Yoga Arts Academy
*** We are ecstatic to announce our new location ****
Yoga Arts Academy will begin teaching classes, courses and workshops from a new centre as of 24 March 2014. Our new home is located at 261 Bluff Road Sandringham.
Please note that 6-8am Personal Tuition will continue to run as scheduled from Melbourne Natural Wellness studio on Collins Street.
The Yoga Arts Academy has been teaching the principles of Ghatastha Yoga since its establishment in Melbourne in 1998.
The Yoga Arts Academy specialises in Personal Tuition, and also offers courses, workshops and retreats.
At Yoga Arts Academy we have a range of yoga classes, courses and workshops for you to choose from. Absolute beginners looking for an introductory class to current yoga students looking to gain more skill, strength and flexibility.... we have a class suitable for you! Each class has been designed to give you a total physical workout whilst teaching you cool moves from thousands of classical yoga poses.
- Yoga Arts Academy offers Ghatastha Yoga casual classes designed to help you get flexible, stronger and lighter in body, mind and spirit
- We are committed to a complete Yoga workout that includes stances and standing poses, forward bends and great back flexibility, plus the sensual calm Yoga brings out
- We want you to feel totally comfortable in our classes, and even if you are a little (or a lot) nervous the first time, we know that once you have tried a class you will discover just how strong, light and happy you can be!
The best way to contact us is to email email@example.com. Our phone number is 0408 078 564 (if you reach voice mail, please leave a short message with your name and number and we will call you back when we can).
Personal Tuition sessions are designed to teach a specific sequence of asana with a prescribed method of linking the breath and movements of yoga into one uninterrupted flow for the utmost rewards from the practice.
Focus and awareness throughout the practice of the yoga asana results in a meditative state of awareness and a deeper state of receptivity.
In these sessions we adapt and tailor the fixed grades of Ghatastha Yoga to suit the needs of each student, taking into account age, vocation, diet and cultural background. The emphasis in these sessions is on commitment and self discipline so the student is able to conform to the correct application of all the techniques. Beginners to advanced are welcome in Personal Tuition sessions. Please read the conditions below.
- Session times are Tuesday to Friday between 6.00am and 8.00am.
- Sessions are between one and two hours duration according to individual requirements.
- Payment for sessions is due in full on the first day of the course.
- Fees are valid for one month from starting date.
- All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- All are welcome in Personal Tuition sessions regardless of age, fitness or experience.
- Due to high demand, sessions must be booked.
Private Tuition Sessions with Duncan
Christmas break - Please note that we are closed from Friday 13th December and re-open on Tuesday 28 January.
Term dates for 2014
Term 1: 28 January – 4 April
Term 2: 22 April – 22 June
Term 3: 14 July – 19 September
Term 4: 6 October – 19 December
Personal Tuition Price List
Term pass - $630
If you plan to attend 3 or more times a week for the full term, then this pass is the best value for you. The pass must be purchased in full at the start of term, and expires at the end of the term.
No suspensions are available, so if you have holidays or travel planned during the term, then the 1-month unlimited pass is the best option for you.
1-month unlimited pass - $250
Unlimited means that you can come as often as you like during the month. We recommend a minimum of 2 sessions a week, but if you can commit more time then come up to 5 times a week.
This pass is valid for one calendar month only*
3-month 10 class pass - $250
If you are unable to come more than once a week, or perhaps you have a month ahead which will be interrupted by travel or work commitments, then this pass will enable you to come to up to 10 sessions across a 3-month duration.
This pass is valid for 3 calendar months only*
1 Trial session - $50
Thinking about trying Personal Tuition? Pay $30 for your first session, and if you decide to continue for the month, then upgrade to one of the above passes for an additional $200. Note that you must upgrade at the end of your trial session.
*No extensions to passes are available, so choose your pass wisely!
All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. All prices are inclusive of GST.
As of 12 December 2013
Duncan Ewing (aka Prahlad)
Duncan commenced Yoga in 1986 under Natanaga Zhander in Melbourne Australia. After four years of training Duncan joined Zhander in Sydney to begin a three year intensive Yoga Apprenticeship.
On completion of his training Duncan travelled to India to deepen his understanding of yoga and meditation. In 1994 he became a Sannyasin of the Adept Realiser Osho and through the study of classical Hatha Yoga texts and the teachings of Osho and Zhander, Duncan began to develop his understanding and approach to traditional Ghatastha Yoga.
Duncan has been teaching for over twenty five years in Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Australia. In 1994 he founded the Hatha Yoga Institute in Cologne, Germany and in 1998 Duncan founded the Yoga Arts Academy in Melbourne, Australia.
has been training in Ghatastha Yoga at the Yoga Arts Academy for over 6 years. After completing a probation year of dedication at the Yoga Arts Academy Catherine started her 3 year Teacher Training Yoga Sadhana Apprenticeship under the guidance of Duncan in April 2010.
began practicing Yoga with Duncan in 2008. After completing a probation year of dedication at the Yoga Arts Academy Jack started his 3 year Teacher Training Yoga Sadhana Apprenticeship in January 2012. Jack is also a trained and practicing Physiotherapist.
began Yoga training with Duncan in 2008 having relocated from his native England. After completing a probation year of dedication at the Yoga Arts Academy James started his 3 year Teacher Training Yoga Apprenticeship in August 2012.
Graduates and Qualified Teachers of Ghatastha Yoga
Yatren Nadu .. Brisbane.. The Yoga Raj
Dhali Sandwith .. Queensland.. Yoga Dhali
Renae Stevens .. Brisbane..
Julia Sandoval .. Spain.. Yoga con Julia
Jamie Power .. Byron Bay... Yogatsu
Jasmine Johnston .. Melbourne
Lisa Farinosi .. Melbourne... Mukti Yoga Preston
"Duncan rocks as a teacher. His extensive yogic knowledge, coupled with a deep anatomical understanding of how the body works makes him one of the best teachers in Melbourne. The two years that I have spent under his tutelage has seen not only my postures expand, but also a massive change in attitude as to how I approach my yoga practice and life in general. Without the support of Duncan and the staff at Yoga Arts, I would not have coped so well with the amount of personal stressors that I had to deal with in life last year (and they were huge). Not only has my body opened, but also my mind and this has brought about enormous life affirming changes for me."
Leonie Lockwood, Yoga instructor and massage therapist
"Some 13 years ago I took the practical step with my Acharya Duncan! My world wouldn't be same without the depths of his insightful teachings. Let me say this - Duncan is the only teacher that teachers the tradition way, and when I say only I mean ONLY! The light is on."
Dhali Sandwidth, Yoga teacher and graduate of 3-year Yoga Arts Academy apprenticeship
"My world has totally changed since first walking through the doors of Yoga Arts Academy in 2008. At 32, I was unable to walk/use stairs without intense pain in both knees, seeing multiple sports docs and doing weekly physio & pilates to no avail. They all told me it was just the way it was going to be and expect it to get worse. I never got into this style of yoga thinking they would get better, or that they even could. But as a by-product of perseverance, patience & trust in what Duncan has to offer, they did. They no longer are an issue and it absolutely fascinates me to this day. The depth of Duncan's knowledge, experience & teachings is profound. It is something that cannot be adequately explained - it really needs to be experienced!"
Workshops & Events
Please note: All courses can be booked through the Yoga Arts Academy
Phone: 03 9670 2997 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more detail on each event, and to book online, please visit our Events page on Eventbrite.
Yoga Arts Academy Melbourne
Classes at: Melbourne Natural Wellness
Level 4, 178 Collins Street,
Melbourne Victoria Australia 3000
Phone: 0408 078 564
Email: email@example.com (for all enquiries)
Ghatastha Yoga is a flowing form of Yoga comprised of techniques for transforming the subtle essences of the body and developing its energy channels.
Ghatastha Yoga aims to achieve the maximum results with minimal expenditure of energy. The different asana used in the many grades of Ghatastha Yoga have been arranged to bring a rich supply of blood to the brain and the various parts of the spinal column. Asana work by stretching, bending and twisting the spinal column in all possible directions. This promotes the health of the nerves that extend from the vertebra to the internal organs, limbs and extremities.
Historically Ghatastha Yoga has been used as a synonymous term for Hatha Yoga. The process of Hatha Yoga performed as a meditation in action brings a mastery of the mechanism of the body/mind and increases consciousness for participation in the spiritual process of yoga.
SEVEN GRADES OF GHATASTHA YOGA SADHANA
There are seven grades of practice totaling twenty four distinct fixed forms. Each grade requires a minimum level of mastery before progressing to the next grade. Mastery of the seventh grade leads to nine degrees of advanced Yogasana Sadhana.
First Grade - two forms
Second Grade - two forms
Third Grade - four forms
Fourth Grade - four forms
Fifth Grade - four forms
Sixth Grade - four forms
Seventh Grade - four forms
PRINCIPLES OF GHATASTHA YOGA SADHANA
When single-minded, unyielding determination is absent, advancing through the grades of Ghatastha Yoga is not possible. Technique is less important than the forging of the spirit.
To act in accordance with spiritual knowing, enables one to be free of strain and discord. If this is understood from the beginning, even if a mistake is made, there will be no danger.
Adapt to changing circumstances like water. Do not rely on one technique. Throw away preconceptions and practise with a beginners mind each and every day.
Students that constantly strive to perfect technique are hampered by too much analytical thinking.
Find the strength in weakness and the weakness in strength to master asana technique.
The spirit controls the body.
Respect nature and the laws of nature.
Movement emerges from stillness; therefore movement and stillness are one.
Swiftness emerges from slowness; therefore swiftness and slowness are one.
Visualise prana and its course through the body, direct it to weak parts or areas of poor health and they willbe strengthened and healed.
Overly detailed explanations and excessive rationalisation serve to confuse and trivialise the ability of the intuitive intelligence.
If the spirit and awareness are correct, technique also will be correct.
The highest principles by their nature are subject to constant change.