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Hatha Yoga

Meaning union, Hatha Yoga is a holistic system for harmonizing all the aspects of ourselves – the physical body, the emotional body, the mental body and the spiritual body. Yoga was developed thousands of years ago in the north of India. Originally 84 postures were assumed resembling all living species in the universe and encompassing the full potential of human movement. In yoga the spine is the axis of the human universe: the skeleto-muscular system, the organs, the circulation, the respiratory and nervous systems. Yoga postures or asanas exercise all these body systems, bring us awareness of the breath, enable us conscious access to our life force energy, and includes balance, breathing and relaxation. Class is one hour.


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Yoga for Seniors, Remedial and Wheelchair Yoga​ 

Tailored to individual health needs, Yoga for Seniors increases physical strength & flexibility, boosts energy and well- being, assists in pain management, balance, heart, blood pressure, fluid retention skeleto-muscular, glandular, circulation, lymphatic, and nervous system concerns and offers mental & emotional calm. Sessions are specific to abilities, conditions and pace.
Current research suggests that a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may reduce low-back pain and improve function in the above conditions. Studies also suggest that practicing yoga (as well as other forms of regular exercise) improve quality of life; reduce stress; lower heart rate and blood pressure; help relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia; and improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.
In general, older adults have less joint range of motion, less strength and poorer balance than younger men and women. Seniors generally have more limiting musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis and low back conditions that require yoga sessions to be designed and aimed to strengthen all major muscle groups, open the body to improve functioning of the organs and improve balance- seated or standing – all whilst maximizing safety and enjoyment.
A seated or standing yoga class for seniors involves a set of opening postures and movements (akin to a “warm up”), a middle sequence of arm, leg and torso movements and positions with breathing practice, a closing sequence (similar to a cool down) followed by seated breathing and relaxation.
Available: individual and small groups (8) general or organized to medical concerns.
Thursdays 3.45 p.m. Tuggeranong 55’s Plus Club Canberra. Hatha Yoga (face to face).

Fridays 10.30 a.m. Tuggeranong 55’s Plus Club Canberra. Seated Hatha Yoga (face to face).

Wednesdays 10.15 a.m. Jindalee Aged Care Narabundah Canberra. Seated Hatha Yoga (face to face).

Tuesdays 3 p.m. Goodwin Aged Care Canberra. Seated Hatha Yoga (online).

Photo: Jindalee Age Care Canberra Seated & Wheelchair Yoga

Honored Birth Yoga

Yoga brings harmony into the physical, mental, emotional & spiritual bodies. An expectant mother practising yoga invites this harmony for herself and her baby enhancing the mother-baby bond – the baby feels more secure and the mother grows in confidence as her innate capabilities increase.
The stretches and postures in pre-natal yoga cultivate flexibility physically and mentally. Physically, specifically in the muscle groups which are most needed during pregnancy and delivery; mentally allowing you to “go in harmony” with this beautiful time of growing a baby and later to allow you to “flow” with your labour and birth. Yoga at this time is also an opportunity for you to take responsibility for your health and your baby’s health during pregnancy and afterwards. Physically, the focus in the postures are: the feet, as being our point of contact with the ground they have considerable responsibility for our balance. Our centre of balance changes as our baby grows so we need to be in tune with our feet. The feet also need to be strong to support our body weight which increases during pregnancy. The pelvic floor, the back and hips also need to be at peak muscle tone and strength during pregnancy. Awareness and control of the power of the breath is an integral part of pregnancy and birthing yoga. The more we consciously breath, the more we can relax; and the more we can relax the more we are able to work with our body’s natural movements during birthing. Relaxation and visualization are powerful tools used in Honoured Birth. They can aid linking with your baby, increase your confidence to follow your natural birthing instincts thereby helping you to create the birth experience you would like.
Classes, Individual Sessions, Retreats, Workshops Expos
M: 0406052339

Mother Blessing Way

Mother Blessing Way is a sacred pre-birth ceremony that celebrates a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood. It originates in Native American Indian cultures. Mother Blessing Way is about sharing mother stories and strengths, celebrating through food, good wishes, symbolic gifts and poems, setting up supports and pampering the expectant mother.

Blessing Ways may offer:

  1. Sharing: what do you appreciate about …? What do you see as her ‘mother strengths?’
  2. Creating prayer flags with words of strength, love and encouragement for birth and after.
  3. Bringing flowers of hope for the baby: Each guest is asked to research the meaning of a flower to represent their hopes for the baby. After guests present and explain their choice, we combine the flowers into a single bouquet representing the support of the baby’s community.
  4. Giving symbolic gifts – Some examples might be a coin for wealth, an apple for health, a needle and thread for industriousness, a plant for growth and respect of nature.

Mother Blessing Way Canberra 2023

Yoga for Seniors

Thursdays at 3.45 p.m.

Seated Chair Yoga

Fridays at 10.30 a.m.

Welcome to New Teacher – Valerie Albrecht

Hatha Yoga is a holistic practice for bringing together and harmonizing all the aspects of ourselves – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. In Sanskrit, the ancient language of Buddhism, the word Yoga means union.
Yoga poses exercise all our body systems. As well, they bring us awareness of our breath, our breathing, and our life-force energy.
Research into the benefits of Yoga show that it assists physical strength and flexibility, pain management, balance challenges, conditions of the heart and blood pressure, and concerns in the skeletomuscular, glandular, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems whilst boosting energy, mental and emotional calm.
Sessions begin with a ‘warm up’, then move into poses and sequences, concluding with breathing routines and focussed relaxation. Classes are tailored for participants’ abilities, conditions and pace.

Valerie Albrecht has been teaching yoga passionately for 25 years in both public and private sectors, in NSW hospitals, in remedial, orthopaedic, oncology and maternity clinics; in workplace settings, and in well-being clinics in Australia, India, Portugal and the United States.
She has brought her first career Speech Pathology knowledge of the body to her yoga teaching and is a published author of many books urging the ‘working together’ of Western, Eastern and First Peoples health philosophies and practices.
Valerie invites you to the health, vitality, calm and beauty of Yoga
Booking links for Yoga and Seated Yoga are available from Club office

Illustrations from Valerie’s book Search for Mother