Join us for the first International Yoga Day celebrations on Sunday, June 21st, 2015.
Embrace Yoga, one of the greatest wisdom that humankind has ever realized.
‘Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.’
Hon. Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
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Yoga Teachers & Speakers
Kelly came into contact with the ancient traditions of Yoga whilst living in Tokyo, Japan in 2006. After experiencing varied Yogasana styles & traditions in Thailand, India & Argentina, Kelly landed back in Adelaide. She went onto complete her Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 followed by Pre & Post Natal Teacher Training in 2015 & is currently undergoing Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. Kelly is based at The Yoga Centre in the city is dedicated & passionate about sharing the true essence of Yoga & making it an accessible path to all.
My journey towards Yoga and Meditation were a result of being deeply influenced by two mentors, both of whom previously served as Buddhist monks (my father and grandfather).
They taught me the art of empathy, compassion and ways to maintaining a cool head and warm heart in life. Through the practice of mindfulness I became interested in yoga.
I believe Yoga practice can bring into harmony the body, heart and mind; and in this state we have the potential to realise the deeper connections; highest qualities and potentials within ourselves and others. From this space one is touched by peace, understanding and the recognition of sacredness and oneness of all things.
I am a qualified Pilates instructor, Personal Trainer, Meditation facilitator, as well as being a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and Kids Yoga teacher.
I started my journey of Yoga & Meditation in 1997. As a child, I was always inclined to spirituality and I questioned many times about rituals & cultures followed in my house and around. It was in 1997 that I joined Art of Living and did few of the basic and advanced courses.
I continued my study, learning & service to humanity since then. We can not be happy and peaceful if others around us are not happy so we owe a lot to humanity and I follow this in everyday life.
I have completed my teachers training (for yoga & meditation) from Art of Living Ashram in Bangalore and love sharing this knowledge with others.
Yoga is way towards happiness as it works on Gross level (body) as well as shuttle level mind and I experience it everyday in my practice.
Yoga has been helping me make my life better everyday.
My name is Terrie Rose and I am a wife, mother of two beautiful children and owner of the Peak Physique Hot Yoga Marion studio.
I completed a Bachelor of Nursing as a mature aged student and have worked as a Registered Theater Nurse for the past three years. As a result of this I have realized how important health is and how life can change in a moment.However, despite my medical background, I don’t believe health is just about the physical body. I believe one must have unison of body, mind and spirit in order to achieve total health and well being. This is why I am passionate about yoga.
I have been practicing hot yoga for five years and have noticed amazing benefits to not only my physical health, but my mental health and well being too. It is because of my passion for yoga and belief in its benefits, plus my work history, that I chose to open an affordable hot yoga studio. I want everyone to have the opportunity to give yoga a go despite their socio-economic status and regardless of their level of yoga experience. Instagram unfortunately can glorify yoga and make it appear exclusive and un-achievable to the average person. I believe yoga should be available to everyone as there are amazing health benefits in even the most simplest asanas. Savasana is a perfect example!
Art of Living
Rohit has been practicing yoga, breathing exercises and meditation for a number of years which have been beneficial in his personal health, mental well-being and outlook towards life. He did his first Art of Living Breathing Course over 8 years ago and has been passionate specifically about breathing exercises ever since as he has personally benefitted immensely. Rohit loves this expression “Know your Breath, Know your life VS No Breath No Life”
Rohit was born in Punjab, India and moved to New Zealand 13 years ago where he studied and worked in corporate banking and finance industry for a number of years. Rohit is a Mortgage broker in Melbourne by profession. He loves the challenges in his job which are balanced by his daily yogic practices.
Rohit has been an Art of Living teacher for over 6 years and has taught many classes and courses to the people from all walks of life in general public, schools, corporate offices, retreat centres and yoga studios in Australia, NZ and India. The centrepiece of the Art of Living is the Happiness Program in which participants learn about breathing exercises, yoga, meditation and processes to handle their own mind in the daily routine and while interacting with multitude of people both at home, work and in society.
The cornerstone of Art of Living is Sudarshan Kriya a unique and profound breathing technique which incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. A practical tool that restores body, mind and spirit into its natural rhythm of being, the Sudarshan Kriya has positively transformed millions and millions of lives. This unique breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you calm yet energized, focused yet relaxed.
Rohit’s Message for International Yoga Day Participants:
For international Yoga Day, any participant can join in whether they have done yoga, breathing and meditation before or first time. The practices will be light yet dynamic to give a boost to your body, mind and nervous system. There is one requirement if you are attending the session that is bring a big smile with you and keep an open mind. No jeans or tights, wear loose warm clothes to stretch your body and mind to tune in with the infinity that is in YOU.
“Love is not an emotion, it is your very existence” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder Art of Living international
Art of Living
Melbourne native Monica Maric has been teaching Yoga with the Art of Living Foundation for over 10 years. With a background in the Arts and Film Production, Monica is passionate about Social Justice, Well-being initiatives, and Women in Business.
She has also initiated several community service projects including tree planting, donations to the needy, and has worked towards the International Women’s Conference, activities for Refugees and Migrants as well as domestic violence relief initiatives.
Art of Living
Akashika Mohla has had a spiritually connected lifestyle from early childhood and essense of Seva, Sadhana and Satsang are embedded in her being.
Akashika an Art of Living teacher based in Brisbane with years of Corporate Culture, has been sharing the gift of her knowledge with the seekers from Executive lifestyle to Women in trauma, through the journey of meditation. With over a decade of practicing meditation, people who connect with Akashika have found that simple tools of practice in daily life can enhance concentration leading to a fulfilling life and improved organisational effectiveness.
“When we were born, we were born in silence and as we evolved, we lost the silence and words filled in. Meditation is an invigorating journey from Sound to Silence.”
Know Thyself as Soul
Know Thyself as Soul, is a non-profit association incorporated in NSW. We offer programs and publications on ethical living, spirituality, and the meditation on the inner Light and Sound taught by Sant Baljit Singh. With respect and love for all creation, we are dedicated to serving humanity through charitable activities.
Yoga means union of the self with the Supreme Self; put another way, union of the soul with God. Saints and spiritual Masters tell us that the true purpose of life is to awaken as soul and merge our individual soul with God, the unchangeable and permanent Source of all life, love, wisdom, and peace. Attainment of self-knowledge and God-realisation is the birthright of every human being, as we are all children of the same God.
Through the practice of meditation on the inner light and sound we can come to know who and what we are and why we are here, thus fulfilling the purpose of life. This reconnection of the soul with God is a question of our own practical spiritual experience.
Tim O’Donnell has been a spiritual seeker since his youth. He is a building contractor by profession. He has been a practitioner of meditation on the inner light and sound since 2000. Tim has served as a volunteer with Know Thyself as Soul for many years, and enjoys telling others the many benefits that he has found.
Sharon Bath has always had an attraction to God and spiritual devotion. As a young person she discovered mystical poetry and other mystical writings, and read about exalted love – the love between the disciple and the Guru, and the love between the devotee and God. Sharon has been practicing meditation on the Inner Light and Sound since 2002 and is also a volunteer with Know Thyself as Soul
PURE UNITY YOGA
Noeline stepped on to a yoga mat 14 years ago to connect with her breathe and find inner peace, yoga asana, which to her was the ancient movement that linked with the breathe, stilled the mind and gave that inner peace!
Initially practicing traditional Astanga yoga for about 7 years and then moving into traditional hatha yoga, which then led to her level 1 teacher training at shantarasa yoga school in Mount Barker Adelaide.
After teaching traditional hatha yoga for a few years her love for linking the movement with the breath became a huge focus for her, which then led her to America to complete a Vinyasa teaching training with world renowned yogi Seane Corn, humanitarian and activist on world issues!
Noeline loves to bring together with her yoga teaching, a deeper understanding of the anatomony of the body guiding the students through the yoga asanas.
Noeline is very passionate about the true philosophy of yoga and the connection with mind and body, she is a dedicated and motivated, passionate yoga instructor, and is always deepening her knowledge of yoga through continual study and mentors.
Noeline is a avid hiker and loves to connect her yoga with nature!
Noeline also likes to raise money for many worthwhile causes through bringing communities together with yoga!
Noeline believes she has found her true passion with vinyasa flow yoga, which encourages stretch and strength and believes its your faith to better breathing, creating space in your body, and loving your body back to life!
Noeline teaches Vinyasa and Hatha yoga asana in the country town of Normanville and also Adelaide classes on a weekly basis
Maria Sandery has been a practitioner of Sahaja Yoga for 25 years and a meditation teacher for over 20 years. As a seeker for most of her life, Maria came across Sahaja Yoga and found this pragmatic yet profound method for connecting the individual spirit to the Universal Unconsciousness. it was a discovery that gave her improved wellbeing, relationships, contentment and joy in life.
Sahaja Yoga founded by Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is a very simple and spontaneous method for achieving Self Realisation. This is our Kundalini awakening which is a new life process which results in the growth of spirituality. This nourishes and enlightens our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being.
The benefits of Sahaja Yoga are many. One experiences a connection to the Divine dimension within us in order to improve our balance, joy and wisdom. It is scientifically based and is available to anyone who wishes to evolve into a higher awareness of the Spirit through a breakthrough by the evolutionary process.
Meditation classes are held weekly and everyone is welcome. In classes we learn how to meditate and attain thoughtless awareness, we learn about our individual subtle system and we experience tremendous love, joy, peace, harmony and wellbeing. LINK: www.freemeditation.com.au
Yoga in Daily Life Australia
Sadhvi Shivjyoti Puri
Sadhvi Shivjyoti Puri is a Director of Yoga in Daily Life Australia. She is a qualified Senior Authentic yoga teacher, who started her yoga journey at the age of 19. Sadhvi Shivjyoti teaches yoga, meditation and philosophy in a manner that is practical, purposeful and enriching for one’s live.
Sadhvi Shivjyoti has traveled Australia and the world extensively with her Guru, the revered Yoga in Daily Life spiritual luminary; His Holiness Vishwaguruji Mahamandaleshwa Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda since 2003. Yoga in Daily Life, The System was developed 40 years ago in Europe so that it could be practiced safely by everyone, and gradually progress the aspirant through physical and mental health, and ultimately to self realisation. In July 2013 Sadhvi Shivjyoti renounced all worldly attachments to be initiated into sannyasa, taking vows to become a monk. The aim of her life is to dedicated to God through service to mankind and all creation by spreading the ancient science of Yoga through the Yoga in Daily Life system. Thus bringing inner and outer peace through divine love and light to all beings and creatures.
In Newstead, Sadhvi Shivjyoti directs the Yoga in Daily Life Ashram, which was established in 1995, and it’s many activities, including the newly completed Shiva Mandir, in the heart of Brisbane
Community and Yoga
Karen Nichol is the Founder and Principle teacher of Community and Yoga. Karen has been practicing and studying Yoga for 15 years. She first started practicing Yoga in the UK in her late teens as an alternative to gymnastics (which she practiced since 5 years old). She also taught gymnastics for a some time.
Originally Karen practiced a style called Astanga Vinyassa which is very core strengthening. From then on as Karen traveled she practiced and studied several styles including Hatha and Iyengar, Ashtanga (Patanjali eight limbs of Yoga), Pranayama (Breathing) and Relaxation techniques.
Karen has completed a two year Yoga teaching diploma through the Integral Yoga Academy of Australasia in early 2005. Since then Karen has attended regular workshops, camps and seminars. In early 2010 Karen spent some time at Kavailyadhama a Yoga and Ayurvedic Research Centre in Lonavala, India.
She also has a great interest in Pre and Post Natal Yoga and Yoga for Mental Health Conditions.
Karen is very passionate about applying Yoga in daily life for overall health and contentment and it gives her great joy to share this with others.
Art of Living
Gayatri Sethi Aneja
Gayatri Sethi Aneja is a Senior Art of Living Teacher (based in Sydney) trained under the guidance of H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She has been teaching Art of Living courses (Breathing, Yoga and Meditation) to the Australians for the last 15 years.
Gayatri has been instrumental in the growth of Art of Living Foundation in Australia. She has been conducting Art of Living Happiness workshops to multicultural Australian people with diverse backgrounds.
She has been travelling inter-state to teach the programs to larger Australian community. Gayatri has also taught in New Zealand, Fji, Indonesia and India. Gayatri has held various positions of responsibility in the organisation. She has anchored many Art of Living community initiatives.
Gayatri graduated with a degree in Maths and currently works as a Financial Advisor in AMP.
Indu Yoga Sanctuary
Adelaide based Kelly, came into contact with the ancient traditions of Yoga whilst living & working in Tokyo, Japan in 2006. After experiencing varied Yogasana styles & traditions in Thailand, India & Argentina, Kelly returned to Adelaide. It was the Shantarasa School of Yoga in Mount Barker that resonated with Kelly after returning home & it was at this school that she undertook Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 under the guidance of Deborah & Claude Pezet.
Kelly has been instructing Yoagasana since 2011 in & around Adelaide, her teachings reflecting the deep understanding & knowledge of her mentors.
Kelly is dedicated & passionate about sharing the true essence of Yoga & making it an accessible path to all. Kelly commits her time to the path of Yoga, deepening her knowledge through further study, guidance & enabling her personal practice to serve as a catalyst for wisdom of a deeper kind.
I stumbled upon Sahaja Yoga just over 20 years ago giving me a whole new perspective on spirituality . It’s about the union or yoga of the inner subtle being with the all pervading universal living force through kundalini awakening and meditation . The techniques in Sahaja Yoga brings about a vibratory awareness to help reach a state of balance that keeps us centred and grounded .
The kundalini energy within also has a nurturing healing power looking after our physical, mental and emotional self . It resonates with the holistic approach to health and well being which I practice as a naturopath .
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga has emphasised that it is the culture of the spirit, which is our source of joy and peace and makes us all connected as one .
Rupal Shah – Adelaide
Rupal shah is a certified and experienced yoga teacher since 15 years. Born in Gujarat and raised in Bombay, she has been exposed to yoga practice from early age through her cousin brother Yogacharya Dushyant Modi, founder of YOGA KENDRA, Baroda, since 1960s.
She has been trained in traditional Hatha practices like, asana, pranayama, Yoganidra, Soham Kriyas and therapeutic yoga practices for health issues. Her passion is to spread yoga to the underprivileged through free yoga camps, which includes bhajans, meditation, acupressure and distributing clothes and healthy food.
She is specialized in conducting “Kid Yoga Workshops” for improving memory, concentration and behavioral issues in kids.
Upon migrating to Australia (Adelaide) she has undergone professional training from Aura Wellness Center. She has been volunteering in yoga teaching and promotion activities in community centers and yoga events.
Her other social pursuits include creating awareness about the importance and methodology of Indian Vegetarian Cuisine, for its taste and health benefits by conducting workshops on “Healthy Food for body and mind”.
Her Motto is “Yoga and Meditation for Happy Life”
Sahaj Yoga – Sydney
Priya Rapyal has been a Sahaja Yoga teacher for over 17 years in Australia.
Vishnu Sno Bonneau
Vishnu Sno Bonneau
Vishnu Sno Bonneau has had a lifelong interest in spirituality from early childhood, having read and travelled extensively, achieving self-realisation using Sahaja Yoga Meditation techniques some 30+ years ago in India.
Since that time he has been practicing Sahaja Yoga Meditation and become proficient in understanding, perceiving the Divine subtle system kundalini energy within which awakens and brings the chakra system on the central nervous system into alignment and balance. He has been involved in sharing this knowledge and experience in many countries around the world, including numerous trips to India.
Vishnu freely shares the message, gift and knowledge of his Guru HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and the actual experience of Yoga, the connection with the whole.
Those who achieve this state and settle into it using the attention clearing, balancing and vibratory awareness which manifests using Sahaja Yoga Meditation techniques have the opportunity to fully settle into their self-realisation and enjoy life in an enjoyable detached ‘thoughtless awareness’ state where they become the witness to the Divine Drama and simply watch the play as the Spirit.
Sahaja Yoga, Canberra
Sahaja Yoga found me in 1980 and has given me an inner silence and through the meditation my life changed. It gave the ability to develop my artistic potential leading to an Honours in Visual arts and the ability to be a teacher in art and exhibit.
As Sahaja Yoga includes genuine universal spirituality, easthetics and music it also allows an almost endless look at the universal culture. It is through the development of the inner being which comes from Kundalini awakening that any human can see and feel their better side.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi always talked, lived and loved as the Universal Being; which is the central aim of Sahaja Yoga.
Sahaja Yoga, Canberra
Lyn Vasudeva is a public servant in Canberra who has been practicing and teaching Sahaja Yoga Meditation for more than twenty-five years. She came across It in Sydney where she was working as an actor and teaching acting and aerobics to children and adults. She tried a number of meditation classes but it was not until she attended a Sahaja yoga class that she found something that resonated profoundly and really worked.
It was remarkable the silence your mind could achieve spontaneously by awakening the energy of the kundalini – an energy we all have inside us at the base of the spine. The peace and silence experienced could be maintained by spending no more than 15 mins repeating the simple method developed by the founder Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava – a truly selfless person who developed this technique so that everyone and anyone who wants to can experience real meditation.
Real meditation occurs in the present and is felt in your central nervous system. It connects you to the energy of the universe, washes away imbalances and awakens the beauty of your true nature.
As always all Sahaja Yoga classes are free because as Shri Mataji explained – “you cannot pay for something that is your own”
Sahaj Sangeet (pronounced Sa-Haaj San-Geet), meaning spontaneous music are a group of musicians from various backgrounds and cultures. We perform a selection of North Indian light classical, devotional and folk music using traditional and non-traditional instruments including Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Guitar, Dholak, Djembe, Chimta, Manjira and Tambourine.
Our repertoire ranges from meditative and devotional to high energy numbers which attract audience participation i.e. dancing. We have performed at Fete de la Musique in Brisbane, The Logan Entertainment Centre, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Indian Bazaar Brisbane, Australia Day Caloundra, Ipswich Festival, Townsville Culture Festival, Gold Coast Multicultural Festival, Woolgoolga’s Curry Fest, Encounters India and many more.
Heartfulness : The Way of Experience
Spirituality is the search for a higher experience of ourselves. Experience is the source from which real knowledge begins. Heartfulness is a path to experiencing your inner self.
We have learned so much from so many, both ancient and modern.
Yet, upon closing their books or turning off their lectures, we remain the same as we were before. Experience is the gold that backs the currency of knowledge. Without experience all knowledge stays abstract and hollow. It is not yet OURS.
Heartfulness Meditation is a practical technique that you can use in parallel to any other spiritual approach:
Meditating with someone who has the capacity of yogic transmission can help you explore the Heartfulness practice more deeply. There are no charges for this, and we invite you to experience the unique benefits of this transmission.
You don’t need faith or knowledge to experience! Simply do it and feel!
Teacher: Venkata Murthy
Venkat works as a high school teacher and had worked as a chef. He has had a long standing interest in martial arts for physical and mental strength. He had a strong quest for the adventures of the inner Self even as a school going kid. Venkat found the path that could get him to explore the inner Self and balance the challenges of a busy lifestyle he had as a chef that he was working as before he became a teacher.
He has been practicing meditation as part of Raja Yoga for nearly Thirty years. As a trainer aspiration to share his experiences and knowledge that he gained over these years to help people find similar balance of their inner Self.
Know Thyself as Soul Foundation
Know Thyself as Soul, a non-profit association incorporated in NSW. We offer programs and publications on natural living, spirituality, and the meditation on the inner Light and Sound taught by Sant Baljit Singh. With respect and love for all creation, we are dedicated to serving humanity
through charitable activities.
Metaphysical knowledge is transformed into realisation by means of Yoga, or the method of concentration. Yoga is suppression of activities of the mind according to Patanjali. However the word Yoga means the union with true self.
Santmat shows a practical way to achieve the perfection in lifetime through practice of Surat Shabd Yoga (Meditation on inner Light and Sound). Under the continuous guidance of a True Master the disciple unfolds the mystery of Life.
It is a brief review of what mystics have described as the ultimate destination of the spiritual journey and the nature of the journey that is needed to get there, and in a more in depth exploration of how we might choose a means of navigation to help us travel safely and surely and go about living in the “real” world while making progress towards the ultimate destination of human life.
Rakesh Bharadwaj has spent 30+ years pursuing the spiritual path, he speaks from his own experience and making himself available for the questions related to spiritual quest. Anything we will talk about will ultimately benefit the development of the soul.
The approach is to facilitate individual’s own spiritual exploration so that he or she becomes clearer about making decisions for themselves as opposed to dictating attendees what’s good & bad for them.
Australian School of Meditation
The Australian School of Meditation and Yoga is a non-profit organization with centres in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. At all Centres, qualified teachers offer relaxed and personable instruction incorporating asanas, meditation, diet, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for a holistic yoga experience. Gaura Lila will present this session with easy hatha yoga poses, followed by kirtan, the yoga of sound, with the singing of ancient sacred mantras.
The programmes of the ASMY are simple and enjoyable and can benefit everybody regardless of age or current physical condition. Our goal is to guide you to a more balanced lifestyle with an increased sense of wellbeing and vitality as your body grows stronger and more flexible, your mind calm—and bring a greater sense of ‘sacredness’ into daily life
World Community Service Center, India
Vimala MARIAPPAN is a certified teacher from World Community Service Center, INDIA, established in over 22 countries worldwide. She has a diploma in Yoga for Human Excellence. She has been practicing and teaching the techniques from WCSC and has been a member of Vethathiri Yoga Center, Sydney. WCSC / VYC strives to spread the principles of Vethathiri Maharishi, the founder and has been teaching Simplified Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Self Introspection techniques, Kayakalpa Yoga for Anti Ageing, all over the World.
Please visit http://www.vethathiri.edu.in for more information.
Radha Krishan Sharma
Radha Krishan is a yoga practitioner & therapist for many years. He has a long association with Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh (Himalayas) and follows yoga teachings of world renowned Sri Swami Sivananda who brought that ancient wisdom of Maharishi Patanjali to the west in early 1940s.
He is a certified senior teacher of Yoga Australia and has laughter Yoga teacher certification from Dr Kataria Yoga School of Laughter Yoga (Bharat). He is a member of International Yoga Therapy Association.
Radha Krishan has professional background in management, finance and IT. He holds a Master of Science, Associate Fellow of Australian Institute of Management & Snr member of the Australian Computer Society. He is a former President of DLS Australia & HTCC Canberra.
Since 1997, Radha Krishan has run Ashtanga Yoga & therapy classes in Canberra and Sydney as a part of the staff wellbeing program in the Australian Taxation Office and not-for-profit organisations. His classes focus on an integrated and holistic approach to Wellness through Yoga Asanas, Pranayama -correct breathing and Meditation. He conducts Yoga Nidra sessions for deep relaxation, sound sleep, managing anxieties and stress. Radha Krishan classes are simple and gentle suitable for all including seniors.
More information on www.svayoga.com.au
Yogacharini Komal is a certified and experienced Yoga Meditation Philosophy and Chakra Coach in Adelaide since 2013 also a full time Ph.D Research Scholar in Yoga at SVYASA University, Bengaluru, India. Born and raised in Karnataka, South India, she has always been a passionate teacher and a spiritual seeker. Initiated and trained by Sadguru Narasimha Prabhuji, founder Light of the Self Foundation(Lightofself.org), she has gained in-depth knowledge and skills in teaching traditional Hatha Practices like Pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas, Kriyas, Yoganidra, Guided Mindfulness and Chakra Meditations.
Upon migrating to Australia, she has undergone series of Professional Yoga Trainings at India (Svyasa.org), and Australia (Purna Yoga Centre, Byron Bay, 500 hrs). Currently she is pursuing her research in ‘Yoga and Chakras’. She has been conducting free & donation based Yoga, Pranayama Meditation and Chakra Classes, Courses & Workshops at various places in India and Adelaide (temples, houses, schools, community centers and events). Her other social activities includes Community Radio Programs, Writing Articles to Magazines and Journals and conducting one to one private yogic counselling and satsangs.
She combines traditional yoga philosophy and modern scientific view to meet the demands of modern mind. Her life is dedicated to the cause of spreading Yoga practices and Self Knowledge (Atmajnan), teachings received from her Guru to the mankind in all possible ways.
Her Motto is Self Healing & Self Empowering through Yoga Practices and Yoga Philosophy!
Randhir Amoganathan has from early childhood been interested in spirituality, travelling extensively in his seeking and was found by Sahaja Yoga in 1999 in England. Since then, Sahaja Yoga has changed his life, and has given him the balance and clearing he sought, and a new direction in his life.
It is through the proper kundalini awakening and experience of the inner self, which lies beyond thinking and feeling, that one achieves the connection. Randhir has lived and worked in England and Singapore and presently is in Western Australia, where he found the universal love and practice of Sahaja Yoga consistently giving him peace and balance, and a sense of belonging to all humanity.
Regardless of their country or culture, Sahaja Yoga gives spiritual seekers their self-realisation, restores their childhood innocence and joy, by giving each of us a “second birth,” namely achieving
Yoga Master Raj Pandey
Raj is a registered and certified yoga teacher (Yogacharya) of YTISA and YA. The Yogacharya title was given to him by Swami Ram. He has learnt yoga and meditations from many great masters like OSHO, Swami Ram of Himalaya, Swami Satyam of Allahabad, Siddhanath etc. He was born and raised in Delhi, North India, and has always been a passionate teacher and a spiritual seeker.
Raj has more than 27 years of yoga experience, having taught extensively in India, Oman and Australia. He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in a wide and varied background of various forms of yoga and meditation including Hatha yoga(integrated), Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga, Therapeutic yoga, Sahaj yoga, and Pranayama.
Raj is a trained meditation instructor in: Solar (to hold energy from the sun), Lunar (to hold energy from the moon), Nada Brahma (ceaseless ever expanding Sound), Dynamic (to remove pent up emotions), Kundalini (to awaken subtle energy), Vipassana, Mindfulness, Chakra Meditations, Yoganidra, Vigyan Bhairava Tantra and many more. Raj has experience with Reiki, Pranic Healing and Acupressure.
Raj has been conducting free (charity) traditional yoga, Kriya yoga, and Kundalini yoga and meditations classes at Unley Community Centre. He conducts workshops on various forms of Yoga at various locations around Adelaide. Raj is a Physics and Maths teacher in a high school too.
Raj has developed many innovations in teaching yoga to meet the demand of modern and contemporary minds. He has dedicated his life in spreading and serving yoga as whole.
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Music of Joy Sahaj
Music of Joy is a unique, multicultural band based in Sydney.
The magic of the group comes from the dynamic energy produced when over twenty musicians, with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, join together with one common goal – to share the most joyful and uplifting music.
The band’s repertoire is as vast and diverse as its members, transcending cultural boundaries and ranging from traditional Indian bhajans through to melodic Chinese and Russian folk songs as well as rhythmical African harmonies and of course the music of Australia itself.
Founder of SEVA YOGA
Supriya is the Principal teacher and Yoga Therapy Practitioner at Seva Yoga. Born and raised between East & West Bengal of India she was always a spiritually inclined individual. Upon migrating to Australia, after a decade of corporate work and lifestyle, she found her true calling for work. It was 8 years ago that her inner calling got her on the yoga mat with a physical practice and later leading her into the path of self-enquiry (Svadhyaya).
Supriya teaches meditation and Hatha Yoga to groups and individuals and coaches her students for better practice of holistic health. She also facilitates regular workshops and retreats to develop her committed students to adopt Yoga as a lifestyle, one step at a time.
SEVA YOGA’s message is “Service starts with the Self” and all greatness flows over from there
Seva Yoga was founded in 2011 upon Supriya’s return from an extensive stay in India. During her stay she received her formal training in the lineage of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (known as the Father of Modern Day Yoga). Through her practice and experiences she realised she wanted to share the essence of Yoga with the community and that is to be a healthy participant in life through self-enquiry and self-care. So Seva means selfless service and its ultimate message is that “Service starts with the Self” and all greatness flows over from there.
Supriya is an avid Yoga practitioner having received yoga posture and anatomy training from both Western and Eastern schools. She has taught yoga through India, Europe and Australia. She brings with her an invaluable understanding of how Yoga can be accessed by the diverse bodies and minds of this world.
She continues to deepen her education of this ancient art and science through a Practitioner Program in Ayurveda at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine and Yoga Therapy with Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda.
Supriya’s vision for Seva Yoga is to establish a holistic health centre that assists with the enhancement of people’s lifestyle through Ayurveda and Yoga.
For more information, please feel free to visit www.sevayoga.com.au
Pundit Ram Shivam
Sydney based Acharya Ram Sivan (ordained as Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari), was born in South Africa of a Jewish mother and Christian father, and rasied by Hindu nannies. He was baptised as a Christian and had a basic education in Christianity and Judaism and underwent a barmitzvah. He formally converted to Hinduism at the age of 15. In 1969 he emigrated to Israel where he spent a decade studying Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as training to be a registered nurse. He also spent 3 years in India undertaking formal study in Yoga-Vedanta philosophy, Logic, Hermeneutics, Sanskrit, and Astrology, as well as specialising in Vedic and Tantric ritual. He studied in the traditional gurukulasystem in highly respected centres of spiritual and Scriptural learning in Rishikesh, Varanasi, Tirupati and Chennai.
In 1982 he emigrated to Australia. He has practiced as a Hindu Priest and teacher of Yoga-Vedanta philosophy for over 40 years, and has travelled extensively to spread the Dharma, including in USA, South Africa and Bali. He was inducted as a preceptor (Acharya) into the South Indian Srivaishnava (Iyengar) lineage in 1990, by the pontiff of Sriperumbudur; His Holiness Sriman Varada Yatiraja Jiyar Swamigal, with full rights of initiating others, teaching philosophy and Scripture, and conducting all the Hindu ceremonial and sacramental rites (pertaining to temples, and domestic life cycles).
Acharya Sivan is one of the founding members and the current public relations officer of the Australian Council of Hindu Clergy. He has participated in the consecration of a number of Australian and American Hindu temples, tutored other priests, and is the published author of a number of books on Hindu subjects.
The acharya is much in demand as a domestic priest and as a Dharma teacher. He is involved in a number of Yoga schools conducting classes of philosophy as well as workshops in USA, Australia and Bali. He also plays an active pastoral role in counselling members of the Hindu community on their social and personal problems. He is also very active in conducting training sessions at various Sydney Hospitals in Hindu attitudes towards death and dying. Ram Sivan is fluent in English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Hebrew and conversational Arabic and Tamil.
About Shri Mataji (founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation)
Her Holiness Shri Mataji was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, recipient of the United Nations Peace Medal, was twice honoured by the United States Congress and received awards and citations from the governments of many countries in recognition of her selfless efforts for social improvement and her contribution to humanity through a lifetime of work for peace and the wellbeing of mankind.
“Shri Mataji’s discovery brings genuine hope to humanity.”
Claes Nobel, grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, Nobel Peace Prize Foundation and Chairman of the United Earth Organization.
In 1970, after studying the field of medicine and focusing on the scientific terminology of the anatomy and human physiology, she started Sahaja Yoga Meditation, which she insisted be shared with all, at no cost.
Shri Mataji’s core teaching is that within us all lies a transformative potential, (Kundalini) which can be awakened using her method. By doing so, we can bring peace and wellbeing to ourselves, our families, our social institutions, our nations and our world.
In keeping with her principles, Sahaja Yoga meditation is now offered in over one hundred countries worldwide, free of charge.
For more information please visit: http://www.freemeditation.com.au
Self Realisation occurs when the kundalini, a dormant energy within us, is awakened. When activated, this energy brings more balance to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being, allowing the peace of inner silence.
When your kundalini energy is awakened you become aware of your subtle inner Self! Sahaja Yoga Meditation enables us to learn how to achieve, master and maintain this state of being in daily life.
Abhishek Guru was born and raised in Chennai, a coastal city in South India famous for its spicy cuisine and expansive beaches. He studied at prestigious institutions including IIT Madras, IIM Calcutta and The University of Sydney.
From an early age, being a bit of a wild spirit, he didn’t seem to find fulfilment in most of the options that life offered him. When he was introduced to a yoga program designed by Sadhguru at Isha Foundation, this offered him a glimpse into the unbounded nature of existence and gave him an opportunity to do something meaningful – to raise awareness about yoga in its purest form.
After volunteering at Isha’s Australian centers where he deepened his spiritual practises, he undertook a 21-week (1750 hour) Isha Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore, India, which he successfully completed in December 2013. In addition to teaching for Isha Foundation, he also runs a classical hatha yoga school in Sydney called Yoga Sadhana, which he founded in February 2014.
He has taught in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and also in Hong Kong. Believing that yoga is a solution to all the world’s problems, he has dedicated his life to connecting seekers to this sacred science.
Isha Hatha Yoga
Isha hatha yoga practises are designed to create a platform that becomes a stepping stone in one’s progress of blossoming into his ultimate possibility. For International Yoga Day, the practices taught will be simple yet powerful methods to transform one’s body, mind and energy.
The Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) along with number of community organisations and Yoga schools is preparing to celebrate the first International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015.
A number of events will be organized in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Sydney, the yoga capital of Australia, will pay one of the most splendid tributes to the 5000 year old discipline.
In Sydney, the iconic Bondi beach, along with the multicultural hub Parramatta, are ready to share the inspiration of this ancient wisdom, and how it can be applied practically modern day life.
Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane are will also witness exciting and inspiring events on the historic occasion. Please don't forget to check each city's page for more details.
The events will highlight the benefits of the physical yoga practices as well as sharing insights into the mind and wellbeing aspects of this valuable storehouse of ancient knowledge.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address to the UN General Assembly in September 2014 called for the adoption of 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.
Recognizing the importance of yoga, 175 nations, including the USA, Canada and China, are celebrating the event.
We invite you all to come, participate and experience the positivity that yoga as a spiritual discipline can offer.
Connect with us
Media inquiry: Balesh Singh 0424 582 990
Event related info:
Sydney: Sagar Raghavendra 0433 314 726
Melbourne: Kushagra Bhatnagar 0450 348 432
Brisbane: Nikhil Reddy 0430 584 959
Adelaide: Chirag Trivedi 0433 071 391
Perth: Damjibhai Koriya 0468 960 164
Parramatta Program Schedule
|Session Times||Main Hall|
HATHA YOGA ROOM
YOGA PRESENTATION ROOM
|Charles Byrne Room|
|10:00 AM||Registration Open||Registration Open||Registration Open||Japa Yoga
by Divine Life Society
|11:00 AM||SVA Yoga|
by Radha Krishna Sharma
|Art of Living|
by Gayatri Sethi Aneja
by Venkata Murthy
|Gitanjali Devi Dasi
by Carmella Baynie
|12:00 PM||Seva Yoga|
by Supriya Roy
|Sahaja Yoga Meditation||Foot Reflexology & Pranayama|
by Vimala Mariappan
|Govindas Lotus Room Kirtan|
|1:00 PM||Isha Hatha Yoga|
by Abhishek Guru
|Hatha Yoga, ASYM|
by Gaura Lila Dasi
|Meditation, Know Thyself Yoga|
by Rakesh Bharadwaj
|2:00 PM||Formal & |
|Yoga 4 Seniors|
by Dr Sowjanya Pasupuleti, Sri OM Foundation
|3:00 PM||Spirit of India Yoga|
by Prof. Bapat & Kamlesh Chaudhary
by Michael Shineberg
|3:45 PM||GRAND SURYA NAMASKAR|
|4:00 PM to 5:30 PM||Amma Ashram, 842 Frankston-Dandenong Rd Carrum Downs VIC 3201|
|4:00 PM to 5:30 PM||Know Thyself as Soul, 191-193 William St St Albans VIC 3021|
|4:00 PM to 5:30 PM||St Jude's Parish, 49 George St Scoresby VIC 3179|
|4:00 PM to 5:30 PM||Seabrook Community Centre, 15 Truganina Ave, Seabrook VIC 3028|
|4:00 PM to 5:30 PM||Sri Durga Temple, 705-715 Neale Rd W, Rockbank VIC 3335|
|4:00 PM to 5:30 PM||BAPS Temple, 60 Heaths Court, Mill Park, Victoria 3082|
|4:00 PM to 5:30 PM||Wyndham City Council, 45 Princes Hwy, Werribee VIC 3030|
*In case of unsuitable weather, the venue would shift to nearby:
Lefevre Community Stadium, 541 Victoria Rd, OSBORNE SA 5017
|Speech & vote of thanks|
|9:00 am||Registration Open|
|9:30 am||Sun Salutations||Art of Living Foundation|
|9:50 am||Hatha Flow||Kelly / Indu Yoga Sanctuary
Rupal / Rupals Yoga
|10:10 am||Yoga For Stress Relief||Karen / Community and Yoga|
|10:30 am||Kriya Yoga||Raj / Traditional Yoga|
|10:50 am||Vinyasa Flow||Noeline /Pure Unity Yoga|
|11:10 am||Sahaja Yoga Meditation|
|9:00 am||Registration Open|
|9.10 am-9.30am||Sun Salutations||Sadhvi Shivjyoti - Yoga in Daily life|
|9.30 am – 9.40 am||Yoga Music||Sahaja Yoga|
|9.40 am – 10.00 am||Meditation||Sharon/ Know Thyself as Soul|
|10.00 am – 10.10 am||Yoga Music||Sahaja Yoga|
|10.10am – 10.30 am||Sun Salutations||Param/ Atma Yoga|
|10.30am -10.50 am||Yoga Music||Sahaja Yoga|
|10.50 am-11.00am||Intro Talk – World Yoga Day||Kushagra Bhatnagar
OFBJP, HSS Australia
|11.00 am -11.15am||Yoga||John|
|11.15am – 11.35 am||Meditation||Akashika/ Art of Living Foundation|
|11.35 am- 11.45 am||Vote of thanks|
|9:00 AM to 10:15 AM||South Perth Community Hall, cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth|
|2.15 PM to 4.00 PM||Herb Graham Hall, 38 Ashbury Cres, Perth WA 6061|
|2.15 PM to 4.00 PM||Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 211 Marshall Rd, Bennett Springs WA 6063|
|4:00 PM to 5:00 PM||Herb Graham Hall, 38 Ashbury Cres, Perth WA 6061 (2nd room by Sahaja Yoga)|