Studio Open for Classes again ……

  We have now had a week and a bit of combined studio + online classes and so far so good. Temperature checks, cleaning, sanitising and mopping, mopping and mopping! But it has been wonderful to have actual bodies and warm smiles to connect with and teach.  Very difficult not to get in close and adjust you though.  I have taken to using a big long stick to push and prod you with, genius, even though it reminds me of my old Russian ballet teacher! Thank you to everyone who has been making the extra effort to bring in your own props.  I have mats, blocks, blankets and straps available for you to purchase and as long as you bring a towel or sarong to use as a cover you can use my blankets and bolsters to create more support. It is interesting just how many of you are preferring to stay home and zoom.  Live stream is an amazing option and it is here to stay ….. but it isn’t the same as a class in the studio.  Come in to the studio if you can (for as long as we can stay open). I have enabled a feature that allows you to see how many people are enrolled in classes.  This means that you can make informed decisions about whether you feel comfortable to come in to the studio or stay with the live streaming at this stage of the COVID game/not game.  Studio classes are limited to 12 people. A reminder for those of you live streaming …. please email me with updates on how you...

COVID safety plan

Having you back in the studio again is a very exciting prospect. We have missed you.  Unfortunately COVID 19 is a very invisible and sneaky disease. We may not think we have it but the reality is that we don’t know.  I am not going to be casual about this and it is not simply business as usual at BLYS now that classes are starting back up again. After much consideration I have decided to ask you to bring your own yoga swag (mat, blocks, belt, a blanket and a towel) to classes and then take it home again after class.  I understand that it may be inconvenient but it is ultimately the safest for all of us. The COVID safety plan below will help maintain a minimum risk for students and teachers at Black Lotus Studios.  The following requirements and practices will mean that you can be confident that we are looking after you when you come to the studio. At this stage classes will be limited to 12 students, plus the teacher and sometimes an assistant. To secure your place please book early. Casual attendance will not be possible. You must be booked in and paid online to attend the class.  If, after you have booked you find that you can’t attend please go into the system and cancel your booking at least 2 hours before the class start time. Because there is a ‘waiting list’ this will allow another person to join the class.  Cancellations later than this will not be refunded. You will need to bring your own mat, a belt, two blocks, a blanket and a...

Back in the studio from 20th July!

In studio classes are starting up again from the 20th July.  Most studio classes will also be live streamed.  Classes have a limited capacity and you must enrol before you come.  For an outline of the new protocols in place to keep us safe please go to the classes...

The online classes are all in full swing ….. Check out the timetable.  Classes are either open level or Level 2 and 1.5 hours or one hour  either.  With lots of classes and times through the week or over the weekend you’ll be able to find a time to suit the household...

Beginner(ish) Wednesdays

Try the One Hour Wednesday night class if you are new to yoga.  This is a mixed and open class but beginners are given special consideration with options for the stiff and ungainly!

The New Anti Antzi Kids Zone

I have aded a new kids class to the online timetable on Wednesdays at 4.30-5.30pm.  With all our kids at home they really need to exercise and meditate and … breath.  This is suitable for kids around 9 to 13 years old. We use ZOOM to create the online classroom. Your kids will stretch out and strengthen up, extend far out and then curl in close. Lots of deep nourishing breaths to let the bad stuff out. You’ll need a place that’s big enough to stretch out in all directions. A yoga mat would be great – but its ok if you don’t have one. Grab three beach towels and a belt – any belt will do. Click on the sign up button on the left and create new student account. Enrol and we will email you the ZOOM link just before the class begins. $16 a...

LiveOnline Update

Thank you for all your emails of support in this extraordinary and difficult time. I still can’t believe that the studio, out there in my garden, has ‘gone dark’. I do hope that you will all be able to stay close in spirit, if not in body, and that we will see each other on the screen for the online classes. I have now scheduled the LiveOnline classes for a few weeks ahead and you can register and pay for them the usual way that you do for studio classes. Please have a look at the new timetable and enrol in the sessions that suit you. Most are still 1.5 hours although there is a Saturday afternoon one hour restorative and two early morning 45 min classes. Saturday 11am class is still on the table. The early morning intensive time slot is still in there, however, I have reduced it to 1.5 hours and added it to the normal classes list as a ‘Level Two’. I encourage you to sit or practice pranayama before the class begins at 6.30 and/or to take some time at the end of the class for a longer savasana. I am also interested in offering some short kids sessions (anxiety is rife), but that might be an ‘on demand’ situation! I will have look at the schedule over Easter soon, as yet it isn’t reflected in the LiveOnline timetable. Marg Lum, Blye Wilson and Suzy Wolanski will be teaching some of sessions. Sebastian too….. however he has been called away on an urgent family matter to America. Which means that he doesn’t know how...

COVID – 19 update

As COVID-19 continues to spread, We are taking extra precautions at the studio to avoid contact with the virus and limit any possibility of it spreading it around. It is very important that if you feel any flu or cold symptoms please don’t come to class. I have made up  disinfectant spray bottles so that you can clean your mat and blocks before your class. There is On Guard hand soap and alcohol based hand gel available so that you can sanitise your hands before and after classes. I will be cleaning all the contact points daily with disinfectant. Yoga is not really an optional extra and I would like to keep the classes going through this developing situation. Practice is for the best and the worst of times and all the times in between. If you are not feeling well or the situation brings up anxiety or stress then let us know.  I am happy to advise sequences for home practice that can support and restore your immune system and help to calm you down. Always yours on the mat, Sue-ellen...

Christmas is coming!

Now is the time to get your discounted T’shirts ($30), Deodorant ($20), Mosquito Repellent ($20), Face Serum ($35), Props (purple blocks, stretchy belts) and Calming Oil Blend ($20).