Would you like to try yoga taught from a more natural but yet modern perspective? A style that accepts your Western body is different from a traditional, original yoga body? A sequence that works WITH your nervous system, not against it? YogaSphere offers a number of hatha vinyasa-krama style classes and courses, as well as private, one-on-one coaching sessions and pre-organised, personal group classes. Now and again, we offer specific workshops and yoga immersions. Krama means “steps” and our vinyasa sequences are carefully created so that each posture and exercise anatomically and physiologically prepares the body for the next pose or dynamic exercise. Provided you pay attention and do not exceed your limitations or buy into thoughts of competitiveness, you will discover that in time, your muscles will lengthen and strengthen naturally without stressful feeling of “stretch” (which is usually the muscle shortening due to the NS sensing danger). Over time, you will also notice your body moves more easily, you sleep more restfully and you have also ended up fitter. This is vinaysa-krama yoga.
Classes are held at our dedicated AIR CONDITIONED / HEATED yoga studio, 18 Melaleuca Drive, One Mile. Equipment, including mats and blankets are available to borrow. I am afraid that due to freight and most yoga warehouses being in Melbourne, I am not stocking yoga mats at the moment to purchase. You are more than welcome to BYO everything!
Classes and workshops are only ever taught by dedicated, qualified and experienced yoga teachers with a thorough understanding of applicable anatomy and physiology. We can cater for most levels – beginners and more experienced yogis. You should also join us over the summer break for sunset yoga on Birubi Beach.
Autumn / Winter Yoga – 10-wk Courses, Term 2, 2018
Monday 6.30-7.45pm – beg/gen, 30 April – 2 July book
Tuesday 4.30-5.45pm – beg/gen, 1 May – 3 July book
Tuesday 6.30-7.45pm –beg/gen, 1 May – 3 July book
Thursday 6.45-8.00pm – gen/int*, 3 May – 5 July book
- Casual Classes $13/$15 (five-class pass = $65, 10-class pass = $115)
- Classes at Birubi Beach (Tuesdays 6-7pm, Jan school holidays ONLY, weather / availability depending) – $10, cash only. Check the Facebook page or website diary for last minute updates)
- Private Sessions: – *from $95 (1.25 hr session) *subject to situation / class size
* You can pay by cash or card in class for all offerings, or you can purchase a block of classes online by clicking on one of the ticketing buttons on this page or via direct debit: BSB 012 767 Account: 2683 605 68 – please reference your payment.
Attending a course is a perfect way to learn and understand a bit more about yoga and to instil a bit of discipline by committing to a regular practice. With consistent effort, we become more adept and you will be surprised at how quickly your strength, flexibility, coordination and range of movement increases. For a beginner, by about week 4, you will notice that things are starting to feel really good! Course price is low – to encourage you to come. I guarantee you will see and feel a difference in yourself after approximately four weeks of regular attendance.
Please know I am PASSIONATE about the benefits of this practise and totally understand that signing up for 10 weeks can feel like a big decision! Therefore, I will happily REFUND your money if, once the course finishes, you feel there is nothing positive to report.
*NB: Please be aware that a condition of booking in or attending these classes is making sure that you have read and understood all the information detailed here, including terms and conditions regarding make-up classes and class passes.
School Holiday Classes
Classes generally run to a different schedule during school holidays. The calendar here is regularly updated with the latest information as is the Yogasphere Facebook page. Please forward me your email address if you would like to receive updates via email and I will pop you on the list to receive my newsletter. I promise to keep it relevant and not bombard your in-box – I understand how annoying that can be!
Important: which class is suitable for you?
Hatha Vinyasa-Krama (Nikki Shilling)
YogaSphere beginners/general group vinyasa-krama classes are suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness and range of movement. If you are not so fit and haven’t stretched for a while, please leave your ego at the door and come into class with an open mind, an open heart, patience and a willingness to be kind to yourself and your body! In these classes, we always start with an easier variation of a pose and sometimes optional “add-ons” are offered. Because every “body” is unique, some people may find that they need to modify some exercises and/or stick to the easier variations. It is extremely important that you always take responsibility for your own body. Competitiveness, pride and/or worrying about what others are doing means it can be hard to stay focussed on you! It is also important to note that these are group NOT remedial classes and therefore not suitable for people with serious injuries or health conditions. Please call me to organise a private, one-on-one yoga therapy session if you are in a special condition or check out our slower “dru” style flowing yoga classes instead.
Classes are held at our dedicated yoga studio, 18 Melaleuca Drive, One Mile. Equipment, including mats and blankets are available to borrow. However, you are welcome to BYO everything.
NB: Before booking in to, to or attending any of our classes it is important you read and understand all the information including terms and conditions. Participants attending group classes need to be in good health. If you need special attention because you are suffering from a particular (non-life threatening) condition, it is important that you seek proper medical advice before perhaps organising a private class to work out a personal yoga therapy program.
Every “body” needs fluid, non-aggressive movement more than it needs static posture, over-tensing and over-stretching. YogaSphere beginners/general group vinyasa-krama classes are suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness and range of movement. If you are not so fit and haven’t stretched for a while, please leave your ego at the door and come into class with an open mind, an open heart, patience and a willingness to be kind to yourself and your body. In these classes, we always start with an easier variation of a pose and sometimes “add-ons” are offered. Because every “body” is unique, it may be necessary to modify some exercises and/or stick to the easier variations. It is extremely important that you always take responsibility for your own body. Competitiveness, pride and/or worrying about what others are doing means it can be hard to stay focussed on you! Group classes are not suitable for people with serious injuries or health conditions. Please contact me to organise a private, one-on-one yoga or exercise therapy session if you need help to manage or work through a special condition.
What to bring
All equipment is available to borrow at the One Mile yoga studio. It is preferable to bring a towel rather than a mat to the beach class. You might want to bring a bottle of water and a towel to class if you tend to sweat heavily.
Why We do course blocks
Doing a set of classes in a block is a perfect way to learn a bit more about yoga and, perhaps, more importantly, to begin to incorporate regular practice into your life as part of an overall healthy routine. Yoga is a massive lifestyle philosophy that actually has nothing to do with being bendy, strong or perfecting poses. It does however have lots to do with commitment and attitude. Positive transformation generally unfolds over time if we are at least consistent with our healthy lifestyle habits (and not too hard on ourselves!). In the end, we all get better at what we do regularly – doesn’t matter what it is – and you will be surprised at how quickly your strength, flexibility and range of movement increases. But that’s just physical stuff. On a physiological level, as a beginner, by about week 4 perhaps, you will be sleeping better, have better focus and concentration and should be feeling so much more relaxed. Your circulation, digestion and organ health generally will improve – the stuff you can’t see! I try to keep the course price low – to encourage you to come. Generally the cost is $70 if you book in at least a week early and $75 thereafter. I guarantee you will see and feel a difference in yourself after six weeks of regular classes!
A condition of booking in is that you have read and understood the class description to make sure the class style and level is appropriate for you.
General group classes may not be suitable for every “body”. If you know that you need special attention, perhaps because you are rehabilitating and/or have a musculo-skeletal injury or other health condition, you will need to speak to your doctor first and maybe organise a private, remedial type class. You can also organise a private class if you would like to try yoga but you are not sure what to expect. Private classes can be arranged for one person, for a small group or for corporate groups. Please contact me for more information (from $95 per 1.25 hr session).
Create your own Retreat or Workshop Program!
We are happy to put together a retreat style program for you and some friends or colleagues if you are visiting the Bay and would like to do something different that involves some planned activities. We can completely tailor this for your needs. For example, it could involve one yoga class or more, one whole day or more – whatever you would like. We can also organise massages or beauty treatments, accommodation for you in the local area, paddle boarding or even a surf lesson for your group. Other options include workshop demonstrations (and we have a few options to consider) so please call to chat!)
Tailored programs and health coaching
Specifically tailored, lifestyle programs – including yoga, health and life coaching as well as nutritional advice – based on the remedial aspects of “yoga chikitsa” (yoga therapy) are also available.
FOR TERMS & CONDITIONS PLEASE SEE “GENERAL TIMETABLE”