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Who we are

MY Yoga and Meditation (MY) is a thriving community-focused not for profit yoga centre established for over 40 years. It offers an authentic and integrated tradition of yoga and meditation. We aim to empower people to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and conscious practice of yoga.

We teach an integrated and holistic style of yoga based on traditional practices and informed by the latest scientific knowledge. We also offer other yogic traditions, wellness and conscious living practices that complement our core values of authenticity, excellence, harmony, sanctuary, sustainability and community.

Classes are typically balanced between physical postures (asana), breathing (pranayama), meditation practices and deep relaxation (yoga nidra). Our teachers are comprehensively trained, have extensive yoga experience and are nationally accredited.

MY is suitable for anyone wishing to optimise their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities: those new to yoga and those seeking to expand and enrich their yogic journey. We will welcome, support and empower you to harmonise your mind, body and spirit through yoga and meditation.

MY also aims to spread the benefits, wisdom and joy of yoga into the wider community, fostering a culture of connection, compassion and service to others. We offer community classes by donation, and seek to extend yoga beyond the mat by contributing to community projects such as Pioneer Clubhouse and developing charities such as Give Yoga.

Who we were

MY Yoga and Meditation was originally called Manly Yoga and Meditation. An ashram was established in 1970 in Manly by supporters of Swami Satyananda who founded the Bihar School of Yoga in northern India in 1963.  The Satyananda ashram moved to Mangrove Mountain in the mid 1970s and Manly Yoga and Meditation continued to teach from premises at 27 Pittwater Road Manly until 2016. MY became an independent incorporated association in 1998.

Satyananda Yoga draws on a number of traditional systems of yoga, including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana, Mantra and Bhakti yoga. These traditions provide a coherent philosophy of life and the basis for health, peace of mind and personal transformation. MY’s teachings are informed by these practices as well as current research on the benefits of yoga and meditation. Many of our teachers are graduates of the Satyananda Yoga Academy (now the Academy of Yoga Science), one of the most comprehensive and respected yoga teacher training programs in Australia. We acknowledge Satyananda as an important part of our history, and seek to build on its strengths and to welcome other yogic traditions and practices to develop a contemporary and authentic centre of yogic excellence.

We also acknowledge the significant harm caused to some children and adults who lived at the Satyananda Mangrove Ashram in the 1970s and 1980s, as documented in The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse Report of Case Study 21, released in September 2016. We profoundly regret and condemn the harms caused at the Mangrove Ashram and fully support the Royal Commission processes and findings.

Abusive behavior is contrary to the principles and purpose of yoga, and MY Yoga and Meditation has no tolerance of it. We will endeavor through our policies and processes to ensure the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct at MY to provide a safe experience for all students, volunteers, teachers and employees. We will respond thoroughly and promptly to any complaint about MY made known to us. Please see the MY Complaints and Incidents Policy for how to make a complaint and how MY will respond.

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