Class Information

Classes can be booked by contacting me, all the details are below. Please take the time to read all the information. Thank you for your support.

Yoga & meditation: 90min

A holistic and gentle class for women. Breathe, move and meditate with me through the exploration of pranayama, asana and meditation under the guidance of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. I believe that we are all seeking some sort of connection and that can only be discovered by looking within. Yoga is the practice of mindfulness experienced through observation, acceptance and surrender. It’s not always easy to let go, but we must learn to so we can continue to grow and blossom. It’s about accessing that quiet stillness that we each hold within us that can sometimes be elusive and challenging to experience. It’s learning to question everything with a loving and open acceptance and compassion. Yoga is a holistic spiritual practice that encompasses body, mind and spirit creating union. Holistic gentle yoga and meditation for women is a journey of Self discovery, nourishment and renewal to restore balance within. A very popular part of the class ranging between 20 – 30 minutes duration. In Meditation you will be guided to lay on your back in Shavasana, snuggled under a blanket or shawl with an eye pillow draped over your eyes (optional). Where you will be taken on a journey to the place between breath where all is quiet and still. Where you become the witness, the observer of your experience. Relaxing body and mind while encompassing Spirit. Surrendering into Being. You will need to bring a mat, blanket or shawl, eye pillow (option).

Class available in-studio or on Zoom:

  • Wednesday:
    • 9.30am
  • Thursday:
    • 9.00am
  • Saturday:
    • 9.00am
  • Cost:
    • 10 week term: $200.00
    • Casual: $25.00

Mantra meditation: 60min

Meditation through body connection and awareness and the exploration of mantra, it’s meaning and chanting together (japa). It’s a great opportunity to explore the sound and vibration of this wonderful practice and to open to receiving the benefits that mantra has to offer. No experience is necessary and no singing ability required (I can’t sing, so you won’t be alone). This is a seated class. There are many ways you can sit to support your body – cross legged, legs out in front of you and leaning against a wall. Another option is bringing a folding chair or stool if you are unable to sit comfortably on the floor. It’s about finding the right position for you to support your body. A gentle rocking motion also offers support for your back and movement of energy within your body. You will need to bring a cushion or blanket to sit on and a drink bottle.

Class available in-studio:

  • Friday: 9.00am
    • 30th April
    • 28th May
    • 25th June
  • Cost:
    • 3 classes: $60.00
    • Casual: $25.00

Singing bowl sound meditation: 60min

Close your eyes and surrender to shavasana (laying down) to be swept away on a meditative journey of exploration of your body and the senses through sound and vibration. I use a variety of instruments to create a sound bath for the senses. Along with my beautiful set of quartz crystal singing bowls I like to blend the gentle melody of the Koshi chime and the grounding beat of the buffalo drum. You will need a mat to lay on, blanket or shawl and eye pillow (optional). The sound bath is a special and beautiful experience and can be deeply moving on many levels.

Class available in-studio:

  • Friday: 9.00am
    • 14th May
    • 11th June
  • Cost per class: $25.00

Private session: 60min

Private sessions are a great way to personalise and strengthen your yoga and or meditation practice and to address any concerns or needs that you may have such as breathing practices, learning to meditate or deepening your meditation through inquiry and exploring postures (asana). Private sessions are available in-studio and on Zoom. Please give me a call to discuss your needs so together we can create a session/s and book a time that suits you.

  • Availability:
    • By appointment Monday – Saturday
  • Contact Gwynn to book a time:
    • M: 0409970379
    • E: gwynn@gentlespirityoga.com.au
  • Cost: $60.00 1:1

Participating, when & where:

  • Term 1: 23/01/21 – 01/04/21 (10 weeks)
  • Term 2: 21/04/21 – 26/06/21 (10 weeks)
  • Term 3: 10/07/21 – 18/09/21 (10 weeks) NB: No class Saturday 04/09/21
  • Term 4: 06/10/21 – 15/12/21 (10 weeks) NB: No class Wednesday 27/10/21

The yoga studio is situated at 294A Napier Street, Bendigo, opposite Lake Weeroona, (down the service road behind Bendigo Animal Hospital). For online participants, please make sure you have access to the Zoom platform.

Book a class:

  • Please contact Gwynn to check availability and book classes.
    • M: 0409970379
    • E: gwynn@gentlespirityoga.com.au
    • Payment for your class is required as part of the booking process. Account details are supplied with your booking.
    • Please provide me with your mobile and email so I am able to contact you with class information.
    • Classes are valid for the current term only.
    • Classes can be joined at any time during the term. Please contact me to establish the weeks remaining and cost.
  • Important information:
    • As a bonus for all bookings an audio recording of a meditation for you to keep will be emailed to you each week. I recommend saving them to a file for future use.
    • Yoga classes are recorded so if you are unable to attend in-studio or on Zoom a recording of a class can be emailed to you and are available for viewing for a limited time.
    • In-studio classes can attend on Zoom if you are unwell or unable to come into the studio.
    • I would be grateful if you could provide me with 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend class as this helps me with preparation and planning.

Zoom classes:

Zoom classes are run side by side in-studio classes. Attending on Zoom enables you to still enjoy your yoga and meditation and catch up with our wonderful community in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Set the mood with a candle and some soft music in a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed. Grab your mat and a blanket and whatever else you need (check the ‘what you will need’ list at the bottom of the page) and enjoy some personal time to restore balance within.

Who is the class for?

I have designed the classes to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women, to be energising, nourishing and restorative. Through the practice of Pranayama (breathing techniques), Asana (postures) and Meditation, balance is restored within. If a posture is challenging for someone I will always seek to provide modification where possible to suit the needs of the individual. Where modification is unsuitable you will be encouraged to use visualisation. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. There are no pre-requisites to join a class as they are suitable for ladies who are beginners, familiar or experienced in the practice of yoga and meditation. The advantage of a small class (limited to six) is I am able to be mindful of each individual supporting you to feel part of the group. Together we care and support each other. It really is a class you can let go and relax.

About Meditation:

Meditation is the practice of remaining present with whatever arises within as the observer. Through accepting and allowing the present moment to unfold with a gentle awareness without resistance or grasping. To be aware of thoughts coming and going and noticing when your mind has pulled you out of awareness and into the story. To meditate is to sit in the essence of who you are warts and all with love and compassion. It is said that prayer is talking to God/Spirit/Universe and that meditation is listening. It’s time to hear the whispers of your heart.

There are many ways to meditate. Within the studio I offer meditation in the form of relaxation at the end of yoga. There is also the moving meditation of the postures (asana). As well as the sound and vibration of the singing bowls and mantra. Yoga Nidra is also another form of meditation and relaxation practice that promotes the withdrawal of the senses (Pratyahara) from external stimuli to maintain a quiet stillness within while our consciousness remains alert through concentration (Dharana), known as the state between sleep and wakefulness. This promotes a deep state of physical, mental and emotional relaxation within the body and mind, leaving you feeling calm, refreshed and mentally alert. Known as the yogic sleep, a twenty minute Yoga Nidra is said to be equivalent to two hours sleep.

Class etiquette:

  • Covid-19 protocol is to be followed at all times, including social distancing and hand washing/sanitising.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering the room.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfume in the studio due to allergies and sensitivities.
  • Yoga is a personal journey, so please be respectful and mindful of others in the class. The class is not suitable for children, please make arrangements for their care.
  • Please ensure your mobile is set to ‘do not disturb’ or better still, don’t have it with you.
  • Whether online or in-studio, allow yourself enough time to be settled and that you have everything that you need before the class begins.
  • If the class has begun, please enter quietly so as not to disturb anyone.

Disclaimer:

When booking a class with Gentle Spirit Yoga you acknowledge and accept responsibility for your own wellbeing and health. You agree to take full responsibility for not exceeding your limits and for any injury or discomfort. You agree to practice Ahimsa – do no harm to self or others. You agree to consult your doctor with any concerns prior to commencing. You agree to not partake in any practice not considered suitable for your current state of health or mind.