Yoga for Beginners Courses 2019

4-week Introductory Series

Beginner course dates (Term 3 2019).

4 Saturdays, 27th July, 4, 11, 18 August - 11am - 12.30pm


Yoga for Beginners

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few…” ~ Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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 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’.

Variations for different bodies…

Variations for different bodies…

Sara Elderfield has been teaching yoga as a form of movement meditation practice for 20 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.

Term 3 Beginner course dates and times:

4 Saturdays, 27th July, 4, 11, 18 August - 11am - 12.30pm

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

Venue: Centre for Movement Studies and Yoga Moves Studio, 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park. The studio is a separate hall attached to the West Subiaco Masonic Hall (‘Google’ 78 Herbert Road for directions) and our entrance is on Evans Street opposite Lake Jualbup.

What to bring: You will need to wear clothing that you can move and breathe in (no tight waistbands, jeans or belts etc). All equipment is supplied but please bring your own if you prefer to use your own equipment.

Cost: 4 class card, $100/$88 concession*.  Payment before the first class is required. The terms and conditions of class cards are below and should be read before purchase as there are no credits for missed classes. Missed classes may be made up in other classes (after consultation with your teacher to decide on a suitable class and time) before Thursday 18th April 2019.

Casual classes $25/$22 concession* are possible for students who have some previous experience of yoga with Sara. Please email or text 24 hours before attending class.

Bookings and enquiries: Class numbers are limited and pre-booking your place is required. If we will be working together for the first time, or we haven’t seen you in a while, we will ask you to fill in a confidential participant form prior to coming to class which we will email you.

To check availability, ask questions and/or to book please contact:

Sara:    or phone/text    0415 363 313

Payments: Your place is only guaranteed upon receipt of payment. Cash, cheque and bank transfer payments are accepted. (If paying by cheque please contact your teacher first). Bank details are below the terms and conditions.

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Terms & Conditions (please read before purchasing a course or class card)

Payment is due before or at your first class depending on whose class you will be attending. See payment details below.

All class cards are to be used within, and expire at the end of, the term dates stipulated on the class timetable or on the course advertising.

Class charges are non-refundable. Should you miss one of your regular classes, you may make it up at another class with the same teacher, unless you have purchased a 10-week class pass (11 weeks with Jude), which allows a free class to any other teacher on the timetable in the same term* (*Classes that require previous experience or are fully booked may be excluded. Please check with the class teacher before the class you intend to make up). For special 3-week or 4-week Beginner or Introductory courses, classes may be made up after consultation with your teacher about a suitable class for your level.

Class cards may not be shared for Beginner Courses.

Please note that concession prices do not apply to all Health Card Holders or all Seniors – it applies specifically to full time students and those receiving aged, disability or unemployment benefits.

Cash, cheque and direct transfer payments accepted. No credit cards. Please make any cheques payable to the teacher whose classes you attend and present the cheque at your first class. For direct transfer please use your name as the reference and send an email to the relevant teacher for a confirmation of receipt, if required. Account names and numbers are below and on the regular class timetable.

Some health fund rebates are available for classes and individual lessons. Request more information from individual teachers as required.

Email and bank details are as follows:

Sara Elderfield:       Acc. name: Yoga Moves  BSB: 066 125  A/c No: 1013 5666