26 November 2015

In November 2015 Dili Wellness donated 10 yoga mats to Red Cross Los Palos. It is wonderful to see Timorese women in Los Palos enjoying and practicing yoga. Alex, the AVID volunteer who is leading the classes said, "We have a great group of 10 girls who absolutely LOVE coming to class. They are improving so quickly and gaining lots of confidence in the process!".

We are grateful for the upcoming generous donation of dance clothes and shoes for Dili's little dancers thanks to Dance School of Distinction in Ballarat, Australia. Special thanks to Margaux Eichler and her daughter Daisy as well as the King Family for facilitating the gift. We look forward to sharing photos after the donation arrives at Dili Wellness in Timor-Leste.  

11 November 2015

We are fortunate to have guest instructor, Annette Field, of Yoga Aspirations in Australia teaching 'Restore & Relax' yoga classes at Dili Wellness in November & December:

Sundays 22 & 29 November and 06 December, 2015
3:00-4:30pm @ Dili Wellness
$15usd per class.

Register and pay in advance to secure your space in class by contacting Colleen at: diliwellness@gmail.com or +670-7746-3733. Drop-ins welcome if there is space.

This afternoon class uses yoga practices to restore energy and deepen relaxation. The class includes the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation, and always includes Yoga Nidra, which is a practice of deep relaxation with awareness and which has many benefits, including developing the memory, increasing knowledge and creativity, and helping to transform one’s nature.

Annette Field teaches a holistic time-honoured system of yoga that includes asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), and meditation in every class. Having worked as a social worker and anthropologist, Annette is interested in empowering others to overcome blockages in life that restrict them from developing into the best that they strive to become. After having a total knee replacement, Annette took up yoga and found that it increased the flexibility in her knee and brought her body back into alignment. For Annette, yoga is a journey, and she is inspired to follow a path of openness, authenticity, and courage, to reap the benefits yoga offers. Drawing on her experience, Annette respectfully encourages each person to harmonize their body, mind and emotions and to develop their deepest aspirations through yoga. She pays close attention to each individual’s particular needs. Annette is a registered teacher with Yoga Australia and an Accredited SATYANANDA YOGA® Teacher A32019, having completed 1440 hours of yoga studies, part of which was a four months Yogic Studies Course at Bihar Yoga Bharati, Munger, India. She has also completed the Yoga Anatomy: Principles Course with Leslie Kaminoff, as well as Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training.

28 August 2015

Ahimsaka Satya Yoga Sadhana

yoga classes & workshops
25 - 28 September 2015 @ Dili Wellness
Opening into the self-practice of yoga.

This is an offering of various classes of yoga for developing your own yoga practice.  The separate classes are the "LEGO" pieces of the yoga practice training (YPT) workshop which, when combined together into a workshop, can build a full and (w)holistic practice.  Every class is a foundation on it is own, and will explore a part (or parts) of yoga in depth.  Doing a workshop will give you broader access to the (self) practice of yoga, while attending one of classes will deepen your understanding.  We need both, an overall view and more in-depth insight.

Classes are of 1.5 hour sessions.  Complete YPT workshop if all classes are attended.

4 Early Morning Classes (Ashtanga Vinyasa): 7:00-8.30am
Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27, Monday 28 September
3 Late Morning/Early Afternoon Classes (special class): FRI 10:45am-12:15pm, SAT 2:30-4:00pm, SUN 10:45am-12:15pm
Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27 September

3 Afternoon/Evening Classes (pratyahara/yin): FRI 5:30-7:00pm, SAT 5:00-6:30pm, SUN 2:30-4:00pm
Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27 September

+ 2 Q&A Sessions (for YPT participants only): 4:00-4:30pm
Saturday 26, Sunday 27 September


Single class/drop-in = $15usd, 
Advanced purchase 5x card  =$60, Advanced purchase 10x YPT workshop = $100.
**Please register in advance by contacting Colleen at:
diliwellness@gmail.com, +670-7746-3733.

Class Descriptions:
Asthanga Vinyasa primary, Led & introduction:
The Ashtanga sequences* are used as a source of inspiration, in a not dogmatic but rather pragmatic style. The primary sequence has a focus on both strengthening and lengthening, creating a more open and flexible body that is equally strong within every area of the body. Developing harmony between the various body parts, and balancing the body with the mind.
Friday 25 September, 7:00-8:30am:
Introduction: gives basic knowledge, how to approach/play/modify the sequence (mostly the primary series) to your body type, mind set, and life style.
Saturday 26, Sunday 27, Monday 28 September, 7:00-8:30am:
LED; a classic "western" type of teaching, where the teacher is guiding the class as a group and showing the poses of the sequence, the variations and modifications and also the inspiration were it can go to. The class is to be received in a playful way, trying, exploring, not expecting, and learning what is suitable for you and where you can take yourself. Take it as exploration and with the focus of establishing, or fine-tuning, your own yoga practice.
*The ashtanga practice is definitely a more strenuous practice, and meant to be a “purifying” practice, the first guideline is always to work within the limits of your own body. Learning to listen to your own body (and breath). From there we explore these limits, taking them as frontiers rather than limitations, and going beyond the set expectations you maybe have of your body and mind. Making Self-expression part of the whole.

Special classes in back bending, Vinyasa Techniques & core strengthening, hip opening & arm balances:
These classes are more of a workshop style class, which target specific parts of the body and mind and go deeper in some of the hatha/ashtanga yoga technique and asana. Within the class there is more time for practicing the techniques by means of repetition and trial & error. It are also the areas we all have to work on if we want to progress deeper into our yoga practice. It is here that we have to fine tune the balance between strength and flexibility, control and surrender, action and non-action.
Friday 25 September, 10:45am-12:15pm:
Back bending; often it is not the spine that is stiff, but tightness in the hips, shoulders, hamstrings or abdomen that is preventing the spine to open up and finding its natural length and space. More over, the most limiting factor could be the mind, back bending can come together with fear and anxiety, or the opposite, no strength and no control. Especially with back bending we can say; "asana are done by the body, but done for mind".
Saturday 26 September, 2:30-4:00pm:
Vinyasa & core, brings it all together and without persistent practice we are not able to master it. It is here that we can create an unlimited variety of how to move in and out of poses, to play with both the lunar and solar energy and let them dance together. It has to become natural, and often it will seem magical, it is were we can see Maya (illusion) demonstrated when gravity seems defied. Especially in these classes it is a lot of trial & error, that is how to learn, keeping a playful attitude.
Sunday 27 September, 10:45am-12:15pm:
Hip opening & arm balances; open hips facilitate smooth Vinyasa, and is often the most frustrating part of our yoga practice. It seems also the storage of long lasting deep embedded "karma" are all in the hips. Lots of asana for opening the hips, and from there in, using the regained mobility to explore the more advanced asana of arm balances and related asana. 

Pratayahara "yin" & meditation:
While in the "asana" during these yin (sense-withdrawal) classes, different facets of the 8th limbs of yoga are being presented. Sense-withdrawal (Sanskrit; pratyahara) is step 5 of the 8 folded path, and brings the "outer" disciplines together with the "inner" disciplines. Foundation of the class is active relaxation of the physical body with as focus to quiet the mind, which is often the most challenging and difficult part of our yoga practice. Various techniques will be explored. During a long hold pose (3 to 5 min.), these different tools are offered and practiced. As we all have different bodies, our minds are as different as well and we need different techniques for different situations. The slow and passive stretching together with the active relaxation helps to recharge the body and mind, and expels the waste products of metabolism* from an intensive (yang) yoga practice efficiently, minimizing soreness the next day. These classes are an important part of the workshop as to understand the yoga practice. It is here we practice to move to the final step of yoga; "Samadhi", realizing peace.
Friday 25 September, 5:30-7:00pm
Saturday 26 September, 5:00-6:30pm
Sunday 27 September, 2:30-4:00pm

*These classes can have a strong cleansing effect on the body.  Please drink plenty of water afterwards.

Q&A Sessions:
After pratyahara/yin classes there will be approximately 30 minute Q&A sessions for students who take the class as part of the yoga practice training (TPT) workshop.  These classes are meant to tune the workshop to individual needs, and can go from anything yoga related, into Ayurveda, diet, and lifestyle.  The key ingredient is how to integrate the yoga practice into your daily life, and bring your life into the sphere of yoga.  The Q&A session on Saturday will be held at Cafe Wesa'e, located directly below the studio.  The Sunday Q&A session will be in Dili Wellness’ Upstairs Studio.
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September, 4:00-4:30pm

Ahimsaka has trained professionally in India and Hawai'I, USA.  He settled for the last few years in Ghandian Ashram on Bali to pursue and master his yoga practice and to teach yoga to young Balinese, expatriates, and tourists from all over the world.  Sharing from his personal yoga practice he offers his experience and knowledge to others in the form of classes and short workshops, designed to give students the intimate attention necessary to start, or substantially enhance, their own yoga practice.

01 July 2015

Jill Foster is teaching yoga at Dili Wellness each week at the following times:

Mondays 9:00-10:15am
Tuesdays 12:30-1:15pm
Tuesdays 6:15-7:30pm
Wednesday 9:00-10:15am
Thursdays 12:30-1:15pm
Fridays 9:00-10:15am
Saturdays 9:30-11:00am
Sundays 4:00-5:30pm

Jill Foster began studies with meditation and yoga in 2000 and has since practiced both as the foundation of body-mind disciplines, her other primary influences including Somatics, Alexander, and Release Technique. In 2008, Jill began teaching ballet, modern and break dance in Minneapolis. After an invite to teach yoga in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2012, she taught Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga fulltime, from beginner to advanced levels, and continued her studies there based in Iyengar lineage. Jill most recently taught kids yoga in Banglaore, India, after completing her 500-hour advanced teacher training with Dominique Renucci in Rishikesh, India. Jill is insistent upon ease with the breath to calm and strengthen the nervous system, fine-tuning alignment for optimum posture in everyday life, and discovering ourselves within the balance-act between effort and ease.

10 May 2015

Lunchtime Yoga classes with Kristie at Dili Wellness!

Drop-in during your lunch break, now on TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS from 12:30-1:15pm.

Restore your energy with a gentle but powerful vinyasa flow class.