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 at least 90 minutes so we make time to practice yoga that affirms us as creative human beings so we may flow with grace.
Hatha Yoga with Urban Grace is the yoga of asana (poses) and pranayama (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.
All our classes are taught by fully qualified, experienced teachers who will guide you through well designed yoga sequences that enhance your health and wellbeing, that lead you towards insights and personal understanding and that inspire and challenge you towards new life.
Urban Grace studio space is small enough to ensure you get personal attention. You are strongly encouraged to book in to each class before you attend.
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 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. Practiced regularly, many students find these classes help them gain freedom in their neck, shoulders, middle back, lower back and hips. You will learn exercises that you can confidently practice at home. These classes are popular so book early to reserve a space.
Level 1/Beginners classes are for students who have not done yoga before or who wish to practice at a more moderate pace. All the basic yoga poses are taught and the class size is limited so you get personalised attention. As well as actual Beginners, the students who attend Level 1/Beginners classes may be returning to yoga after a break, after childbirth, recovering from injury or illness or they may be older, or stiffer, or they feel like practicing at a gentler pace.
Led Practice is for experienced students who want to develop a regular home practice. The teacher practices with the group and calls the poses but does not offer teaching points. Students gain insight and maturity by listening to their own internal instructions and practicing without too much input.
Passes can be purchased online or at the studio. Concession passes can be purchased at the studio.
Single class $25 concession $20
5x class pass $110 concession $90
10x class pass $199
Beginners Introductory Pass - 5 classes - $75 - valid for 45 days. This pass can be purchased a maximum of 3 times and used in Level 1/Beginners classes only.
Private Classes $110 per class or $450 for 5 classes
Yoga for Back Care
yoga for back care
These classes assist students to relieve back pain. You will learn yoga poses that help relieve back pain, combined with pilates techniques to strengthen your core and release stiffness patterns. You will also learn ways to direct your breath so that you can relax deeply and replace pain and stress with calmness.
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 the therapeutic 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.
Yoga for Back Care classes include Restorative yoga practice to allow plenty of time to quieten your body at the end of the class.
Class size is limited so it is best to book early.
'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.
Rita has practiced alignment-based hatha yoga for over 25 years in a number of traditions: Anusara, Iyengar, Okido and Yin. She has studied with wonderful teachers who are leaders in their field. Rita is a long-term practitioner at Urban Grace. Rita is certified to teach Yin Yoga and Ryoho Yoga Therapy. She is also a qualified shiatsu therapist.
'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