Classes, Workshops and Events

Bija Yoga Tasmania offers regular workshops and events including retreats. We highlight many teachers and facilitators with various skills that come from the local region as well as from overseas. 
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Prenatal Yoga

at Rachel's home in Latrobe Tas

WEDNESDAYS 

from 5.45 - 7pm

Classes run weekly, each week the session differs slightly but we revisit key aspects of yoga that support pregnancy and birth. To obtain the greatest benefits from your yoga, it’s recommended to attend as many weeks as you can throughout your pregnancy, this will allow the practices to really sink in and become part of your wellness tool kit.

 

The series will include the practices of: 
~ yoga asana (poses)

~ pranayama (breathing techniques)

~ meditation (mindful focus & visualization)
 

Pregnancy can be a time of great change, whether this is your first pregnancy or not. Each person and each pregnancy can be vastly different, and the actual experience of pregnancy may not match what we expect or what we have experienced before. And this is before we even navigate the transformations of labour and the fourth trimester!

In these practices we play with various tools of yoga so we can better connect with our physical body, breath, mind, inner wisdom & sense of bliss. With the aim of improving your experience of pregnancy as well as give you tools to come back to during labour and post-partum.

Here are just a few of the benefits of yoga practice during pregnancy:

  • Improves awareness of breath, greater awareness of breath may be useful during pregnancy for managing anxiety, stress, and to aid in relaxation. Awareness and practice of control of the breath is immensely powerful in pain management in general, but particularly for pain management during birth.

  • Yoga asana practice during pregnancy can help improve general fitness and promote health during pregnancy and birth. Practices like restorative yoga and yoga nidra can be useful in reducing stress and promoting relaxation by working on the nervous system and hormonal system. Whilst more active hatha practices can help in strengthening the physical body and cardiovascular system. Generally, what is good for Mum is good for Baby.

  • Regular yoga practice can help support emotional wellbeing which is always important but can be increasingly so throughout pregnancy. Yoga can help Mum to have a positive pregnancy experience and to see pregnancy as a sacred and special time, as well as aid in being able to healthily sit with and process those experiences that are not so positive. Yoga can help Mum to find a better connection to her body and honour its ability to grow and nourish another human being, which can enhance and help cultivate self-love.

 

Classes are suitable from 12 weeks until birth and each Mumma will be cared for and given direction suited to where they’re at in their pregnancy.

 

Please ensure to check with your Midwife/Dr if you have any conditions (pregnancy related or pre-existing) before beginning your yoga practice. Rach will also need to know of any conditions so that appropriate guidance and care can be given. This applies from when you sign up as well as throughout your practices with us. We aim to support your health rather than harm it and to do this we need to be made aware of potential issues.

 

Investment:

$18 per class

 
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Ayurveda & Yoga Workshop: The Sister Sciences

with Holli 

 

March 20, 2022

Sunday and Recordings

8am - 11am

 

Followed by 3 recorded practices

6 hrs

Online

Have you ever wondered what kind of yoga is best for you?

What should you do for your body-type, your personality and to help balance your energy?

 

This workshop will explain the ways to practice yoga that will create the most balance for your constitution and give you the tools to know and implement the needed practices.  

The five elements form an ancient and significant bond between yoga and the philosophical underpinnings of the Indian Medical System, Ayurveda.

So we will explore how these elements live in us and how Yoga and Ayurveda come together to address long lasting health in our body and energy.

 

We will first explore this knowledge in theory with a 3 hour online workshop.

If you would like to explore more through practice the workshop is followed by 3 recorded practices to embody this theory and knowledge.

 

Investment

For the workshop:

Price $45 AUD , $30 USD

 

 

 

For following practices:

Price $45 AUD, $30 USD 

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

 
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Salute the Sun

with Jen 

Saturday March 19, 2022

9am - 12pm

 

3 hrs

Hobart Breathing Space

 

Explore how you can connect with the sun’s energy with Sun Salutations suitable for your body and current ability. Where there is a will there is always a way to salute the sun. 

 

This clinic is designed to help you move freely, more effectively and safely through your Sun Salutes at home and in classes!

 

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) requires an awareness of your body and the flow of your own breath.  This clinic is designed for those who would like to break down the movements, explore modifications and learn techniques to ensure safety and ease while connecting to the energy of the sun.

Jen provides a safe and supportive environment for students to explore their relationship with yoga, their practice, to try new things, heal and grow.

Working with the energies of the sun and moon, the seasons and the wheel of the year festivals to connect with nature are Jen’s passion.

Suitable for beginners and for those wishing to advance their practice and technique.

 

Investment $45 AUD 

 

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

Book Salute the Sun & Conjure the Moon together & Save

 
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Conjure the Moon

with Jen 

 

Saturday March 19,  2022

1.30pm - 4.30pm

 

 3 hrs

Hobart Breathing Space

 

You may have experienced Moon Salutations in yoga classes, but are you wanting to understand the power of this flow?  This clinic is designed to help you move freely and more effectively through your Moon Salutes at home and in classes!

 

Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations) requires an awareness of your hips and the flow of your own breath. This clinic is designed for those who would like to break down the movements and learn techniques to ensure safety and ease while connecting to the energy of the moon.

Jen provides a safe and supportive environment for students to explore their relationship with yoga, their practice, to try new things, heal and grow.

Working with the mysterious feminine energy of the moon, the seasons and the wheel of the year festivals to connect with nature are Jen’s passion.

Suitable for beginners and for those wishing to advance their practice and technique.

 

Investment $45 AUD 

 

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

Book Salute the Sun & Conjure the Moon together & Save

 
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Gods, Goddesses & the Five Elements

Legends Workshop Series

with Jen 

 

March 10 - April 7, 2022

5 Thursdays 

5:30pm to 7:30pm

 

10 Hrs

Hobart Breathing Space

 

Would you like to deepen your yoga practice by connecting to the legends and mythical stories which influence our timeless asanas?

Asana is so much more than a physical practice. Not only does it provide an opportunity to connect with your body and breath, but in the legends behind them, sit stories through which we can transform.

Over a 5 week period, on Thursday evenings, we will journey through the ancient stories of gods, goddesses and sacred animals, to discover the legends at the heart of some of our asanas.

Each evening, we will deepen and enrich our experience with a 1 & 1/2 hour class based on a particular legend and connecting with one of the five elements.

You can come along to all the sessions or you are also welcome to attend as many as you wish.

 

Jen provides a safe and supportive environment for students to explore their relationship with yoga in their practice, try new things, heal and grow. Exploring the transformative power of stories, embodying archetypal energy and working with the elements inspires Jen’s teaching. 

 

Week 1: Staying on task, facing obstacles, learning from them and so transcending them with Ganesaha

Pose: Virabhradasana (Warrior Pose)

Element: Earth

 

Week 2: Cultivating an awareness of true beauty and the richness of life with Lakshmi

Pose: Vikasitakamalasana (Flowering Lotus Pose)

Element: Water

 

Week 3: Connecting with your inner power to transform with Durga

Pose: Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose)

Element – Fire

 

Week 4: Letting go of self-doubt and taking a leap of faith with Hanuman

Pose: Hanumanasana (Splits Pose)

Element: Air

 

Week 5: Taking flight with Vishnu and Garuda

Pose: Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

Element: Space

 

The first evening will begin with an introduction outlining the content for the next 5 weeks. Including a brief overview of Hindu legends and myths and the ancient texts in which they are found.

 

Then each evening information about the god or goddess will be presented along with the story on which the practice will be based.

 

Investment $19 AUD per evening

 

 

 

or

$85 for the 5 week series

 

 

 

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

 
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Meridian Theory & Practice in Yin Yoga

with Rach 

 

March 26 & 27, 2022 

Saturday & Sunday 

9am to 3pm 

 

10 Hrs

 Hobart Breathing Space

Interested in deepening your practice or teaching of Yin?

 

Better connect to the theories of Yin stemming from Chinese Meridian theory and learn how to apply this in your Yin practice and teachings. 

Over the weekend we will dive into the history of Yin, Meridian Theory, where Yin sits on the scale of Yin/Yang and how a Yin practice differs from the more Yang yoga practices, how the organs link with meridian lines, how to work deeper into the tissues of the body through yin practice, and the techniques of a yin class. 

We will explore through discussion around theory as well as in practice we will end each day with a yin asana practice.

 

Rachel brings her practical experience of exploring Yin in her own yoga practice, as well as her learnings from teaching Seasonal Yin classes over the past years. Since completing her 300hr training in Seasonal Hatha, and diving deeper into yin yoga and chinese meridian theory, Rachel’s passion for working deeper into the body has grown.

 

Investment

$139

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

 
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The Art of Assisting

 

April 2 & 3, 2022

Saturday & Sunday 

9am to 4pm 

 

12 Hrs

Hobart Breathing Space

Develop skills in the art of assisting students! 

This workshop is specifically for yoga teachers or teachers in training that would like to know how and when to assist a student. 

We will engage the overall philosophy behind touch and assisting, practice and discuss various kinds of assisting and learn specific adjustments for particular postures.

 

Investment

$180

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

 
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Strength in Surrender

with Jen

 

Saturday April 30, 2022 

9am to 4pm 

 

6 Hrs

Hobart Breathing Space

Are you ready to experience stillness and strength in the deepest parts of your physical body? Do you want to make the connection of your emotional state in your everyday life to your physical body in a nourishing way?

Restorative yoga is slow, passive and deeply healing.

In this workshop we will learn and practice restorative yoga while exploring the healing effects on the nervous system.

 

Everyone in our culture, in this day and age, has an agitated nervous system all too often in overdrive. Here, we will learn to restore our system and infuse it with calm energy!

Jen provides a safe and supportive environment for students to explore their relationship with yoga, their practice, to try new things, heal and grow.

Suitable for beginners and for those wishing to advance their practice and technique.

 

Investment

$90

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

 
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Vayu Workshop

with Holli

 

Saturday April 10, 2022

8am to 11am 

 

 3 Hrs

(plus additional practices)

Online

You have the power to move your energy!

 

Depending on your body-type and your personality, engaging in a specific direction helps balance your energy.

 

This workshop will explain these 5 directions and which will help you balance your constitution.

 

We will explore this knowledge in theory with a 3 hour online workshop.

If you would like to explore more through practice the workshop is followed by 6 recorded practices to embody this theory and knowledge.

 

Investment

 

For the workshop:

Price $45 AUD , $30 USD

 

For following practices:

Price $45 AUD, $30 USD

20% off for SSYS students & graduates

 
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Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga for Teachers

with Rach

 

May 14 & 15, 2022

Saturday and Sunday

9am - 3pm

 

10 hrs

Online

Are you teaching yoga to others, have you had pregnant or postnatal students attend your classes or approach you as a teacher to help them find or continue a yoga practice throughout this important change in their life?

Do you want to understand more about how you can offer safe and supportive teachings for your pregnant and postnatal students?

 

Come learn the basics of how to better offer modifications for your pregnant and post natal students.

Over the weekend we will explore the physical, mental and emotional changes that can occur throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period.

 

How yoga can be of benefit during this sacred time of pregnancy, birth and postnatal.

 

We will learn through discussion as well as with yoga practice each day exploring a prenatal on Saturday and postnatal on Sunday.

Rachel brings her personal experience and passion for prenatal and postnatal care and yoga teaching together with her current real life experience of pregnancy & motherhood to deliver useful tips for ensuring your teaching is relevant to your prenatal and postnatal students.

 

Investment

$127

20% off for SSYS students & graduates