Yoga at Fairfield Wellness - for Mind, Body & Spirit
QI GONG & PILATES
Yoga at Fairfield Wellness includes a variety of classes, including yoga, qi gong and pilates.
Our yoga styles include Gitahatha yoga, restorative yoga, slow flow or vinyasa flow yoga and yin yoga. Our classes integrate stretching, physical postures, relaxation, breathing exercises, concentration, inward focus and philosophy.
Please note our yoga studio is upstairs. We also have far infrared heat panels which we use for gentle heating in winter.
Casual classes $22
Bulk buy 10 classes for $100 (please note that 10 class passes expire 6 months after date of purchase)
Taster $25 for 2 weeks unlimited (expires 2 weeks after first class) for all classes on the timetable (does not include courses)
Please note we supply all mats, blankets, bolsters, and blocks
Please note all classes resume from Mon 4 February 2019
ALL LEVELS WELCOME
In this class we will utilize the powerful 5000year old Chinese arts of Qi Gong (Energy Building exercises) to enhance health and well-being.
Using gentle rhythmic movements we both strengthen and tone the body.
These exercises can be used to promote longevity and enhance the wellness of your body mind and spirit.
This system is a form of moving meditation and has health benefits for chronic back issues and joint mobility problems. It also enhances blood circulation and has been shown relieve the effects of stress, high blood pressure and hypertension.
We are happy to cater and adjust the exercises to help you at whatever level of health and wellbeing you are at.
Each lesson we will cover the basics of Qi Gong breathing and mindfulness, then the gentle body conditioning and flowing coordinated exercises that promote healthly circulation of blood and Qi through the blood vessels and Meridian system. Then we will finish with some Daoist internal alchemy exercises (Dao Yin) to promote internal health and harmony of the Shen (Heart Spirit). This is a fantastic opportunity to try the health benefits of Qi Gong and also have an ongoing class in which to grow and develop your knowledge.
Below is teacher Allen Crosson performing the Monkey Form of the 5 Animal Forms
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness"- Joseph Pilates
With a focus on the breath and flow, Pilates exercises relieve stress, soothe aches and pains and increase your postural and muscular awareness, both inside the studio and the minute you step out of it.
Mat Pilates is a way to stretch and strengthen your body with a key focus on the muscles of the core-both the lower back as well as the abdominal region. With regular practice you can expect a strong lengthened spine with a healthy posture, increased flexibility and muscle tone, increased breath awareness and improved focus and concentration. Each class will work to balance all muscle groups ensuring that there is symmetry in the body.
Classes blend the Classical Pilates Method with exercise variations / modifications for beginners or for those with physical limitations. Mat Pilates is a challenging yet safe method to sculpt your body and to feel increased agility in your every day movements.
Yoga and Meditation are transformational processes for the mind, body and spirit.
Gita Hatha Yoga
The Gita Hatha Yoga classes consist of the following:
Stretching and limbering
A breathing exercise
10 postures or asanas that focus on the endocrine glands
In the West, yoga has come to mean physical practice or asana as a main focus, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
This is a minimalist practice that uses props to support the body. It is sometimes called an embodied Meditation practice.
It facilitates ease and comfort, relaxation & health
It is for all levels of ability and all states of health
Restorative poses are adapted to the student rather than the student adapting themselves to the poses
It's great if you feel tired or exhausted or you have an injury
It is about opening not stretching
We currently run Restorative Yoga in Melbourne Wednesday nights at 6.30pm.
This style of yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues) and the fascia that covers the body; this yoga is to help regulate the flow of energy in the body.
Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, and is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. Postures are generally held for three to five minutes, trying to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia.
Many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine). As we focus on increasing our flexibility in the body and the mind Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility.
A great yoga for both active and non-active people who really need to work into the fascia, muscles and down towards the bone.
This intimate practice of yoga requires students to be ready to get reacquainted with the self, with feelings, sensations, and emotions.
Slow Flow Yoga
Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga classes are a balanced fusion of pranayama, asana, mantra and meditation and are suitable for beginner and intermediate Yogis.
We currently run Slow Flow yoga on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am and Sunday at 5pm
Through a complete practice of yoga, you:
Expand your awareness
Find deeper meaning in life
Get an overview or bigger perspective on world events
Develop tools, techniques and strategies to deal with life’s challenges
And learn how to make a significant contribution to the people in your life
You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga because yoga is so much more than simply twisting the body into really difficult postures. It is about developing inner poise and outer poise – the physical postures are one of the ways we use to start to do this.
In order to achieve this poise or balance we need to practice all the parts or limbs of yoga – that is, we practice ethics in our daily lives; learn how to control the breath because this helps us to maintain our energy levels and emotional equilibrium; we withdraw the senses inwardly so we have quiet time, to make us aware of our internal landscape and its effect on ourselves and others.
So ultimately in our yoga practice we develop physical poise, a steady emotional response, and a still mind. All of which enables us to make the life a living meditation.
The Director of Fairfield Wellness, Dr Elena Bacash, Chiropractor has been involved in yoga since 1998 and completed her Gita Yoga teacher training in 2001.
She wanted to create a yoga space where everyone feels welcome no matter what their physical ability, age or experience.
About the Yoga Classes
Our class sizes are small, around 10 people so that the teachers are able to give students the attention they need and tailor classes accordingly.
Classes can be attended on a casual basis or by buying bulk.
If you would like to have a taster of all of the classes, we run a $25 for 2 week unlimited offer for first time students only.
Casual classes are $22
Special bulk buy $100 for 10 classes
Introduction to Yoga 7-week course is $199 and Meditation 7-week course is $199.