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Offering classes seven days each week, ranging from Reformer Pilates, traditional Mat Pilates, Yoga, Barre and Breathe Strength.
An online collection of pre-recorded and LiveStream classes, available for you to access from home, at any time of the day.
A 40 minute group class using our beautiful Pioneer and Merrithew Reformers; fully supervised and facilitated by our STOTT trained instructors.
Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine and can be more intense and dynamic than mat based Pilates with the added resistance of springs which form part of the machine.
We have a maximum of 8 clients per class which ensures an intensely focused session with modifications to cater from beginner to advanced participants.
Pilates helps prevent injury and is the basis for improving posture, and increasing strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
New visitors to Inna Essence have access to book 30 minute Intro Reformer classes, specifically programmed for beginners.
Our method of Pilates teaching sees the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science, fascial fitness and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and most effective methods available.
Reformer Pilates helps both men and women of all ages develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and posture, without building bulk or stressing joints.
The jumpboard is a padded plate that replaces the foot bar on the reformer and provides an excellent and non-weight bearing method to increase the heart rate during a reformer class.
Jumpboard Reformer is safe and much easier on the joints than running. There is no jarring of the knee joints, and clients will enjoy a full body workout, with strong abdominal control required to stabilise the body.
Jumpboard Reformer is a class for members experienced in traditional reformer pilates.
*NOT SUITABLE DURING PREGNANCY*
Strength & Flow Reformer
A Reformer class that focuses on flow and lengthening of your muscles. A smooth, flowing class transitioning from one exercise to another; feel revitalised and invigorated with a combination of resistance work and stretching on the Reformer.
This class is specifically designed for dancers and athletes aged 11 years and above. Children require a lot of strength, flexibility, mobility and control when moving and that’s exactly what we will be working on in this class.
By adding increased resistance and support through pilates and dance based movements on the Reformer, we will work to engage the right muscles that are needed for the correct technique and alignment.
Reformer Pilates offers is a great way for dancers and athletes to build long, lean muscles whilst maintaining their mobility and flexibility. Our Reformer classes are here to educate teenagers on how they can look after their bodies in a safe and nurturing environment.
Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, is a mind-body exercise system designed to optimise physical fitness in people at every level of physical ability. Joseph Pilates (1880–1967) was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WWI by developing a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning technique, called ‘Contrology’ helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone.
A Mat Pilates class at Inna Essence incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking on spinal rehabilitation, fascial integration, muscle conditioning and athletic performance enhancement. We place a strong emphasis on scapular stabilization, lumbo-pelvic placement and postural alignment.
Pilates is essentially about re-educating your body, undoing the damage that years of stress and immobility inflict. By repeatedly holding certain corrective positions, our musculature starts to retain a memory of how they feel, and in time will actually adopt them automatically – without us having to think about them.
HIIT Mat Class
Do you love the fast results of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) but are really into the muscle-toning of Pilates?
This Pilates inspired HIIT Mat class is the perfect combination. Low impact but high intensity movements performed in short bursts, paired with the controlled toning exercises of Pilates.
Boxilates is a dynamic fusion of Mat Pilates and Fitness Boxing. It’s an interval style workout that marries the functional benefits of Pilates with the high intensity cardio and co-ordination of boxing.
Boxilates ramps up the traditional Pilates class with the pace and co-ordination of fitness boxing. Using boxing pads and gloves, you’ll combine short boxing drills and cardio intervals with functional movement and exercise on the mat.
Stretch & Flow Mat
A 40 minute class focusing on flow-based movements that stretch and lengthen your muscles. Good for anyone who is not a yogi but would like to improve their flexibility. This class is the perfect combination of Pilates principles paired with gentle yoga postures.
In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.
Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation.
Yoga is an approach to life that values appropriate effort, based on balance and harmony, within each person and with each other. Credit: Yoga Australia
Gentle, supportive and therapeutic are just a few words that describe Restorative Yoga. At its core, Restorative Yoga is a practice of passive healing.
This yoga style is known for its ability to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the ‘rest and digest’ part of your nervous system that helps keep basic functions working as they should.
As the name suggests, this style of yoga ‘restore’ the body to its PSN system function, which in turn, helps the body rest, heal and restore balance.
By allowing time for longer asanas and deeper breathing, Restorative Yoga helps elicit the relaxation response, that can help slow breathing, reduce blood pressure, and produce a feeling of calm and increased well-being.
A key feature in Restorative Yoga is the use of props such as chairs, blocks, bolsters, or blankets. The props help you hold passive poses for longer without exerting or tiring out your muscles. It also allows you to feel comfortable and supported, regardless of your experience with Yoga.
We specialise in Yin Yoga at Inna Essence. A Yin Yoga class stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the postures stretch and exercise the bone and joints. It also helps to regulate the body’s flow of energy.
A slow, long stretching class where you get a chance to quiet that noisy mind and release tight connective tissues safely. Great for flexibility, focus and improving breathing.
Morning Yin wakes up the body & removes excess connective tissue that builds in the stillness of the body over night. Moving the Chi energy through & removing blockages.
Evening Yin is about reversing the effects of the day on your body and preparing it for rest. Allows for your spirit to rest in your heart.
Rise & Shine Yoga
Rise & Shine Yoga is a moderately paced yoga class, incorporating breath awareness, asana (poses) for all levels and vinyasa flow. Lift the mind by starting the morning with sun salutations and mindful movement to help prepare yourself for the day.
Active Flow Yoga
Focusing on building strength, balance and flexibility, Active Flow Yoga is a dynamic flow of poses that keeps your practice varied and fun! Active Flow Yoga is much more than just a physical workout: it creates energy, vitality and freedom for the body and mind.
This class is challenging and rewarding: with regular practice you will make rapid progress and we are certain you will begin to feel the benefits of yoga in all areas of your life.
*NOT SUITABLE DURING PREGNANCY*
Gentle Flow Yoga
A lovely all-rounder, great for all levels, especially if you’re wanting something gentler. A flowing practice with breath work, stretching, balancing and meditation.
Vin Yin Yoga
The best of 2 worlds!
Where we blend a little flow and then go slow, into restorative bliss. The yin and yang of yoga!
You will move for the first 30 minutes and then restore and relax for the last 30!
Breathe Strength is an integrated conscious connected breathwork which involves rounds of circular deep breathing into the belly to switch on the diaphragm muscle and chest with a series of breath-holds ending with a meditative coherent breath.
Breathwork is intended as a personal growth experience and should not be looked upon as a substitute for psychotherapy. Breathwork can involve dramatic experiences accompanied by strong emotional and physical release.
This work is NOT appropriate for:
~ pregnant women (however subtle slow controlled breathing is suitable, where the facilitator can advise and guide you through this breath as an alternative)
~ persons with cardiovascular problems, glaucoma, severe uncontrolled hypertension, a diagnosis of bipolar, schizophrenia or severe psychosis, acute infectious illness, or epilepsy
Pilates with a touch of ballet that doesn’t require you to be (or have been) a ballerina!
A fusion of Pilates and ballet inspired movements, designed to raise your heart rate, tone your body and create longer and leaner muscles. Classes are upbeat and fun with energising music to get your heart-rate going!
Dance Barre is an increased cardio offering. Similar to a Barre class but a little less ballet inspired and a bit more free-moving featuring repetitive, easy to follow dance moves set to music.
Have some fun and get your blood pumping!