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I’m not very flexible or fit, can I do Yoga?I’ve never done Yoga before, where do I start?What is Yoga?What are the benefits of Yoga?What type of Yoga do you teach? How many people are in the class? Do any men do Yoga? What do I wear to Yoga? Do I need to bring anything? How much does it cost? I want to try Yoga but I don’t know if I’ll like it. Do I have to commit to a course? I need to relax, will Yoga help me? I have a bad back, is Yoga safe for me? I want to loose weight, will Yoga help me? I’m pregnant, can I come to Yoga? Is it safe? Is SunYoga a religious practice?
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I’m not very flexible or fit, can I do Yoga? There is yoga to suit everybody and you don’t have to be fit or flexible to do it. All you need to begin is the desire to come along and give it a go. Our classes are for adults of all fitness and flexibility levels, with no prior experience necessary. We tailor our classes to suit the level of the students. As long as you can get up & down off the floor then you are ready to start.
I’ve never done Yoga before, where do I start? As a new student you are eligible for our generous and no obligation First Class FREE offer. You can join us at any time. Just let us know you're coming along.
What is Yoga? The word Yoga means; to join, to bind, a yoke. The aim of yoga is to unite all parts of ourselves; our body, mind, heart and spirit. Yoga classes, in general, involve a combination of physical exercises that stretch and strengthen all parts of the body, breathing exercises that improve our lung function and calm the nervous system and mind, and relaxation to bring deep, stress free rest.
Yoga is an ancient practice, it's origins reach back as far as 3000 years! It was developed in India by spiritual seekers as a pathway towards “enlightenment”. These ancient yogis (yoga students) were driven by a desire to answer many deep questions about life. They were following no particular religion, nor teacher, they just experimented to see what works best!
In modern and practical terms yoga simply brings better overall health, improved fitness and flexibility, peace of mind and on a psychological level, greater acceptance of the self bringing an easier passage through life.
What are the benefits of Yoga? The benefits of yoga are massive and unlimited! The more you do it the better it gets and with time the journey just keeps getting deeper and richer. Here is a list of the common benefits that our students report:
What type of Yoga do you teach at SunYoga? Here at SunYoga we draw from the ancient traditions of Hatha Yoga. (Hatha Yoga is the generic type of traditional Indian yoga that most modern yoga forms are based in). We have our own unique approach that is fun, eclectic and light hearted. That being said we take our job very seriously; our job being to bring you greater happiness and peace, to help you to relax and let go of stress, and to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
How many people are in the class? General class sizes range from 8 to 20 people. We aim to keep our class sizes small so we can give each student individual instruction.
What is the age group of the people in the class? Our student age range is mostly in the 30 – 65 area, but we welcome people of all ages.
Do any men do Yoga? Yes they do. Yoga is fantastic for men and was in fact originally developed by men, for men. There are lots of famous male yogis, maybe you could be the next one!
What do I wear to Yoga? Wear exercise clothes that are comfortable and modest, this is for everybody’s comfort. Please don’t wear strong scents/after shave or sharp jewellery. For your digestive comfort it is best not to eat a big meal for about 2 hours before you come to class. Yoga is done without shoes so have clean feet and bring socks if the weather is cool.
Do I need to bring anything? We provide mats, blocks, blankets, everything you may need in the class. You are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer. The Footscray studio has a room that you can change in and we have filtered water available at all times. Most importantly, don't forget to bring along your open heart, open mind and sense of humour!
How much does it cost? As a new customer you are eligible for our First Class FREE introductory offer. After your first class there are great value rates available for bulk classes (from $13 to $15 per 90 minute class) or casual drop-ins at $18 per visit.
I want to try Yoga but I don’t know if I’ll like it. Do I have to commit to a course? No,you don't. We offer term rates and casual drop in rates and have a one class free offer for new customers to give you the opportunity to have a go!
I need to relax, will Yoga help me? One of the most important aspects of yoga is learning how to relax. We focus on the breath and guiding your awareness to notice what's happening right here & now; sensing, feeling, listening and connecting in to your whole being. Each class ends with a guided relaxation/meditation which is deeply relaxing and allows the whole nervous system to unwind and settle.
I have a bad back, is Yoga safe for me? At SunYoga it is our priority to make our classes safe for everyone and with particular care of the spine. Each class begins with therapeutic and gentle mobilising movements which are safe and very beneficial for bad backs. Combined with your common sense and commitment not to do anything that harms, we are confident that we can improve your back problems.
We also offer some one-on-one, individually tailored sessions for those who need that little bit extra care. I want to loose weight, will Yoga help me? We can’t guarantee that you will loose weight, BUT, combined with sensible eating and regular exercise yoga will help with weight loss. Yoga tones and strengthens all the major muscle groups, improves organ function, promotes good digestion and most importantly helps you to feel better about yourself. When you are feeling good it is easier to avoid bad eating habits!
I’m pregnant, can I come to Yoga? Is it safe? If you are new to Yoga then we recommend you wait until after the first trimester before commencing yoga. If you are a regular yoga student and become pregnant then please inform your teacher as soon as you find out so we work with you to ensure a safe and beneficial yoga practice at this important stage in your life.
Is SunYoga a religious practice?We provide a nurturing and inclusive environment which does not follow or subscribe to any particular religion or dogma. Our spiritual philosophy is very simple and can support any religion; we help you to increase and develop your awareness of all aspects of the self, including your connection to spirit and your version of the "divine".
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When you are going through any kind of a personal crisis it’s great to give yourself a bit of a treat, to make the time to spoil yourself.
Coming to yoga is my ME time, my time to spoil myself and focus on healing, not my illness.
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I am very happy that I re-discovered 21a Sun Crescent & SunYoga. I completely trust Belinda & Claire. This is really important to me – no trust, no yoga. The personal connection is critical and I know that whatever happens in any class, I am safe, I will be looked after and all will be fine.
I have come home. I am at peace. I know that this (yoga) is what I need to be doing in this life… Every time I come back to class I feel I have come home…
read more about Jenni...Lee Thistlewaite
What do I love about doing yoga?
Life is busy; I am constantly on the go and always committed to doing things with little time for myself. Coming to yoga seems like an indulgence in the nicest possible way – I feel like I am spoiling myself by simply taking the time to attend classes.
For the duration of the class I focus purely on me! Nobody else, just me, my feelings, my breath, my body... read more about Lee
I tell a lot of people about yoga. I keep saying, “Why don’t you get into yoga, it’s the best, the best thing ever! Not only does it improve your physical strength and tones your body, it also gives you mental replenishment…” I am very happy I have found yoga, it’s incredible. I think not many of my generation understand how good it is, have any idea of what it is about, or realise the benefits of yoga… So, I tell as many people as I can, “Get into it, the results are amazing!” read more about Sylvia
Claire & Belinda’s eclectic approach to yoga means that classes are always different, I am never bored, and what adds to my pleasure is that it is fun! I never come into a class & think “Oh, here we go again”, this is what keeps me coming back. We laugh, it is social and I enjoy mixing with the other students, people of all ages, it keeps me young…
As I am heading into my late 60's I know yoga is very good for my health, even more so than when I was younger, it helps me to concentrate on myself for set times during the week and brings me back to me. A lot of the weight bearing and opening postures are very challenging and you use your body in a yoga class in ways that you just don’t do in everyday life. But if you don’t use all the bits then they stop working, and the older you get the more important this becomes.
Yoga is not for me a place to do amazing poses or push my body beyond its limits, but to be kind and caring to myself..." read more about Maree
My introduction to SunYoga came through my sister who started doing pre-natal yoga. I started going to SunYoga weekly, but a bit sporadically, on & off, life got in the way, you know how it is…? But gradually I started to notice that when I didn’t do my yoga I didn’t feel so good, and that when I did come regularly it made a big difference.
My twice weekly yoga is like my medicine, every 3 days I get my dose, my fix, and I really look forward to it…Read more about Natasha
After a prolapsed disc injury in 1987, I suffered from constant sciatica down my left leg. It was very painful, tiring and quite debilitating. My doctor and physiotherapist both told me that I would never fully recover, I would always have back problems and that I would have sciatica for the rest of my life! I didn’t imagine that yoga would cure my back but the classes felt good, I was very comfortable with Claire and my chronic back pain started to improve.
When Claire started teaching more and moved to Sunshine I upped my attendance to twice weekly. This change made a big difference to my flexibility and my back problems quietly improved some more. One morning I was lying in bed, contemplating life and it just dawned on me,
“My back pain is gone, I can’t remember the last time I had sciatica!”Read more about Leonie
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