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Iyengar with Karena at the Byron Yoga Lounge in Byron Bay, New South Wales

21 September 2015

After 5 days of up to 13 hours per day of driving my body was feeling the need to participate in a few hours of lead asana practice.

IMG_2389[1]I found the Byron Yoga Lounge (BYL) online, and also Lara Favelle  my regular teacher in Busselton (WA), recommended BYL.

I attended the Monday morning, 10.00am general class – which is usually taught by Liz Costigan – today Karena was covering for Liz.

Before class, Karena took a few details asked me the “usual” questions, eg any injuries.

There were around 15 students in attendance. Early on in the class we practised vajrasana – this was my first time.  Block between feet, and ankles bound, we sat in vajrasana as we worked through arms as follows – urdhva hastasana, garudasana, and gomukhasana – meanwhile my ankle region felt like it was in a vice (!) (Karena had warned it may be a challenging posture.)  Releasing vajrasana and moving into adho mukha virasana was fabulous – I felt my hips welcome the posture and my butt rested down on my heels a lot more comfortably than usual – thanks vajrasana.

The class soon brought home to me how tired my body and mind was after the days of travelling – I went into sirsasana but quickly decided to change tack and hang in the ropes instead. I also opted to take salamba sarvangasana (on a chair).

Thanks to Karena for a lovely class, and BYL for a lovely practice space


IMG_2387[1]Byron Yoga Lounge
Unit 22b     1A Banksia Drive
Byron Bay, NSW 2481
Tel: 0402 770 441

BYL provides all the “usual props” and equipment you would expect to find in an Iyengar studio.

BYL also offers one class per week in Lennox Heads – check out their website for further details.

Byron Bay was busy – I was not expecting the volume of traffic, or the volume of people. But, it was the school holidays. Though I gathered from signage that traffic was an ongoing issue that locals are keen to address.

Byron has lots of cute shops, and nice cafes/restaurants/bars – a bit like Bali Oz style.

It was lovely to wander around in the evening and enjoy the relaxed feel of Byron. I look forward to visiting Byron again…

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Yoga in the Outback (Part 2)

Bunbury, Western Australia to Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales ... a 48 hour drive

Bunbury, Western Australia to Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales

The Bunbury, WA to Kingscliff, NSW, drive was fabulous. To see – albeit mostly from a moving vehicle – more of this ruggedly beautiful country was a wonderful experience. The changes in flora, fauna, geology, landscape, etc was something special. Doing it all again – but at a more leisurely pace – is on my to do list.

As predicted (in Part 1), time spent getting from A-B each day, did not allow me to attend any asana classes – with one exception, ie Byron Bay (more about that later in a seperate post).

We were on the road 11-13 hours each day. We travelled at a sedate pace, ie 100km/hour, complying with the speed limit when towing a trailer. We only took time out to make stops for fuel, to eat, restrooms, to sleep… oh – and to change a tyre, repair the tyre, buy some tools, and undertake makeshift repairs on the trailer. The trailer door latches failed resulting in the door dragging on the road for several kilometres. A truck driver and his wife (Jim and Janet Crawford) stopped to assist us with the trailer. Our paths crossed several times throughout the journey  – it was great to acknowledge one another with a tiny toot from our van’s horn, and a huge honk from the truck’s air horn.

Our 14m long

Our 14m long “rig”

Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park ...

Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park …

We stopped overnight at – the Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park staying in a 100 year old stone room – complete with stone floor (not conducive to rolling out the yoga mat). This looks like a great place to revisit; Highway One Motel in Ceduna – 24 hour BP service station and food outlet – I was rapt to find barramundi with vegetables on the menu; The Royal Exchange Hotel in Broken Hill – Art Deco in the outback – our room was gorgeous (with plenty of room to roll out my mat), their restaurant excellent – looking forward to a return visit and checking out Broken Hill; Tooraweenah Caravan Park – off the beaten track – population C80. A quiet spot away from the highway to spend the night – check out the local pub, 3 min walk from the caravan park; we stayed at Tallow Beach Motel (which I loved!!) in Suffolk Park (near Byron Bay) for two nights to recharge our batteries after the full on driving days. The shame was we usually arrived at our overnight stop in the dark, and departed the next morning around 6.30am – hence, seeing little of the chosen stopover apart from the inside of our eyelids.

We left home laden with water, dates, nuts, fruit, licorice tea, and cereal. It was my goal to eat as healthily as possible whilst on the road – and I am happy to say that goal was achieved.

My luggage contained my mat, a strap, two blocks and the sequence prepared for me by Lara Favelle.

Whilst in the passenger seat I undertook some ca-yo (car yoga).  I was glad to break up the long hours of sitting with a little asana practice – not an ideal environment however I was able to achieve sukhasana, baddha konasana, swastikasana, padmasana, eka hasta bujasanana (the seat and dashboard height were made for this posture), garudasana arms, and malasana. When we stopped the vehicle – where possible – I would do some standing postures making use of available seats, poles, etc.

Following are details of outback yoga venues (on our chosen route), however I was not able to attend.

Norseman, WA – Olenna Korczynskyj takes classes at 4.30 pm on a Wednesday (restorative) and 11am on Sunday (vinyasa flow) at the Railway Motel, 106 Roberts Street, Norseman WA 6443  Tel: 08 90390003 Mob: 0458 995 899 – Therese Wade, Railway Motel Manager

Ceduna, SA  Sandy Taylor Mob: 0427 097 584. 6 students/class. Please phone Sandy in advance to check if she has space in a class. Private tuition by appointment.

Gunnedah, NSW –  The Wellness Centre  IMG_2229[1]

203 Conadilly St, Gunnedah, NSW 2380
Tel: 0427422682

After 6 days on the road we arrived at Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales. A great adventure – I look forward to making a similar trip in the future.



We saw kangaroos and emus but no camels. Also, spotted a beautiful Major Mitchell, wedge tail eagle, snake, lizard, goats, and sheep.

We noticed many cairn on the roadside - particularly in WA

We noticed many cairn on the roadside – particularly in WA…

The first time we saw a red/yellow/white heart painted on the road was on the Eyre Highway (WA)...

The first time we saw a red/yellow/white heart painted on the road was on the Eyre Highway (WA)…

We noticed another heart painted on the road near our accommodation near Tallow Beach. Can anyone shed light on what there are about?

We noticed another heart painted on the road near our accommodation near Tallow Beach. Can anyone shed light on what these are about?

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Bunbury, Western Australia (WA) to Kingscliff, New South Wales (NSW), Australia – yoga in the outback … (Part 1)

Bunbury, Western Australia to Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales ... a 48 hour drive

Bunbury, Western Australia to Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales … a 48 hour drive

Mid September 2015 I am making a road trip (with my husband) from the west coast to the east coast of Australia, ie from Bunbury in SW Western Australia (via Perth) to Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales.

The route we have planned will take around 48 hours driving time, and we will make an overnight stop at Fraser Range (WA), Ceduna (SA), Broken Hill (NSW), Tooraweenah (NSW), and Byron Bay (NSW) before reaching our destination – Kingscliff.

I have wanted to make this coast to coast trip – which includes passing through the Nullabor National Park – for several years – now that the stars have aligned and the trip is shortly to become a reality I decided to investigate potential yoga teachers/studios en route.

IMG_2138[1]I have sent emails to possible yoga venues between Norseman and Tooraweenah… watch this space for further details. Finding yoga places in both Byron Bay and Kingscliff will be relatively easy.

On this occasion, the trip is being undertaken to deliver a vehicle from A-B, ie sadly this is not a vacation and time is not being scheduled for leisurely stopovers. Any yoga classes I can fit into the tight schedule will be a bonus. I will have my yoga mat with me, and Lara Favelle from Busselton Yoga Centre, is helping me prepare a “travel sequence”.

In the meantime, if anyone has information they would like to share about yoga teachers on the road I am shortly to take, I would be most grateful.

I am looking forward to seeing a little more of this vast and beauteous country…



Busselton Yoga Centre, Western Australia – 30 August 2015 – Introduction to Ayurveda

Carmel Ahern is giving an “Introduction to Ayurvedic Health” on Sunday 30 August 2015.

Carmel will provide useful tips on how to integrate an Ayurvedic approach into your life and yoga practice.

Date:                 Sunday 30 August 2015IMG_2101[1]

Venue:              Busselton Yoga Centre

                          Unit 5 / 115 Strelly Street,
                          Busselton, WA 6280

Cost:                $5.00 (includes morning tea)
Bookings essential:

Email: tocontactlara@gmail.com
Tel/SMS: 0422 294 687
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Hatha Yoga with Susie Ascott in Perth, Western Australia

IMG_2001[1]I spent five days in Perth, WA, last week. I took my mat with me intending to make my practice on the floor of my hotel room. Unexpectedly, I received a text from a friend inviting me to attend a 1015 Thursday morning Hatha class at the Mount Claremont Community Centre, Montgomery Avenue – the class was being taught by Susie Ascott. I jumped at the chance to go to a class with my friend, and also to attend a class with a teacher that was new to me.

The yoga space in the community centre is a large, carpeted room, with windows on two sides. There were eight of us attending class that morning. At the beginning of the class Susie suggested we set a Sankalpa of honouring our inner guru as it was soon to be Guru Purnima – this year falling on 31 July 2015.

We were lead through a variety of asana, including some partner work, culminating with savasana. I thoroughly enjoyed Susie’s teaching style – she is gentle, relaxed and caring.

IMG_2054[1] Quote from Susie’s Present Perfect website – “I believe that Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, fitness level or gender… Each of my classes is designed to provide a well rounded physical mix of poses, breathing techniques and relaxation.”

Susie is not only a yoga teacher, but also a personal life coach. Please use this link to check out Susie’s website, to find out times and locations for yoga classes, and information regarding coaching.

Thank you Susie, and Jane

Love and light


There is much to say about Perth – I love this city and all that it has to offer – I was smitten from the moment I arrived. Perth city is set around the beautiful and expansive Swan River. Wonderful panoramic views are available across the city and beyond from the fabulous nearby Kings Park.

The coast has lovely beaches such as Cottesloe and Scarborough with many restaurants and cafes nearby.

Head south of Perth city to Fremantle for a selection of great cafes and restaurants, visit the Martime Museum, or the Fremantle Arts Centre. Try taking the ferry one way and the train for the return trip.

Inland from the city visit Mundaring Weir or John Forrest national park.

Rottnest Island is a short ferry ride from Perth city, Fremantle or Scarborough. Spend a day or week on the island and enjoy the lovely beaches, car free roads, and spend some time with the locals, ie Quokkas.

The above is a very small taster of what is available in Perth and surrounds.

If you have the opportunity to visit Perth, I hope you love it too.

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

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.

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.


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

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

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Iyengar Yoga at the Busselton Yoga Centre with Lara Favelle

I am most grateful to Iyengar teacher, Lara Favelle, for moving to my part of the world… Lara has established the Busselton Yoga Centre (BYC) in Busselton, Western Australia. Busselton is 220km (2.5 hr) South of Perth, the capital city of WA. Busselton is also a short drive from Dunsborough (20 mins), and Margaret River (35 mins)

029As mentioned in earlier posts, my first yoga lesson was Iyengar based, and though throughout the years I have practised, and benefitted from, many styles of yoga I find myself drawn back to the Iyengar method. Access to an Iyengar teacher has not always been easily available near to where I live, hence my gratitude to Lara being located only a 52km (40 min) drive from my home in Bunbury.

027BYC is situated in a spacious, light, commercial unit. The studio is equipped with ropes, bolsters, mats, blocks, pads, straps, blankets and several back benders. There are black and white photos of Mr Iyengar in various – inspirational – asana, dotted around the studio walls.

024I have been attending Lara’s classes for around 12 months. Classes are delivered for three levels of asana practise, ie Beginner, Developing, and Established students. Lara currently takes 8 classes/week. Private consultations are also available on request. Classes may be paid for on a term, 5 class pass, or casual basis – payment may be made via the internet or at the studio.

Each term (usually 10 weeks) has a theme, eg hip opening, back bends. I enjoy this themed approach to classes, and see and feel myself “moving forward” throughout the 10 week period.

I love Lara’s teaching style – she teaches with humour, patience, passion, and kindness. I feel uplifted when I enter the BYC studio, see Lara, and practice with other Iyengar students – and I float out the door after class. Thanks Lara!

Busselton Yoga Centre
Unit E5 | 115 Strelly Street
Busselton WA 6280
M 0422294687
E tocontactlara@gmail.com

South West Western Australia has a plethora of things to do…

The South West of Western Australia has much to offer both locals and visitors. For example, beautiful beaches – for swimming, surfing, or skiing; wineries; restaurants; galleries; walking trails; fishing; diving; whale watching… to name only a few of the highlights of this region.

A few of my favourite things to do are: take a stroll on the 1.8km long Busselton Jetty, spend a chillaxed weekend in Augusta, enjoy a meal at Samudra in Dunsborough, listen to live music on a Sunday afternoon at Caves House Hotel in Yallingup

Anyone visiting this area is spoilt for choice of what to do and see.

Love and Light

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Yoga in Victoria, Australia – 3 of 3 posts – Hatha Yoga at the Mud Hut Studio, Corop

Last year I was in Victoria, Australia, for several weeks. During that trip I revisited three yoga teachers I had met whilst visiting Victoria in a Feb/March 2013. The third of these teachers was Sue Barlow at Mud Hut Studio in country Victoria.



My second visit to Mud Hut Studio (MH) was made one year after my first visit. As on the first occasion, I attended class with my friend Jo who lives in the general vicinity of the MH. Again, I planned ahead and ensured there was room in the class for me to attend as a casual.

176Since my previous visit Sue has built a new larger studio. The original MH was very cute, however the new space is brighter, bigger, has more storage and changing facilities.

The studio is approached by way of a very generous driveway, and large pavers lead you to the welcoming verandah, and entry to the studio. The studio has large windows along one wall which look out on to a peaceful garden area.

As experienced previously, Sue made me feel very welcome.

It was again lovely to enjoy a class with Sue in the new Mud Hut studio.


Mud Hut Studio is located at:

622 Old Corop Road


VIC 3612

M: 0438 523 415

E: sue @mudhutyoga.com

A casual class cost $18

I encourage readers to check out Sue’s lovely website where you will find additional information on classes, workshops, etc.

Many thanks to Sue and Jo for their hospitality

Om shanti


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Yoga in Victoria, Australia – 2 of 3 posts – Iyengar Method on Phillip Island, and Hatha on Churchill Island

Last year I was in Victoria, Australia, for several weeks. During that trip I revisited three yoga teachers I had met whilst visiting Victoria in a Feb/March 2013, this post tells of time spent with Fiona Rawson, Iyengar teacher and Karen Easton, Hatha teacher.
Hatha with Karen Easton on Churchill Island

It was lovely to make the now familiar drive onto Phillip Island and then cross over by bridge onto the smaller Churchill Island. Highland cattle barely batted an eyelid as I drove past, and pairs of large Cape Barren Geese nibbled at grass and also seemed undaunted by my vehicle passing by.

139On entry into the Heritage Farm building I made payment for the Saturday morning yoga class. The weather was clear so the class was to be held on the grass, as it was on my first visit. I recognised many of the students faces from a year ago. Karen vaguely remembered me and then recalled that I am the lady that blogs about yoga – “Yes – that me!” And, yes, she is happy to lend me a mat. Another yogi – Jane – was handing out purple, white and green ribbons for International Women’s Day.

We rolled out our mats on the grass – wherever we felt like placing our mat was where we lay – no soldier like rows as you would usually find in an indoor studio. The outlook onto the Western Port was as beautiful as I remember.

Under Karen’s direction we moved through a gentle Hatha sequence culminating with Savasana to the sound of local birdsong.

Karen’s contact details:
Landline 03 5956 7751
Mobile 0432 028 655


Iyengar Method with Fiona Rawson on Phillip Island

161It was great to be back on Phillip Island, and I was very happy to once again take a class with Fiona – I love her warm, nurturing style of teaching.

I felt most grateful to be able to find a spot free in the class for a casual attendee such as me.

Jane – whom I had met at Karen’s class – was also at Fiona’s class. Great to see another familiar face.

The inside of Fiona’s studio was the same as the last time I visited, however the area at the rear of the studio had changed. Fiona had installed recycled glass partitions that are etched with various asana (Fiona’s own impressive hand work). The partitions,  grass and garden beds make for a very nice outlook from the studio.


Recycled glass panels define the garden area at the rear of Fiona’s studio

Fiona continues to provide mats, straps, blocks and other props for students use. Wall ropes are in situ, and a wooden tressler is also available.

For details of class schedule and fees please telephone Fiona 03 5956 8786

Studio located at:

74 Ventnor Beach Road

Cowes, Phillip Island

Many thanks to Karen and Fiona

Love and light


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Yoga in Victoria, Australia – 1 of 3 posts – Iyengar Method at Luna Yoga Studio, Fairfield, Melbourne


I found myself making the practice in a Goldilocks fashion,
ie not to strong – not too soft – just right.

182Last year I was in Victoria, Australia, for several weeks. During that trip I revisited three yoga teachers I had met whilst visiting Victoria in a March 2013, and also attended a new yoga venue to which a friend introduced me.

Everyone was very welcoming, and it was wonderful to hear from several of the teachers that they had been “found” because of earlier posts I had written.


Prior to arriving in Victoria, a good, long term, friend who lives in Melbourne, told me that she had signed up for a beginners yoga class at an Iyengar studio – I was excited to hear this news.


Luna Yoga Studio is located in St Paul’s

Upon arrival in Melbourne I arranged to attend a lesson with my friend at the  Luna Yoga Studio. I welcomed the opportunity to attend the first class of the beginners 6 week block of lessons. The room was full of students awaiting instruction from teacher, Graham Gemmell.

Although I have attended many Iyengar lessons it was lovely to attend a beginners class and again hear instructions that I first heard many years ago – to listen to those instructions with a more experienced ear added another dimension to my practice.


I found myself making the practice in a Goldilocks fashion, ie not to strong – not too soft – just right.

Throughout the lesson I could hear an intermittent noise emanating from outside the studio. As I left the building at the end of class I asked my friend if she knew what that “strange noise” had been. I felt somewhat embarrassed when she explained that it was the warning signal for trains (!) I really have become a country mouse.

The Luna Yoga Studio is located at:

St Paul’s
86A Station Street
Fairfield, Vic
Tel: 03 9387 6195
Email: info@lunayoga.com.au

A casual class cost $22.

Mats, blankets, straps, blocks, chairs, and bolsters are provided

Love and light


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