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Published February 22nd 2015
Stretch yourself to try something new
Stretch Yoga has definitely found its niche. Based in Albert St in the heart of the CBD, this small, funky studio caters to all. PJ set up the studio 9 months ago and invited me along to try out some of the classes she offers.
Stretch Yoga is located on the 1st floor, Albert St, Brisbane
The first thing you notice about Stretch Yoga is how hard it is to notice. It is definitely for 'those in the know', hidden on the 1st floor of 132 Albert St, between Elizabeth and Charlotte Streets and tucked in above a kebab shop. Once located, the studio space is perfect for its purpose. It is a quiet, private space, tastefully and sparsely decorated so as to make you feel instantly calmer and at ease upon entering. Although the classes I went to were well patronised by those already in the know, the space is large enough to accommodate any drop in, in need of 45 minutes of peace. Because, as PJ says "sometimes you just need yoga". And you know what? After spending a blissful week with her, she is absolutely right.
The clientele are extremely varied. As well as myself and my friend - part time workers and full time mums, there were high level management types, a good assortment of office workers, men, women, young and the not-as young. PJ informed me her youngest client was 15 and oldest currently 75 - proving Yoga really is for everyone.
Stretch Yoga is tucked in above a kebab shop and is "for those in the know"
Stretch Foundations, as its name suggests is great for beginners as well as more experienced yoga gurus. It is a great class to start with and to learn about the foundations of yoga or build on your existing knowledge.
Simple Stretch is a good balance of balance, stretch and relaxation. It is a form of Hatha or general yoga. The sequences were slow and I loved the options presented to us to cater for the different abilities in the class.
Deep Stretch, despite its name, was the most relaxing and centring class I undertook with Stretch Yoga. It is also reffered to as Yin Yoga where stretches are held for a sustained length of time, allowing your body to really unwind and relax. I loved this one in particular and felt like I had just received a 45 minute massage by the end of the class (yes, really!)
Flowing Stretch or Vinyasa Yoga is more vigorous and really does feel like a good workout, but so much more fun than going for a run at lunchtime! Again, the instructors presented the class with plenty of options within each stretch to cater perfectly for the differing abilities of the class.
Strong Stretch is similar, although as PJ puts it "like Flowing Stretch, but taken up a notch" and feels like a strong workout full, enough to raise a good sweat.
Stretch Yoga also conduct a prenatal yoga course and a beginners course once a week. Bookings are required for both of these classes, whereas the others run in a good rotation throughout the week and you are encouraged to drop in whenever you feel the need.
The classes revolve around usual office hours. They are offered early in the morning, from 6.45am, at lunchtimes at 12pm and 1pm and after work at 4.15, 5.30 or 6.45pm. Morning and evening classes are 60 minutes, while lunchtime classes run for 45 minutes. For the super keen workaholic, there are even a couple of classes offered on weekends. For more information about the timetable, see here.
Stretch Yoga also sell an array of beautiful goods at the studio
Prices are very reasonable and accommodate the odd drop in for $18/(60 minute) or $12(45minute) per class, as well as the yoga regular or aficionado. New students can try it out for $25, giving you unlimited classes for a week. If you're not sure of your work schedule but still want to try it out, Stretch Yoga have an option to buy 10 lunchtime classes for only $100. Monthly memberships are available also for the yoga junkie. Stretch Yoga are also running a special until the end of February, where one month of unlimited yoga is only $75 - the best way to kick start your fitness (or relaxation!) routine - but you will need to be quick to grab this offer. And if yiou miss out on this, don't worry. Check out Stretch Yoga's website, as they have special offers running throughout the year.
founder of Stretch Yoga, PJ (left) and one of her instructors, Elisse
You can bring your own mat, or hire one for the duration of your class for just $1. For the completely ill-prepared (or those days when you just "need yoga", as PJ puts it), you can buy water is $2. So there really is no excuse not to come along, is there? Break up your working day with some yoga and walk out feeling like you have had some good exercise and a massage.