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Lifestyle : Enhance Yourself Special Report
1HERSA1 A064 THE FUNNY THING ABOUT BEACH BUMS IS THEY ALWAYS HAVE NICE BUMS. virginactive.com.au Behind every carefree beach bum is a nice, happy, toned bum. Bums that have zumba'd, bums that have yoga'd, and bums that use spring to get into shape. Then they go down the beach for bummer... sorry, summer. Get your bum over to Virgin Active or call us on 1300 975 688. Virgin Active Health Clubs • Level 2, MidCity Centre, 197 Pitt Street Mall, Sydney CBD • 2 Brookhollow Avenue, Norwest Business Park, Baulkham Hills • 16 Rodborough Road, Frenchs Forest • 138 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD Yoga in its many forms reaches out to all There are many disciplines for beginners to choose from, Jason Mountney reports. Pioneering days AUSTRALIA was at war in Vietnam, the Menzies era was coming to an end and the White Australia Policy only just being phased out; hardly an ideal environment for teaching eastern spiritualism. Yet, in 1969 an Indian immigrant set up one of the first yoga schools in Australia. Acharya's House of Yoga was the first retreat in the Sydney CBD. The school was set up by an Indian immigrant, Upendra Roy. Roy, who called himself Acharya, combined Hatha and Raja styles. Although Roy has since died, there are four long-serving teachers at the centre's Pitt Street premises. Melissa Knapp, of Yoganic in Willoughby, has classes for toddlers, children and teenagers. "So many kids' physical activities are very competitive," she says. "Yoga isn't competitive. It lets kids of all ages and all levels exercise, work their joints, have fun and develop body awareness. It balances them out. Kids need to learn to relax." 'I have way more energy and feel on top of the world after every class.' Erik Bigalk, writer Produced for The Sun-Herald by Clemson Text & Design. Advertising: Nicole Stagg, 02 8596 4154, firstname.lastname@example.org. Readerlink: 9282 1569, email@example.com. This is an editorial feature created with no advertiser influence. With its sanskrit names and often ethereal descriptions of bene- fits, choosing a yoga class can be more complicated than it might first seem. At her Yoga Village school in Kings Cross, Nadia Rihani teaches Hatha, which she says is less focused on alignment, ''like say Iyengar". Iyengar yoga focuses more on physical positioning, such as for- ward bends, back bending, inverted postures and other repos- itioning of the body. "You focus on breath," Rihani says. Hatha is also focused on medit- ation, postures and stress relief. Stu- dents do fewer physical moves and may hold their poses for longer. Rihani also teaches Vinyasa classes, particularly for beginners. This school again focuses on breath- ing, with breaths performed in synch with movement. Rihani says her classes are about 70 per cent female. But some men, such as 45-year-old Byron Bay writer Erik Bigalk, say it's worthwhile getting over the "mental block around yoga being something for women". Bigalk now practices yoga every day. "Since I have started doing yoga regularly, I have way more energy and feel on top of the world after every class," he says. "Why didn't I start doing this sooner?" He says many "top-performing sports folk" use yoga for training and mental focus. Other schools include Bikram yoga, in which participants attend 90-minute classes involving 26 poses and two breathing exercises, all of which take place in a warm room. This school was established in the 20th century by Calcutta-born Bikram Chaudhury. Darren Ma, who runs the Bikram Yoga School in Darling- hurst, says the method is ideal for all parti- cipants and is well suited to beginners. He says the heated rooms used for the routines "are very therapeutic". "One of the best things about Bikram yoga is you start to feel the benefits straight away. Right from the first class, you feel better." And a feeling of wellbeing is a big plus for many people doing yoga. Emma Terracini, who runs Raiseyourvibe in Mosman, says yoga helps mental health, too. "Most people suffering from depression and anxiety have a 'block' in their body," she says. "Their energy is not flowing." Terracini teaches the Hatha school of yoga, which "opens hips up and lets people be grounded in their body". She says all her exercises work off the pelvis, "which has a domino effect with the skelet- on and the muscles". SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012 THE SUN HERALD ENHANCE YOURSELF
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