Phone | 0418 66 75 74
New in 2015! I believe Yoga & Massage complement each other to magnify the benefits of each modality. I am now a qualified remedial & relaxation massage therapist, I give remedial massages with a relaxed essence, when the client is relaxed, the remedial effects are much more pronounced (my yogic philosophy coming through) - I've coined my style Relaxomedial massage and I use beautiful scented oils. I also offer a very unique Private Yoga session + Massage combo to work deeply into issues - see pricing page for packages. Intro rates available for your first massage.
I teach Yoga on Sydney's North shore in the Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow styles. I thrive on providing safe and creative yoga instruction to promote congruence and health in the client's body and mind. I love to create a space where my clients get to completely unwind each week for 90 mins but I also ensure they learn ample wellbeing and mobility skills to carry them through the rest of the week.
I believe Yoga is one of the modalities that contains essential life skills that should be taught at school, but it is never too late to learn these skills. When my students practice yoga, they finish feeling refreshed, much like the refreshing blue colour of this site. I'd like to invite you to join me to experience a lithe body and agile mind. Please have a look at the timetable page and contact page for class times and contact details.
Phone | 0418 66 75 74
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Workshops will be scheduled when at least 4 people have expressed interest. Usually scheduled on a weeknight or weekend daytime. Please contact me for your special interest.
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General classes are held at the Mindful Movement Studio Suite 2, Level 2, 45 Hunter St Hornsby.
Phone | 0418 66 75 74
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Straighten out health issues. Yoga can aid in:
Yoga is an ancient system of physical and mental exercise, along with breath control, the aim of which is to unify body and mind. Why would we want to unify them? A healthy body can implement your purpose in life as devised by your mind, and vice versa, a healthy mind realises a healthy body (achieved with a healthy diet, exercise, calm breath and ample sleep) is a vital vessel to its very existence.
The major modern day applications of yoga are mental stress relief and physical relief from a predominantly sedentary lifestyle. It is promotion of health and ease in the body and mind, and prevention of dis-ease in both. Yoga also complements a myriad of sports and activities by enhancing and restoring vitality to your body.
The most common FAQ I get is 'can I do yoga if I'm not flexible?' YES!! That's the very reason to do yoga, to promote ease and length in your muscles to aid flexibility, strength and movement.
There are many styles of yoga available today. They all stem from the same source but the instructions have been handed down over time in different ways by various teachers. They can vary in that they have different physical intensity, difference in the amount of time spent on meditation and breathing, some may have set sequences, they may take place in environments with different temperatures, differing spiritual/lifestyle focus, some may incorpoate dance, etc. Click here to read about some common yoga styles, new styles continue to be created.
The two styles I teach are:
Prenatal yoga distils out two key principles from the wisdom of yoga: honour your body & relaxation.
Honour your body: You will learn to move safely within the bounds of your changing body - the physical as well as hormonal changes. These techniques will help you relieve discomfort during the pregnancy and provide helpful ideas for labour & birthing positions. Asanas are performed in a gentle, stable, nurturing, energising and strengthening manner.
Relaxation: Pregnancy can be an emotional time. Breathing techniques will assist in labouring well during the birth and for working through anxiety, stress or nervousness during pregnancy. Breathing and relaxation are great skill to take into motherhood as well.Here is an article I have written about it.
Bansi discovered the healing magic of Yoga in 2006 after a bout of illness, and cherishes the mental and physical benefits that regular, mindful practice bestows on a person. Initially practicing the Bikram Yoga style, her practice has flourished after trialling various other styles of yoga, and brings to her instruction various aspects from these yogic explorations.
Bansi teaches both Hatha and Dynamic Vinyasa flow styles and designs themed, creative classes to challenge students to grow in their practice. Her clients appreciate the focus on alignment and love the dreamy visualizations she includes as part of the meditation instruction. Bansi was an engineer prior to becoming a yoga instructor and in the logical style of engineers explains alignment and benfits using simple but effectively communicated anatomical references.
Bansi has completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Life Source Yoga in North Sydney in 2009 and is a member of Yoga Australia as a Level 1 Registered Teacher. Bansi also has a certification for pre and post natal teaching from Samadhi Yoga (Now Jivamukti Australia), as well as Kids' yoga teaching from Rainbow Therapy Kids Yoga. Bansi has also trained in teaching Yoga to Seniors.
Bansi has studied under inspiring teachers such as Christina Brown (author of The Yoga Bible and others), Mardi Kendall, Richard James Allen, Remy Quinter, Katie Manitsas, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeshwari, Donna Farhi and Eve Grzybowski.
With regards to a combo 2 hr private yoga + massage session:
(Recieved the day after massage) I had some wins this morning at f45. (Inserted a pic of bosu ball situp with weights and jump) Yep that was me this morning at f45 - no weights and maybe not so bouncy but I did manage to stand up of the bosu using just my legs and standing straight up - I am sure my face had a surprised look that said what the ? I managed to do a few times but when thighs fatigued I lost it. Must have been some of the stretches at yoga yesterday, or maybe childs pose? Or the massage? - anyway happy with that :) Ooh, I could also touch my elbow to my knee when doing lying down doing bicycles legs to elbows - that has never happened before either - who has taken over my body I thought. :) So if you are free on Sunday morning we could do another 2 hr session?
- Karyn D (Massage - May 2016)
What a golden girl you have in Bansi. She is amazing. Her yoga session was tailored to me as a person who sits in front of a computer most of the week. Her exercises and stretches were written in a classplan and emailed to me and were simple to execute and understand to be repeated without misinterpretation. Her massage was absolutely fantastic, she concentrated on the places that needed work and I came away feeling like I'd really prefer to curl up in the corner and have a sleep. A fantastic experience.
- Edwina S (Massage - Feb 2015)
Thought you may like some feedback on my massage. AWESOME!! Extremely relaxing and Bansi is so lovely, her massage style is fabulous. Having a massage in your studio is brilliant, perfect location.
- Natalie F (Massage - Feb 2015)
I was recently treated to a massage by Bend It Like Bansi. Bansi is a qualified remedial & relaxation massage therapist. On arrival Bansi asked what type of massage I prefer and how much pressure to apply. Having had my first child only 6 months ago the thought of 1 hour of uninterrupted relaxation was too hard to refuse. With the perfect amount of pressure Bansi not only had me so relaxed I was drifting off to a state of zen but she used the gentle Myofascial Technique which worked on those little knots that niggle at me every morning when I get out of bed. The setting was tranquil with the sun going down and kookaburras laughing in the distance and the gentle hum of cicadas. Not one to sit still for long I thought 1 hour would be too long as my mind tends to wander. But I relaxed and was living in the moment, my mind switching off to the outside world within minutes. A massage with Bend it with Bansi is not a treat, it is a necessity! Time out for ourselves is vital for a healthy mind and body.
- Joanna Schuetz (Massage - Feb 2015)
Yoga teaching Reviews
I started attending Bansi's classes at the beginning of 2011. I can honestly say that I enjoy every aspect of her class. As a Mum I enjoy that I can go to the class and am forced to completely think about my own mind and body for awhile. Thank you Bansi!
- Sam Cornale (Term 1, 2011)
Bansi is an intuitive and attentive teacher. Her classes are fun and engaging, and strike the perfect balance between challenging and relaxation. When I first came to Bansi's classes, it had been a while since I had done any yoga. But Bansi quickly tuned-in to my specific needs, and has helped me greatly improve my practice both in class and at home. I can't recommend her enough!
- Nicole (Term 1, 2011)
I loved Bansi's enthusiasm and spirit. She revived my love for yoga. Yoga is union with Divine Consciousness and she made me unite with my God Self. She added a good blend: bending the body and letting go of the mind to strengthen spirit.
- Dr Huzan Daver (Term 1, 2011)
Just wanted to let you know that I have really enjoyed the term and got a lot out of it. Was a lot of fun and felt like I got a great workout out of it.
- Valeria (Term 1, 2011, Pre-natal class)
Hi Bansi - I love the fact that your classes are only a short walk from home and this was the determining factor that has made yoga part of my life. I like the variety of class times and the care you take with each of us to teach us the "Bansi Yoga Way!!". Thank you.
- Jenni Knight (Term 4, 2010)
Since starting I have felt a lot stronger and more flexible. The class is a great workout with a lovely meditation at the end. The Monday class is a good size with a friendly cheerful atmosphere!
- Karyn Deith (Term 3, 2010)
Bansi has a calming manner about her which rubs off onto the class.
- David Angus (Term 3, 2010)
Bansi's yoga classes are most enjoyable as she ensures there is variety in the routine of learning. Bansi encourages you to challenge yourself in a safe way by giving clear instructions about safety and individual attention ane feedback. I will be coming back next term!
- Adriana (Term 2, 2010)
I always look forward to my 1&1/2 hours each week with Bansi. The classes have great variety and are challenging. I can feel it doing me good and always get a great night's sleep afterwards.
- Debbie Knoke (Term 2, 2010)
Phone | 0418 66 75 74
How do I enrol/book? By emailing me your full name, email address, mailing address & phone number & the class you are interested in (inc detail on casual/5 class pass/term). I will respond with vacancy confirmation & payment details. Enrolment will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. If you are attending casually & want to book last minute, the best option is to sms (pls signoff the sms with your full name) asking whether there is vacancy & whether class is on. You should be fine to turn up after I respond. If you are showing up for the first class, arrive 5 mins before hand to fill out the pre-activity health form, discuss your experience & objectives. Deposits are required so I have certainty that I have a minimum of 4 students to run a class. Deposits are not refundable if class is running, of course I will refund it if I do not get enough people to run the class.
Why are passes valid only for the term? For the privilege of teaching, I have to pay rent for a premises to teach in, for insurance, for a web presence such as this, for dues to be part of a professional organisation, for a phone for clients to reach me on, I could go on. It is most viable for me to have passes valid for a term. I have always had the possibility for people to come to class casually (although it is not ideal for establishing a sound practice if you are a beginner, it IS available), or on a 5 class pass for the term. I even make available the ability to do make up classes (during terms where I am able to offer multiple timeslots).
Can I just show up? It is preferred you book. The class could be full. The class may not be on, I can only notify those who have confirmed attendance. See above with regards to last minute bookings.
When can I commence pre-natal Yoga classes? You can start pre-natal yoga after you are 12 weeks into your pregnancy. Newcomers to pre-natal yoga should do a 3 week course to ensure a sound knowledge of how to apply yoga breathing and movement techniques during pregnancy, during the birth and differences in your practice post pregnancy. You should rest in the first trimester of pregnancy, gentle walking is fine. Do not do lumbar twists or lumbar backbends during pregnancy.
What do I need to bring? Just yourself in comfy clothing (no shoes are worn during class). Mats and props are provided. If you sweat a lot, a towel might be handy to avoid slipping etc. The studio has a clean sock policy as well. Do not eat a huge meal in the hour or two before class as this may cause you discomfort when we do poses that compress the abdominal region. Light healthy food like fruit is fine and wll provide ample energy to get through class. There is no need for a water bottle as I do not encourage drinking during class, as this cools the muscles down. Of course, use common sense on very hot days & sip small amounts. After class, DO drink a full glass at least to help flush away the toxins that have been released through the exercise - yoga is a very good detoxer.
Where is the class? General Classes are held at: Suite 2, Level 2, 45-47 Hunter St, Hornsby. This is the community college building behind Bob Jane Tyres on Hunter St. The studio is marked 'Mindful Movement'. Pre-natal Classes are held at: Suite 3B, 6-18 Bridge St, Hornsby. Entrance is near the bedding shop, the entrance faces George St. The studio is marked 'Living Om'.
How does Yoga help with stress management? On a physical level, the stretches assist to dispel old tensions from wherever tension may be held in the body, for most people this is in the neck and shoulders, and educating studets about posture helps delay or prevent futur problems. On a mental level, by practicing these new movements or going deeper into them each time, we are placing the student's body in an environment where we introduce controlled stress for a few moments and they practice overcoming that stress inducer, akin to practicing playing a musical instrument. As the student learns to recognise the symproms of a stressful situation outside class, they can apply the same techniques to succeed over the situation, thereby ensuring new tension patterns are not locked away in the muscles. We also work towards eliminating health caused stresses by keeping the body toned through the cardio & strength effects of the poses.
If you were to learn a new language, you would probably do an introductory course and then proceed to more advanced techniques. In a similar spirit, it is recommended Beginners do at least one full term as a course to properly build a solid & safe foundation of yoga (and general movement principle) knowledge, following which they are welcome to drop in less frequently in future (although Yoga will benefit you most when it is a regular practice). When you come from the beginning of term, that is considered a course because we will increase the challenge week by week. It is highly recommended to do the first class of a term. Beginners can join midway but should do the next term as a course to pick up the foundations.
Due to the number of no-shows I have encountered, a client will be considered enrolled upon full payment only. Please use the enrolment facility on the 'Contact' page & I will respond with bank account info if there is room available in the class & if minimum numbers are signed up at the start of term.
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