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Why yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice with origins stretching back thousands of years in India. With time and commitment, we may end up being able to stand on our head or put our foot behind our ear, but its real purpose is to help us achieve a more positive outlook on life and a focused, permanent sense of serenity and peace. The saying goes: “yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down’’.

What style of yoga does Riverside Studio offer?

Vinyasa – a flowing style of hatha yoga where asanas (poses) are intelligently sequenced to follow on from one another. The focus is on building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility, as well as stress reduction. Yin – a slow-paced style of yoga with asanas (poses) that are held for longer periods of time than in Vinyasa —five minutes or more per pose is typical. Yin yoga poses focuses on the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility, and is wonderful for relaxation and stress reduction. Power Yoga - faster flowing vinyasa style practice with more focus on core exercises. 

Is Riverside Studio heated?

No – the only heat you will find is that which you generate naturally, using your breath and the movement of your body. In winter, we have a heater to take the edge off the cold and in summer we use our ceiling fan and open windows.

What is the vibe of Riverside Studio?

Rustic, welcoming, relaxed, down-to-earth, with no airs and graces, no politics, no mirrors and no ego.

What sort of people come to Riverside Studio?

Real people with real bodies and a bunch of different reasons for wanting to have this beautiful ancient practice in their lives: they want to carve some ‘me-time’ out of their busy lives, get fit or lose weight, make friends with their body, work through emotional stuff, see what all the hype is about, explore that coveted mind-body connection, meet like-minded people, tone up, get more flexible, cope with loss, grief, depression, anxiety, help with exam or general life stresses… the list is endless.

Why do people come back to Riverside Studio?

We feel very privileged when our yogis tell us that they feel it’s a really safe space where there’s a sense of being accepted as they are, where they are, and it’s not an uber trendy place where you feel worried about whether you are wearing the right gear or doing or saying the wrong thing. It is also small enough to mean that you are assured of personal attention, and not just treated as a number.

What is Riverside Studio’s background?

Previously known as “Yoga With Nicci”, the space has a rich history – built in 1781 as a menagie for the mayor’s animals, it was converted into a children’s playroom in 1986 when Nicci’s parents bought the property, and eventually changed into its current form of an intimate home studio in 2011 when Nicci moved back to the property.

What class is right for me?

We will indicate whether a class is going to be more physical or advanced than usual, and if in doubt, just ask the teacher before you book. Typically, though, whether you are a seasoned yogi or just starting out with your yoga practice, you are welcome to join any class. The whole premise of yoga is that you modify the practice according to your individual circumstances and how you are feeling on any given day, so a skilled teacher will be able to guide you in ways to either strengthen or soften your practice to ensure you get the most from whatever class you join. Rule of thumb: watch your breath, listen to your body and rest when you need to, even if it’s for the majority of the class. It’s all good.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you book a space in a class and then cancel less than 3 hours before the class is due to start, full payment will still be due by EFT. Separate cancellation policies will apply for workshops and extended classes. Repeated late cancellations or no-shows will be blacklisted.


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