ARE YOU NEW TO YOGA?
We recommend people who''ve NEVER done any Yoga before start with a BEGINNERS COURSE ideally, or several GENTLE classes.
It''s not about how fit or strong you are, it''s about learning the basics of Yoga technique and alignment - how to perform the poses properly and what''s important about them, AND about learning to listen in to your body as you go.
BEGINNERS Yoga Course
If you’ve never done Yoga before, this BEGINNER Yoga course is for you.
The ideal non-threatening starting point: You’ll be guided through:
* Basic Yoga technique and alignment
* English names of the poses - nothing tricky to remember.
* Learn about how these poses are beneficial, and which ones we avoid - when new to Yoga.
* Simple breathing and relaxation techniques.
* We’ll slow down enough to really listen in to our bodies (bypassing expectations) and explore self care instead.
* No crazy poses or taking you our of your comfort zone. This is genuinely for beginner Yogi’s - we promise.
A fun, approachable learning environment where every BODY is cared for & accepted, and you can ask as many questions as you need.
It will give you the confidence to say, “I do Yoga” - and to progress into other Yoga classes.
During times where there are no Beginner Courses running, we highly recommend you join the GENTLE Classes.
GENTLE Yoga Classes
Seriously gentle. We promise.
The ideal for:
- progressing from the Beginners Course
- re-starting your practice after a break
- working with an injury
- those who prefer a more relaxing-style Yoga practice.
Expect MINDFUL movement, functional stretching and mobility - gently lengthening muscles, loosening joints as you’re guided in some of the less-threatening Yoga poses.
We’ll coax you out of your brain to cultivate a connection with your body using guided breath work, and encourage modifications to keep things accessible and safe for YOU - in the body you’re in right now.
A great lead-up if you wish to progress toward the OPEN class - though that isn’t necessarily the ultimate goal.
OPEN Yoga Classes
This Hatha style class infuses traditional Yoga poses and styles with functional alignment 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.
Modifications are encouraged, though this is not an ideal class for beginners: there is an assumed prior Yoga experience and knowledge of one''s own limitations.
STRONGER / INTERMEDIATE Classes
Unsuitable for Beginners Yogi’s - you’ll benefit from this class if you’re a healthy, regular Yoga student confident in your technique and YOUR ability on the mat.
Expect a more complex level of sequencing, increased strength elements - and an all round energetic, fairly strong class.
NOT SURE ?
How is your practice serving you RIGHT NOW?
Like life - our bodies, our energy and therefore our Yoga NEEDS change from time to time.
If you’re finishing your practice feeling unsatisfied on some level …
If you''re wondering whether to take it up OR down a notch and move to a different class … ask yourself:
"Do I finish class feeling like I wanted MORE (more REST or more CHALLENGE)?”
"Do I know most of the poses we practice regularly in class, by name - and their correct execution?"
“Am I listening to my body, or am I listening to the “should’s” ?
"Am I still carrying that chronic injury (and should I continue to nurture it in a lower level class)?"
"Do I really need a change after all, or am I enjoying my practice just as it is?"
PLEASE ask your teacher if you''re not sure which class is appropriate for your current practice. If we think you''ve made an inappropriate choice, we''ll discuss it with you.
PLUS-SIZE Yoga Course
Yoga for women who identify as plus-size.
Have you been curious about starting Yoga, though didn’t feel comfortable, weren’t sure you’d find a teacher who’d “get” it, or a class that would meet your needs and you could relax in?
Yoga is not a one-size-fits-all practice, and many individuals benefit from specialised Yoga classes. Plus-Size Yoga will open your eyes and your body to all the amazing benefits of Yoga. And we’re not just talking physical benefits here :)
Plus-Size Yoga is IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS, offering:
- a safe space of self-acceptance where every BODY is loved & welcomed
- expertly sequenced Yoga for larger bodies
- modifications and permission to make the practice work for you
- stretching and strengthening your body in a way that feels accessible
- move into a new level of self awareness
- filling the space on and around your mat with joy, pride, empathy and self-love
- down-time for YOU, away from the stresses of life.
- Relax. Restore. Recharge - right here on Sydney''s lower north shore.
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.
Sundays 5pm (during school term)
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 few 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
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.
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 Wed 7pm and Sat 9:30am), and we''ll 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.
I really enjoyed the class last Saturday. I love your style of teaching and certainly felt like you must have been reading my mind when you described what we might be feeling or thinking!
Keep doing what you’re doing, your kindness is just what is needed. Thank you for being there for us.
I have found the yoga a great help to my hectic life. I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.
2 hours of pure restorative magic. Mitch, yr a magic woman.
Thank you so much for that wonderful experience of Restorative Yoga. I found it was very calming and relaxing and just what I needed. Thanks to your assistant, Mary too - who was like an angel who appeared at just the right time to cover me up or adjust me.
I have to say, you have been a godsend for me since i moved to Sydney. thanks to your yoga classes, and the lovely way you present to us all.
I have a tendency to just think I''m doing okay and I''ll get through the week .......then I take part in that amazing 2 hour Restorative workshop and am reminded of how much I needed to get back on the mat. It''s so good - and so is the sleep that follows. Thanks, see you soon xx
I would just like to thank Mitch for Gentle on Tuesday morning. The ribs, isolators and concert music (well that''s what I''m calling the session!) made yesterday''s class possibly THE BEST YOGA CLASS I have ever attended. Thank you!! Because all parents need a holiday after the holidays.
I don''t know what I would have done or who I would be without you and Yogabowl!
I feel very lucky to have such fantastic Yoga teachers and have really enjoyed practising Yoga with you over the last 10 years - with hopefully many more to come.