ARE YOU BRAND-NEW TO YOGA?
We recommend people who''ve NEVER done any yoga before start with our BEGINNERS/GENTLE 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 how to manage expectations, and get present on the Yoga mat.
The Beginners/Gentle Course is on Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm, and will give you the tools and confidence to attend an OPEN yoga class, if that''s your intention. .
If you’ve never done Yoga before, the BEGINNER/GENTLE YOGA course is for you.
The ideal non-threatening starting point: you’ll be guided by a very experienced, user-friendly teacher in mysterious concepts such as:
* Important basic Yoga technique and alignment
* English names of the poses - nothing tricky to remember.
* Learn about why these poses are helping, and which ones we avoid - when new to Yoga.
* Why self-care and listening-in is more important than going for gold.
* Simple breathing and relaxation techniques.
It will give you the confidence to say, “I do Yoga” - and to maybe progress into a regular Yoga class.
A fun, approachable learning environment where you can ask as many questions as you need.
Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm.
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.
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)
NOT SURE ?
Yoga isn''t about how fit or strong you are.
It''s a practice reliant on technique, and self-enquiry or listening-inward.
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 ambition (ego) 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.
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.
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.
Sundays 10:30am - 11:30am.
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.
Courses run concurrently with school terms: Sundays 5pm - 6pm
TWEENS Yoga (Primary School age)
Yoga helps Tween (Primary-school age) girls and boys learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way, while having fun with their friends.
Tweens Yoga provides older children and pre-teens with a safe space to explore Yoga poses and breathing exercises - as well developmentally-appropriate breathing exercises, creative movement games, and much needed relaxation techniques. Classes are fun, expressive, thoughtful and structured.
Bring a buddy and come, join us !
Courses run concurrently with school terms: Mondays 4:15pm-5:15pm
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.
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.
Many thanks to you both for such a blissful Restorative Yoga session. I really felt so relaxed and happy afterwards - I felt like I was floating!
You are both so attentive and seem to have that wonderful skill of knowing what we need before we even know we need it.
Well done on presenting a very stimulating, beneficial and varied program.
Moving to the Tennis club will be so much better, I am really looking forward to it. I have done a few classes there and really liked it.
I really like Yogabowl and think it is the best yoga school with the best teachers on the Lower North Shore.
I thank you every day for yoga, my good health, my every day movements, my strength and my peace of mind. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Oh. my. god. I can barely speak. That was beyond amazing - thank you so much.
You touch people''s lives every day. The way that you care for your students, encourage them to grow, be with themselves, know themselves, and be kind to themselves makes a huge difference to people''s lives. It has made a huge difference to me. And I''m so glad that I know you.
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.
Feelin'' all loved up after taking class with Mitch.
Sigh ~ Everyone should get to experience the way she teaches self nurturing... Go see her at Yogabowl ~ we could all do with a little bit of that.
Thank you so much for the restorative class yesterday - I really did enjoy being nurtured (spoilt??) so much. You do a wonderful job & make Yogabowl a place of such variety not only of learning, but general well-being and inner peace.