
10:30 am - 11:30 am

iRest Yoga Nidra is a form of yogic meditation that uses embodiment to establish a sense safety and wellbeing that can be accessed whenever you need it. This is because it is within you, always… This session will explore connection to you true nature through the annamaya (physical) and pranamaya (breath/energy) koshas." Nikki Knighton - Yoga Hara

Yoga massage session with Kate
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Kate Robinson
11:45 am - 1:30 pm

“Breathe, relax and enjoy.“ Kate Robinson

Accessible Yoga
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Swami Prema Ananda
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Yoga for everyone. Accessible yoga aims to ensure all abilities can participate in he wonderful practice of yoga. ‘If you can breath, you can do yoga’. Do let the fancy instagram photos convince you that yoga is only for the fit and flexible. Yoga is for every body. This class may include seated, standing and lying options depending on your ability. Swami Prema Ananda

I AM Yoga Nidra
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Christine Fiscalini
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Yoga Nidra is a highly powerful ancient sleep-based meditation technique originated from the ancient yogic scriptures. Yoga Nidra uses the biological process of sleep to enter an evolutionary state of consciousness where one can awaken to their true nature. Christine Fiscalini

Crystal Bowl Immersion
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Denise Davis
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Crystal Bowl Immersion and Vocal toning sound bath. Denise Davis

Yoga Space 3
Yoga Space 3
Wake Up Yoga
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Tim Hoogwerf - Yoga Hara
8:15 am - 9:15 am

Shake off sleep and invigorate yourself for the day ahead. Awaken your body and mind with this Hatha style class combining flow and passive yoga. You will feel energised, connected and filled with joy and energy. Tim Hoogwerf - Yoga Hara

Dance flow workshop
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Lydia Schoenhals
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Dance Flow Yoga is a seamless blend of vinyasa flow yoga & dance, intertwined to create a unique format and a feeling of freedom. Lydia Schoenhals

‘Effort and Ease’
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wendy Hansford
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

‘Effort and Ease’ A Hatha class, a nice mix of strong and gentle asanas in a beautiful flow. Wendy Hansford

Conscious cycling
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Rachel Pilgrim
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Connecting with our inner & outer seasons, for enhanced health, personally, in community and globally. We live in a time where there is rapid climatic change and decline of natural spaces. This has impacted greatly on the health and survival of many species, including humans. Part of the solution to restoring the balance to our natural ecosystems, is to flow and live in harmony with the natural seasons and cycles, not against them, as we have done for so long. In this workshop we will explore and deepen our awareness to the natural cycles both within and without. Discover ways to deepen connection with the energies and cycles within your own body, and how these are related and woven into the greater cycles in nature; The seasons, lunar cycle & life seasons. The workshop will conclude with a shamanic drum journey, connecting to the wisdom of your womb / Hara for guidance and direction for living more harmoniously with the cycles. Whist this workshop will focus at times on the menstrual cycle, it is inclusive of all humans regardless of gender identification

Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Paul, Bayside Kundalini Yoga
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation. The Gong produces a strong sound wave, almost tangible to the touch, which stimulates the physical body by influencing the surface of the skin and every cell. On a physical level, the gong releases tension and blocks in the body, it stimulates a higher functioning of the glandular and nervous system, it increases prana, our vital life force and improves circulation. Paul, Bayside Kundalini Yoga

Chocolate Yoga - Chakra Activation - Ignite your Energy, through Cacao Ceremony
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sjhara, Chocolate Yoga
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

- Ignite your Energy, through Cacao Ceremony, Yoga & Dance! - “Chocolate Yoga is about diving deep inside and unleashing your own raw energy, so you can experience the bliss of who you really are… pure love… pure consciousness”. Experience the medicinal properties of ceremonial cacao moving through your body, awakening your chakras in a specially designed kundalini yoga practice, involving Ceremony, Meditation, Pranayama, Asana, Dance, Chanting and Relaxation. Bringing these elements into union with the magic of cacao so you can celebrate a much deeper connection to your body and soul. Sjhara, Chocolate Yoga

Workshops + Meditation
Workshops + Meditation
Coming Home - A practice to find the way back to self.
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Andrea Tindiani

COMING HOME - A practice to find the way back to self.

Crystal Awareness
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Chicchan
10:30 am - 11:30 am

In this Crystal Awareness workshop you will be guided into a introduction to crystals and their application in your yoga practice and home, Chicchan will share insights into the magic of crystal power for chakra balancing and energy clearing. Chicchan

Crystal Dreaming™
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crystal Master Raym
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Understand the application of drug free shamanic journeys and expanded states of consciousness with Crystal Master Raym.

Ayurveda & Wellness
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Niveen
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

According to Ayurveda, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, weight gain or loss and any other ailment represent a state of imbalance in our natural elemental state, referred to as “vikruti”. When our state of imbalance accumulates and does not leave the body through the normal routes, the state of vikruti is heightened and can be observed through ill health and diseases. So, how can you defend against these imbalances? Ayurveda recommends a preventative approach to well-being to maintain an optimal level of balance leading to a healthy ‘agni’ (digestive and metabolic fire). Join us as we delve into an exploration of how to build a daily routine that is simple and effective.  An intro to ayurveda - The concept of dinacarya - Tips & techniques on how you can support your wellbeing using ayurveda on a daily basis Niveen

Dharma, the Law of Being.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Swamini Vinayananda
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Swamini Vinayananda first met Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda on his first world tour as the newly appointed Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide when he visited Melbourne in 1994. This was a turning point in her life, meeting her Guru. Greatly inspired and after some correspondence with Guruji, she was invited to do the Brahmachari Course in India. She gave up her career as a Mathematics teacher at Korowa Anglican Girls School to embrace the spiritual quest. In 1996-8 she completed her studies of Advaita Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India then returned to Australia and took up the post of resident acharya (teacher) in the Melbourne Ashram in Templestowe. Here she led a monastic life of meditation and sadhana as well as teaching the Hindu Scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other Advaitic texts, Vedic Chanting and basic Sanskrit. She teaches children, teenagers, youth and adults. Swamini is committed to the Advaitic vision of the oneness of all and has dedicated her life to bring this liberating knowledge to humanity. Swamini moved to Bendigo in 2010 to share these teachings throughout country Victoria. She currently lives in Castlemaine and teaches in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Ballarat, Mount Macedon, Mildura and Melbourne conducting weekly classes, day and weekend retreats. Swamini has also conducted three Yatras (Spiritual Tours) in India in 2012, 2014 and 2019 and is doing one next year 2021 to Char Dham in the Himalayas.

What Is Karma, Anyway?
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Amy McDonald
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

A group discussion about how Karma actually works, from a modern Yoga perspective, debunking myths and misunderstandings and exploring what we can do to avoid 'bad Karma' Amy McDonald

Saturday 7th March
Yoga Space 1
Yoga Space 2
Yoga Space 3
Workshops + Meditation

Sunday 8th March

8:00 am
8:30 am
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Yoga Space 1
Yoga Space 1
Awaken to possibility - Hatha flow
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Kimberley

Kimberley has been a yoga student for some 20 years and after completing her teaching studies last year in Prana Yoga, she is excited to share her skills and passion for the subject. Weaving philosophy and mindfulness into a steady Hatha flow, Kimberley’s aim is to provide a class that offers an opportunity for integration, strength and connection. She currently teaches in Castlemaine on Monday evenings and offers a free trial class for anyone interested.

Dynamic Vinyasa Flow
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Alanna Davy
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Diving into our practice with a grounding pranayama, building into a breath to movement flow to leave you feeling energised and centred. Closing with a guided mediation.

Solar Flow
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Natalie Jenkins - Swan Yoga Bliss
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dive into the sublime world of Prana Vinyasa yoga. A dynamic and invigorating Prana Vinyasa yoga class to awaken the flow of energy (prana) in the body in a sustainable, nourishing and life affirming way. Be ready to be uplifted, inspired and filled with joy in this ecstatic full body movement meditation experience! Natalie Jenkins - Swan Yoga Bliss

Prana Yoga
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Christine Fiscalini & Debra Herman
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Prana yoga. Create a beautiful healing temple space, infused with light (prana), for the upliftment of humanity. Here is where the heavens and the earth merge. Christine Fiscalini & Debra Herman

Ayurveda for Yoga
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sarah Vanis -Aligning Health
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A class that explores how Yoga can be designed to suit your individual needs. Join Sarah in an Ayurveda Yoga Class that shows you how to adapt Yoga to suit your body type. This class is accessible for all levels of abilities and teaches you how you can adapt your regular yoga class. Sarah Vanis -Aligning Health

Yoga Space 2
Yoga Space 2
Partner yoga workshop support each other through the poses
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Lydia Schoenhals
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Connect more deeply or just have fun! Partner Yoga is a joyful practice that brings two people together to create a new posture. Lydia Schoenhals

Cleansing & protecting your Aura & Chakras - a guided mediation
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Raym

Be guided through a Chakras & Aura Cleansing Meditation, closing with a self protection technique.

Sound healing for yogis, and yoga instructors.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chicchan
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

An experiential workshop using tone chimes, Tibetan bowl, drum and voice, Chicchan shares the power of sound to include in your yoga and meditation practice.

Alignment, Yoga for the older person
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Swami Prema Ananda
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Alignment, Yoga for the older person with Swami Prema Ananda If you are a senior, and are interested in trying yoga, I’d suggest starting with a Gentle yoga class right here. This class can help with poses, can reduce swelling in joints, increase blood flow and help with state of mind, like personal relationships and self introspection. Swami Prema Ananda

Hatha Yoga with sound healing meditation.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Anna Sustrinsh

Yoga - is not just only asanas. Yoga is a way to a harmonious life. Yoga came from Sanskrit word Yuj, which means "Union", "Unity". Union of our body with the mind, with emotions, with feelings that eventually leads to the union of our individual consciousness with the Universal consciousness. There are 2 main levels, where we need to work to bring harmony in our life: *MIND* - the first *BODY* - the second Asanas - to keep the body in healthy and flexible condition. The flexible body leads to a flexible mind! The clean vessel is able to save clear pure energy! Pranayama - breathing technics to fill up the body of pure energy! Meditation - to control the mind, reduce the stress, for relaxation, for getting creative ideas, spiritual experience, for understanding our powerful inner nature. Yoga philosophy - to increase the level of our consciousness. Altogether is a system that leads you for a positive and harmonious life to feel yourself not as a Homo sapiens but as a HOMO CONSCIOUS. I use this holistic system in my daily life and help other people. I write different articles about yoga and self-development for differeте resources, like "Yoga Journal", "Vegetarian" and I work under on own book.

Yoga Space 3
Yoga Space 3
Vinyasa Flow KNOW THYSELF
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Chelsea Watson - Yoga Hara
8:15 am - 9:15 am

One of the reasons we practise yoga is to gain a deeper understanding of who we are. The practice of Svadyaya, or Self-study asks us to be fearlessly willing to look within. Living in today’s fast-paced modern world can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from this deeper truth of who we are. Through the potent practices of asana, pranayama and meditation we will be exploring all the different layers of our being, and embracing what we find. All levels welcome. There will be plenty of options and variations given to honour every individual. "Yoga is the journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self." - The Bhagavad Gita Chelsea Watson - Yoga Hara

Power Vinyasa
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Jay - Peak Physique Yoga
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Vinyasa (pronounced "vin-yah-sah") is a Sanskrit word for a phrase that roughly translates as "to place in a special way," referring—in hatha yoga—to a sequence of poses. Vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Vinyasa teachers sequence their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose, with the intention of linking breath to movement, and often play music to keep things lively. The intensity of the practice is similar to Ashtanga, but no two vinyasa classes are the same. If you hate routine and love to test your physical limits, vinyasa may be just your ticket. Jay - Peak Physique Yoga

Vinyasa flow with the deities of yoga
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jane Mallick
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this nourishing vinyasa flow class we will invoke and embody the deities of yoga including Ganesha, Kali Saraswati Lakshmi and Shiva within our yoga practice. Practicing yoga with the deities of yoga can help us awaken and balance the divine masculine and feminine within, on our yoga mat and in life! Jane Mallick

Hatha Flow
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Graeme Heinrich

Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance.

La Somatica Revolution. Explore, Connect, Expand
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Julieta Mateo
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

La Somatica Revolution. with Julieta Mateo Vitale Explore. Connect. Expand We are constantly listening to others telling us what to do, how to move and when to breathe... So... what happens when YOU connect with your own natural organic rhythm...? Freedom and self-discovery...? Here we inquiry into these possibilities. Awakening your instinct and listen through movement from a NEW perspective. This is a great opportunity to RE connect with the energy that lives in you and allowing the joy of movement to emerge and expand. Julieta Mateo

Energise your Spine & Awaken your Kundalini
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sjha'ra Taylor - Chocolate Yoga
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Join Sjha'ra in a potent kundalini yoga practice to stimulate your whole spine. "We'll be tapping into our spinal energy, increasing flexibility and circulation of spinal fluid through all 26 vertebrae, awakening kundalini energy and circulating it through all of our chakras, to give you crystal clarity and a wonderful burst of energy". Sjha'ra Taylor - Chocolate Yoga

Workshops + Talks (18 Cap)
Workshops + Talks (18 Cap)
Nutrition – 10 tips for how to support good digestion
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Nikki
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Nikki has worked for over 10 years as a chef for health retreats as well as running workshops on food preservation, fermentation, foraging and healthy eating. Balancing food with the seasons, individual lifestyles and life stages is central to her health practice. Nikki has spoken at conferences, as well as her own workshops exploring healthy eating habits, tuning in to your own body, hormones and the science of gut health drawing from current research, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine perspectives. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine and is passionate about the connection between food as medicine, movement for health and connection to self to enhance quality of life. This workshop explores 10 tips for good digestion, and how to create a good environment for nourishing your body with your food choices. You will go away with a concise list of ideas to support your own health. Nikki

Mental Health and Yoga.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Swami Prema Ananda
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Why is Yoga good for your mental health, how does it transpire into your daily life. Swami Prema Ananda

Reiki, an introduction.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Chicchan
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

What is energy healing and how does it work? How can it positively affect your yoga practice and life? An introduction to self healing with Chicchan.

Sunday 8th March
Yoga Space 1
Yoga Space 2
Yoga Space 3

All classes included with entry.  (Program subject to change by divine intervention.)

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