FAQs

Yoga Pavilion is a welcoming and open community.
We are here to answer any questions you may have about us, what we offer and the practice itself.

General

We are ideally located for the train or the free council shuttle bus. From Artarmon Train Station exit right at the bottom of the stairs and walk to the end of Wilkes Avenue, which is pedestrianised and has restaurants on either side. You will see Yoga Pavilion almost directly opposite, across the road, on Elizabeth Street (next to Gillespies). Why not stop by on your way to or from work!

We do not have showers but we do have an ample-sized bathroom and if the upstairs yoga studio is free you can change there too. Many people come to class in their yoga gear and change at work or at home.

Yes, please contact us to find out more.

Booking is essential. You can book online via the site or use the Mindbody App. If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call the studio on 0422 907 018 to book. Places are limited per class and spots fill up fast.

Payment methods: credit card, EFT (internet banking), Pay in person via EFTPOS or cash

Most of our classes run for 60 minutes (with the exception of our suspension sessions which are 15-20 minutes). Students are asked to arrive at least 5 – 10 minutes before class begins and to stay till the end so as not to disturb our fellow yogis and get the maximum benefits of the class. Please let the teacher know before class if you need to leave early.

Students normally have different levels of experience so if you are a beginner just go with the flow and relax. Listening to instructions is one thing and moving your body is another. When you combine the two for the first time it can be a little tricky to co-ordinate.

However, the more your practice the easier it gets – and our teachers will always do their best to accommodate new students. You have to start somewhere and everyone in the class appreciates that, as they were once beginners themselves!

Part of that process is not getting competitive with yourself or taking it too seriously but instead having a sense of fun and playfulness. You will quickly pick up the practice as your come to more classes.

Some poses may feel particularly challenging if you are new to yoga and the teacher will do their best to give you modified versions to accommodate your flexibility and level of experience. In yoga we measure our success not by how deeply we can go into poses but in how aware we are of our bodies as we practice. So if a pose feels too hard, be at ease, and seek to find the point where it does not feel like hard work but your body is still engaged – it is a fine and beautiful balance that you will learn over time.

  • Cubby holes are available to store your belongings (for use during class times only, not for overnight).
  • Unisex toilet available.
  • Ensure you are well hydrated
  • Avoid large meals for 2 hours beforehand
  • Wear non-restrictive clothing
  • Arrive at least 5 minutes prior to class if you are a regular
  • Beginners arrive at least 10-15 minutes before class
  • BYO Yoga mat, towel and water
  • Please take your shoes off before entering the studio – you may leave your shoes outside or store them in them cubby-holes.
  • Switch off your mobile or set to silent (with vibration off) before class begins.
  • Feel free to ask any questions of the teacher before or after the class.
  • It is your responsibility to tell to the teacher about any pre-existing physical condition, injury or health concern that might be impact your practice. We will provide modifications to suit your needs.
  • Please tell us if you are pregnant. You are more than welcome to practice and we will provide any necessary modifications.
  • Refrain from smoking or wearing strong scents before class.
  • Be mindful of your fellow yogis by practicing good personal hygiene and cleanliness.
 Stay until the end of class so as get the full benefits of the practice and not to disturb your fellow yogis. Please tell the teacher beforehand if you need to leave early so we can make arrangements.
  • Yoga is not a competitive sport and you may rest as often as your body requires throughout the class.

Any practice is better than none but to get noticeable benefits, we recommend three times a week. Practicing four to six times a week will give you truly great results in all areas of your life. But if, to begin with, one class a week is all you can commit to that is a wonderful start. The key is to do what work best so that can keep up your practice for the rest of your life!

Some people feel some soreness after class but that is rarely anything to be concerned about. By stretching and challenging our bodies we are using them in the ways they were designed for. Often we may be using a muscle that has been inactive, perhaps for a long time, which may feel sore afterwards as a result of a positive breakthrough in our practice. Muscle soreness is a build up of lactic acid. Normally the best cure for it is to have a hot bath in Epsom salts the same day and continue practicing – sooner rather than later so as to encourage the muscles to continue lengthening. That said, if you have any concerns let your teacher know and they will advise you of the best course to take.

This is a great opportunity to meet and chat to fellow yoga friends whilst enjoying the beneficial effects of your practise. It is also a chance to talk to the teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Please spray and wipe your rental mat with the cleaning spray provided and place it in the storage area. We recommend you drink plenty of water and if you are sore enjoy an Epsom salt bath to relax your muscles even more.

We are always interested in meeting fellow yogis and discussing opportunities. Please email us at [email protected]

Yoga

  • If you want to lose weight.
  • If you aren’t getting enough sleep.
  • If you lack energy.
  • If you want to improve your posture.
  • If you sit an office desk all day.
  • If you suffer from fatigue.
  • If you are concerned about repetitive strain injury (RSI).
  • If you want greater strength and flexibility.
  • If you want to a non-competitive form of exercise.
  • If you are stressed and or irritable.
  • If you suffer headaches.
  • If you have high cholesterol or blood pressure.
  • If you have back, neck or shoulder problems.
  • If you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • If you often need a massage to relieve tension.
  • If you are seeking personal and or spiritual growth.
  • If you are simply curious.

If you are an absolute beginner to yoga, we recommend you try our Essential classes first. These classes are the 101 of yoga and will give you the fundamentals to build your practice upon. For more information please see our different class descriptions on the classes page.

Our practice is gentle but will challenge your body often in ways you did not expect in terms of strength, balance or flexibility. Through the practice you will learn things about your body that you did not previously know. This opens up opportunities to release tension and blockages often in unexpected areas that allow healing to take place.

No. Through the practice of yoga we become more flexible but many people, particularly beginners, may find certain poses challenging. It is through working on these restricted areas of the body that we gain flexibility. The key is to maintain awareness of your breath and what is happening in your body while surrendering into the pose with gentleness. Take it slowly, rather than trying to force your way. By regularly practising in this way, the body will naturally open up, giving you flexibility you may not have previously thought possible.

Yoga is the perfect complement for any sporting activity or form of exercise, from surfing to weight training to running. It will balance out your body.

Yoga is a low-impact, safe form of exercise. However, it is possible to get injured if you: a. get competitive with yourself and force your body into postures it is not yet strong or flexible enough for, b. are not present and listening to what your body is telling you, c. don’t make necessary modifications to accommodate your body’s state at the time. Injuries, when they do happen, can often be an opportunity to learn, teaching us to be more mindful of our body’s needs.

Consult a doctor or physical health professional if you have a pre-existing condition before you start at Yoga Pavilion. Take regular breaks throughout the practice if your body is fatigued or in pain. Adopt a less intense form of any posture that feels beyond your body’s capabilities in that moment. If you need to come out of a posture before the rest of the class, simply do so.Ensure your are not holding your breath or breathing in a laboured way. If you are, it is often a sign that you are trying too hard. The breath should flow with ease as you move smoothly through the postures. Engage fully in the warm that your teacher will lead you through. This will often involve “Sun Salutations” which warm the muscles and get energy flowing through the body as cold, tight muscles are much more prone to injury. We provide props including bolsters, blocks and straps which can help to make certain postures possible, take strain off joints and tight muscles while allowing us to remain mindful of our bodies. Do not move beyond your appropriate range of motion by hyperflexing, hyperextending or twisting, in an unsupported manner.

AntiGravity®

  • Decompress tight joints
  • Core strengthening and lengethening
  • Increased muscular strength & flexibility
  • Relieving pressure while aligning the vertebrae
  • Increased kinesthetic awareness
  • Fine-tuning balance & increased proprioception
  • Low impact cardio-vascular conditioning
  • Perform advanced yoga & postural inversions without neck or back compression
  • Hold challenging yoga postures longer and in correct alignment
  • Stretch further with less strain
  • Muscular tension release through self-massage techniques
  • Adds an entirely new dimension to your Yoga/Fitness practice
  • Create better body awareness while increasing overall agility
  • Self-esteem enhancement through conquering fears
  • Refreshes the lymphatic, digestive & circulatory systems
  • Releases “happy hormones” i.e. serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine
  • Increases the Neuroplasticity of the brain (one’s ability to learn)

If you are an absolute beginner to AntiGravity®, we recommend you try our AntiGravity® Fundamentals classes first.

You can also come to the open classes in AntiGravity® Restorative or AntiGravity® Pilates or try one of our Suspend Meditation classes.

  • Yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach, and that is especially true of AntiGravity® You will turn upside, spin and the hammock will at times put pressure on your abdomen.
  • As with all classes, you must tell your instructor if you are pregnant, as certain poses will not be appropriate.
  • The edges of the hammock can put pressure on certain parts of your body in certain poses, such as your hips in forward folds. This may cause a little discomfort to begin with but your body will quickly adapt and feel the benefits of that pressure, which can help with lymphatic drainage.
  • Your hand strength will be challenged in certain poses, which require you to grip the hammock firmly.
  • As always with yoga, coming prepared to explore new things with a sense of humour and a willingness to experiment goes a long way to making AntiGravity® fun, invigorating and relaxing. You won’t know just how great it is until you try it!

The inversions (upside-down poses) in AntiGravity® are not suitable for people with certain medical conditions and you must tell the instructor if you are pregnant, have heart disease, glaucoma, very high/low blood pressure, or have had recent surgery. Please monitor your resistance and see a doctor if you are not sure.

You must wear long pants and a top with sleeves to reduce pulling of the skin against the hammock. Remove all jewellery as this can damage the hammock.