“So many people believe that ageing or injury means to physically decline that they kind of just give up. I know as much as anyone how it feels to be less mobile than one would like. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was in too much pain to move, and could barely walk for 12 months. It has been a long slow process but 10 years later I’m fitter and stronger than ever.”

– Kirsten Mackintosh

Private Yoga Sessions and Consulting

We offer private yoga sessions and consultations at our Guest house on Raymond Island, or via Zoom to anywhere around the world.

CONTACT US to enquire about how we can help you on your yoga journey. 

Yoga for Everyday Life

We offer Yoga Classes, Workshops and Retreats in Paynesville and Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia.

We invite and welcome you to our classes so you can live a better, healthier life.

Chair Yoga

60 minute Chair Yoga – Mondays and Thursday mornings 11.15am at Paynesville RSL

Welcome to a truly gentle way to welcome back your healthy movement, healing, strength and joint mobility.

“So many people believe that ageing or injury means to physically decline that they kind of just give up. I know as much as anyone how it feels to be less mobile than one would like. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was in too much pain to move, and could barely walk for 12 months. It has been a long slow process of learning and I want to share with you all I have learned so you too can feel and move better” – Kirsten

By doing gentle but powerfully effective workouts in a chair you can regain your best body and mind, inside and out.

Yoga for Women

These days women want instant change: Help! I’m a mess! Fix me! And at every turn woman is consistently told what is wrong with her, what needs to be fixed, where she is not good enough. Contemporary women live in a constant state of instability and insecurity, chasing an unattainable perfection. How exhausting! Where is the happiness in that?

The alternative is a woman living her life on your own terms as a powerful, graceful, strong, spiritual being.

As a woman, you are the key to the graceful transition into the Aquarian Age, where creativity, community, transparency and reliance upon infinity are honoured and celebrated. After this class you’ll feel like you’ve gone to therapy, had an awesome workout in the gym and enjoyed a fun singing session with friends. Transform yourself and change the world!

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is practice that incorporates poses that are mostly seated or reclined, that target the connective tissues in the body with the intention of gradually creating a relaxation response.

You will feel improved circulation, reduced stress levels and a calm mind. 

Sunday Afternoon Yin Rest

Yin Rest stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body’s flow of energy. Then we move into iRest Yoga Nidra where we cultivate embodied rest and the participant explores sensations & feelings in the body. Feelings are the language of the soul, but you must make sure you are listening to your true feelings & not some counterfeit model constructed in the mind. Thoughts can masquerade as feelings. Practicing iRest takes you to deeper levels of your being where True Nature abides. Bolsters, mats and blocks are provided. Please bring a blanket and pillow. Suitable for all body types.

KUNDAdance

Yoga’s answer to Zumba, a dance of consciousness to awaken you to your highest potential, shake away all your fears and insecurities bringing energy and vibrancy in your life.

KUNDA dance is a combination of Kundalini yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and mantra. The movements are synchronised to special music composed by Maya Fiennes in 528 and 432 frequencies which have an instant healing effect on your body and mind. It’s for everyone if done gradually and mindfully.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa means movement guided by breath.  A flowing series of postures guided by the breath allowing you to move more freely. Stabilising core work and intricate sequences, postures can be dynamic and fluid or purposeful and static. Learn to use your mind and body to 100% of their capacity to fully realise the awesome potential of your true self.

Slow Flow Yoga

Balance the body with connecting poses and wind down with restful restorative postures- perfect preparation for the morning catch up with friends.

iRest Yoga Nidra

iRest is also a path of meditative self inquiry. At a basic level, it provides the initial building blocks for a mindfulness practice in which one learns to stay present and alert. At an intermediate level, one learns how to meet challenging experiences, emotions or beliefs in order to integrate and go beyond them. At the highest level, iRest offers the teachings of the “end path” of direct realisation into one’s true nature as abiding peace, infinite calm, and interconnected wholeness.There is nothing to do in an iRest session except lay down comfortably and be guided by the teacher’s voice.

Yoga for Managing Pain

This 9 week course helps people change how they feel about their bodies when they hurt and it helps people with chronic and persistent pain move better, manage stress and get back into activities they love. With a special focus on body awareness and effortless movement, Yoga for managing pain is helping people to reconnect with their bodies and change their relationship with pain. Yoga techniques can make the difference between a life ruled by pain and one in which pain plays only a “bit part” in day-to-day life. Kirsten is a registered Yoga for Pain Practitioner in Australia.

Yoga4Newbies

Move easier and feel better!

 Enjoy a safe, effective, compassionate, non-competitive environment that is welcoming to all.

Postures are approached in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition so that the practice is simple to do and easy to remember.

Breath Walk

Breathing and walking comprise two of our simplest activities, yet they are also two of our most powerful actions.

By bringing them together in a systematic and meditative way, we can enhance our physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness.

We can tap our vitality to fully enjoy and excel in our lives.

“Your Immunity Workshop was fabulous!”

~ Merryn Padgett

“Love your Beginners Yoga. I always feel very supported.”

~ Trudi Clark

“Your  Yoga for Pain classes definitely help those of us with chronic pain. I particularly liked the encouragement to go at our own pace, and not push just to keep up. I felt that the small class allowed for individual attention and that was excellent. I have incorporated at least 4 of the poses into my daily exercise regimen for lower back pain. Knowing the poses we were taught is good for future reference and practice.”

~ Jean McLeod

“It was amazing, using the bolsters certainly helped me stretch even further & that soup was so delicious! Thank you!”

~ Terry Padgett

“Your Yoga for Pain classes has really helped calm me down and improved my flexibility in mind and body. Thank you”

~ Kathryn O'Connor

“Your  Yoga for Pain course has got me back on track to meditating again, thank you.”

~ Wendy M

“Awesome, thanks again!”

~ Debbie Leyshan

“Great workshop ! Thank you both so much.”

~ Maria Sims

“I loved the iRest Yoga Nidra Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much for sending the recording from the session last week. I had surgery on Monday and it was really helpful when I was having trouble falling asleep in hospital. I played it many times, Thank you.”

~ Linda Desio

“I was impressed with the ambiance of the yoga studio, the warmth of Kirsten, Tony and participants. Thank you for providing a chair and understanding my OA knee disability issues.”

~Sue Watson

“Great afternoon clearing head and testing old body! Excellent afternoon ticked off a couple more of life’s challenges! Soup was delicious. I’ll come back time and again. Thank you both. Namaste.”

~ Suzanne Parish

“I loved the Yoga for Pain. My skin feels looser and more relaxed.”

~ Vanessa Postma

“Thank you for holding this Gentle Yoga Class, complete with a beautiful meditation to begin. I feel energised but not exhausted, and my pain has settled a bit compared to how I’d been feeling.”

~Terry Padgett