Founder and Managing Director, Vicki is now ‘On the Road’ from June 16, 2019. Vicki is travelling SE Asia and India teaching Yoga & Meditation while searching for amazing retreat venues to host International Yoga and Wellness Retreats. Retreats will go on sale as venues are secured. We’ll keep you posted via our Blog and Social Media.
Vicki will be holding space on Facebook Live, teaching Yin Yoga every Sunday night 6pm – 7.30pm AEST. Classes will remain on the facebook page and also on our YouTube channel when Internet access permits. Technology is great when it works!!
Himalayan Meditation Practice will follow each Sunday evening class.
UPDATED: MARCH 31, 2020
CURRENTLY IN LOCKDOWN IN McLEOD GANJ
DHARAMASALA, HIMALAYAS, NORTH INDIA
PRACTICING YOGA & MEDITATION
WE’RE WORKING ON IT – FUTURE ONLINE CLASSES COMING SOON
Back home in beautiful Lennox Head we recommend yogis contact
Jan Maksimovic for local classes.
Jan will be teaching Yin Yoga from her home in Lennox from July 2019.
Please phone, message or email Jan for class bookings.
P: 0413 870 443 E: email@example.com
ALL CLASSES – $15 CASH – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Monday Yin – 6.30pm – 8pm
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Monday night Yin class has been temporarily suspended. We will update this page when we recommence classes. Stay Safe everyone…
DHARMA COTTAGE YOGA ‘ON THE ROAD’
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CLASSES & GLOBAL LOCATIONS WILL BE UPDATED AS WE TRAVEL
BALI, SRI LANKA, CAMBODIA, THAILAND & INDIA
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I am writing this testimonial with sincere gratitude to not only an exceptional yoga teacher but also the person I consider to be my best friend. Vicki is my inspiration, the person who listens to me, supports me emotionally and helps me with my confidence and to believe in myself.
Her absolute caring nature, dedication to whatever she throws herself into, love of people and living her life to the fullest, makes for someone you just want to be around. So yes, I’m one of Vicki’s biggest fans and very proud to call her my friend.
As a beginner in yoga and looking for something to help improve my life, she certainly makes me feel its okay to be at my level.
I have watched how yoga has transformed her life and with her mentoring she is helping me become the very best version of myself.
Thank you my friend,
NOBBY’S BEACH, GOLD COAST QLD
WE LOVED IT SO MUCH, WE CAME EVERY DAY
Vicki was considerate that everyone has different abilities and wants and incorporated it into the classes. We loved it so much, we spent every day in Lennox attending a class.
Great way to enhance the day
An Essential part of my week
Vicki’s Yin Yoga at Dharma Cottage is not just a class. It is a holistic experience incorporating mantras, meditation, yin yoga, spiritual music and finishing with a soothing tea. Its absolutely wonderful and an essential part of my week.
BEAUTIFUL SPACE, GREAT CLASS CHOICES & BRILLIANT INSTRUCTOR
Being relatively new to yoga, Vicki has been an amazing instructor who has nurtured and lead me through the beginners space. I now feel empowered and have fallen in love with yoga. It is a ‘must’ in my weekly schedule – all very much due to Dharma Cottage.
I would highly recommend Vicki and her yoga practices to anyone. Beautiful space, Great class choices & Brilliant Instructor.
A Giant Impact on my Life
I attended Yin Classes at Dharma Cottage with Vicki for the past year. I initially hoped the classes would relieve short term work stress, yet I had no idea they would end up having a complete, giant, irreversible impact on my life and my state of being. Something really stirred in my consciousness that changed my whole perception of reality and the world. Attending Vicki’s yoga regularly has invoked a state of joy and a feeling that anything is possible. Vicki’s Yin classes are friendly and inclusive and include valuable breathing and meditation techniques, I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to try Yoga!
Nurturing the Body, Mind & Spirit
Perfect yoga classes – stretching and nurturing the body mind and spirit.
Just love Vicki’s classes.
Elvian Drysdale Naturopath Mullum Herbals June 2019
Dharma Cottage Yoga is a sanctuary which Vicki has beautifully created with her passion of authentic and holistic yoga. She teaches with absolute attention and care and provides a beautiful, nurturing energy to engage in her meditation, pranayama and asana practices.
The classes cater to all levels and none is left behind. I am so thankful for this so thankful for this studio and to all that Vicki provides.
I highly recommend it to anyone.
INCREDIBLE TEACHER – YIN IS MY GO-TO
Prenatal and mums and bubs has been a highlight of my yoga experience. Such a great experience getting to know the other mums and babies. Also, when I want to enjoy a class without my baby, Yin is my go-to.
Vic is an incredible teacher.
LYNDAL LENNOX HEAD NSW
A SPACE FOR ALL SHAPES, SIZES AND ABILITIES
Vicki is amazing! I started with prenatal and now mums and bubs. Vicki has created a safe and nurturing environment for students of all shapes, sizes and abilities.
GODDESS LOUNGE, A GUIDED MEDITATION, HEAD MASSAGE OR ALL THREE!
I am so grateful that I found Dharma Cottage Yoga! Vicki is an amazing teacher & one of the most down to earth people you could meet.
I have been going there for some time and can honestly say that I haver never had two classes the same or been to a class that I have not learnt a new pose. Amazing!
Vicki puts in the effort to tailor the poses to suit each students abilities and wants. Class ends by ensuring everyone is completely relaxed. Whether that is with a Goddess Lounge, a Guided Meditation, Head Massage or all three! and always a beautiful pot of herb tea from the surrounding gardens.
Such a nurturing space & such a nurturing soul!
Thank You Vicki
FANTASTIC STUDIO WITH A BEAUTIFUL FEEL
Fantastic studio, has a beautiful feel. The instructor, Vicki is so supportive and is very grounded. Her classes are exactly what I was looking for, taking my practice deeper but with a gentle approach. I walked away feeling nurtured and so calm and grounded.
Ill definitely be back!
Thanks for an amazing week!
AMANDA TREIGER CENTRAL COAST NSW
My son has since grown up with Vicki’s class
I started Prenatal Yoga with Vicki from Dharma Cottage two years ago, and fell in love with her kind natured personality, and beautiful yoga space.
Vicki’s calm nature and presence throughout the classes were exactly what a newly expecting mother needed. Following on from the birth of our son, we continued our yoga practice with Mums and Bubs Classes at Dharma Cottage. My son has since grown up with Vicki’s class and we both look forward to coming each week. He now performs some yoga moves and I have always found Vicki’s classes restorative and soothing. Our son would always have a great sleep after Mums and Bubs Yoga classes!!
Lennox Head May 2019
WHAT AN AMAZING FIND! IT’S CHANGED MY WORLD!
What an amazing find! I have been going to the studio for months after a long hiatus. Its changed my world! So happy to have found such a supportive teacher and highly reccommend anyone to take a class as soon as you can!
CIUT RADIO LENNOX HEAD
ONE OF THE BEST YIN CLASSES I HAVE DONE
One of the most put together studios and Yin classes I have ever been to. Vikki is amazing, a very good teacher and a very good class!
I would reccommend any class with her to anyone of any age.
THE MOST AMAZING MUM’S & BUB’S CLASS IN THE AREA
The most Amazing Mum’s & Bub’s Class in the Area. Vicki is a great instructor and so beautifully understanding of the bub’s (and mum’s) needs.
The babies are included in the classes and incorporated into yoga poses. It really helps to relieve the tension I have in my neck and shoulders from holding hub and breastfeeding. I always leave feeling so relaxed – its actually my favourite hour of the whole week! Also a great place top meet other mum’s!
EVERY TIME I VISIT AUSTRALIA FROM CALIFORNIA, I MAKE A POINT TO TAKE A CLASS
Every time I visit Australia from California, I make it a point to take a class at Dharma Cottage Yoga. When I’m taking a class from Vikki I feel completely accepted. She works with her students based on where they are and doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable if you can’t do certain poses. I always feel balanced and at peace at the end of class. She is knowledgeable about the practice of yoga and I always feel secure that I am in good hands during class. I can’t recommend Dharma Cottage Yoga enough.
All my best,
TRISHA HILDER, Esq.
Hemp bedding is thick, luxe & buttery soft
I’d been looking to update my quilt cover for some time and recently purchased this beautiful queen hemp cover from Dharma Cottage Collective.
My main criteria for bedding is that it must be 100% organic.
When my cover arrived, I was so impressed that it didn’t arrive wrapped in a tonne of plastic, instead it was packed beautifully into a reusable hemp backpack that I will definitely be using around town.
The hemp cover is thick and luxe and became buttery soft after a few washes. The colour blends perfectly with my neutral styled home.
I am so impressed with my purchase and will definitely be adding more of these gorgeous hemp products to our home.
YOU CAN FEEL THE AWESOME ENERGY RADIATING FROM THE SPACE
I have been attending yoga at the Dharma Cottage regularly for the past 18 months and will continue to go for as long as I can…
I started in pre-natal classes during my pregnancy – it was amazing for me in preparing to soften my body and focus on my breath throughout labour and the birth.
I now take my daughter to the mums and bubs class, which does wonders to help me relax and stretch out all those sore and tight muscles. Plus we get to have some contact time with other mums and bubs. We have been very blessed to have met some amazing ladies and babies!
Vic – our teacher is an amazing woman with a beautiful soul! Her guiding voice throughout the classes keeps you centred and in the moment. You can feel this awesome energy radiating from within the studio space, as soon as you walk in.
After the class you finish with a pot of tea made from fresh garden herds and a revitalised mind!
WARM & EMPOWERING
I practiced with Vicki through my pregnancy, she made me feel so comfortable and excited about the birth of my first child. She is warm and empowering and when I leave, I carry her energy with me through the week. She truly is one of the best & I feel lucky that she is my teacher and friend.
Thanks Vicki xx
ANNIKA BAUER LENNOX HEAD NSW
PERSONALISED & WARM TOUCH
A truly fantastic experience at Dharma Cottage Yoga with Vicki. Vicki has created a beautiful space with a very personalised and warm touch. I have participated in general classes as well as prenatal and now mum’s and bubs. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed 🙂
I DEAD SET LEAVE WITH SO MUCH VITALITY
Its the most fantastic time at Dharma Cottage Yoga, I dead set leave with so much vitality and it lasts for days.
Thanks so much Vicki xoxo
BEAUTIFUL DHARMA COTTAGE YOGA – SO WELCOMING
The atmosphere at beautiful Dharma Cottage Yoga is so relaxed and welcoming; your practice starts from the moment you walk through the gates! Vicki greets each student like an old friend.
Her relaxed attitude spreads to the participants and its easy to feel that you are among friends, even with strangers.
I attend the mums and bubs classes and the patience Vicki has throughput the class is astounding, with babies climbing over each other and everything (sometimes her), the occasional grumpy bub and sometimes baby mayhem. She somehow maintains a sense of acceptance, serenity and peace in the class despite all of this. Vicki is attracting a loyal following from those of us who so appreciate being able to bring our little ones into a safe and welcoming space and still be able to enjoy some authentic yoga practice and relaxation.
I find the class the perfect level for me (an experienced yogi) post birth, in that its simple enough to keep up with and still attend to baby, yet varies, challenging and deep enough to keep me interested.
Vicki presents to Akhanda style well, incorporating pranayama, asana an some mindful meditation into each class. The babies are accommodated brilliantly and her class prices are very reasonable.
LENNOX HEAD NSW
I feel like I have my life back.
I highly recommend Vicki and her yoga practice.
Before I started attending Vicki’s Yin Yoga practice I had been seriously thinking I would have to give up working in my profession because of severe pain and difficulty in moving due to a medical condition I have , Ankylosing Spondylitis. Not only has Vicki’s experience as a Yoga teacher allowed me to remain at work her wisdom has given me many tools to manage my condition. Dharma Cottage also provides Wellness workshops, Kahuna Massage, Reiki and Sacred Full Moon Womens Circles that are amazing. The energy in the studio along with the meditiation and breath work practiced throughout the class leaves me feeling grounded and in a blissful state. I feel like I have my life back. Thank you Vicki, you’re a gem.
TIA LENNOX HEAD
A PART OF THE DCY FAMILY
Amazing experience, Vicki really knows how to make you feel welcome, comfortable and part of the Dharma Cottage Yoga family. I would love to keep going if I ever move back to Lennox Head.
MELISA COONEY DARWIN NT
STARTING THE DAY – THE YOGIC WAY
Starting the day – the yogic way with Vicki is a perfect union of body and breath work in a beautiful and supportive environment.
When Vicki makes me a Goddess Lounge for Savasana it makes me feel like a special being floating in peaceful bliss
Yin Yoga on
July 7: Lombok
July 14: Lembongan
July 21: Uluwatu
Himalayan Meditation follows each Yin practice in a new live stream
Sattva Meditation is a Kriya based meditation technique stemming from the Himalayan Tantric Lineage.
This is a comprehensive, simple and effective technique which consists of Pranayama (Breath work), Kriya and Mantra.
When practiced 25 minutes a day, it can benefit all aspects of ones life.
The word Trataka means ‘to gaze steadily’. Regular practice of Trataka develops the power of concentration and memory. Trataka also helps to strengthen the eye muscles and so improves the eyesight.Trataka practice automatically leads to meditation. The practice is only 10 minutes long and is suitable for all levels including beginners. A perfect introduction to meditation and a great way to start your yoga practice.
DIDGERIDOO SOUND HEALING
(Selected classes – TBA)Didgeridoo healing is the use of didgeridoo sound to heal people (and animals). The didgeridoo is an instrument that produces low frequency sound that we can hear and actual vibrations that we can feel, especially if the end of the didgeridoo is placed close to the body.
For anyone to be in the same space as a didgeridoo being played is usually a healing experience, even though many people would not even be aware of it. Listening to the didge seems to awaken deep and ancient feelings creating emotions within us which are soothing and healing, especially the deep relaxation the didge allows people to experience.
There is no doubt that listening to the didge is a very effective treatment for stress and many of our regular visitors use the didj to wind down after a stressful day at work.
Here are some comments people gave when asked for their first experience of didgeridoo sound: deeply touching, in tune with the world, takes away from thinking, awe inspiring, magical, feels like a voice from the earth, ancient, haunting, powerful, primal, other worldly, mesmerizing, calming, enchanting, soothing, mystical, hypnotic, relaxing, earthly feeling, primordial.
In Sanskrit, Akhanda means whole, or indivisible. Akhanda is a holistic yoga teaching approach. In a class you will explore:
A balance of yin/yang postures, pranayama, mantra, asana, relaxation, visualization and meditation.
A class that balances all the directional movements of the spine.
In all the stations – standing, crouching, sitting, lying on the belly, laying on the back, arm balances and inversions.A balance between structural cues and inner inquiry, so that students can explore their own breath and body experience within the range of safe movement.
BEGINNERS – YOGA VIRGINS
Beginner’s courses are designed for students who have never practiced yoga or have not practiced for some time. Students will be safely guided into each pose – Safety is priority in all yoga practises. No Pain, No Pain.
Everybody is different, every pose looks different from person to person, and that’s OK, we are here to do our own practice. Yoga is about holding poses according to your ability and each day your body can be different.
There are many variation options available to make each pose more accessible to every student.
We will work through the poses with breath to unite the body and the mind, one step at a time.
PRENATAL YOGA, PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION.
Empowering women for the challenges ahead with courage & equanimity
A dedicated prenatal yoga class where students only practice poses that will safely enhance your pregnancy. Deep toning of the birth muscles and focus on overall circulation.
Meet other ‘mums to be’ and share experiences in a safe, nurturing environment.
A practice that allows women time to connect with their baby and the changing body.
The mantras and sounds of yoga establish a vibratory communication with the baby.
Yoga helps to ground the emotions. Physically, yoga creates more space for breath, baby and the organs as they are pushed upwards to make space for your growing bub.
Classes focus on high strength to support the increasing weight of the baby.
Finally, preparations for childbirth by practicing to consciously relax and focus on the breath. Learning to breath into the stretch or discomfort, to explore the sensations as opposed to having a fearful or negative relationship to pain (or strong sensation).
MUM’S & BUB’S/TODDLER’S PRACTICE
WE ARE TAKING A BREAK FOR NOW DUE TO ONGOING TRAINING.
CLASSES MAY RESUME AT A LATER DATE
APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE
Generally after six weeks (if baby has been delivered vaginally) mum can resume a gentle yoga practice. Yoga practice includes gradual abdominal strengthening and poses that assist in lifting and toning the uterus.
Caesarean Section or labour delivery complications – resume your practice after wounds heal.
Incorporating baby in poses enhances attachment and bonding. Songs and movement resonate with bubs and toddlers providing a positive experience for mum and baby.
All Mum’s & Bub’s classes close with an introduction to baby massage, which allows quality time and promotes relaxation, mind & body awareness for both mum and baby.
All Mum’s & Toddlers’ classes close with mum’s Savasana (relaxation) while toddlers enjoy story time, allowing mum some time out to just ‘be’, relax and rejuvenate.
As new mums we need to take the time to self-nurture, time for rest and quietness.
Postnatal classes enhance mums physical and mental wellbeing.
We don’t use our bodies to get into a pose – We use the pose to get into our body
Most forms of yoga today are dynamic, active practices designed to work only half of our body, the muscular half, the ‘yang’ tissues.
Yin Yoga allows us to work the other half, the deeper ‘yin’ tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks and even our bones. All of our tissues are important and need to be exercised so that we can achieve optimal health and vitality.
Yin Yoga is yielding, allowing and nourishing. Yin Yoga is simple, but simple does not mean easy. We can remain in postures anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. After you have experienced Yin, you will realise you have been doing only half your yoga practice.
The Three Tattvas of Yin Yoga Practice
Come into the pose to an appropriate depth – your ‘edge’ – Allow your body to open naturally
Resolve to remain still – stillness in the body, the breath and the mind
Hold the pose for time – yin tissues respond to long holds with reasonable amounts of traction
EARLY MORNING PRACTICE
Akhanda Flow Short morning practice
40 minutes of Akhanda Flow – including Surya Namaskarasana – Sun Salutations to wake up the spine & prepare the mind & body for the day ahead
A balance of yin/yang postures, mantra, pranayama, asana, relaxation, visualization and meditation.
A quick practice to set your intension for the rest of your day