Peak Performance Course
Group Medtiation

Meditation for Beginners with Kate

This online workshop addresses the most common questions, misunderstandings and confusing bits about meditation. It covers the essential how’s and why’s of creating a stable practice. The course will be run over 3 weeks, online as a group. Included are:

  • 12 pre-recorded videos
  • 4 live Q&A’s and live guided meditations
  • a course manual
  • and plentiful support from Kate.

We’ll explore many different aspects and approaches to and also queries about meditation. Such as

  • How do I quiet my mind and what do I do with my thoughts?
  • What is the point? What is meditation for? How is it different to just sitting and thinking?
  • I know it is good for me, but how do I make myself do it? How do I meditate consistently?
  • What technique am I supposed to be using? What is the right way to do it?
  • Am I supposed to be using guidance or do it on my own? And, how do I do it on my own?

In addition, the course addresses the struggles that Kate personally experienced as a beginner, and the mountains of wisdom and understanding that she has gathered along the way.

Kate is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Transformational Retreat Facilitator, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and a lifelong student of the Yoga and Buddha Dhamma. She has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for 13 years, and has sat (and facilitated) over 20 silent meditation retreats in the insight (Vipassana) tradition of up to 30 days in length. Kate is currently in a 4-6 year program to become a Senior Insight Meditation Teacher of Australia.

Mindful March Super Special

Namaste Yogis!

We appreciate this time of year can be challenging to make it to your mat. That’s why we’ve introduced a Mindful March Super Special:

5 classes for just $75!

  • Vaild for any class: hot, flow, yin, hatha, mindfulness
  • Expires 31st March 2019
  • No pauses or extensions on this special offer*

* Your current pass can be paused and extended while the ‘Mindful March Special’ is in use

Power your way through this time of year! Click HERE or find it under the “Yoga Class Passes” category in the app & we’ll see you on the mat soon!

Amy, Simon & the yogafusion team

Why You Should Never Bring Your Phone to Yoga

Be honest – what’s the first thing you do when you leave the tranquility of your yoga class? If you said check your phone, you’re not alone. At one time, we’re all guilty of this bliss breaking habit.  yoga phone

If you think about what your smart phone symbolises, what it holds, what it can do, the reach it has then everytime you pick up your phone within seconds of leaving the mat, you’re telling yourself that it’s IMPERATIVE that you connect back into that world.

The hour or two that you are in a yoga class is a dedication to the self. It’s a time when you are saying ‘yes self, I am giving you my all right now – all my focus, attention and effort’. And then we leave class and abruptedly retract that dedication via our actions.

Consider the benefits of holding that peace and stillness achieved in class or practise if it were to extend into every area of your life and not just for those minutes you spend on the mat. Imagine the richness that would permeate your job, time with family and friends and even your relaxation time alone. How often has your “yoga buzz” been destroyed by checking your phone after class and realising there is an urgent email that will cause you more work when you hit the office first thing in the morning? Or that there are people complaining on Facebook?

It would be hypocritical and remiss of us to demand you never connect with your phone but we’d like to remind you of the value of using it mindfully and allowing yourself time to have breaks away from it.

There are lots of benefits of having a mobile device that can connect to all areas in your life that lives in your pocket and sometimes, we’d be lost without them but notice how liberated you feel without having a phone to check or demand your attention. What other things fill that space where your attention is more free and available?

Allow the benefits of the class to be with you in its fullness, in your life (off the mat) and into your next experience. After class your energy channels are open and you may be more present to feelings and sensations. A distraction of the phone will ruthlessly pull you away from this. Often the very reason we seek external sources of distraction is because deep down we don’t wish to deal with what is rising and this isn’t just when it comes to the distraction of our phones.

‘Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.’ Thich Nhat Hanh

Dealing with anything that may be rising within, during or after class requires mindfulness in itself. You can apply this mindfulness by recognising and acknowledging whatever is there for you. Welcome and observe it without judgement and allow it to pass, almost as if you were watching a movie.

‘Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t),’ James Baraz

Why not experiment with leaving your phone at home next time you attend class, then it gives you the space between the end of class and arriving home to settle and enjoy that peace and stillness that you have worked hard to achieve. Or even better make an agreement with yourself to not turn your phone on until thirty minutes after class. If thirty minutes is too daunting, why not start with five and build up from there?

And don’t forget to share with us how you find this experiment!

When our pain is held by mindfulness it loses some of its strength… mindfulness recognizes what is there, and concentration allows you to be deeply present with whatever it is. Concentration is the ground ofhappiness. Thich Nhat Hanh

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