Water restrictions from 18 Sep 2018 - Water restrictions apply to all Council water supply schemes:

Medium level (200 litres/person/day) - Brookstead, Cambooya, Cecil Plains, Clifton, Greenmount, Hodgson Vale (includes Top Camp), Pittsworth, Southbrook, Vale View & Yarraman schemes.

Continuation of permanent conservation measures (200 litres/person/day) - Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply Scheme (Oakey, Jondaryan, Haden, Crows Nest, Highfields, Kingsthorpe, Gowrie Junction, Meringandan, Toowoomba City, Westbrook and Goombungee)

The CHANGE Project activities

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Our State (Heart Foundation) and National (Parks & Leisure Australia) award-winning CHANGE Project provide residents of Toowoomba Region with a wide range of low-cost activities to encourage everyone to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.  The program provides activities to suit a wide variety of fitness levels. Bookings are required.  Click on the blue headings to find activities of interest.

Win a 10 CHANGE Project class pass

Join our e-newsletter to go into the draw (drawn monthly) to win a 10 CHANGE Project class pass.  To join, register online here or email change@tr.qld.gov.au

Two editions of the Healthy & Active Directory are released each year - the spring/summer edition and the autumn/winter edition.  

Download the current edition here: The CHANGE Project - Healthy & Active Directory Spring/Summer 2018-19

Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens

Where: 22a Goggs St, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 9am - 11am
Cost: $10 per annum
Contact: Linda - phone 07 4635 9730, email hello@toga.org.au, online Toowoomba community organic gardens website / Facebook page

Learn about organic gardening, permaculture, composting, worm farming, growing your own fruit and vegetables, plus much more.  Meet at the tool shed and ask to speak to a committee representative.

The $10 annual fee includes a complimentary newsletter subscription, social event invitations, and the opportunity to hire a plot, or to help out in the common areas.  No previous experience with gardening is required.

 

Pittsworth Landcare Community Garden

Where: St Andrews Church Grounds, Hume St, Pittsworth
When:

  • September - Sunday, 3pm
  • October to March - Sunday, 4pm

Contact: Carol - phone 0427 237 767 or email pittsworthcommunitygarden@outlook.com.au

 

Heights Community Centre Community Garden

Where: 16 Wine Dr, Wilsonton Heights
Contact: Phone 07 4634 7672, email hccreception@bigpond.com, website www.heightscommunitycentre.wordpress.com

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FOODcents

foodcentsgoombungeegroup2015spreadoffoodThis is a free Australian Red Cross course run over six weeks.  Learn about basic nutrition, ways to shop on a limited budget and how to prepare tasty, easy to make, healthy foods.  Courses are fun and social and include an interactive information session followed by cooking a healthy meal.

Courses will be conducted if there is sufficient community interest.  If you are interested, contact Christine Steel  P 0467 773 328 E csteel@redcross.org.au 

Watch the following video to find out more about the course.

Discover ways to foster optimism, increase resilience and bring more positive emotions to your life through our Flourish meet-up sessions!

2018-2019 sessions will take place on the first Saturday of each month at Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, from 10.30am-11.30am.  The cost is $3 per person with the dates and topics as follows:

2018

  • 6 October: GRIT! Talent vs Perseverance
  • 3 November: Meditation for Wellbeing (special event)
  • 1 December: Now is the time for more meaningful living

2019

  • 5 January: Gettin 'jiggy' with goals
  • 2 February: Claim your zest and vitality
  • 2 March: Use your strengths to improve your life now! 
  • 6 April: Engaged living for every relationship status
  • 4 May: Wellbeing is the new RICH
  • 1 June: Mindset mastery

For more information, contact Namaste on 0423 537 564 or via email at Namaste@yessuccess.com.au.

Resilience Guided Meditation

Journey towards a stronger, more confident, inner self with 'Resilience Guided Meditation'.

Where: Toowoomba City Library, level 3, Meeting Room 2, Toowoomba
When:

  • Monday, 8 October, 9.30am - 11am
  • Wednesday, 24 October, 9.30am - 11am

Cost: $5
For more information, contact Vicki on 0417 002 315 or email vicki@newbeginningswithvicki.com.au.

Want to ride to places but don't know how?  Get together with a volunteer Bike Buddy for one-on-one coaching.

To join or find out more contact Bicycle Queensland by emailing bikebuddies@bq.org.au

Peter Watts Criterium Track

Practice your riding skills in an off-road environment on beginner to advanced loops (Harvey Rd, Glenvale).

Ride to work in the CBD?

The Toowoomba City Library Cycle Hub offers riders secure parking and amenities.  For membership details visit our Cycle Hub webpage.

Toowoomba City Golf Club Walk & Cycle Way

Check out the new 3m-wide pathway perfect for walkers and cyclists along the Toowoomba City Golf Club (eastern boundary).

Beginners group ride (25kms)

Where: Bikeline, 13 Railway St, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 5.30am - 6.30am
Cost: Free
Contact: Bikeline - phone 0407 674 034 or view www.bikeline.com.au

TRBUG social ride (minimum 25kms)

Where: Park next to Toowoomba Art Gallery, Ruthven St, Toowoomba
When:

  • Friday & Sunday (weekly): 7am (Autumn) & 7.30am (Winter) 
  • 1st & 3rd Sunday (each month): 6.30am (Summer), 7am (Autumn & Spring) & 7.30am (Winter)

Cost: Free
Contact: Toowoomba Region Bicycle Users Group Inc. - phone 0402 676 578 or email info@trbug.org.au

  

Body-weight Bootcamp

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park, Highfields
When: Monday, 9.30am
Cost: $3
Contact: Sue - phone 0424 737 858 or email newbatch69@hotmail.com

Cambooya Bootcamp

Where: Paterson Memorial Park, Lot 10 George St, Cambooya
When: Monday, 3.30pm
Cost: $3
Contact: Larnie - phone 0423 636 183 or email mollyandlarnie@outlook.com

Fit Class

Where: 3 Cherry St, Oakey
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, 6.30pm
Cost: $5
Contact: Renee - phone 0408 452 094 or email reneegraham24@gmail.com 

Flex & Flow Bootcamps

Where & when:

  • Centenary Park, Westbrook - Wednesday, 6pm - 6:45pm
  • Black Gully Reserve, Toowoomba - Friday, 2pm - 2:45pm

Cost: $3
Contact: Paul & Coralee - phone 0458 600 001 or email flexflowpt@gmail.com

HardCore

Where: Coronation Park, Stephen St, Harristown
When: Monday, 9am
Cost: $5
Contact: Majenta - phone 0427 735 600 or email theowlfit@gmail.com

Harristown Bootcamp

Where: Coronation Park, Stephen St, Harristown
When: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 9am - 10am
Cost: $5
Contact: Majenta - phone 0427 735 600 or email theowlfit@gmail.com

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Class (for beginners)

Where: Queens Park (Auditorium), Margaret St, Toowoomba
When: Thursday, 4.30pm
Cost: $3, bookings essential
Contact: Rebecca - phone 0400 257 782 or email beccy-star@hotmail.com

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Class (running & boxing)

Where: Coronation Park, Stephen St, Harristown
When: Thursday, 8.30am - 9am
Cost: $3
Contact: Majenta -phone 0427 735 600 or email theowlfit@gmail.com

Highfields Bootcamp

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park, Highfields
When: Monday, 9.15am
Cost: $3
Contact: Sammy - phone 0499 911 556 or email sammytpt@outlook.com

Ladies Fitness Class

Where: Victory Life Building, 8 Hume St, Northlands Shopping Centre, Toowoomba
When: Thursday, 5.30pm
Cost: Free, bookings essential
Contact: Ruth - phone 0401 301 038 or email ruthcfs@gmail.com

Mixed Equipment Circuit Training

Where: Captain Cook Reserve (Near Moran St entry)
When: Wednesday, 6am - 6.30am (Starting Wed Oct 2, 2018)
Cost: $3
Contact: Anna - phone 0423 305 465 or email anna.myfitqueen@gmail.com

Queens Park Bootcamp

Where: Frogs Hollow (cnr Margaret & Hume Sts), Toowoomba
When: Thursday, 9.15am
Cost: $3
Contact: Sammy - phone 0499 911 556 or email sammytpt@outlook.com

The Works Bootcamp

Where: USQ Works, 20 Baker St, Darling Heights 
When: Wednesday, 5.30pm
Cost: $5
Contact: USQ Works - phone 07 4688 0700 or email theworks@studentguild.com.au 

Wilsonton Bootcamp

Where: Captain Cook Reserve (open space off Moran St carpark), Wilsonton
When: Wednesday, 4pm
Cost: $3
Contact: Sara - phone 0416 323 656 or email sara0786@hotmail.com

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Ready to go from couch to 5km? Start pounding the pavement with a friendly and welcoming running activity - parkrun. Parkrun is perfect for people of all fitness abilities, from beginners to experienced runners as participants are able to walk or run the course. Each week, runs are coordinated by an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers and everyone is welcome to stick around for a coffee and chat afterwards. To help measure your progress towards achieving your health and running goals, parkrun also provides the option for your runs to be timed each week.

Location, times and registration information is included below:

Highfields parkrun

Where: Kratzke Oval, Kratzke Rd, Highfields
When: Saturday, 7am - 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Ian - phone 0459 587 845 or email highfieldsoffice@parkrun.com
Register: parkrun website

Oakey parkrun

Where: Arthur Shooter Park, Stanley St, Oakey
When: Saturday, 7am - 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Zoe - phone 0433 154 058 or email oakeyoffice@parkrun.com 
Register: parkrun website

Pittsworth parkrun

Where: Pittsworth Showground (canteen area), Pittsworth
When: Saturday, 7am - 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Jaime - phone 0437 210 572 or email jfing21@eq.edu.au
Register: parkrun website

South Toowoomba parkrun

Where: Middle Ridge Park, Stenner St, Toowoomba
When: Saturday, 7am - 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Robbie - phone 0419 023 487 or email southtoowoombaoffice@parkrun.com
Register: parkrun website 

Toowoomba parkrun

Where: Queens Park (off Lindsay St), Toowoomba
When: Saturday, 7am - 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Margaret - phone 0407 645 656 or email toowoombaoffice@parkrun.com
Register: parkrun website

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Get together with friends and family and join in the annual Peak2Park fundraiser run/walk held on the first Sunday in March each year!  Free and low-cost training sessions are available in the lead-up to this event.

For details visit the Peak2Park website.  

  

Where & when: 

  • Highfields Hub, 55 Highfields Rd, Highfields - Monday, 9.15am
  • Greek Orthodox Hall, cnr Perth & Hume Sts, Toowoomba - Tuesday, 9.15am

Cost: $5 (children welcome to attend)
Contact: Sammy - phone 0499 911 556 or email sammytpt@outlook.com 

Where & when:

  • Middle Ridge Park, Toowoomba - Wednesday, 8am
  • Queens Park (Botanic Gardens), Toowoomba - Wednesday, 9.30am

Cost: $3, bookings for all sessions are essential
Contact: Michelle - phone 0458 111 012 or email private.training@icloud.com

Strollercise 

Where: Meet at Willows Health & Lifestyle Centre, 55-57 Kitchener St, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 10am
Cost: $3
Contact: Tahlia - phone 07 4639 2233 or email tahlia@willowshealth.com.au

BJMA Muay Thai

Where: St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, cnr Phillip & James Sts, Toowoomba
When: 

  • Monday, 5pm - 6pm
  • Wednesday, 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Thursday, 5pm - 6pm

Cost: First lesson is free, then $5 per future session, bookings required
Contact: Ron - phone 0408 004 132 or email kb_kaz@hotmail.com

Where: Westbrook Hall, 114 Main St, Westbrook
When: 

  • Wednesday, 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Thursday, 6pm - 7.30pm

Cost: First lesson is free, then $5 per future session, bookings required
Contact: Ron - phone 0408 004 132 or email kb_kaz@hotmail.com

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Where: Oakey Cultural Centre, Campbell St, Oakey
When: Monday & Wednesday, 5.30pm - 6.15pm
Cost: Adult $5, child $4
Contact: Jody - phone 0439 913 254 or email rickymead@dr.com 

Active Seniors

Where: Brodribb Retirement Village, 13 Goggs St, Newtown
When: Tuesday, 11am - 11.45am
Cost: $5
Contact: Jan - phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com

Revitalise It program for 55yrs+

Monthly sessions supporting Seniors in maintaining healthy and happy bodies and minds.
Where: The Fridge, 59 Brook St, Toowoomba 
When: Once a month
Cost: $5
Contact: Shelley - phone 0409 581 616 or email smfitnwell@outlook.com

Turn back time (Boxing - over 55s)

Where: The Fridge, 59 Brook St, Toowoomba
When: Monday, 9am
Cost: $5
Contact: Shelley - phone 0409 581 616 or email smfitnwell@outlook.com

Turn back time (Circuit)

Where: The Fridge, 59 Brook St, Toowoomba
When: Thursday, 11am
Cost: $5
Contact: Shelley - phone 0409 581 616 or email smfitnwell@outlook.com

Turn back time (Restorative Stretch & Meditation over 55s)

Where: The Fridge, 59 Brook St, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday, 9am & Sat, 7am
Cost: $5
Contact: Shelley - phone 0409 581 616 or email smfitnwell@outlook.com

Cancer Rehabilitation Walk

Where: Meet at Willows Health & Lifestyle Centre, 55-57 Kitchener St, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 9am
Cost: $3
Contact: Tahlia - phone 07 4639 2233 or email tahlia@willowshealth.com.au

Energise

The Energise classes are tailored for all fitness levels.  For information on what the Energise classes are all about, watch the following video:

 

Where: St Monica's Parish Hall, 73 Lorrimer St, Oakey
When: Friday, 7.30am - 8.30am
Cost: $5
Contact: Cass - phone 0429 888 892 or email cassandra.keighran@live.com  

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park (Clubhouse), Cabarlah Park Rd, Highfields
When: Tuesday & Thursday, 8am - 9am
Cost: $3
Contact: Jan - phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com

Where: Newtown Park, Holberton St, Newtown
When: Friday, 8am - 9am
Cost: $3
Contact: Jody - phone 0402 144 527 or email resolutionsfitness01@gmail.com

Where: Laurel Bank Park, Hill St, Toowoomba
When: Monday & Wednesday, 8am - 9am
Cost: $3
Contact: Jody - phone 0402 144 527 or email resolutionsfitness01@gmail.com

Where: Shapes Women's Gym (opposite Coles), Central Plaza, Highfields
When: Wednesday & Friday, 9.30am - 10.30am
Cost: $5
Contact: Jan - phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com 

Where: Brownesholme Village, Highfields Rd, Highfields
When: Tuesday, 9.30am - 10.15am
Cost: $5
Contact: Jan - phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com 

Where: Willows Health & Lifestyle Centre, 55-57 Kitchener St, Toowoomba
When: 

  • Monday, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Wednesday, 11am - 12noon
  • Friday, 11.15am - 12.15pm 

Cost: $5
Contact: Ashley - phone 07 4638 3777 or email Ashley@visionhealth.com.au

Where: Crows Nest Community & RSL Centre,William St, Crows Nest
When: Monday, 11am - 12noon
Cost: $3
Contact: Jan - phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@qmail.com 

Trail Yoga

Where: Various bushland parks across the Toowoomba Region
When: Varies
Cost: Varies
Contact: Bella - phone 0409 797 764 or email explore@wellnessadventuresaustralia.com.au
Details: Bookings required

Heart Foundation walking groups

Joining a walking group is a fun, social and easy way to be active and best of all it's FREE! 

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If you’re interested in joining or finding out more about the walking groups listed below, please contact the Walk Organiser.

Crows Nest Flat Landers

Where: Post Office, 19 Curnow St, Crows Nest
When: Monday - Friday, 5.45am (60 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Evelyn - phone 07 4698 1274
Click here to join the Crows Nest Flat Landers Group online

East Creek OPAP Walkers

Where: East Creek Community Centre, 43 Kitchener St, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday, 8.45am (60 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Sally-Ann - phone 07 4639 2755 or email info@eastcreek.com.au
Click here to join the East Creek OPAP Walkers Group online

Goombungee Women Out Walking Group

Where: Goombungee Public Hall, Edward St, Goombungee
When: Thursday, 5pm (60 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Bernadette - phone 07 4696 5066
Click here to join the Goombungee Women Out Walking Group online

Grand Central Shopping Centre Walking Group

Where: Grand Central Shopping Centre, Customer Service Desk, Level 1 (near Mecca Maxima)
When: Wednesday, 7.30am (45 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Joanne - phone 0417 415 300
Please note: Commencing Wednesday 24 October 2018.  The best parking option is Hill Street, Level 1 entrance

Harlo Walkers

Where: Harlaxton Neighbourhood Centre, Harlaxton
When: Tuesday (Contact organiser for times as they vary) (30 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Matt - phone 07 4639 2868 or email harlaxtonnc@bigpond.com

Highfields Hoofers

Where: Peacehaven Park (rotunda), Kuhls Rd, Highfields
When: Monday & Thursday, 5pm (60 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Jan - phone 0447 710 441 or email janeric54@bigpond.com
Click here to join the Highfields Hoofers online

Oakey Pavement Pounders

Where: Busiko's Pharmacy, Campbell St, Oakey
When: Thursday, 4.45pm (30 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Tamara - phone 07 4691 1062 or email pharmacy@busikos.com
Click here to join the Oakey Pavement Pounders Group online

Pittsworth Walkers

Where: Steele St, Pittsworth
When: Thursday, 3.30pm (60 min walk) 
Cost: Free
Contact: Merle - phone 0416 013 020

Toowoomba Central Walkers

Where: Laurel Bank Park, Hill St, Toowoomba  
When: Tuesday & Thursday, 6.30am (30 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Barry - phone 0410 217 855 or email bm_herrmann@westnet.com.au
Click here to join the Toowoomba Central Walkers Group online

Toowoomba Hearty Ramblers

Where: Corner Crotty and Hume Sts, Centenary Heights
When: Monday - Friday, 6am (30 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Judy - phone 07 4635 9059
Click here to join the Toowoomba Hearty Ramblers Group online

Wilsonton Walkers

Where: Heights Community Centre, 16 Wine Dr, Wilsonton Heights
When: Wednesday, 7am (30 min walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Dorothy - phone 0499 773 454 or email Dorothy.soper@gmail.com

For more information on the Heart Foundation walking groups please watch the following video:

If there isn't a walking group in your area you can start your own group - for more information about starting a walking group contact us.  If you would like to walk on your own you can still join as a 'virtual walker' and track your progress online (and be rewarded for achieving walking milestones the same way as in a group).  Become a virtual walker here.

Like to walk solo?

The Heart Foundation walking app is a great way to help you track your steps, connect to health information, take part in events and campaigns, and stay motivated to take up and keep walking.

Read more about the Heart Foundation walking app.

All Abilities Konga Kids

Where: Trinity Church Hall, 266 Hume St, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Cost: $5 (suitable for 6-16yrs)
Contact: Di - phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

Cardio Kids

Where: Hound Dog Fit, 111 Yandilla St, Pittsworth
When: Wednesday, 3.30pm - 4.15pm (during school terms)
Cost: $5, bookings essential
Contact: Lindy - phone 07 4693 1199 or email lindy@hounddogfit.com.au

GETT Fit Kids (6-12 years)

Where: Lake Annand Park, Long St, South Toowoomba
When: Thursday, 4.30pm - 5.15pm 
Cost: $3, bookings essential 
Contact: Tash - phone 0451 438 801 or email enquiry@gettfitness.com.au

Jungle Body Konga Kids

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (Clubhouse) 
When: Wednesday, 3.30pm - 4.15pm 
Cost: $3 (suitable for 6-16yrs)
Contact: Di - phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

Rugbytots (2-7 years)

Where: Queens Park, Godsall St, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 9am-9.30am (fortnightly)

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park, Highfields
When: Wednesday, 9am-9.30am (fortnightly)

Cost: $3, bookings required
Contact: Brennan - phone 0488 163 083 or email darlingdowns@rugbytots.com.au

YouthConnect activities

Get together with friends and join upcoming YouthConnect activities, such as skateboarding workshops, pool parties, movie nights and much more!  For more information please visit our YouthConnect page.  

Zumba Gold

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (Clubhouse), Highfields
When: Tuesday, 9.30am 
Cost: $3
Contact: Di - phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

The design of this class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination.  It's perfect for active older adults, beginners and people with injuries or disabilities who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original move at a low-intensity.  Come ready to sweat and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.

Jungle Body (Burn/Konga) Low Impact

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (Clubhouse) 
When: 

  • Monday, 6.30pm
  • Thursday, 9.15am

Cost: $3
Contact: Di - phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

Pound

Fuses cardio interval training with drumming for a challenging, heart-pumping workout.

Where: Hound Dog Fit, 111 Yandilla St, Pittsworth
When: Wednesday, 2pm
Cost: $5
Contact: Lindy - phone 07 4693 1199 or email lindy@hounddogfit.com.au

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Laser skirmish fitness

Where: Tobruk Memorial Drive Park, Toowoomba
When: Thursday, 1pm - 1.45pm (fortnightly)
Cost: $3, suitable for children 7 years+ and adults, bookings essential
Contact: Barry - phone 0421 750 877 or email mockingjayskirmish@gmail.com

Brahma Kumaris Raja yoga meditation - beginners class 

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday, 10am - 11.30pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Phone 0420 719 622 or email brisbane@au.brahmakumaris.org 

Sahaja yoga meditation - beginners class

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Meeting Room 2, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday, 9.30am - 11am
Cost: Free
Contact: Phone 1300 724 252

Sahaja yoga meditation - intermediate class

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Meeting Room 2, Toowoomba
When:

  • Tuesday, 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday, 10am-11.30am

Cost: Free
Contact: Phone 1300 724 252

Meditation

Where: 1E Bernoth Centre (below Toyworld), 663 Ruthven St, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 7.15pm 
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesleigh - phone 07 4633 3701 or email lesyoga@icr.com.au

Hatha Yoga

Where: Zama Yoga, 67 Ramsay St, Toowoomba
When: Saturday, 4pm - 5pm
Cost: $5 (please bring a mat & towel)
Contact: Selena - phone 0435 757 326 or email toowoomba@zamayoga.com.au

Please note: Dr Uma will not be conducting  the following meditation sessions from Sat 15 September until Mon 1 Oct 2018.

Beginners Meditation

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr Uma - email toowoomba@heartfulness.org or view www.heartfulness.org

Intermediate Meditation

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Toowoomba
When: Sunday, 9am - 10am
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr Uma - email toowoomba@heartfulness.org or view www.heartfulness.org

Meditation

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Toowoomba
When: 

  • Beginners class: Tuesday, 11.30am - 12.30pm & Sun, 10am - 11.30am
  • Intermediate class: Tuesday, 9.30am - 11am 

Cost: Free
Contact: Phone 1300 724 252 or view www.freemeditation.com.au 

Saras - Meditation trainer from The CHANGE Project

 

People of The CHANGE Project - Saras (volunteer meditation teacher)

We interviewed Saras, the volunteer leader of the free weekly Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes at Toowoomba City Library.

What inspired you to start your personal journey with meditation?

My journey started in 2000 when I started to do meditation classes.  I joined these classes to help me manage work and the general stresses of life.  When the provider moved on I saw an opportunity to teach this technique, as I wanted to help others to enjoy the benefits of meditation and have a better life.

How would you describe meditation to people who don’t know what it is?

It’s not what most people think it is – sitting around cross-legged chanting and humming.  My meditation classes are practiced while sitting on a chair, and I guide people through some specific actions and thought processes to calm the mind.  True meditation is stopping your thoughts and being in the silence.  Normally your mind will not allow this silence to happen, but this can be learned quite quickly with regular practice of the type of meditation taught through my classes.

What are the benefits of meditation?

There's a large and growing body of research finding people who meditate regularly gain improved attention and concentration, reduced levels of anxiety, and an overall improved sense of wellbeing.  And these benefits seem to be felt after a relatively short amount of practice.  Just 10 minutes twice a day is all you need to put aside to practice Sahaja Yoga meditation and, within a matter of a few short weeks, you’ll start recognising the wonderful changes within yourself that practicing meditation can bring.

Who attends your classes?

Lots of different people attend my classes – young people to retirees, men and women, and people from various cultural backgrounds.  Some come to improve their health and wellbeing, others seeking to connect with their inner self.

What are the benefits of your classes?

Encouraging people to meditate daily and then coming together once a week for a collective meditation helps in starting and maintaining a regular meditation practice.  At classes, we also discuss how to overcome any obstacles they might have to their meditation, how to clear off their stress of the day and come back to being in a balanced state.  Sometimes we also watch videos and listen to CDs to help us continue to progress our meditation practice.

How do people attend your class?

Here in Toowoomba, we run meditation classes at the Toowoomba City Library on Tuesdays: Intermediate class from 9.30am-11am and Beginners class from 11.30am-12.30pm.  New beginner classes will start on Sundays, 10am-11:30am from 7 January 2018.  Each year, classes run for four terms of 8-10 weeks each, with a break in between.  Anyone can join the beginners class at any time and no bookings are required.

Outdoor gyms are a great way to get active while enjoying the great outdoors.  Check out an outdoor gym at a park near you:

 

Instructional workout videos

Look for the QR Code on the equipment at East Creek (Kitchener Street) and Black Gully parks and scan with your smartphone to watch an instructional workout video (also available below):  

Black Gully gym - aerobic walker

 

Black Gully gym - bench sit-ups

 

Black Gully gym - butterfly press

 

 

Black Gully gym - leg press

 

Black Gully gym - leg raises

 

Black Gully Park gym - modified push-ups

 

Black Gully Park gym - shoulder press

 

 

Black Gully Park gym - step-ups

 

 

Black Gully Park gym - stretch station and pull up bar

 

 

Black Gully Park gym - upright dips

 

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - sit-ups

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - cross trainer

 

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - freer runner

 

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - chin-ups

Health warning: You should satisfy yourself that you have a suitable fitness level, ability and skill before you undertake an activity.  If you have concerns in this regard, it is recommended that you seek appropriate independent advice, including medical advice.  You should not expect to receive such advice from Toowoomba Regional Council’s members, staff, contractors or agents, nor should you rely on any opinions expressed by them in relation to your fitness level, ability or skill to undertake an activity.

Healthy & Active Directory: Toowoomba Regional Council (“Council”} published the Healthy & Active Directory (“Directory”) and is not a provider of the services offered in the Directory, or a partner, contractor or agent of the listed providers.  Council does not make any warranty as to the services offered in the Directory.  Council has no control or responsibility as to if and when the services listed in the Directory are provided.  Council accepts no responsibility or liability for any dispute, damage lost, cost, expense, liability, demand, action, proceeding, injury, death or claim due to or arising out of, directly or indirectly, the actions or omissions (whether wilful, negligent or otherwise) of Council (including any of Council’s members, employees, contractors or agents) or participant (including yourself) or any provider.  The information contained in the Directory is subject to change.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 03 October 2018 10:53
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