22 May 2016

 June 21st is International Yoga Day!
Come celebrate with us at Dili Wellness.

International Yoga Day yoga classes at Dili Wellness include:
6:15-6:45 or 7:45am yoga with Ahimsa-ka,
9:00-10:30am yoga with Sandra,
3:30-4:30pm Yoga For Teens with Ahimsa-ka,
6:00-7:30pm yoga with Märta.

On 21 June Ahimsa-ka’s 6:15am Morning Yoga class, Sandra's 9:00am Morning Yoga class, & Märta’s Evening Yoga classes are purely by donation!

All proceeds of Ahimsa-ka’s Tuesday 21 May yoga classes, Morning Yoga & Yoga For Teens, and Sandra's Morning Yoga class will be donated to Ra'es Hadomi Timor Oan, the National Disabled People’s Organization of Timor-Leste:

All proceeds of Märta’s Tuesday 21 May yoga class will be donated to Bairo Pite Clinic: https://bairopiteclinic.org.

International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014. 
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice/discipline that originated in India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. Shiva, the first yogi (Adi Yogi) is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day and became the first guru (Adi Guru). Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

In Narendra Modi's speech at the UNGA, on September 27, 2014 he stated:
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being . Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."
·Ayurveda & Yoga
A Journey of Self-Healing & Self-Exploration

Saturdays 10:00-11:30am
13 weeks = June 11, 18, 25, July 02, 09, 16, 23, 30, August 06, 13, 20, 27, September 03

Drop in $15
5-class pass = $60 (and can be used for any other 1.5 hour class with Ahimsa-ka)
13-class pass = $130 (and can be used for any other 1.5 hour class with Ahimsa-ka)
Cards valid through 03 September.
Pre-registration appreciated. 
Please pre-register by contacting Ahimsa-ka at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com, +670-7349-7678.

Ayurveda & Yoga, A Journey of Self-Healing & Self-Expression is a series of classes designed in a non-linear way and on a call and response/Q&A base, meeting the participants where they are in their current state of life…and moving from there to a harmonious and a finer-balanced state in relation to ourselves and our environment.  We will use Ayurveda and yoga as tools to establish and maintain this equilibrium of a more healthy body and steady mind.

These classes are about getting yoga off the mat and into your daily life, in a pragmatic sense. Various ways of doing this will be explored, including venturing into diet, cooking, yoga asana, therapeutic application of Ayurveda, cleansing exercises, and more.  Background information on Ayurveda and yoga philosophy will help to develop right understanding of how to become self-reliant/independent in healing our self.  We will move between more active hands-on exercises and dialogues, exchanging information and experiences, all in an informal setting.  Ahimsa-ka will direct the conversation from the questions students have to related and specific topics of Ayurveda and yoga, creating a bridge between the maybe philosophical or esoteric practices to life and reality.

Because of the non-linear structure of the individual classes and the ten complete 1.5 hour sessions, its not necessary to attend all of the classes, nor is it necessary to be present from the beginning of the series.  We learn by repetition so often exercises will be repeated, while at the same time modified to the individual nature of the student. 
• 2016 Holiday Term Kids Yoga and Yoga For Teens classes with Ahimsa-ka begin June 6th and run for all of June, July, & August:
Advance registration required.

Yoga For Kids (ages 5-12)
Mondays 3:30 - 4:30pm,
13 weeks = June 06, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 01, 08, 15, 22, 29, & September 05
NO class = 04 July

Kids Yoga will take children, ages 5 and above, through enacted adventures that bring yoga poses
to life. Exercises will also include breath work and relaxation techniques involving use of visual imagery, music, and storytelling. Through a variety of games and work with partners the class is designed to build trust and kindle positive thinking, imagination, memory, environmental awareness and more. From time to time, and in small amounts, relevant elements of yoga theory and fundamentals will be introduced. Throughout each class children will be encouraged to explore the boundaries between steadiness and ease, effort and surrender, playfulness and calm, self-expression and the ability to listen.

Yoga For Teens (ages 13-18)
Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm,
13 weeks = June 07, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 02, 09, 16, 23, 30, & September 06
NO class = 04 July

Yoga For Teens focuses on awareness, cultivating appreciation for the body we have, and maintaining our bodies in a healthy state of functioning. By means of exercises for the physical body, breath, and relaxation techniques, these special yoga classes will explore how to find harmony in the individual self, as well as in relation to others and society at large. We will work both individually, and sometimes with partners or in a group. This class will practice how to express yourself in various ways, within the yoga philosophy of non-violence and truthfulness.

*For the Holiday Term only, parents can register children for which ever classes they can attend and pay just for those classes. Full payment for whichever classes students will attend in the entire Holiday Term is due in advance of the first class of the term, unless special arrangements are made in advance. No refunds will be given after the Holiday Term begins.

Cost is $15usd per child, per class. Classes will only take place if at least 4 children are registered and paid in advance. Look below under ‘Schedule’ & ‘Class Descriptions’ for more information.

All proceeds of the Tuesday 21 May (International Yoga Day) Yoga For Teens class will be donated to Ra'es Hadomi Timor Oan, the National Disabled People’s Organization of Timor-Leste:

Advance registration is required as space is limited. Contact Ahimsa-ka Satya register: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com, +670-7349-7678.

From 2012 to 2015 Ahimsa-ka taught yoga to children, teenagers, and young adults of various nationalities. He taught them not only how to work with their bodies, but also how to work together, and how to teach other children, young adults, and adults. Empowering youth with a self-practice of yoga is something that they can fall back on throughout life and share with others. He has run his classes both within and outside of the regular school setting, sometimes together with their parents but mostly in small groups on their own. Ahimsa-ka approaches students on their energetic level and the classes are dynamic, pragmatic, and a broad reflection of all what yoga has to offer.

·       We are happy to welcome guest yoga instructor
Andrea Volfova from the Czech Republic!
Andrea will be teaching a short series of drop-in Vinyasa Flow yoga classes at Dili Wellness:
Monday 06, Wednesday 08, Monday 13, & Wednesday 15 June, 2016
6:00-7:30pm, $5 drop-in

Andrea's dynamic vinyasa classes are suitable for all levels, moving at a moderate pace that allows for both flow and attention to good alignment. We begin with pranayama and proceed through an ashtanga-inspired sequence that varies with each class. We will always set aside a bit of time to play and have fun as we explore more challenging asanas, only to be rewarded by delicious guided savasana in the end. 

Andrea hails from the Czech Republic, seeing herself as a citizen of the world thanks to her studies and work over the past twenty years in countries as diverse as Belgium, Burundi, Sudan, United Kingdom, United States—and none other than Timor-Leste.  As someone born with a heart condition that is corrected by a pacemaker, Andrea did not have much exposure to sport in early life and only discovered its beauty gradually in her early twenties.  Andrea is passionate about yoga, which she sees as a unique recipe for “adding years to life and life to years.”  She first came across yoga in 2001 in a Baron Baptiste studio in Boston, United States, but became a regular practitioner only when work for the UN brought her to East Timor and to Dili Wellness in 2011.  From then on, yoga has been an integral and growing presence in her life. Andrea likes to practice a variety of styles, including ashtanga, vinyasa flow, Iyengar and yin.  Thanks to her nomadic lifestyle, she has been exposed to studios and teachers across the world and believes that she took a little bit from each one.  Her greatest influence has been Marisa Van Vuuren, founder of Zanzi Yoga, where Andrea just completed her 200-hour teacher training in vinyasa flow and ashtanga-based styles in April 2016. She’s excited to return to her mother studio in Dili in June as a freshly minted yoga teacher.
·       Beginners Handstand Workshop: (all levels welcome)
with guest instructor Josh Kramer visiting from New Zealand!
Sunday 22 May, 6:15-7:45pm, $15, @ Dili Wellness

Please pre-register and pre-pay by contacting Colleen at: +670-7746-3733, diliwellness@gmail.com.

A light hearted and fun yoga based class focusing on building the technique, strength, and confidence to get upside down. All levels are welcome! With a keen focus on alignment in Asana, you will develop the awareness needed to hold a straight handstand (supported or freebalance). The class will focus on technique, flexibility, strength, core conditioning, and inversion play.

Josh has been practicing yoga for over eight years and teaching for one. His style melds a unique blend of Iyengar Yoga and Vinyasa flow, emphasizing alignment and integrity in the poses. He uses a range of props to ensure that students are able to safely deepen their practice and understanding of classical and nuanced yoga postures. Josh offers students a unique opportunity to explore handstands and arm balances in a fun and playful environment. You will learn to reconnect with your inner child, and flip your life upside down. Ph
oto attached.  See more at: https://www.instagram.com/joshkrameryoga/.

01 May 2016

·       Dili Wellness welcomes Jude Finch, a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor from Australia!

Iyengar Yoga Course: for beginner and intermediate students
Monday’s: 06 June – 11 July, 2016 (6 weeks)

$75usd total for all 6 weeks.  $15usd drop-in. 
All proceeds of the course will be donated to the Alola Foundation in Timor-Leste. 

Advance registration is required. 
Minimum number of 8 participants required to run this class!
Contact Colleen Coy to register: +670-7746-3733, diliwellness@gmail.com

Explore the Iyengar Yoga method, with a particular emphasis on practicing inversions and backbends.  This course is open to beginners in Iyengar Yoga but is particularly aimed at students with some prior yoga experience.  The Iyengar approach, with its emphasis on asana practice that develops strength, co-ordination, and flexibility, also aims to foster concentration and focus.  The proceeds from this course will be donated to the Alola Foundation in Timor-Leste.

Jude Finch has been practicing for over 30 years, teaching yoga for 15 years, and holds a JI 1 teaching certification in Iyengar method yoga.  She has taught at the Blue Mountains Yoga Studio in Australia most recently.  Jude is currently working in Timor-Leste as an AVI volunteer for the Alola Foundation and has had a relationship with Timor-Leste for over 10 years already.