Sunday, December 12, 2010

The end of an era... and music!

Dear Yogis,

[NB: Yoga has paused for the holiday season and will resume on Monday 10th January 2011.]

Yes, the time has come, at least for a little while, to say goodbye to Timor-Leste.

It has been unbelievably fun and rewarding to be your yoga teacher these many years, and I can say from the bottom of my heart that I will miss you all and the wonderful classes that we have had.   Please stay in touch and find me on Facebook, and if you are passing through Oxford, England in the next little while, be sure to look me up!  I will be working with Oxfam there until 31st of August at least.

This blog will hopefully go on with Blossom as a new administrator and perhaps some others as well.

I thought I would leave you with something many of you have asked me for, which is some of the music that I play in our classes!  I mostly get my music from the iTunes store so I think all of the music given below is available there.

Enjoy, love life, and keep practicing!



Savasana Songs:

Some of the songs I've played in the last few weeks that you have been asking about have been:

( Artist: Song name)

- Joshua Radin: No Envy, No Fear
- Kings of Convenience: Surprise Ice
- Pearl Jam: Just Breathe
- Coldplay: Till Kingdom Come
- Jose Gonzalez: Heartbeats
- EarthRise Sound System (feat. Morley): Embrace
- EarthRise Sound System (feat. Morley): Intention
- Fleetwood Mac: Landslide
- Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach: Nataraja
- Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach: Gopala

Class Music:

If you like the music I play in class, try these compilations, which form the basis of my mix-and-match:

- Yoga Groove (my favourite!!)
- Yoga Salon
- Yoga Rhythms
- Yoga Moods

You can also check out the following artists and albums:

- Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach: Music for Yoga and Other Joys
- EarthRise Sound System: The Yoga Sessions
- Krishna Das: Live on Earth (for a limited time only)
- Zero 7: In the Waiting Line
- Cafe del Mar IV

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Om!

Wow, where does the time go?!

Class Schedule

As you all know there are a lot of public holidays coming up, but so far the plan is to continue the yoga throughout!  Stay tuned for last-minute changes around the long weekends though.  Also, sadly there is no longer a Monday class at the UN because Amrita has had to return to Australia for medical reasons. 

Some of the classes have been pretty busy so make sure to get there early to get a spot.  I will do my absolute best to make sure that everyone who arrives before class starts at 6:15pm gets a spot - but if you arrive late and are turned away please don't take offense - it's because there really is no room left!

Donations and Clothing Drive

As I've mentioned in class, our yoga donations at the moment are going to support the Pradet women's shelter.  And what they really need at the moment is women's clothing to help support the women who come in.  So if you have used clothing that is still in good condition, please make a donation!  I will be collecting clothes after the Wednesday and Friday classes for the next 6 weeks or so and will start donating them as soon as we have a good amount.

Comments? Feedback?  Leave a comment on the blog or on the wall of the Facebook group!  See you there...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rolling into October

Hi yogis,

I'm back from a quick break and somewhat surprised to find that it's October already! Time flies when you're having fun, right?

A few quick announcements here...

Monday Evening Classes at the UN (UN gym members only)
First of all, for those of you who have access to the UN Recreational Gym, the UN has started a class on Monday evenings from 6-7:30.  Taught by Amrita, it's a vinyasa flow class open to all levels and especially suited for beginners.

Donations this year to benefit women's safe house
Secondly, I have been musing on how best to use the donations from the Wednesday and Friday yoga classes, and this is what I have come up with.  A local NGO runs a women's safe house here in Dili and they are in need of small goods to support women who come in with nothing but the clothes on their backs: clothing, soap, towels, children's clothing, toys.  So in the next few weeks I'll be looking to set up a way that our Yoga group can make regular small contributions (in kind) to the shelter.  If you want to get involved get in touch with me: lagitane(at)mac(dot)com.

That's it for now folks... See you on the mat!


Thursday, September 2, 2010


If you have ever attended a yoga class, watched a film with yoga in it, or maybe even been to a hippie-style concert or gathering, you have probably come across the chant "OM".

Now, while we are happy to sing along at a concert or around a campfire, the idea of "chanting" turns a lot of us off from the start.  And chanting in a language we don't understand?  It can seem scary, daunting and downright culty.  Right?

In fact, Om is not a religious chant per se, athough it is believed to have its origins in the Vedic mysticism that preceded modern Hinduism and Buddhism.  The syllable Om is references the universal 'vibration' of the universe, the fibre that exists within everyone and everything, binding us all together.  Om reminds us that we are one with the universe, that we are all of the same nature.

For some people this reminder is associated with divinity or with a particular divinity, but for others, myself included, it is simply an expression of one-ness, much as the act of singing or chanting together makes all of our voices one.

In Sanskrit, the syllable Om is written in 4 parts: A-U-M-and a mark symbolising the silence that follows. (A and U pronounced together make the O sound).

Repeating the syllable Om is still used by modern Buddhists as a form of meditation, and is said to calm the mind, steady the emotions, and open the way for deeper understanding of the situation you are meditating upon.

So next time it comes up in class... Give it a go!


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yoga Rocks!

Yes, it truly does!

Just a reminder that our classes are still rocking the Alola foundation Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:15pm!

Also, Colleen is back and her pilates classes are back so check out her link on the right hand side of the page.

Coming up in October we will have more weekend workshops, yoga philosophy discussions and some music sharing opportunities, so stay tuned!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Hi everyone,

Thanks for being fabulous yogis and making yoga in Dili such a joy!

I'll be going to Canada for 3 weeks starting Saturday (July 17), so the schedule will be shaken up a little I'm sorry to say.

  • On Wednesdays, you'll have a guest teacher, Amrita for Vinyasa Yoga
  • On Fridays, Tanya will be teaching the Gentle class
Namaste all and see you in 3 weeks!

Monday, June 7, 2010

June and July

Hello Yogis,

Yes, Yoga in Dili is alive and well thanks to you all and your great presence.

A quick note that the schedule continues as usual, with a few interruptions:

  • On Wednesday June 16 and Friday June 18, Blossom will be teaching the class at the regular time.
  • Bree will be out of Dili from the week of 19 July until the week of 9 August.  Classes should continue as normal, but teachers TBD!
Oh, and at the moment there are yoga mats at Leader for $10 - go and get e'm!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Weekend

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know there will be no class on Friday, April 2nd due to the Easter long weekend. Classes will be back on Monday as usual.



Saturday, March 13, 2010

Yoga for Runners + New workshops to come!

Hi everyone,

I'm back and will be resuming my usual classes Wednesday and Friday!

Also, this Sunday I'll be doing a Yoga for Runners workshop organized by a group of runners! It's aimed at people training for the upcoming Dili 10-k, half-marathon and marathon, but could be useful for all runners or cyclists. There are still a few spaces left so if you are interested, get in touch!

Also, I'm currently planning more workshops for March-April, so if you have a workshop idea or request, now is the time to let me know!

See you on the mat, people!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bree away - 2 weeks of guest teachers!!

Many of you know that I will be on holidays for the next 2 weeks!! I'll be teaching Friday 26 Feb, and then back again on Wednesday 17 March (St Patrick's day!).

In my absence Yoga will continue on schedule with the lovely Blossom teaching Vinyasa/Bikram on Wednesdays and Chris teaching gentle Hatha on Fridays.

Enjoy and see you in 2 weeks!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DVD and Online Yoga Resources

A few of you have asked me for advice on Yoga DVDs to buy so you can practice at home. I hope this finds you!!

Ashtanga DVDs

The Yoga that I teach is based on the Ashtanga Primary Series. That said, our classes are a tempered version of this type of Yoga. A full Ashtanga practice is a challenging, set series of postures. It can be practiced by anyone but bear in mind that if you have injuries or are recovering from an illness you should seek out a gentler practice to begin with!

If you are going to go the Ashtanga route, there are only two names that I have for you:
  • Richard Freeman
  • David Swenson
A quick search on YouTube will show you why. My own teachers prefer Richard Freeman's DVD but both of these men are amazing yogis and excellent teachers, and studied Ashtanga for many years with its founder, Sri K. Patthabi Jois.

You can find DVDs by them both on the online store at Remember you are looking for a DVD of the Primary Series.

Other Online Resources

With the proliferation of new media, there are tonnes of online resources for yoga - if you happen to be in a place where you can access them!!

Here are a few I have heard good reviews about:
  • Yoga Today - Every week, Yoga Today delivers a free class via the internet. They also have subscription options where you can buy classes one-by-one for about $3, or buy a membership to get unlimited access to classes.
  • YogaGlo - YogaGlo charges an $18 monthly fee, and in return you get unlimited access to video classes.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Reiki in Dili, Pilates is Back, Schedule for Feb

Hi everyone,

I have posted a link to the lovely Aleyda Santos' new site Aleyda is a 3rd level reiki teacher offering workshops and therapeutic treatments to the folks in Dili.

She is offering a 3-hour reiki introduction workshop on 30th January from 9-12 (sadly the same time as our backbending workshop so I can't attend!!) and also has two Level-1 reiki courses coming up, starting on 6 Feb and 6 March.

I love that our holistic community in Dili continues to grow! On that note, those of you who are committed to your core will be excited to know that Colleen is back in Dili and her pilates (and ballet) classes are back on! Check out her blog for her schedule of classes.

Finally, Tanya is back in town so she will resume her Monday classes, and I will continue teaching Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15 at the Alola Foundation!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

20-minute take-home sequence

Need some help to take your practice out of class and into your home?

Follow this link to my website and scroll down to "News" to get a 20-minute Yoga sequence that you can try at home!

Namaste and enjoy everyone!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Now offering private/group classes!

Too busy to attend the drop-in classes? Find them too hot and crowded? One-size-fits all classes not your style of Yoga?

To help people in Dili deal with some of these issues, I'm not offering one-on-one or small group (up to 6 people) classes. Get one-on-one adjustments and advice for your practice, try new poses, or create the foundations for a personal Yoga practice. Get a Yoga class that goes at your own pace and helps you focus on areas of the body that you would like to work on.

Classes for one or two people can be held at my home, or I can come to you! Classes for up to 6 people can be held at a location of your choice or at the well-appointed space at PhysioTherapy Timor, opposite Leader store. Rates start at $30 for a one-hour private lesson and can vary depending on duration and group size. For more info, follow this link to my website or get in touch with me! lagitane (at) mac (dot) com.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The 3 Doshas

Hi all,

Some of you who attended the detox workshop today asked me to post these files describing some basic characteristics of the 3 Doshas, so here they are. Enjoy!!

Remember, if you want to find out more there are lots of internet resources available, where you can take a more detailed Dosha quiz and study some of the recommendations.

You can click on the images above to view the full size jpg files.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bree's Yoga on the Web :) :)

As some of you may see from the previous post, I have been busy creating a website!

Please have a look at it by following this link!

Since I no longer have a day-job, I am branching out my Yoga teaching. I am now accepting individuals or small groups for private classes or personal therapeutic Yoga Sessions.

If you are interested you can drop me a line any time, in the meantime, please have a look at my new website, Breeze Yoga (pun intended!) and enjoy!



Saturday Workshop Schedule!

Hi everyone,

Finally! The long awaited Saturday workshop schedule. The workshops will take place at the Alola Foundation, from 9am to noon. The workshops will have limited class sizes, so if you are interested, sign up soon! Price is $15 per person or $40 for any 3.

Please note that these are not drop-in workshops: if you want to attend you must sign up ahead of time! You can sign up after class, or by emailing me on: lagitane [at] mac [dot] com. :)

9:00 - 12:00
9 Jan
Detox Yoga Practice a series of rejuvenating and detoxifying poses to start off the new year, and learn your Ayurvedic type and what kind of foods and practices can benefit you!
16 Jan Yoga Foundations Learn some fundamental principles of alignment and energy so you can practice the fundamental poses and hold your own in any Yoga class.
30 Jan Backbends & Inversions Learn how to safely go deeper into these challenging poses!
13 Feb Forward bends: hips & hamstrings Benefit your entire Yoga practice by learning the importance of the lower back and hips, and practice some techniques to help you go deeper into these tricky areas.
20 Feb Yoga for Women's Health Explore the feminine side of yoga! Learn modifications for different times in your cycle, and poses that can help to reduce menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms.

Hope to see some of you there!

Namaste, Bree