Inspiring connection to self & others
Build strength & Increase Flexibility whilst calming the nervous system, soothing and steadying the mind
At Yoga Garage we are committed to teaching yoga that caters to the needs of each individual, respecting that each of us is unique. In this way yoga is a gift for life – able to be practiced from 3 to 103!
Karen began practicing yoga in 1986 to help manage chronic knee pain and soon found that practice not only cured her of any knee pain, but also improved her overall physical & emotional health.
Teaching both the Yin and Yang approach to yoga practice, all aspects of body and mind are guided towards balance.
YANG: The vinyasa approach of breath and movement linking together and its meditative quality, calming and soothing the nervous system whilst quietening and steadying the mind remains central to Karen’s practice and teaching. A yang practice will help build strength to support joints and move towards better posture, whilst creating comfort and freedom when moving, sitting and laying.
YIN: Yin classes are slow, cool and supported. Our focus here is to create positive change in the fascia, ligaments and joints. A deeply nourishing practice that not only creates space and comfort in our bodies but also paves the way for better digestion and more restful sleep.
Karen is committed to teaching yoga that caters to the needs of each individual, respecting that each of us is unique. In this way yoga is a gift for life – able to be practiced from 3 to 103!
Karen welcomes the opportunity to break down those barriers and preconceived ideas that many people have about yoga.
Introducing someone to yoga practice for the first time a joy and a privilege and looks forward to spreading the love of yoga to many new practitioners.
Having a background in nursing, Karen has a particular interest the benefits of yoga practice for people with depression and anxiety, using yoga as therapy and she continues to study in this area.
Providing yoga classes for teenagers at risk is something she would love to develop over the coming year!
Giving them the “tools” to relax, de-stress and feel good about themselves early on can help towards a more positive future.
Karen’s personal health goals are to continue yoga practice which teaches her to be patient, understanding and accepting without judgement or expectation (with the added bonus of feeling strong, light and full of energy)
Karen stated, “Yoga continues to be one of the many joys of my life and I feel privileged to be able to share my passion for yoga with others.”
Karen currently teaches regular classes at her Belair studio Yoga Garage, teaches yin yoga at The Yoga Centre, offers private & corporate classes, runs weekend yoga retreats at Port Elliot, works with professional sportsmen & women to help improve their performance and prevent injury & teaches children from kindy to year 12 at schools around Adelaide.
Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic form of yoga where one posture flows into the next building internal & external heat. Ashtanga maximises strength, concentration & flexibility with focused breath awareness. Synchronising the breath with progressive poses (asanas) increases circulation creates a light and strong body and calms the mind.
Yoga is one if the 6 fundamental systems if ancient Indian thought known as darasana, meaning “to see” or “point of view”. Yoga embraces this thought on a grand level – yoga is the mirror with which we can look inside ourselves, to see and recognise our inner self more completely. Yoga has attained many definitions over the 1000’s of years of its history. At the most simple level it is a method of tying together the strings off the mind, acting in such a way that all of your attention is directed towards the activity in which you are engaged – being present in every moment.
Linking the breath with movement gives the mind a focal point, something to concentrate on while the body flows from asana to asana. Yoga is more than just the physical; it is a way of life. Its philosophies are vast and all encompassing. Begin this journey by taking the time to spend on your yoga practice… Yoga will, if you let it, show you the way to listen to your inner voice giving you the means to control your life and how you react to the challenges it presents.
casual class cost $20
student / pension $15
5 class pass $90
10 class pass $160
class passes are valid for 6 months and can be used for any regular class on the schedule
Ashtanga vinyasa flow
Ashtanga is a dynamic form of yoga where one posture flows into the next building internal & external heat. Ashtanga maximises strength, concentration & flexibility with focused breath awareness. Synchronising the breath with progressive poses (asanas) increases circulation creates a light and strong body and calms the mind.
Ashtanga Primary Series
This class is an opportunity to challenge yourself, practicing full vinyasa and including arm balances
The strongest class on our schedule, a regular practice is required before joining us for this one
Flowing and dynamic, A Yang practice will focus on building strength to stabilise joints and calming the busy mind through breath/ body and mind awareness.
Suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, you will be encouraged to challenge yourself without forceful action
Long Slow and Deep
In this class you will work beyond the muscles and into the deeper underlying structures of the body. Improving joint health and affecting positive change in the underlying connective tissues.
Allow yourself to press pause and be supported
Suitable for the absolute newcomer. No yoga experience required
Teaching children to care for their bodies with awareness, giving them the tools they need to relax. With their sense of wonder, desire for knowledge and great physical flexibility, young children are natural yogis.
Yoga helps children of all ages develop a greater respect for themselves and others.
Children learn; concentration, focus, self- awareness and self-control while also improving flexibility and motor skills.
Relaxation and breath awareness techniques help manage stress and anxiety.
Yoga is non-competitive, during classes children are encouraged to honor their own uniqueness and not compare themselves to others.
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Phone Karen Gunter: 0403 198964