Yoga Workshops at Yogareal are concise times to work very specifically with themes and techniques to enable optimum results for each individual.
3 Dec 2016, 7am-8:30pm
Celebrating 50 Years of Yoga
1966 – fifty years ago, when we were in our teens… before yoga studios were everywhere, fashionable and … trendy. We found a very natural way to balance our energies, release tensions and have an exhilarating / liberating time. We’d spend all our spare time down the Yarra River in North Kew, swinging on the ropes, jumping from one rope to another rope in mid-air like Tarzan, stacking kids on the second rope and eventually coming back to shore, or jumping into the river… And hence the title of the article in the middle pages of The Sun Newspaper, Wed 28 Dec 1966, was ‘Tarzans of the River.’
This whole environment / lifestyle led to balance, upliftment, being in our body, grounded, in touch with life, strong, vital, practical and skilful. This whole lifestyle needed nothing else. It was complete – healthy, happy, simple.
However, during youth and as a person leaves youth and goes into adulthood, what is essential and required is that the consciousness and the intelligence of each person and how they work in themselves and how their energies work with life, needs to be known. Most people never acquire this knowledge, and hence they lose their child-likeness, light-heartedness and strong flow of vital energies… they tend to become an “old person” or an “adult”.
Most people, in order to maintain their child-likeness or exuberance seek other external means to try and reclaim it – alcohol, food, drugs, extreme behaviours, neediness – however all of this just makes everything worse – complicated, more intense, heavy. This then carries through in all their relationships – family, work, loved ones. Their energy doesn’t flow, and their heart’s have closed and therefore they’re not open-hearted people.
The whole consciousness transition is the second part of classical yoga, and really the most important step in yoga. This step of people understanding themselves is not there in most frameworks or systems around today. It’s either the energy side of things – postures/exercise/sport, or the consciousness side – meditation/psychology/philosophy.
There’s a lot of theory, there’s a lot of writing, there’s a lot of teachings, but where are the practical realistic ways of integrating this understanding into day to day life, without being a space cowboy???? Or in other words being disconnected, unable to cope or integrate life, despite knowing all the theories and having the best of intentions.
The releasing of the breath, working with the breath, guiding and directing the breath, is the essence of the vitality (postures) transitioning into the consciousness for a person, while still retaining light-heartedness, and this has to be taught and then understood in oneself.
The latter part of my life has been spent acquiring this understanding and being able to convey this to other people in a natural, down to earth, grounded way. This then makes yoga a complete system for each person. Their ability to flow with life is then innate.
– THEY’VE MOVED THE RIVER AND PUT THE EASTERN FREEWAY THERE!!
…So we’ve got it all happening at Yogareal at the Consciousness Workshop on 3 December 2016 – FIFTY YEARS ON!!
– We’re no longer on the rope, we’re using benches for the alignment – hanging and using gravity to gain length in the body.
– We’re using practical light-hearted techniques to release the patterns of restriction.
– Summarising and encapsulating the essence of 50 years of transformation.
– Beautiful meals
– Great company
– A summary to this year and the last 50 years!
– See you there!
Consciousness Workshop, Yogareal Special Event, $150 AUD
Join us for the Headstand Revolution: 8-15 October 2016
At Rob’s Beginners Classes: Mon-Thu 7-8:30pm, Sat 10:30am
Restore, rejuvenate, realign & rejoice!