classes and courses
YogaSphere offers a number of vinyasa-style yoga classes and courses in the beautiful Port Stephens area on the New South Wales mid-north coast.
We cater for most levels - beginners and more experienced yogis. You should also join us over the summer break for sunset yoga on Birubi Beach. Keep scrolling down for more information.
This page contains information on:
- when classes are held - dates and times
- where classes are held - locations
- Frequently asked questions & general stuff
Six-Wk Evening Courses $70/$75 (scroll down for dates of next blocks)
- Monday 6.30-7.45pm @ Corlette, community hall, 49 Sandy Point Road - beg/gen
- Tuesday 6.30-7.45pm, @ Anna Bay Public School Hall, Gan Gan Rd, Anna Bay - beg/gen*
- Thursday 6.45-8.00pm, @ Corlette, community hall, 49 Sandy Point Road - gen/int**
Six-wk blocks/courses are a perfect way to learn a bit more about yoga and to create a bit of discipline with your practise. 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. 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! Generally, $70 if you book in at least a week early, $75 thereafter. I guarantee you will see and feel a difference in yourself after six weeks of regular yoga. Give it go - book in now, we have a super special winter deal. Scroll down to see.
* Please bring all your own equipment to Anna Bay, including blankets, cushions and/or bolsters if you require. Mats cost $25. All equipment available to borrow at Corlette Hall.
Casual Classes $12/$15 (five-class pass = $60)
- Thursday 10.00-11.15am @ Corlette - Gen
- Saturdays 8.30-9.45am @ Corlette - Gen*
- Tuesdays 6-7pm (Dec thru Jan ONLY, weather depending) Birubi Beach**
SLIGHT SHORT-TERM CHANGES TO USUAL TIMETABLE ...
*Saturday morning yoga will be suspended for three months - June, July and August 2013 due to Kids' winter sports and the cold mornings which seem to affect attendance. This class will resume in spring.
**Bring a towel, rather than a mat to the beach class, $10 only.
Beg/Gen = Beginners General; Gen/Int = General/Intermediate; Gen = General Level
WINTER EVENING YOGA DATES 2013, PLUS FANTASTIC YOGA DEAL!
The evening class at Anna Bay is TBC during June, July and August 2013 because it is a large space without heating. This means I have to bring and unload each week. I will do this if I get a good show of hands so please let me know ASAP if you are keen to continue with this class over winter. Otherwise, this class will resume in September. Please feel free to book in to a Monday or Thursday evening class at the Corlette Hall instead where we do have heating if we need it.
WINTER SPECIAL - SEVEN YOGA CLASSES FOR $75 OR 14 YOGA CLASSES FOR $135!! (no further discounts)
The next two sessions will be seven weeks each to take us neatly up to spring. You can pay separately for these sessions and receive a small discount, or pay up-front for 14 classes and receive a seriously discounted price! If you take advantage of the bulk class/course discount you will be paid all the way up to the beginning of September 2013 (please be aware that there will be a break for the July school holidays as per usual).
SESSION DATES FOR NEXT SEVEN (OR FOURTEEN) WEEK YOGA BLOCKS*
Monday 13 May - Monday 24 June (or 26 August) (Corlette Hall) - BEG/GEN
Tuesday 14 May - Tuesday 25 June (or 27 August) , (Anna Bay School Hall) - BEG/GEN (THIS CLASS TBC DEPENDING ON NUMBERS), and
Thursday 16 May - Thursday 27 June (or 29 August) (Corlette) - GEN/INT
*These seven week blocks are separate and each will be a different sequence. Book in to both NOW and receive a significant discount!
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Holidays & general updates
During the school holidays - particularly over Christmas - when there are no course classes, there is likely to be a few impromptu casual classes.
Please check the Facebook page for updates or email me if you would like to be put on my mailing list for updates and six-wkly newsletter (see above). Don't forget to "like" our Facebook page if you would prefer to receive updates this way: http://www.facebook.com/
Join us for yoga over the Christmas Holiday on Beautiful Birubi Beach
Beginners/general - Description
Yogasphere group classes are suitable for most people with an average/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!
General/intermediate - Description
General intermediate classes can be attended by anyone who has been coming regularly to these classes or has attended yoga regularly elsewhere. Classes are not that different to beginners/general but a commitment to the practice (tapas) and an understanding of all the basic yoga poses and how we tend to sequence them is required. You will also need to understand how to modify the practice for yourself when necessary without personal instruction. Contact me to discuss if you are not sure.
General level vinyasa
All welcome and all levels catered for including beginners, but a moderate to reasonable level of fitness is beneficial. Importantly, please be aware that these are not remedial or special needs classes. However, everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace and to rest and modify poses if necessary. Feel free to bring a sense of humour along to class - it's meant to be fun!
General group classes may not be suitable for every "body". If you know that you need special attention, perhaps because you 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.
Tailored programs and health coaching
Specifically tailored, lifestyle programs - including health coaching and nutrition advice - based on the remedial aspects of "yoga chikitsa" (yoga therapy) are also available.
FAQs & Other info
What to bring
If possible, bring your own sticky yoga mat, blanket and cushion (optional). At Corlette Hall, there are plenty of mats and blankets available to borrow. Wear loose, comfortable clothing - layers are good as you will get quite warm during the physical practice. However, the body temperature will drop again during relaxation.
Make-up classes can be arranged in 99.9% of cases with evening courses. However, they need to be done during that particular course session and no more than two per person per session unless there are specific circumstances. It is also important that some notice is given if you cannot make a class and that you arrange your make-up class with me- ie, please do not just turn up at another session. As a community service, these classes are extremely reasonably priced and this is to inspire you to commit and give yoga a go because it often takes more than one class to "get" it. So please consider this if you find you find yourself getting attached to a course class that you have missed and are unable to make up. Course price is for the whole thing and cannot be divided up. Unless there are specific, unforeseen circumstances such as serious illness or injury, payment for courses is not refundable once a course begins. You can arrange for someone to take your place (from week one only) but please talk to me first. Regular students who know they will only make three or so classes in a session can talk to me about arranging an up-front price.
Click here for details on where Yogasphere classes are held in Port Stephens.