Immerse in the poses. Explore alignments, experience mind-body effects, and embody the essence of yoga through postures.
Every person possesses an infinite source of potential within. Our true nature is not limited by circumstances, experiences, or external factors. Rather, it's an acknowledgment that our essence is rooted in consciousness, which is unbounded and creative in nature. Embracing our pure potentiality involves a shift in awareness. It requires us to move beyond the confines of ego-driven desires and fears, and connect with our deeper self – a self that is not defined by achievements or possessions. By tapping into this wellspring of potential, we can access creativity, insight, and inspiration that surpass our conditioned limitations. "Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny" - Gandhi Upon realising our genuine nature and comprehending the law of karma, the principle of cause and effect – where similar energies attract one another – the practice of the yamas and niyamas outlined below naturally becomes apparent and effortless.
The first of the eight limbs, yama, translates to restraint, discipline, or control. The yamas are practical principles designed to steer human actions within the context of the world's karmic, cause-and-effect dynamics. Much like gravity, these unchanging karmic laws render the yamas just as relevant to be practiced today.
Niyama, limb 2, translates to positive duties or observances. These practical principles were formulated to direct individuals' conduct within the context of the world's karmic cause-and-effect dynamics. Their significance also endures to the present day.
Genuine understanding arises from firsthand experience. Observe the interconnected nature of our world – how actions lead to outcomes. Initiate a practice of journaling; recognise that what might seem like mere coincidences stem from the materialisation of our thoughts. Set intentions for your days, allowing your desires to flow effortlessly. Pose the question, "Who can I become?" with an understanding that all paths are open. Align yourself with this vision. The 8 limbs serve as a guide toward this realisation, where boundless possibilities await. Reflect upon your highest self. Are you embodying that essence? Envision living authentically to your fullest potential. Picture a typical day unfolding, from sunrise to sunset.
Once you've completed the above, test your comprehension of the theoretical concepts below. This testing phase will help solidify your understanding and application of the knowledge you've acquired.
What shall I bring to class?Just yourself and anything that supports your practice. We have mats and props available for use. You are always welcome to bring your own. We do not sell bottled water, but your'e welcome to fill up your own at the studio.
What shall I wear?Wear simple breathable clothing that does not limit your range of motion. For Strength, Sculpt & Stretch classes; an outfit you'd wear on a jog would work well. For Soothe classes, where there is less/no dynamic movement, wear a few more layers. Barefoot is best, socks for Soothe classes. Shoes will be left at the door.
How many people will be in class? Will I get personal attention?Our studio holds up to 15 students. Our teachers typically offer hands-on assistance during class. We always ask permission prior. Please don't hesitate to ask, if you have any questions or concerns regarding hands-on.
What type of class should I attend?There is a class for everyone at Stretchy's. Please see our class styles, above, for descriptions. If you are new to yoga asana, we recommend starting with a Stretch or Soothe class, or a morning session.
I have an injury, can I still practice?That depends. What did your Dr/physical therapist/provider say? Many students find yoga to be a helpful resource when working through an injury but it depends on the specifics and severity. Please consult with your Dr/therapist and inform your teacher what is going on so that we can work through any necessary modifications for class. We are here to help, but are not qualified to diagnose. Your physician or intuition are the first lines of defence when working with an injury.
Can I book a private or small group session?Of course! Working one-on-one is a great way to delve into the unique needs of your practice with a teacher. Please reach out to schedule in. Rates vary depending on instructor, group size and frequency. For more details on rates see Private Sessions on our Staff Page.
What is your cancellation policy?We have a 24 hour cancellation policy on all classes so please be aware of this when booking that your'e not sure your'e going to make. You can cancel or rearrange an up coming class via your Stretchy account page.