Strength of Body Strength of Mind
Our Principal Teacher and Founder, Mia Martin, truly believes Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness are the keys to health and happiness.
Mia’s aim is to challenge and inspire you to find strength and balance both in your practice and in life; to be vibrant and centred in your body and mind.
Mia’s Yoga & Pilates journeys began with her first Yoga Course 24 years ago and her first Pilates sessions over 16 years ago.
A Certified Level 2 Yoga Teacher (over 500 Course Hours) and a Certified Pilates Matwork Instructor, Mia is an active member and Registered Level 2 Teacher with Yoga Australia, which requires ongoing Professional Development every year. She loves participating in these courses and expanding her knowledge of all aspects of Yoga, Pilates and Anatomy, keeping up with all the latest research and passing this on to our students through our classes.
Mia has had the honour and privilege to have taught over 1800 Yoga classes – more than 2200 hours – and hundreds of Mat Pilates sequences..
All Levels are Welcome at North Beach Yoga & Pilates!
In every class we provide options for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Practitioners. Every body is different and at North Beach Yoga & Pilates we adapt poses and exercises to suit all levels of flexibility and range.
Together we will focus on inner and outer strength, leaving you feeling rejuvenated, energised and with clarity of mind!
Proven Benefits of Yoga
We cater for everyone from absolute beginners right through to advanced practitioners in ALL our North Beach Yoga & Pilates classes so you are most welcome to come to any class.
We give variations for every pose so that every body can join in.
Having said that, Beginners Yoga Courses are a fantastic way to get to know the basics of Yoga so it can be extremely beneficial to start with a Course. But if the Beginners Class or Course times don’t suit you, please feel free to come along to any class and you will be guided and will not feel out of place at all 🙂
Ahhh the most commonly asked question. YES. And Yoga and Pilates are ESPECIALLY important for you! Whilst flexibility is a wonderful side-benefit to Yoga & Pilates, there is no pre-requisite of bendiness required!
We cater to all bodies and encourage you to work within your body’s realms…
Yoga and Pilates are more about creating a healthy state of mind and healthy body….Practice and it will all come!
Since COVID-19, we require all students to bring their own mat and large towel -as well as any other props you may like to use – and additional towels to use as props for classes such as Yin/Restorative. You can bring a water bottle too, though we don’t tend to drink much during Yoga or Pilates as we’re trying to build heat and some poses are better on an empty stomach.
Vinyasa and Yoga-Pilates Fusion Classes are 60 minutes with an Optional extra 15 minutes of Pranayama (breathwork), meditation or just longer rest at the end for those that wish to stay on.
Beginners Yoga Courses & Classes, Yin/Restorative and Beach Yoga are all 60minute classes
Anything you feel comfortable in. We will be moving the body in all kinds of ways, including upside down – so keep this in mind!
Classes are practiced in bare feet but you can leave socks on during the breathwork at the beginning of a class and during the rest pose at the end of class.
You are welcome to wear socks with grip during Pilates Matwork classes if you wish.
Bring layers in Winter and especially for the early morning Beach Yoga classes.
Yoga and Pilates both have wonderful benefits for the physical body, including core strength and flexibility.
Through the integration of Pranayama, Mindfulness practices and ancient philosophy along with our Asana practice (poses and sequences), Yoga also benefits your Immune System, Stress Levels, Hormones, Emotional state, Confidence, Memory and Detoxification.
Yoga-Pilates Fusion classes focus on creating and deepening core strength and stability, but our group classes are not suitable for Pregnancy and may not be suitable for those with current injuries
We would recommend seeing a Physiotherapist for a one-on-one Pilates consultation if you are currently suffering from an injury or pregnant. During this phase, Meditation and a more relaxing Yoga practice – such as our Yin/Restorative classes – could also be suitable, as along as you have the approval from your Health Practitioner.