Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone and best wishes for 2010!

I hope it will be a great year for Yoga in Dili, with a few exciting things in the works. Stay tuned in January for some weekend yoga workshops, including several introduction to yoga sessions as well as some in-depth sessions to help you go deeper into tricky poses like hip-openers, backbends and inversions!

Starting next week classes will be back on 3 times a week! You can view this post to check out class levels and durations. For the first 2 weeks of January I will be teaching all classes, and Tanya will be back on Mondays from mid-January.

Namaste everyone!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday-time Yoga!

Hello everyone,

Just to confirm the schedule over the next few weeks:

There WILL be Yoga on:

- Monday Dec 21
- Wednesday Dec 23
- Monday Dec 28 ** TBC from Alola Foundation!! (they are closed for the holidays)
- Wednesday Dec 30 ** TBC from Alola Foundation! (they are closed for the holidays)

There will NOT be Yoga (sorry!) on:

- Friday Dec 25
- Friday Jan 1st

As of January the 4th, all goes back to normal with Yoga Monday-Wednesday-Friday as usual.

Thanks everyone and see you at the Alola Foundation!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bree is Back! December classes

Hello yogis!!

After a long absence, I am back in town - and here to stay, even over the Christmas holidays.

As we count down to the end of 2009, Dili yoga will continue as always! For the next two weeks classes will run as usual, and then as we get to the holiday period we may cancel some classes depending on how many people are left in town. January we will start right back up again and in addition I'm hoping to hold some mini-workshops on weekends for those people who want to go a bit deeper into their practice.

So, a huge thanks to Blossom for teaching while I was away, and hope to see you all Wednesday or Friday!

Oh, and in case you need to, you can check out the class descriptions for Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes in this post.

Namaste and see you soon!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October - November Schedule

Dear Yogis and Yoginis,

As most of you know already, I'll be away from Dili for 7 weeks starting October 12. However, Yoga shall continue as usual with Tanya teaching Mondays and Blossom taking Wednesday and Fridays.

In case you need a reminder - class starts at 6:15, at the Alola Foundation. Mondays are open level, Wednesdays are more challenging, and Fridays are suitable for everyone, including beginners, and a cruisy way to end the week.

Namaste and see you all in December!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday Yoga at the UN + Pilates @ Alola

Hello Yogi(ni)s,

Dili Yoga continues to grow and expand!

For those of you who have access to the UN, the lovely Blossom is teaching Yoga every Thursday night at 6 - 7:15pm at the UN rec centre. Classes are free for those with a UN rec club membership. Blossom has been teaching for a number of years in various UN missions and her background is in Bikram yoga - so definitely check it out. :)

Also, for the abs aficionados, pilates with Colleen has started again at Alola on Tuesday and Thursday nights.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Candle light Yoga this Friday Sept 18th

Dear Yogis and Yoginis,

This Friday's class, 18th September, will be a special restorative class lit by candles! The occasion is the day of the new moon, which is a time when a gentle, introspective Yoga practice is recommended.

Be sure to arrive early to get a spot - we will be starting at 6:15 sharp. If you like, bring your own candle, and you may also want to bring a blanket or a sarong to make you more comfortable since we will be doing an extended Savasana (final relaxation).

The new moon is a great time to make personal reflections and set goals for the new month (moon-month), so if you plan on attending, you can already start to reflect on what your personal intention for the class will be!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dili Yoga on Facebook

Hi all,

If you are not frequent bloggers but would want to receive notifications about what's going on with Yoga in Dili, you can now join our Facebook group!

To go directly to the page, click here. Or, you can search groups for "Dili Yoga".

I will use the group to send messages if there are changes to the schedule or special notifications. You can feel free to use it for any other discussions Yoga or Dili related.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Directions to the Alola Foundation

In response to a recent comment, here are some directions to the Alola Foundation:

1. Find the large roundabout in the centre of Dili. The easiest way to do this is by finding the government palace on the beachfront, turning right away from the ocean, and following that road all the way past the stadium to the roundabout
2. If the ocean is behind you, go straight through the roundabout
3. About 500 metres(?) up the road, past the police station, on the right hand side is the Alola Foundation - there is a sign out front and some lovely flower bushes
4. The Yoga room is to the right and around the back of the Alola Foundation. Follow the sticky mats!

Hope that helped! I have also tried to show you on a Google map although I'm not sure how clear it is.

Namaste and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Class Descriptions for September

Hi Dili Yogis and Yoginis,

It is great to be back in Dili. As most of you know I've been away doing a teacher training and I'm coming back with my Vinyasa Yoga certification - exciting. So you will probably notice that the classes will change a bit based on that. As always, please give me your comments and feedback so I can keep on making Yoga in Dili better for all of you!

All classes are still at the Alola Foundation. Classes start at 6:15 so please be on time! It is respectful to your teacher and to your fellow students! Also, as always, please arrive early to let your teacher know if you have any special needs, are recovering from an injury or have any questions. Our class run-down for the coming months is as follows:

Monday - Open Level Yoga class
  • Teacher: Tanya
  • Duration: 1h15 mins (6:15 - 7:30)
  • Level: Open Level
  • Donation: $4
Wednesday - Vinyasa Flow Class
  • Description: A vinyasa flow class that will keep you moving and flowing through standing poses, twists, backbends, inversions and more, while building strength, challenging your mind and body awareness, and increasing flexibility.
  • Teacher: Bree
  • Duration: 1h30 mins (6:15 - 7:45)
  • Level: Experienced Beginner / Intermediate (some prior practice of Yoga, and good basic fitness will be helpful for this class. Not suitable for people recovering from injuries, medical conditions, or pregnant women without consent from a physician).
  • Donation: Open
Friday - Foundations Flow
  • Description: A gentle, flowing class, on Fridays we'll focus on building strength and flexibility, safe alignment, breath and posture awareness, and restorative poses. A great class for beginners and intermediate practicioners looking for a smooth way to end the week.
  • Teacher: Bree
  • Duration: 1h15 minutes (6:15-7:30)
  • Level: Gentle (suitable for total beginners and anyone else wanting a fun yet restorative practice)
  • Donation: Open
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask one of the teachers or post a comment to this blog! Namaste everyone and see you on the mat. :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

August Schedule

Hi everyone,

Well, I am on my way out of Dili for nearly a month, and I will miss our Dili Yoga. But enough about me, because your Yoga will go on!

Here is the schedule for the last week of July and the first few weeks of August. All classes start 6:15 @ the Alola foundation and please: be respectful - be on time!
  • Week of 27 - 31 July and again week of 3 - 7 Aug Sarah will be teaching all classes.
  • Week of 10 - 14 Aug, and 17-21 Aug, Tanya will be teaching Mondays and Sarah will be teaching Wednesday and Fridays.
  • Week starting 24 Aug Tanya will be teaching on Monday, and Bree will be back and hopefully teaching either Wednesday or Friday that week.
Remember: Monday class is all levels, Wednesday is all levels but good fitness and some Yoga experience will be helpful, and Friday is a gentle class suitable for beginners or those recovering from an injury.

Enjoy everyone, and Namaste! See you in a month.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Wedensday teacher and Bree going away

Hello Yogis,

This Wednesday you will have a guest teacher, Sarah Hohl, who is here from her home in Seattle, USA, where she also teaches Yoga with a therapeutic focus. I will be there as her teaching assistant.

You will be seeing a lot more of Sarah soon - as many of you know, I am heading off to Bali to do my Yoga teacher training certification. I can hardly believe it but the date is approaching in two weeks time!

I will be gone from Dili Yoga from Wedensday July 29 and my first class back will be Wednesday August 26th. While I am away Sarah will be teaching all of my classes. I will miss you all but I'm leaving you in very cabable hands.



Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Back in the room

Hi everyone,

So, we are back in the room and it is very white (fresh paint).

Come on down, 6:15 Monday, Wednesday and Friday (beginners and gentle class).


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Outdoor Yoga and Mats at Landmark

Hi everyone,

So, the Alola foundation room is being re-painted, so we had to hold Wednesday's class outside in the kiddy space. Needless to say it was a bit dark but overall quite nice and breezy, and once I found the candles you could even see!

Likelihood is that for Friday we will have to do the same, so bring some mozzie repellent. I will have candles again but if you need more light feel free to bring your own. We can do a nice candle meditation at the end.

Also I met someone sporting a brand new mat purchased recently at Landmark! Let the Yogi stampede begin.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Monday 15 June...

... Bree will be teaching, since Tanya will be away that week.

Also, since many of you ask me, here is a link to a website with lots of Yoga and holistic activity listings in Bali (mainly Ubud and Seminyak):

Two studios I can recommend are the Yoga Barn in Ubud (drop-in classes daily, private classes on request), you can see their schedule on the above website, and Desa Seni in Seminyak: (Yoga twice daily, free for guests, small fee for drop-ins. Also, the food is stupendous!)

Finally, if you are interested in deepening your Yoga experience, check out for a list of workshops in Bali this year. Workshops are a great way to focus on your Yoga, have access to individual teaching, and take your practice to a whole new level.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Schedule for last week of May

Hello Yogis,

Just a quick post to let you know that there are a few teaching switches coming up:

  • Monday 25 May Bree will be teaching instead of Tanya
  • Friday 29 May Tanya will be teaching instead of Bree
As usual the classes continue to be at Alola Foundation, starting at 6:15.

Don't forget to try and arrive on time... Also if you have any special conditions or questions, try to get to class early so you can inform the teacher and ask for advice.

Namaste everyone!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

No class on Friday May 15

Dear all,

Just a quick note to the effect that there will be no class on Friday May 15th. This week's Gentle Yoga class will be on Thursday May 14th instead.

Thanks for your understanding!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

May long weekend classes

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you all know that there will be class on Thursday April 30th instead of Friday May 1st, since Friday is a holiday for many.

Other than that, classes continue as normal, starting at 6:15 at the Alola Foundation!

Monday - Tanya - All levels Yoga Class
Wednesday - Bree - Intermediate Level Vinyasa Class
Friday - Bree - Gentle / Beginners Level Yoga Class


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Easter class schedule

Hello Yogis!

Just a quick note to let you know that there will be no class on Friday April 10th. This week's 'gentle' class will be on Thursday April 9th, instead.

Edited to add: tonight's class (April 9th) will be a special restorative and detox class. Hope to see you there!

Namaste and hoping you all enjoy the long weekend!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tanya is back!

Hello Dili yogis,

Quick announcement to let you know that Tanya will be taking her Monday classes again starting March 30th! I (Bree) will continue to teach Wednesdays and Fridays. All classes start at 6:15 at the Alola Foundation.

The levels will remain the same - please read the previous post for more information!

Also, a word about the meditations:
- Since the Wednesday class is now 1.5 hours there will be no meditation following the class.
- On Wednesdays and Fridays I will try to leave a long enough Savasana for people to do a seated meditation.

~Namaste everyone, see you there!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Class Levels - Please read, IMPORTANT information!

IMPORTANT: Class Levels

Mondays - All levels
Wednesdays - Level 2
Fridays - Gentle / Introductory

Hi everyone,

Our Dili yoga community is growing, which is fantastic! So I am trying to also grow our class schedules to accommodate you all. Please read the following carefully to decide which class is right for you. All classes are still at the Alola Foundation, starting at 6:15. Please be there at least 5 minutes early so we can get started on time!

At the moment, all classes are with Bree (me!). Please be aware that at the moment I am NOT yet an internationally certified Yoga Teacher. However I have been teaching Yoga on and off for several years and I am enrolled in a certification programme later this year.

If you are not sure which class you should attend, please read the following. Please note that if you are pregnant, have any injuries or have any medical conditions, you should be sure to arrive early to let the teacher know before the class.

Mondays - All Levels - 1 hour 15 minutes
  • This class is open for all levels but if you have never done Yoga before, please try to attend one or two Friday sessions first to learn the basic poses.
  • This class is suitable for people with special conditions such as pregnancy (first and second trimester) or injuries ONLY if you have previously done some yoga and feel confident you are able to manage your condition.
  • This class is moderately physically demanding.

Wednesdays - Level 2 - 1.5 hours
  • This class is a physically challenging class and will include options for some Level 2 poses. This class is NOT suitable for people who are pregnant, have an injury or have any other health condition.
  • This class requires a good level of general physical fitness. Some previous Yoga experience would be best, too!
  • The class format will be a flow class followed by an in-depth study of poses.
Fridays - Gentle class (Introductory) - 1 hour 15 minutes
  • This class is open to all levels. It will focus on developing breathing, body awareness, mindfulness and meditation, and a knowledge of Yoga's foundation poses.
  • This class is suitable for people who have never done Yoga.
  • This class is suitable for pregnant women in their 1st and 2nd Trimester but it is NOT a pre-natal class. If you are pregnant and you have never done Yoga before, please do some research on the Internet or consult with your doctor before starting.
  • This class is suitable for people who have minor injuries or have minor health conditions (you are advised to check first with your doctor).

Thanks for reading all this. Please spread the word about these class level changes, and help us keep our Dili Yoga community alive and vibrant!


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March Teachers, Room


Just a short post to let you all know that the teaching schedule in Dili is shaking and moving as always! Most of the March classes will be led my me (Bree) with the following exceptions:

March 13 (Friday) - Louise
March 16 (Monday) - Tanya

I am going to Bali for a long weekend and may be able to pick up some Yoga supplies so if anyone needs a mat, please let me know before the 12th of March.

Also, bad news about the room - the government reneged on the contract for the space that I had bee hoping we could use - boo - so we are back to the drawing board. For now we will continue to use the room at Alola with space on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are finding the room too crowded, you could also consider coming on a Friday instead, when the group is usually smaller.

Namaste and see you soon everyone!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

March Calendar and Other News

Hello all,

It's been a while since I posted - things have been a bit busy lately! First things first, yoga in Dili is going ahead 3 times a week as usual! There have been a few changes in the teaching rotation though.

First of all, sadly Deevah has gone back to Australia for medical reasons and probably won't be rejoining us for a few months at the least. However we have decided to keep up her Friday classes although I think we will reduce them to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Also, we are switching duration of Mondays and Wednesdays, so Mondays will be 1 hour 15 minutes, and Wednesdays 1 hour only, followed by the meditation session - this means we can get out a bit earlier.

Secondly, Tanya has decided to take a short break from teaching to get on top of her work. So, for the month of March you all are stuck with Louise and myself - mostly me!

Without further ado, the schedule, all classes @ Alola Foundation:
* Mondays - 6:15 - 1.15 hour class - Bree or Louise
* Wednesdays - 6:15 - 1 hour class - Bree
*Wednesdays - 7:15 - Meditation - 10-15 minute sessions, leave about half an hour for the entire exercise.
*Fridays - 6:15 - 1.15 hour class - Bree or Louise

Finally, a comment on the room - I think I have found a fabulous new place that is airy, spacious and air conditioned. At the moment it is being fixed up a bit but we may be able to start using it in only a few weeks. The best part - it's on the same road as Alola, a bit further up.

Namaste everyone and see you in class!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bear with us!

Hi Dili Yogis,

It will be no surprise to you that this post is about the yoga room. There are lots of you coming to yoga, which is fantastic, but as you all know, it seems our class has outgrown our lovely space at the Alola Foundation.

As of yet we don't have another option but I just wanted to reassure you all that I am looking into some alternatives and will be visiting a few places over the weekend and in the coming week.

So please hang in there another week or two, be patient with us and with each other when you're on the mat. Also please try to be ON TIME! It is really disruptive when people come in late and the entire room has to re-shuffle to accommodate them.

I am looking at a few gym spaces this weekend in the local schools and universities. If this works out our room donations can go to support the school. If anyone else has an idea - please let me know!

Namaste and keep practising!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wednesday Meditations and Deevah away

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all of you who participated in the meditation session on Wednesday. The feedback I got was really positive so I think we will do it again next Wednesday and make it a regular feature of the Wednesday classes. :) Also I have heard that there are some meditation opportunities in Dili so I will look for that information and try to post it here!

Also, Mana Deevah will be away for a week or two so I (Bree) will be taking her Friday classes, 90 minutes, starting at 6:15, until she gets back.



Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday 1hr15 classes and Meditation special class!

Hi everyone,

As we decided in last Wednesday's class, from now on Wednesday classes will be 1 hour and 15 minutes, so from 6:15 to 7:30. This should allow us to do a few more poses per class and most importantly to have a nice long savasana (resting pose) after our asanas (physical poses).

In addition, next Wednesday February 4th, there will be an optional meditation session after the asanas. For those who wish to learn more about meditation and give it a try, I'll provide a brief introduction to meditation - what it is, why people practice it, what are some of the techniques - and then people will have the opportunity to try a 10 minute session using one of several techniques. We'll try to wrap up our asana practice a bit early, so I expect the meditation session to run until about 7:45.

If you want to participate, you may want to bring some of the following:
- A tais, blanket or pillow to sit on if you find it uncomfortable to sit on the floor;
- An eye mask or blindfold to help you keep your eyes closed;
- A light shirt to keep your body temperature constant as you cool down after your asanas.

If you have any questions feel free to post a comment here!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Schedule for Jan-Feb 09

Hello Yogis!

Well, we are well into January and there are more people at yoga than ever, which is fantastic!

This is just a quick note to let you know that all the yoga leaders are now back in Dili and so classes are resuming their normal routines: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Alola Foundation. Classes start at 6:15pm sharp - please try to be on time! For the moment there are no schedule changes for February so our schedule continues as always.

Our teachers are:
Monday - Tanya (various length, 1 - 1 1/2 hours) - $4
Wednesday - Bree (1 hour 15 mins) - donation as you see fit
Friday - Deevah ('Dynamic' Ashtanga class - 1 1/2 hours) - $4

Each has a different style, why not try them all? Most of our classes are quite active, but don't be discouraged if you need time to build up your strength - try a shorter class, drink lots of water, and rest in Child's Pose as often as you need.

General Information:

With the rainy season well and truly here, it is HOT in Dili and despite our aircons, the yoga room gets steamy at this time of year. Therefore please drink lots of water on yoga days - bring some to class with you! Also it gets sweaty at times so you may want to bring a towel to class if you are prone to perspire - a small one to wipe your brow or even a large one to put over your mat if you find it gets slippery. And to think in some places people pay big money for 'hot' yoga! ;)

See you on the mat and Namaste!


Monday, January 5, 2009

Donation-based Wednesday Classes

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

As mentioned in the previous post, our Dili yoga classes are back on and hopefully 2009 will be better than ever!

I just wanted to announce that for all Wednesday classes (and all others that I (Bree) teach) there will be a new policy: donation based classes!! From now on there will be no fixed contribution - I will provide a place for people to make a donation if they want to, as much as they want to.

In the upcoming year we will be looking at adding new days to the yoga schedule, possibly holding some classes at an alternative venue, and maybe even doing some weekend yoga retreats outside of Dili. If you have any suggestions or ideas please bring them up and we will do our best to make them happen!

For now, namaste and hope to see you in class soon... :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hello Yogis and happy 2009!

Just a quick update to let you know that yoga is BACK ON! As far as I know, Mondays are still going strong (unconfirmed) but definitely the classes over the next few weeks will be:

  • Wednesday Jan 7rd
  • Friday Jan 9th
  • Wednesday Jan 14th
  • Friday Jan 16th
All the above will be lead by Bree - since everyone else is still on holidays.

Starting the week of the 19th Wednesdays will continue as usual but there may be some changes to the 'Dynamic Yoga with Deevah' schedule - I'll keep you posted.

Namaste and best wishes for the new year everyone!