What exactly is YOGA?
According to Ayurveda, the system of traditional medicine of India, the ideal form of exercise is one that balances your mind and body and gives you energy. Yoga does all this - plus it's enjoyable and leaves you feeling better afterwards!
Engaging in regular exercise at 50% of your capacity can be more than efficient versus 'burning it off' as it allows your cardiovascular system to return to its normal rate sooner and puts less strain on your body so there is less body repair work. Yoga replenishes your energy instead of depleting it.
Yoga is not competitive as it allows you work at your own pace, listening to your body, gradually encouraging it to stretch and strengthen when it’s ready.The classes offered are suitable for all levels of fitness and flexibility as well as all ages. You are never to old to start yoga.
What does YOGA do for your mind, body & soul?
Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. No matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga.
The different physical positions (asanas) of yoga assist in detoxifying your body, by releasing stagnant waste from different parts of the body and being cleansed with oxygenated blood. The asanas also help improve your digestive and excretory systems, balance your endocrine system (hormone centre), purify your liver and send extra nutrition to your reproductive organs.
Will I be able to complete the YOGA session?
Yoga is not competitive as it allows you work at your own pace, listening to your body, gradually encouraging it to
stretch and strengthen when it’s ready.
The classes offered are suitable for all levels of fitness and flexibility as well as all ages.
You are never too old, unfit or out of shape to start yoga.
What can I expect from each YOGA session?
There are many different types of yoga available and I am sure it is a challenge to know which style is best for you. At Numala Forest Retreat we practice Hatha Yoga and our classes consist of more than just the physical postures (asanas). We also offer the added benefit of meditation, directed receptive imaging and breathing exercises (pranayama). The breathing techniques we practise not only focus on strengthening your lungs, they also assist the body to relax and let go of tension, thus enhancing your ability to deal with stressful situations. This combination of different activities serve to deeply rejuvenate your whole body, leaving you feeling fresh and enlivened. The result is a calm mind which comes from the connection between our breath, emotions and mind enabling a clearer and more focused approach to life.
Unique to Numala Forest Retreat
In addition to the 'typical' style hatha yoga class offered, Numala Forest Retreat also has its own 'deluxe' style. Unlike anything else offered on the Gold Coast, the deluxe yoga classes offer a unique experience. Each one and a half hour class starts off with:
An individual reflexology treatment (foot massage)
Followed by a grounding and centering exercise
Clients are then guided through some breathing exercises (pranayama)
Next are the physical postures (asanas) and then into
a 15 minute meditation,
Closing with a one on one energy healing.
Due to the personalised nature of these classes numbers are limited.
YOGA Class details
Classes & Times
FORMAT OF DELUXE CLASS (limited to 10 students per class)
- Foot massage
- Pranayama (breathing exercises)
- Asanas (physical postures)
- Energy healing
Tuesday: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Wednesday: 9.15am - 10.45am
Due to the personalised nature of these classes numbers are limited; other general classes are also available.
Please note: Our class dates are based on the school term dates
19/01/2021 to 1/04/2021 (10 weeks)
20/04/2021 to 17/06/2021 ( 10 weeks)
13/07/2021 to 16/09/2021 (10 weeks)
05/10/2021 to 9/12/2021 (10 weeks)
Deluxe class prices
$280 for 10 Weeks
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR
Class ~ Gentle Hatha yoga
When you find something you love, you want to share it with the world. That’s how Rachel feels about yoga and what inspired her to become a yoga teacher. Her own personal mantra is 'see the world through love and light'. Through yoga, meditation and mindfulness, taught from the heart, she hopes to spread a little more love and light throughout the community.
Rachel is particularly passionate about helping individuals take time out of their busy lives to reconnect with their body, mind and breath - using practical yogic tools. She has practiced yoga for many years and taught for more than four years across yoga studios, outdoor classes, and gyms. She has experience teaching gentle hatha, vinyasa, corporate, seniors, prenatal, mums and bubs, and family yoga classes, as well as women’s retreats. She teaches a very accessible and inclusive style and feels honoured to be able to share the many mental, spiritual and emotional benefits of yoga.
| DELUXE YOGA | GENTLE HATHA YOGA |
Class ~ Gentle Hatha yoga
Hi! My name is Virginie, I’m a yoga teacher and the mother of two wonderful children. I’m passionate about Ayurvedic psychology, mantra meditation, restorative yoga and Reiki. With all my heart, I want to share with you the valuable insights I’ve received from these various practices. I thrive on helping people transform their lives through yoga and meditation. I believe that yoga offers us a means to heal from past wounds and to overcome life's challenges. As a fun-loving nurturer by nature, my gentle approach to healing is aimed at bringing a sense of calm and groundedness to my students.
| STRETCH AND RESTORE YOGA | RESTORATIVE YOGA |