Yoga for Every Body
Welcome to Urban Grace.
Here you will find authentic hatha yoga classes in Marrickville, and private tuition in the Inner West of Sydney.
Urban Grace yoga classes show us how to express the best of ourselves in our 21st century lives of busyness, business, harsh realities and hard pavements. At Urban Grace we make time in our busy lives to open our bodies and remember our heart's desire. All Open classes are 90 minutes so we have time to practice yoga that affirms us as creative human beings and we may flow with grace.
Hatha Yoga with Urban Grace is the yoga of poses and breath. It has been inspired by Anusara and Iyengar teaching styles, so we emphasise healthy alignment and respect for every student's individual qualities. We use our muscles to support our joints and organs and then we stretch, move and expand. We use our bodies and breath to explore how yoga reveals and expresses our unique gifts. Therefore you can be young, old, flexible, stiff, talented, vague, athletic, staid - everyone is welcome to practice.
Stand Tall and Shine - 5 Week Course
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm starting 22nd May
Learn the basic poses and alignments so you can practice hatha yoga confidently and safely.
Learn how to align those yoga poses so you can enhance your core stability, improve your posture, reduce stiffness and pain.
Enjoy renewed freedom in your body, willing mindfulness and the joys of opening your heart.
Next 5 week Course starts Tuesday 22nd May
Week 1 – Support - Feet and Legs
Week 2 – Move - Hips and Lower Back
Week 3 – Create – Neck, Shoulders and Arms
Week 4 – Empower - Core stability and the Spine
Week 5 – Freedom – Breath, Revision and Mindfulness
Beginners Courses courses are interesting, challenging and fun.
The course is specially designed for beginners who wish to expand their possibilities of health, fitness and personal understanding in a supportive and enjoyable space.
Lapsed yogis are also welcome.
Many people think you have to have a perfect body to practice yoga, or that you have to be flexible. This is not true.
At the Beginners Course you will meet all kinds of people and you will see that none of us are perfect. We all have concerns - such as sore knees, stiff hips, painful lower back, neck and shoulder problems, low self esteem, poor posture, sleep or digestive issues etc etc, and we all have unique gifts. You will learn ways to gain freedom from your problems. You will learn how to bring peace and contentment into your life. Mats and equipment are provided. Wear clothes that you can move around in - shorts, leggings, t-shirts etc, and bare feet.
Cost is $90
Teacher is Jane Robinson
Book early as space is limited
I N V I T A T I O N
If you are new to our Shepherd Street studio, we invite you to come and try a class or two with a special 2 for 1 invitation.
Come to 2 classes, or bring a friend
Open Classes are for everyone who has practiced yoga before. Classes are tailored to the students attending the class and you are encouraged to practice at your own pace.
Back Care will resume shortly.
These sessions are for anyone wishing to learn techniques to relieve back pain by strengthening and stabilising their core. Yoga and pilates equipment is used to practice supportive and therapeutic sequences. Many students find these classes helpful for gaining freedom in their neck, shoulders, middle back, lower back and hips and they learn exercises that they can practice at home. These classes are popular so book early to reserve a space.
Level 1 / Beginners classes are designed for beginners and students wishing to practie at a more mellow pace. The main groups of yoga poses are covered over a 4 week cycle. You can start at any time.
Yoga Focus Class is intended for students who practice yoga regularly and wish to progress with dynamic sequences.
Yin and Mindfulness The next 5 week program starts Tuesday 17th April. Taught by Barbara Courtille who has been teaching meditation for many years. She combines mindfulness techniques with poses held for long timings. Bring stillness to your mind while stretching fascia, ligaments and tendons. Class size is limited. Book early for this popular program.
Inversions Workshops on 25th Feb and 25th March are for experienced yogis wishing to enjoy the benefits of the most restorative of Yoga's pose repertoire. Prop-supported and self-supported versions will be covered so everyone can practice within their own body's capabilities. 2 hours $30
Single class $25 concession $20
5x class pass $110 concession $95
10x class pass $199 concession $180
20x class pass $350
Back Care session -
Private Classes are helpful for students with tricky timetables, tricky bodies :) and those who have particular questions they want to explore one-on-one.
Classes are usually one hour and are tailored to your particular needs.
Usually up to 4 students can attend the session, depending on how similar are their levels of experience.
Private classes are held in the studio in Marrickville or in your home or workplace in Sydney's Inner West.
Equipment (mat, blocks, belt, bolsters etc) is provided.
Contact Jane to discuss possibilities.
YOGA AT WORK
Yoga classes in the workplace encourage people to remain healthy, deal with the stresses of their jobs and promote supportive relationships within the work community.
Classes are usually one hour and held before or after work or at lunch time.
Cost from $130 per hour. Contact us to discuss possibilities.
yoga for back care classes
These classes are held from time to time to assist students to strengthen their core muscles and relieve back pain.
Yoga for Back Care classes focus on pilates-style exercises that help you identify your core muscles so you learn how to emphasise strength and alignment. These are combined with basic yoga poses that help you learn how to move freely and with confidence so you can get on with your life without the restriction of back pain. Improvements are quicker when students practice at home. Contact Urban Grace for details of the next Yoga for Back Care classes.
'I was at the stage when I thought I would be living with back pain for the rest of my life. A friend told me about the Yoga for Back Care at Urban Grace and I signed up because he was nagging me.
I was amazed. I felt so good after the first class that I signed up for the entire course. Now I practice a couple of the exercises at home and I can’t believe I feel so good now. I can exercise with my mates and do things I gave up years ago. Yoga for Back Care is fun and there’s a good chance it will help you change your life.'
I have been practicing yoga for a long time and I am often reminded of the many ways it brings happiness and encouragement to my life. I am qualified to teach in Iyengar and Anusara styles and have trained with the best teachers in India, USA and United Kingdom.
I started Iyengar yoga to help restore movement in my neck after a whiplash injury and yoga practice restored full movement. 15 years into my practice, I started Anusara yoga. As I was born with a sacralised vertebra that caused progressive instability and degeneration, I was delighted to discover that the alignments taught in Anusara yoga, combined with regular studio pilates practice, enabled me to manage the problem so that I am now virtually pain free. Learning how to conquer these two physical problems has been invaluable for teaching yoga students how to explore ways of healing.
I have always been attracted to find ways of inspiring students to align with their own beauty as well as aligning their physical body, and to practice yoga from that place of beauty. I love to see my students revitalise themselves and restore health, light-heartedness and good will in their busy lives.
I emphasize alignment principles that support students to find their core and practice from that foundation. Physical core? Spiritual core? For me as a teacher and practitioner, those kinds of boundaries continue to dissolve as my yoga practice matures.
'I feel that I benefit from Jane’s many years of experience teaching yoga. She has a way of explaining a pose in simple wording that make it easier to achieve the full benefits and delight from the pose.'
'I have been resurrected by yoga and Jane at Urban Grace. I began yoga at 60+ feeling old, stiff and getting weaker. 20 months later I can do a headstand! I am stronger, straighter and more alert. Yahoo Yoga at Urban Grace.'
'The truth is, I only found yoga through my teacher, Jane Robinson. I had tried many variations of yoga in many places but nothing quite fit. With Jane, there is a deep and innate understanding of the body, the mind, the greater universe and the recognition that we are all individuals. This is the most encouraging environment to learn in and practice yoga. Jane’s years of experience, dynamic teaching, honesty and diligence make for the most enjoyable, unique classes and my yoga career.'
CLASSES IN MARRICKVILLE
0405 343 045
72-74 Shepherd Street