November 2017

Namaste

 

The end of the year is fast approaching. Thanks to all the students for your dedication to the subject and for supporting the Yoga Room. The Yoga Room will be closed during the break between Christmas and New Year. See the Timetable page for full details.

 

I recently attended the Iyengar Yoga Australia Convention in Adelaide. It was great to spend the weekend with so many like-minded yogis and wonderful to catch up with some of my friends and colleagues from Western Australia.

 

The main article in this newsletter is the third in the series taking a deeper look at the yogic philosophy as outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We look at the first Niyama: Saucha (Purity/Cleanliness).

 

There are limited spaces available for the Summer Yoga Intensive (4th to 23rd December). As with the past few intensives held at the Yoga Room these places fill fast. If you are thinking of attending call or email now.

 

Enjoy the newsletter and keep practising.

Maurice

 

 

Contents:
Video of the Month – BKS Iyengar, Yoga Master
Article of the Month – How yoga philosophy can be useful in our everyday lives: The eight limbs of yoga (Part 3)
Upcoming Events; Yoga Room Summer Yoga Intensive
Yoga Students “off the mat” – Sean Hancock
Patanjali Yoga Sutra of the month
Quote of the Month
Previous newsletters


 

 

 

Video of the Month: BKS Iyengar, Yoga Master

Ultimate_freedom

This is a recent video about the life and practice of BKS Iyengar and shows some students of Yoga who all come from various backgrounds and have differing spiritual beliefs. It never ceases to amaze me how fortunate we are to be able to practice yoga on a daily basis.

 

Thanks to everybody for suggesting videos to watch and present in this newsletter.

 

 

 

 

Article of the Month – How yoga philosophy can be useful in our everyday lives: The eight limbs of yoga (Part 3)

 

To recap from the previous newsletter:

 

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

1 Yama (moral disciplines)
2 Niyama (rules of conduct)
3 Asana (poses or postures)
4 Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath)
5 Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
6 Dharana (concentration)
7 Dhyana (meditation)
8 Samadhi (absorption, spiritual enlightenment)

 

Growing off the mat as well as on it

Iyengar says, the “Yama and Niyama control the yogi’s passions and emotions and keep him in harmony with his fellow man” (p3 LoY). In the last two newsletters, we looked at the five Yamas, Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (right use of energy) and Aparigraha (non-greed or non-hoarding).

 

Niyama are the rules of conduct that apply to individual discipline, while yama are universal in their application. The five niyama listed by Patanjali are: Saucha (purity), Santosa (contentment), Tapas (ardour or austerity), Svadhyaya (study of the self) and Isvara pranidhana (dedication to the Lord) (p16 LoY).

 

This month, we look at the first Niyama, Saucha or purity/cleanliness:

 

My grandmother used to say, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. It’s interesting to see Saucha as the first of the Niyamas (personal rules of conduct). When we take on an asana or pranayama practice, we’re using, creating and directing powerful energy. If we turn up on our mats with a sense of aggression instead of ahimsa (non-violence), self-denial instead of satya (truthfulness), laziness instead of tapas (discipline or burning passion), and impurity instead of saucha (cleanliness), then we’re not likely to progress as positively through our sadhana (practice).

 

If we take our ‘bad’ habits on to the mat with us, then our practice becomes a lot harder, and we have to sift through the ‘impurities’ or negativity we’ve picked up before reaping the benefits of Yoga. Of course, by impurities we’re not just talking about physical aspects. Saucha means cleanliness of body, mind, spirit and surroundings, all helping to direct us towards a pure and positive life.

 

Saucha (purity/cleanliness). The first Niyama. What it means.

Purity of blood is essential for well-being. While good habits like bathing purify the body externally, asana and pranayama cleanse it internally. The practice of asanas tones the entire body and removes the toxins and impurities caused by over-indulgence. Pranayama cleanses and aerates the lungs, oxygenates the blood and purifies the nerves. But more important than the physical cleansing of the body is the cleansing of the mind of its disturbing emotions like hatred, passion, anger, lust, greed, delusion and pride.

 

Still more important is the cleansing of the intellect (buddhi) of impure thoughts. The impurities of the mind are washed off in the waters of bhakti (adoration). The impurities of the intellect or reason are burned off in the fire of svadhyaya (study of the Self). This internal cleansing gives radiance and joy. It brings benevolence (saumanasya) and banishes mental pain, dejection, sorrow and despair (daurmanasya). When one is benevolent, one sees the virtues in others and not merely their faults. The respect we show for another’s virtues makes us self-respecting as well and helps fight our own sorrows and difficulties. When the mind is lucid, it is easy to make it one-pointed (ekagra). With concentration, we obtain mastery over the senses (indriyajaya). Then we are ready to enter the temple of our own body and see our real self in the mirror of our mind.

 

‘Pure’ thoughts don’t have to mean ‘pure’ in the sense of strictly thinking only of ‘holy’, or what we might consider ‘pure’ thoughts – it just means not thinking badly! We each have a choice in how we act, and by directing our thoughts towards positivity, we can add positivity to our own lives and to the world around us.

 

This concept applies in virtually all of the yamas and niyamas; our minds are very powerful, and what we choose to do with them has the ability to make a big impact. An ‘impure’ thought might be judging someone else badly in your yoga class because they’re unable to ‘perform’ postures as well as everyone else. It might come in the form of judging yourself for not achieving a goal at work, or impurities might arise when we get angry, stressed, worried or fearful about a situation. Remember: where attention goes, energy flows. You have the power within your mind to think pure thoughts, and therefore influence more purity within and without you. If there’s a problem in the world that you genuinely can do nothing about, then worrying and getting angry isn’t going to help; instead, choose to meditate and send positive, pure thoughts towards the situation and add some goodness to the world.

 

 

Applying Saucha to our yoga practice

General considerations

Our environment often reflects our state of mind. You’ll probably identify with the fact that when your bedroom or home is messy, your mind can often feel a little messy and cluttered too. When we’re surrounded by a clean environment, however, with clear surfaces, possessions that we need – not possessions we’ve hoarded over the years and can’t bear to get rid of – and the sense of having space to breathe, then we’re likely to feel a whole lot better and clearer in our minds.

 

Not only does having a clean place to practise in and a clean mat to practise on feel good, it shows a sign of respect towards our practice. Wearing clean clothes, having a clean and – if possible – dedicated yoga space to practise in allows us to approach each session almost like a clean slate, without anything to grab our attention and set off the chattering mind.

 

It’s pretty obvious that bathing and showering is a good idea as part of your daily routine – not only does being clean keep us healthy outside and in, but cleanliness indicates self-respect. Indeed, you are not your body, but our yoga practice does happen in this body, and keeping it healthy and clean is a good way of respecting our practice.

 

Iyengar says, it is difficult to practise in a distant country (away from home), in a forest, in a crowded city, or where it is noisy. One should choose a place where food is easily procurable, a place which is free from insects, protected from the elements and with pleasing surroundings. The banks of a lake or river or the seashore are ideal. Such quiet ideal places are hard to find in modern times; but one can at least make a corner in one’s room available for practice and keep it clean, airy, dry and pest-free.

 

Yoga school specific considerations

No one likes getting a whiff of smelly feet or armpits, or any other bodily functions… Yes, yoga is about letting go, but it’s also about being aware; aware of our surroundings and aware of respecting others’ precious practice time! It’s always a good idea to come to class feeling fresh, and taking a shower before an evening class can even help to wash the day off us a little, allowing the stresses and strains of the work day to drain down the plug hole of the shower before heading out to our yoga class.

 

Applying Saucha to our everyday life

Besides purity of body, thought and word, pure food is also necessary. Apart from cleanliness in the preparation of food it is also necessary to observe purity in how we procure it.

 

Eating healthily and organically is considered ‘cleanest’ for us. If foods contain lots of preservatives, additives and pesticides, our bodies have to work hard to detoxify and eliminate these unnatural chemicals before even being able to absorb the goodness from what we eat and drink.

 

However, it isn’t always possible to eat organic or to consume entirely un-processed food and drink, and to be honest, we shouldn’t pressurise ourselves to stick rigidly to food rules anyway. But remember that ‘you are what you eat’, so the cleaner our food is, the cleaner we’re going to be inside and out. It’s just about having awareness of what we’re consuming, and making conscious choices to enable us to live healthier and happier.

 

Food, the supporting yet consuming substance of all life, is regarded as a phase of Brahman. It should be eaten with the feeling that with each morsel one can gain strength to serve the Lord. Then food becomes pure. Whether or not to be a vegetarian is a purely personal matter as each person is influenced by the tradition and habits of the country where you are born and grow up. But over time, the practitioner of yoga has to adopt a vegetarian diet, in order to attain one-pointed attention and spiritual evolution.

 

Food should be taken to promote health, strength, energy and life. It should be simple, nourishing, juicy and soothing. Avoid foods that are sour, bitter, pungent, burning, stale, tasteless, heavy and unclean.

 

Character is moulded by the type of food we take and by how we eat it. Humans are the only creatures that eat when not hungry and generally live to eat rather than eat to live. If we eat for flavours of the tongue, we overeat and so suffer from digestive disorders which throw our systems out of gear. The yogi believes in harmony and eats for the sake of sustenance only. Yogis do not eat too much or too little. They look upon their body as the rest-house of their spirit and guard against over-indulgence.

 

Saucha in the mind

Saucha includes outer purity of body as well as inner purity of mind.

 

Saucha, or holistic purity of the body, is considered essential for health, happiness and general well-being. External purity is achieved through daily ablutions, while internal purity is cultivated through physical exercises, including asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques). Along with daily ablutions to cleanse one’s body, the concept of Saucha suggests clean surroundings, along with fresh and clean food to purify the body. Lack of Saucha, such as letting toxins build up in the body, are a source of impurity.

 

Saucha goes beyond purity of body, and includes purity of speech and mind. Anger, hate, prejudice, greed, pride, fear, negative thoughts are a source of impurity of mind. The impurities of the intellect are cleansed through the process of self-examination, or knowledge of self (Adhyatma-Vidya). The mind is purified through mindfulness and meditation on one’s intent, feelings, actions and its causes.

 

Recommended reading
• BKS Iyengar’s Light on the Yoga Sutras.

Acknowledgements
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaucha
• https://www.ekhartyoga.com/articles/the-niyamas-bringing-saucha-into-your-life
• BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga.


 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Yoga Room Summer Yoga Intensive

When: 4th – 23th December, 2017
 
6–7.30am every day (except Sun 10th and 17th)

 

Where: Yoga Room, James Street, Burleigh Heads

 

Price: $295.

 

This intensive with Maurice will run for 18 days. Each 1.5 hour session will be designed to develop the concept of balance of body, mind and breath to the yoga practice. Experienced students and beginners alike will take their practice to a deeper level.

 

Click here for more details, or Email us. Or call 0431 837 244 if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Yoga Students “off the mat” – Featuring Sean Hancock

 

In this section of the newsletter, we introduce Yoga Room students and showcase some of the amazing things they do off the mat. We encourage you, where possible, to support their endeavours.

 

Sean Hancock, who in his ‘off the mat’ life runs Hancock Guitars, a family business building custom guitars, has been practising yoga now for three years and been a student of the Yoga Room for six months.

 

His journey with yoga began after he heard about all the benefits, such as flexibility, strength and relaxation. He had become tired of the gym routine and was looking for a different form of exercise.

 

Currently attending yoga classes around twice a week, Sean finds the biggest benefits to be around physical and mental relaxation. He often goes to a class feeling built-up tension from work and a busy life and after class, he feels more relaxed, has more energy and is physically and mentally more balanced.

 

Sean is one of that rare breed of native Gold Coasters and in his spare time, he enjoys the best of the Gold Coast offerings, the beach and surfing. He also likes going out for a coffee, and is an aficionado of the Game of Thrones.

 

Having previously attended a different studio, Sean found the benefits of Yoga Room classes suited him better. He feels he is learning a lot more about the practice, and making improvements with the guidance and personal advice about how he needs to improve his practice. “The difference is massive at the Yoga Room! I’m learning new things every session and the improvement in my practice, strength, flexibility and posture has been dramatic. I can see where I want to be and have a goal to work towards,” Sean said.

If you are thinking about buying a guitar, or you need your current one serviced or repaired, Hancock Guitars is worth a visit. They are a long-time Gold Coast business, established for 25 years. Apart from building custom guitars, they also do repairs and servicing of guitars.

 

Check out their website Hancock Guitars and Guitar tech.

 

Or the Facebook accounts associated with these.

 

You can contact Sean on mobile 0408 106 866

 

 

 

 

Patanjali Yoga Sutra of the month

 

Chapter 2 Verse 40
Saucat Svanga Jugupsa Parair Asamsargah||40||

 

Cleanliness of body and mind develops disinterest in contact with other for self-gratification.

BKS Iyengar. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Pg 145

 

 

 

Quote of the month

 

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”

George Bernard Shaw


Yoga Room Burleigh Heads
www.yogaroom.com.au

info@yogaroom.com.au
+61 438 837 244

August 2017

Namaste

 

Many thanks to Gulnaaz Dashti for her insight and wisdom in the workshop she conducted at the Yoga Room at the end of April.

 

The main article in this newsletter is the second in the series taking a deeper look at the yogic philosophy as outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We look at the three Yamas: Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (right use of energy) and Aparigraha (non-greed or non-hoarding).

 

There are limited spaces available for the Yoga Room Spring Yoga Intensive. If you are thinking of attending don’t leave it too late.

 

Enjoy the newsletter and keep practising.

Maurice

 

 

Contents:
Video of the Month – BKS Iyengar, Ultimate Freedom
Article of the Month – How yoga philosophy can be useful in our everyday lives: The eight limbs of yoga (Part 2)
Upcoming Events; Yoga Room Spring Yoga Intensive and Paul Watson English Channel Swim
Yoga Students “off the mat” – Damien
Patanjali Yoga Sutra of the month
Quote of the Month
Previous newsletters


 

 

 

Video of the Month: BKS Iyengar, Ultimate Freedom

Ultimate_freedom

This video of BKS Iyengar is definitely worth watching. It is in black and white and shot in 1976 at the YMCA in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It begins with a short, powerful introduction by Guruji on the physical, mental, and spiritual freedom yoga brings.

 

He then demonstrates various fundamental asana, along with some play-by-play commentary and exposition on proper alignment and form as well as on the therapeutic and anatomical benefits of the postures, delivered as he performs the poses.

 

 

 

 

Article of the Month – How yoga philosophy can be useful in our everyday lives: The eight limbs of yoga (Part 2)

 

To recap from the previous newsletter:

 

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

1 Yama (moral disciplines)
2 Niyama (rules of conduct)
3 Asana (poses or postures)
4 Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath)
5 Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
6 Dharana (concentration)
7 Dhyana (meditation)
8 Samadhi (absorption, spiritual enlightenment)

 

Growing off the mat as well as on it

Last month, we looked at the first two of the five Yamas, Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (truthfulness).

 

This month, we look at the remaining three Yamas: Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (right use of energy) and Aparigraha (non-greed or non-hoarding).

 

Asteya (non-stealing). The third Yama. What it means

Asteya means much more than not taking something that doesn’t belong to us. It implies not to steal, or cheat, or unethically manipulate for our own gain. Asteya goes beyond actions; it also implies not stealing through speech, writing, or even in our thoughts. Asteya arises out of the understanding that all misappropriation is an expression of a feeling of lack. To steal or want to steal expresses lack of faith in ourselves. In stealing from another, we are also stealing from our own potential to develop. Instead of seeking to fill our own emptiness, we look to take from another who we perceive as having what we lack.

 

Gandhi considered asteya as a human right to property without fear. In Gandhi’s view, asteya follows from ahimsa (non-violence), because stealing is a form of violence and injury to another.

 

Applying Asteya to our yoga practice

A feeling of not being good enough may propel us beyond healthy boundaries in our practice on the mat. By practising mindfully, we can learn to move towards how an asana feels rather than how it looks. This requires us being in the present moment, allowing ourselves to be open and accepting how our practice is at that moment. Our practice can then be defined not by the postures we are able to do, but by the awareness we bring to them.

 

Practising asteya on the mat involves not only us, but our fellow students in a class. The yoga room is a sacred space and for many, it may be the only place they can find peace. Arriving to the class on time, moving mindfully and quietly, not disturbing the peace of those already in the room—not stealing their peace—allows others to focus on whatever they need to at the time.

 

Applying Asteya to our everyday life

If the root cause of asteya is a feeling of lack, a feeling of ‘I’m not good enough’, and we believe that appropriating something belonging to someone else will satisfy this lack, then by practising the feeling that we do have enough and we are enough in ourselves, we can move towards achieving a feeling of satisfaction, ‘fullness’, wholeness and happiness.

 

Whenever those feelings of lack, want or desire arise, repeating the mantra ‘I am enough’ may help.

 

Brahmacharya (right use of energy). The fourth Yama. What it means

Brahmacharya literally means ‘going after Brahman (Supreme Reality, Self or God)’. It has been translated variously as ‘to walk with God’, ‘to move in truth’, ‘to merge with the one’.

 

The practice of brahmacharya is most often associated with celibacy, but there’s a lot more to it. Many spiritual traditions and religions have struggled with the dilemma of how to use sexual energy wisely. Practising brahmacharya means using our sexual energy to regenerate our connection to our spiritual self, not using it in any way that might harm another. Manipulating and using others sexually leads to pain, jealousy, attachment, resentment and hatred.

 

However, considering brahmacharya purely as energy, rather than specifically as sexual energy, it means merging our energy with ‘the one’. It means using our energies mindfully and wisely, and experiencing our interconnectedness with all life. Brahmacharya also implies moderation and balance—in our work, our play, our relationships with others, not forgetting our relationship with ourselves.

 

Applying Brahmacharya to our yoga practice

One way of practising brahmacharya on the mat is to set an intention at the beginning of our practice by identifying something in our life that feels out of balance—it may be finances, a relationship, our job, how we relate to food and exercise, or something else. Once we identify this, we can make a positive statement about bringing balance to it. For example, ‘I want more work/life balance’. During the class, we can then devote the energy of our yoga practice to making this intention a reality.

 

Again, practising brahmacharya involves leaving behind our thoughts of past and future, and giving our full attention to the present moment. By creating clear intentions while we practise, each breath brings us closer to experiencing those intentions in the world of form.

 

Applying Brahmacharya to our everyday life

Bahmacharya—right use of energy—is useful to consider in our everyday, often overly busy lives. There seems a societal expectation to always be busy, to always be doing. By becoming aware of this ‘doing for doing’s sake’ we can step back and think about the nature of what we’re doing, and whether all the activities we’re engaged in are using our energy in the best way for us. Indications of frenetic activity may be that we have little energy, little space to breathe, no time to stop and smell the flowers, to do things that are nourishing to our bodies and minds. By becoming aware of this, we can take the opportunity to spend a few moments a day to stop and breathe and find a little peace.

 

It is also useful to be aware of how we feel physically and energetically in certain situations. Some people may drag our energy down, while others make us light. This awareness helps us make choices about who we wish to spend our time with.

 

Aparigraha (non-greed or non-hoarding). The fifth Yama. What it means

Aparigraha often translates as ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, ‘non-attachment’. It refers to keeping the desire for possessions to what is necessary or important, depending on our life stage and context. It involves exercising self-restraint to avoid the greed and avarice of material gain through hurting, killing or destroying other life forms.

 

In exercising aparigraha, we demonstrate an awareness that in abstaining from appropriating objects, or even objectives, ‘just because’, we understand the disadvantages of their acquisition, maintenance and loss, our attachment to them, or our harming of them.

 

Applying Aparigraha to our yoga practice

In our competitive world, it may be a challenge for us not to compare our practice to that of the person on the mat beside us. We may lose sight of the reason we came to class. We lose focus. Our practice strays from connecting with ourselves and being present, to being ‘better’ than the person on the mat next to us, or pushing ourselves beyond what our body is ready for at the time. This is where ‘non-greed’ and ‘non-attachment’ come in.

 

It can be useful to shift our focus from ‘becoming’ something in our yoga practice to simply ‘being’ in it, enjoying the practice in and of itself, without forcing or pushing ourselves beyond our capabilities, or comparing ourselves to someone else. While progress in our practice is rewarding, it can be equally rewarding to let go of specific goals and simply enjoy the practice.

 

Applying Aparigraha to our everyday life

Some of the ways we can apply aparigraha involve the physical possessions we own, our food and our thoughts.
Hoarding material possessions may bring heaviness into our lives and an energetic ‘baggage’ of attachment to those possessions; we worry about losing them, we spend time maintaining them, all the while believing that these objects bring us happiness. We seldom need all these ‘things’ that surround us; by selling some of them or giving them to charity, we can lighten our load and live a less cluttered life, in home and in mind.

 

By applying aparigraha to our diets, we can be more aware of what and how much we eat, and learn not to be wasteful with food choices. Many of us in Australia are among the small percentage of the world’s population fortunate enough to have sufficient to eat. What we can learn is to acknowledge when we have had enough. We can also learn to buy only what we need so that we do not waste food.

 

Finally, by practising ‘non-hoarding’ in our thoughts, we can experience the happiness and joy of the changing situations in our life—a new relationship, a new project, a trip overseas—and enjoy each experience fully and completely in that moment, without projecting ourselves into the future and becoming anxious about what will happen when the situation is over. Just as summer becomes autumn becomes winter which turns into spring, so our life situations go through constant flux. By accepting this and not ‘hoarding’ these experiences, we can appreciate a feeling of freedom not available to us when we try to hang onto those situations.

 

Ultimately, aparigraha is about letting go.

 

Recommended reading
• BKS Iyengar’s Light on the Yoga Sutras.

Acknowledgements
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteya
• https://www.ekhartyoga.com/articles/the-yamas-asteya-non-stealing
• http://lorienyoga.com/brahmacharya-and-the-quest-for-balance/
• https://www.ekhartyoga.com/articles/the-yamas-brahmacharya-right-use-of-energy
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aparigraha
• https://www.ekhartyoga.com/articles/aparigraha-practicing-non-attachment


 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Yoga Room Spring Yoga Intensive

When: 11th – 30th September, 2017
 
6–7.30am every day (except Sun 17th and 24th)

 

Where: Yoga Room, James Street, Burleigh Heads

 

Price: $295.

 

This intensive with Maurice will run for 18 days. Each 1.5 hour session will be designed to introduce and develop the concept of balance of body, mind and breath to the yoga practice. Experienced students and beginners alike will honor the balance of excitement and calm, inner stillness and dynamic motion, activity and acceptance.

 

Click here for more details, or Email us. Or call 0431 837 244 if you have any questions.

 

Paul Watson, English Channel Swim


 

Paul Watson is about to swim the icy waters of the English Channel to help raise awareness of the disastrous problem of Domestic Violence in Australia.

 

Visit the everydayhero website to help support this worthy cause..

 

 

 

 

 

Our Yoga Students “off the mat” – Featuring Damien

 

In this section of the newsletter, we introduce Yoga Room students and showcase some of the amazing things they do off the mat. We encourage you, where possible, to support their endeavours.

 

Damien started practising yoga at the Yoga Room in June 2016. It was the first time he had ever done yoga. “I’ve just done my eighty-fifth class,” he said recently. “I said I’d give myself a year and do a hundred classes after I had two disks in my neck replaced with synthetic disks. They spontaneously collapsed in April 2016. After surgery, I was going to rehab and I didn’t enjoy it at all so the physio suggested I try yoga. And it’s gone from there.” Damien currently averages around two classes a week and plans to continue with yoga after he reaches the hundredth class.

 

Damien has discovered tremendous benefits from yoga, after having led a strenuously physical life. He spent thirteen years in the Melbourne police force. “It was a hard life physically. We had no physios, you just put up with the injuries and kept going.” Since starting yoga, he has noticed a myriad of benefits, from sleep improvement, a decrease in nerve pain (which he experienced for years, even before the collapse of the disks in his neck), improved movement, and less stiffness and pain.

 

His life has improved so much through the practice of Iyengar yoga that he does around forty-five minutes a day practice at home, including on the days he goes to class. He has even set up ropes at home, and uses other props as well to support him during his practice.

 

Born and raised in Melbourne, Damien only moved to the Gold Coast a couple of years ago. He initially came here on business, loved it and stayed. Now, he splits his time between here and Melbourne, where he owns a business, a compliance and R& D test laboratory. They test ballistics products such as vehicles, bullet-proof vests, cockpit doors, and red light cameras for defence, police forces, manufacturers of ballistics products, and most governments around the world. Damien also owns a cattle farm outside of Melbourne and goes there to work on the farm as often as he can.

 

In his spare time, he enjoys the beach life, swimming, running, and playing AFL. He loves reading, mainly biographies, likes rock bands, and is an avid listener of talkback radio.

 

 

 

 

Patanjali Yoga Sutra of the month

 

Chapter 2 Verse 38
brahmacaryaprati??h?y?? v?ryal?bha?38||

 

When the sadhaka is firmly established in continence, knowledge, vigour, valour and energy flow to him.

BKS Iyengar. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Pg 143

 

 

 

Quote of the month

 

“Energy is a bit like money: if you have a positive balance, you can distribute it in various ways, but according to the classical laws that were believed at the beginning of the century, you weren’t allowed to be overdrawn.”

Stephen Hawking


Yoga Room Burleigh Heads
www.yogaroom.com.au

info@yogaroom.com.au
+61 438 837 244