Reach for the Sun

Hatha Yoga

At Ready to Relax we offer Hatha Yoga with a taste of mindfulness. This program runs throughout the year. A one hour and fifteen minute class beginning with an introduction to mindfulness meditation. Followed by mindful gentle Hatha Yoga. The class concludes with a fifteen minute progressive body relaxation.

Dr Craig Hassed from the Department of General Practice at Monash University in Melbourne explains that eliciting the relaxation response is very beneficial in dealing with chronic pain as it may be associated with greater pain tolerance as it has the potential to reduce inflammation, cause muscle relaxation, reduce hyper-vigilance and desensitise the central pain pathways and enhance mood and reduce emotional reactivity to pain. The relaxation response is opposite to the flight and fright response which occurs when we are stressed. Learning to relax this way allows for the body to go into a natural healing state without medication.

A taste of mindfulness is an introduction to practice and embody experientially being in the moment and allowing us to be aware of direct experience as it arises and passes. To further explore mindfulness enrol in our MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) 8 week program and immerse yourself in a new way of being.

Venue: Upstairs
T12, L1, Circle Health Building
Unit 6, 230 Blackshaws Road, Altona North VIC 3025

Dates: Wednesday Evenings -24th April – 5th June 2019
Times: 7.15 -8.30pm

Cost for 9 week program: $180

Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing, no jeans or belts

Bring: Yoga mat and blanket and meditation stool or cushion (chairs provided for sitting meditation)