Read below for some commonly asked questions around Japanese yoga. If you have a question that we have not addressed here, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line via email or phone.
Why attend Studio High Street and not another Fitness studio or gym?
As a boutique movement studio, we offer smaller size classes (maximum 7 participants for Pilates Reformer and UBOUND, and 8 participants for all other classes).
We have selected supportive, fun, friendly and compassionate Instructors here at the Studio who are highly experienced and qualified, offering their attention and expertise to individuals in a small group setting. We enjoy getting to know each of our clients and their specific goals and requirements in order to best attain great results.
The culture within our Team at the Studio is forever learning, constantly researching various fitness and rehab modalities, investigating exercise science techniques and the nitty gritty of what achieves long lasting results and what does not. Simply put, we are all passionate about what we do and it shows through our standards of teaching!
Our Studio offers only high end, quality equipment in a beautiful ambient environment. We offer Events and Workshops on weekends which provide new, interesting, often educational and also relaxing (!!) opportunities for our community on weekends!
Unlike gyms and other fitness facilities, our pilates and mat classes are one hour duration (instead of the hallmark 45 minutes which reduces to 40 minutes due to COVID requirements). Our pilates and yoga classes include a 5 min window for wipe-down of equipment used and transition from class, which brings the workout time to around 55 minutes.
The Studio is a welcoming, friendly community and we are always available to take requests and suggestions.
How many participants can you fit in a class?
Our boutique class sizes can currently accommodate the following number of participants
Pilates Reformer : 7 participants
All yoga classes : 8 participants
Ubound Trampoline classes : currently 7 participants
Stretch, Mobility, Release: 7 participants
Deep State Relaxation classes : 8 participants
Mat Pilates : 8 participants
OOV Classes : 8 participants
Why is Pilates Reformer more expensive than mat pilates, yoga and many other group fitness classes?
Originating as rehabilitation equipment for injured patients in hospital, Pilates Reformer became an exercise modality afforded only by elite athletes, dancers and high society which gained cult status originally in New York over 30 years ago. Now, Pilates Reformer is a commonly known modality for achieving ultimate body condition – great strength, fitness, muscle tone and efficiency of movement, as well as still widely used for rehabilitation for dysfunctional movement patterns.
In comparison with Pilates Reformer and other Pilates Studio based equipment, Mat Pilates and yoga classes typically involve a qualified instructor demonstrating exercises in front of a class, while the class participants follow from their own mat, using only their body weight as resistance, or perhaps some props such as a pilates ring or ball or yoga blocks. Many gyms provide mat Pilates and yoga classes to members as part of their membership offering, or as an additional fitness offering. If not incorporated in a standard gym membership, the usual price of a mat or yoga class is usually between $15-$30 per class.
Pilates and yoga can also be offered in a studio, or physiotherapy clinic, using specific Pilates equipment. In this environment, classes are much smaller groups, with the instructor tailoring the exercises to suit each individual. This is like a small group training session with a specifically skilled instructor. These classes can also be tailored for rehab style classes. The average cost of these classes range from $60 to $150 for a private one-to-one session, and between $30 and $60 for a small group class.
Using the Pilates Reformer machine, the most versatile of the studio based Pilates equipment repertoire, larger group classes are now available at some gyms, small and mid sized studios as well as physiotherapists. Typically these classes are around 45 minutes including wipe down of equipment and transition into next class. Classes range from from 10 to 25 participants, in the gyms and franchise style studios.
At Studio High Street, we specialise in affordable smaller sized group Reformer Pilates and Yoga classes with highly qualified Instructors. We offer one hour classes (which currently includes approx 5 mins to wipe down of equipment and transition out ofrom the studio).
While the cost of a class may be more than the local one size fits all style gym, the superior level of training with individual attention and most of all the results you’ll see at our studio make it very worthwhile.
A qualified Pilates Instructor accredited with the APMA and with Pilates Rehab training has invested as many years as a university degree or more in training, with fees to match.
At our studio you will find the highest of quality Stott Reformers, made in Canada while most other Reformers are of lower quality and made in China.
We hope you enjoy our Pilates Reformer classes here at the Studio, where you will see monumental changes for your body!
How often should I do Pilates Reformer, yoga, Cardio and Stretch classes?
Attending 3 classes per week will give you noticeable benefits – moving with more ease, less aches and pains, improved mood, increased circulatory system and digestion.
The best results are gained from attending the studio 4 to 6 times a week – that’s when you’ll see big changes – toning the body, shedding calories, enhanced intestinal functionality and maintaining a natural high and balanced emotional state all week.
Most clients find that once they attend one or two classes a week of any type, they want to schedule in atleast one other. Along with your body moving better and feeling better, your mind becomes clearer and with better focus on daily tasks.
The body thrives on diversity of movement. Pilates Reformer offers this, as does Japanese yoga. Look at our schedule and see what you can manage. If you have any requests for timetable updates, please feel free to contact the studio.
Do you have membership?
We offer a 12 week (single term) membership which becomes ultra economical for those planning to do 3 or 4 reformer classes per week. Our membership also includes unlimited mat classes and a maximum of 3 reformer classes per week.
Membership is discounted when paid in full, otherwise the Autopay option (non discounted option) is deducted Weekly.
Membership is suitable for
those who would like to do 3 -4 x reformers per week (and includes unlimited mat classes)
those who would like to do more than more than 4 mat classes per week
What exactly is 'yoga'?!
The word ‘yoga’ means to ‘yoke’ or ‘unite’. It originated in ancient India around the 5th century BCE. Yoga was introduced to the western world in the late 19th and early 20th century and became a very popular form of exercise in the 1980’s and as we now know it today.
There is a broad range of yoga practises and schools in both Hinduisim and Buddhism. Among the most popular, is Hatha yoga. In the west all yoga is typically based on ‘hatha’ yoga – which focuses on physical and mental strength building exercises and postures and coordinating these with the breath. The Hatha yoga practice emphasises proper diet, processes to internally purify the body and diaphragmatic breathing during asanas (postures).
Here at the Studio we offer a few forms of yoga, one of our favourites being Japanese or Okido yoga. For more information on these styles of yoga, you can visit our Services page.
I am not flexible. Can I do yoga and pilates?
Inflexibility can lead to long term side effects such as hip, knee, lower back, neck and shoulder problems. Yoga and Pilates will get you moving those stiff joints again, relieving tight muscles. Relieving tight areas in the body also gets lymph moving through the system for better circulation improving health on a greater level.
The body is amazing at adapting to whatever it is you subject it to. You do not need to be flexible to start yoga or pilates. By doing yoga and pilates to the best of our abilities, we achieve results. Pilates and Yoga are about working the body to the best of your capability every single moment on the day, and thereby getting results. Through attending regular class, just 3 or more times a week you will improve vastly, increasing flexibility and general health & fitness.
I am pregnant. Can I join classes in the studio?
Our classes in the studio are not designed for pregnant women. If you become pregnant, please see your GP and let them know the classes you will be attending. Your GP will need to provide a clearance certificate which you will email to the studio.
Please register your interest in a Prenatal Weekend (Sat or Sun) 4 hour workshop. These workshops will help you with breathing techniques and specific exercises to ease common aches and pains in pregnancy as well as keep you fit and with a great sense of well-being. The Prenatal workshops will teach you how to feel more comfortable and relaxed during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
How is Japanese yoga different to other forms of yoga?
Unlike other forms of yoga, Japanese Yoga incorporates elements from Martial Arts, Traditional Eastern Oriental Medicine (5 Element Theory and the principles of yin & yang) and works with the same meridians as Zen Shiatsu and accupuncture. This means it works with the body at a deeper and more therapeutic level. It works by building energy in the ‘hara’ (lower belly area also diagnostic point in zen shiatsu) and this energy is stimulated around the body via its energetic pathways (the meridians).
It can be a dynamic and sometimes vigorous style of yoga involving movement with the breath in a specific way. It also involves the body laying in supine and prone positions on the mat.
Unlike other forms of yoga, in Japanese Yoga we work to improve and correct the side which is tighter or that has less range of movement to bring the body into better balance.
Japanese yoga changes according to the seasons and the time of the day. Other forms of yoga typically often repeat the same sequence and same postures in every class.
Renowned for it’s ability to help those with back pain, it is overall a very powerful healing form of yoga, requiring a lot of effort and concentration on the participants’ part. A lot of instruction is given with Japanese yoga, therefore listening skills are important.
It is difficult to think about or concentrate on anything else other than the session you are participating in. This is in some ways part of what makes it a mindful practice. You will completely zone out everything else going on around you and in your life, being totally present and within yourself whilst achieving amazing physical benefits.
Once participants try this remedial form of yoga, they often tend to choose it over other forms of yoga.
It can truly be remarkable and life-changing for many as it has great ability to vastly improve and correct physical issues, anomalies, aches and pains with the body. Come and try it for yourself!
What is macrobiotic cooking & how does it relate to yoga?
Japanese yoga can be used as a complete health maintenance system. Part of this healthy lifestyle is to incorporate a macrobiotic diet (or similarly you can use a wholefoods diet) as part of the regime.
The Macrobiotic way of eating was developed and popularised in Japan. It is based on the 5 Element theory and yin & yang from Traditional Eastern Oriental medicine. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Since the diet was developed in Japan, Japanese foods that are thought to be beneficial for health are incorporated in most modern macrobiotic diets.
The fundamental principles underlying macrobiotic cooking are to eat locally grown foods which are in season, reduce animal protein and to eat in moderation. Incorporating a macrobiotic diet is to result in a more alkaline ph of blood in the body, thereby reducing or eliminating inflammation causing disease.
Check out our Events page for upcoming Workshops on Food Energetics & Macrobiotic Cooking with our Yin teacher, Kimberley!
What do I wear?
For Pilates, Yoga and Stretch, Mobility, Release classes please wear comfortable, clothing. It is beneficial to wear activewear or similar clothing so that your instructor can visibly see your body and its alignment.
For hygiene purposes, please wear socks on the Reformer machines at all times. We have a range of women’s and men’s Pilates grip socks for sale in the Studio.
For UBOUND, you can wear activewear such as shorts, fitness skorts, capris leggings or even long leggings. Sneakers or Trainers are worn on the trampoline.
For Deep relaxation classes, wear comfortable loose clothing or activewear.
Do I need to bring anything?
For pilates reformer, you may wish to bring a small towel to place on the reformer carriage. It is up to your individual preference.
For yoga and other mat based classes, mats are supplied, however feel free to bring your own if you prefer. If participating in yin yoga, feel free to bring your own bolster, however the studio will provide bolsters. Note – all our bolsters have machine washable covers and are washed regularly.
You may also wish to bring a yoga towel (either sticky dot yoga towel or bath towel or small towel for bolster) which for some if preferable.
For UBOUND, please bring a spare top or tshirt and a warm top if you will be participating in a mat based class afterwards as you may feel cold once you’ve done this intense session and cooling down in the air con.
UBOUND – you can also bring your own small towel for your face however we will supply a small towel too.
Burn up to 750 calories in a session of this high intensity yet low impact trampoline fitness. If you want to lose kilo’s, this is totally the pack for you. It is fun and upbeat. Workout at your own pace. So long as you’re moving, you are shredding!
Choose either Calorie Drop UBOUND classes or choose some Okido Yoga for a stretch, strengthen class and to balance out all the cardio!
Complimentary towel provided during your workout session. Please remember to bring your water bottle!
Valid for 6 months
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These classes work to help build lean muscles, super strong abdonimals and pelvic floor as well as improve your posture and range of movement.
Pilates is renowned for providing a superior workout to tone and lengthen your muscles. Extra focus an more exercises using eccentric muscle contractions is what helps us to achieve great overall body conditionings.
Pilates Reformer is used to become toned, fit and strong. It is used by all ages and abilitie and is used also by sports people, athletes & dancers for improving (sports) performance.
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How to spend your Saturday or Sunday afternoon? Try something different, from an immersion in a form of yoga such as Yin yoga or Restorative yoga…try a a deeply relaxing sound bath with gong sound healing. You might like to learn about Macrobiotic cooking and nutrition according to the 5 Element theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – eating foods which are appropriate for your particular constitution. You can also add another layer to your Japaense yoga or yin yoga practice with our yin immersios and Food Energetics according to the 5 Elements.
We have a number of weekend workshops. You can check out the details on our Events page.
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