RADICAL YES PRESENTS: Workshop #2 Breath Immersion
We’re super excited to reveal the next free workshop for our radical customers, held at our Therry Street pop-up shop in Melbourne. Breath Immersion is a one-hour yoga and meditation class presented in collaboration with the city’s most creative yoga studio, Good Vibes.
Good Vibes is unlike your regular yoga space. Created by artist Kirra Jamison, it’s a carefully curated environment with sustainability and health at the forefront of its design. The result is the perfect environment to learn, discover and expand your heart, mind, and body. We are so excited to be bringing a little slice of Good Vibes to the Radical Yes shop!
Hosted by Good Vibes yogi Nicky Grimsdale, we’ll be spotlighting Pranayama, the formal practice of controlling the breath and ultimately our vital life force. A practitioner of Iyengar and Vinyasa for the past decade, Nicky has developed a deep insight into Yoga alignment. We can’t wait for him to share his teachings with you.
Where: Radical Yes Pop Up Shop, 99 Therry Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
When: Tuesday, 22nd March 6 pm to 7 pm
Book Now: Tickets are FREE and available to book here. Visit our Facebook page for more event info and booking details.
We stole ten minutes with Kirra and Nicky to chat more about the transformative experience of yoga, and what our lucky customers can expect from this month’s workshop.
Hi Kirra, congratulations on your stunning yoga studio! How long had you been dreaming of opening your studio and what was the catalyst for kick-starting the project?
Kirra: I’ve had a daily yoga practice for six or so years in different studios around the world. As soon as I connected with the practice I instantly (and obsessively) started imagining what my dream yoga studio would be.
I felt there was a need to create a studio in Melbourne that offered a beautifully designed, contemporary space with teachers that honoured the traditional roots of yoga and taught intelligently and mindfully.
How do the Good Vibes studio and philosophy differ from usual yoga studios?
Kirra: At Good Vibes, we honour our asana practice as moving meditation that creates a strong, clear, connected body and mind. We focus on alignment and integrity of movement through flow classes. The movements are initiated by the breath, allowing each inhale to lift, expand and open, and every exhalation to move us further into the experience.
Our approach is grounded in the traditional lineages of yoga. We acknowledge all eight limbs of yoga: Yama (ethical disciplines), Niyama (self-observation), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dhrana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (a blissful state of joy and peace).
Our philosophy is based on ensuring a mindful, strengthening and holistic yoga practice. We encourage the experience of yoga to be a complete system, both on and off the mat.
Our vibe is laid-back, open, friendly and positive. We foster an empowered, healthy and mindful community, welcoming beginners, right through to the most experienced yogi. Good Vibes is a space for real yoga.
This month Radical Yes celebrates the theme of transformation. Can you tell us about how your experience with the fundamental principles of yoga led to your personal transformation?
Kirra: Through pranayama, meditation and asana I’ve become much better at changing my reaction to situations that I can’t change, rather than trying to change the situation. It’s transformation from the inside :)
Lastly, how has yoga fed into and motivated your art?
Kirra: They definitely compliment one another. Starting the morning with a yoga practice sets me up positively for the rest of the day. It’s a vital part of my routine and sets the framework for my creativity. Yoga encourages a sense of the calm, which is very helpful in my art.
Hi, Nicky! Your yoga style centres on Ayurvedic teachings. Can you explain why you gravitated towards these principles in particular?
Nicky: I’m drawn to Ayuvedic practices because they are customised to each individual. From an Ayuvedic perspective, you can identify what your body needs specifically at that point in time. Of course, this is always shifting, and my study of Ayurveda allows me to stay aware and control my health in a holistic sense.
You’re known for creative yoga sequences that keep your students engaged and present in the movement. What can we expect from your Radical Yes workshop?
Nicky: The state of body and mind is always reflected in the breath. In yoga we recognise the regulation of breath as one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, it is the pranayama, the expansion of life force. In yoga asana, we use the breath to initiate movement in the body. As a form of meditation, breath becomes an anchor for stillness. In life, we can learn to control our breath in order to control wandering minds.
This workshop is a practical guide to integrating pranayama (yogic breath techniques) into your daily life. It will be useful to anybody who experiences stress, anxiety, lethargy and insomnia, or is simply looking to deepen their awareness of breath. It’s open to all levels! Absolutely no yoga or meditation experience necessary.