What is Guringai Yoga Shala?
GURINGAI is the traditional indigenous name of the local area, of which Mona Vale is a part. We are not indigenous ourselves; this is simply our way to pay respect to the culture and the inhabitants that lived, and still live, here.
YOGA is a state where individual consciousness merges with Cosmic consciousness. We, as Yogi, aim for that.
SHALA means school in Sanskrit. This term highlights that education, rather than exercise, is our primary intention. Krishnamacharya (the teacher of our teachers) used the term shala to describe the place where he taught Yoga to his students. We use this term to point to our lineage, to pay respect to the Yoga tradition and to the man himself.
GURINGAI YOGA SHALA is a school where you can expect traditional and authentic classical Yoga to be taught in small classes. At Guringai, you will not find a modern studio with workouts to stretch or build your muscles. Instead, you will be welcomed into our school, where you will learn about yourself if you are willing to; a place where you may discover flexibility of your body but also your mind.
We are not black and white - we are bright, vivid colours; we are a little bit different, hippy even, and we teach in a way where every colour is respected and taken care of. There is not one way, but a different way for each person - we honour and respect that.
We’re honest about the fact we don’t offer you a workout, even though some of the practices can be physically demanding.
We do teach about the breath (a lot!) and Yogic philosophy impregnates every class, in a way you may never have experienced before. We chant. We apply mindfulness to all our classes. We are well-trained, we practice Yoga and we teach from our own experience.
Lastly, we LOVE your special conditions, needs and injuries, and we truly appreciate that you are willing to share that with us, so that we can offer our knowledge, assistance and CARE to you (not to mention the centuries of Yogic wisdom passed down through our teachers).
We welcome every body to Guringai Yoga Shala.
JOURNEYS INTO YOGA
Yoga Teacher Training
Journeys Into Yoga is our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, starting a two-week Bali intensive, and followed up by four terms of classes, courses and workshops at our studio in Mona Vale. Our program is a departure from the usual teacher training programs, which often take a linear approach, separating the content into modules. Instead, our teachings immerse the student into an inner and outer experiential journey, with the teaching content ruled by the Five Vedic Elements.
At Guringai Yoga Shala we offer small classes and traditional Yoga. We are inspired by the teachings of the ancient Yogis, and our classes include branches of Yoga such as asana, pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, philosophy and more.
We encourage our students to use Yoga as a way of entering their own sacred temples, and as a tool to allow deep listening to the wisdom of the body and the health within.
Our teachers believe that Yoga is about discovering the various layers of truth as to who we are and the life we are meant to live.
We offer a variety of classes and events, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Pranayama and Yin, and welcome students of all levels of experience from beginner to experienced.
Guringai Yoga Shala
Yoga and Meditation School in Mona Vale, Sydney
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