Enlighten Me

The answers to our most frequently asked questions are here to enlighten you about everything you want to know about TriBalance.

Bookings

We know our clients are very busy and we try hard to keep your appointments and classes running on time. Occasionally unforeseen circumstances arise and classes and appointments can run up to 10 mins late.

Yes, there are yoga and pilates classes from as early as 6:30am and as late as 6:15pm.

There are also classes on Saturday and Sundays

 

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Physio appointments are available as early as 7am and as late as 7pm on weekdays and are also available from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.

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You can book into a workshop online, via the mindbody app or by calling the clinic on 3857 0847. Alternatively you can book at reception when you are at the clinic.

Private yoga sessions can be booked for 1-2 people online, via the mindbody app or by calling the clinic on 3857 0847. Alternatively you can book at reception when you are at the clinic.

Yoga therapy sessions can be booked online, via the mindbody app or by calling the clinic on 3857 0847. Alternatively you can book at reception when you are at the clinic.

Clinical pilates sessions can be booked online, via the mindbody app or by calling the clinic on 3857 0847. However you must first attend a clinical pilates initial assessment with a physio. Once you have been thoroughly assessed, your physio will develop an individualised pilates program to specifically cater to your needs and goals. You will then be taught your program on a 1:1 basis for 1-2 sessions or until you are comfortable to join a clinical group.

Yoga and pilates classes can be made as a single or recurring booking online (click link below), via the mindbody app or by calling the clinic on 3857 0847.

Alternatively you can book at reception when you are next at the studio.  

 

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Yes, you can book your initial and follow-up appointments online or through the mindbody app. You’ll just need to bring your referral paperwork with you to your first visit.

Yes, you can book your initial and follow-up appointments online or through the mindbody app. You’ll just need to bring your referral paperwork with you to your first visit.

Physio appointments can be booked online, via the mindbody app or by calling the clinic on 3857 0847. Alternatively you can book at reception when you are at the clinic.

 

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Cancellations

If you’re running late for an appointment you can call the clinic on 3857 0847 to let us know. If you are running late for a yoga or pilates class you can go in quietly and join the class, however if you are more than 10mins late you may need to forfeit the class as this will be disruptive to other students and could be unsafe if you miss the vital warming up sequence.

 

If you are unable to attend your yoga therapy or clinical pilates session we just request that you give us at least 24 hrs notice so that we can offer the time to someone else. If you are unable to provide 24 hrs notice because of illness or unforeseen circumstances you will be able to ‘make up the session with 7 days of the initial scheduled time and not be required to pay a cancellation fee. If you are unable to reschedule the visit within 7 days you will need to pay for the cost of the visit.

You can cancel your booking via the mindbody app up to 60 mins before your class is scheduled to start without losing the session, send us an email at info@tribalance.com.au or you can call us on 38570847 to cancel.  

We understand that unforeseen circumstances occasionally arise where you may be unable to attend your physio appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule we just request that you give us at least 24 hrs notice so that we can offer the appointment time to another patient in need of treatment. You can call the clinic on 38570847, send us an email at info@tribalance.com.au or if you booked via the mindbody app you can login and cancel your appointment from there. If you are unable to provide at least 24 hr notice of your appointment cancellation, you will need to pay for the cost of the visit.

Facilities

TriBalance Studio Etiquette:

  1. Arrive at least 5 minutes before class to allow time to sign in and set up your mat and any props.
  2. Turn off your mobile phone or make sure it is on silent with no vibrate.
  3. Stay for the entire class including the most important part Savasana.
  4. Remove your shoes before entering the studio room and place on the shoe rack outside the door.
  5. Be silent in the yoga room to allow people to meditate.
  6. Use roll-on deodorant. We do a lot of deep breathing in class and perfumes and aerosols can be dizzying and harmful to the environment.
  7. Place your belongings in the shelves provided not next to your mat as we have limited floor space.
  8. Stay hydrated before class but try not to eat a large meal within 2 hours of your class.

Yes, we have step-free access to the main reception area as well as the physiotherapy consulting rooms and a disability access toilet. Unfortunately there is no step-free access to the yoga & pilates studio rooms.

We have toilets with a small change area if needed. We currently don’t have any shower facilities at tribalance, but we will be installing shower and change rooms in late 2016.

There is plenty of unrestricted street parking, but no designated off street parking is available.

Payment

Usually your private health cover is restricted to services where there is an individualised level of care. Because of the general nature of workshops they will generally not fall under this category, however this may depend on the workshop and the individual’s health insurance policy. It is always best to check this with your health insurance provider if in doubt.

 

Depending on your level of cover you may be able to use your health fund to pay for physio, as well as yoga therapy and clinical pilates sessions. There will generally be a gap amount to pay which can be paid via eftpos, credit card or cash. Check with your health fund provider for specific details of your cover and what your rebate will be.

You can pay with cash, eftpos, visa or mastercard at the studio/clinic and we also have hicaps for processing health insurance rebates on the spot. If paying online or via the mindbody app you can pay with visa, mastercard or paypal. You cannot pay online using your private health insurance unless you pay the whole amount for your visit at the time of booking and then claim the rebate later with your health fund provider.

Workshops usually run for 2-4 hours and can be on a single day or run over 2-3 days so prices vary. Check the workshops section of the website for prices of individual workshops.

Clinical Pilates Initial Assessment 60min $95

Clinical Pilates 1:1 60min $75

Clinical Pilates Class (max 4 per class) 60min $38

Yoga Therapy Initial consultation (60min) costs $95

Yoga Therapy standard session (per hr) $75

  • Introductory offer: $25 for 14 days unlimited classes
  • Drop In $20 concession $15
  • 5 Class Pass $85 (valid for 3 months)
  • 10 Class Pass $150 (valid for 6 months)
  • Membership $25 per week for unlimited classes (6 month contract)

Initial physio consultations are 60 mins and cost $110.

Follow-up consultations are 30 mins and cost $75.

Prehab Programs 60 mins $75

Initial physio consultations are 60 minutes and cost $110.

Follow-up consultations are 30 minutes and cost $75.

Physio

Bring with you results for any relevant investigations you may have had such as x-rays, MRI’s or ultrasound scans or any letters or reports form your doctors. While these scans are not essential for effective treatment in most cases, it is worth bringing them along as they provide an additional piece of information which your physio can draw on when assessing your injury. If you are claiming physio under workcover or have been referred under medicare with an EPC plan, remember to bring your referral paperwork and/or medical certificate with you to your first visit.

 

 

Physiotherapists in Australia must be registered with AHPRA to legally practice physiotherapy. To gain this registration they must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent at a recognised university. It is a requirement for all physio’s in Australia to adhere to a code of ethics and to complete minimum continuing education requirements. See meet the team for more info about individual providers experience and qualifications at tribalance.

Yes, we respect your need for privacy and all of our physiotherapy consultation rooms are private and are separated by walls not curtains.  

Yes. Physiotherapist in Australia adhere to a strict code of ethics as set-out by AHPRA. By law, your patient information is confidential and will not be disclosed to a third party without your consent.

Most manual treatments are safe for your physio to perform while you’re pregnant if they are away from the pelvic area. However, it is important to tell your physio if you are pregnant as they will likely position you differently as you progress throughout your pregnancy. Your physio can also help guide you through the musculoskeletal and physiological changes that are occurring and prescribe exercises to help your body adjust to these changes.

It is best to wear shorts if your are having a lower limb joint or tissue treated. You can bring shorts to change into if you are coming from work, however it is fine if you forget as we can use towels to cover you if you prefer.

Yes, there are various ways and positions in which we can provide treatment if you can’t lie flat. Our 3-section treatment tables adjust to allow a high support sitting, side lying and bent knee adjustments.

Yes. it is absolutely ok to take any pain or anti-inflammatory medication before and/or after your physio appointment if your appointment falls within your regular dosage time interval. Your physio will take into account the effects of these medications when assessing and treating your injury.

There is no upper limit of age that can be treated with physio. However we do appreciate the limitations in mobility many elderly people face. We can offer home visits to patients living in Gordon Park and surrounding suburbs at certain times during the week. Call the clinic on 3857 0847 to find out more details.

Physio’s in private practice are trained to treat all areas of physiotherapy including musculoskeletal, sports, neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics, cardio-thoracics, gerontology, women’s health and paediatrics. However most physios in private practice will be most experienced in musculoskeletal and sports and one or two other areas. At tribalance we work mainly with musculoskeletal and sports injuries and continence and women’s health conditions. This can include children as young as 5 or 6 with sports injuries and other general musculoskeletal conditions. Developmental conditions are best managed by a specialised paediatric physio with specific experience working with developmental conditions. However if in doubt your physio can assess your child and refer on to a physio with more relevant experience if required.

Yes, it is ok to eat and drink before having real-time ultrasound. However it is beneficial to have a full bladder and you will usually be advised not to urinate within 2 hours of your appointment if having the pelvic floor muscles assessed.

In general we do not advocate the adage ’no pain no gain’ as generally pain is counterproductive to your recovery. If you feel an increase in pain while doing an exercise or afterwards, it may be related to improper technique or insufficient strength or activation of certain key stabilising muscles to allow you to execute the exercise safely. This will generally be picked up during your consultation and modifications provided but if in doubt it is best to stop doing any exercise that causes you pain and wait until you have seen your physio for further advice.

Yes. You can chose which physio you see and can request a female physio for any condition if you prefer it.

All medicare EPC plans are bulk billed at tribalance, so there are no out of pocket costs for your consultation. However any braces, tapes or equipment if required, are not covered by medicare.

If your medical certificate is still current, your claim is still open and you still have approved sessions then your physio will continue once you have returned to work.

The number of sessions you have will be dictated by your level and type of injury, progress with treatment and specific circumstances surrounding your claim. Your physio will communicate directly with your GP and workcover case manager to ensure your rehabilitation needs are met and your return to pre-injury work status runs as smoothly as possible.

Based on a detailed history and thorough physical examination, your physio will develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan. The number of sessions that this will take will depend on the extent of injury, previous episodes, your goals and personal circumstances. If you can only attend a certain number of sessions for any reason, just let your physio know and he/she can work with you to get the most out of the time you have and make sure you are independent with an effective self management program.

No, we just ask that you have all the relevant paperwork in place and that you bring a copy of your GP referral to your initial consultation.

Yes, this is perfectly fine. If you can only afford to come once or twice, let your physio know at your initial consultation and he/she will show you how best to self manage your injury and what to expect from your recovery.

Your physio will recommend a suitable interval between your appointments based on your stage of injury, your goals and individual circumstances.

No. You do not have to follow through with any of the assessment or treatments you have been prescribed by your physio. If you are on workcover you are required to comply with workcover policy but have the right to refuse any physiotherapy assessment or treatment at any time during your consultation.

Your patient information is confidential and will never be shared with a third party without your consent. However, with your consent your physio will willingly communicate with other treating health care professionals, insurance consultants and case managers and will provide progress reports when requested.

Yes, at your request and with your consent, your physio will communicate with your personal trainer or any other relevant health care professional to facilitate your injury management.

With your consent, your physio will communicate with your GP via phone or email and will write progress reports to update your GP on your progress and relevant information about your injury or condition.

Following a thorough history and physical examination your physio will draw on the latest in evidence based practice and their own professional experience to develop an effective rehabilitation plan that works towards achieving your goals. These treatments will often include soft-tissue and manual therapies, dry needling,  real-time ultrasound, exercise prescription, hydrotherapy, posture and ergonomic correction. For a detailed list of treatments visit our physio page.

Yes most definitely. Your physio will do a thorough assessment of your injury/condition and your individual biomechanics, posture and movement patterns and will prescribe treatment based on current evidence based practice and their individual experience. If you have had a particular treatment in the past that has worked for you, it is helpful to share this with your physio and you can work together to develop a suitable rehabilitation plan.

Pilates

Fitness pilates teachers at tribalance have a minimum 80 hours matwork training certification. Clinical pilates instructors are fully qualified physiotherapists with additional training in pilates for the clinical setting and hold a minimum APPI matwork certification. `

Like with any new form of exercise that causes muscles to contract under increased load, microscopic tears develop in the connective tissue elements and nociceptors (sensory pain fibres) become sensitised causing us to feel pain in the muscles. This muscle soreness usually last 2-3 days but can last longer in some cases. Research has shown that exercise involving more eccentric or lengthening contractions such as many pilates and yoga poses, lead to greater microtears in the connective tissue and hence more DOMS. This is a perfectly normal response to exercise and is how our muscles get bigger and stronger, making us appear more ‘toned’. Muscle soreness that doesn’t resolve within this time or joint pain that persists beyond a couple of days is not typical and it is worth seeing a physio for an assessment if this is the case.

Pilates is for everyone young and old. We generally recommend ages 13 and up for classes as pilates students need to be able to follow cues and instructions without 1:1 assistance. Children 12 and under will benefit more from 1:1 classes , which we can provide upon request. Elderly people with arthritis, osteoporosis or any mobility impairments will need to have a clinical pilates assessment done first to determine which method is best for their needs.

All pilates classes at tribalance are either 45 mins or 60 mins.

We offer a 60 min pilates matwork basics class at tribalance which is the best class for beginners or those who haven’t exercised for a while. 

It uses special resistance equipment to increase flexibility, build strength and muscular endurance.

 

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If you have a medical condition, it is important to tell your pilates teacher before class. If it is a condition that is likely to significantly affect your ability to participate in the class safely your teacher may recommend you start with clinical pilates. As always it is also important to consult with your GP or medical specialist about your condition before starting any new exercise program.

Pilates is generally a pretty safe form of exercise as movements are performed in a controlled way with mindful attention to the breath and muscle recruitment, however if you have an injury we encourage you to have a clinical pilates assessment which is performed by a physio and they will advise you on whether you are best suited to fitness based pilates or clinical pilates.

Pilates exercises can be performed on mats, using small pieces of equipment such as balls, circle and bands or with large equipment such as reformers and trapeze tables. Equipment provides more variety and allows for more modifications to be made to support or deload joints which are injured. For this reason, reformers and trapeze tables are commonly used in clinical pilates.

This depends on your individual circumstances and goals. You will feel generally the benefits from as little as one 60 min class a week.

At TriBalance we currently offer a selection of matwork pilates classes which includes

basic resistance equipment such as ball, circle and band.

 

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Pilates exercises have a strong focus on activating key stabilising muscles of the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle and therefore one of it’s greatest benefit is that it helps people to recover from injury especially those relating to the spine, pelvis and shoulders.

Other benefits include strengthening and toning the muscles, improved sports performance, improved posture, increased flexibility, improved balance and proprioception, stronger bones, improves arthritis symptoms and even improved mental cognition.

 

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Pilates was invented by German born Joseph Pilates in the early – mid 20th century while he was interned in a Brittish camp during WW1. During this time he volunteered as a hospital attendant, helping to rehabilitate patients using bed springs from the hospital beds. This is thought to be the origin of today’s pilates refomer. After the war he continued to refine his technique for physical conditioning using these methods and later moved to New York where he became popular amongst dancers and ballerinas.

 

 

Any form of active wear or comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Some people like to wear special pilates socks with grip on the bottom. These are available for purchase at the studio and but are not essential for matwork classes.

Just yourself, active wear, water and pilates socks if you choose.

Yoga

In order to be recognised by Yoga Alliance Australia as a registered yoga teacher, teachers must complete a minimum 200 hour certification by a recognised yoga school. This gives a silver designation. A gold designation is awarded to teachers who have completed a further 300 hr teacher training to make up 500hr teacher training certification. All yoga teachers at tribalance have a minimum 200 hr certification and are fully qualified to teach yoga in Australia.

If you’re new to yoga, your muscles may take a few sessions to adapt to the tensile loads placed on them,  just like with any new form of physical activity that your body isn’t use to. The subsequent muscle pain also called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) usually resolves within 3 days and tends to occur after the first few sessions and also when you first return after not practicing for a while. Muscle soreness that doesn’t resolve within this time or joint pain that persists beyond a couple of days is not typical and it is worth seeing a physio for an assessment if this is the case.

Yoga students are taught about the yogic principles of ‘Ahimsa’ which means non-harm and ‘Aparigraha’ non-attachment, to cultivate a safe environment for the progression of their yoga practice. We are all human and it can be tempting to push ourselves a bit too far sometimes when we compare ourselves to others in the class who may have been practicing for years. We can also become attached to the attainment of our goals in the form of executing a pose our bodies aren’t ready for yet and potentially cause harm to our bodies. Your teacher will encourage you to listen to your body and you will learn how to exert a fair amount of effort in a pose while cultivating a sense of calm and ease at the same time. This is, according to Patanjali how every posture should be performed and significantly reduces the risk of injury.

Yoga is for everyone. Even children as young as 6 can do yoga. There is even seated yoga for the elderly. Although we don’t currently run any formal yoga classes for kids, teens as young as 13 can join our general classes. If you have a parent or grandparent who may be interested in trying yoga but you’re unsure of their physical capability, you can book them in for a physio consultation where they can be assessed as to what type of yoga would be best for them. We can provide 1:1 sessions and can even come to your home if it is suitable.

We believe yoga is magical and a daily practice will transform your life. However you will benefit from as little as one 60 minute yoga class or as many as 7 or more 90 min classes a week. Even a 10 minute sun salutation each morning is beneficial. 

Whatever you can manage is fine and this is likely to change from week to week. Yoga is a non-judgmental practice in which you are encouraged to feel gratitude for the precious time you do have on your mat and accept when things don’t necessarily go to plan and you are not able to make it to class.

 

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Most yoga classes are 90 mins, however the pace of modern lifestyles and the chronic lack of free time amongst the general population has led 75 min classes to become more popular. We also offer 60 min early morning sessions. See schedule for class times.

We currently do not offer any hot yoga classes at tribalance. Our studio rooms are at room temperature which in the Brisbane climate we feel is just right for yoga practice.

Our TriBasics yoga class is 75 mins and is designed for beginners as well as veteran yogis wanting to go back and re-establish the foundations of their practice.

Particular focus is given to alignment of the body and control of the breath in each posture, improving overall strength and flexibility. You will leave feeling calm yet invigorated.

 

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Yoga can have a deep healing effect for many medical conditions and can also help manage symptoms. We strongly recommend you let your teacher know of any medical conditions you have so he/she can show you how to modify or vary the pose so that you can perform it safely. An example of this may be if you are doing supported shoulder stand (salamba sarvangasana) and you have high blood pressure. Your yoga teacher may advise you to do a variation of legs up the wall so that you do not experience an increase of blood flow and pressure in the head. Yoga teachers have basic training in anatomy and physiology, however are not doctors and cannot give you specific medical advice. If in doubt we encourage you to consult your GP or specialist about doing yoga with your condition.

Yoga can have a deep healing effect for many injuries when practiced with mindful attention and care. We recommend letting your teacher know before class if you have an injury so they can show you how to modify certain poses to deload that particular body part. If in doubt we would encourage you to seek advice from our physiotherapy team. Our experienced physiotherapists are also highly trained yoga teachers and can help not only with injury rehabilitation but teaching you how to modify your practice to support your injury while it heals. We also offer yoga therapy, which is a 1:1 yoga practice with a yoga therapist/physiotherapist specifically designed to nurture your injury and provide a safe space for you to continue your yoga practice.

Yes, but we encourage you to drink water an hour or 2 before class to hydrate your body and only take small sips during class if you need. This will help avoid nausea and discomfort which  can sometimes occur with a belly full of water while doing repetitive forward bends, twists and inversions.

With a typical yoga class involving many forward bends and inverted postures, eating a large meal right before class can cause nausea and discomfort for some students. We encourage you to eat a light meal 1-2 hours before class to help avoid these uncomfortable effects.

One of the 8 limbs of yoga as described by Patanjali is called ‘Yamas’ and is basically like a moral code of conduct which sets out how a yogi should aim to live in the world. One of these yamas is ‘Ahimsa’ which means non-violence and states that a yogi should try to live in the world without causing harm to any beings or the environment. For many yogis this translates to being a vegetarian or vegan. At tribalance we recognise that students are often at different stages on their yoga journey and while we respect the ancient teachings we take a non-dogmatic approach to teaching yoga.

Although yoga was practiced by hindu sages in ancient India thousands of years ago and still to this day, in the western world it is thought to be more of a philosophy than a religion. Yoga was brought to the west by Sri Pattabhi Jois in the 1970’s and is practiced by millions in the western world as a means to cultivate health and wellness and a spiritual awakening.

Ashtanga

Is a rigorous style of yoga which follows a set sequence of poses. It was brought to the west by Sri Pasttabhi Jois in the 1970’s and is similar to vinyasa in that each pose and movement is synchromised with the breath and builds internal heat through the practice of uajii pranayama.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa means ‘flow’ in sanskrit. It is the breath synchronized movement that transitions the practitioner from one sustained posture to the next to maintain a steady flow of energy throughout the practice. The most commonly used ‘breath synchronised movement’ used to transition in most vinyasa classes is ‘chaturanga-upward facing dog-downward facing dog. In our ‘Triflow’ vinyasa class, like most vinyasa classes, the sequence is not set and is great if you are the type of person who likes variety and the opportunity to learn new postures. 

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Hatha

Hatha means ‘forceful’ and basically describes all types of yoga asana (physical yoga postures) and is one of the 6 original branches of yoga from which all other styles have been derived. Like with all subsequent styles of yoga asana hatha aligns the bones, muscles and joints as well as  opens the many channels or nadis of the body, in particular the main channel of the spine so that energy can flow freely. In most modern yoga studio’s hatha yoga classes are less dynamic as poses are generally held for longer and not linked together with vinyasa, making them more suitable for beginners or those recovering from injury. At Tribalance our TriBASICS class is a hatha yoga class and is also great for veteran yogis who want to go back and re-establish the foundations of their practice.

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Iyengar

Iyengar yoga emerged in the 1970’s and is named after its founder B.K.S Iyengar. It has a strong emphasis on precision and alignment within each pose as well as pranayama (breath work). A variety of props including bolsters, blocks and straps are commonly used in Iyengar to help students perfect their alignment. Poses are generally held for longer than most other hatha yoga styles  so students have the opportunity to really feel all of the alignment cues thoroughly. Iyengar teachers are known to have students gather around to explain in detail the alignment cues of a specific pose, during class. For this reason most Iyengar classes run for approx 2 hours.

Bikram

Bikram yoga is named after Bikram Choudhury and involves a set sequence of 26 poses repeated twice each as well as 2 types of pranayama. The postures are all fairly basic and suitable for beginners, but you will work up quite a sweat as the room is heated to 40 degrees celcius.  Bikram’s method was popularised in Califiormia in the early 1970’s but has been fraught with critisism and scandal from reports of fraudulant sciateific research papers to sex scandals. This style is not suitable if you are pregnant and you should consult your doctor if have a medical condition before practicing in this extreme heat.

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga involves a hatha yoga style often vinyasa based with a varied sequence in a heated room. The room tends to be not as hot as a Bikram studio with temperatures ranging from 30-38 degrees celius.

Jivamukti

Jivamukti is a style of yoga founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York City. It is based around 5 central  tenets including:  shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (non-harming), nāda (music) and dhyana (meditation). Sharon was an animal rights activists before she found yoga and the Jivamukti method reflects her strong ties to animal rights, veganism, environmentalism as well as social activism.  Classes typically involve dynamic vinyasa based sequencing, sanskritt chanting and music. Teachers generally instruct the entire class verbally without relying on demonstration, teaching the yogi to learn to listen effectively.

Kundalini

Kundalini, also know as ‘laya’ is focused on awakening kundalini energy, a primal energy located at the base of the spine, through regular meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana practice. It was introduced in 1935 by Swami Sivananda, but It is influenced by ancient Hindu traditions, meditation and ritual practices, as well as shaktism (worship upon Shakti or Devi – the Hindu Divine Mother). Kundalini and othrer forms of hindu revivalism became part of the 1960’s to 1980’s counterculture.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is a style of hatha yoga which includes physical postures, pranayama and also yoga nidra which are supportive to a women’s body, mind and spiritual well being during her pregnancy. Certain postures and positions are contraindicated during various stages of pregnancy and the prenatal yoga teacher will have specialised training including knowledge of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal safety precautions specific to each trimester. Props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets are often used to support and align the pregnant student’s body safely in each pose. Consideration is also given to the  emotional and psychological changes that occur during this time and women often report feeling nurtured, supported and also empowered by their yoga practice.

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Restorative

All the styles decribed above are considered yang practices where there is a warming effect in the body and stimulation of the solar masculine energy channels. To balance and harmonize our systems we need a regular yin practice such as restorative yoga classes. Yin practices are generally more calming, cool rather than heat the body and stimulate the moon or feminine energy channels. Falling prey to a perpetual imbalance of these yin and yang energies is thought to be the root cause of suffering and illness. Our restorative class is 75 mins and includes only a few gentle resting postures held for as long as 15 mins each with support from bolsters, blocks and blankets. This is a great end of week practice and helps to stress and anxiety.

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Yin

Yin yoga also stimulates the moon or feminine energy channels to create a sense of calm and involves a deep stretch to the muscles and connective tissues of the body. If you suffer with a joint hypermobility syndrome this type of practice can be problematic but with correct instruction and cueing activation in the surrounding stability muscles it can give good muscular relief to the often overworked global muscles. Poses are held for about 5mins to create a deep stretch, much longer than a typical yang vinyasa flow class but not as long as a restorative class. It is great for increasing flexibility and complements a more dynamic yang practice.

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Yes, practicing yoga during your pregnancy can have many benefits for both you and your baby.

We strongly encourage you to attend our pregnancy yoga class as this is specially designed to cater for the needs of your changing body and is taught by a yoga teacher with specialised pregnancy yoga teacher training.

 

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Just yourself, activewear and a water bottle. We provide mats for hire at $2 per class or you’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Our studio rooms aren’t heated so a towel isn’t necessary, but you can bring one if you tend to sweat a lot.

Any form of active wear or comfortable clothing that is easy to move in is best.

There are many and varied benefits of a regular yoga practice. Some can be felt immediately and some over months or years of practice.

  • Improved balance and proprioception
  • Improved concentration and memory
  • Improved sleep
  • Better posture
  • Improved lung capacity
  • improved posture
  • Improved strength and flexibility
  • Improved sexual function
  • Anxiety and stress relief
  • Improves depression
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced chronic neck and back pain
  • Altered gene expression
  • Stronger bones
  • Lessens arthritis symptoms
  • Improved blood sugar level control

 

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Pilates is a method of physical exercise which lengthens and strengthens the muscles throughout the entire body, creating a strong core and balanced posture. Attention is given to synchronizing breath with movement and in this way can also be a calming, almost meditative experience.

 

Yoga is also a method of physical exercise with many of the same physical effects on the body, however the physical practice of yoga poses is considered to be only 1 of 8 steps or limbs of yoga according to “Patanjali’. The ultimate goal of yoga is ‘union’ or to unite the mind, body and spirit in perfect harmony and ultimately to unite the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. This state of perfect harmony and spiritual awakening is called ‘samadhi’ in sanskrit, the ancient indian hindu language and is the 8th or final limb of yoga. The physical postures which resemble some pilates exercises are designed to train the yogi’s body to be able to sit comfortably in meditation for long periods of time so that they can achieve samadhi.

Yes most definitely. In fact yoga can be even more beneficial if you’re not very flexible as it will help to lengthen out tight muscles and loosen stiff tissues. This will likely help improve your overall posture and biomechanics.

Many people come to yoga for very different reasons. It is a non judgmental, inclusive practice and at tribalance we have created a space where people of every ability can learn and reap the benefits of a regular yoga practice.

 

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