Located opposite Lake Weeroona in Bendigo. Gentle Spirit Yoga is a little oasis where you can experience the benefits of holistic gentle practices in a supportive & nurturing environment in order to Restore Balance Within.
Enjoy a gentle, nurturing style of Yoga with a holistic approach. I offer a blend of many years of experience practicing Hatha and Satchidananda Yoga to create a Holistic Gentle Yoga providing nourishment for your body, mind and spirit.
Explore Yoga within a supportive and nurturing environment. Relax and quiet your mind, while gently strengthening your body. Feeling nourished, balanced and most importantly restored.
Experience gentle, strengthening postures (asana), meditation and the power of the breath to calm your nervous system relieving anxiety and stress.
Yoga is a journey to reconnect with that spark of divinity within you. The deepest longing of your Soul. It’s what often gets lost and forgotten as a result of our busy lives as we are so busy ‘doing’ and not ‘Being.’ Yoga isn’t something that you do, Yoga is an experience, a way of being. ‘Yoga’ is the feeling the practice creates within you! Yoga is union between body, mind and spirit to establish inner peace, balance, connection, calm, quiet…
Your yoga practice (which includes meditation, as meditation is a part of yoga not separate) gives you the tools to connect to these feelings as part of your daily life.
I love to explore different ways to meditate. And to challenge the set way meditation is perceived. I am here to encourage you to practice a daily meditation through exploration of your body and the senses in various forms. To find what best suits you. We will do this through various techniques such as with the sound and vibration of crystal singing bowls, the rhythm and vibration of the tanpura (Indian instrument) to restore and balance your energy and the soft, gentle beat of the buffalo drum to ground you and Koshi chimes, mantra, breath, movement and body awareness. Meditation can be a formal practice or simply being mindful as you move throughout your day. Meditation isn’t about stopping the mind chatter it’s about being where you are, present, aware and awake through observation, acceptance and surrender.
‘Peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way’Swami Vishnu Devananda
Firstly, my name is pronounced as Gwinn (the ‘y’ has an ‘i’ sound as in ‘win’ and yes it’s Welsh).
My yoga journey began in the early nineties, which now seems like a life time ago (I suddenly feel older). There are many yoga traditions, but I felt a deep connection to the spiritual tradition of Satchidananda Yoga where I have spent many years in practice. It was here and with the guidance of my wonderful yoga teacher that I discovered mantra, chanting and the tanpura (Indian instrument) and crystal singing bowls. And that sound and vibration have such personal healing potential.
I have always been a quiet, spiritual person and the more I practiced yoga the more connected I felt. With life’s ups and downs yoga became the stability I needed to learn how to cope. When I feel anxious I know I can pause and be fully present with the feeling and breathe through the discomfort and fear. Yoga has supported me through stress, depression, death, loss and grief as well as many other challenges and will continue to do so.
Yoga also brings me great joy. Joy in feeling connected to Spirit/Self.
Far from perfect, my life is a work in progress. I love the quote ‘Life is a journey, not a destination’. Everyday offers the opportunity to learn and grow and to also begin again. Yoga offers the chance to start anew with the skills learned through practice. Yoga teaches you to let go of what no longer serves you. Yoga is a way of life and one that I am passionate about sharing. Another favourite quote is ‘I am the peace I seek’ we just need to quiet the monkey mind and ground the body to connect to Spirit/Self that calm quiet place within.
Love & blessings, Gwynn xo
Diploma of Yoga Teaching – Victorian Institute of Yoga Education and Teacher Training (VIYETT)
Advanced Certificate in Guiding and Teaching Meditation – Australian Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness (ACMM)