OM PADMA SHANTI
YOGA & MEDITATION STUDIO
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MEDITATION??
Meditation is a wonderful tool to help deal with the stresses of life as well as creating a positive mindset, cultivating an experience of the present moment and leading to opening up to the spiritual side of life. It is an invaluable life tool that will serve you throughout every phase and stage of your life adding a new dimension and appreciation of the simple art of being! Check out the meditation program page on this website early in August for more information on the next course. The next course will run for 6 weeks, 17 October to 21 November, Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Book in early to avoid disappointment, as class number is strictly limited to just 9 people. Enrolments for the course are now open.
Corporate Yoga in the Parramatta Area:
Do you have a facility or access to one on your premises that is suitable for holding early morning or lunchtime Yoga or Meditation classes for your staff Health and Well-being program? If so, you may be interested in having an experienced yoga and meditation teacher come and run yoga and meditation programs for your staff that provide valuable time out and an opportunity to learn new skills that will help them become healthier, more relaxed, balanced people and more resilient, effective and productive employees.
Jenny Davis has experience in running corporate Yoga and Meditation Programs which can be adapted to suit your individual requirements for your staff. Please contact Jenny at [email protected], or ring on 9633 1601 to discuss your needs.
New Daytime Seniors Yoga Class in Parramatta Commencing early 2018!!
Expressions of interest are being sought from seniors looking for a class that combines gentle yoga based physical exercises with relaxation, breathing and meditation techniques to enable them to tap into their own healing powers and enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being as they age. This will be a brand new class! As the proportion of older people is rising and life-spans are increasing, quality of life and independence are not necessarily also following. Investing time in learning simple skills to empower us to age gracefully, happily and confidently is one of the most important things we can do in our senior years. Indicate your interest in joining this wonderful class in a beautiful ambient and quiet yoga studio in the heart of Parramatta with a small number of like minded people who value and actively maintain their quality of life.
Class size will be strictly limited to 7 people...Try out for $10. Special Discount Term Rate $110 for a 9 week term. Email Jenny at [email protected] now!
Yoga Videos Page Published on this website!
There are 4 yoga videos for viewing on this website - please go to the "Yoga Videos" page to enjoy and experience a sneak peak into how we work yoga asana in my yoga classes in Parramatta. A big thanks to my son Sean for producing these videos for me!
Remember, these videos are not meant to be a substitute for expert advice about how to adapt the asana to your individual needs which is best obtained by attending yoga classes. Seek your health professional's approval if you have medical conditions, injuries or are pregnant!
27 May 2013
The following article was written by Jenny Davis for Living Yoga Magazine, Sarasvati Yoga Society, 2012
WHY DON’T YOU ADJUST ME?
Padahasta Vasisthasana Vasisthasana
(Difficult Pose ) (Easier Variation)
Over the last 12 years of teaching Sarasvati Integral Yoga,
I have had quite a number of my students ask me why some yoga teachers
constantly roam around their yoga classes adjusting their students into their
yoga asana, into so-called correct alignment, while other yoga teachers, like
myself, do not. A fair question! The following is an explanation of our yoga
school’s philosophy on adjustment, in my own words and from personal
Firstly and fore mostly, forcibly adjusting yoga students
into positions that their body may not be ready for can result in injury. This goes against a basic principle of yoga
practice, that of Ahimsa, or non-injury. A
yoga teacher may not be aware of each individual student’s medical, fitness and
indeed even mental capacities. The yoga
teacher is also not in the position to ‘feel’ the effects of moving a student’s
body in a particular way – only the student themself can be in charge of this
self-assessment. In a recent article in
The Sydney Morning Herald, titled Don’t
Bend Until You Break, a yoga teacher explains “Often teachers aren’t that
well informed about the problems [a student may have]. You’ve got to be quite careful.” (p19,
In an ideal world, we as teachers, try to get to know each
yoga student and find out any of their known medical and health conditions but
in reality this doesn’t always happen, especially with drop-in and new
students. And, in addition, sometimes
the student themself is unaware of certain conditions they may have and yoga
practice may result in bringing these to their awareness. The only proviso I would give for intervening
and adjusting a yoga student is if they are working in a clearly dangerous or
injurious way and the student proves incapable of following a safer method that
you have described and demonstrated.
Ardha Baddha Padma Janusirasana Janusirasana
(difficult pose) (easier version)
Offering the student a gentler, less challenging version of an asana is
however the most preferred approach and will generally mean that any adjustments
are mostly unnecessary.
This brings me to the second reason for our yoga teachers
not adjusting their yoga students. An
important objective of yoga is bringing the student gradually into greater
awareness of themselves, physically, mentally and spiritually. If we adjust students, we rob them of this
important journey of gradual self-awareness that practice of yoga brings, over
time, with commitment, self-discipline and care. This is a journey of patient self-discovery
and not something to be forced or pushed prematurely. This is a journey inwards, towards an
intuitive connection to the way your own body works and ultimately to
cultivating a fine connection to the flow of energy or prana which in advanced practice can be manipulated by the yoga
practitioner for their own internal health, harmony and well-being. Achieving a picture perfect Lotus posture is
not the objective of Yoga!
As yoga teachers, we are helping our students to become
patient, self-reliant, self-disciplined, healthy and happy. They need to experience the journey of
their own self-adjustments and gradual improvement over time and the impact of
this journey on their own functioning at all levels of being.
We as yoga teachers should provide our students with great
models of our own health, balance and alignment and encourage our students in
the skills of observation (both
external, as they follow our clear and effective visual and verbal directions;
and internal, as they witness the gentle and gradual unfolding of their own
responses to the yoga practices).
Above all, encourage your students to enjoy the journey of
Baddhakonasana Viparita Karini Baddhakonasana
(easy-intermediate) (easier Version - legs up wall)