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Offering classes seven days each week, ranging from Reformer Pilates, Mat Pilates, Yoga and Barre.
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
Inna Essence is a space that allows each individual who crosses through the door, to be, just themselves. They can work on building strength and flexibility regardless of what they look like, what they wear, where they come from, who they know, what they are trying to achieve, all the while on a journey of self discovery.
Yoga is a practice for the self, to the self, by the self.
The intention of Restorative Yoga is to relax as far as possible into each posture, using as little physical effort as possible. The mind focuses on the breath in order to cultivate mindfulness and release tension from the body. This practice is available for everyone, with modifications for each individual body type/physical abilities and various contexts.
Restorative Yoga practices tend to be relaxing and slow paced, using as few as five or six postures which are held for long periods of time. Props are also used often in order to allow the body to be in the most comfortable, supported position possible. This may include chairs, walls, bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps. Gentle music may be played, and the practice may be combined with Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation.
Restorative Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate, slows the respiratory rate, regulates blood pressure and relaxes the body. Benefits of Restorative Yoga include:
Relaxes your mind and body
Soothes the nervous system
Enhances your mood
Reduces chronic pain
Gentle on your body, is generally safe and often recommended for people with acute or chronic injuries. Restorative Yoga is safe to perform during pregnancy.
Gentle Flow Yoga
Gentle Yoga is a broadly applicable, person-centred approach to Yoga, which can be tailored to differing body types/physical abilities and various contexts.
A practice that teaches the individual that each of our bodies is unique, and through self kindness, non-judgement and mindfulness, you are guided to develop the capacity to feel into your body (Interoception). Allowing you to make good choices for yourself based on your deeper self-understanding. Various props may be used during these classes.
Through a gentle, slower pace, our sense of self-movement, force and body position (proprioception) is increased when we build the Asana from the ground up.
A class may include Pranayama (the management or control of the breath), Asana (any physical Hatha yoga posture), Meditation (techniques to focus and concentrate the mind), and a number of other mindfulness practices. This yoga class is safe to perform during pregnancy (with modifications). The benefits of Gentle Flow Yoga are:
Improves strength, balance and flexibility
Helps with back pain relief
Benefits heart health
Relaxes you, to help you sleep better
Can improve energy and mood
Helps you manage stress
Connects you with a supportive community
Promotes better self-care
Yin is a passive yoga practice, where your muscles need to be relaxed as opposed to engaged in order to work into the deeper layers of the body (Fascia) and move closer to the bones and joints. Utilising props during these classes assists in greater softening of the muscles, with the poses being held between 3 to 5 minutes or longer, with slow transitions between each of the poses. Being able to breathe through this area of unease, connect with your body and remain strong and focused in your mind can improve inner strength and the ability to work through difficult situations that may arise in life.
Another important difference is that in Yin Yoga is practiced cold with no warm up and with more of a focus on flexibility of the body and lubrication of the joints. Yin is a cooling and calm practice, where natural or downward regulated breath is encouraged during the practice.
Yin is a practice that teachers the individual that each of our bodies is unique, and through self kindness, non-judgement and mindfulness, you are guided to develop the capacity to feel into your body (Interoception).
A class may include Pranayama (involves the management or control of the breath), physical poses, meditation (techniques to focus and concentrate the mind), as well as an explanation and integration of the Meridian lines, the five Elements of the Earth, and energy flow (Chi). Benefits of Yin Yoga include:
Lubrication and protection of joints
Deeper access to the body through the relaxation of muscles
Regulates energy in the body
Calming and balancing for the mind
Stress reduction and ability to release anxiety
Release of fascia throughout the body
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.
A combination of movement first to warm the body, followed by stillness as poses are held for 3-5 minutes.
We begin class by becoming aware of the body and the breath, practising pranayama (conscious breathing), then begin to gently move the body, flowing through sun salutations, to standing postures before shifting to yin postures, then resting in savasana.
This class is great for beginners as well as all levels and can be modified for pregnant ladies.
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!
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*
Yoga Nidra is a powerful relaxation and meditation technique where the mind remains awake during the normally unconscious state associated with sleep. It induces deep relaxation of the body and mind, with the ultimate aim of increasing self-awareness. It is a technique that allows you to recharge, relax, rejuvenate and awaken your higher consciousness.
There is nothing for you to do only to lie down comfortably in Savasana allowing yourself to relax, let go mentally, physically and emotionally. Listen to the instructions that take you on this inner journey. It is very natural for you to miss some of the instructions as your subconscious mind will come to the forefront as the conscious mind withdraws.
An intention or Sankalpa, a simple, usually a positively worded statement of a non-materialistic nature, aligned with how you want to live your life with authenticity and truth, is used in Yoga Nidra. The purpose of Sankalpa is not to fulfil desires, but to create strength in the structure of the mind. The intention you set in Yoga Nidra plants a seed for transformation in your life.
A deeply relaxing practice and is said to have the effect upon the body and mind equivalent to a deep sleep of four times the duration of the Yoga Nidra; for example 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra = 2 hours of deep sleep. The benefits on Yoga Nidra are:
Rejuvenates the body
Improves autonomic nervous system response
Train and relax your mind
Clear up negative subconscious programming
Awaken your creativity
Enhance your memory and learning capacity
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!