YogiOnTheMove

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Darwin, Kakadu, Litchfield and a little yoga on the side

on February 18, 2015

imageBack in August 2014 I visited the Northern Territory (NT) for 8 days. My time was divided between Darwin, Litchfield and Kakadu.

There is much to see and do in the NT, ie from a gentle stroll along Mindil Beach to watch a breathtaking sunset, to action packed – adrenaline pumping – adventures involving helicopters, airboats and crocodiles.

Two decades ago, I lived and worked in the NT for 18 months. I have very fond memories of this part of Australia. Back then there was no speed limit on the open road. Friends and I would go on adventures – either mountain biking or driving – to waterfalls, gorges, abandoned mine sites, etc… It was a seemingly carefree period of my life.

For me, the Dry Season is the perfect time of year to visit the NT – warm temps (29-33 deg C during the day), and low humidity. Although the wet season finished several months ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find water flowing on all waterfalls visited.

During my visit, I made my asana practice on the tiled floor of my temporary home. I did not take a mat with me so I made a small pad out of a towelling face cloth for Sirsasana, and focused on standing asana.

122DARWIN YOGA SPACE
The one yoga venue I visited whilst in Darwin was the Darwin Yoga Space (DYS) which is an Iyengar studio.

On arrival at DYS, I asked permission to attend a class on a casual basis. Not knowing me, or my yoga practise, Margie – the teacher – invited me to join her beginner 2 class.
I had not attended a formal class for almost two weeks – there was a sense of coming home as I entered the studio and set up for class123

Margie’s class was very enjoyable – I liked her gentle, caring, method of teaching.

The DYS is a lovely yoga venue – comprised of two spacious studios – with a view from both studios into a peaceful, luscious tropical garden, with water features and statues.

Mats, bolsters, and other props often found in an Iyengar studio were available for students use. A special of $18 was charged for a casual class during August.120

Darwin Yoga Space
Warehouse 11 & 12 Caryota Court
Coconut Grove
Tel: 08 8948 2299

Following are a several other Darwin yoga venues identified, though not attended:

Flame Tree Yoga Studio
Agoy Yoga
Om Yoga
City Yoga Zone

A few of the highlights of my NT visit…

Darwin – Deckchair Cinema – saw a movie called The Lunchbox which I highly recommend, Wharf Precinct, Mindil Beach (famous for its outdoor market and beautiful sunsets). Berry Springs, Howards Springs, and The Territory Wild Park are a short drive from Darwin.

Wharf Precinct, Darwin, NT

Wharf Precinct, Darwin, NT

Litchfield – Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rock Hole, Cascades, magnetic termite mounds.

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Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park

Kakadu – Bowali Visitors Centre, Border Store, East Alligator River, Jabiru, Yellow Water – recommend the 6.45am Yellow Water Cruise – lots of wildlife to see (eg Jabiru, eagles, ducks, crocodiles, kingfishers) and the sunrise was beautiful, Nourlangie and Ubirr – rangers provide wonderful, informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture. NB Insect repellent is a MUST – I forgot, and fortunately a Danish tourist generously gave me some.

Sunrise at Yellow Water, Kakadu, NT

Sunrise at Yellow Water, Kakadu, NT

Morning mist - Yellow Water, Kakadu, NT

Morning mist – Yellow Water, Kakadu, NT

Many thanks to the beautiful NT, and Darwin Yoga Space, and the kind Danish man
Namaste

PS If you are looking for a great café, checkout Laneway Specialty Coffee in Parap

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