Yes! We make yoga accessible to everyone. As you are starting out with yoga it is best that you choose a spot in the middle/back of the room so that you can see other students around you. We have one beginners class on Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm which will break down some of our basic poses like Downward Dog, High Plank, Low Plank, Upward Dog and the Warrior poses. We offer a Two Week Intro Offer for $35 where you can attend as many classes as you like for two weeks. This pass will start from the date of your first booking. During this period please try and come to as many classes and styles as possible and aim to come at least 3 times a week. It takes a month of regular practise to get familiar with the poses in yoga, but you will feel a difference even after your first two weeks.
At MOVE we practise Hot Power Vinyasa, an energetic and dynamic style of yoga practised in a heated room, which has become popular in Western society over the past few years. Its challenging postures focus on a balance of strength and flexibility. Power Vinyasa links movement to the breath, producing a cardiovascular type of exercise which is unlike any exercise out there! Often sequences of the same postures are repeated in order for the student to get familiar with them and to find a rhythm to their practice. That said, many love the practice because of its diversity, so be prepared to be challenged. Check out our class descriptions page for more information on class types.
The myth that yoga is a nice relaxing stretch without any strength is starting to disperse in Australia. The yoga industry is starting to get traction, as practitioners have increased cardiovascular fitness, deeper lung volume through breath awareness, removal of toxins from the body from internal and external heat and muscular strength. Who doesn’t love to sweat? The endorphins that flow after a yoga class make you feel amazing, and your skin glows as toxins are released through the pores.
Firstly, make sure you have created your account online. When you arrive for your first visit, allow yourself 10 or 15 minutes prior to class to check in and familiarise yourself with the space and our staff. If possible, don’t have anything to eat 1 ½ hours before class and arrive well hydrated. We provide complimentary mats and sweat towels and we clean the mats for you after class. All you need to bring is your gym gear.
Welcome! The first thing you need to do is create a MOVE account with Mind Body Online via our website or clicking here. This will only take a couple of minutes. Then register for your Two Week Introductory offer and go ahead and book in for classes. Check your email as you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to create a password. Then download our APP and log in with your username (email address) and password and book online. Note that your Intro Offer won’t start until the date of your first booking.
Suitable clothing is tight-fitting exercise clothes in which you can sweat (think leggings, singlets and crop tops; shorts for the guys). Bare feet are required for all yoga classes. We provide mats, which will be set up, ready for you to walk in and choose your position. Bring your own water, or alternatively, you can purchase water from reception. Shower towels are available to rent, and shampoo, conditioner, soap, hairdryers and straighteners are all provided.
The heat allows the muscle fibers and tendons in the body to lengthen safely, bringing an increase in blood and oxygen circulating to the organs and tissues of the body, resulting in an increase in detoxifying and healing benefits. The heat will also make the practice more challenging, encouraging the body to sweat and release toxins more effectively. Both our studio rooms have been set up with silent Far Infrared (FIR) heating panels and have the capability to heat between 28 and 38 degrees Celsius. They have also been designed with a state-of-the-art ventilation system to support our heating with fresh air. When you walk into our rooms, you will feel like you are lying in the sun on a beautiful sunny day. The air is clean and fresh, not heavy and nauseating.
- Increased cardiovascular fitness and lung volume through Vinyasa flow movement
- Burning between 400 and 600 calories while sweating out toxins
- Increased muscular strength, tone and proprioception
- Increased muscular length and flexibility
- Improved postural awareness and proprioception
- Improved digestive system through internal massage of organs
- Increased sense of peace, calm, clarity and grounding throughout your day
- Weight normalisation with increased mindfulness towards diet and nutrition
- Increased removal of toxins from the body
- Increased body–mind awareness
- Increased creativity and ability to move with the flow of life, rather than against it
- Improved sexual function
A regular yoga practice requires discipline, commitment and consistency. We recommend a practice of between 3 to 6 times a week, which will start to produce results quickly.
Far Infrared Rays warm the body from within and are growing in popularity for yoga studios as well as in healing modalities around the world. They are starting to become included in detoxification programs by a growing number of doctors and healthcare professionals around the world. Far Infrared Rays are invisible wavelengths of light that are safe and naturally generated by your own body. They radiate the same rays that are found in sunlight, and which are also responsible for photosynthesis. These rays DO NOT cause sunburn or damage your skin and should not be confused with Ultraviolet rays.
As the infrared rays penetrate deep into the body, the body experiences an increase in blood circulation as well as an increase in the levels of oxygen and white blood cells in the your blood. It also stimulates the production of collagen (a building block for human tissue) and helps your body get rid of toxins by causing you to sweat. As a result, you will experience the benefits of a stronger immune system, improved cardiovascular health and a faster ability to heal from soft tissue injuries, such as tears, pulls and sprains. It is also a fantastic way to help cure a hangover!
Shoes must not be worn into the studio rooms, so leave them in the change rooms to keep our studio rooms nice and clean. We respect your time, so don’t worry about putting away your props or cleaning your mats—we will take care of that for you after class. Please keep shower times to a minimum for obvious reasons. lockers are provided on a casual basis, simply choose a locker that has a key in it, pop your personal items in, lock it and take the key into the yoga class with you. When you have finished, take your belongings and put the key back in the locker. We also have ample storage and hooks to hang your suits and shirts in the change area. Our reception area will be attended during business hours, and the front door is locked during early morning and evening classes, so you can be assured your personal belongings will be secure. The change rooms and lockers are cleaned out each night, so if you have left anything behind, it will be placed in the lost property basket under the front desk.
Our reception area is open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. This is to allow our students to come in and have a chat about our space and for us to answer any questions they may have. We have two studio rooms. We respect our students’ time and are aware that it is challenging for students to devote an hour or 45 minutes to a class during their busy day, so we promptly keep the beginning and end of the class on time and lock the door to the room to ensure the class is not disturbed. At the start of the class, the curtain will be drawn to indicate to everyone that the class has commenced. To ensure an enjoyable experience, please book online with our website or smartphone app and allow yourself between 5 and 10 minutes to arrive and settle yourself before class.
We understand that we all have busy lives; however, we require that you commit to the entire class by leaving your mobile phone turned off in the change room, or even leaving it back in the office at your desk. Even if it is on silent, a mobile phone is distracting to both yourself and others around you. Our teachers have a clock with them when teaching and are fully aware not to go over class time schedules, as managing everyone’s expectations is important to us.
We highly discourage leaving the class early. We ask that you respect the teachers and other students and do not leave the room before the class finishes, as this can be distracting to others. On the occasion that there is a medical reason, please seek your teacher’s attention and she can unlock the door and you can leave. If you need to leave for any other reason, then it is best that you commit to a timeslot where you can stay in class for the entire duration and enjoy your practice.
There is a common misconception that to meditate you have to be sitting crossed-legged, on a mountain, trying to stop your thoughts for hours at a time. Not many of us have the time to do that! When introducing people to meditation for the first time, we like to refer to it as mindfulness. You can meditate anywhere! You can meditate at the kitchen sink doing the dishes. You can meditate in a Vinyasa flow class. Meditation, or mindfulness, is watching the thoughts or sensations as they come up, and observing them without judgement. We believe that with regular yoga practice, our students will start to have more body, mind and spatial awareness.
The first thing you need to do is let us know about the injury before your practice. Our teachers are experts in their field and have strong anatomy knowledge and the ability to modify the practice and give different variations for students with injury. The benefits of a safe and regular yoga practice on healing old injuries are strong, as we start to work into all areas of the muscles, skeletal alignment and facial tissue. That said, it is important to ensure you seek appropriate medical advice prior to commencing a yoga practice if you are recovering from an injury.
Generally, our classes are not designed for pregnant women. We do offer Restore and Meditation Classes, which are less intensive, which may be more suitable for pregnancy. Power Vinyasa increases your heart rate during your practice and it can be unsafe to practise during pregnancy. It is important to consult your medical practitioner prior to practising during pregnancy. Our classes can be very busy and often the instructor is not able to get around to all students to help modify their practice so it is important to keep this in mind.
Fourteen years of age is our minimum age to practice yoga; however, all students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. All students can take advantage of our concession prices, which can only be purchased in-studio (not online).
Private health insurance claims for your yoga class with us are not possible. This is because the claim is made against the individual instructor who needs to be a member of Yoga Australia – a requirement set by health insurance providers so they can recognise and process the claim. However, it is not mandatory for yoga teachers in Australia to have a membership with Yoga Australia, resulting in a number of our instructors not having this. Which is why you are unable to make a claim for your yoga classes with us.
Unfortunately, we are unable to facilitate private health insurance claims for your yoga classes at MOVE. Whilst we would love to be able to do this, this is not possible as claims are made against the individual instructor as opposed to the studio. For you to make a claim, an instructor would be required to be a member of Yoga Australia, which is stipulated by the health insurance providers. However, because this membership is not mandatory, many instructors (including some at MOVE) do not have a membership. Please note that membership to Yoga Australia does not reflect on the certification or capabilities of the individual instructor. If you would like more information regarding this, please feel free to discuss with us in studio.
A MOVE membership is when you commit to a Direct Debit contract with us. Purchasing of 10 class packs, casual classes or introductory offers do not constitute a MOVE membership. The good news though, if you become a MOVE member, you will also receive the benefits! These include gaining VIP access to MOVE events, free workshops, welcome pack (coming soon), a complimentary white towel when you practise and more! If you are interested in becoming a MOVE member, simply sign up here or visit our friendly team in-studio.