A great starting point for BEGINNERS, or if you''re re-starting your practice after a break, working with an injury, or maybe just want to stick to a softer-style practice. We encourage you out of your brain, and cultivate a connection with your body. Expect MINDFUL movement, functional stretching and mobility - gently lengthening muscles & loosening joints, guided breath work and gentle guidance in some of the less-threatening yoga poses, with modifications made to keep them accessible and safe for YOU, in the body you’re in right now.
Emphasis is on correct technique, learning about the movements as you go while honouring where your body is, with your practice. A great lead-up if you wish to progress toward the OPEN class - though that isn’t necessarily the ultimate goal.
NOT SURE ?
If you''re wondering whether to take it up a notch and move onto a stronger class, ask yourself:
"Do I finish class feeling like I wanted more intensity?"
"Do I know most of the poses we practice regularly in class, by name - and how they should correctly be executed?"
"Do I really need to go up, or am I actually quite enjoying my practice just as it is?"
"Is my ego / ambition making this decision for me, or is my body actually craving the next level?"
"Am I still carrying that chronic injury (and should I continue to nurture it in a lower level class)?"
"How is my practice serving me at the moment?"
PLEASE ask your teacher if you''re not sure which class is appropriate for your current practice, and if we think you''ve made an inappropriate choice, we''ll discuss it with you.
This Hatha style class (inspired by, and often including parts of the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa styles) infuses traditional yoga poses with safety principles. This well-rounded practice offers more in terms of physical intensity, as well as delving deeper into the other rich aspects of the Yoga practice.
As this is not a class recommended for beginners, there is an assumed prior Yoga experience and knowledge of one''s own limitations in class.
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays 9:30am
Saturdays 8am (75mins)
Yoga and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be the most incredible time in a woman’s life. It’s a time for nurturing, slowing down and listening to your body with your intuitive ear. Yoga during pregnancy connects women with their breath, their bodies and their baby by offering safe, simple and effective exercises to strengthen and relax your rapidly changing body, preparing you for your best possible birthing outcome. If you’re expecting a baby, we welcome you to join in our GENTLE CLASSES (Tues 10:30am and Sat 9:30am), and our Prenatal Yoga-trained teachers will guide you through relevant and appropriate modifications to ensure the practice is safe and effective. All women at any stage in their pregnancy are welcome - even during attempted conception.
If the class times are inconvenient, or you''re experiencing pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), high blood pressure, are carrying twins or are experiencing discomfort and/or immobility in your third trimester, we recommend PRIVATE SESSIONS so that we can tailor a program to meet your specific needs. Please enquire.
TEENS Yoga (High school age) Course
The ideal Yoga class for stressed out High School aged girls and boys.
The physical aspects of Teens Yoga will stretch, strengthen and tone your body - which complements the sport you play by increasing focus and preventing injury AND is ideal for desk-sitters and slouchers.
Aside from the physical benefits, teenagers learn tools for coping with the unique issues they''re faced with everyday: exams & expectations, stressful schedules & situations, friendships and relationships, and the enormous pressure to fit in.
We provide a safe, fun space where they don’t need to overachieve - and offer tools to develop focus, deal with pressure, stress and anxiety AND develop focus and confidence.
They’ll truly relax with a combination of movement, breathing and gentle meditation techniques.
Course: Sundays 5pm - 6pm
RESTORATIVE Yoga workshops
Restorative Yoga is a clever manipulation of the nervous system - leading to deep relaxation, when all the organ systems of the body are benefited. A few of the measurable physical results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, insomnia and general fatigue; improved immune function, digestion, fertility, elimination, and an increase of the "good cholesterol" levels. The emotional benefits are way beyond measure.
Restorative yoga is a chance to deepen the connection with your body, minimising our habitual tendency to go stronger, harder, faster, more… and to in fact actively and intentionally do nothing.
When given the chance to emerge, our inborn relaxation response provides a soothing, healing effect on the body, mind and spirit.
People heal because we take the metaphoric weight from the body, allowing it to find balance/homeostasis and reducing blood pressure. Beyond Doctors and medication - the body knows how to heal itself. The nervous system needs nurturing. The pose is just the strategy to allow the body to do what it wants to do.
Savouring in restorative poses for longer it is a time to cultivate a compassionate self enquiry: to listen to your body AND your spirit with your intuitive ear and connect with your inner wisdom – what needs healing or restoring?
Restorative Yoga involves extensive use of Yoga props (bolsters, blankets, blocks etc) - so we literally support, cushion and cradle the body, we cover you up and leave you there for around 20 minutes. We’re looking to reach the point where the physical body can completely relax, which initiates and facilitates healing on deeper levels including stress and emotions.
Restorative Yoga is highly recommended for any and everyone, regardless of previous yoga experience.
YIN Yoga workshops
Often likened to a needleless acupuncture session, YIN Yoga is a powerful practice in physical and emotional release. Suitable for all levels of Yoga students, these popular workshops always shake things up ... and then let them settle beautifully in their proper place again.
Yin Yoga is designed to "juice up" your joints and connective tissues (fascia), and in turn energizes your major organs and unblocks the major meridians in the body.
As each posture is held for a minimum of 3-5 minutes, it encourages mindfulness in one''s practice, while giving you the opportunity to feel, explore and meditate in each posture.
Each workshop targets different meridians in the body, which in turn have various physical and mental effects on us. .
Who will enjoy YIN Yoga?
You''ll really enjoy Yin Yoga if you:
- Enjoy the FEELING at the end of a Restorative Practice (though it''s definitely not the same as Restorative)
- Look for the rewarding feeling of a CHALLENGE
- Have areas of tension in your body that need UNWINDING
- Enjoy the FEELING of a really deep stretch, and the long-lasting effect of deep OPENERS
- Enjoy the MEDITATIVE aspect of Yoga
- Need some SOUL FOOD
OUR PRACTICE TIPS for Yin Yoga:
There are three crucial things to remember as you practice Yin, regardless of your previous Yoga experience:
1. Come into a pose to your appropriate edge, in a respectful way.
2. Become still, just as you would during meditation.
3. Stay for a while, as you would for an acupuncture session. In the beginning aim for three to five minutes, but if one minute is enough, start there and grow into two minutes.
I just wanted to say thanks for yesterday’s partner class. I really enjoyed it. It was a really fun, interactive class that added another dimension to yoga.
I am really enjoying yoga and looking forward to each lesson of the new term. I feel it is doing me much good.
I have to tell you that I''m loving Debbie''s 6:30am class. As much as I dislike getting up so early, it is worth it for the obvious benefits that we know & love, but Debbie is great.
I’m floating through my Monday after Teens Yoga the night before.
The Wed 7pm Beginner course with Jo was particularly good. I enjoyed the way that it progressed. Although, it was aimed at beginners, I found the poses sufficiently challenging and the environment encouraging and supportive. After each week I had an extraordinary feeling of wellbeing and peace that I was able to carry with me into the following days. I have attended yoga classes in the past but had never really derived such a sense of satisfaction with the practice before.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your teaching, wisdom, encouragement and love have lifted me up.
Thanks so much for the 1-day Retreat yesterday. I got comments from several people at work, on how relaxed I looked today.
You cannot believe how much more relaxed and focussed I am when I return to work after your classes. Thank you for bringing Yoga to our workplace.
Our prenatal yoga sessions together were really helpful. Thanks so much for your help - it really made a difference to my birth experience.
I love the fact that you are always looking for
ways to encourage our practice, but also that you give so much of yourself to us in the class.