25 October 2020
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Over the past 40 years Robert Byrne has developed a unique and transformative style of yoga unlike anything or anyone else’s. This cuts right to the chase while maintaining lightheartedness. Simple, clear, fun and practical. You’ll go into areas in yourself where you’ve never been before and that need addressing for you to be where you’d like to be in yourself and in your life. This will take you to a position of I AM or a sense of Self-presence in yourself. This is the ultimate goal of all practices – Self-realisation or realising Self relative to everything else that you do in your life.
Yoga is more than just a stretch class – it’s the way you view things, the way you live your life.
Having a balanced approach. Living happily and harmoniously with yourself and others.
It all begins with a long, balanced breath…
Join countless students who have transformed their lives through practicing at Yogareal.
Here are some of their inspirational stories…
Michael Argyrou –
Hickory Group Pty Ltd
I have been attending Yogareal for nearly 13 years and can honestly say that it is the most transformative experience I have ever had. I have referred many friends to the studio and they all thank me for introducing them to this very special place.Read more
I had been practising yoga at a few places before I met Rob and the Yogareal studio. Although I was enjoying the stretching, it felt like just a group exercise class. I was still stressed and anxious. I wondered if that was yoga. I spoke to a teacher who I trusted and they said if you really want to understand yoga, you have to get taught by Rob Byrne.Read more
The true process of yoga stills the thoughts in our mind. It’s a wonderful journey; being more present, feeling lighter and connected. To achieve this, you need a holistic practise and you need teachers who have spent years in their own yoga journey to help you learn how to do it yourself. This is the Yogareal studio. I have been practising here now for over 5 years and it’s really changed my life.
Rob’s method starts with body alignment, with easygoing stretch classes that use props and postures to help each of us understand our own physical body; what needs to open up more, what needs to strengthen. Classes are always filled with people of all shapes, sizes, ages and experience. Then comes the most important bit – the breath. Like a secret weapon, we learn how to breathe properly; a breath that energises, revitalises. It’s this breathing that’s given me so much insight. I can have space between my thoughts! I can let go of all this junk I’m carrying around! I can actually sit in peace! Boo ya!
Rob’s teaching is the ultimate modern person’s guide to being more conscious, and you get to be stretchy and stronger as a bonus.
The studio vibe is great. Accessible for beginners, plenty of deeper teachings on the 8 limbs of Yoga for those like me who want more. A great group of committed students doing the work. I couldn’t recommend Rob, the teachers and the Yogareal studio more highly.
13 August 2018
I have been practicing at Yoga Real for 8+ years now. Rob’s teaching is profound, but accessible to anyone at any stage of their yoga journey. Rob and Theresa have created a welcoming, calm and unpretentious environment that facilitates true transformation.Read more
The classes allow you to experience all aspects of yoga; posture, breath and meditation and always leaving you feeling strong, resilient and reconnected with yourself. I highly recommend.
13 August 2018
I spent a few weeks in Melbourne in April of this year. I was fortunate that Yogareal was in the neighbourhood I stayed in. I have practiced yoga for many years, but have rarely been to a studio that offered as whole a practice as Yogareal does. I would leave every class feeling lighter, more open and just “better with the world.” The classes are a lovely blend of the physical and more spiritual. The teachers are welcoming and their teaching is warm but precise. So glad I found this place and I know I will return when I next visit Melbourne.
2 June 2019
Rob is very patient and a great teacher, feel wonderful when I have been to a class, I recommend them to all.
13 August 2018
So much of life now is fast, is transient, shallow and non authentic. It can leave you feeling lost and empty. Joining this community of yoga practitioners helps restore physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.Read more
19 August 2018
I have been coming to classes at YogaReal for over 10 years. I had attended several yoga studios before this, ranging in style from Ashtanga, Bikram and Kundalini. While I enjoyed each of these practices, they didn’t grab me like YogaReal did.Read more
YogaReal has been more than a yoga class for me. It has been a true sanctuary for my soul. Rob’s approach is accessible, relevant and wise. It has given me the strength and clarity to handle life’s inevitable drama and the peace to enjoy life’s simplicity and magic.
I have attended YogaReal through two pregnancies and feel Theresa’s guidance and support through class really helped ensure two wonderful birth experiences.
There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to Rob and Theresa and I’m so thankful for each and every class.
22 August 2018
I was serious about yoga for more than ten years spending time in an Ashram in India and centres in Victoria. There are many variations of the practice but this studio is the real deal teaching breathing as a basis for yoga rather than pure gymnastics.Read more
15 December 2017
“A guru is not someone who holds the torch for you. He is the Torch” Sadhguru.
Coming from India, I had been practicing Yoga on and off for nearly a decade without really understanding the true meaning of Yoga up until a year ago. I had all the knowledge and the resources to know that Yoga is not just exercise but a lifestyle.
But to experience what I only knew by intellect, happened at YOGAREAL.
It is said, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Just one month into my classes, I knew Rob was the guru I had been searching for all this time.
His profound understanding of this ancient Yogic practice is unlike any I have come across in Australia. His teaching is based on the fact that Yoga is not just about perfecting a few poses, but to Align the body, understand the importance of breath, and unite with one’s own consciousness (which is not something you’ll find in a gym yoga session or even the most expensive or popular yoga studio!!)
The environment, the people and the energy of Yogareal is nurturing, supportive and phenomenal. This place is not for someone who wants to work only on their body, but for those who want to go beyond the body and mind and take charge of their life energies through the various asanas (Yoga Postures). I cannot thank Rob, Theresa and their entire team enough for what they have to offer.
You have to experience it to know it!!
17 October 2018
I’ve been going to YogaReal for 3 years now after searching in the area for a studio that had a great balance of a strong physical practice with focus on precision with depth. They have 8 week beginner courses that are suitable for all levels and give a good base for the range of postures they cover in the more intense practices. I love it here, easily the best yoga studio I have found, the teachings have depth and you just feel great walking into the studio and of course after the class!
I have practiced yoga for some years now & more recently moved to bayside. I was searching for my yoga home and found it here at Yogareal!
Robert is the most amazing & knowledgable yoga teacher one could ever hope for. His presence ability & 40 years of knowledge & experience in all areas of yoga is phenomenal. I am in awe of his teachings and feel incredibly grateful that I have found this studio. There is nothing that Robert can’t explain to us in simple & easy words & is reachable to all ages. His sense of humour and yet gentleness & understanding of where people are at is far & above others in this field.
Love to all Yvonne.
21 November 2018
At Yogareal yoga is taught holistically which means that it is taught both as a very well-instructed physical asana practice and as a philosophy of being available to life. I have been attending Rob’s classes for more than 15 years and can attest that they are truly life-enhancing and stay with you even when you’re not in class.
11 November 2018
I’ve been doing yoga under the expert guidance of Rob and his teachers at Yogareal for 10 years. I knew from the first few classes that I would be a regular until I was incapable of going. I slept so well after each class and felt so much better in my body and mind I didn’t need any further convincing of the advantages. I have tried yoga at other studios but no one came near Rob in terms of understanding the mind, the musculo-skeletal structure of the body, the philosophy and teachings of the yoga masters or the quality of his classes. While I have always attended ‘beginners’ classes, they are constantly varied and kept interesting.
During 2018 while being treated for cancer I found other, unexpected, benefits:
I’m so glad I found yoga as taught by Rob at Yogareal – the benefits are far greater than I could have guessed/imagined.
17 March 2019
Hello Rob, I hope you are well.
I couldn’t help but respond to this email. I am currently back in India for another 3mths. This time I am spending some time at a place called Vaidyagrama – it’s an Ayurvedic Hospital. Incredible place. I attend the afternoon Satsangs daily and the Satsang yesterday was about .. Reacting and Responding in life. Then I saw this email today. Amazing.
I know I am not around the studio anymore but the studio is still with me and will forever be with me. Read more
Send my love to all…Theresa, Bridgie, Angelique, Simon, Richard etc..
Love Alicia x
22 June 2019
I have been practising with Robert Byrne since 1992 – 26 years.
Yogareal is true to its name. One imbibes a feeling of the universal and this is evidenced by the distinct accord between what is happening in the studio and outside of the studio. There is a definite flow on effect that maintains the standard of living that one experiences in the studio.Read more
On a personal level, through continually working with the body and breath, I have been able to fully recover from painful arthritis in the knees attributable to the faith, persistence and healing energy around Yogareal.
It is always an authentic yoga experience at Yogareal and it helps one to maintain clear vision in all the layers of our being and in the environment around us.
10 August 2018
Yoga is something truly special and important to my physical and mental health and happiness. I’ve tried many different places and instructors but have always returned back to YogaReal with Rob and other teachers of Yoga here.Read more
11 August 2018
Before moving up to Queensland, the fifteen years I spent practicing under the guidance of Robert Byrne and in the environment at Yogareal were and continue to be life changing!Read more
Both he and his partner Theresa are wholeheartedly committed to helping you transform the areas of yourself that are restricted to become open and free. With the opportunity to become part of an uplifting team of happy, grounded people it is easy to slot right in.
The thing that makes Yogareal so special and rare is that from the first class you have it clearly explained, then a chance to experience how postures, breathing, meditation and being open-hearted all help you to connect to who you really are, you true nature; feeling free, having energy, knowing what to do and doing it : )
There is a great yoga lineage running through the studio at Yogareal. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that if you would like to try some good yoga in Melbourne this is the first place I would start, they will have you covered as far……… as you want to go.
16 October 2018
People ask me why I go to yoga real.
Many years ago I asked myself a question.
What was that feeling I felt when I closed my eyes at the end of my yoga practice. There must be more I need to know so I can feel that feeling. I really didn’t know how or why.
A deeper part of me wanted to know and understand.Read more
2 March 2019
I discovered Yogareal a couple of years ago, through the recommendation of my brother who recognised that I could benefit from the holistic approach that Rob, Theresa and the team teach. I needed another way to deal with stress – and I haven’t looked back.Read more
I work in a highly stressful industry and like most people these days, life throws you many challenges. The approach taught at Yogareal helps me deal with the ups and downs of today’s life, and after every session I walk out feeling calmer, lighter and more positive, which quite frankly I would not have believed possible just a few short years ago. I am breathing and sleeping better than ever, physically I can do things that I thought were a distant memory and more than anything, I feel more equipped to face life’s challenges with calm and grace….and I now remember to see all the beauty that it has to offer.
I thoroughly recommend giving the approach taught by Rob and Theresa at Yogareal a try; it’s supportive, kind and non-judgemental. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
30 September 2018
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been a student here on and off for the last six years. Even though I can’t make it as often as I like, I’m always greeted with a warm smile and an awakening class. Rob is a fantastic teacher and supported by a wonderful team.
3 September 2018
I have incorporated Yogareal principles into my lifestyle. I feel fortunate to be part of the Yogareal family. Robert, Theresa and the team imbibe a complete, sensitive and holistic approach to all aspects of yoga. I can highly recommend this practice to someone that is looking for more than just postures.Read more
From the foundational base of breathing techniques, Robert expands our awareness.
He discusses topics such as our minds, posture, and energy.
Classes include beginner classes, ABC –alignment, breathing and consciousness, Raj yoga.
No matter which class you attend all abilities are catered for so it is accessible to all. Scattered throughout the year there are also focus workshops.
Personally I have benefitted in all aspects of my life. My mind is quieter and I understand it more. My energy has increased and lightened. I see situations with more clarity and space. I am more content.
I wish this for everyone.
It took me awhile to find a yoga studio in Melbourne, not for the lack of them, but I wanted a place where there could be a deeper connection to the real meaning of yoga, I had been doing an Ayurveda course at the time and had been learning a lot through my study.Read more
Aum Namah Shivaya
22 August 2018
I was an unwell child growing up in the ‘70’s and after no success from doctors in finding the cause of my ailment and out of sheer desperation my mother took me to a naturopath over 40 km away in Croydon. Frowned upon by many ignorant people back then, this man changed my life and helped me to overcome my “malfunctioning parathyroid glands.” He also introduced my mother to yoga. Even though I never attended the classes I watched my mother practise her breathing daily.
As I grew into my teenage years, I knew I had to find yoga. I tried it once, at the local swimming pool but uninspired by the class, I did not return. Life took over, I completed my physiotherapy degree and moved to the U.K. After a music festival in Hamburg one weekend and waiting for the train, a couple of my friends practised some salutes to the sun on the platform. I tried to join in but not very well.
Upon returning to Melbourne nine years later, I attended some Bikram yoga classes and promptly managed to injure my hip. My ego got in the way that day as I tried to push my body well beyond its capable limits. I didn’t see it at the time, but I know it now. It’s fair to say, I wasn’t a fan of this style of yoga.
Some years later I’m in my early 40’s and it’s World Yoga Day. On TV I watch hundreds of people practising their down face dog and am confused by the fact that I still hadn’t found yoga. I knew that I was missing something but I didn’t know what. At the start of the following year I resolve to find yoga and thanks to modern technology, Yogareal pops up on my search one morning in early January. I commit myself to the eight week term on the spot.
That was five years ago. How life changing this has been!!!!!
Rob’s erudite knowledge of yoga is profound. His intimate and exquisite understanding of the structure and function of the human body knows no bounds. As a musculoskeletal physiothera-pist for over 25 years, my appreciation for this is enormous! Through my practise at Yogareal I am evolving into a more rounded, calm and happy human being. In my work I feel privileged as I too am a teacher to my patients and for those patients who are receptive, I have been able to continue my learning as I attempt to impart some of the positive and uplifting lessons that I have gleaned from Rob, Theresa and all of the other wonderful teachers at Yogareal.
If you want to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being and at the same time achieve calmness through quiet, consistent breathing then look no further.
Yogareal is the yoga I was searching for all those years ago!
21 October 2018
2 October 2020
Hope you’re all well, remembering to breathe nice and deeply and long and symmetrically through the nose inhale exhale. Keeping the bottom jaw soft and your face awake and relaxed.
This will keep you very present in your body, vital and uplifted, healthy and happy – attending to whatever you need to do at any given moment in your life.
For all of us it’s a time of patience as we all know. Patience means waiting. Waiting is a skill – the ultimate skill. Without sinking or being overwhelmed. Sinking means thinking! And this will mean becoming overwhelmed. Waiting is really meditation – by breathing, watching and staying conscious. This is what’s required ongoing at the moment for everyone – particularly in Melbourne, Victoria.
Part of this ultimate skill is of course – not comparing. Be aware of what’s happening everywhere and around you – but don’t compare.
This of course means you have to be breathing, otherwise you can’t do this, you’ll start thinking and compare.
All of these principles are the difference between the thinking mind running the show or awareness running the show. Awareness of the Higher principles or Higher Self coming through in yourself.
All of the above is Yoga – proper Yoga – realistic Yoga – Yoga in life – your life – making Yoga a living thing for you.
Yoga means union – your individual self with your Higher Self, and then allowing that Higher Self to flow out to the universe around you – this is then Universal Self. All these three have to be working together in synchronicity – your individual self is your personality or the identity of who you think you are, your Higher Self is your guiding light or intuition coming through, and Universal Self is the world around you in a Unified Form.
All of these three themes Individual self – Higher Self and Universal Self appear to be different, however on a deeper level of course, they’re all One.
The position you need to sit in, or the posture, or the asana, is really a psychological asana or position at this stage. It’s literally where you sit in Yourself. This needs to carry through ongoing.
The posture, the asana as I’ve expressed is floating – floating sadhana. Floating with the Universal Life Force or what’s happening in life, and therefore awakening the intelligence in yourself in that moment. Sadhana is a spiritual practice which Unifies. Sadhana means process/practice/approach/mindset/lifestyle – these are all synonymous terms connecting to different layers of yourself and therefore creating harmony.
And ‘holding the fort’ at the studio is Hanuman – a perfect example – waiting contentedly, happily, for us all to return.
The key to all this approach, the essence of all this approach is when your mind merges with what you do by breathing a long and symmetrical conscious breath ongoing – meditation takes place in yourself and in life, and time dissolves and passes very quickly.
Which is of course what we’re all wanting at this time.
Take care, lots of love, and we look forward to seeing you soon,
Rob, Hanuman and Yogareal Team
Om Namah Shivaya
Thank you Baba
At the Highest Level
All is One
And all of You are One with That
Sit in That
Reside in That
and LOVE THAT!!!
Om Namah Shivaya
Hope this email finds you healthy, happy and uplifted.
To maintain a strong breathing rhythm in yourself ongoing, especially under adversity, will enable the qualities above to come through naturally, normally and automatically.
This really is the foundation of Yoga and of course the foundation of Life. And especially the foundation in Stage Four Restrictions.
It’s really meditation ongoing in your life – or in other words – living meditation. In Yoga it’s known as conscious awareness of the SoHam mantra. This is your natural mantra of your natural breath rising symmetrically, ongoing in your life, while you do whatever you do. However this breath will tend to restrict itself subconsciously unbeknownst to you if you are anxious or fearful or worry or think too much.
Here in Melbourne, we’re now in Stage Four Restrictions. Which have been established by the Victorian Government to compel social distancing to take place more completely for everyone. So that problem areas which were previously going undiagnosed and unaddressed, can be rectified. Stage Four Restrictions, amongst other things include the mandatory wearing of masks, a curfew between the hours 8pm and 5am, and Melbournians must stay within a 5km radius of their home, at all times unless they have a permit to do otherwise. Largely we’re only allowed to leave home for 1 hour per day for grocery shopping (only one person allowed) or exercise (can be a walk or run with 1 other person). As a result of all these restrictions and many more, a lot of lifestyle themes, or ways of life are now, of course, compromised for everyone.
The tricky part with all this, or the challenge for most people, is to not be overwhelmed by their thinking mind, when their lifestyle, which acts as a support system for them, is restricted or denied.
If you’re strong enough with your mind, at this point, you’ll be able to use your Higher Mind to see the greater good, and move away from doubts and fears when they come up. This will straight away create more space and faith in what’s unfolding, as opposed to needing to know what’s happening at every minute. If you do this you’ll be automatically breathing in a relaxed manner.
If you can observe clearly enough, you’ll be able to see in yourself, that whenever you feel good or uplifted, you’re breathing in a very relaxed manner and not thinking. Your breath will be literally breathing you. This further enhances your Higher Mind becoming your guiding light ongoing.
This is really Vipassana – the meditation technique by which Buddha attained Enlightenment. It literally means “to see things as they are”, as opposed to seeing things how your mind would like things to be, or how you imagine things to be. Vipassana’s foundation is your breathing, and you continually maintaining awareness of your breathing, and awareness of what’s happening inside and outside at the same time. And not being overwhelmed or disoriented by what comes up internally as sensation, emotion or mindset.
If you continue to breathe rhythmically and observe, the tendencies of fear and doubt that are arising, will clear themselves and you’ll feel lighter and freer.
STAY ON THE PROGRAM OF BREATHING AND AWARENESS ONGOING AND DO WHAT YOU DO.
This time is a great opportunity for everyone to practice this.
When you’re doing your home practice – and everyone should be doing something regularly at home. Try to be very mindful of your breathing as you’re going through the postures. This will be more amplified in your home environment as you won’t have the distraction of a class format and other students around you. And you’ll be more sensitive to what’s happening internally eg your breath. Make your breath an Ujjayi breath which you can hear with your internal and external ear as it moves through the back of your throat. This will keep your Higher Mind continually awake and active and guiding you.
If you’d like a video to support you, you can practice using this Video which Chris made, of Rob’s Yoga Class at Yogareal Studio:
The essence is to remember to breathe and hence have a stronger connection to one’s Higher Self. On all levels – physically, vitally, mentally and emotionally, then this will automatically connect you with Spirit.
This is really what takes place when a person does a physical practice. They physically move, and therefore they invigorate by breathing more, and deeper. They further invigorate by re-aligning. They further invigorate and gain clarity and Higher Awareness by making their breath rhythmic and longer, through a range of postures.
This of course grounds a person in their body no matter what’s happening, and allows that same energy to flow through up to the heart, so a person feels more in themself what’s happening. And then that energy flows through to the centres in the head, and then a person feels fulfillment, balance, peace and unity under adversity.
This of course doesn’t mean breathing on everyone – but keeping the breath long and balanced in yourself.
Also, by consciously and deliberately softening the facial muscles, the jaw, the eyes, the soft palate, one will be able to regulate and monitor this energy more easily and more completely.
Please remember you’re not alone. Even though we can’t come together at the studio, we’re together in spirit – always. You’ll tend to remember things from the class when you need to. Especially if you’re consciously trying to put things into practice at home and in your life that you’ve learnt in class. This will bring about imbibing the teachings and practices in yourself. And enhance your breathing tremendously into a relaxed full breath.
We appreciate and understand that some will be having a more challenging time than others – with loved ones and with work situations. If you need help ask for it. Whether you require financial assistance, physical or mental health support, there are a myriad of support systems available to you. Although you’re physically separated, stay consciously connected to your loved ones and your community. If you have the slightest concerns about anyone, ring them and touch base.
Try to always see the positive side of all things, even though initially you may be a bit disoriented or overwhelmed.
Try to always see the bigger picture with the awareness and understanding that “This too will pass.”
We’ll continue to be in contact.
Lots of Love
Rob and the Yogareal Team