Mind, Body, Spirit
UPDATE: Due to the rapidly changing environment and the recent announcements from the government and health authorities, the decision has been made to postpone these sessions UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The health and well-being of all our participants is our number one priority and we thank you for your understanding.
We look forward to seeing you in Trimester 2.
At GUPSA we are well aware of the importance of physical and mental well-being for a healthy balanced lifestyle, especially whilst studying. Due to popular demand we are holding free Mindfulness Morning sessions that include yoga and meditation. Bring your own yoga mat or buy one from us HERE
This year we also bring you free Tai Chi sessions at Mt Gravatt and Nathan Campus. Details below.
Mindfulness Mornings at Nathan
T1: 21 April, 12 May – POSTPONED
T2: 14 July, 1 Sept, 22 Sept
Arrive at 8:45am for a prompt start
9:00am – 10:30am – YOGA with Amanda Lynn
11:00am – 11:40am – Meditation Session 1 by John Smith
5 min Break
11:45am to 12:30pm – Meditation Session 2 by John Smith
NOTE: Collect your mat from GUPSA office by arrangement
First 25 students will secure their spot and receive further information.
Tai Chi Sessions – POSTPONED
Mt Gravatt Campus – 11, 18 March *Outside M06
Nathan Campus – 25 March, 1 & 15 & 22 April * Outside N28
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.
She continues with Yoga education in Radiant Light Yoga (now in 3rd year of teacher training), is 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 who is the current CEO of the Heartfulness Institute in Australia. John has been a student of yoga since 1982 starting with TM (Transcendental Meditation) and then taking up a regualr practice of Hatha Yoga (physical postures). John attended yoga classes at the Australian School 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 while in India led him to Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu where he started training in Raja-Yoga (Meditation) techniques with Master Shri Parthasarthi Rajagopalachari 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 is also a level 1 registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia.
John will present and conduct introduction to Raja Yoga (yoga of the mind) and the Heartfulness Masterclass meditation techniques, a simple practical approach to de-stress, restore and renew one’s balance, harmony and wellbeing.
These meditation sessions will provide students with an opportunity to take a break, unwind and get some “headspace” away from their studies and work. This will help them relax, rejuvenate and help them become more attentive and concentrated when continuing with their studies and work. Regular meditation practice has benefits for stress management, emotional management and in turn increased productivity with a more positive outlook on life.
The Heartfulness Masterclass sessions are a mix of different meditation techniques with a focus on relaxation, unwinding and rejuvenation. John will first spend a few minutes on theory (purpose of meditation/yoga) to help students with understanding and will then spend time doing 2 heartfulness/relaxation meditations while leaving some time in the middle and at the end of the session for questions. These sessions are suitable for both those just starting with meditation and experienced practitioners so all are welcome to attend and experience positive effects of meditation practice.
The art of Tai Chi is an ancient form of meditation in movement, originating in China.
Ofer Michaelis has been training in Yang style Tai Chi for 25 years.
In the classes that will be held, he will introduce, explore and train:
- centering and the constant deepening and refinement of the mind-energy-body connection
This morning training will set your day with a sense of being energized, focused and calm.