Hatha Yoga Hatha is classical Yoga in its more traditional form. This class offers a set of yoga asana (postures) to strengthen and stretch the body, sun salutation variations to warm the body, pranayama (breathing techniques) to link the mind and body. This class offers beginner to moderate options for greater postural awareness, mindfulness and release from stress.
Hatha Yoga with Nicole Amdur As above, however Monday Hatha at 6pm and Saturday 7.30pm with Nicole Amdur are strength based and we do not recommend these classes for beginners or those with injury or serious conditions but we would love the opportunity to direct you to the most appropriate class for any concerns you may have - phone 0413 746 169.
YogalatesTM A challenging practice to fine tune the activation of 'true core' muscles - the subtle and structural core muscles. Learn how to practice asanas (postures) with the wisdom of the body, breaking old habits and developing correct patterns of movement. With a strong emphasis on breath, Yogalates is a very mindful practice. Suitable for all levels, beginners are welcome. However acute injuries may need to discuss if suitable prior to booking into a class - phone 0401 259 195. The Gentle Yogalates and Restorative Yoga and Restorative Yogalates are ideal as a stepping stone to Yogalates. Not suitable for pre natal students.
Iyengar Yoga with Clive Farrelly Iyengar Yoga is a safe and effective form of Yoga that works on alignment to help build stabilisation, flexibility, balance and strength through the support of different props that aid each and every body to improve their posture and overall health.
Slow Flow Yoga This slower style of Vinyasa Yoga links together focused alignment with fluid movement and breath. Practicing flow yoga with body awareness and muscle activation, creates flexibility, balance, strength, improves cardiovascular fitness and endurance. This powerful practice combines body focus with mindful meditation. This class is suitable for beginners with an average fitness level. However it is not recommended for anyone with acute back or shoulder injuries - we recommend that you choose a class such as ‘core’ and 'restorative' as the flow practice may not bring enough mindfulness to keep your movements safe if you are wanting to rehabilitate the body. Not suitable for pre natal students.
Yin Yoga This class is suitable for all level of students and is a perfect compliment to the other dynamic (yang) styles of yoga on our timetable. Yin yoga is a static practice, gently targeting fascia, ligaments and tendons (yin) tissue. The postures held up to 5 minutes with the use of yoga props to support any body in any pose to create space, balance and energy as the joints release to their full range of motion. Yin yoga postures improve the flow of ‘life force’ or ‘chi’ through the meridian channels of the entire body. The class explores various breathing techniques and provides an overall deep state of meditation. This practice calms and balances the mind, reduces stress and anxiety and encourages you to develop a more introspective practice.
Yin Yang Yoga This class blends the benefits of both yin & yang styles of yoga. Yin practice has long, passive holds that work on the dense connective tissues – tendons, ligaments and cartilage which respond best when the body is cool. Yin works into the meridian system to maintain optimum joint health and increase chi (energy). Immersing in yin enables a deeper yang practice which builds warmth, nourishing the heart and preparing the muscles for postures that tone and strengthen the body also focusing on balance and increased flexibility. The class concludes with a time of deep relaxation and rest.
Restorative Yoga Restorative Yoga is the fusion of slow, mostly floor-based movements with a deeper longer held asana (posture) to lengthen the muscles and promote joint health. This class is suitable to those seeking a calm and nourishing practice and those recovering from injury, by opening the body with ease and grace. The assistance of yoga props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps assist in making the postures accessible to any body. The class concludes with a short meditation and relaxation with the primary focus on breath awareness - assists in surrendering the body to rest, in deep restoration.
Pilates with Cathy Smith Pilates is a method of total body conditioning focusing on balancing muscle groups to improve postural alignment, the development of a strong core, improved body awareness and better control of breathing. It can include a wide range of levels for the injured participant, beginner to the advanced mover. Evidence has shown the effectiveness of Pilates in assisting rehabilitation from lower back, pelvic injury and pain. Additionally Pilates is beneficial in regaining strength post pregnancy. Mat pilates involves exercises on the mat with pilates props such as therabands, chi balls, pilates circle - to allow isolation and loading of specific muscle groups to tone and lengthen and strengthen the body.
Gentle YogalatesTM with Connie Leimbach A class to welcome and introduce you to the subtle practice of Yogalates, fine-tuning core muscle activation and correct functional movement of the whole body. Great for rehabilitating from injury or for over 50’s age group, catering for all fitness levels, men and women. Our teachers are highly qualified in modifying and supporting your individual needs. Enjoying the many benefits of Yoga and Pilates to reduce HBP, anxiety, insomnia, incontinence, menopausal symptoms, assists with blood circulation, posture, organ health, joint stability and flexibility. Concluding with a time of relaxation for peace of mind and some ‘you’ time.
Core Yoga with Rebecca Betters Core yoga provides a great opportunity for those who want to challenge their strength, mobility, and flexibly to deepen their yoga practice. While a big focus will be on targeting the “core” of the body, students will also be taught techniques that will enhance the asana as well as the transitions between poses. And with a good challenge always comes a reward, as there will be plenty of time to cool down, breathe, and restore.
Yoga Essentials with Denise Benson Breathe, Alignment, Flow & Meditation Yoga Essentials is a class that offers everything. Beginning your practice by grounding down and connecting to self, you are guided to follow Breathe and sensation. Attention is then directed towards joints, muscles and ligaments with gentle limbering movements that sync with breathe. The practice then expands into larger muscle movements that are heavily cued, bringing you into safe, strong Alignment. Opportunity to Flow the cued sequence follows so you can feel the practice from within. A beautiful Kundalini Meditationbegins to bring the class to a close, before sliding very gently into a restful Savasana, where the magic truly takes place. Class suitable for all Yogi’s, all levels and abilities.
Mindfulness Flow The aim of this class is to reach an internal awareness of self, marrying the breath with asanas and becoming fully present within your practice. Beginning with centering using the breath to create space within the body and mind, then progressing into gentle limberings, meditative flows, using mindfulness to create strength in mind and body, connecting to our true selves. The class will conclude with an extended savasana where you will be brought to a place of deep relaxation with the assistance of smell, touch and sound. A nurturing class suitable for all levels with a strong focus on breath, alignment and an acceptance of how the body is feeling, moment to moment.
Qi Gong with Stephen Proctor This class uses traditional, gentle flowing movement, similar to Tai Chi, combined with deep breathing and awareness to improve your mental and physical health. It will deepen our breathing capacity, increase circulation and improve muscle tone, balance and concentration. A Qi Gong class is suitable for everyone and will leave your feeling deeply physically and mentally relaxed yet full of energy. Come along and learn how to keep yourself healthy now and in the future with easy to learn exercises. Great for beginners and all ages, especially beneficial for those finding it difficult to exercise.
Meditations Every Friday evening with Peter Bajic Gong, Drums, Native American Flute, Rattles, Chimes, Crystal singing bowls & more Medicine Drum Journey - Based on shamanic practices Peter will guide you with the medicine drum taking you on an inner journey, discovering your internal landscape bringing an understanding of self for wellness of being. This class is suitable for everyone including beginners. Sound Journey - An explorative journeying into the healing qualities of sound as vibration. You will be guided to feel these sounds/vibrations deeply within, allowing them to penetrate and permeate to a cellular level until you and the sound are one. The more you let go the more you receive. Gong Meditation - A guided meditation led by the sound vibration of the gong to move you into deep relaxation and meditative state. Effecting the physical nervous system, not just listening but through the vibrational feeling on the body. Allowing the nervous system to easily be able to get back into the space of peace. This class is suitable for everyone including beginners. Peter is passionate about the energies within and around us, and how they can easily affect our emotions and wellbeing. The challenges of life can throw us out of balance, out of tune, causing stress and a lack of energy. Reiki combined with sacred sounds can induce a state of peace and calm, cleansing and balancing from within, promoting health and vitality.
Mindful Meditation with Rachael Storrie This class will begin with some light limbering of the shoulders, neck and spine before finding a comfortable seated or lying long position. The class will be themed each week and will focus on quietening the mind and releasing tension. You will be guided through a meditation assisting you to move away from the thinking mind to the aware mind. Rachael facilitates this class (MBSM) mindful based stillness meditation and concludes with a yoga nidra. The benefits of mindfulness are well documented and include decreased stress, can help with anxiety, improved cognitive ability and concentration levels.
Teen Yoga with Dani Christie Teen Yoga would suit ages 10-16yrs both boys and girls. Regular practice of yoga helps maintain balance and keeps the spirit & soul strong and healthy. Increases flexibility, improves posture, positive body image & awareness, reduces stress. Yoga nourishes body and mind and is the perfect support for the practice of sports and other activities (including injury prevention & rehabilitation). Develop poise, grace and confidence, as well as a more accepting relationship to your body, how to move and a positive image of who you are in the world.