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Published May 25th 2016
If yoga came in a pill we wouldn't need any others
On the Noosa River and just a few minutes drive from the famous Hastings St is this busy little yoga studio.
I enjoyed the Restorative Yoga class - where you basically lie on the floor in different postures, supported by cushions and bolsters when needed, to take long, gentle stretches and truly relax.
After any yoga class I'm still amazed how yoga's mindful movements, deliberate breathing, plus a brief meditation can transform my body and mind. After a class, better posture comes more naturally and many of the worries I walked in with have shrunk to almost nothing. Restorative Yoga offers big benefits for very little effort - perfect!
As well as Restorative Yoga, other classes include Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar and Beginners' yoga.
Unlike most other studios this one has ropes tied onto strong hooks in the wall. We didn't use them in my class but they run workshops where you can learn to get more out of your familiar poses using the support of the ropes.
You can drop in to classes for just $20 or get good value on other passes, such as 20 classes for $220 ($11 a class). The slightly longer class length of 75 minutes is a nice bonus.
Most days offer classes to suit anyone's schedule - in the early morning, mid morning, early afternoon and early evening.
Being a small studio, it's wise to arrive early to secure the most comfortable spot for you.
On the particular day I visited the instructor was polite enough but didn't seem as welcoming as I would have hoped she would be to new faces.
After class you can browse the boutique shops and grab a coffee or snack from the many shops nearby. The river bank is a beautiful place to sit and eat and watch the sun go down, alongside people fishing and strolling.