Make Yoga Part Of Your Margaret River stay
A gentle and meditative yoga session is the perfect compliment to whatever you have planned for the rest of your day in magical Margaret River - whether its lounging on one of the beautiful beaches, lunching at the wineries, surfing, supping or cycling...or doing as little as possible!!
Yoga offers you the opportunity to switch gears into a more relaxed mode so you can get the most out of your stay this beautiful region.
Grace Orchard Yoga: What’s on offer?
Hi there, I’m Kate and there’s nothing I enjoy more than helping people unwind, relax and get the most out of their stay in this amazing part of the world.
What Is Yoga?
Yoga, in its authentic form, is a science of transformation and a path to higher knowledge.
Much more than just an exercise or a fitness regime (more on that in this blog post), yoga is a holistic practice for everyday living that leads to health and healing, personal empowerment and better relationships - professional, personal and romantic.
Yoga is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular in our fast-paced world where people live with high levels of stress, ill health & disconnection from the deeper aspects of life.
Many of us feel lost, confused, depressed, anxious and despondent and are seeking out ways to overcome the negativity we experience.
This is where yoga can help. This is a practice that brings greater balance to our emotions and thoughts as well as our physical body, allowing us to enjoy improved health, positivity and peace of mind.
How do I know? Because I've experience that for myself, that's why I'm so passionate about teaching it!
Yoga is about getting to know yourself so you can live an empowered and joyful existence.
It's about learning to still your body and your mind and developing a connection with your spiritual side - your essential nature.
I’M REALLY INFLEXIBLE! SHOULD I ATTEMPT YOGA?
Absolutely!! Please please don't let this thought hold you back! Unfortunately, many people think that you have to be flexible to do yoga. While flexibility will come from continued practice, this is just a side effect of much deeper benefits such as self-confidence, self-love and self-awareness.
I'VE TRIED A FEW DIFFERENT KINDS OF YOGA (BIKRAM, VINYASA, ASHTANGA) BUT I FOUND THEM REALLY COMPLICATED!
Don't worry - I know how you feel!
Yes, even as a yoga teacher I find these styles of yoga busy and convoluted (tilt my pelvis where?/what muscle is she referring to?/ what language is that?). In my humble opinion all the verbal instruction and physical emphasis gives no space for inner reflection or feelings of peacefulness...
Yoga doesn't need to be overwhelming or dynamic or intense to have profound effects on your body and mind - my approach to the practice is simple, gentle and integrated.
Even my mum was able to go from a complete yoga skeptic (because she thought it was hard and 'not for her) to having a daily practice.
And she says herself; if she can do it - anyone can!
Read more about my mums yoga journey on the blog or by clicking here.
YOGA VERSUS MEDITATION - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Often yoga and meditation are spoken of as 2 separate things but this is a misconception. The style of yoga practice I share emphasises mental concentration and focus of the mind while at the same time strengthening and improving the health of the physical body.
Meditation is part of yoga! They are not separate.
I'VE TRIED MEDITATION BEFORE BUT MY MIND IS JUST TOO CRAZY.
IT'S TOO HARD.
Yes but that's the whole point! The mind is crazy & hard to deal with, just like a toddler can be... But it doesn't mean you should give into it.
Meditation is not about having an empty mind or feeling like you're succeeding at it. Some days you'll have a good practice and some days you won't. That's the nature of meditation and the nature of life. A consistent meditation practice helps us to integrate this truth and become more detached from both the fluctuations of the mind and the ups & downs of daily life.
WHAT IS TANTRA YOGA?
Tantra is an ancient philosophy and practice which comes from Indian and Tibetan Yoga traditions, dating back thousands of years. Mention the word Tantra to people today though, and they usually think of sex. This is a huge distortion and misconception! (Read more here about that on my blog!)
Tantra is an energy based system that teaches you methods for consciously connecting with the Universe in order to feel, harness and amplify beneficial energies; aspects such as vitality, creativity and imagination, self- confidence, courage, love, compassion, self-expression, intuition, mental concentration, detachment and spiritual lucidity.
Hatha Yoga, Laya Yoga and Kundalini Yoga all fall under the broader Tantra Yoga umbrella.
Tantra offers a holistic perspective on reality and an understanding of the connections between your body, emotions and mind, as well as the intricate relationships between all aspects of life. It's am amazing and integrated way of seeing and being in the world.