Welcome to The Yoga Den, West End.

Welcome. At The Yoga Den you'll find the students to be a very diverse bunch of people - all of whom practice yoga for their own reasons and I hope you'll allow me to assist you a little along the path you've chosen for yourself. I encourage a practice that is restorative to the body, mind and heart. I welcome you to push your boundaries when you feel strong, and to nurture yourself when energy is low. One of my goals is to help you develop a fulfilling home practice - to teach you how to safely practice many postures (asana) to suit your ever changing body and mind. I want to help you to get to know yourself - your limitations, your strengths, your mind.

The studio is fully equipped with mats, blankets, bolsters etc, but please feel free to bring your own mat if you so desire. If you are a new student there is no need to book in for a class, just come to class 10-15 minutes earlier to introduce yourself to the teacher.

Beginners classes are open to anyone, as is Morning Glory at 6am. If you're coming to a general class you'll need to be comfortable with foundational postures and have a regular yoga practice. If you are new to yoga please begin with the beginners class to introduce yourself to the practice with ease. Please read more about the different classes on the "read me" page.




The Yoga Den recognises that Yoga is truly for the mind and the heart

So no matter how strong or weak, flexible or inflexible you appear to be the basic practice is about learning to live healthily with an open heart and a clear mind.

The basic Asanas (postures) and breath practice will start to untie the knots of the mind and help you to live life with an open and clear perspective. Life is a challenge that we are equal to and all beings have the capacity to understand life as the opportunity to experience things 'as they are' and avoid getting caught in all the ups and downs life presents. No matter what is happening in ones life the key to peace lies within. Getting to know yourself on a deeper level and beginning to understand the wisdom behind all happenings means that you will become more attuned to your own inner nature and the connection with the greater nature of the universe.


Class Types

Beginners Class

Beginners classes are focused mainly on the foundational postures. Anyone can begin to learn these postures – we don’t tie ourselves in knots, but you’ll certainly find a challenge. Best to begin with these classes…easy does it.

General Class

General classes can, at times, be very challenging. There aren’t many places I won’t take you in my general class, we work deeper into the body and the mind – for this reason it is preferable that you have some recent yoga experience. General classes begin to cross over into advanced territory. Please keep in mind that an advanced practice isn’t necessarily being super bendy or strong – it’s knowing and respecting your yoga practice.

Morning Glory

Morning glory is a class suitable for all levels. The class is 6am to 7am, but you're welcome to come earlier and stay longer if you wish. We'll awaken to the day through pranayama (breathing) and asana (movement). Emphasis in this class will be on tuning into ourselves and practicing with gentleness or strength - which ever we are feeling suits us best. The morning is a great time to give to ourselves and sets us up for the rest of the day. I look forward to seeing your shiny eyes and bushy tails!!!

Midday Getaway - All are welcome

Get away from your desk this wednesday or friday and enjoy a class with Bochere from 12 - 1pm. If you need to leave early that's okay - we know sometimes work can't wait... Midday Escape will be focusing on rejuvenation of mind and body using breath and body work. This class is suitable for the beginning and experienced yogi. You will feel energized and ready to tackle the rest of your day, no more afternoon chocolate bar needed!!

Relax & Revive with Ally

Gentle postures held for longer periods of time. This type of yoga brings about balance and presence through gentle release. Combining gentle massage, restorative postures and meditation, this is a class to connect deeply with yourself, and move you into clarity, quietness and peace. This class is literally for anyone including those who may have injuries or conditions such as; back pain, migraines and headaches, high or low blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart disease, cancer. All are welcome…

Private Class

If you’re interested in a private class talk to Dan.

Studio Info


All are welcome to attend Beginners and General classes.
Classes begin on time; please arrive no earlier than 30 mins before class and no later than 5 minutes before class.
The studio is fully equipped with mats, blankets, bolsters etc, but please feel free to bring your own mat if you so desire.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows unrestricted movement.
All classes are done barefoot.
Bring an open mind, a sense of humour and a gentleness of spirit.

Current Calendar: July 1st to September 30th 2014

Please arrive at least 5 mins early - as classes start on time. Please plan ahead so as not to disrupt the class by arriving late. This is truly appreciated by all.

Be sure to check back regularly as classes & class times my change.

Download the Timetable for yourself

Pricing

  • 1 hour class: $13 or $11 concession
  • 1.5 hour class: $17 or $13 concession
  • 10 class pass available. Save $20.
  • $110 for 10 1 hour classes
  • $150 for 10 1.5 hour classes
  • Unlimited Monthly Pass.
  • $150 or $130 concession

Payment Method: The Yoga Den accepts cash or Bitcoin only.

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About Dan

Welcome, I am Dan Alder. I am owner and principal teacher of The Yoga Den: West End Yoga Studio. I have a boundless enthusiasm and passion for yoga and self exploration. In December of 2010, my teachers Kate Pell and Zara Matthews decided to move from Brisbane to a small country town in central NSW. From this came the opportunity for me to continue The Yoga Den – indeed a very humbling task.

My teachers, although having had great teachers themselves, teach from their own inner wisdom and experience. In kind, I have not subscribed to any one discipline of yoga. It is my belief that yoga is a personal journey, and that yoga should fit the people – not the other way around. I believe all yoga is good yoga, so with experimentation and with an open mind and heart, we will blossom into our own best teachers.

I teach beginners, general (intermediate) and advanced classes. I encourage my students to explore themselves physically and psychologically. My goal as a teacher is this; I hope to help you open up to the most amazing thing in the world – you.

Namaste.

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The Yoga Den Teacher Training 2015
with Kate Pell and Dan Alder

Yoga Teacher Training will be commencing at The Yoga Den from February 2015. The course is 350 hours in length and on completion students qualify as a Yoga Australia approved Level 1 Yoga Instructor.

The 2014, together with the 2013 teacher training courses were a huge success with all 22 places on the course filled. This course is for those who want to deepen their practice, understanding of yoga and self-knowledge; or for those who seriously wish to make Yoga teaching a personal profession.

Kate Pell is a Level 3 Yoga Australia registered yoga teacher and has been facilitating Yoga Teacher Training courses since 2006. Kate's teachings and teacher trainings are very highly regarded in the yoga world. Dan Alder, a student of Kate's and principle teacher of The Yoga Den, will be assisting/co-teaching with Kate throughout the training.

Pricing: The Yoga Den Teacher Training course is $5,500 (includes 5 Day Retreat). We offer nuermous ways to structure your payment throughout the year. For options please see the Q&A below.

Want more information? Scroll down or click here for FAQ's & Testimonials

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Contact Details

Please feel free to contact either:       Kate Pell on 0432 598 582 or via Bowral Yoga Studio       or       Dan Alder - 0402 565 441



Topics Include

Philosophy of Patanjalis eight fold path.
Pranayama – slow and fast rhythms.
Developmental movement patterns.
Yoga Asanas – alignment, adjustment and sequencing.
Vipassana meditation – being present to each moment.
Yogis physiology of the Chakras, Koshas & Pranavayus.
Yoga Teaching skills – observation, adjustment & sequencing.
Functional Anatomy.
Home practices.
Meridians and body work.
Sanskrit. Learn the basic's.
Chanting.
The retreat will be held at Gunnebah Retreat Centre, near the northern NSW town of Murwillumbah. To find out more about the location and our hosts, go to Gunnebah Retreat dates are Monday July 13 to Sunday July 19.

Teacher Training FAQ's

What happens if I can’t make all the workshop weekends or the retreat?

Missing workshops is okay, but you will need to make up these hours at some point – probably the following year. Same too for the retreat, it is 60hrs of the course that you’ll have to make up for. It’s possible to attend another retreat of Kate’s (in October if it’s on), or maybe even someone else’s retreat if Kate and Dan agree that it is suitable and beneficial to your teacher training.

I’d love to do this course but financially it’s going to be really hard for me.

There are a couple of partial scholarships on offer. These are for people who are in very special circumstances. Please feel free to apply for this, but because there are only two these will go to those most in need.

We have a recommended payment schedule – see the brochure. But we are happy if you’d like to pay weekly or fortnightly. We have given some students an extra 6 months to pay for the course in some cases. Kate and Dan will try to meet your needs, so please feel free to discuss any options with them.

I’ve only recently started practicing yoga but I love it and know this what I want to do.

Kate and Dan have suggested that 2 years regular yoga practice is preferable experience before undertaking any teacher training. However, we understand that yoga can have a profound effect on some people in a very short time. If this is you, please fill out the application and give Kate or Dan a call. We won’t let a lack of years practicing stop you from moving forward in your practice.

Please do drop by The Yoga Den and have a few classes with Dan so he can see where you are in your practice.

I don’t know Kate Pell. How will I know if she is the right teacher for me if I can’t meet her or have a class with her.

Forward – Dan is writing this... Kate is much to humble to write what follows ;-)

Ask around. Ask your teacher about Kate. No amount of flattery or kind words can overstate the amazingness of Kate Pell – she’s one of a kind and just incredible. Kate has a solid reputation and anyone who’s anyone knows about her. Have a read of the testimonials from past students. Kate’s teaching don’t start and stop at yoga – she is a life teacher. Kate will teach you about yourself, will teach you how to open up to your own wisdom, will teach you that you are the teacher.

Hopefully in December a workshop will be available for you to come along and meet with Kate. The workshop will be specifically for those who are interested in the teacher training. Please keep checking in with The Yoga Den website or give Dan or Kate a call…

Testimonials

My heart is bursting open this year. I couldn't have dreamt up better teachers if I'd had the chance to. Kate and Dan teach openly and generously from a place of wisdom, compassion and immense joy. Imparting constantly astounding levels of knowledge from across many traditional and contemporary systems, they also know how to facilitate a true turning inwards. As confronting and confusing as it can sometimes feel, it's always simple. This course has quietened me down & opened me up, connecting me to the silent teacher within that I have been seeking outside for so long. I have learnt to feel deeply into yoga & into Life; in a wonder and Love that are almost uncontainable. This journey will continue to unfold forever, but Kate and Dan have managed to guide me out of the car, to enjoy the wander. The gratitude in my heart is immense, this course has been more than I ever dared to hope - game changer :)

Ally - 2013 Teacher Training

Kate and Dan bring a wealth of wisdom, experience and inspiration to the teacher training they are offering at the Yoga Den, and I can say confidently that I made the right choice coming here to undertake my yoga teacher training certificate. I have practiced yoga with many teachers for over 17 years and I am really excited about what they are offering here in this course. There is a breadth to the course that makes it quite unique, also including a developmental movement approach, meridian therapy, vipassana and metta meditation, which assists me to bring yoga into daily life in a more holistic and easeful way. The teaching and group environment is very supportive and we have a lot fun together! I'm looking forward to beginning my yoga teaching journey having received the great grounding and support of this teacher training.

Emma - 2013 Teacher Training

Going through the course is like evolving. Kate and Dan are fantastic teachers, it is a privilege to do this course, a life changer, in the best way possible.

Michelle G - 2013 Teacher Training

This is a very challenging Teachers Training Course. Kate Pell has an outstanding depth of knowledge on the practice of Yoga, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology of the human body. She embellishes her practice with a deep understanding and commitment to the principles of yoga philosophy and her own experience of life. Kate and Dan offer a wonderful in depth course on the physical practice of yoga and meditation. Dan is a very committed, warm and encouraging teacher. Even though an older student, I was thoroughly accepted within the class. Would highly recommend this course.

Kay - 2013 Teacher Training

Learning to live with a chronic illness significantly challenged my practice til I felt quite lost and disconnected. Kate and Dan's expertise has not only taught me a deeper, more concise understanding of yogic practices and philosophy, but has lovingly guided me to more deeply reconnect with my practice and find acceptance with my new journey. Namaste.

Michelle F - 2013 Teacher Training







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43 Vulture Street
Brisbane, West End. 4101.


How to contact us:

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Mobile: 0402 565 441