Cultivate a daily practice, explore different styles and reflect
upon (and experience) how yoga may lead to a happy and fulfilling
life by studying what’s referred to as “The Four Goals of Life”
from the Mahabharata, which we will use to guide our practice each
Week 1: Dharma - “Duty or Virtue” Week 2: Artha - “Worldly Success, Prosperity or Means” Week 3: Kama - “Pleasure or Love” Week 4: Moksha - “Freedom or Release"
The 30 Day Challenge is for everyone of all levels, from beginners
to experienced practitioners and includes:
-30 days of unlimited yoga (take as many classes as you
-The challenge will start with a workshop of asana and meditation
on Nov 01 from 5.00pm – 7.00pm to set the intention and explore the
meaning behind the 4 goals of life. The 30 days will end with a
second workshop on Nov 30 from 6.45pm – 8.30pm to reflect on the
month of practice and to celebrate.
Journal + weekly emails
-A journal to enable and encourage you to reflect upon your
practice and growth.
-A weekly email with information about that week’s theme.
-Everyone who participates will be entered to win prizes such as
unlimited passes, treatments and workshops.
-Everyone who participates will be eligible to purchase a 10, 20 or
50 class pass at 20% off or receive the 12th month free on an
annual contract – this is valid to purchase until 7th Dec.
To maintain a safe and nourishing practice we encourage you to
explore different styles of yoga. If you normally have a dynamic
practice we recommend trying restorative yoga and encourage
everyone to try a meditation class at least once per week. As
healthy alignment is mandatory for a lifelong practice, we also
recommend trying Iyengar or Scaravelli. And to connect to your core
try a Pilates mat class. Savour every moment of discovery, go at
your own place and most of all, have fun!
The four goals of Life
For the 30 Day Challenge, we’ve picked a particular set of
teachings from the yoga tradition to serve as a shared community
focus. Drawing from the Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit
epics of ancient India, we’ve chosen to study what’s referred to as
“The Four Goals of Life”.
Historically, we practice yoga in order to attain these four goals
which may lead to a happy fulfilling life. We thought it’d be
interesting to focus on these four goals as a community, in this
way honouring the yoga tradition while at the same time applying
them to the 21st century.
The Four Goals of Life as stated by the Mahabharata are: 1) Dharma
- duty; 2) Artha - prosperity; 3) Kama - pleasure; 4) Moksha -
liberation. None of these Sanskrit words exactly translate into
English, which is why it will be interesting to study them a little
more closely, and consider their multi-faceted meanings in the
So each week of our challenge will highlight a particular goal.
While the goals can stand by themselves, they are considered
inter-dependent where one cannot exist without the other. The four
goals form a cohesive approach that can offer a sense of purpose
and direction to our yoga practice regardless of the style or the
Nadia Narain teaches yoga to everyone: from professional
athletes, to pregnant women, to absolute beginners, adapting the
practice to the individual's needs and ability. She has been
teaching since 1996 and is one of triyoga's original and best-loved
teachers, having taught there since it first opened.
Nadia continually expands her knowledge of yoga and pregnancy yoga,
studying with world renowned teachers and experts including
Gurmukh, Cyndi Lee, Erich Schiffmann and Ina May Gaskin. Buddhist
teachers Christopher Titmuss and Stephen and Martine Batchelor help
her bring mindfulness to her practice and teaching. Nadia created
the Pregnancy Teacher Training at triyoga. www.nadianarain.com
Mothers in Nadia’s pregnancy class wanted their partners to share
in their experiences and so, in this special Sunday afternoon
workshop, there will be a chance for partners to participate. The
workshop will include an inspirational talk and a chance to find
out what really goes on in class. Couples will practise some yoga
and learn various techniques to support the birthing mother. After
the workshop there will be tea and biscuits and the opportunity to
meet the other parents-to-be.
Nadia Narain believes that, when the child is
born, so too the mother and father are born. During pregnancy it is
vital that the mother-to-be is supported and helped to feel great
about herself so that she is empowered to give birth consciously.
Then, however it happens, it becomes the perfect birth for her. As
the pregnancy progresses within the mother, sometimes partners can
feel left out. Through this workshop, partners will have the
opportunity to become more involved with the pregnancy and birth of
their child, learning ways of connecting with their baby and
partner. No previous yoga experience is needed. A willingness to
have fun and celebrate pregnancy, birth and the blessing of life is