Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 7th, 2013 Red Hill Classes BEGIN

Hi Everybody!

I am sure we are all ready to get back into our yoga classes asap...

I can't wait to share some new findings on 'mula bandha'; Sirsasana; arm balances - pretty much the works.

So just a reminder...Red Hill casual classes start Jan 7th with courses starting Jan 28th, 2013.

I am also continuing with my relief teaching @ St. Kilda Yoga School starting Jan 10th that's a Thursday @ 9.30am.  Plus the following week I will be teaching Tues 9.30am & 7pm; Wednesday 9.30am & Thursday 9.30am...hope to see you there!


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas & festive New Year Wishes 2013

My personal reading this Christmas is to endevour to review our perception of 'mula bandha' as well as our perception to what is our centre...

So,here we go!  The bonding or more commonly known the root lock called 'mula bandha' draws our attention to our centre (Stone, p.34, 2008). So how do we determine that which is our centre?
Maybe may I even dare to mention the word;our core.

This is where a discussion could occur on, what is our core, and the many discrepancies that surround this often overused underexplained four letter word. But when you ask people 'what is our core' some will instinctively just describe the core through movement, by placing their hand above the pubic bone and below the navel while circling around and over 'the belly'.

But, my intuition is drawn towards liking Stone's, 2008, description as being 'the centre of the pelvic floor' which is 'the centre of gravity for human beings"( Stones, 2008). He explains this to be the practice of yoga, the yoking, that takes place while in asana as we think and pursue sensations & feelings that eventually will lead us to our true centre of gravity inducing 'mula bandha' through exhalation the resting place of the mind (Stones, M., 2008).

May you all prosper in health...

Renate Vetter
Backroom Yoga, Red Hill

Stone, M., 2008, The inner tradition of Yoga - A Guide to yoga philosophy for the       contemporary practitioner, Shambhala Boston  London 2008

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NEW LOCATION...as Backroom Yoga

Brand NEW...location starting Term Three - 16th July, 2012

Backroom Yoga

Weekly Weekend Workshops

Weekend Courses

During the week Courses

Private Therapy Sessions
Pre & Post Natal Classes

...the intricacies of a passion fruit flower...

16th July, 2012

Backroom Yoga
Instructor: Renate Vetter

1012 Mornington-Flinders Rd.,
Red Hill
(Red Hill Spa)
0409 572869
bookings only

E-mail: backroomyoga@yahoo.com.au 
for information, questions & details

...keep up your yoga & smile...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Yoga.styx: Monday " the meaning of Now - Atha"

YOGA SUTRAS: Atha yoga anushasam  (Chapter 1, v.l)
                             Now the discipline of yoga (is being presented) 

Lasaker (2005) states the implication of Now as being:

1.  one is ready to hear, listen or do;
2.  one has already been on a high learning curve; and
3.  learning the meaning of Now becomes ones greatest yogic lesson.

Therefore learning the heart of Yoga transforms one deeply into the present and therefore deeply into Now.

Keep up your yoga and smile! 


P.s. here are some other readings:
1. Dean Ornish, MD, Love & Survival: the Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy, San Francisco,   California: HarperCollins, 1998. back
 2. Georg Feuerstein., The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: a new translation and commentary, Folkstone, Kent, England: Wm Dawson & Sons, Ltd, Cannon House, 1979 back

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Yoga.styx Monday: "a single diamond"

Many students ask me "...what is the difference between Hatha yoga and other yoga styles...".

My short answer has always been that Hatha Yoga acts like an umbrella where other yoga styles permeate from.

Let's try to synchronise a description of Hatha yoga first.  Devereux, 2002, states the meaning of Hatha to be 'the will'; 'sun/moon'; 'creative/receptive' and 'active/reflective'.  To me these states of being are areas of opposition or maybe duality, a reflective surface,  between the mind and the body. Unification of these prescribed actions are extremely advanced in nature with an emphasis on pranayama, bandhas and mudras (Deverereux, 2002).

The realm of modern developments, within yoga, consists of  six teachings; four students of Krishnamacharya within the teachings of Ashtanga yoga in the spirit of Patanjali (Devereux, 2002).  B.K.S. Iyengar and Desikachar who have been distinct in their development of yoga postures and Pattabhi Jois and B.N.S. Iyengar whoses modifications were slight and contextual (Devereux, 2002). 

The following two contemporary Indian yoga masters are Sivandanda and now the late Sri Pradbupada.  Their  approaches did not come from the direct teachings of Krishnamacharya; rather the development of Satyananda and Bhakti yoga traditions  here were Westernised.

Historical events such as these implode the diversity of yoga with a relationship bound by human temperament and the inherent synchronicity of the meaning of yoga "union".

Keep up your yoga and smile...


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Yoga.styx Monday: "the first limb of yoga - yama"

Yama can be thought of as a concept that promotes a process of evaluating our attitudes (emotions) utilised within the paradigms of yoga asana & pranayama (Devereux, 2002; Iyengar, 2001).  How can we maintain a sustainable yoga practice when these attitudes influence our behaviour; which is also influenced by desire?

It is suggested that in order to regulate or harmonize the first limb of yoga, yama, the following elements may help your yoga practice (Devereux, 2002).  These elements are; sensitivity (awareness), honesty (use what we can do), openness (safety in our practice), focus (presence of mind) and generosity (relinquish judgement -good & bad - towards what we can and cannot do) (Devereux, 2002).

Keep up the yoga and smile...