Yoga & Meditation in Glen Waverley
Yoga and meditation group classes for people of all ages – private classes and workshops are also available on request. We are conveniently located on Springvale Road in Glen Waverley, Melbourne.
What are the benefits of Yoga?
Mindfulness based stress relief through yoga, where the mind-body connection is enhanced to offer better overall health outcomes not limited to:
- Increased flexibility
- Builds muscle strength
- Perfects posture
- Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, protects spine, betters your bone health
- Increases blood flow
- Increases heart rate – helps lower risk of heart attacks and can relieve depression
- Drains your lymphatic system to boost immunity
- Drops your blood pressure
- Regulates your adrenal glands to lower your cortisol levels (Stress hormone)
- Helps you focus
- Relaxes your system
- Maintains your nervous system
- Releases tension in your limbs
- Helps you sleep deeper
- Regulating weight as a result of being mindful of what you eat, and how you move
Why Choose Healthy Energy?
This is a traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice honouring the ancient wisdom. A focus on mindfulness to build a better awareness of the body and mind connection in a calm and peaceful studio setting conveniently located in Glen Waverley.
A warm and inviting environment to encourage healing and transformation. Beginners are warmly welcome.
- Honouring the organic roots and ancient wisdom of Ashtanga Yoga and meditation to promote better health outcomes
- Focus on anyone new or interested in practicing yoga in a more calm and peaceful manner
- Total class time of 1 hour and 15 mins covering asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), concentration, sound healing and meditation
- Ending the class by sipping herbal tea to anchor in that zen feeling
- A competitive package rate to keep up a consistent weekly practice
- Personal experience of going through a transformation healing my migraines
Who would benefit from this service?
- Anyone suffering from anxiety, stress and depression
- Anyone suffering from stress-related illnesses
- Anyone doing a sedentary job that has stiff joints, including bad posture
- Anyone having sleep related problems
- Anyone who is trying to manage their weight
- Anyone wanting overall health and vitality
- Anyone wanting to enjoy the benefits of mindful living
What qualifications do we have?
- 200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training through the Yoga and Meditation School of India (In Melbourne) – 2013
- Workshops and training:
- Vipassana Meditation with Qi Gong, Chicago (2014) U.S.A
- Pranic Healing Workshop with Master Stephen Ko (2014) Melbourne
- Isha Classical Hatha Workshop (2015) Sri Lanka
- Certified Health and Wellness Coach – Institute of Integrative Nutrition (2015)
How much does it cost?
- Our First class is $10
- 5 class pass for 5 X 75 mins classes for $75
Possible Private health fund Extras benefit – depending on level of premium
Frequently asked questions
1. What Is Yoga?
Simply put Yoga draws from the Sanskrit word yuj which means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union”. Also known as a method of discipline to enhance the mind-body union.
The Indian Sage Patanjali, the father of Ashtanga Yoga, is believed to have brought this practice to life over 5,000 years ago which covers a framework covering eight areas/limbs.Today most people practicing yoga only focus on the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
2. I’m Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Yes! Yoga is for everybody! Contrary to popular belief, Yoga is NOT only for the flexible. It is for the willing. Come as you are and you will find that practicing yoga will help you become more flexible.
This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
3. How often should I practice to have the best results?
When first starting out yoga, try going to a class at least once a week, then after one month start going two -three times per week. 3-4 times a week is recommended to really reap the overall benefits of Yoga (as outlined above).
4. How Is Yoga Different From Stretching or Other Kinds of Fitness?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. In Ashtanga Yoga, according to Sage Patanjali’s eight-fold path, physical practice is merely one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the “monkey” mind to keep to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward to be more mindful where we learn to recognise our habitual thought patterns without labelling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware and mindful.
It’s this awareness that we build through a consistent yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. You will notice your body will become much more flexible by doing yoga, which will extend to your mind.
5. What can and can’t pregnant women do in yoga ?
Some poses are not recommended for pregnant women, especially the first trimester, as lying on the back can shut off blood to the baby and lying on the stomach can compress the baby. Your weight is different when pregnant than when you weren’t, so your centre of balance is easily thrown off, so inversions are discouraged as it can result in falls/injury.
6. What is Ashtanga Yoga?
The Indian Sage Patanjali, the father of Ashtanga Yoga, is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. These Sutras serves as a philosophical guidebook, and is the foundation of all types of yoga practiced today.Ashtanga broadly outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behaviour in the outer world, with samadhi (liberation, enlightenment) being the ultimate goal.
7. Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga is said to be Sage Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves with other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.
It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. Yoga is a practice, one of many powerful tools meant to enhance your mind-body connection to live a mindful and present life.
8. What Do I Need to Begin?
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is an able and willing body and mind…and a bit of curiosity. It is helpful to wear loose comfortable clothing. No special footwear is required because you will be barefoot. You can bring a towel and bottle of water to class with you.
Healthy Energy has the mats and other props.
9. Why Are You Supposed to Refrain From Eating Hours Before Class?
In yoga practice we bend forward and back, and twist from side to side. And If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make you feel uncomfortable while practising. It is also recommended to have an empty stomach to really reap the benefits of the practice, as it massages and stimulates your entire body including your digestive system.
If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and feel you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.