15 March 2015

Sandra Vieira/Yamini begins teaching yoga at Dili Wellness.
Beginning on Monday 16 March Sandra’s classes will be at the following times:
-Mondays 9:00-10:30am,
-Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm (*please note the new time),
-Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am,
-Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm (*please note the new time)
Through March 2015 these classes remain $10usd per class, drop-in.
*Beginning on April 1st, 2015 the new yoga class costs will be as follows:
-$15/class drop-in
-$45/month for 1 class per week, paid in advance (at the first class of each month)
-$90/month for 2 classes per week, paid in advance (at the first class of each month)
-$135/month for 3 classes per week, paid in advance (at the first class of each month)
-$180/month for 4 classes per week, paid in advance (at the first class of each month)
From Sandra/Yamini:
"My first professional experience with Yoga was, interestingly, in 2000, in East Timor, with my friend Hector! Life is funny…at the time I was working in various projects in Timor and I began, by chance, to give aerobic classes to a group that kept growing every week. As I worked with Hector in one of my projects, sometimes, after my fast aerobic classes Hector use to come and give me some yoga classes. This started me on yoga. But it was not always an easy path…
It was from 2005 that Yoga began to be an integral part of my life, after many experiences with Reiki, Tantra, Contact Impro, Chamanism, Kundalini, Women Circles and others. It was also at this time that I completed a diploma as an International Active Meditation trainer and therapist, with Instituto Bioperson in Spain. Since then I began to practice Hatha Yoga regularly and, as my training and experience grew I felt the need to deepen my knowledge of Hatha Yoga. I completed my training as a Therapeutic and Ayurveda Yoga Instructor, with a diploma certified by the World Yoga Alliance, the European Yoga Federation, and the World Yoga and Ayurveda Community. Apart from this training, at the APYTA centre in Madrid, I completed specialized training as an instructor of Yoga for Kids at the Yoga Centre Madre Tierra in San Lorenzo del Escorial, with a certificate awarded by the AEPYN under the teaching line of Swami Sivananda. I find yoga to be a never-ending path of learning and experiencing which goes way beyond any theory. And in this process, which continues, I developed a passion for yoga that I want to share with more and more people.
Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses asanas (physical postures) and conscious breathing (pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, mental clarity, strength , flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance and a sense of well-being to the practitioner.
Some of the Benefits of Hatha Yoga include:
o Builds strength
o Increases flexibility and muscle tone
o Brings focus to the mind
o Encourages physical and mental balance
o Develops proper body alignment
o Reduces stress
o Encourages a sense of calm and peace
o Increases lung capacity for better breathing
Yoga is beneficial for everyone, no matter what your fitness level, your state of mind, your experience or the level you want to reach. It is a process that begins slowly but steadily and very soon finds a special place in your heart and your life, becoming a part of you forever.
In my class students can expect to develop body awareness and explore varied postures in a mixed-level environment. More than an instructor I see myself as a guide who simply helps those who seek their true essence and who wish to live a life in harmony with their body and mind. Everyone has this ability inside themselves and all I help is to awaken those sensations and experiences.
Yoga has taught me that everything is possible….even if not today, one day it will be. Namasté.
Sandra Vieira/Yamini (in Sanscrit)"

20 February 2015

`’`Creative Dance for Adults`’`
(earlier dance experience NOT needed)
Instruction by Colleen Coy
Saturday 21 February 2015, 2:30-4:00 (or 4:30)pm, $20usd

Creative Dance for Adults awakens openness, receptivity, softness, and fluidity in the body through movement.  We will enhance a state of released and effortless motion, researching how we can move into and out of the floor, in the space, and with each other.  What is dance?  How can I create my own dance?  How can I learn to communicate and compose in improvisation?  We will concentrate on presence and spontaneity, on the capacity to find new ways of moving, and also play with movements we already know.

Advance registration required.  Contact Colleen Coy to register: +670-7746-3733, diliwellness@gmail.com.

29 January 2015

Special Indian Traditional Yoga classes at Dili Wellness' Upstairs Studio with guest instructor Lilly:

Sunday 01 February 4:00-5:30pm, $10usd drop-in
Friday 06 February 6:15-7:45pm, $10usd drop-in

"If you are open for new experiences and you are happy to jump into an Indian Traditional Yoga practice come and give it a try.  In these classes Lilly teaches not only asanas (physical movements) and pranayama (breathing exercises) but also chanting, mantras, and elements of meditation.  Find out how the ancient rishis from India might conduct a Yoga class."

Lily Jogwer is a German yoga instructor who completed her yoga teacher training course in Nashik, India based on hatha and ashtanga yoga as well as Indian traditional yoga philosophy and theory.

27 January 2015

Guest instructor Lilly Jogwer (certified yoga instructor from Germany) will be teaching Hector's regular yoga classes at Dili Wellness/Upstairs Studio this week & next at the following times:
-Tuesday 27 January at 6:15pm
-Wednesday 28 January at 9:00am
-Thursday 29 January at 6:15pm
-Monday 02 February at 9:00am
-Tuesday 03 February at 6:15pm
-Wednesday 04 February at 9:00am
-Thursday 05 February at 6:15pm
and an additional class on -Friday 06 February at 9:00am

Come try a new style and instructor:
Lily Jogwer completed her yoga teacher training course in Nashik, India based on hatha and ashtanga yoga as well as Indian traditional yoga philosophy and theory. In her classes she focuses on full body health, body/mind connection, and breath awareness. To create a good balance she chooses a combination of asanas (physical movements) which pay attention to all parts of the body and additionally includes pranayama (breathing) and meditative exercises. Hari Om smile emoticon

16 December 2014

Dili Wellness will be closed from 19 December to 06 January.  Classes at the Upstairs Studio begin again on 07 January and will continue as normal for the foreseeable future after that.  :)  Happy holidays to you and your families!

02 September 2014

Deepen Your Yoga Practice: Six Yoga Workshops with Jeanne Finestone!
Most Saturdays from 9:00-11:00am @ the Upstairs Studio
Take one, some or all:  $25usd per workshop OR commit to all six for $120usd, paid in advance.

Whether a committed yogi, a relative newbie, or someone who drops on and off the mat, we can all benefit from an intensive that takes us deeper into what we know and empowers us to explore the depths of Hatha’s many poses and practices.  Comprised of six weekly workshops, we will explore more than 50 asanas and yogic practices, breaking them down to their fundamentals to ground our practice and experience the full power of each asana’s many benefits. Each 2-hour session will offer a full class, of which approximately 75 minutes will be dedicated to a specific category of poses and practices and how to integrate them in a complete practice for the body, mind and spirit.

Pre-registration requested.  Contact Jeanne or Colleen to register at: +670-7788-2834 (J) +670-7746-3733 (C), anantamedia@gmail.com (J), diliwellness@gmail.com (C).  Minimum number of 6 people required to run each workshop.  Drop-in’s also welcome, space permitting. 

Workshop #1 = Saturday 20 September, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Tone and stretch every muscle with Sun Salutation and explore balance with standing poses.

Workshop #2 = Saturday 27 September, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Activate the energy of the backward bends and the contemplative power of the forward-bending asanas.

Workshop #3 = Saturday 04 October, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Rejuvenate with inversions and cleanse with twists.

Workshop #4 = Saturday 11 October, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Integrate the Ha (sun/masculine) and Tha (moon/feminine) of the physical practice with the Pranic (life force) power of deep relaxation (everybody’s favorite), breathing, and meditation.

Saturday 18 October = Rest

Workshop #5 =
Saturday 25 October, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Pull it all together in two complete classes.

Workshop #6 =
Saturday 01 November, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Pull it all together in two complete classes.

A 30 year practitioner, Jeanne teaches Integral Yoga, the core lineage of the Sivananda School, which includes the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara Hatha disciplines.  She is also the author of Ener-Chi, Yoga for Teenage Girls.  Jeanne’s multi-level classes includes asana, deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing), and meditation.

Pre-registration requested.  Contact Jeanne or Colleen to register at
: +670-7788-2834 (J) +670-7746-3733 (C), anantamedia@gmail.com (J), diliwellness@gmail.com (C).  Minimum number of 6 people required to run each workshop.  Drop-in’s also welcome, space permitting.
Kevin Vaughn will be here teaching yoga classes while Hector and I are away. 

Kevin will be substitute teaching the following classes beginning on Wednesday 24 September, 2014:
-Mondays 9:00-10:30am (for Hector), $10usd drop-in
-Mondays 5:45-7:10pm (in lieu of Colleen’s Pilates class……please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-Tuesdays 6:45-8:15pm (for Tanya…..please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am (for Hector), $10usd drop-in
-Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm (in lieu of Colleen’s Pilates class…..please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm (for Hector…..please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-every other Sunday 4:00-5:30pm (for Hector…..on 05 October, 19 October, 02 November), $20usd drop-in

***Hector’s yoga classes will be cancelled on Tuesday 16 September at 6:45pm, Wednesday 17 September at 9:00am, Thursday 18 September at 6:30pm, Monday 22 September at 9:00am, Tuesday 23 September at 6:45pm.

Class description: The class begins with a relaxation so that you can bring yourself into the space and become aware as to how you are in your physical body and mental body.  The physical practice consists of gentle to stronger postures allowing you to explore the areas of your body that you need to relax so that you are not slowly adding tension to a perhaps already tense body. Tense body, tense mind. Be aware of every moment, movement, and the breath.  Breathing practices help us to relax deeper into our awareness of the 'stuff' we need to let go of so we can live our life to its fullest capacity.  The class ends with a guided relaxation.

Kevin Vaughn is a yoga instructor from Hobart, Tasmania.  He has been practising yoga for the past 49 years and teaching for 13 years.  Trained in Byron Bay, Australia with Yoga Arts in the Ashtanga Style, his preference is Iyengar Style with an emphasis on holding postures so the body/mind can relax and open, finding stillness and quietness within the poses.  Asanas (physical practices) are used to help open and strengthen the physical body.  Pranayama (breath practice) and relaxation techniques play a big part in his teaching, leading into a deep, mindful relaxation.