Mind, Body, Spirit.
On Campus: Yoga & Meditation
2022 Mindfulness Morning sessions at Nathan campus dates for T1 are scheduled for Tuesdays 29 Mar, 17 May, and 8 June. We will send out a broadcast email for each session with the date and registration link. The first 25 students will secure their spot and receive further information. The sessions are held at the Multi-Faith Centre (N35) Nathan campus.
- 9:00am – 10:30am – Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Amanda
- 11:00am – 11:40am – Meditation with John (1)
- 11:45am to 12:30pm – Meditation with John (2)
Online: Yoga & Meditation
Heartfulness Meditation with John
23, 30 August & 13 Sept
Beginners Yoga with Hannah
24, 31 August & 14 Sept
Stay healthy and connected!
When on-campus sessions were suspended in 2020, John Smith, of the Heartfulness Institute, made these guided meditation and relaxation videos available to GUPSA to share with you. Please make use of them whenever you feel like a short meditation.
Heartfulness 4 Minute Guided Relaxation and Meditation
Heartfulness 5 Minute Guided Relaxation and Meditation with Soft Wind Sound
Heartfulness 10 Minute Guided Relaxation and Meditation with Silence
Yoga is a beneficial holistic practice for body, mind and spirit and, due to the benefits that it offers, has become a popular addition in lives of many busy individuals in Western world. Safe body alignment that is taught and practiced during yoga helps to improve mobility, flexibility and breathing, and increases self-awareness—all the components that are commonly suffering in students’ busy lives. Linked by the breath, the flowing blend of asana (postures) pranayama (breath work) relaxation and meditation will help students to become more centred, relaxed and revitalized.
Yoga sessions are run by Amanda Lynn, a well-experienced yogi who teaches traditional Hatha yoga and Vinyasa Flow, emphasizing the linking of the breath with movement and developing a balance between strength and flexibility. Her classes include Pranayama (breathing techniques) and a short meditation.
Amanda teaches yoga at Langri Tanpa Buddhist Centre. She continues with Yoga education in Radiant Light Yoga, completing Therapeutic Yoga for Arthritis in January 2014, Therapeutic Yoga for the Spine March 2014 and continues to attend other yoga workshops. Her classes develop strength and flexibility while allowing students to work to their own capacity, as deeply as they feel comfortable, and at the same time having the opportunity to explore more challenging options.
Amanda is experienced in teaching yoga for all levels and is enthusiastic about sharing her yoga knowledge with anyone who is interested. She describes her teaching as process orientated, rather than statically focused on goals. All postgraduate students are welcome to attend.
Equipment needed: comfortable clothing and a yoga mat if you have one. A few yoga mats will be available for students to borrow if they don’t have their own.
You must also download and complete the Yoga Health Questionnaire and send it with your email.
Amanda has provided some guidelines for students starting these yoga classes:
- Practice on an empty stomach. It is recommended that you do not eat two hours before yoga.
- Remember to switch off your mobile phone every class.
- Arrive to class a few minutes early to give yourself time to set up.
- Please enter the yoga space quietly keeping chatting to a minimum. Your practice begins at the door.
- If you do arrive a few minutes late, please enter quietly, being mindful of those already in practice.
- Enter your name and phone number on the attendance sheet.
- Place personal belongings to one side keeping the room free from clutter.
- Gather your props and set up your mat with the props neatly stacked around you.
- Relax in shavasana, a supported relaxation pose or sit in meditation. Allow the body and mind to become still and centered.
- Be kind and loving to yourself. Listen to your body’s messages and allow the transformation of yoga to be gradual and permanent.
- Yoga is a personal experience, unique to each person. Never be competitive or compare yourself with others. Completely accepting yourself as you are will bring the most progress in your practice.
- After class, please pack your props away.
Meditation sessions are run by John Smith. John will present and conduct an introduction to Raja Yoga (yoga of the mind) introducing some stress release techniques of breathing (Pranayama), Mindful Awareness & Heartfulness Meditation. These bring a simple practical approach to de-stress,restore, and renew one's balance, harmony, and wellbeing.
These sessions will provide students with an opportunity to take a break, unwind, and get some "headspace" away from their studies and work. They will help you relax, rejuvenate, and become more focussed. Regular breathing and meditation practice has well known benefits for helping to manage stress and our emotions - and in turn increased productivity with a more positive outlook on life.
These sessions will focus also on learning valuable tools to assist you in the daily pressures of life. John will first introduce some theory and purpose of yoga practice to help students with their understanding and will then introduce you to pranayama and meditative practices while leaving some time in the middle and at the end of the session for questions. These sessions are suitable for new and experienced so all are welcome to attend and experience positive effects of these sessions,
John Joseph Smith
350 hours. Level 1 Yoga Teacher with IYTA
Certified Level 3 Yin Yoga Teacher
Certified Heartfulness Meditation Trainer
John has been a student of yoga since 1982 starting with TM (Transcendental Meditation) and then taking up a regular practice of Hatha Yoga (physical postures). John attended Yoga classes at the Australian Schoold of Yoga in Bondi JUnction Sydney for several years. In 1987 his further interest led him to Mysore, South India to study under Shri Patabhi Jois, a well respected teacher in the field of Ashtanga Yoga. His further searches in India led him to Chennai in Tamil Nadu where he started training in Raja Yoga (Meditation) techniques with Shri Parthasarthi Rajagopalachan of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission. During this time, John was prepared as an instructor/trainer and has been involved in practicing and teaching Raja Yoga under Heartfulness Meditation System for the past 32 years. John completed his 350 hours of Yoga Studies at Pine Rivers Yoga, and is passionate in sharing these practices which have great benefits for physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
Meditation sessions are run by John Smith.