BLACK LOTUS STUDIOS IS AN ACCREDITED IYENGAR YOGA SCHOOL.
We offer in-studio and live stream classes, courses, intensives, workshops, retreats, private sessions and open studio practice times ranging from beginners to advanced and teacher training.
Black Lotus Yoga Studio is located right in the heart of Marrickville, Sydney, Australia.
Close to buses and Marrickville train station. On street parking is available close by.
The studio entrance is through the wooden gate down Stinson Lane and right next to the house at 61 Warren road. Walk down the side street and you’ll see the gate with our logo. The gate will be unlocked half an hour before class begins. Press the button on the handle to open the gate and come in.
Meet the Teachers
What We offer
Why Choose Us
In a yoga class or course
Our classes will introduce you to a method of yoga practice where we align our bodies with the beautiful and harmonious hatha yoga asanas or postures. Each asana is unique to itself and its shape. There are roughly sixty main asanas and literally thousands of variations on them. We think of asanas in groups: for example, ‘forward bends’ ‘backbends’ ‘inversions’ ‘standing’ or ‘restorative’. A class is usually made up of a skilfully created sequence taken from these groups. Class sequences consider external influences (like weather, season, time of day) and individual circumstances (injuries, emotional state, age, fitness, menstruation etc.) and through experience and training your teacher will be able to adapt the details to work with your particular circumstances and will also challenge and extend you.
lets get physical ...
An asana is a shape we strive to achieve with our bodies but to get there we must, as they say, give it our all! To practice hatha yoga is to connect fully and wholeheartedly with our every action: physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. When we are in an asana we mirror the physical qualities of each asana in the less tangible parts of ourselves as well. With practice we can see what is in our way, what is limiting us on a deeper level. We understand how inextricably linked our bodies are to our minds and by working directly with our bodies we can understand our selves better. How we think is clearly expressed in our bodies and changing our body also changes our thinking.
Each individual asana expresses an almost archetypal or primal shape. For the time that we are in an asana, we become that shape. The process is creative, and over time, and with through daily practice we will experience all the possibilities of our unique and individual selves. For example, a backbend opens the chest, cracks open our hard upper back shell and softens our heart. A forward bend asks us to look deep within and dissolve resistance, denial and demand. A headstand will turn things literally upside down, asking you to visualise your body differently, question long-held beliefs, and discover compassion along the way. Standing poses give us legs to stand on and the courage to move forward with confidence. While this practice aspires to bring us into our full potential, along the way we are brought into contact with what we are feeling and where we really are. We may not always like what we feel and see, but this discomfort, in turn, helps us understand ourselves better. This amazing and potent practice offers a pathway for transforming negative or destructive mind states into a more balanced and harmonious expression of our creative selves.
Not just muscles!
Western science has classified the organisation of our bodies into 11 main ‘systems’: Skeletal, Muscular, Respiratory, Circulatory, Nervous, Digestive, Immune, Reproductive, Endocrine, Exocrine and Renal. When we practice yoga asana we stimulate and energise all these systems, and this helps them to function, naturally, in harmony and in good health. So while the strengthening of muscles is important, when we practice yoga we develop a deeper comprehension and respect for how the body functions as a whole, a kind of ‘community’ where each part is interdependent on every other part. Further to this while yoga is undeniably physical, our pathway in to feeling and understanding is through awareness, our consciousness if you like.
What Our Clients Say About Us
Over the years, and throughout the Covid crisis, Sue-ellen at Black Lotus has steered the students, the classes with a light touch. Her teaching is deep and disciplined. Her understanding about the body in general, and my body in particular has allowed me to experiment with movement, action, strength and flexibility in a way that has advanced my yoga practice.
I am a long-time student with the studio and throughout the years I have experienced a consistently high quality of yoga teaching; the teachers are skilled and intuitive, they teach the whole class and yet are able to give students individual attention. My own yoga practice needs have varied greatly over the years and I have had unwavering support from all of the teachers and also the necessary instruction to develop more insight and understanding of Iyengar yoga. The studio space is beautiful and well equipped, allowing for a calm and rewarding yoga practice.
I have attended many over the years and this is by far the best. It is a beautiful studio in a serene and friendly space next to a peaceful garden setting and is well equipped with props for extra support. The teachers are highly experienced and trained with have a deep and precise knowledge of their practice. They teach with care, warmth and humour, and always adjust to the varying needs and abilities of their students. There is even the occasional visit by Sue Ellen’s darling cat and dog which adds to the fun. I always feel more aligned, stronger and uplifted after my sessions. I cannot recommend this place enough.
As yoga is a practice, it is difficult for me to put into words - it is a practice that contains everything. What I can say, is that I couldn't imagine my life without it. .
She has kept me fit and healthy and will continue to do so well into my 80s which will be next year. Sue-ellen has the ability to essentially care for each individual, being aware of any personal difficulties or injuries and ensuring that we all manage to enjoy and improve our strength in mind and body. I couldn’t imagine ever stopping yoga practise. Her zooming classes have been invaluable for all of us. She has created a supportive atmosphere and her purposely built studio is a pleasure.
They provide a necessary time-out to appreciate the unity of body and mind through the focus on detail, precision and alignment that the Iyengar discipline provides.
It's a special place: a beautiful, peaceful, purpose-built studio in the inner West under the guidance of the superlative teacher Sue-ellen Koehler. All the members of the team are highly-skilled practitioners who're caring and encouraging and always make the time to consider any injuries and current difficulties and provide alternatives or support. There's a real sense of community and a shared vision for growth in practice and in self.
Sue-ellen came highly recommended by another Iyengar yoga teacher, who had to leave Sydney. Sue-ellen definitely lives up to the recommendation. I find her classes beneficial to my yoga development and enjoyment. She gives excellent descriptions of asanas and corrective feedback. I highly recommend Sue-ellen and Black Lotus to any yogi, whether a beginner or experienced.
Sue Ellen is particularly good at helping students adapt their practice to suit particular conditions and issues, while still teaching in a way that extends and challenges.
My main reason was to slow the loss of flexibility that comes with old age. It worked! I am now 82 and continue to benefit from the wisdom and teaching skills of Sue-Ellen in twice weekly classes. I only wish I had taken up yoga with her when I was younger.
I am very grateful I am very appreciative Thank you, one breath and one asana at a time
JOIN OUR ONLINE CLASSES
Right now the face to face classes have been suspended due to COVID lockdown conditions.
Classes are being offered via livestream. Please enrol and we will send you a zoom link.