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.
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.
ALL LEVELS WELCOME
This class covers the 5 Animal form Qi (or Chi) Gong. This is a fun playful health form for all ages and all levels of fitness and well-being.
These practices have been used to heal many diseases over the years and can be adjusted to suit your body and cater to injury or ongoing health problems and can be adjusted to aid the healing recovery of whichever disease pattern is bothering you.
You will be introduced to the meditation practices of ancient Chinese Daoism that heal the body mind and spirit; then we will enter into the practice of the 5 animal forms that have been passed down for the 1700 years.
You will learn the forms of the Tiger, the Deer, the Bear, the Monkey & the Crane and begin to understand and experience these movements in terms of the Chinese medicine Meridian theory and the five-element theory that underpin Chinese medicine and its longevity practices as well as receive an introduction to Daoist breathing and meditation.
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.
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, Chiropactor 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. Casual classes are $22, Term 2 2018 special bulk buy $180 for 10 classes, usually $200. Introduction to Yoga 7-week course is $245 and Meditation 7-week course is $245. We now have a $50 2-week unlimited class special for first time students once only until July 31 2018.