Yoga is a process of self-transformation. The mind is engaged to develop awareness of and transform one’s physical and mental state. The body, in the form of various postures (or asanas), is used as a tool to achieve this.
At the Central Yoga School the poses are taught in the tradition of the Iyengar system. They are done dynamically so as to make the body strong and supple. Instruction is given on how to align and fine tune the postures as this brings more energy into the body, focusing the mind and developing understanding and clarity.
Aside from this process the poses in themselves, when done correctly, have various physical, physiological and psychological effects, improving health and maintaining an overall sense of well being.
You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. The most essential thing is to be open minded and willing to learn.
The key to progress is practice.
Choose a class or course to suit. Make every effort to attend regularly. Improvements will naturally follow…
James is a Senior Intermediate certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has been practising yoga for 30 years. In 1993 he undertook a traditional yoga apprenticeship with Shandor Remete, where he developed a strong and disciplined practice and learnt the art of teaching. He has also studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. James has been running the Central Yoga School in the Surry Hills area since 1998.
Christine Harpley is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been studying yoga since 1999. She completed teacher training with Pixie Lillas in 2004 and has studied with Geeta Iyengar.
Christine brings to the practice in-depth knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. Her unique teaching style is compassionate yet motivating, encouraging each individual to work to their potential. She enjoys sharing yoga with people of all ages and abilities, and works to foster in her students a sense of discovery and confidence as they develop greater strength, flexibility, and awareness in their practice.
Simon has been practising Iyengar Yoga since 2003. Under the guidance of senior UK teacher Alaric Newcombe, he gained his Iyengar teaching certificate and has been teaching since 2009.
Simon’s approach to teaching is to develop an awareness of body, mind and breath through the practice of asana and pranayama. The balance of these elements brings harmony and well-being to all aspects of everyday life.
Simon continues to study with the Iyengar family and senior Iyengar Yoga teachers from around the world. He is pleased to know that he has a lot more to learn.
Kathy is a passionate yogi, having practised Iyengar yoga at Central Yoga School since 2002. She began teacher training in 2012, gained her Level 1 teaching certificate in 2014 and is currently working towards Level 2.
Kathy has a firm yet empathetic approach to teaching, whilst bringing a youthful enthusiasm to the practice. She has spent time studying Iyengar yoga with the Chanchanis in India and continually looks to learn from her students and teachers.
Kathy holds a bachelor of Health/Science in Complementary Medicine and is a qualified Herbalist and Nutritionist with a keen interest in all things wellness.
Christine D’Aran is a Junior Intermediate level Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been practising over 20 years and teaching for 16 years. Various career paths led to the challenge of diverse interests being met by Iyengar yoga. With an agile teaching style, her students appreciate and greatly benefit from the knowledge and experience she brings to teaching Pranayama.
Kathryn is a certified Iyengar teacher who has been practising yoga for the past 20 years. She is also a registered nurse who has spent a number of years as a volunteer in remote villages in India. Read more about Kathryn in this blog post.
Lorenzo is passionate about Iyengar yoga and has been practising at Central Yoga School since 2013. For the past year he has been working towards certification. His youthful energy and enthusiasm for the subject is felt strongly in his classes. Read more about his yoga journey in this blog post.
About Central Yoga School: Beginnings
The Central Yoga School has been running yoga classes, workshops and retreats exclusively in the Iyengar tradition in Surry Hills and near Central Station since 1998. James Hasemer is the backbone of the school and has propagated his passion for Iyengar yoga through his consistent and tireless teaching of classes for more than 20 years. Many students who started classes with him before the turn of the century still attend the school today.
Classes were initially run from a shiatsu college on George Street in Haymarket, close to Central Station. Not long after the shiatsu college closed down and new premises were found in Buckingham Street on the Surry Hills side of Central Station.
The Buckingham Street premises was large and spacious and, at that time, was the only yoga school in the area. In 2005 the building was sold and new premises were sought. The school was relocated to Devonshire Street and continued at these premises for three years.
Since 2008 the school has been situated at its current location on Cooper Street….
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