Yoga classes available at Illuminate Yoga Studio

We are proud to provide a large range of different classes to suit different interests, abilities and experience. Our teachers welcome all levels of ability. Many of our yoga sessions include elements of meditation and we also offer regular guided meditation classes and sound meditation workshops. Our Mind Body Rebalance practice includes a half hour guided relaxation (iRest) session at the end of the class. We have a yoga class to suit all ages and skill levels.

Yoga is not for the flexible, it is for the willing

Descriptions of our classes

Gentle yoga

This class focuses on simple yoga postures, breathing practices and relaxation which will leave you feeling rejuvenated. Ideal for beginners or anyone who prefers a gentle approach to yoga.

Iyengar yoga

Iyengar yoga emphasises precision, alignment and sequencing of yoga postures (asana), with attention to the breath. This approach cultivates strength, flexibility and balance, along with relaxation of the body and mind, and so helps to combat habitual stress patterns. Students progress gradually from elementary to more complex asanas, often using props to make postures more accessible and supported. We recommend that those with no prior yoga experience start off with the Beginners Yoga Course held each term.  Students are welcome to attend as many Beginners Yoga Courses as they wish and then progress to Intermediate and Advanced classes as they feel ready.  Intermediate classes prepare students for next level poses such as shoulder stand and head stand.  Advanced classes are for confident students keen to explore their practice and work on more advanced poses such as hand stand, head stand and more.  In all classes, props and full support of your teacher ensures you can safely, confidently and slowly explore, deepen and extend your yoga practice.

General Yoga

This class is a space to explore and expand your body. We look through tiny details to the whole universe to play with ways of moving through the world. Monday 7.30pm with Lz Dunn

Little Yogis

Delightful classes for children aged 5-11 (ish, we aren’t sticklers, if your 4 year old wants to come and you feel they are mature enough, they are welcome).  Classes are 45 minutes long and include circle time at the beginning followed by;
– Movement -incorporating yoga poses
– Fun breathing techniques
– Yoga games
– Relaxation/Visualisation
– Discovering together the magic of yoga,  and how we can use it in our every day lives

Yoga Strength

Many people complain of weak arms, wrists and pain or struggle with particular poses that can be improved easily with a focus on technique and building strength.  In this class Milly focuses on techniques and practices to help you develop strength in your limbs, core muscles and back to help support your practice and your general wellbeing.  This course is suitable for students of all levels and will combine yoga poses with mobility and strength exercises in a fun and engaging practice.  It not about already being strong, mobile or flexible, but a willingness to give it a go.

Vinyasa flow

Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic form of yoga, where sequenced postures, breathing practices and meditation are linked together using the breath. Continuous movement encourages moving at a pace with the natural breath, teaching the physiology to calm down, even during a stronger practice.  It could be described as freestyle Ashtanga, meaning that it draws heavily upon the Ashtanga tradition, but it does not adhere to the rigid structure. This can be a class where you’ll work up a sweat and get your heart-pumping however all levels are welcome, with the option to build on postures and sequences for more experienced students. These multi-level classes are designed to increase stability, strength and flexibility.

Beginners Yoga

Beginners Yoga courses are designed to introduce students who are new to yoga, or less experienced students, to the basic poses of yoga in a safe, inclusive, non-judgemental and light hearted environment. We understand that coming to a yoga class for the first time can be a vulnerable experience. It is our goal to help students to feel comfortable to explore and experience yoga simply starting from where they are. That means you don’t have to already be flexible, wear something fancy or know what you are doing before you arrive. Our favourite yoga saying applies most here: “You don’t have to be good at yoga for yoga to be good for you!”  Courses are 6-10 weeks depending on the term, to give participants time to experience a full range of poses, breath practices, meditation and the good feelings that arise from regular practice.

Classes are 75 minutes and perfect for those starting yoga for the first time or a re-entry for practitioners returning to yoga who are recovering from injury, post-birth.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga uses poses in a way that works at the connective tissue level, helping to revitalise these less flexible tissues, bringing a profound relaxation and lightness of being to the body and mind. Poses are held for longer periods, using props and an emphasis on breath to work more deeply into joints and connective tissues.  Yin Yoga may be practiced exclusively but it is also a way to enhance our more yang yoga practices.  All levels of experience and flexibility will benefit greatly from this unique approach.

This class is 60 minutes duration

Hatha yoga

A classical Hatha Yoga class including postures, breathing and relaxation. Includes more advanced postures and is suitable for those with some experience in Yoga. Allow yourself to be energised!

Community yoga

Community Yoga is a new class offering a one hour free general yoga class for people who may otherwise not be able to afford the luxury of attending yoga classes. This is the Illuminate Yoga way of giving back to the community. Anyone is welcome at these classes, younger or older, all abilities, absolute beginners or those with more experience.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa
Early Morning Flow – The Best Way to Start the Day!

Great for Newbies and Advanced Yoga Practitioners… Perfect for Freezing Winter Mornings!

This Early Morning Vinyasa Class is inspired by the sequencing and flow of Ashtanga Yoga. The union of breath with movement is great for focus. The postures are taught with mindful alignment. This dynamic Vinyasa Practice is based upon the basic principles of the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The sequence greets the morning by warming up the body with sun salutations, moving from standing to seated poses, then modified backbends and inversions. Students who commit to early morning practice will benefit from this invigorating Vinyasa Flow. It effectively awakens the body, flushes out toxins and sharpens the mind in preparation for the day. Each movement is directed by breath, settling the nervous system, strengthening the body and rewiring resistance into self compassion. Come with a deep curiosity and a patient commitment to embrace the process of unraveling the body.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. It is a comprehensive form of yoga entailing physical as well as mental components and harnesses a deep sense of connection with self. It is dynamic and uses postures, movement, sound, breath, chanting, as well as incorporating music. These yoga classes are very different from the traditional type of yoga class, as the focus is more about each individual’s experience rather than specific asana techniques.

These classes are suited to everyone and anyone: no previous yoga experience is required. Kundalini Yoga is about your own individual journey during each class, it is a pathway to foster a deeper connection within yourself. Regular Kundalini Yoga practice can assist with reducing anxiety & depression, regulate addictive behaviours, reduce stress during teenage and schooling years and for adults help manage the daily stresses and pressures of everyday living.

 

Meditation

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day, unless you are too busy, then you should sit for an hour.

Guided meditation

There is a lot of talk these days about mindfulness and meditation but it can be easier said than done. Many people find meditating in a group and with guidance to be much easier and much more fulfilling than trying to practice alone.   This ongoing, inclusive group welcomes all meditators (and meditators to be) to a guided meditation session every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. With over 20 years of experience in Buddhist and Yogic meditation traditions Brad guides the group each week in varying styles of meditation including mindfulness of breathing, single point of focus and walking meditation. People of all levels of experience from the curious novice to those with a lifetime practice are welcome. PLEASE NOTE NO ONGOING MEDITATION CLASS IS RUNNING IN TERM 1 2017.   Updates re term two and forthcoming meditation classes and courses on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter here.

iRest Meditation

iRest is a research-based practice of deep relaxation and meditation that you can do lying down. Research has shown that iRest Yoga Nidra helps to relieve negative emotions and thought patterns, calm the nervous system, develop a deep capacity for coping and helps to manage anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain. You will learn the 10 steps of iRest as well as: · How to work with difficult emotions and beliefs · How to nourish a felt sense of well being · Learn about Sankalpa (Intention, Heart felt desire & Inner Resource) All participants receive a workbook and recording of each weekly iRest meditation. All inquiries and bookings through Jo on: 0447 816 346

Sound meditation workshops

A deeply relaxing and healing session using the power of sound.  Lie or sit in a comfortable position and listen to the sounds of Tibetan bowls and chimes. The sounds and vibrations of the instruments encourage deep relaxation and harmonisation with the mind and body.  Sound meditations are run as special events so keep an eye on our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter to hear about forthcoming dates.

Speciality Classes

Yoga is for every body

Little Stretch

LITTLE STRETCH is a 5 week course designed especially for new parents in the early months of their parenting journey. Over the course of the program, Lucy will take carers through yoga-based postures and practices targeting the areas that commonly bear the brunt of parenting life.

LITTLE STRETCH is a wonderfully gentle way to establish a regular yoga practice with your babe in arms, while offering you the awareness and confidence in your body to attend a general yoga class.

In each class we focus on:

  • building strength and tone in the abdomen and lower back
  • postures to relieve tension in the upper body
  • modifications to common yoga poses
  • breathwork and relaxation techniques to calm the nervous system and relieve stress
  • connecting with the pelvic floor.

Course outline: 

  • Week 1:              Relax and release
  • Week 2:              Open and stretch
  • Week 3:              Stabilise
  • Week 4:              Strength
  • Week 5:              Taking it home

Yes! Sometimes your baby will cry during class, and that’s OK! You are encouraged to feed, change, cuddle and comfort baby when needed, but we also understand that sometimes babies (and parents too) are just having a shitty day, and need to have a cry. Go for it babies. You and your carers are in a safe and supportive environment.

Places are strictly limited to 8 babies, ensuring that you get the most out of your practice. We do welcome couples and/additional support people at a reduced cost, please get in touch for more information.

We endeavour to make the class welcoming and inclusive for all. This is a LGBTQI+ safe space.

No yoga experience is necessary. Classes are suitable for babies up to pre-crawling. Birth parents are advised to wait until their baby is at least 8 weeks old before attending.

Yoga therapy

Yoga Therapy supports individuals to manage their own health using the principles of Yoga (including: asana, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, or chanting) within a professional therapeutic setting. Yoga Therapy can assist in addressing specific physical, mental or emotional needs by looking at you as a whole person rather than just a symptom or condition. A Yoga Therapy session is a private one-on-one consultation and involves a full assessment of your health history, lifestyle and reason for seeking therapy. We then work together to develop a highly individualised practice to suit your needs. Jo Morris and Simone Blamey are our qualified Yoga Therapists having both completed their graduate certificate in Yoga Therapy in 2012. Bookings required. Contact us directly.

Little yogis

Yoga for children (preschool to 12 years old). This class helps children develop their motor skills, flexibility, enhance concentration and teaches simple relaxation in a fun and cooperative way.  Classes are 45 minutes long and include circle time (focus time at the beginning) followed by movement (incorporating yoga poses, games and some free movement). Classes always end with relaxation which includes some breath awareness. Numbers limited, bookings here.

New to yoga?

You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.

Welcome!  We are so pleased to welcome you to our lovely studio.  We think you’ll find it is a great space to practice in and our teachers are very accessible and down to earth.  Feel free to contact us directly if any of your questions are not covered below. What to bring? We supply everything you need from mats to props for support which your teacher will guide you in the use of.  Be sure to let the teacher know when you arrive that this is your first time at the studio (and/or yoga) so they can show you where things are and what you’ll need.  You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat if you prefer.  What if I am injured? If you carry an injury or other ongoing issue, please mention it to the teacher at the start of the class.  If you would rather talk to them privately, please contact us and we can put you in touch with them via email or phone.

What to wear? Soft, comfortable clothing is best – track pants or leggings or shorts with a t-shirt.  Layers are good as you might peel a few off as you warm up and need to pile them back on during the slower sections of the class.  Shoes are off during the class and can be left inside the room – you’ll see where when you enter the room.  Bags and valuables can be safely stored here as well. Do I need to book? You can pre-pay for casual classes and class passes (5, 10 or 20) online or you can just pay on arrival – we also have EFTPOS for your convenience.  Courses and workshops must be pre-booked so anything labelled 10-week course for example requires a booking.  This can be done on our online shop HERE.

Which is the best class for you? This can be tricky because different things appeal to different people, but you will be looked after whichever class you come to.  Our teachers are sensitive the needs of beginners, new students to the studio and students who are a bit rusty!  The best way to know if a class works for you is to give it a go!  We have a class pass just for new students giving you unlimited access to all classes for two weeks so you can get a feel for our different yoga styles and teachers.  Get your New Student Sample Pack HERE!   The best classes to start with are the Beginners Course, Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Back To Basics and Hatha Yoga.  Feel free to discuss your needs with any teacher and they will be able to advise you of the best choice of class for you.