About Ujjayi

The Studio

1/67 George Street, Launceston

The Space

Come and practise yoga in Launceston’s newest bespoke studio. Located in the heart of Launceston’s CBD we have carefully renovated a historical building at level 1/67 George st. Practice on restored polished wooden floorboards in this open and inspiring space with lots of natural light and a fresh feel.

The space allows for generous spacing between a maximum of 12 students at each class, so you can be assured there will be no overcrowded rooms and small class sizes every time.

Please note we have a large flight of stairs leading up to our first-floor studio. If stairs present you with a challenge and you are interested in private therapeutic sessions, please contact the studio and we can easily arrange another location.

Facilities and Equipment

We provide everything that you will need to practise yoga at the studio, this includes free use of our yoga mats, blocks, bolsters, blankets and props.

We have secure storage for your personal items during class and offer new showers and toilet to freshen up afterwards.

We also have a modern Swedish sauna at the studio, heated to a balmy 70-80°C. If this interests you, head to our yoga classes page to read more and book a session!

Trauma Sensitive

All our classes are trauma informed and the yoga we share is sensitive to the many and varied nuances of trauma symptoms, meaning that all of you is welcome at Ujjayi.

You do not need to have a diagnosis or history of trauma to practice with us. Everyone can benefit from a regular yoga practise as it improves the strength, flexibility and resilience of mind, body and self.

Respect

We are an all-inclusive studio and welcome all genders, colours, costumes, sexuality and life cycles; we welcome and encourage gratitude for others, respect and equality in the yoga space.

Parking

Yes, there is plenty of free and paid parking near by the studio during scheduled class times. The closes paid parking with (almost) guaranteed space in the old Paterson St carpark.

Sustainability

At Ujjayi Yoga the environment is very important to us, we practise Ahimsa / non-violence in everything that we do. All of our cleaning products are plant based & cruelty free, our mats are sustainably resourced and made from Australian Jute and recycled plastics, we have salvaged and upcycled our furniture, we use Who Gives a Crap dunny roll, and do everything we can to look after our local and global community and environment on and off the yoga mat.

"The Studio is light and breezy, the ambience is welcoming, relaxed and safe"


About the Founder

Sarah Van Est

MA. Res/Human Rights

Sarah established Ujjayi Yoga Tasmania in 2018 in response to a lack of services in northern Tasmania offering body-based therapies for people healing from the grief and hurt of trauma. Combining 17 years of yoga experience, with her background of working with people impacted by trauma in the community sector, Sarah has authentically built Ujjayi Yoga into a centre for healing, growth, joy and empowerment, offering program and a skill set unique to Tasmania.

Trained in Hatha Yoga and initiated into a linage of Kriya Yoga, Sarah has also practised extensively in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Yin, Bakhti, Hridraya (to name a few styles) and studied the history and philosophy of yoga, at schools across Australian, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Nicaragua. Sarah hopes to bring the best of 17 years of yoga experience to Ujjayi and share her knowledge of what really works to help her student develop an authentic connection with their yoga practise.

As a trauma specialist, Sarah has developed various projects and programs to empower those in our community who have been impacted by trauma and has developed and delivered training for professionals in appropriate trauma informed care. She now delivers specialised trauma informed yoga and body-based therapies that aim to empower and create authenticity.

Qualifications and Training

  • Master of Human Rights, Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Utas, Major Philosophy and Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate IV Population Health
  • Somatic Experiencing™, Practitioner in Training
  • Xian Yoga, 500hr YTT, Yoga Alliance
  • Hidraya Yoga, 100h Module 1
  • Trauma Aware Yoga Teacher Training, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia
  • Yoga and the Traumatised Body, 14hr, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia
  • Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth, 8 weeks, Yoga Ed
  • Healing Trauma Through Yoga, 4.5hrs, David Emerson, Trauma Centre for Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Trauma, Neuroscience and the Evolving therapy of Traumatised Children and Adults, 2-day workshops, Bessel van der Kolk, Byron Clinic
  • Treating Trauma Master Series, The National Institute for the Application of Behavioural Medicine

"Sarah is a wonderful, generous and thoughtful instructor. A gift for my sore body!"


Yoga Teacher

Claire Holloway

The cyclical nature of life and living is a theme that weaves its way through Claire’s yoga classes. Through her own life’s journey, Claire has experienced many ways that yoga can open up the space to move into a new beginning, or to end an old cycle. This is at the heart of her Lunar Yoga offerings, held at the New and Full Moon, which guide participants to work more closely with the biorhythms present naturally within and around us.

Claire studied to become a yoga teacher through the Yoga and Integrative Medicine Institute (YIMI, now the Biomedical Institute of Yoga and Meditation, BIYOME). With a background as an engineer, she enjoys the metaphysics of yoga and works to make these concepts accessible and applicable to her students both on and off the mat.

Forever a student of yoga, Claire is committed to the ongoing deepening of her yoga practice and professional development. She is currently a member of Pelvic Health Professionals where she continues to further her knowledge and expertise, in particular in relation to women’s health across all stages of life.


Yoga Teacher

Sharon Johnson

Sharon has been teaching yoga classes and organising yoga and meditation retreats since 2002. Having been trained in the South Indian yoga tradition of renowned guru T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, Sharon furthered her yoga knowledge by completing a Diploma of Yoga Studies in the North Indian yoga tradition of Swami Satyananda. Her teaching method utilises Hatha yoga practices of mindful movement, breath awareness and meditation to further develop a sense of presence, insight, and ease. Sharon continues to enhance and expand her own yoga practice by regularly attending silent retreats and residential courses in Australia and India.


About Our Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha, translated to 'force', is an ancient branch of yoga that begins by preparing the body for life with physical activities such as yoga postures and breath work. This physical practise helps us to develop a strong platform for our inner mental, emotional and spiritual selves and outward relationships and actions to thrive.  Hatha Yoga teaches that when our body is strong, resilient and unburdened by disturbances, we can truly begin to relish and explore the other aspect of living to the fullest. Hatha Yoga is all about cultivating your force (yes kind of like Star Wars) to live radically and victoriously!

During a Hatha Yoga session at Ujjayi you can expect to move through a gentle warm up of the whole body, proceed to make a series of strange shapes with your body on a yoga mat, whilst breathing with intention, and then led through to a gentle relaxation at the end of the practise. All the while you will be encouraged to notice what you feel in your body and connect to the present moment with helpful hints and tips along the way.

Our yoga typically moves at a slow pace so that you can experience what each posture has to offer before rushing on to the next. Expect to be clearly led through the movements with verbal directions and visual cues. Your teacher will not do any physical assists or adjustments, but will offer lots of useful tips to make your practise more rewarding. For a full description please see our yoga classes page.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is a practice of embodiment to assist people recover from the complex symptoms of trauma felt and held in the body. TSY aims to build awareness of the mind body connections and develop the personal tools to address and relieve trauma held in the body. Practicing yoga in a trauma sensitive setting allows people to build tolerance for feeling their physical and emotional bodily sensations and allows space to practise how to respond appropriately. Go to our Therapy page to learn more about TSY.

You do not need to have a diagnosis or history of trauma to practice yoga across any of our group yoga sessions. There are a variety benefits that come from practising yoga, being trauma sensitive means that you will be empowered to connect with your body and explore the benefits of yoga for yourself.

The Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of a regular yoga practice can be innumerable and the benefits for the traumatised body profound. The benefits of a regular yoga practice include:

  • Increased fitness, strength and endurance
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Weight loss/management
  • De-stressing, relaxing and calming the nervous system
  • Improved bone strength and density
  • Improved gut health and digestion

Yoga can also help you to understand and manage the very natural, but highly dis-regulating and distressing somatic symptoms that result from trauma, and can help:

  • Release anxiety, intrusive memories, panic attacks and flashbacks
  • Tolerate physical and emotional sensations felt in the body
  • Manage hyper-vigilance or hypo-vigilance or other nervous system dis-regulations
  • Make positive behavioural changes and manage impulse controls, addictions, sleeping or eating issues
  • Relieve intolerable body sensations and somatic body complaints such as pain, tensions, headaches, tremors or other uncomfortable sensations trapped in the body

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a Beginner to Yoga, Where do I Begin?

Come along with an open mind, lots of curiosity and few expectations of yourself. Yoga is about tuning into your sensory intelligence. At your first session you will be welcomed by your teacher and introduced to the space, they will let you know what to expect during the class and offer you helpful tips. If you arrive 15 minutes early you can also ask your teacher questions or explain your situation.

When you start practising Yoga, begin with paying attention to what you notice about your body and how yoga makes you feel. Strength, flexibility, balance & so much more will come.

We recommend starting with our Foundations classes and then progress to a Rejuvenate or Relax sessions.

We can also organise a private introductory session before you begin group work, so that you can see the studio, meet the teacher and get an experience for what to expect with this style of yoga.

Is there Yoga Etiquette?

Disconnect to reconnect; turn your phone onto silent and leave it outside the studio.

Refrain from chatting in the studio before and after class.

Limit your use of strong deodorants and perfumes.

Arrive 10 minutes early to settle into the space.

Oh and leave your shoes at the door!

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself! We provide everything that you will need, a yoga mat, blocks, chairs, props and water. You are welcome to bring your own mat and props. We are not a hot yoga studio, so you don’t need a towel.

Wear something comfortable that you can easily move in, tights, trackies or shorts and a loose-fitting T-Shirt are great!

Can I eat before Class?

We recommend that you don’t eat a large meal 2-4 hours before practice and no snacking 1 hour before class.  However, yoga is a process of getting to know your body, these are the recommendations, listen to your gut, and do what works for you.

Do I need to Book?

Yes, space is limited to 12 people and some classes do sell out, so we do recommend you contact the studio to book your class before arriving.

To find out more or to make a booking contact Sarah at Ujjayi Yoga Tasmania:

0478 279 943 | ujjayiyogatas@gmail.com

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