DO I HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA?
Absolutely not! Yoga helps build flexibility and strength but it doesn’t matter if you never touch your toes! We are all built differently and what’s most important is that you honour your body and where it’s at so that you are keeping yourself safe in a pose. Pushing beyond your limits can lead to injury. Leave your ego at the door – it’s not a competition about who is the most flexible!
DO I HAVE TO BRING MY OWN MAT?
Currently yes. Due to Covid-19 restrictions mats and props are not available at class.
WHAT DO I WEAR TO A YOGA CLASS?
Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move easily. Yoga doesn’t care what brand you wear & neither do I! We practice yoga barefoot but make sure you have socks handy to keep your feet warm during savasana and any other layers to be comfortable … unless of course it’s a stinking hot day!
DO I NEED TO BOOK ONLINE?
Yes, booking online is important as is cancelling your booking if you are unable to make it to class. Class numbers are capped and at times there is a wait list so if you are unable to attend, someone else can once you cancel your booking. Bookings close at 5pm on the day of the class and cancellations after 3pm on the day of the class or no-shows forfeit the class charge/pass.
WHERE ARE YOGA CLASSES HELD?
Classes are held in the Overland Room at the Stawell Railway Station Gallery, 2-10 Napier Street, Stawell. The Gallery is situated to the right of the Stawell Railway Station and there is plenty of parking available. We have the sole use of the Gallery for classes meaning you have complete privacy and security while you practice. There is also a toilet and area to change if you need to before class. The doors to the Gallery open at 5.30pm and I recommend you arrive at least 5 minutes before class starts to get yourself settled. The Gallery door is closed at 5.50pm so if you are not in by then, you will miss out.
WHAT DO THE CLASS TYPES MEAN?
All Grampians Wellbeing Gallery classes are 60 minute Hatha Yoga classes incorporating asana (poses), pranayama (breathing) and savasana (the best bit at the end of each class where you lie down for mediation / relaxation!). If you have never practiced yoga before, you should start with either a Restore class or a Slow Flow class. Read the descriptions below to see what feels like the best class for you to start with.
↠ SLOW FLOW: 5.45pm Tuesdays
A paired back general yoga practice with a focus on alignment/technique, mindful movement and your breath. Slow Flow is a full spectrum class incorporating seated, standing & laying poses. Perfect for beginners through to advanced students.
↠ RESTORE: 5.45pm Wednesdays
Your mid-week reset! This is a restorative Yin Yoga class where you can unwind & give back to yourself. After warming up, we move into held poses to affect our deep connective tissues to assist flexibility & to help keep our muscles healthy & happy. Perfect for beginners through to advanced students & deeply restorative for your body & mind. Bolster (or alternative, see below under General Class Info) required.
↠ FLOW: 5.45pm Thursdays
Flow is best suited for the yogi who is ready to explore different pose options in their general yoga practice. This class builds on the Slow Flow class offered earlier in the week & will develop the poses by offering additional options/variations. You can always practice at your own pace with these options being available should you wish to take them. This class is not suitable for beginners as you need to be familiar with basic yoga poses & Sun Salutations.
GENERAL CLASS INFO:
Avoid heavy meals for the 2 hours prior to your practice. The last thing you want is an uneasy feeling in your tummy during your practice!
Switch your phone off or to silent before your practice. Remember, this is YOUR time. You don’t need to be interrupted … & neither does anyone else enjoying the class.
If your medical information has changed since completing this information in your account, please let me know so I can provide pose alternatives or modifications if required, to make sure you are safe in your practice.
Block alternatives: Firm pillow, folded towel or blanket or books.
Strap alternatives: Robe tie, belt, scarf or towel.
Bolster alternative: 2 firm bed pillows.
Don’t forget any layers you might need to be comfortable & of course your Grampians Wellbeing Eye Pillow to block out the world during savasana!
DO I HAVE TO BE SPIRITUAL TO RECEIVE REIKI?
No, not at all! You just have to be open to receiving the reiki energy into your body. Check out my Reiki page for more information about what to expect from a Reiki session.