First and foremost - yoga is not about being able to bend your body every which way but up (including looking like a pretzel), nor is it even about standing on your head! In actual fact, long before social media and gym gear became trendy, 'doing yoga' didn't involve the body at all. The heart of yoga has always been about the practice of understanding the mind … and yoga poses are just one way of achieving this.
The philosophy of yoga is based on eight limbs with only one of them, asana, being about the poses. The rest - yama, niyama, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi are really the moral and ethical codes for one to live one's life by. These codes are intended to help people live meaningful and purposeful lives; to have compassion and not to be controlled by one's sense of self-worth (ego) and trivial thoughts that might seek to dominate one's thought processes, if permitted.
Get back to nature
For many of us yoga devotees, yoga is more about the physical benefits, improving strength and balance as well as attaining greater flexibility, making everyday activities easier on the body.
If you're keen on finding your inner zen and getting back to nature, the Sunshine Coast Council are offering low cost (and sometimes free) community yoga in some fabulous outdoor locations. Check them out here.
🧘🏽♂️ LAKE KAWANA | $5 one hour class Every Thursday from 3 October to 28 November 2019 | 6.00am to 7.00am Venue 114, outdoor Lakeside Stage, 114 Sportmans Parade, Birtinya From the venue carpark head to lakefront via left side of building Book online here for casual or season passes. In the event of rain this yoga will be cancelled.
It's easy to find inspiration with views like this!
Every Saturday | 9.00am to 10.00am
Happy Valley Park, near cricket pitch Book here via Yoga NRG. In the event of rain this yoga will be cancelled.
Every Wednesday | 9.00am to 10.00am
Moffat Beach Park Book here via Yoga NRG. In the event of rain this yoga will be cancelled.
Every Sunday | 8.30am to 9.30am
Every Friday | 9.30am to 10.30am
Cotton Tree Park, eastern/pool end of Rotary Park Book here via Yoga NRG. In the event of rain this yoga will be cancelled.
🧘🏽♂️ COOLUM BEACH
Every Sunday | 7.00am to 8.00am
Every Wednesday | 9.30am to 10.30am
Every Thursday | 6.00am to 7.00am
Tickle Park, David Low Way Book here via Yoga NRG. In the event of rain this yoga will be cancelled.
Yoga enthusiasts, please remember:
To arrive ten minutes early to meet the instructor;
If an online booking has not been done prior to the first class, a quick health screening form will need to be completed on the day;
Please advise the instructor of any illnesses, conditions and/or injuries prior to the start of each class; and
Most importantly - please bring water bottles and yoga mats. A hat and sunscreen is also recommended.