NAME:  Milton

three words to sum up my yoga journey:  discovery, connection, living

yoga helps me with:  letting go and accepting

my least favourite posture is: side crow

if I could change something in the world it would be: the realisation by all, that everything is connected. Love and peace bind the connection and these in turn make the conection.

anything else you would like to say:  yoga helpmilton-schmedje-2016-cropped me simplify what is reality and thus important.

Early Morning Yoga for Beginners

sunset shotThe serious seeker who wants to know about yoga needs to start their journey with something a little stronger than a Latte.  SunSalute has been teaching the Early Morning Beginner Course for over 10 years now and it still proves itself as the ultimate introduction to yoga.  It lays the foundations, teaches technique and streamlines you towards better strength, flexibility and inner peace.

We NEVER find a regretful student.  In actual fact, we find they continue the journey as they’ve experienced the benefits.
So book your place, and join seven other souls on a 4 week yoga treat.

Kids literature is where I found my yoga today

wonder_cover_artMuch to my delight my 9 year old has become a voracious reader.  The consequence;  I am now consuming a vast amount of children’s literature as I search for new and exciting novels to encourage the trend while it is here.  I am now the indulged and satisfied reader of the entire Harry Potter series ( a lot of very late nights and much devastation and betrayal as I wept over the demise of Dumbledore), I totally absolutely LOVED the Harry Potter world. I have traveled the world with Rangers Apprentice and Brotherband series – I think a kids version of Wilbur Smith and an Australian author as well – yahoo.

Over the last two nights I have read a novel that goes by the title of Wonder by R. J Palacio.  As with all incredibly well written stories, I laughed out loud and reached for the tissues. It was very moving and told a story of courage and friendship of many young people.  There was a lot of yoga going on with the yama’s and niyama’s being tested and played out in full force as  a young boy with severe facial deformities steps into the world of middle school.  It reminded me of the importance of respect and self-respect, of honesty, of being brave and speaking my own truth so others can speak theirs.  It reminded be to be kind and considerate, to think of others and to reach out when confronted. To smile.  To be kind.  To be kinder than necessary.

Asana-preparing you for meditation

Many students start the yoga journey with the practice of asana (posture).  This may be through a teacher guided class with vocal instruction or in a Mysore style setting where you practice from memory and in silence.

What-is-Chakra-Meditation1Asana is a key step to preparing oneself for meditation.  How can one sit in meditation if one’s body is so stiff they cannot sit comfotabnly?  How can one learn to sit in meditation if they cannot even breathe and keep the mind steady and concentrated on asana for even 30 minutes?  Many of us need a preparatory step…some do not.

If you practice asana, and not much sitting meditation SunSalute is hosting a workshop with Dr McCartney from the Australian National University in October to teach Chakra Sadhana Meditation. Patrick has lived and breathed Sanskrit study undertaking his PhD in India. It could be the perfect opportunity for you to dip your toe into the ocean of meditation.

Go on – step out of the comfort Zone and sit a little chakra meditation!