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SomaChi Yoga Studio Collingwood

The SomaChi Yoga Studio is situated in Collingwood Melbourne. It offers Vinyasa style Yoga classes, 200 and 500 hour RYT YA accredited Yoga Teacher Training and Meditation.

The two unique Vinyasa style Yoga classes, are contemporary influences for a strong, fluid practice, known as SomaChi Yoga. The Other with a traditional Ashtanga influence, stated simply as Vinyasa.

Lianne Metcalf founded SomaChi Yoga in 2000 and the first SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training commenced in 2004.

SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training is now approaching its 11th year ( 2015 ) and has highly experienced tutors that specialise in their fields.  With the ever growing demands for yoga teacher training, SomaChi is proud to maintain a tried and tested integral approach, and is committed to the continual growth for the delivery of highly educated and inspired teachers.

Siddhartha’s Intent

Siddhartha's Intent Australia is a nonprofit organisation (SIA) ,offering students of Buddhism regular structured programs for study and practice. The hub of SIA activity is the Brunswick Heads Centre in northern New South Wales. The centre offers weekly study and practice programs as well as regular weekend workshops.

Weekly programs are also held at Southern Cross University in nearby Lismore and throughout Australia, including; Sydney (NSW), the Blue Mountains (NSW), Bellingen (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Brisbane (QLD), Adelaide (SA) Melbourne (Vic).

SIA distributes audio/visual materials of Buddhist seminars given by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and other affiliated teachers.

Khyentse Foundation

Khyentse Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of Buddhist study, practice and scholarship throughout the world.
Founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2001, its primary aim is to extend the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion as widely as possible, in order to benefit all beings.

The SomaChi Association of Australia Inc.

The SomaChi Association of Australia was established in 2004 to maintain high standards for the delivery and continual growth of SomaChi Yoga.

The SomaChi Association of Australia is committed to the development, growth and maintenance of the highest standards of the Certified Yoga Teachers of both SomaChi Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga from the SomaChi Yoga School.
This association is established to lead the SomaChi Yoga community, set and maintain high standards as a yoga teacher and practitioner, foster integrity, provide and uphold the teachings and growth of SomaChi and Vinyasa Yoga.

Dilgo Khyentse Fellowship - Shechen

Dilgo Khyentse Fellowship and its affiliated shechen branches throughout the world are dedicated to the continuation of the legacy of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and his Buddhist and charitable works.

Shechen is dedicated to the preservation and continuation of the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual and cultural heritage. In particular, our emphasis is on the Nyingma lineage of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments:

Firstly, on the level of a human being, His Holiness’ first commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. All human beings are the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering.
Secondly, on the level of a religious practitioner, His Holiness’ second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings.
Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and carries the name of the ‘Dalai Lama’. Therefore, his third commitment is to work to preserve Tibet's Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

Chogyam Trungpa

The founder of Shambhala was Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987). Trungpa Rinpoche was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus, important teachers of the Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned for its strong emphasis on meditation practice, the Kagyü lineage is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition to being a key teacher within the Kagyü lineage, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was also trained in the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four schools, and was an adherent of the rimay or "non-sectarian" movement within Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1990, at the urging of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's eldest son returned from a period of practice and study in Nepal to lead the community and direct the work Trungpa Rinpoche had begun.

The legacy of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche remains vital today in the institutions he founded, the teachings he presented, and the dedicated practice of his students. It is also being preserved for the benefit of future generations in the following ways:

Pema Chodron

Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. The Pema Chödrön Foundation is dedicating to preserving and sharing Pema’s inspiration and teachings in order that they might help us all awaken wisdom and compassion in ourselves and the world around us.
On this website you can learn more about Pema’s work, teachings, and publications, and the vision of the Pema Chödrön Foundation. The Pema Chödrön Foundation supports:

Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and whilst in her teens she became a Buddhist. In 1964, at the age of twenty, she decided to go to India to pursue her spiritual path.
There she met her Guru, His Eminence the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche, a great Drukpa Kagyu lama, and became one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun.

Tenzin Palmo's vision was to found a Nunnery to give young nuns of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage the opportunity to realise their intellectual and spiritual potential after so many centuries of neglect and to reinstate at the Nunnery the 'Togdenma' (yogini) tradition.

The Nunnery’s name Dongyu Gatsal Ling translates as 'Delightful Garden of the Authentic Lineage'. This name was bestowed on the Nunnery by His Eminence the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrup Nyima when Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo founded the Nunnery in January 2000.

Zapchen Somatics

The practices and principles of Zapchen Somatics are a direct approach to embodying well-being, otherwise referred to as "feeling as good as you can...in spite of everything."
Zapchen is a practice lineage -- that is, in Western terms, a shaped collection of exercises -- designed to deepen well-being progressively and, where appropriate, to support that disjunct shift in perception from local to non-local called "waking up."

These practices have arisen through the explorations of Julie Henderson, PhD and her close colleagues over the last twenty years. The methods that she has developed have some aspects of psychotherapy, of bodywork, of sex and relationship counseling, some aspects of a yoga, of meditative practice and mind training, and some aspects of an exploratory form of research integral with experience.

Zapchen Somatics and zapchen.com are offered by Julie Henderson, PhD, and her students

World Society for Protection of Animals WSPA

Our vision: a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals exists to tackle animal cruelty across the globe. We work directly with animals and with the people and organisations that can ensure animals are treated with respect and compassion.
With your support, we campaign effectively to combat the world’s most intense and large-scale animal welfare issues.

We bring about lasting change by:

  • helping people understand the critical importance of good animal welfare
  • encouraging nations to commit to animal-friendly practices building the scientific case for the better treatment of animals.

Animals Australia

Animals Australia is Australia's foremost national animal protection organisation, representing some 40 member societies and thousands of individual supporters. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.

‘ Animals Australia’s vision is a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect and are free from cruelty. We believe that we can create a kinder world for all by fostering respect for animals and that our treatment of animals reflects who we are as individuals and as a society. ‘

Save A Dog

Save-A-Dog Scheme (SADS) is a community-based not-for-profit animal welfare organisation that saves hundreds of dogs and cats from being killed every year. We have a no-kill philosophy and provide veterinary care to sick or injured animals so they can live out their natural lifespan.
SADS was established in 1985 to offer a humane alternative to the killing of unwanted dogs, especially dogs of good temperament, that would otherwise be destroyed at pounds and shelters.

Oscar’s Law

Oscar’s law is a campaign that enables everyone to make a stand and tell the Government that "We do not want companion animals factory farmed anymore” and "We no longer want the pet industry to mislead us about what is acceptable for our animals”.
You can help fight the killing of healthy, rehomeable pets in Australia's pounds, promote rescue organisations and shelters as the first option to adopting, and change the way Australians gets their pets. Adoption is the intelligent alternative to impulse buying. No puppy factory whether it is 'clean', 'model', 'state of the art' or otherwise is the answer for mans best friend.

Somaticah Yoga

Somaticah Yoga has its roots in the teachings of SomaChi Yoga.  Somaticah is influenced and inspired by the Somatic practices and teachings  of Lianne Metcalf the founder of SomaChi Yoga , Julie Henderson and Tibetan Buddhism.
Somaticah is born out of these teachings.

Leesa Selwyn is the founder of Somaticah Yoga and has been involved with SomaChi yoga for 12 years.

Yoga @ Source2Soul

Linda Keyes-Tilley the founder of Yoga @ Source2Soul began practicing yoga in 2000 . Linda is a qualified SomaChi Yoga Instructor RYT200 trained by the Founder and Director of SomaChi Yoga School, Lianne Metcalf.

Linda’s Mrelbourne based classes, workshops and private sessions  are physically active, energy focused, nurturing and considered.

Creative Yoga

Creative Yoga offers SomaChi, Vinyassa, Hatha, General Flow Yoga and Meditation. Choose Group, Private or Corporate/Special Event Classes.

Abbie is a Senior teacher at SomaChi and teaches and co-ordiates the Beginners course and Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) course. Abbie recently ran a Yoga retreat and component of the YTT in Bir, India, which involved Yoga, meditation, Trekking, Paragliding and Ecstatic Dance.