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Dr. Monica Gauci (chiropractor)

Dr. Monica Gauci (chiropractor)

Dr. Monica Gauci (chiropractor) Monica has studied and practiced Yoga for 38 years. She is dedicated Yogi, a compulsive Educator, a registered Yoga Therapist and a rehabilitative Doctor of Chiropractic! Monica is registered at the highest level with both Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500) and Yoga Australia (Level 3 Membership).

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Gregor Maehle

Gregor Maehle Gregor Maehle began his yogic practices thirty-nine years ago. In the mid-1980s he commenced annual travels to India, where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters, traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. He spent fourteen months in Mysore, and in 1997 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then he has branched out into researching the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of yoga. He gained his anatomical knowledge through a Health Practitioner degree and has also studied history, philosophy and comparative religion.

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F – Creating Change

Creating Change – Understanding Sankalpa A common motivation for practicing yoga is a desire to change or grow in some way, whether for health reasons, transforming a mental or physical state or manifesting some deeper desire. However, sometimes, despite this genuine aspiration, try as one may, the issue is like a stubborn mule and the cause of it remains elusive. Many begin with positive intentions, but a couple of months in…chocolate is the main item on the menu, the regular morning yoga routine occurs in dream state from bed and equanimity seems far-fetched!

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E – Varanasi, where yoga is hidden in plain sight

Varanasi, where yoga is hidden in plain sight Varanasi is the holiest city in India, a pilgrimage destination for millennia. The streets pulse with spirituality and it has long been an important centre of Indian philosophy, ayurveda, yoga and mysticism. At the heart of Varanasi is the Ganges river. Every Hindu aspires to bathe in her sacred waters and it’s an especially auspicious place to die. When they bathe in the holy water of the Ganges, the practice is said to wash away lifetimes of karma as well as the more recent sins of this...

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D – Songs of Gratitude

Songs of Gratitude Singer, composer and guitarist Prabhu Miten tours the world with his life partner, Deva Premal, sharing sacred mantras and original songs that open audiences to inner peace and meditation. Much of their time is constantly spent on the road. But, as he tells Suvi Mahonen, in an exclusive interview for Australian Yoga Life, no matter where he is on the planet, he always feels at home.

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A – Something about Kate

Something about Kate Whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual, pain often brings us to yoga. And it was pain of the muscular variety that got 35-year-old Canadian national, Kate Sawford, to her first class. Sawford, who now resides in the historic township of Braidwood , NSW, says she’d had hip pain for over ten years. “I’d tried a bunch of therapies … physios and all sorts of exercises”. Getting only temporary relief, she realised she needed a more sustainable

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A – Principles & Practices of Adjusting – Tips for Teachers

James E. Bryan, senior Cairns Knoff Yoga teacher, offers tips to help you adjust safely and with confidence. As teachers we can greatly assist our students with a solid understanding of the principles of adjustment. Learning how to safely and trustfully place hands on a student is a skill that can guide their movements and help them feel their way into their yoga practice. To be a safe competent yoga teacher it’s essential to have a solid understanding of postures, techniques, and their applications. By solid, I mean beyond form and aesthetics. It is one thing to have an impressive visual practice, it’s entirely another to be able to clearly convey or highlight what’s occurring internally as a result of the

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A – Finding Forgiveness

Introspection in yoga asks you to find those places within that hold emotional tension, and release them. Nancy Jackson (Swami Dayananda) offers some tips. Introspection in yoga asks you to find those places within that hold emotional tension, and release them. Nancy Jackson (Swami Dayananda) offers some tips If you practice yoga and meditation you become aware of your own thinking. When you are stretching in a posture, challenging your strength, releasing in guided relaxation, or sitting in meditation, thoughts come up. And some of those thoughts return time and again to a person or event that creates tightness in the heart. Sometimes it can be about loss or times past, but

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Notes from the classroom

I recently receiving an email from a prospective student concerned she wasn’t skinny enough to do yoga, and the next day receiving my issue of AYL (I’m a long time subscriber) I felt compelled to express my opinion. Are we doing yoga a serious disservice with covers showing lithe young bodies? Rather than encouraging people to try our amazing practice, I’m worried we are actually turning them away as they look upon this ‘yoga thing’ draped in its magazine cover perfection, as something they can never achieve. Will they look to an alternative practice because many of these postures appear unachievable in their eyes?

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Bianca Machliss – Sydney

I was born and raised in Sydney, and studied both a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology & Psychology) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at Sydney University. Outside of Yoga Synergy and the many hats that are required to run it, there isn’t much time left for other things. I enjoy my son Lorenzo and our dog Spitzi, time at Bondi Beach, cooking, walking, swimming, live music, and the chance to go on retreat occasionally with my beloved teacher Clive Sheridan! “What I value most about yoga

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