Free Yoga Classes
The benefits of yoga cover not just the physical but the mental and emotional as well. Regular practice of yoga can help you sleep better, maintain a healthy weight, reduce back pain, relieve stress and help you tone up as well! These classes are one of our most popular programs and regularly fill up.
Frank Bonnici has been practising yoga for 17 years, and teaching for the past 5. He teaches Vinyasa (both Power flow & Slow flow), yin, hot yoga and hatha. He has strong a focus on breath awareness and posture alignment, and his down to earth personality makes him a popular teacher.
Every Wednesday, starting in Week 2, from 5pm-6pm
Training Rooms on Level 3 of Union House.
- For safety reasons, we will admit only those with a valid University of Melbourne student ID card
- Classes will not be running over the mid-semester break
- No sign-ups are required but classes are limited in size
- Spots are given on a first-in-best-dressed basis
- A small number of mats will be available to borrow, but priority may be given to those who can provide their own mats. We recommend you buy your own mat (mat costs around $6 at Big W)
Feel free to send any questions or queries to the Welfare Officers, Natasha Guglielmino & Declan Kerger, at email@example.com or chuck us a message on Facebook.
Unimelb Graduate Yoga Society
The Melbourne University Graduate Yoga Society is not just about yoga! They aim to help students understand the art of maintaining a healthy life in today’s fast-paced and hectic urban world. Their sessions are based on three key pillars; relaxing music (Kirtan), yoga sessions and engaging seminars focusing on topics related to mind, body, and soul.
They have weekly online events for our members to help you cope and stay positive during your time at home. Their weekly hatha yoga sessions (now held online) help to ease muscle stiffness, strains and alleviate mental stress. The sessions involve yoga postures, breathing and relaxation exercises. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome, and the classes are conducted by qualified teachers.
They also provide mantra meditation. In the sessions, we use mantras and sacred chants composed of Sanskrit words to help relieve stress and anxiety. The mantras are sung along to musical accompaniment from instruments like a harmonium (piano-style instrument), clay drum, or hand symbols. This call and response style meditation is called Kirtan, as a lead singer sings mantras and the group then joins along in response. This special meditation lifts the spirit and encourages tranquillity and inner joy, working on the physical, emotional and spiritual planes.
When they’re able to meet in person, they serve vegan food after the meditation, cooked by their volunteers. This is a highlight of their events, when they serve diverse cuisine such as Latino, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean to name a few!
Finally, they regularly have special guests speak on various contemporary topics like global health, environmental issues, and inner peace. You’ll discover the opportunity to access a wealth of information and knowledge which will aid your understanding of body, mind and soul.
Campus life is all about making new friends and sharing, so please come and join them to have some fun with not-so-serious meditation sessions and mantra music! Hope to see you there soon.
UniMelb Bhakti Yoga Club
UniMelb Bhakti Yoga Club, now running in its 3rd year, is one of the most popular clubs on-campus. Their aim is to help students understand ancient eastern wisdom of maintaining a perfect life in today’s chaotic urban world. Their session involves relaxing music (called Kirtan), yoga sessions for a healthy body and weekly free vegetarian food to highlight living in harmony with nature as well exciting seminars focusing on various topics related to mind, body and soul. Your ongoing support is very much wanted throughout this semester and they hope you have a great time with them.
So don’t miss the fun! Join them through their website, or contact them anytime via email (unimelbbhaktiyoga[@]gmail.com). You can also like them on their Facebook page to receive special updates.
- To impart principles of positive thinking, life values and the science of spirituality through the ancient wisdom of the east.
- To practise the science of self-culture and self-realisation by conducting weekly sessions of yoga and meditation.
- To spread the view ‘vegetarianism’ for healthy lifestyle by holding vegetarian cooking demonstrations and distributing vegetarian food.
- To showcase the art of traditional spiritual music from the east by having performances and musical demonstrations.
- To spread the knowledge and philosophy of how to enhance the capacity of the mind by arranging lectures from visiting speakers.
- Bhakti Yoga Club
First Floor, Union House
University of Melbourne VIC 3010
Source: unimelb.edu.au/community/stay-connected/clubs-and-societies/yoga-club-finding-balance-in-a-changing-world; umsu.unimelb.edu.au/clubs/bhakti-yoga-club/; umsu.unimelb.edu.au/support/welfare/yoga/