Yoga Arts Academy
The Yoga Arts Academy Melbourne has been teaching the principles of Ghatastha Yoga since its establishment in 1998.
Ghatastha Yoga has its roots in classical Hatha Yoga and the disciplines developed by the Siddha and Yoga Masters of India, Tibet and China, both past and present.
The Yoga Arts Academy offers classes, courses, retreats and Personal tuition in Ghatastha Yoga. The Academy is located at level 3, 360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (above Benjamins jewellers)
No bookings are necessary for Beginner, Open and Intermediate classes.
For all enquiries please phone 03 9670 2997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
No booking is required for beginner and open classes.
It is advisable not to eat for 3 to 4 hours before practice.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. We work barefoot on mats.
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.
Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 days attendance per week over a 4 week period.
Monday to Friday between 6.00am and 8.00am.
Monday to Friday between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
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.
Prerequisite: attendance at the Yoga Arts Academy for a minimum of 5 Open Classes or attendance at a Ghatastha Yoga Course.
Private Tuition Sessions with Duncan
|6:00 - 8:00am||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition|
|10:30- 12.30am||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition||Personal Tuition|
|12.30 - 1.30pm||Open Class
|5.30 - 7.00pm||4 week intro course *
|Open Class Duncan||1st Grade Prelude course *
*See Workshops and Events for start dates for the next course. Bookings are essential.
Casual Class Fees
Evening classes: $20 (10 class pass available for $150)
Midday classes: $15 (10 class pass available for $130)
The 10 Class Pass is valid for three months from date of purchase.
All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. All prices are inclusive of GST.
Personal Tuition Price List
$250 per month to attend up to 20 personal tuition sessions.
*All personal tuition fees valid for one month (4 weeks) only from date of purchase. There are no extensions available.
All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. All prices are inclusive of GST.
As of 13 May 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
Dhali Sandwith .. Melbourne
Renae Stevens .. Brisbane
Julia Sandoval .. Spain
Jamie Power .. Byron Bay
Jasmine Johnston .. Melbourne
Lisa Farinossi .. Preston Melbourne
"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
|13 May - 3 June 2013 Monday nights, 5:30pm - 7:00pm||4-week Introductory Yoga Course||Yoga Arts Academy||03 9670 2997|
|17 June - 8 July 2013 Monday nights, 5:30pm - 7:00pm||4-week Introductory Yoga Course||Yoga Arts Academy||03 9670 2997|
|19 June - 10 July 2013 Wednesday nights, 5:30pm - 7:00pm||First Grade Prelude Course||Yoga Arts Academy||03 9670 2997|
|Friday 5 July 2013, 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Free Lecture & Demonstration - "Fundamentals of a successful Yoga practice"||Yoga Arts Academy||03 9670 2997|
|Saturday 6 July 2013, 10:00am - 5:00pm||Fundamentals of a successful yoga practice||Yoga Arts Academy||03 9670 2997|
Please note: All courses can be booked through the Yoga Arts Academy
Phone: 03 9670 2997 or email: email@example.com
For full details on each event, please visit our events list on FindYoga.
Yoga Arts Academy Melbourne
Level 3, 360 Little Collins Street,
Melbourne Victoria Australia 3000
Above Benjamins (jewellers)
Phone: 03 9670 2997
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.