3rd Brisbane Yoga Day

A blissful day of yoga, health & well being classes with some of Brisbane's most experienced teachers.
Classes are suitable for all levels of experience.
Includes home made chai. BYO lunch or purchase from the numerous nearby cafes.

Sunday 9th Dec, 9.30am - 3.40pm, Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundry st, West End, Brisbane

Brisbane Yoga Day Tickets:

$70 / $80 @ door
(please note: tickets are limited to this event due to space & door tickets may not be available if sold out prior)
Brisbane Yoga Day Presenters
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Tanya Zappala

9.30 - 10.40 am - Tanya Zappala - ‘Open Heart, strong shoulders.

"Daily our posture is affected by everyday modern day habits.
Sitting for long periods, hours spent driving in traffic, sitting behind computers, smart phones, doing less of what you enjoy & stress are just a few every day activities that are having an impact on morphing our body into forward slumps. 

Our shoulders are rolling more forward, our chests and head feel heavy & our lungs are getting compressed. Shallow breathing causes less oxygen to the brain so we feel prone to mental & physical exhaustion.
Long term, this hunched over positions closes our selves off from the people around us? making us less compassionate to others and possibly a shutting down from ourselves. 
Not many people consider the effects that our posture has on the way we think and feel. This is why yoga is such a wonderful practice in teaching us to pay attention. When we feel good and alert we sit taller and straighter, when we are laughing our lungs are open, our shoulders are back, the heart is joyful. 
This class at the Yoga day will help address some of these issues & share some yoga asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing) to open up your chest, strengthen your shoulders and backs to keep your heart open and connected."

About Tanya:

Tanya has been teaching Yoga across Australia and abroad since 2004. Based in Brisbane she enjoys watching people come together and grow in many ways through their yoga journey.
Tanya’s training comes from a few yogic traditions. It’s a reminder that Yoga is for everyone and not one style works for us all. Learning from a range of teachers has allowed Tanya to experience functional body movements and how offering variations work better for the diverse community of students she teaches.
Her classes flow with a strong alignment focus  – mindful movements with breath nicely slowed to allow more awareness for safe transitions from one posture to the next."


10.40 - 11.00am - Morning Tea Break

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Heather Kitchen

11.00am - 12.10 pm - Heather Kitchen - ‘Iyengar Yoga - How do we prepare for inversions’

We often see the ease with which some people manage the inverted postures. But how do they get to that point? In the Iyengar tradition of Yoga we are taught how to build our strength and stability progressively. We need to develop both strength and suppleness in the shoulders in order to protect our neck from injury in both headstand and shoulderstand. Which way do we move the shoulders? How do we develop stability? How do we support our necks? And ultimately how do we free balance safely for a good amount of time so we can reap the benefits of these revitalising poses? Heather Kitchen will guide you through a series of poses that will foster a deeper awareness of the answers to these questions. (Note: We will NOT be free balancing in this class. We will simply be working TOWARD the inversions, hence this class is suitable for beginners along with those who are menstruating).


About Heather:

”Heather began teaching yoga in 1997 and has extensive experience teaching all levels of ability. She was one of the co-founding members of Yarraville Yoga Centre in Melbourne's inner west in 2003 which became one of Australia's largest and busiest yoga studios. Heather relocated to the Sunshine Coast with her family in 2014. The philosophy of yoga is central to Heather’s teaching and practice, without that she believes we’re just doing something technical with the body. Her primary motivation is to encourage others to connect with their capacity for mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing through the path of yoga thus creating a sense of wholeness.
Heather has studied with numerous senior Iyengar Yoga teachers within Australia and has attended the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in India on 2 occasions.
Heather is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia and the founder of Maroochydore Yoga Centre."


12.10 - 1.00pm - Lunch Break

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Genevieve St-Cyr

1.00pm - 2.10 pm - Genevieve St-Cyr - Yoga For Digestive Health

In this workshop you will learn how to improve your digestive fire by using specific yoga asanas, breathing techniques and mindfulness.
I will talk about the importance of the Psoas muscle in relation to digestion, and show you a few of my favourite ways to relax this muscle, which is deep into your abdomen.
I will also talk about why you need to get out of the fight or flight state (by activating the vagus nerve) to improve your digestion, and practice a few simple breathing exercises that can help with that.
And finally, I will discuss how mindfulness can help you by helping you to tune into your body, and figure out what foods are best for you and your unique body.

About Genevieve:

I have been teaching yoga since 2009 after completing a 2 years immersion teacher training with Tamara James.
I have also studied Yoga Therapy and graduated in January 2015.
I have a degree in medicine and am a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
I am passionate about helping people to restore good digestive health as I believe that having a healthy gut is crucial to general wellbeing.
I work with people on a one-on-one basis to help them restore balance by helping them figure out the right way to eat for their unique body, by finding the root cause of their gut issues, and by using the right combination of yoga asana, breathing exercises and meditation.


2.10 - 2.30 - Afternoon Tea

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Chanthalah Webster-Tight

2.30 - 3.40pm - Chanthalah Webster-Tight - Mind-Body Medicine of Spinal Health - Strength through Mobility.
The Spine is the perfect example of the continuum of mobility and stability through a central axis. It’s beautiful design helps our body in sharing the load. This investigation will help you to create balance through your spine by understanding the spinal biomechanics for safe and sustainable movement in yoga by redistributing the load and enlivening your practice.
You will learn:
- the anatomy of the spine in meaningful terms
- the relationships between the spine and the limbs, the cascading effect of the foundation to the periphery
- the core principles of safe and effective backbends and forward bends
- the spine in relation to Ojas – Primal potency; so that on an inner level it spinal mobility and strength gives calm, and supports and nourishes
Safe for all levels, this session is gentle and nourishing. The advanced practitioner will benefit from the insight of subtlety of refinement.


About Chantalah:
Chanthalah’s passion for the body in motion was sparked after 17 years of classical dance training and the completion of her BA in Dance Performance at QUT (2000). She then became the youngest graduate in Australia through the IYTA (2002). Chanthalah then graduated with a Dean’s Commendation for her Masters in Physiotherapy at UQ. Since that time she has lectured for the APA, UQ, QUT, ACU and Griffith in anatomy, biomechanics, and application of yoga therapy.  Both practicing and teaching yoga has formed Chanthalah’s foundation in unraveling and deconstructing movement patterns, strengthened by her biomechanical understanding gained through her clinical physiotherapy work. Co-founding Core Yoga Studios in West End in 2003, she and husband Nathan Tight run 350hr Teacher Training and international retreats in Bali.



Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundry st, West End, Brisbane


Where is the event held?

Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundry st, West End, Brisbane

What time should I arrive?

Please arrive by 9.15 am (first class starts at 9.30am)

Is there parking available?

Street parking is available. Parking meters not applicable on Sundays


What should I bring?
  • A yoga mat and any other props you would normally take to a class.  No lockers or holding facilities are available. 

  • Photo ID if you have bought your tickets online.

  • Cash for lunch or if you are buying tickets at the door (ATMs are available nearby).


Are there market stalls at the Brisbane Yoga Day?

No, market stalls are held at our larger festivals such as YogaFest.


Can I bring my children to the Yoga Day?

Due to the nature of the event, and the types of workshops on offer, the minimum age for attendance for children is 13.


Can I come if I’m new to Yoga?

We welcome newcomers to the Yoga Day. Most classes are taught to cater to beginners as well as experienced students. Class descriptions will give more detail on the level of the class. Please listen to your body, pace yourself throughout the day, and feel free to sit back and watch or lie down and rest at any time, this is completely acceptable in any class.



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