Are you new to yoga and pilates, or new to our studio?
Here are a few points to help you power ahead.
Remember to drink lots of water before and after class.
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.
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 early mat classes (6am & 7am) 15 minutes before class. All other mat classes open 30 minutes before we begin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 + 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.