November Newsletter 2014

Hi everyone

In this issue:

  • iRest Yoga Nidra for Stress Release
  • Masterclass with Remy
  • Christmas get together
  • Christmas closure
  • Notes from Catherine

iRest® Yoga Nidra for Stress Release – Sunday 30 November 4-5pm



For those of you who haven’t come along to an iRest session or course before, iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that: releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life.

It is a protocol that works through the koshas or sheaths of the body to locate and explore whatever is most calling for our attention and needs expression and/or release. Research has shown that iRest Yoga Nidra effectively reduces: PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Chronic pain, Chemical dependency.

This iRest session is designed especially for managing stress and incorporates autogenics which is a deep relaxation technique. Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to developing The Shed (Theresa and I are dreaming about a bamboo floor). Everyone is welcome, no yoga postures involved, just meditative self inquiry in a safe and supported environment. You can sit, stand or lie down, however you like – just get comfortable.

Catherine is a Level 2 Teacher in Training with the Integrative Restoration Institute.

Find more information about iRest here.

Masterclass with Remy – Sunday 7 December 2-5 pm – The Fundamentals of Practice



In this final Masterclass for 2014 we will work on the fundamentals of breathing, breathwork, core (bandhas), shoulder and hip opening. Something for everyone to help advance your practice from where ever you are.

When most people think of flexibility they think of touching past their toes, or bending over backwards. And when they think about strength, they often think pressing weights on a machine. But rarely do people think about how the parts of their body fit together, or what their level of tension is throughout the day and how that relates to their attitudes and thoughts. Both strength and flexibility actually relate to a combination of factors that involve muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and joints, along with one’s breathing, emotional tone and attitude.

coremaleThe key to marrying strength and flexibility is the core. In this masterclass, Remy will progress you through core activation, from subtle exercises through to challenging party pieces. We’ll look at how the core connects the shoulder and hip girdles, and how you can open these to achieve more openness and alignment in all postures, and more grace in day-to-day living. Finally, we’ll look at how breathwork shifts emotional tone, and allows for further relaxation and flexibility.

Investment: $50 if paid before the day, otherwise $60 on the day. Bookings essential Phone 4588 5377 or email:

(NB. If you have already attended 4 Masterclasses this year, this one is free – just let us know when you book)

Full details.

Christmas get together


We’d like to invite all students and their friends and family to a Christmas get together at The Shed. It will be a great opportunity to thank you all for being part of the yoga community around The Shed and to spend some time together a little bit differently than normal, i.e. not in a yoga class. All welcome, we’d love to see you, please join us.

Sunday 7 December 5:30-6:30pm (after Remy’s Masterclass)

Christmas closure

The Yoga Shed will be closed from 24 December (no classes on Christmas eve) and re-open on January 5 with a limited timetable for the month of January. The January timetable will be up-to-date on our website and available in printed format from December.

Notes from Catherine



I completed my Level 2 Teacher Training in iRest last week. These five days with Richard Miller and the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) team were a wonderful addition to my learning/teaching journey. I had been looking forward to this training for a long time, but after spending a relaxed and social week in Tasmania with my husband the week before, by contrast, it was hard work. Looking inwards can be challenging, but is so interesting and rewarding. As usual with these teachings I realised how much I didn’t know, which is always a good perspective leveler, but I got clarification on so many things that I only vaguely understood.

What I love most about the iRest meditation protocol is that it makes being, presence, enlightenment (yes, enlightenment) accessible for everyone. Wherever you are, whatever you do, whatever is happening in your life. It isn’t a linear thing. We don’t have to work through all ‘our stuff’ before it becomes accessible. At any moment we can tap into our essential nature, our homeground. It is afterall, who and what we are, that oneness and connection that is beyond our personality. That’s not to say that our personality and ‘our stuff’ disappears, but we start to become acquainted with our timeless existence beyond these things. The more we do it, the easier it is to access, the more familiar it becomes, and that inevitably transforms us. Herein lies the paradox, we need to practice, but it can happen anytime in the most natural way.

I found this wonderful quote that sums it up perfectly:

“We are like islands in the sea. Separate on the surface but connected in the deep”

William James

If any of you are interested in exploring the wonderful mystery that resides within us, I thoroughly recommend that you consider attending the seven day silent retreat, Ease of Being, with Richard Miller in April next year. Just up the road for us at Mangrove Mountain. Registrations are open and it is filling quickly. You can find details here.

I thought it would be nice to offer an iRest for Stress session this side of Christmas, hope to see you there (see above).

with love and light from Catherine and Theresa. See you at The Shed soon.