Lets have a quick chat to the Guy that is bringing us Yoga For Blokes see what he says about Yoga ….. and Blokes
Welcome to Yoga Sol.
We are so happy to have you on board with our Yoga For Blokes class.
Firstly let me say thank you to you and the team at Yoga Sol for the opportunity to teach at your wonderful centre. I will try and answer your questions as best possible
1)Why do you think Yoga for Blokes is becoming more and more popular?
With yoga becoming more widely used, by sports teams and as a great way to stay both physically and mentally healthy, I think more guys are ready to see what its all about.
2)What makes Yoga for Blokes different from any other class?
The difference form your normal class is that this is designed specifically for guys. Guys bodies are different to women.I will be organising the class around those in the room and what they need on the day.
3)What sort of blokes are coming to Yoga at the moment and what sort of blokes do you think will be coming to a specialised class just for men?
The great thing about yoga is that it does allow everyone to be part of the class, I have taught classes to Doctors, Police Officers, Tradies and stay at home Dads. I hope that this keeps happening.
4) Yoga has been dominated by women in our modern day western yoga studios for such a long time that it is seen as something for girls, but now we see the AFL and NRL are both employing Yoga Teachers as part of their core team for looking after the Health and fitness of their players. Do you think this will be something that influences the choices that Men are making in seeking out Yoga?
With anything we do, if we can’t connect with the people around us we don’t enjoy it. For some guys having another guy teaching the class so you’re not the only one in the room full of ladies can make a big difference.
5)If we look at the statistics for suicide, we can see the overpowering evidence that men are struggling with strong emotions and maybe not being able to connect with others for support or mate ship, Is this something that you think Yoga can help with?
Definitely. I know for myself yoga has made a huge difference in the way I see things and how I mentally cope with things.
6)Having spent many Years working in the mens prisons you would of seen many men in a desperate situation. Do you feel helping men connect to Yoga is maybe a direction for you?
Helping anyone connect to yoga and themselves is what drew me to teaching.
7)After leaving the prisons and staring to teach Yoga did your personal self change? By that I mean. The way you look at yourself and others. the way you deal with life situations?
Yoga had an immediate impact on me. I remember being in my first class and feeling my mind start to relax. I knew form that class that yoga was going to be a part of the rest of my life. I continued to work in the prison system for another 3 years and it definitely helped me do my job. Occasionally working in high stress situations with people and being able to remain claim to resolve issues.
8)Making these observations about yourself would you say that your external environment has a big influence on your internal environment?
Not really, I feel that through my practice I have learnt to stay calm in most situations regardless of my surroundings.
9)Any advise for all the blokes out there that are thinking of starting Yoga and can’t find a Blokes or Broga Class near to them?
DO IT is all I can say.
Thank you for your time shaun.
Consumerism and Yoga.
Ok we all love to get new things.
Shinny and new makes us happy.
For a while, then shinny and new gets dirty and old and our attachment to it changes and we discard it for the next best thing. Shinny and new.
When we think of Yoga, we think of each breath being our shinny and new. We think of each pose creating shinny and new within our physical bodies. We think of rising after each Savasana with a shinny new outlook.
Unfortunately sometimes this inward shinny and new gets side swiped by marketing and our need for consumerism.
We feel compelled to have the best Bamboo organic Mat, coupled with our Hemp fair trade bag. Our $200 Yoga Pants and our organic cold pressed oils to “clean” and over stimulate our senses while shutting down and withdrawing form external stimulation. .. What?
We don’t need fancy clothes, Fancy smells or fancy props.
We just need a moment of peace and compassion of Self to bring our selves out of this crazy wasteful consumer driven world that we live in, and into our self. Our Home, our Body, our Breath, our Planet.
This ever increasing “need, want” can create a trance of unworthiness and disappointment even despair and depression. The impact on our planet is devastating too.
So next time you are told you need a certain product to improve your Yoga, think about what that product really is.
You are all you need to make your Yoga practice happen.
You are all you need to improve in Asana or Pranayama.
You are all you need to find that Yogic glow of peace and joy, Compassion and Love.
If you don’t have a mat, use the floor. If you don’t have a calm space, Cultivate that calm space within your own self.
If you don’t have the latest Chants on spotify, Sing or listen to your breath, the birds, the wind.
Yoga always meant poverty and renunciation from Earthly possessions by the devotion to the path of purity, and although we no longer live in the age of the great sages and we don’t live in a country where Renunciation is common place, we can practice self restraint and bring the practice of mindfulness into our consumeristic ways.
Seeking to understand why we feel we need a product. What is our expectation of the product and how we think it will change our experience of Yoga.
If we all reduce our buying we also reduce our waste.
Mindfulness is not just about our Breath we can bring mindfulness and compassion training into every aspect of our lives.
Try starting introducing mindfulness and compassion into our shopping habits.
I look forward to hearing the results.
What is Rolfing and how does it differ from Physio, Massage and Yoga?
Rolfing(R) Structural Integration is a whole body re-education programme, using a combination of bodywork and movement education to help you live more comfortably and move at optimal level in your body. It focuses on freeing and enhancing the fascia, and creating strength through length, rather than the muscular focus of some other modalities. This holistic approach helps your body accept and enjoy change both physically and emotionally.
Who is Rolfing for?
Everybody! Or at least everybody who is open to change habits to change results, and wants to feel more fluid in movement, to live with less pain and to feel more balanced and grounded.
What is Craniosacral balancing?
Cranio Sacral Balancing, sometimes called The Art of Touch, is a gentle scientific based bodywork which helps improve the function of our nervous system, reduces the negative effects of stress and trauma, strengthens resistance to disease and overall enhances our sense of wellbeing and our health.
How does it work?
Cranio Sacral Balancing uses our body’s innate ability and desire to heal, precisely and gently easing restrictions in bones, membranes and soft tissues, and calming and balancing the nervous system. It is
What conditions is it suitable for?
Craniosacral Therapy has been found to be effective for all ages and many unbalanced conditions including chronic pain, sensory processing disorders and memory loss. Craniosacral can also enhance thecreative work of artists, writers, performers, and students’ learning. Moms and babies, children, teens and adults benefit greatly from Craniosacral Therapy to restore the body to its best potential. Older people often find more energy and fluidity.
Everyone can benefit from Craniosacral Therapy, whether they would like to improve their existing Health, or need to create more ease and mobility, less pain or stress, recover from injury,trauma and/or balance the system.
Will we be getting a blend of all these modalities when we book to see you or do we book for the one we want?
You can request a specific modalities, or make an appointment for a 15 minute complementary consultation to discuss your own personal needs and to plan a specific treatment regime for you. My goal is to find the correct balance of resources to keep you at your optimum health.
How long is a session and how much will it cost?
Rolfing sessions for adults are approximately 75 minutes (90 for the initial visit if we have not met before). Cranio Sacral sessions for adults are usually 45 – 60 minutes. Exact times and prices can be obtained by calling Su on 0409 637 082 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest in our story sharing from our beautiful Yogic community.
This is Annettes Light Bulb moment story!
Thank you for sharing Annette.
My light bulb moment thanks to yoga.
All my life I have tried to do the right thing, look after my body ,eating properly, and squeeze in some exercise between everything else I had to do but never did it occur to me that I wasn’t doing everything, I wasn’t looking after the whole me, by nurturing my ‘self’
That is until I felt a calling almost, to try yoga. And it was in the first couple of beginners classes with Claire and her gentle guidance that opened up an whole new dimension of myself that I had not been paying any attention to.
I have been surprised what I discovered about myself. I am enriched now by what Yoga has connected me to. I feel a lot more mellow within myself, thanks to Yoga.