Yoga is an ancient discipline that uses physical exercises, proper breathing, mental focus and conscious awareness to bring about a harmonious body and mind.
Practised properly, yoga can help you develop strength and flexibility, release stress, alleviate structural pain (such as knees, back, neck), feel more calm and centred, regain vitality and interest in life.
We offer a range of styles and class levels to suit students ranging from beginners to experienced practitioners and teachers.
The centre offers you multi-level classes while blending a diversity of styles from the foremost exponents in the world. Whether itís the preciseness and awareness of B.K.S Iyengar, the powerful dynamics of Ashtanga Vinyasa taught by Pattabhi Jois, or the timeless wisdom passed down to them both by Krishnamacharya that you are looking for, youíll find it here at the Gold Coast Yoga Centre.
For further information read our article What is Yoga?
The Yoga Space
The Yoga space is an open room with heaters and air conditioning where appropriate. Yoga equipment for use includes mats, straps, blocks, blankets, sand bags and eye bags. There is a large car park & ample street parking with night lighting.
We offer a variety of classes, over several levels, from beginners to advanced, to suit many individual needs.
Beginners Classes (1 hr)
For those with little or no experience of yoga; or with an injury or condition that requires an easy pace and support.
Gentle and informative.
Minimum 6 classes recommended, or feel welcome to stay at this level for as long as you like.
Level 1 (1.5 hrs)
For those with a little yoga behind them who
wish to progress at their own pace. Modifications given in class to accomodate differing needs.
Well rounded practice with no inversions or full back-bends.
Basically a Level 1 class with some options included for Level 2 students to practice more advanced postures.
Level 2 (1.5 hrs)
Experienced students only. For those who wish
to go deeper and are able to self-observe
For students of any tradition or level to attend and work at their own pace with teachers assistance, if you don't have or know a sequence then one will be provided. read more and see some photos
Led - The Primary series - A dynamic and challenging sequence of postures linked with the breath.
Second Series Led - Even more advanced sequence than Primary. For students with at least one year experience of Ashtanga Primary series or equivalent level of practice. Speak to one of our teachers if you are interested in attending. Held on the first Friday of each month in the 10.30am class.
Meditation Classes (1.5 hrs)
Taking Yoga to a deeper level expanding consciousness
& deepening tranquillity.
Meditation is essential for all people to realise peacefulness and serenity,rather than the turbulence of emotional cycles, addictive behaviour and non-virtuous actions. Beginners Welcome.
Private sessions are designed for specific injury and disease states. All inner/jury and dis/ease states can be transcended if you have the commitment.
Individual sessions are also utilized by anyone who wishes more individual progression and adjustment within their practice. Times and practices are tailored to suit your needs. Pregnancy workouts available. Read more
Guest workshops each year are provided to inspire and deepen your understanding on a regular basis.
Visiting teachers are welcome to contact us, in advance, to apply to run workshops.
Yoga has so much to offer:
Link to "What is Yoga" Article
I just wanted to dash off a quick note to compliment all of the Gold Coast Yoga teachers for exceptional teaching and life guidance in general, but in particular I wanted to say Danny keeps a great balance between calmness and playfulness, and is super at giving hints about things to think about as we adjust our postures. Danny's early morning classes are always a great way to start the day!
"I'm getting younger not older with yoga!" John, a young 67
Norma, 71, says:
I'm now 71 years old and more than happy to remain in Level 1 under Danny's guidance as I am keen to improve my poses and breathing.
It's true my friends often comment on my energy and ease of movement compared to theirs and I know this is entirely due to my Yoga classes. I am now comfortable in poses I never dreamed I would be able to achieve when I started at age 65 and with Danny's encouragement I think I am continuing to improve. He has been introducing me to more difficult poses. e.g. full back bends and I am enjoying the challenge.
I value the quality of life that Yoga gives me and I think I will no longer have "birthdays" just "Yoga bonus years".
Chris Garret, surfer, says:
"yoga has me surfing like a grommet again. it's also really good for helping to prevent injuries and recover more quickly"
Stina, new mum:
I had my mind set on an intervention free birth, so that was what I got, it took 26 hours and it was the most excrutiating pain ever (but all worth it in the end, quite an amazing feeling when done!) My yoga breathing did certainly come in handy and I used it throughout labour, ( maybe not in the end, the pain was to unbearable then, just focused on surviving by then:) ). I was squatting or standing up rolling the hips while having the contractions and that really helped too. I am so thankful for yoga, felt fine the day after labour, and I went home within 48 hours. I lost all pregnancy weight except for a couple of kilos within a week, and I am pretty sure that's all thanks to yoga.
On 4th September 2003 I turned 40yrs old and was attending kick boxing classes, boxing circuits, deep water running, lifting weights, swimming training and personal training sessions, sounds exhausting. I asked myself a question, to what age can I sustain this and why?????? Also my councillor (obviously I needed one) told me I was too much in my head and needed to get out of my head and into my body, so do yoga. This of course sounded like a challenge.
Early in December 2003 I found myself at the GCYC in one of Marks Ashtanga classes, talk about throwing oneself into the deep end but what would you expect from an adrenalin junkie.
Much has changed in my life thanks to all the most precious (jewels) teachers at the yoga centre. I canít express in words how I feel about them all, except to say they have touched me and will remain in my heart for eons.
From practising yoga I have been able to access and fully acknowledge the meaning of Body, Mind and Spirit. When I started I had all of these goals to reach but through the years I have come to realise that there is no goal to achieve but that the journey of body, mind and sprit is the goal. My body is softer, mind is stiller, and spirit is freer.
They say that the one thing all people want is happiness and peace, and I am touching on that more every day, and this would not have been possible without yoga in my life. This is something I can do until I leave this body. In a nutshell, step out of the mind and into the body and you will touch the divine within and truly be at home.
Namaste Paula ( Lozang Jhampa) HUM MANY PADME HUM
Read Ben's article on Yoga Therapy and Dermatomyositis
My Experience as a Yoga Teacher Trainee
by Sam Trueman
I think everyone at some time needs to walk the path of self discovery, it will be different for each person and some may never walk this path, and that is ok, but I think when you get fed up with the suffering inside yourself and the suffering in the world, you look for something else, another way, and my way was through becoming a Yoga Teacher. I am not telling you to all rush out and become Yoga Teachers, this was just how I began to find myself.
In the beginning, of course, I did not realize that this was what I would be doing, I thought it sounded pretty cool, to be a Yoga Teacher, you know, learn a few poses and sun salutations and that would be about it, a piece of cake, I thought it would be simple. I really think I was pretty naive coming into this traineeship, I don't think I could even begin to fathom where it would take me.
Now that I look back over the last 14 months, it has taken me on a totally different path, actually seeing what I have hidden for so many years in the deepest, darkest places of my body, but the most important thing was that I was not even aware of it. I thought I was the happiest, sweetest person going, I had no problems or issues that needed to be looked at, but little did I know after practicing 6 days a week, every single day on my yoga mat, uncomfortable feelings just kept rising to the surface. I thought I was going a bit crazy, I had never felt these kind of feelings before, yoga is supposed to be fun, I don't want these "icky" feelings, I thought the best thing to do would be to push them away, it is "totally interfering" with my yoga practice. Again, little did I know that these were the feelings that needed to be looked at, all these feelings I had suppressed for so many years were all kept away in my muscles waiting to resurface. It took me quite some time to be comfortable, and trust me it is still really tough, I have by no means perfected this, it is an ongoing process I think throughout life, feeling each moment and being ok with whatever arises and not suppressing how you feel.
That may sound easy, but it has been my toughest and biggest challenge. Looking at these sensations and feelings and then trying to be ok with them and all this while practicing yoga. The thing is now that you are aware of yourself and feelings, it is a constant process in every moment on and off the mat. I know it probably sounds all a bit daunting and even overwhelming, which it can be at times. Beginning this teacher traineeship has been the best thing I have ever done and I know that without Yoga I would never have looked within myself to see who I really was. It's also very reassuring and comforting being within a centre of people who are all going through the same thing, so you are never alone. My teachers and fellow trainees have been great, always there to talk to and help you through every situation. I always try and reassure myself that it is never as bad as it seems and it is never too difficult if you only allow yourself to be open to any situation and if you are confused, to ask someone for help.
We are drawing to the end of the traineeship, but I know it is only the beginning. I have learnt so much in the last 14 months about myself and yoga but also at the same time I have let go of a lot as well, so I guess there is that constant balance running through your life at all times.
So I guess all I am trying to say is that it's all about starting to tell yourself "no more games, no more masks" it's about being "real" in every moment with yourself and the people around you and I know that the relationship I have with myself, family and friends is a lot more honest and fulfilling.
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