• beginners guide to meditation • meditation methods • soma healing yoga • shakti women's circle
Monthly classes are longer (2hrs) and focussed on going beyond the usual yoga class format and experience, delving into the mystical and meditative depths of yoga and the underlying spiritual and philosophical traditions - which are incredibly rich in meaning and also practical relevance. We invite everyone with an interest in learning more about these traditions and frameworks as a means of learning more about the inner self.
Soma & Shakti शक्ति - yoga of the inner self
Soma (lunar) s a beautiful Sanskrit word which refers to the calming, nourishing properties of the moon, and is equated with the 'lunar' energies and aspects of our own nature. Shakti (energy; power) refers to the primordial cosmic energy, female in aspect, and often personified as goddesses imbued with power, desirable traits and attributes.
Mandy BeckerKnox is the co-owner and director of Kookaburra Creek, and the creator of the Hatha Yoga Method and all of the creative content and programs which inform our courses, programs, teacher trainings, and retreats. Mandy's primary focus is on continuing enquiry and learning, and bringing forward the ancient, esoteric practices and traditions in such a way that they can be respectfully incorporated into a meaningful, supportive and enriching practice and study of yoga.
Beginners Guide to Meditation
Learn the foundations of meditation. We demystify yogic meditation to share easy-to-master meditation and breathwork techniques to help you gain control of your mind, thoughts, emotions, and mastery of your inner world and destiny.
Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm. Yoga is a holistic and comprehensive system comprised of specific techniques which balance, harmonise and help heal our bodies, minds, emotions and soul. In our Beginners Guide to Meditation
There are five lessons in this series which each incorporate yogic meditation techniques. The techniques we introduce which you will receive guidance in include:
In the beginning and in order to progress in yoga and life more generally, we learn and practice these techniques to gain mastery over the 5 kleshas (inner obstacles) so we are no longer controlled by the tendencies of our own untrained minds. The 5 kleshas which hold us back from happiness, fulfilment and fully knowing and understanding the self and others are: avidya (wrong knowledge), asmita (ego/I am-ness), raga (desire), dvesha (aversion), abhinivesha (fear of change & death).
During the 5 lessons in this series of lessons we look at each of the kleshas in more depth and you'll learn the meditation methods and techniques which help to counteract the negative tendencies of the mind towards worry, anxiety and depression.
Sessions are spaced a month apart and you'll be given guidelines to establish a meditation practice at home. The themes of each lesson are as follows:
These 5 immersive masterclasses are for those wishing to learn and practice advanced yogic meditation and pranayama, and to learn the philosophical and practical basis, theories and methods. Each class has a focus on the koshas and includes instruction in powerful, empowering meditation techniques.
Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm. Yoga is one of the world's earliest meditation and contemplation traditions with roots dating back to the Vedic period of Indian history (1500-500BCE). Yoga very broadly is comprised of many traditions which evolved from this era, leading us toward the goal of self-realisation. Modern yoga and meditation systems are derivative and based upon this ancient knowledge, which has endured for so long because of its profound wisdom and practical relevance. The Vedas are a large body of Sanskrit works compiled into 4 volumes. The Upanishads are the inspirational portion of the Vedas and considered to be a source of yogic knowledge of the self.
It is the Taittirīya Upanishad which describes humans as multi-dimensional with 5 concentric layers of self known as the 'koshas'. To know the self and master aspects of our own nature, yogic meditation is approached sequentially beginning with the outermost and most knowable aspects of self, becoming more subtle and refined as we
The five lessons in our Meditation Methods series draw on key practices related to the koshas, and utilise this yogic framework as a way of truly progressing on the yogic path and gaining mastery over these aspects of self and how we engage with the world.
We share the 'treasures' we have learnt from our teachers and masters over many years which are useful and an incredible support to live with a lightness of being. You'll learn active and passive meditation techniques and the power behind them. We incorporate nada yoga (yoga of sound), mantra, pranayama (breath), and some theory.
There are five lessons which each incorporate the yogic practices of bhava, mudra, mantra chanting, mantra japa, pranayama, visualisation, and yoga nidra specific to gaining mastery in each of the 5 koshas. Sessions are spaced a month apart to give you plenty of time to integrate them into your daily routine and personal meditation practice. The themes of each lesson are as follows:
Soma Healing Yoga
beautiful, meditative, intuitive and calming, Soma Yoga incorporates meditation, mantra, breathwork, yoga nidra and sound healing - infused with softness, the essence of moonlight to restore, rebalance and heal.
Wednesdays 6pm - 8pm. Soma Healing Yoga sessions are monthly on Wednesday evenings and incorporate a centring sensory meditation; slow, somatic movement practices drawn from traditional yoga; pranayama, mantra, and a yogic sound meditation incorporating traditional gongs and singing bowls with healing mantras, leading in to a long, restful nyasa guided yoga nidra which incorporate healing bija mantras followed by a candlelight meditation.
Soma Yoga is truly beautiful with monthly themes which provide an opportunity to shine a light on different aspects of our inner and outer worlds to see what is helping, supporting, nourishing and healing, and equally to see what is holding us back from fulfilment, wellbeing and joy. While the practices are quiet, calming and meditative, Soma Yoga is inherently positive and transformative!
The sessions are intuitive and intelligently structured to ensure a safe, holistic and meditative experience. The movement practices are slow and mindful to release tension held in the physical and subtle body fields. The pranayama practices balance and stabilise the breath, mind and mood, while the meditation is focussed on releasing negative mental and emotional patterns so we are free to redirect our intuitive intelligence to healing of the self and others.
The Shakti mantras incorporated into the class are ancient, potent codes which are both protective to the mind, and unlock latent creativity and wisdom, while the sound meditation and yoga nidra help us to enter into deep, restorative rest and a meditative flow state conducive to healing, insight. The evening session concludes with a candlelight meditation and beautiful mantra.
These sessions with Mandy introduce some of the deeper concepts and healing benefits of yoga. The practices are suitable for all levels including beginners.
Dates: 1 Mar, 31 May, 26 July, 23 Aug, 13 Dec. Book Now
Shakti Women's Circle
Yoga, meditation, mantras, breathwork, puja, journalling and amazing chai! This beautiful yoga circle for women uniquely draws on the women's wisdom and goddess traditions of yoga.
Fridays 10am - 12pm The 2 hour Shakti Women's Circle is facilitated by Mandy monthly on Friday mornings, and includes beautiful and empowering female-centric yoga practices suitable for women at any stage of life seeking a supportive, meaningful and rich experience of yoga and their own inner world. Shakti Yoga at Kookaburra Creek is a supportive and inclusive circle where we join with women on the path to enjoy the beautiful and female-centric practices of yoga which have so much subtle potency and capacity to heal.
Each month we focus on an aspect of the Goddess to help us with our aim of releasing the obstacles and burdens which weigh heavily upon our hearts; to disconnect our sense of self-worth from the changing roles, circumstances and relationships of our lives, and connect it to the Luminous and Radiant Inner Self - the source of love, power, nourishment, wisdom and healing.
Drawing on the women's wisdom and goddess traditions of Yoga and Tantra, these sessions include a puja practice (offering of inner obstacles to the goddess), meditative movement based on traditional yoga; healing and rebalancing breathwork; the chanting of sacred and powerful Shakti mantras associated with the wisdom goddesses to help us let go, repattern thoughts and emotion, awaken and activate our personal power, and direct it towards the healing, upliftment and success of our own self, the earth and all of the beings upon it.
• wisdom stories from the Goddess traditions
• shakti mantras to attune to heart’s desire, remove obstacles and cultivate the personal power to act in the world
• powerful pranayama (transformational breath work)
• beautiful, soulful and devotional yoga
• devotional puja
• meditation on a goddess from the Vedic, Hindu and Tantric pantheons
• Self-reflection and journalling (bring your notebook and pen)
• Sharing in the wisdom of our circle of women
• Spicy Chai and opportunity to chat and connect with others.
Shakti Yoga at Kookaburra Creek is a supportive and inclusive circle where we join with others on the path to enjoy the beautiful and female-centric practices of yoga which have so much subtle potency and capacity to heal. The sessions include stories from ancient times, journalling, and sharing of wisdom with the women present while enjoying spicy, aromatic home-brewed Chai. Bring your own journal and pen.
Dates: 17 Feb, 17 Mar, 14 Apr, 19 May, 16 June, 28 July, 18 Aug, 15 Sept, 20 Oct. Book Now