Meditation

ONLINE MEDITATION COURSE AUGUST 2020

“Let The Light In”

Meditation is both a gift and a lifeskill.  Most importantly, it is an experience.  Born out of the desire to allow everyone a positive meditation experience, our meditations are permissive and do not require any previous experience or knowledge.  We will explore different types of meditation in our time together.  In these unusual times, selfcare is an essential part of our lives.  Support yourself and allow yourself to heal.

Aim of the Course:

  • Learn to meditate.
  • Continue to keep and cultivate a slower pace of life, a silver lining of the pandemic.
  • Release the stresses from the last few months.
  • Reset our intentions, values, dreams and goals for the second half of 2020.
  • Reduce our stress levels and learn how to keep them low.
  • Experience comfort in stillness.
  • Raise our vibration to heal ourselves and the planet.
  • Start the day with intention, focus & selfcare & experience the impact on the day ahead.

3 x times per week for 30mins over 3 weeks.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – 630am to 700am – on ZOOM.

Week one: 3,5,6, August.  Week two: 10,12,13 August. 

Week three: 17,19,20 August.

Welcome in the light and set a positive tone for the significant second part of this year.

You are encouraged to simply listen to the guidance of my voice, and to keep your video turned off, so you’re not seen by me or anyone else.  Practice from anywhere, perhaps still in bed with a cuppa. If you happen to miss a live session, I can email the recording to you.

Payment of $49 to Bettina Pfannkuch, BSB 733-059 ACC 512308.  Zoom link will be emailed.  We will have the same link for ALL meditations.  You may also want to journal after your meditations, so have pen and paper ready, as well as some tissues.

I’m looking forward to being with you.

Here is what some of the participants of the meditation course in July had to say….

“My biggest take-away has been the stress and emphasis on the lack of judgement.  That what happens and what you experience is perfect for you at that time.  I can’t believe in only 3 weeks the changes have been quite remarkable.  I didn’t really know what to expect, but the course has exceeded any benefits I thought I would get from it”.

Rebecca Kenna, July 2020.

“I wasn’t sure how I would go doing a class over zoom and it was so much better than I expected.  The meditation definitely puts me in a more powerful positive headspace which helps me set the tone for our little household. I was surprised about how connected I felt to everyone whilst we were physically apart.”

Sally Plant, July 2020.

“I really enjoyed the course and found it very beneficial.  I have incorporated some new learnings into my day-to-day life. I liked the variety of meditations and overall I found myself to be more mindful, more grateful, calmer in my mind and more energetic in my body.  Also, I became more positive and less stressed.  The course exceeded my expectations and as always, your energy, Bettina, is very calming and healing to me, whether it’s yoga or meditation practice, or even just a short chat.”

Nadya Veretnova.  July 2020.

“I so enjoy listening to you and imbibing some of your strength and enthusiasm…  Hard days ahead – we all need meditation. ”

Chris R.B. July 2020.

ONLINE MEDITATION COURSE

“Let the Light In”

Meditation is both a gift and a lifeskill.  Most importantly, it is an experience.  Born out of the desire to allow everyone a positive meditation experience, our meditations are permissive and do not require any previous experience or knowledge.  We will explore different types of meditation in our time together.

Aim of the Course:

  • Learn to meditate.
  • Continue to keep and cultivate a slower pace of life, one of the silver linings of the pandemic.
  • Release the stresses from the last few months.
  • Reset our intentions, values, dreams and goals for the second half of 2020.
  • Reduce our stress levels and learn how to keep them low.
  • Experience comfort in stillness.
  • Raise our vibration to heal ourselves and the planet.
  • Starting the day with intention, focus and selfcare to experience the impact on the day ahead.

3 x times per week for 30mins over 3 weeks.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – 630am to 700am.

On Zoom.

Week one: 13, 15, 16 July.  Week two: 20, 22, 23 July.  Week three: 27, 29, 30 July.

Welcome in the light and set a positive tone for the significant second part of this year.

You’re encouraged to simply listen to the guidance of my voice and keep your video off.  Practice from anywhere.  Perhaps still in bed, before getting up.

If you happen to have to miss a session, I can email a recording to you.

I will send you a Zoom link, upon payment of $49 to Bettina Pfannkuch, BSB 733-059 ACC 512308.

Thank you.  I’m looking forward to fostering inner peace with you.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE: LEARNINGS, DOINGS, PONDERINGS in times of THE COVID19 PANDEMIC.

As the world transforms into a new state of being (you could call it transforming to the new vibrations of the 5th Dimension), we as individuals and a community are feeling and being impacted by the effects.  There is certainly a new sense of wisdom and enlightenment occurring on our planet.  5th Dimension commonly refers to a more spiritual way of being, or an awareness that we exist within a spiritual reality, as opposed to 3D, a more outward and physically orientated way of being.

With the Corona Virus Global Pandemic, myself, as a healer and conscious leader have been feeling that my time to shine had come and I was called to tap into this responsibility of guiding my students within to allow them to recognise this 5D higher perspective with our practice of yoga and meditation.  I felt for a long time that the connection between head and heart had to be made possible and would be a life-changing and enhancing practice.  In fact, traditionally yoga fosters the balance between our mind and our heart, our thinking and our feeling.  It is when our logic, our thinking, looks effortlessly after our feeling, our heart, that we can be most happy, balanced, content and fulfilled for long periods of time.  Crisis or not.

Let me recap the events:

On March 24th the studio was forced to close.

What followed were daily live check in sessions for a week, asking ourselves connecting questions and finding 3 things we were grateful for, until we opened our online studio on 30/3 with interactive Zoom yoga classes.  They have evolved into daily (some days 2 x daily) ways to connect to other members of the yoga community and to self.  This has proven to be the best way forward to keep our yoga and meditation practice alive and keep a sense of company, foster a sense of gratitude, and with that resilience to navigate calmly the crisis challenge at hand.  Mental, spiritual and physical health plays a vital role in our overall well feeling.  Even more so during a crisis.

Fast forward to today being the winter solstice (hello winter), I’m respectfully excited about in person face to face classes starting next week.  All classes will still be livestreamed on Zoom.  As some Zoom classes were recorded, we now have over 60 yoga classes and meditations on our YouTube channel.  I suggest you check it out and subscribe.  No fee, all joy and freedom to practice with me at any time anywhere.  Go move, breathe and be still with me.

SILVER LININGS, or how I spent my time:

YOGA | MEDITATION | PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT | SVADHYAYA – SELFSTUDY

First, it was more work, and physically & mentally challenging, as I had my own practice, then another full practice on Zoom, plus holding space, learning new ways of teaching and connecting, and the uncertainty of the crisis.  Gratitude, mindfulness, meditation and the yoga community gave structure, purpose and stability.  So thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

For a while, I turned to the guidance of my colleague and fellow yogi Ryan who helped me re-ignite my love of ashtanga yoga during our 6am live FB practices.  In my PJs.  My body loved it, as I didn’t experience soreness from extreme physical workouts at the gym (all closed due to corona).

Then I participated in two Pranayama (breathing) Courses with my colleague and fellow yogini Uma to practice 2 x seven days of breath work.  The courses were a lot of fun, reinforcing what I already knew and practice.  A confirmation that the mythology is much less of interest to me than the actual pranayama, breath work, and I will bring even more of that into each class.

For seven Saturday nights I re-connected with my philosophy and meditation teacher Swami Pujan, to learn about yoga philosophy, the workings of the mind etc.  I loved these stimulating discussions and   Sadhana on a Saturday night.

My own personal yoga and meditation practice flourished, meditation has become an easeful daily occurrence again and journaling in bed after savasana with a cup of tea felt like Christmas had come early.

I also continued a weekly, hourly coaching session with my friend Nikk, called mindset gym, a global community of inspired individuals, learning about growth mindset, and basically realising that a lot of concepts are very similar to yoga philosophy.

I’m currently enrolled in a weekly Reflexology course called “Feet Reading – Window to the Soul”.  Highly interesting and useful for both my Reflexology work and yoga and meditation.

FAMILY

Having the kids home for two months meant more conversation, lengthy, deep conversation.  Sometimes quite challenging conversations.  Do you know your children’s/loved ones deepest fears?  More board and card game playing.  More extended meal times.  More home cooking.  Miles really stepped up in the cooking and baking department.  More walking together.  Night walks, walks to the beach and the water reservoir.  Lately, we have started to go for runs together.  I hugely enjoyed the opportunity to mother and nurture the kids while they were home.  Roomservice was my love language.  Breakfast in bed, snack, lunch, have you got enough water.  Let me give your shoulders a massage During remote learning, I enjoyed hearing the kids interact with their teachers and peers and loved how I naturally became more involved in their schooling.  They both thrive in self-organisation and soaked up the freedom of remote learning.  We had a brilliant time together.

CHANGES | AHA MOMENTS | ISHVARA PRANIDHANA – SURRENDER TO THE DIVINE |

The answers to the questions of what is essential and what can I do without were answered more clearly.  I realised there isn’t much in my life that is superfluous.  I do live a conscious and simple life already.  I enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  And that is enough.  My work is important, it is what I have to do.  It is my dharma, my sva-dharma.  My passion, my purpose.  What is yours?

I have also realised that I am proficient in knowing my boundaries, and communicating them, not so good in setting or actioning them.  Work needs to be done here.  My communications skills also require constant refining.  Arrgh… lots of self—improvement on the horizon.

A new favourite place has become the Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve, Jeremy Way, Frankston South.  Pictured above.  If you’re local, check it out.  I have also picked up running again.  It’s surprisingly enjoyable 😊.  My body and mind need physical and mental challenges.  It’s what gives me the chemicals I need to thrive.  So I will return to some extreme physical practices when Parc opens again.

The connection to people is what makes life amazing.  The daily stillness is what makes connecting to self possible.

INDULGENCES

Reading in bed.  Journaling in bed.  Cuppas in bed.  Yoga in PJs.  More time spent with kids.  More time for reflection and contemplation.  Sleep Ins.

LETTING GO OF

Things, people, situations that do not value my time or my energy I’m happy to let go of.  I will continue trusting my heart wisdom.  The balance of Head and Heart continues.

Being mindful of what and who to give our attention and our energy to will be my biggest suggestion to everyone.  As well as connecting to the heart space, to trust inner wisdom and intuition.

I have loved the deeper connection to my yoga students via Zoom and am forever grateful for their trust.

A big heartfelt thank you to the whole yoga community.  To you, for showing up, for navigating this challenging time.  Regardless of whether you came onto Zoom or not.  I appreciate your trust, your resilience and your adaptability to these new ways of being.  You are awesome.  Keep shining your light.

Om shanti.  Peace always.  See you on the mat.  Zoom or in person.  It’s all appreciated.

I value your time and energy.

Silence – What Does It Mean To You? Or The Art Of Nada Yoga

Recently, in our name-share-circle (that’s right before we start our yoga practice), we shared what silence means to us.  The question was, what image, word, feeling or felt sense comes up the moment you are asked this question?  What does silence mean to you?

Below are some of the shared answers.  I find them inspiring. You?

Calmness Harmony Beautiful
Can only be felt, cannot be described with words Reading a book Space
The absence of all the noises in my head who tell me I should do this that and the other Swimming under water No sound
The resonance in the silence Stillness Mindful speech
A forest The Chapel of Silence in Helsinki Coming home to a quiet and empty house
Peace The absence of a regular activity/person/thing Being on my own
Clearly hearing the sounds of nature Absence of noise Freedom

We went on to feel silence in our yoga practice.  We were feeling for the silence in our bodies, in our breath and in our minds.  This quote adds another dimension to the idea of silence.

If there is no stillness, there is no silence.

If there is no silence, there is no insight.

If there is no insight, there is no clarity.

-Tenzin Priyadarshi-

This brings me to share with you the concept of Anahata Nada – the unstruck sound.

Anahata Nada is an idea out of the tradition of Nada Yoga.  Nada yoga is commonly referred to as the classical term for yoga of sound.  In this particular case, it is the yoga of meditation, a Hindu Tradition, where sound is used to enter into silence and presence.  At a basic level silence is an absence of noise.  The concept is though that there is an underlying continuous silence underneath all sounds.  The Art of Anahata Nada.  It is through deep listening that we can hear these layers of silence.  We can discover what sound and music reveal to us in the silence that follows sound.  We can also hear the silence as we make sounds.  In yoga practice we can listen to the silence around, beyond and between the breaths.  We can listen with our whole physical body.  We can even go further to hear the silence as we do all our daily activities.

There is an opportunity to experience Anahata Nada in our next community Kirtan here in the studio on April 19th with Cara and her partner Marcus, playing harmonium and drums, and chanting Mantras with us.

When:                   Sunday, 19th April, afternoon 4-5.30pm.

Cost:                      $30 per person; $50 per family/couple (2 or more ppl).

Book via sign-in sheet in class, or via email bettina@theartofbalance.com.au

I’m looking forward to sharing this heart felt practice with you.  Together let’s enjoy sound and silence.

Monthly Meditation Workshop – March 2020

Sunday, 15th March | 10.00 – 11.30am | class pass or $25

Learn to calm your mind & relax your body.

Discover what type of meditation works best for you and your lifestyle. Relax in an atmosphere of acceptance in our beautiful yoga sanctuary in Frankston South.

Be guided in a very permissive way, so you too can have a positive meditation experience. Allow yourself to have a restful and restorative 90mins.

Our monthly meditation workshops are an effective way to explore different ways of meditation, spot meditation and mindfulness. You can immediately apply what you’ve learned into your day-to-day life. No meditation nor yoga experience is necessary. Everybody is welcome.

To book, sign-up in class or send me an email bettina@theartofbalance.com.au

I look forward to connecting with you.

Yin Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Meditation – Masterclass of Relaxation

Friday, 20th March | 18:00 – 20:00 | $40

YIN: 1hr
Yin yoga is a quiet, slow-paced and mostly floor based form of yoga, where yoga poses (asanas) are held for a longer period of time to stimulate the deeper layers of connective tissue.

You will be invited to let go of all muscular effort, allow yourself to come into a pose, be supported by bolsters, blocks and blankets and feel a stretch-like sensation that varies in intensity depending on your own personal preference and physical state of being. You will be encouraged to use your breath to soften, calm and quiet your mind and with that the intensity of the physical sensation.

This is a wonderfully relaxing and flexibility increasing style of yoga

CRYSTAL BOWL SOUND MEDITATION: 1hr
As you make yourself comfortable either sitting or lying down, you can completely let go of all sensation, thought or worry and allow the week that was to simply be as it was.

You will be experiencing a deep sense of physical relaxation and calmness of mind while you are completely immersed in the sound and vibrations of the crystal singing bowls.

A deeply healing and relaxing meditation modality.

Here in our MASTERCLASS, we will explore 60mins of YIN YOGA, followed by 60mins of SOUND MEDITATION.

A fabulous way to let go of the week and start the weekend with intent, clarity and calm.

Although this is an additional service for The Art of Balance client community, everyone is welcome.

No yoga or meditation experience is required.

COST: $40
Book via email – bettina@theartofbalance.com.au

Payment of $40 reserves your place, and is due with booking.

Bettina Pfannkuch
BSB:733 059
Acct:512308

Thank you.

I look forward to sharing this masterclass with you.

Yoga & Meditation URBAN RETREAT

Autumn Yoga Retreat – 28th March 2020

Our Urban Retreats are a wonderful way to unwind and recharge whilst deepening our knowledge about yoga and meditation. It’s our afternoon to fill our own cup and find that sense of renewal and connection.

With our boutique yoga studio being perfectly situated in native bushland, allowing us to feel home away from home and any outside responsibilities, you will come away feeling deeply nourished and recharged.

Restore your sense of peace and spaciousness and join me for a full Saturday afternoon in our boutique yoga studio.


The first part of the Retreat invites us to experience yin and yang yoga for the season of AUTUMN. We will explore the energy and idea of the season of AUTUMN and how we can support our health and wellbeing during this season.

Then we will pause and indulge in scrumptious sweet and savory afternoon tea. Food is fully catered for. Any special dietary requirements will be taken into consideration.

With our bellies filled and our hearts playful, we flow into the second half of the afternoon where we will enjoy a crystal bowl sound meditation.

Places are limited to 14 participants.

Investment in your health & joy: $95

DATE:            28th March 2020

TIME:             1pm to 5pm

BOOKING:

Booking via email bettina@theartofbalance.com.au

Payment reserves your place and is due with booking.

Bettina Pfannkuch
BSB 733 059
Acct 512308

I am looking forward to sharing this beautiful event with you.

KIRTAN – Mantra Chanting – Sound Meditation – April 2020

Sunday, 19th April | 4.00 – 5.30pm | $30 p.p.  / $50 per family

With Cara and band. Harmonium and Drums.

Kirtan is a form of call-and-response chanting in a group. A mantra is chanted back to a lead singer who accompanies him or herself with traditional instruments, like the harmonium and / or drums

Through chanting we connect effectively to our hearts. The sound, the vibrational energy and the experience of chanting allows our hearts to ease, to soften and to heal.

As Krishna Das says: ” Through chanting we offer our hearts in love to the presence of Love in this moment “. ‘

It is a beautiful form of pranayama and sound meditation. It allows us to practice mindfulness, be in the present moment, release and unblock stagnant energy, and simply chant to our heart’s desire.

We are invited to leave the worries of the mind behind, and feel and express ourselves from the heart.

It is originally from India and is practiced as a form of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, the yoga of love.

We are very lucky to be able to offer this practice in our studio. The yoga of sound has been close to my heart since childhood.

All you have to do is walk through ABOVE door, take a seat and enjoy exploring your voice. No singing, yoga or meditation experience is required.

We will chant several chants, in addition to the Gayatri Mantra, which expresses gratitude to the divine and the life-giving sun. The intention of opening ourselves up to new experiences and to connecting to our hearts is more important than the meaning of the words.

Our facilitators Cara and her partner Marcus bring us voice, harmonium, drums as well as enthusiasm and experience.

When:                     Sunday, 19th April 2020.

Time:                      4pm to 530pm.

Location:               The Art of Balance – Yoga & Massage, 40 Woolston Drive, Frankston South.

Cost:                      $30 per person; $50 per family/couple (2 or more ppl).

Everybody is welcome.

No yoga, no singing, no meditation experience is necessary.

Please book via sign-in sheet in the studio or contact me on bettina@theartofbalance.com.au

Om shanti. Peace always.

What Is KIRTAN?

Kirtan is a form of call-and-response singing or chanting in a group.  A mantra is chanted back to a lead singer who accompanies him or herself with traditional instruments, like the harmonium.  It is a beautiful form of pranayama and sound meditation.  It allows us to practice mindfulness, be in the present moment, release and unblock stagnant energy, and simply chant to our heart’s desire.  We are invited to leave the worries of the mind behind, and feel and express ourselves from the heart.

It is originally from India and is practiced as a form of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, the yoga of love.

We are very lucky to be able to offer this practice in our studio.  The yoga of sound has been close to my heart since childhood.

Meet Maya.

Maya loves sound.

She sings with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Choir and will be guiding us through our first KIRTAN event here in our studio.  Maya has lived in India for a few years.  There, she has been introduced to Vedic Mantra Chanting and has been taught to play the harmonium.  Here in Australia, she combines these skills and the love of singing, to bring her Kirtan to a few Aged Care Facilities in Melbourne.  I have met Maya on Christmas day, and after singing a few tunes together we agreed to introducing Kirtan to The Art of Balance community.

Where, when and how?

All you have to do is walk through this door, take a seat and enjoy exploring your voice.  No singing, nor yoga or meditation experience is required.  We have decided to chant the Gayatri Mantra, which expresses gratitude to the divine and the life-giving sun.  The intention of opening ourselves up to new experiences and to connecting to our hearts is more important than the meaning of the words.

The event will include chanting and a twenty-minute meditation other than sound.

When:                      Friday, 14th February.

Time:                      7pm to 830pm.

Location:               The Art of Balance – Yoga & Massage, 40 Woolston Drive, Frankston South.

Cost:                      $30 per person; $50 per family/couple (2 or more ppl).

Everybody is welcome.  Please book via sign-in sheet in the studio or contact me on bettina@theartofbalance.com.au

This is for you, and for us as a community.  I will learn to play the harmonium myself and it is my innate wish to hold regular Kirtan events at our studio.  It will be a trial to hear and feel how it resonates with us.

Artists like Deva Primal, Jai Uttal, Krishna Das and Sacred Earth have commercialised the ancient art of Kirtan.  Listen here to Deva Premal chanting the Gayatri Mantra.  She has a beautiful voice, I think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQjHSIHPJfw

Om shanti. Peace always.

Mantra For Letting Go

I let go.

I simply let go.

I am not my thoughts.

I am not my fears.

I am not limiting beliefs.

I let them go.

I am not my stress.

I am not my fears.

I am not my insecurities.

I let them go.

I simply let go.

I feel lighter with every breath.

I feel calmer with every breath.

I let go.

I let go of the tension and I realign with ease.

I let go of worry and I realign with faith.

I let go of doubt and I realign with confidence.

I let go.

I simply let go.

I let go of anger and realign with forgiveness.

I let go of frustration and realign with patience.

I let go of annoyance and realign with compassion.

I let go of guilt and I align with acceptance.

I let go.

I allow.

I align.

I let go.

I simply let go.

May you have the courage to fully let go.