Yoga for Beginner Beginners

Yoga for Beginner Beginners: 4 Thursday evenings in January and 4 Saturday mornings in Feb 2018

If your body were separate from you and your good friend how would you treat ‘it’? And would that be different from how you treat ‘it’ now?

In the West, over the last 20 years, taking good care of your brain/body has been proven to support physical and psychological wellness. But for those who do yoga and meditation this has been known and recorded for thousands of years. The benefits of yoga are well-known and include physical benefits such as increased flexibility and strength, better balance and co-ordination, higher energy levels, improved immune response, better digestion and deeper and longer sleep. Psychological benefits include increased feelings of confidence and well-being, a more stable sense of calm, better emotional resilience to the stresses of life, less anxiety and an increased capacity to explore new things and ideas in daily life.

Beginning at the beginning is a good place to start if you want to learn something new, have injuries or other conditions, or to make sure that you have some good foundations to build on in the future. Your body is your home and you are your own best friend. These can either sound like a revelation or a cliché – but they are also actual experiences that have a ‘felt sense’ and can change the way you experience yourself in class and in life.

In these classes you will:

  • Learn a basic repertoire of movements and postures in a safe learning environment that will allow you to continue into an ongoing Beginner, Open or General class or - if you work your memory as well – to practice safely at home.
  • Practice yoga in a way that fosters an ongoing sense of physical and mental ease and confidence.
  • Understand how the different movements and postures are like ‘tools’ or ‘antidotes’ that are yours to apply as needed when you know what you are doing.
  • Have a clear experience of the benefits of taking good care of your mind/body and how they are absolutely not separate from each other in class or in daily life.
  • Be reminded that part of being a multi-dimensional human being is having millions of feelings and ideas about, and reactions to, all sorts of topics which can include achievement, anxiety, shyness, frustration, tiredness, ageing or pain and injury. If they are present or arise during your yoga practice, good practice includes these and responds to them appropriately as part of the experience rather than rejecting them or ‘pushing through’.

Sara Elderfield has been teaching yoga as a form of movement meditation practice for 18 years. She is also a Feldenkrais Method practitioner and meditator. She has been leading overseas retreats since 2000 to Bali, Nepal, Tibet, Vietnam and France. 

Course dates: 4 Thursdays at 5.45pm - 7.30pm: 4, 11, 18, 25 Jan 2018 OR 4 Saturdays 1pm -2.30pm: 10, 17, 24 Feb and 3 Mar 2018

Time: As above however please arrive at least 5 -10 minutes early to collect the equipment you will need and set up your place.  

Venue: Yoga Moves Studio, 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park (opposite the lake). All equipment supplied.

Cost: 4 class card $84/$76 concession*. The terms and conditions of class cards are on the registration form and on the website and should be read before purchase as there are no credits for missed classes.  Casual classes $25/$22 concession* are possible under some circumstances (returning students etc) but only in consultation with Sara before attending class.

Bookings: I like to know who we will be teaching in advance of the classes in order to keep a limit on class numbers and so that we have an idea of any injuries or conditions that you bring that we may need to be aware of during clasess. Please use the registration form to book your place and email it to Sara. If we will be working together for the first time, or I haven’t seen you in a while I will also need you to fill in a confidential medical history form prior to coming to class so please email me at (form can be found and downloaded on the fees page of the website).