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Are you new to yoga and pilates, or new to our studio?
Here are a few points to help you power ahead.

Hydration is key

Remember to drink lots of water before and after class.

Book in

It’s quick and easy via the Upstate App (available on iOS or Android), or right here on our website. We highly recommend booking for our reformer and peak-time mat classes. Check out the booking cancellation policy outlined in our terms and conditions.

Do you have a class cancellation policy?

If you have booked to attend a class and wish to cancel your attendance, you must process a cancellation through the online booking system up to 9 hours prior.

Any cancellations after the 9 hour mark will be subject to late cancel and no show fees. Check out the cancellation policy here

Check in

If you’re new, please arrive 10 minutes early. We’ll settle you in and show you around. The doors will close when class starts so please be sure to arrive on time, as no late entry will be permitted.

You can check in to reformer class and morning mat classes 15 minutes before class. All other mat classes open 30 minutes before we begin.

Begin somewhere

We have no expectations – you don’t need to able to touch your toes or balance on one leg. The expert was once the beginner. We’ll guide you through your practice, encouraging you to rest when needed and teaching you to listen to your body.

Pack your bag

Always bring a bottle of water.  We’ve got you covered with bolsters and blocks for our yoga classes so you can get nice and comfy.

For our mat classes in Geelong & Torquay, you’ll also need a yoga mat and a large towel. Or, hire the set for $4.

Mats are provided at our Balaclava studio.

Dress the part

Let’s face it, you’re going to sweat in most of our classes. Go for comfortable and light clothing that moves with your body.

Enjoy the spoils

And walk out feeling fantastic. Our spacious change rooms with toilets, showers, hair dryers and other necessities are kitted out for pre and post-workout prep. There’s also lockers for your personal belongings.

Have an injury?

We’ll ensure you practice safely. Your teacher will ask for injuries, or you can tell us when you arrive.

Some of our classes may even speed up the healing process. Ask your teacher prior to class about possible modifications during your yoga or mat pilates classes.
However, our group reformer classes are best suited to those without injuries. These are athletic, not rehabilitative, so they require you to be injury-free.


You may practice Hot Power Flow, Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, BoxHIIT + Power Reformer while pregnant. Its only recommended you continue to practice these classes if you have had a consistent practice at Upstate Studios for a minimum of 3-6 months in these class styles.
Also we request you that you discuss the suitability of practicing these classes with your health care practitioner and only practice if it’s recommended.
If you wish to practice while pregnant, please email us to arrange an appointment for a one-on-one session to discuss the recommended pregnancy modifications. Please note that practicing is at your own risk and its your responsibility to practice the modifications with caution.
We do not recommend practicing Hot Pilates, Power Pilates, Pilates HIIT or Cardio Reformer.

We do not recommend practicing Yin Yoga  during the first 3-4months post pregnancy.


You must be a minimum of 16 years old to attend pilates reformer classes.  For yoga and pilates mat classes the minimum age is 12 years old  and if your under 16 you will need to come along with a parent or guardian.

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