Namaste! Welcome to the YogaSphere website.
YogaSphere (originally “Enageist Yoga”) was established in Port Stephens in 2004 after I moved from Sydney to Port Stephens a year or so after the birth of my son. I am proud to say that YogaSphere is the longest running, dedicated yoga business in The Bay and I am now one of Australia’s most experienced and qualified yoga teachers, having committed to yoga study and practice in 1997. Once upon a time, classes were taught from local community halls in the area, but a few years ago, we fitted out a gorgeous home studio, located close to the beach and surrounding bushland at 18 Melaleuca Drive, One Mile. It has a beautiful and peaceful outlook – but yet is only around six minutes drive from Nelson Bay, Salamander Shopping Centre and Anna Bay. Scroll down for testimonials.
What’s Different about YogaSphere?
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in movement, health, fitness and nutrition. I used to be a regular at the gym, walked or ran everywhere and dabbled in yoga classes, latin dancing and swimming for fun and extra fitness. When I met my teacher, long-term yogi, (scientist and physiotherapist,) Simon Borg-Olivier, in 1997, I quickly became committed to the practice because the benefits I received – physically and mentally – far surpassed anything I had ever experienced from attending the gym, weight-lifting or pounding pavements. I became fitter, stronger and more flexible as well as a much calmer person ! Thanks to Simon and regular attendance at Yoga Synergy’s Applied Anatomy and Physiology workshops, I have accumulated well over 750 hours of practical and applied A&P. Combined with almost 20 years of practise and teaching, this knowledge has given me a deep understanding of how faulty postural and movement patterns impact the body over time.
My yoga teaching is based on rethinking how we tend to move habitually. During classes I tend to suggest making simple, technical and postural adjustments that often challenge what it is we may tend to normally do without being aware. The practice is akin to a dynamic, moving meditation – calming and soothing, yet invigorating. Participants build strength and flexibility effortlessly, plus overall performance is generally improved. However, these things are not the goal of yoga and the first step is to let go of draining and habitual body tension. Once understood, these techniques can be applied to anything – daily life and other forms of exercise. Guaranteed, niggles, aches and pains will diminish – if not disappear – for good. But do be patient. The hardest thing to change is the mind.
YogaSphere Vinyasa Sequences & Other Classes/Events
Vinyasa means “flow” or “fluidity”. Yogasphere’s sequences take the limitations and structural issues of modern bodies into account by incorporating proper warm-up techniques and offering modifications and encouraging students to let go of any ingrained desire to compete – with themselves or others! Participants are continually reminded to work at their chosen level, be it restful, dynamic or somewhere in between. The invitation is always to inquire within; to engage the “feeling” brain. This way, we find ourselves flowing intelligently through a sequence in a way that will nurture and rest the mind while strengthening the body. This is a much more complete and integrated way of moving. The benefits of this become apparent immediately. Vinyasa-Krama translates to mean something along the lines of “intelligent steps towards a goal”.
This year we are also offering different styles of classes with different teachers, plus regular events for like-minded yogis and progressively thinking individuals. Please check – you can bet there is something for you!
It’s a Process, Stick With It…
Regular yoga practise becomes so much more than exercise over time. Yoga becomes an anchor during many of life’s trying situations. It is a system of mindfulness which helps us become much better at managing stress, anxiety and fear. It helps keep us fitter, stronger and healthier than before. There is ample evidence of this these days. Yogis are trimmer, less prone to diabetes and other age-onset illnesses such as high blood pressure and osteoporosis. They tend to have DHEA levels (an age-hormone) of people around 12 years younger, are supple, strong and have an increased range of movement. And, as if that wasn’t enough, yogis seem to live longer and enjoy much better overall mind and body health and fitness as they age than the general population. If you enjoy sports and/or dancing, guaranteed you will enjoy these things for a lot longer if you add a bit of yoga as well. If you are in your twenties, thirties, forties or fifties and in pain while you work at your desk or work generally (and even if you are not in pain…yet…), you will discover that all things are far more easily managed once you have yoga in your life.
Yogasphere is based in Port Stephens, close to Nelson Bay. Our gorgeous dedicated yoga space is located at 18 Melaleuca Drive, One Mile.
Private Classes – by Appointment
Private classes and tuition are also available by appointment and are an extremely useful tool for the beginning student and for those suffering from particular injuries or conditions. Learning how to manage your injuries and annoying niggles will save you $$ in the long run if you find you are constantly needing massages or other types of body work.
Some Feedback & Testimony…
“It’s incredible – your cues are amazing! When I listen, it makes so much sense. I think, wow, when I do it that way it feels so much easier …! Why have I not being doing that?”
“Sometimes, in all honesty I’m not really sure I understand everything, but I totally trust you because when I listen and I do something in the way you are explaining, it always feels right. It makes sense then because it works and my body feels so much better..” Mary
“I just wanted to thank you for my year of yoga. We arrived here not knowing anyone. Finding you was a true blessing for me. In the course of the year I learned; to stick my stomach out (the first person to tell me that in my 41 years); to focus on the present, as I do not remember the past as well as I think, nor can I predict the future as accurately as I imagine and, best of all, that even if I cannot totally empty my mind of thoughts, I can still meditate. Thank you for all of this as well as your humour and warmth“. Madeline.
“I really did enjoy your yoga class…it was probably the best class I have ever attended..” Krystal.
“Nikki, I would like to thank you! I am absolutely loving having yoga as part of my life now. I have noticed such a difference in my stress levels, my way of thinking and my sleeping. I really enjoy the classes and would like to thank you for being such a great inspiration…I was diagnosed with post natal depression and really did not want to take medication. It wasn’t the answer for me. When I found out about your yoga it felt like it was meant to be, a divine intervention! So thank you for helping me and teaching me to relax, breathe differently and even change my attitude towards exercise and well-being..” Kellie
“All in all I want to say thanks for all the yoga classes. I’m so glad that mum convinced me to start just over a year ago now. I have built up so much strength physically and mental. I always look forward to class. Thanks for everything. You are an amazing instructor” CR
“I needed to change my training mindset. I played competitive basketball, and even now, when I go to the gym, it’s all about competing and beating the guy next to you! Nikki introduced me to the idea of balance – something between “ effort and surrender”. I like that analogy, it resonates with me. The yoga class is peaceful, neutral and encouraging“. BR
“Yoga has helped me manage and prevent lower back injury. It also keeps me flexible, fit and, importantly – for me – keeps me surfing. It is also a great de-stressor. Nikki has a great sense of humour which makes it fun to participate” Ian