Image shows a yoga handstand at Susan Wanmer's Urban Retreat

Urban Retreat. Yoga, Meditations.

Urban Retreat. Yoga, Wellness, Meditations.

Too busy to go on Retreat, but you want the benefits. Like to do Yoga everyday so that it builds your vitality? Want to start Meditations, or to deepen, but don’t have the time? Holidays behind you now and the year is stretching out in front of you…?

Susan Wanmer
Susan Wanmer leading a Tropical Retreat. This is feel of the Yoga you will be doing on your exotic Urban Retreat!

You can have the ‘Retreat’ experience and still go into your working day, or get the kids to school with this ‘Urban Retreat’ [non-residential], in Brisbane.

See the photo of the Tropical Retreat? We are going to use guided imagery, meditations, visualisation added to your ‘Retreat Checklist’ and daily yoga to create your very own retreat experience*.

Every attendee who books for the week, will receive their very own checklist by Sunday 30th, with extra tips of how to make the most of the Urban Retreat week.

Then, just turn up at either of the early morning timeslots and prepare to enjoy carefully worked out Yoga – perfect for this time of year. Different guided Meditations daily will enhance your mind/body experience.

Dates: Mon 1 – Thurs 4 February 2016 [Plus bonus by email Sunday and Friday to start and finish].

  • Times: Choose 5.40 am, or 7 am. Sessions run 1 hour 10 mins.
  • Location: ‘WorkLifeBalance’ 1/47 Castlemaine St, Milton, Brisbane
  • Price: $97 for the Retreat [bring a friend, and pay just $87]
  • Booking: Click here!

Wear your workout gear. Details of what to eat before the sessions will be part of your checklist. If you have any questions, just contact me on 0410 570 441.

*The Urban Retreat concept is a non-residential retreat. 

Australian Aqua Yoga - Susan Wanmer. Image shows students working their core in the pool.

Aqua Yoga – Best Yoga in the World!

Why is Aqua Yoga the Best Yoga in the World? Well, I am being a little cheeky with the title, but it was a quick way of saying Aqua – the water element is divine, and Yoga….well enough said about how glorious yoga is. Put those two together and you have the BEST yoga or water experience in the world!

Any body suits my Aqua Yoga. Join me for the new Summer series that are now sponsored by Brisbane City Council. Join me any Wednesday at 10 am Ithaca Pool right up until 23 March 2016.

It only costs $5.20 for the pool entry as the class is sponsored, and you can stay on for a swim, a read by the pool, a sunbake….Contact me personally if you have any questions about what I teach, and if it would be okay for your body.

Susan Wanmer Aqua Yoga 0410 570 441. Click here for the MAP.

Australian Aqua Yoga - Susan Wanmer. Image shows students working their core in the pool.
Susan Wanmer’s Aqua Yoga method Recently featured in Nature and Health Magazine.  Australian Aqua Yoga – Susan Wanmer.


Image shows a French Magazine cover for Yoga Vitality and Serenity. I photographed this in a peaceful Paris, days before the terror attacks on the city.

How to Create Vitality before Christmas

Checklist of How to Create More Vitality Easily and with Every Day Tips

 Last week, a group of Vitality Warriors gathered with their fearless leader, Brisbane Yogini, Susan Wanmer. The group Mission: Yoga Vitality Challenge. Find a personal Vision. Decrease the Energy ‘zappers’.

The mission ended with a sense of fun and celebration and a desire to share the learnings and summarise benefits to remember, and for all to share. Here’s your free Checklist to the Best Tips used in our Yoga, and throughout the day.

How to Create Vitality 5 Tips Checklist

If Energy is the ability to do what you need to, and a little left over, then Vitality must be the natural catalyst to create Energy. Vitality is about your very lifeforce. ‘Vital’ prioritises your energy, created to fulfill your sense of purpose and a sense of vision. With that, your body finds ways to create or to crave energy so it can fulfill your purpose.

 1. Vision fuels Vitality

Without Vision ‘the People Perish”. What is your Vision? When you operate without vision, Overwhelm sets in and you feel stagnant or blocked. You need to step over and above your current life or ‘Peak’, and set your sights on a bigger goal or vision. What is it – or what could it be for you – if you don’t currently have a vision to inspire you. Your energy meets your needs, so if all you ‘see’ is your everyday life reflected around you, and your imagination is not filled with ‘more’, then your energy decreases. What is bigger than you/ more inspiring/ exciting/ fulfilling or purposeful that your current situation? What do you see when you look towards the end of the year, or into 2016?

 2. Movement Creates Vitality

Just as rubbing sticks together creates a friction and energy, gently moving your body creates a kinetic energy. Here’s the key – in Yoga this week we explored just the right amount of movement through the physical yoga poses. Too much movement – or at the wrong speed zaps your energy, putting you into ‘depletion’ mode. Stick to Yoga poses just at your range of movement, strength, and level of cardio-vascular fitness. This is where you will have the most progress in your Vitality levels. Keep moving!

 3. The ‘Gap’ Creates Vitality

The ‘Gap’ – as the name implies – means inserting a realtime pause in your day. It only needs to be a half-breath long to make outstanding changes for you. When you ‘lock-in’ the steps in a yoga pose for a moment before you move to the next step, that is a way of creating a ‘Gap’ in a moment-by-moment way.

4. Breathing Creates Vitality

Mindful of your breathing, leads you to observe how you are breathing, and if you are holding your breath. Not only do you deprive yourself of the nutrient of oxygen, but breath-holding tightens the diaphragm. Why does that matter? A tight diaphragm signals to the survival part of the brain that you are in danger and your body escalates into a series of ‘survival response’ behaviours.

Step 1. Observe your breathing. Step 2. Breath naturally.

 5. Releasing Tension Creates Vitality

Yoga asana is a training ground for you to recognize when you go into stress habits and ‘lockdown’ your muscles, or brace yourself. Your challenge then, is to go back into your everyday life and observe yourself. Notice how often you tense your muscles. I can’t tell you how many hundreds of people have come back to tell me that they have my voice in their head at home and at work. They hear ‘drop your shoulders’, ‘relax your face’, ‘soften your forehead and tongue’……It’s a little embarrassing – but I’m so glad to see body awareness building to integrate better habits!

Join me for Yoga Vitality Challenge. Casual, 1 or 2 Week Challenge. Click here.


All of these tips can be experienced in a yoga session. In fact, in a yoga pose itself. Start small and do what you can in the moment. It has dramatic effects.

This week in the Vitality Challenge we head into “Playfulness’. Engage your sense of fun and sense of curiosity. Explore news ways of moving, new approaches to yoga poses for increased Vitality. You will gain this not just from the benefits of the pose, but from the mental/ emotional effects of ‘exploration, playfulness, and curiousity’.

In light of the shocking terror attacks in Paris, we will also bring in the yogic concept of Ahimsa [non-violence], and the question of how we can hold calm in the face of challenging paradoxes. There is always more and deeper we can go with Australian Yoga!

Book your spot Casual – or more  – any session or week 16 – 26 November. Click here.

Image shows Susan Wanmer teaching the Anatomy of Yoga at Halloween, and asking "why do we find skeletons creepy? " !

Halloween in Australia

Tonight I went to the shop at dusk and the guys in the car next to me got out with bandages on their head – and blood on their clothes…  I was completely sucked in and didn’t realise it was Halloween!

Image shows Susan Wanmer teaching the Anatomy of Yoga at Halloween, and asking "why do we find skeletons creepy? " !
Why Do We Think Skeletons are Creepy?

I’m just back from Paris, so of course memories of the years I spent working in Paris are foremost in my mind.

Back in the eighties, I taught exercise and danse in several top Parisian venues, but my favourite group, from a regional class, I taught the ‘Timewarp’ sequence to.  For an excursion, we dressed up in costume, took le train from Combs la Ville, and then Le Metro to a cult cinema showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.  My students had never seen the movie [40 years old this year in 2015!], but they knew it well from my describing it in our classes.

One of the highlight aspects in the cult Parisian cinema, were the members in the audience who knew the script by heart and asked “Where’s the Rope” just before the rope was dropped, and got up on stage so as to be part of the movie.

Those memories for me and for my students were back in the early eighties in Paris……

Fast-track from Danse Moderne in Paris, to 2015 Yoga classes in Australia. I don’t remember why, but something in the 6 pm Yoga class last year incited a “jump to the left….” and when we opened the door for the 7.20 pm class, we gave them the Rocky Horror rendition of the transition from one standing Yoga pose to another.

Image shows Halloween Skeleton Flexible Freddy teaching Yoga Anatomy, with Mookie the Puppy!
Flexible Freddy teaching Yoga Anatomy, with Mookie the Puppy!

Even if the 7.20 Pm Yoga class didn’t understand, the fact was that my Australian Yoga encompassed every aspect of my life of teaching and facilitation. When there is an opportunity to connect, to express, to embrace, and to bond – take it! Make sure you do not get ‘religious’ in your yoga.

Yoga is about mobilisation, connection, and keeping it real!

Where you there? Do you remember that night, or when we talked about it afterwards?

Happy Halloween. I See.I Be.I Love.  from Susan WANMER, Australian Senior Yogini and Coach.

Image shows the sunset at the eco-Yoga luxury retreat, with Susan Wanmer, yogini.

Breathtaking Wellness Weekend

Just home after facilitating “The Minim Rest(r)” Wellness and Work/life Balance Program. Feedback was the the luxury venue nestled into the mountains “took my breath away”. Sometimes it is really important to pull back, let down from the busyness of life, to remember beauty, smell fragrant herbs and flowers, indulge in some radical self-care.


Image shows the luxury eco-mansion whereThe Minim Rest. Work/life balance Coaching by Susan Wanmer was held
The Minim Rest. Work/life balance Coaching by Susan Wanmer


The weird thing is that, sometimes when there is less going on, the body and mind start to unwind and for some part of you, that can feel unusual, or you could feel ‘vulnerable’. However, we flowed through the weekend with plenty of free time, delicious live food and beverages carefully selected to maximise energy and minimise caffeine withdrawal, tiredness or potential headaches.

And, we negotiated ‘vulnerability’ with grace, style  and wisdom. What does that mean? That means than rather than rushing back to the rushing around lifestyle, we were able to pause, to breathe, and to let the other aspects of self speak out….

The outcome? Dreams were hatched…..hearts were connected. Now we begin a new event and a new phase for everyone to see what can hatch when you ‘Pause’. An 8 week “Challenge’ for practical work/life balance tips starts up this week, with a webinar on Wednesday 7 pm. To find out more, contact Susan on 0410 570 441!