ashtanga yoga
Graeme & Leonie Northfield

Graeme & Leonie Northfield

with Graeme Northfield

Graeme and Leonie have been dedicated practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga for over 32 and 28 years respectively and continue with passion and enthusiasm. They maintain an insightful and investigative approach to practice and teaching and are always excited to share their depth of experience and knowledge with others.

They inspire their workshops with passion and understanding, not only of the physical mechanics of asana practice but of the body-mind connection. They believe everyone can benefit from directing more attention towards simplicity, honesty and conscious relaxation.

In this 6-day workshop Graeme and Leonie will present a combination of led and self-practice classes. 

You can either participate in the full workshop, Monday to Friday only, or Sundays classes only.

Sunday afternoons session: "Time to Explore". Developing skills and attitude in practice that help us to meet our individual needs, goals and healings, so that our practice can be beneficial, manageable, fun, challenging and satisfying.

Sunday 1 to Friday 6 February

Sunday 8.30-11am & 12-2.30pm

Monday to Friday 5.30-7.30am        

Sunday, 01 February– Friday, 06 February 2015
  1. Price: $370 Whole workshop
  2. Price: $290 Monday - Friday
  3. Price: $140 Sunday's classes only
'Know Your Miracle' Applied Yoga Anatomy

'Know Your Miracle' Applied Yoga Anatomy

with Monica Gauci

Join Monica for a two-weekend intensive workshop applying the functionality of yoga anatomy, exploring how anatomy relates to yoga asana and other yoga techniques.

Learn about the physical and functional  miracle of your body! You will learn the language of anatomy and kinesiology (the science of movement) and how to analyse the movement patterns of yoga asanas. Understand how structure determines function and the proper kinetics of yoga asana. You will also learn surface anatomy and how to locate the major muscles and organs to deepen your understanding of the effects of yogic techniques upon the body as well as the basic functional anatomy of the the relevant organ systems to yoga. 

This information will be simple, powerfully relevant and easily applied to your yoga practice!

This workshop is open to students as well as teachers wanting to take their understanding to a new depth.

This workshop is taught over two full weekends (approx. 32 hours).

14, 15 & 21, 22 February, 2015

Saturday, 14 February 2015
  1. Price: $700 Two full weekends
Kirtan music concert

Kirtan music concert

with Devaraje & Scott Mitchell

Share in the meditative sounds, sacred mantra and chanting in the traditional Kirtan style of call and response. With the exotic sounds of the sitar, harmonium, guitar and celestial vocals of Devaraje, we will be immersed in the healing power of mantra.

Devaraje is a singer and songwriter from Israel. She has travelled extensively through India where she has spent many years in the practice of Bhakti Yoga and immersing herself in the Indian music culture. Scott Mitchell is a sitar player, multi instrumentalist and music producer. A regular performer in the Perth music scene, Scott has been playing sitar for 16 years as a soloist and recording artist. Since 2010, Devaraje and Scott have been offering their audiences an intimate musical experience of meditation, spiritual rejuvenation and celebration seeped in the richness of Sanskrit mantra and sacred songs.  

Sunday, 22 February 2015
  1. Price: $20 Early on-line Bird!
  2. Price: $25 At the door...
'The Love of Knowledge' Yoga Sutra & Philosophy

'The Love of Knowledge' Yoga Sutra & Philosophy

with Gregor Maehle

The Yoga Sutra is a tool to gain inner
 freedom. Inner freedom means to be able to
dictate our mind what to do, what it needs to
 think or when it should be quiet rather than our 
mind bossing us around. Studying the Yoga Sutra is
 a training that teaches you to use your mind in
the same efficient and creative way as asana 
is a training to use your body. For this purpose 
we need to be able to understand how to free ourselves from our conditioning (vasana).

In this workshop you will
 come to understand how conditioning is created by 
your past thoughts, words and actions and 
how to change future conditioning by changing your present thoughts, words and actions.

Another important goal of Yoga Sutra is the integration of meditative experiences 
or glimpses into our life. We may have had great experiences of happiness but without their proper integration, apart from the actual moment of experience, they are often not of lasting value. The Yoga Sutra helps us to put them into perspective and integrate them into our lives, leading to lasting change. 

This workshop is taught over two full weekends (32 hours). 

28, 29 March & 4, 5 April 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015
  1. Price: $700 Two full weekends
'The Breath of Yoga' - Pranayama & Kriya

'The Breath of Yoga' - Pranayama & Kriya

with Gregor Maehle

Learn how to use pranayama to harmonize the doshas (humors of the body) and thus attain a state of health and balance as well as how to still the mind, enabling spiritual insight. Additionally, you will learn how to liberate the breathing pattern, the use of breath waves, breath ratios, digital counting, contraindications and the therapeutic effects of all pranayama techniques.

The kriyas are predominantly methods of purification of the body. They suppor the work of postures and aid in removing contamination from chemical, environmental, electrical, electromagnetic and radioactive sources.

Gregor is the author of 'Pranayama, The Breath of Yoga'. 

"Once again, Gregor Maehle has provided an invaluable resource for yoga students. I've read a dozen books on pranayama and taken workshops, all to little benefit in my practice. With this book, the lights came on. As in his previous publications, Mr. Maehle combines his astonishing knowledge of yoga scripture with the most straightforward, most insightful, most eye-opening descriptions and explanations ranging from physiology and bio-mechanics to psychology and spirituality. As I reread this book and ponder it, I am continually astonished by the depth of insight it provides. I have come to believe that this will be the single most important book on yoga in the past century. This is a life-changing contribution, for which I am profoundly grateful. "  Paul M. Gahlinger, MD, PhD, MPH

This workshop is taught over two full weekends (approx. 32 hours).

2, 3 & 9, 10 May 2015

Saturday, 02 May 2015
  1. Price: $700 Two full weekends
'An Act of Giving' Teaching Methodology

'An Act of Giving' Teaching Methodology

with Monica Gauci

Learn sophisticated verbal instructions combined with the essential principles of communication to help your students reach their desired goals. We teach you how to effectively structure, conduct and deliver various levels of asana classes safely to a broad range of student abilities. Learn about the role of the teacher and intra-class dynamics.

You will learn various ways of giving students feedback so that they can improve their Yoga practice. These will include verbal and light touch corrections as well as anatomically sound hands-on adjusting techniques.

After having demonstrated a particular posture you will often find the class practising as many variations of the posture as there are students in the room! Learn effective demonstration techniques so that there is the smallest possible deviation in the class from the posture taught.

You will also have the opportunity to rehearse the learned content so you receive valuable individual feedback and can then confidently step before a class and teach.

This workshop is taught over three full weekends (approx. 48 hours).

26, 27 september, 3, 4 & 24, 25 october 2015

Saturday, 26 September 2015
  1. Price: $1050 Three full weekends
'The Transcendental Jewel' - Yoga Meditation

'The Transcendental Jewel' - Yoga Meditation

with Gregor Maehle

In this workshop Gregor gives a precise step-by-step description of the meditation technique at the heart of yoga but also puts it into context with all other yogic techniques and how they contribute to the break-through to spiritual freedom. 

Yogic meditation derives its power from the fact that it systematically suspends the entire processing capacity of the subconscious mind and diverts it towards meditation. The processing power of the subconscious mind is a multiple of that of the conscious mind. Simply watching breath or watching awareness involves only your conscious mind. For quick and effective concentration the entire power of the subconscious mind has to be harnessed. This is the secret of yogic meditation.

Kundalini is the coiled life force. If left resting at the base of the spine we are enslaved by our urges and desires. If, however, it is lifted through the various energy centres (Chakras), we can express ourselves as a successful person, a fully integrated human being, a genius, or recognize the Divine within us, respectively. Once the higher Chakras are reached meditation (Dhyana) will occur effortlessly.

Gregor also introduces us to the Chakras and leads us through guided meditations aimed at raising Kundalini. 

21, 22 & 28, 29 November 2015

Saturday, 21 November 2015
  1. Price: $700 Two full-weekends