Class Descriptions

POP-UP CLASSES early Summer Program

YOGA NIDRA (Thurs 15/12 7pm) with Darshna.
Yoga Nidra, or “Yoga Sleep” is a deeply relaxing, full-body guided meditation. Ideal for busy minds, end of year stress, and a calming elixir for your nervous system.
Get comfy and let the relaxation begin.

MINDFULNESS AS A DAILY HABIT (Sun 18/12 9:30am) with Ange.
Mindfulness is a calming practice that plays out every day in our world, - from the mat and into our everyday. The cognitive, behavioural and emotional benefits are very powerful.

We’ll use this “preview class” (of our upcoming Mindfulness Course in 2017) to explore valuable tools and key principles of mindfulness to take them into the real world this Christmas - your relationships, behaviours, family stresses, detachment from work-mode into holiday-mode, un-learning unhealthy habits - everyday life, all wrapped in self-kindness.

Tapping into Ange’s Psychology skill set and research, we’re really excited about this one. PLUS a Xmas treat that will involve mindful eating!

YIN YOGA (Thurs 22/12 9:30am) with Ange.
Often likened to an acupuncture session - at this time of the year we’ll be dialling back the intensity and sequencing some of the more relaxing, calming Yin poses - all supported by props. More surrender; Less stress. Ideal for handling Silly Season.

CALM, BREATHE, RESTORE (Fri 23/12 9:30am) with Mitch.
It’s been a long, busy year. Most of us by now are burnt out, exhausted and still need to get through Christmas. This practice will be a deliberate manipulation of your nervous system using calming breathing techniques and Restorative Yoga.

XMAS EVE CLASS (Sat 24/12 8am) with Mitch.
Join Mitch for her annual Xmas eve Yoga class. The ideal “Calm before the Storm” a quick hour of Yoga will do wonders - AND you’ll still have time to get those last minute Christmas tasks done afterwards. Suitable for all levels - we’d love you to join our last class of 2016.

GENTLE Yoga

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.

Tuesdays 10:30am and Saturdays 9:30am @ Bowling Club.
Wednesdays 7:30pm @ Tennis Club.

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.

OPEN Yoga

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) @ Bowling Club.
Monday 7pm @ Tennis Club.

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 @ Tennis Club.

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.

Yoga Birthday Parties - we come to your place.

Stuck for an original idea for your Kid''s Birthday Party?
Why not throw a Yoga party?
One thing we do know: Kids (and Teens) LOVE Yoga.
We can arrange a fun, interactive Yoga practice for the party - which is a wonderful, calming start …. before the sugar high kicks in!
Ages 3-17yrs,
Contact us for a quote.