Vivienne O'Brien established Luna Yoga in 2000.

She has dedicated her yoga practice for twenty five years to the Iyengar Yoga method. Vivienne and the teachers at Luna are all certified Iyengar Yoga teachers who have passed through several rigorous assessments that are recognised globally.

Luna Yoga is located at the rear of 878 Lygon Street, Carlton North - a new purpose built yoga studio. It is a fully equipped and offers an intimate and supportive environment to begin or further your yoga practice.

For beginners who come through our doors we seek to ignite in you a passion for yoga. We inspire our new and regular students alike to meet the challenges that yoga offers. We encourage our students to work skilfully and intelligently, and to be open to the possibility of feeling the exhilaration that arises from experiencing integration and extension simultaneously. We aim for our students to leave class physically challenged yet with a feeling of elation and satisfaction in knowing they have explored new boundaries.

Reflections On Yoga By Vivienne O'Brien

The more yoga I practise the more I’m at a loss to explain it.
One of my students said to me that she found it difficult to explain to her friends why doing a ‘few stretches’ every day had made such a profound effect on her life.

The real meaning of yoga can only be known in the ‘experience’: only in the doing of yoga can you begin to understand its transformative power. Yoga practice is not something you can think or intellectualise your way through as it requires you to feel.

When practising yoga we seek to feel the work or action in the body – action can briefly be described as extension working against resistance resulting in the creation of energy. When feeling the action that each asana (pose) involves we have a chance of directing the energy evenly through the body, evenly right to left side, evenly front to back and evenly from inside to out. Energetically our system becomes integrated.

This process of feeling requires the mind to be present. It trains the mind to focus and to steady allowing the mind to be clear. When the mind settles we have the capacity to observe our emotional response to the practice and to see how this is mirrored in our everyday lives.

Each practice is like one small drop of water in the bucket. On its own one drop is inconsequential but repeated drops will fill the bucket. The repetitive nature of an honest practice deepens our awareness and sensitivity to our feelings: physically, emotionally, energetically and, importantly, mentally.

As a result the practice heightens our awareness. We are drawn inward becoming intimate with ourselves, gaining clarity of our true nature. We gain knowledge of ourselves based on our own experience.