Welcome to The Yoga Den, West End.

If you are a new student there is no need to book in for a class.

Come to class 10-15 minutes early to introduce yourself to the teacher.

The studio is fully equipped with mats, props etc, but feel free to bring your own.

If you're a heavy sweater, please bring a towel.

For information on types of classes please see the Read Me tab

At The Yoga Den, we teach and practice hatha yoga. Hatha yoga brings an awareness of movement, breath and mindfulness. There are many styles of hatha yoga such as Iyengar, Ashtanga and Bikram, and these are all forms of hatha yoga. Sometimes yoga can be very strong and challenging, and at other times gentle or nurturing. Yoga is not just about strength and flexibility, it is also about gentleness and quietness and with practice all these qualities are present in our yoga and in time become a part of our daily life.




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.

In all 1.5hr classes you will be taught and guided through asana, pranayama and dharana. Typically, the first 10 minutes of class is for guided relaxation/meditation, the last 10 minutes for savasana (posture of release) and the middle part of class is postural work.

Please take a few minutes to read a short blurb about each of the teachers – we’ve all done our training under Kate Pell (amazing teacher, yogi and human), but we are all quite different in what we offer. All teachers are registered members of Yoga Australia.


Class Types

Please inform the teacher about any conditions or injuries you may be concerned about. You are your own responsibility. Always remember it's your choice what you do in the class.

Beginners Class

Beginners classes teach the postures that anybody can start to practice. You should be aware that beginners classes are not easy, they’re the basics and still challenging. Of course, its impossible to say how easy or hard one may find a class, the only way to know is to come along and try it out.

Vinyasa Flow

Its 6am and a flowing sequence to stimulate and energise is a great way to begin the day. You’ll need a reasonable level of strength, fitness and mobility for these classes – or at the very least a willingness to attain these things.

General Class

General classes are for those who are generally: fit, mobile, flexible, and strong. General classes begin to build upon the basics which are learnt in the beginners class. Feel free to come to a general class if you are new. A regular yoga practice is advised for these classes. Bare in mind that as we advance in our practice we may not gain a great deal of strength or flexibility, but we can gain great insight into how to care for ourselves while practicing.

Experienced Class - Level 2/3

This is a strong class. Being an experienced practitioner doesn’t necessarily mean you’re super flexible or strong. It means you know your practice. You know when to go deeper and you know when to back off. You know all the foundational postures like the back of your hand. You’re willing to try new things and challenge yourself.

Open to all.      Exactly what it says…

Private Class

Private class. For those who’d like to work on something in particular, or perhaps you’d rather get the teachers full attention and lots of adjustments and advice through your practice. A private class with Dan is $80 at the studio or $100 in your home and is 1 hour. The private class can be about working on fancy postures or it could be about helping you rehabilitate an injury, calm your mind, learn new breathing techniques, or even learning philosophy or receiving some mentoring.

Studio Info


All are welcome to attend Beginners and General classes. Experienced practitioners only to attend the experienced classes.
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Classes begin on time; please arrive no earlier than 30 mins before class and no later than 5 minutes before class.
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Wear comfortable clothing that allows unrestricted movement.
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All classes are done barefoot.
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Bring an open mind, a sense of humour and a gentleness of spirit.

Current Calendar: January 11th to March 31st 2015

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

  • 1.5 hour class: $17 or $13 concession
  • 1 hour class: $13 or $11 concession
  • 10 class pass available. Save $20.
  • $150 for 10 1.5 hour classes
  • $110 for 10 1 hour classes
  • Passes valid for 3 months
  • Unlimited Monthly Pass.
  • $150 or $130 concession
  • Proof of concession must be shown.
    E.g. Full-time student card, or Pension card

Payment Method: The Yoga Den accepts cash only.

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It is not our intention to get you practicing every day, but this is of course your choice. A part of yoga is recognising when you need a break, a day off, some rest, to go and see your friends. Each week, practicing 3 or 4 times either at the studio or home is something you could set your intentions towards. Once a week is a minimum for your practice – you will not get strong and bendy doing nothing! We have payment plans for those who choose to come weekly or many times each week. Monthly passes make your classes cheaper the more you come. A 10 class pass is a discounted way to pay for classes to encourage you into a regular practice - it is valid for 12 weeks.

All Teachers Are Registered Members of Yoga Australia

Dan Alder. Dan is the studio owner and principal teacher. Dan has been teaching yoga full time since 2011 and teaching others to be teachers since 2013 (working with Kate Pell). One of Dan’s 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 Dan is a strong teacher and recommends that only experienced students come to experienced classes. Dan’s beginners classes are intended for those who are free from injury and are willing to undertake a practice to bring strength and flexibility to the body, quietness to the mind and openness to the heart – easier said than done. Beginners classes are suitable for anyone who doesn’t require special support due to injury or other conditions – for these people a private session may suit your needs better.


Kay Ashwood. Kay's love of Yoga spans almost 20 years, when a friend introduced her to Ashtanga Yoga in 1996. Immediately hooked, she discovered great relief of physical tension and found inner stillness through breath work. Here began a journey into the many aspects of Yoga and exploring the connection with Mind, Body and Breath. Kay has explored different traditions and styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar and Hatha Yoga. In 2006 Kay completed 560 hrs Teacher Training with Kate Pell, who continues to be a great source of inspiration. She has been teaching since 2006 and has since become a mother of two, a journey that continues to influence her practice. Kay believes Yoga is for everybody and can be a powerful tool for change; physically, mentally and emotionally. It brings flexibility to the body but most importantly can help bring flexibility to the mind. She looks forward to sharing the gift of Yoga with others.



Deb Lewis I began practicing Yoga over 20 years ago when my Mum was training to be a yoga teacher and I was her willing student. So Yoga has been part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. I completed my 350 hour Yoga teacher training at The Yoga Den in Brisbane. I truly love Yoga and sharing its incredible power. I hope that from my classes you will not only benefit from a strong and supple body but will also notice a lightness in your bring and mind; letting your inner light shine. I moved to Sydney from England in 2000 - I have been blessed to have some wonderful Yoga teachers from around the world during this time and these teachers have influenced my Yoga greatly and offered me some wonderful knowledge to draw from. It has also enabled me to keep a state of mental clarity and physical balance during stressful periods in my life. I enjoy practicing many styles of teaching from strong vinyasa to nurturing restorative; I like to focus on breath and effective alignment to work with each unique body type and requirements. Yoga teaching for me is a lifelong practice, and my journey of Yoga teaching is as an ongoing student - attending workshops, attending yoga classes and training to develop my knowledge of Yoga asana, philosophy, anatomy, meditation, and to deepen my practice of Yoga and teaching.



Edwina Kempe. Edwina (fondly known as Eddie!) took her first yoga class at the age of 15. Several years later whilst living in a small town in Thailand without access to a studio, Edwina began developing her own practice. Yoga gave her a sense of calm and of being at home, even though she was alone in a foreign country. This led her to explore yoga more and more, undertaking her yoga Level 1 teacher training with the wonderful Kate Pell and Dan Alder. Edwina’s Sunday afternoon class at the Yoga Den is a beautiful way to wind down from the weekend. Edwina creates a space where you can nurture and strengthen the mind, body and heart, encouraging you to feel into your own experience, choosing options that suit your body and energy levels. Edwina’s sense of kindness and compassion for ourselves, each other and the planet permeates her teaching, leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the week!



Bochere Rand. This word brings a smile to my face more and more every day! My very first memory of yoga is one that took place in high school, a group of class mates and I pulled all the desks aside so that a guest yoga teacher could take us through a guided meditation practice. To this day I remember feeling like the sun was shining from within my body, there was so much warmth and peace within by the end of the practice. I was thrilled when in 2012 I had the pleasure of studying with the most amazing women I have ever met. They guided me further toward my true self, also showing me how much further there is to go on my journey with life and yoga. To me yoga is a personal journey that is to be felt, explored and adapted to each individual, allowing each student to be their own teacher on their very unique journey. I teach Beginners, general (intermediate) and corporate groups and I am always open to being booked for private sessions.


The Yoga Den

The studio is a great space with lots of natural light and fresh air. We have all the props and mats for you – you’re welcome to bring your own if you wish. If you know yourself to be a heavy sweater bring a towel with you and please be conscious of your sweatiness when considering using props.

When you arrive at the studio, say hello to the teacher and make your payment. Many come to class to relax so if you’re with a friend and want to chat, please keep your voices low.

The studio is not heated and does not have mirrors. There are two excellent reasons for this. Firstly, a part of yoga is santosha (contentment) which means being at peace with what we have in each moment – adjusting your environment (heating the room) is one more way we try to control everything around us – yoga is about letting go of that need to be in control. When its hot, we do yoga in the heat. When its cold, we do yoga in the cold. Makes good sense. Secondly, about the mirrors… Mirrors can be an excellent tool to help you with your alignment, but your physical body is your outermost layer (anamayakosha) and yoga is about moving inward. Yoga is not a practice of vanity. Mirrors will only get you caught up in how you look, and how others look. Yoga is about learning to feel. An experienced practitioner knows where their body is and what it is doing without needing to see it from the outside.

It is important to us that we provide you with a quality class. Of course, only you can be the judge of this. Classes are mostly regulars to the studio and this speaks volumes. We believe that our teaching, our training and our time is worth the cost of class – some of the cheapest prices in town. You won’t find an intro pass here – sorry. We feel these types of pricing structures devalue the profession of yoga, the studio and the teachers. What you also won’t find at The Yoga Den is unreasonably high casual prices coupled with the option to go into a 6 month contract to reduce the cost of your classes to what they should be anyway. The Yoga Den has a need to operate as a business, but our intention is to provide quality classes worth paying for and to avoid the business models that promote competition and being locked into contracts.

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

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

The 2015, just like the 2014 and the 2013 teacher training courses are 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 6 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

Download the Teacher Training 2015 Schedule

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Download the Teacher Training Terms & Conditions




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:

Enquiries to: Dan Alder
Mobile: 0402 565 441