Byron Bay – Yoga class with special guest teacher Lisa – 24 October 2022


There was a great turn out of students for our afternoon yoga class with our multitalented Campus & Academic Manager Lisa, who is also a qualified yoga teacher and enthusiast.

Yoga Class With Special Guest Teacher Lisa

Lisa has been practising yoga (mostly daily) since arriving in Australia in 2006. She took advantage of school being quiet during covid to do yoga teacher training at In Touch Yoga.



Yoga Class With Special Guest Teacher Lisa
Lisa (center back) at her yoga teacher training graduation



Some of the yoga techniques Lisa covered with students included square breathing, cat-cow pose and dolphin pose.



Yoga Class With Special Guest Teacher Lisa



Square breathing

Lisa used square breathing to get everyone’s minds and bodies relaxed in preparation for the physical practice.



Yoga Class With Special Guest Teacher Lisa



How to do square breathing
  1. Slowly exhale all your air out
  2. Gently inhale through your nose to a count of 4
  3. Hold at the top of the breath for a count of 4
  4. Gently exhale through your mouth for a count of 4
  5. At the bottom of the breath, pause and hold for the count of 4


The benefits of square breathing

Square breathing has been found to help reduce stress and anxiety, with responsiveness and improves sleep quality.


Cat-cow pose

The cat-cow pose was used as a warm-up exercise.


Yoga Class With Special Guest Teacher Lisa
Cat-cow in action


How to do a cat-cow pose (or Chakravakasana)
  1. Put your hands and knees in table pose, with a neutral spine
  2. Inhale, lift your sit bones upward, press your chest forward and allow your belly to sink (cow pose)
  3. Lift your head, relax your shoulders away from your ears, and stare straight ahead
  4. Exhale, while rounding your spine outward and tucking in your tailbone (cat pose)
  5. Release your head toward the floor


The benefits of the cat-cow pose

The cat-cow pose improves posture, balance and is ideal for those with back pain.


Dolphin pose

This was the peak posture – typically the most challenging yoga posture or postures in a sequence.

Yoga Class With Special Guest Teacher Lisa

The posture sequence

Posture 1 – Press Down to Lift Up

Posture 2 – Engage Your Core

Posture 3 – Find Balance to Get Up


The benefits of the dolphin pose

It strengthens the arms and shoulders and opens the shoulders and upper back.


There are lots of great yoga schools in Byron, Lisa’s favourite is Creature Yoga.


Yoga Class With Special Guest Teacher Lisa


As always students loved the yoga class, and it will be back in November by popular demand.






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