FAQ

Is Powerlife like any other gym?

No, Powerlife is the antithesis of a conventional gym. As a studio, our focus is high on service (you are the most important person) and on community. We do not advocate or partake in ‘extreme’ exercise (HIIT, Crossfit, Bootcamp etc) as we believe exercise should be about ‘function’ rather than pure performance. We also believe that the more enjoyable exercise is, the more sustainable the participation. Our focus is purely based on mobility, stability, community and mental/emotional resilience. (Mind, Muscle, Meaning).


Do I need to book in for classes?

No, but if it is your first time, please arrive 10 minutes early.
 

What class would be suitable for me?

Please see our individual class descriptions to find an ideal class that suits your fitness level and experience. If you're still unsure, please contact us and we will be happy to talk through the options with you.
 

I have never practiced Yoga before, what do I need to know?

Listen to your body, acknowledge your limitations, take things slowly and only progress when your body is ready.

As a beginner, you will feel comfortable participating in most of our mixed level classes. Options for both beginners and the more experienced are demonstrated in each class. If unsure, please ask a Powerlife team member which class is suitable for you.
 

What do I bring and wear to class?

  • Wear light, soft, comfortable clothes similar to what you would usually exercise in.

  • For hygiene reasons, we encourage you to bring your yoga own mat. We also have yoga mats for sale or studio mats for use. 

  • Bring a water bottle.

  • Yoga is performed with bare feet.

  • Sports shoes are worn for Circuit classes and Indian Clubs classes (optional)

  • Please avoid wearing strong perfume, colognes or strong smelling scents. Fellow class participants may have allergies or be sensitive.
     

Do I eat before yoga?

Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach.  Avoid eating just before class, but feel free to have a light snack 1 - 1.5 hours prior to class.
 

What are the class guidelines?

Our guidelines for yoga and mediation are:

1. Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are now. There is no competition or race to finish. Remember, no experience is required, what ever level you are at, it is perfect and right for you in this moment. Do what feels right for your own body and rest if you need to.

2. Please do not bring your mobile phone to class and be considerate to others by entering quietly. This is your time to clear and calm the mind, so we encourage you to begin your practice at the door.

3. Please avoid using any strong perfumes or after-shave balms as some people maybe sensitive to these. This can also be a distraction during the breathwork and practice. 

4. Arrive a few minutes early if you can. If you do arrive late, come in but please be as quiet as possible, avoid noise or any distractions for those already in class. Take a few deep breaths to calm your nervous system and you will feel peaceful and ready to join in.

5. Be proud of yourself. Each time you come to class, congratulate yourself that you have made the effort in your busy day to take care of your wellbeing and enjoying the many benefits that yoga and meditation can bring to your life.


How much does it cost?

We have weekly memberships available as well as class passes, please see our pricing page for more details.


Am I fit enough to do a class?

Everybody under 75 years of age and of average health can do our classes. You may choose to first start with our slower, gentler classes, ie Restorative Yoga and then build your fitness and strength from there.


Can I do a trial class?

Yes, you can do a trial class, the casual class fee is $25, which can be deducted from the total of a 10 class pass if you decide to continue. We also offer an introductory 10 day pass for $30.


Do I have to sign up to membership or can I come casually?

Yes, you can come casually but we recommend if you attend our classes more than twice a week, the best value would be our weekly membership of $29 per week. Our casual class fee is $25 or you can choose to purchase a 10 class pass for $190 with a 6 month validity. See our pricing page for more details.


What if I have had a recent injury and/or illness?

Advise your teacher of any injury or illness.  If you have a previous serious injury or illness please organise a written clearance from your medical practitioner or therapist before starting at Powerlife. Please advise all your teachers of your injury and/or condition before starting the class.


Do you offer pre-natal yoga?

All of our classes can be adapted to expectant mothers. Please ask your doctor whether you are fit to perform yoga or other fitness classes and always advise the teacher that you are pregnant prior to class. Powerlife does not allow expectant mothers who are in their first trimester of pregnancy to participate at our studio due to safety factors.


Can my children participate?

Powerlife will only accept teens over the age of 16 years after consultation with their parents. They must also be in the company of an adult.


I have never done Persian Yoga, where do I start?

Come to the Monday 5.00pm Persian Yoga Fundamentals class. The main aim of this class is to learn and practice proper technique. We break down the movements to the basics and build gradually from there.

You will learn the basic principles of the ’shena’ (push up bar) and the ‘meel’ (clubs). This class is ideal for beginners or those who would like to improve their skills in this magnificent art.


I have bad shoulders/neck, is it OK for me to do Indian Clubs?

Yes, (unless you have a specific injury that prevents this - advised by a physiotherapist or GP). Indian Clubs can greatly assist in prehab, rehab and post-habilitation of the shoulder girdle (rotator cuff, shoulder joint and upper thoracic).

The Indian Clubs offer low resistance (weight) and high mobility movements with variable centre of gravity that encourages balance throughout the whole shoulder girdle. In this class we use both wooden and metal clubs to break the class in to two distinct formats; 1 - mobility and 2 - stability/core strengthening. This class is aimed at gently challenging your range of motion and increasing your strength and fitness from the inside out!


Who is Meditation and Mindfulness for? 

Everyone can benefit from mindfulness. We all face pressures and stresses which can cause us to get stuck in our personal reactions. The things that challenge us may not change, but the way in which we deal with them can shift, making it all feel easier. Being more aware and accepting of our thoughts and feelings allows us to exsist in a better place to make wise choices and deal with difficulties more effectively.

Meditation and Mindfulness is for -

  • People interested in exploring how to use their minds more effectively to achieve goals in accordance with their values. 

  • People who want strategies to deal with the general complexity and pace of modern life. 

  • People experiencing work related stress, sensitivity to a stressful environment or difficulties with their work such as poor concentration, perfectionism or procrastination. 

  • People caught in cycles of worry, anxiety, irritability, low mood, poor self-esteem and lack of confidence. 

  • People who want to learn ways of working with general stress and anxiety more effectively and for increasing their overall wellbeing, self-awareness and insight. 

 

If you have any other questions that we have not answered here, please feel free to contact us and ask one of our team members.