• Warm ups to open the body
• Correct alignment in foundational yoga postures
• How and when to use props
• Breathing techniques (pranayama) to create heat and clear the mind
• How to sit in stillness and be
• And the 8 limbs of yoga (how to take your yoga off the mat)
We will combine what you have learnt into a 30 minute class. This is when your practice will truly integrate, and then close with a short Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation). Join us for this friendly, fun and relaxed workshop, which will leave you feeling confident about attending yoga classes. Wear comfortable clothing. No equipment is required – everything is provided at our studio. Spots are limited to 12 people!
Leah is The Collective studio owner and teacher. She is a passionate yogi, human rights activist and storyteller. Drawing on the inspiration of sages, poets and freethinking minds, Leah’s classes are fuelled with purpose. Linking the physical body with the intellect, breath and spirit, Leah uses her skills in storytelling to create a class that takes her students’ practice off the mat and to empower positive change. She is an eternal student to the practice who has shared her love of yoga with men, women and children in Australia and London, as well as with refugee women as a way of healing. She found her spot on the mat more than 10 years ago and has been mentored by Mardi Bell, Mary-Lousie Parkinson, Joy Kunkanit, Ricardo Martin, Kat Clayton and Noelle Connolly in Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Yoga. During Leah’s classes, all levels of experience are respected. You will be guided through the movement of postures, while linking the breath, the drishti (point of gaze) and the body’s bandhas (energy locks). Combining a flow of movement with relaxation, you will learn to better understand who you are and how you connect with the world.
In honour of World Refugee Day on June 20th, please join us at the studio for this very special community event. Our guest Pemba Amuri is an incredibly gifted, compassionate and brave human being who has found himself in more difficult circumstances than most encounter in a lifetime. Amuri is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who will join us to share his story of challenge, resilience and new beginnings since fleeing Tanzania with his family (his mum, dad, five brothers and four sisters) in 1996 when the First Congo War broke out. Since the age of nine, Amuri has lived in Nyarugusu refugee camp in Kigoma – one of the world’s largest settlements sheltering some 300,000 people who have been forcibly displaced from all over Africa. Today Amuri lives near Brisbane in Queensland far away from his home, his community, and his normal after being granted a permanent protection visa in 2016 when his life was once again threatened. The label of ‘refugee’ has followed Amuri throughout the years, and today living in Australia is no exception. Despite the challenges, Amuri has not let this label define his engagement with the world around him.
Come gather at the studio for an evening of storytelling, music, chai and discussion on what it means to belong and to be safe.
All proceeds will go to the social enterprise Kilimanjaro Krafts that invests in projects to improve the lives of refugees and some of the most disadvantaged groups in Africa. In particular, funds will be directed to the Van Norman Clinic in Burundi, which desperately needs an incubator to reduce infant mortality rates, as well as providing recreational activities to children in Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania.
**This event is brought to you by Freethinker Co.
Amuri is a dedicated peace and pro-democracy activist and he dreams to be part of a peaceful world where people are able to speak out freely.
* He is the founder of the Tumaini (Hope) Sports Academy, an NGO he started from within the camp, which uses sports and music as a medium to create cultural, civic rights awareness and understanding among young people.
* He was the MasterPeace National Coordinator in the DRC and Tanzania, which has reached over 345,000 people in schools, universities, communities, and churches, and has been adopted by 15 local organisations.
* He managed the European Union funded Partnership for Peace project for two years to promote dialogue between Congolese and Southern Sudanese youth to share their experiences and build resilience against armed group recruitments.
* He has been selected by many highly competitive fellowships and trainings including, but not limited to: Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP), the Do school (Germany), Mandela Washington Fellowship (U.S.A) where he met Barack and Michelle Obama, Westerwelle (Germany), Respectif Foundation (The Netherlands), and Safe Space (Kenya)
* Today is is the founder and creative director of Kilimanjaro Krafts, a social enterprise that invests in projects to improve the lives of refugees and some of the most disadvantaged groups in Africa.