A hidden oasis in the middle of the city, Shri Yoga Brisbane is located on the 2nd level at 26 Burnett Lane, just off the Queen Street Mall. You’ll find us just opposite the Burnett lane entrance to NEXT Hotel.
NEW TO YOGA?
Our FAQs page is full of information to help answer any questions you might have before your first class. If you’re new to yoga we highly encourage you to attend our 6-week Intro to Yoga Course so that you can learn the foundations and feel safer and more confident going in to general classes.
On your first visit please be sure to arrive about 15 minutes prior to class to complete our New Student Form before class and so that we can answer any questions you may have. If you’re injury-free, able to get up and down from the floor and don’t mind the learning curve during your first few classes, most of the classes on our timetable will be suitable. Beginners love our 45-minute express classes. Our gentlest options are Candlelight Flow, Sunrise Slow Flow, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Meditation. If you’re still unsure about the best classes for you, feel free to email or call us.
WHAT KIND OF YOGA DO YOU TEACH?
At Shri we teach alignment-focused yoga based on the Anusara ™ method. Each teacher’s style is unique but we all fuse precise biomechanics with a deep appreciation of the human heart. Expect dynamic sequences with longer holds. Our philosophy is that by staying in poses a little longer, you can practice safely while building heat, strength and flexibility. In addition, we offer Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Meditation Classes. You can read our class descriptions here.
Mobile phones are distracting to both teacher and students during class. Please do not bring your phone to your mat. We ask that you turn your mobile phone to silent and leave it with your belongings in the cubbies. If you have a situation that necessitates having your phone with you during class, please let your teacher know, otherwise you will be asked to put it with your belongings.
We know that life gets complicated, and because of that we welcome latecomers to class. If you arrive late, please respect your teacher and fellow yogis by waiting until after the initial time of centering to quietly enter the studio. Shri Yoga reserves the right to refuse entry in cases where late entry makes the class unsafe for the participant.
We know that public transport and scheduling issues sometimes make it necessary to leave early. It’s important to take some time for Savasana (relaxation) at the end of class. If you need to leave early, please let your teacher know ahead of time, position your mat toward the back of the studio and take a few minutes to lie down before you leave.
DO I HAVE TO BOOK ONLINE?
While we encourage you to book online for classes, it is not essential. Signing in online helps build commitment to your practice, and is convenient for some students. It also makes the sign in process a little quicker for the teacher and for you.
You can book via our Shri App or MindBody online. If you experience any technical difficulties signing in online, please arrive a few minutes before class and provide your name.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Wear clothes that are comfortable and that you can move in. Most students like to bring a water bottle, and we have chilled filtered water available for you to fill it with. If you have a yoga mat, please feel free to bring your own, or you can hire one for $2 in the studio.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN TO CLASS?
For insurance reasons, children are not allowed to wait in the reception area during class. Unless otherwise stated in a class description (i.e. Kids Yoga), our classes are designed for students ages 16 and up.
DO YOU HAVE MATS FOR HIRE?
We have mats available to hire for $2. Please ensure you wipe it down after use and return it to reception. Spray and cloths for this purpose are stored next to the cubbies in the studio.
CAN I STORE MY MAT AT THE STUDIO?
If you have a current pass or direct debit and are attending regularly you may store your mat in our storage area. Mats must be clearly labeled with your first and last name. Please be aware that our mat storage is limited and therefore is cleaned out several times each year. This is well advertised on all of our channels to give those who are no longer attending regularly a chance to come and pick up their mat. Shri Yoga cannot be responsible for lost mats, or mats that remain unclaimed after a mat clean out.
DO YOU HAVE CHANGE ROOMS & SHOWERS?
We have both men’s and women’s bathrooms to change in. We don’t have showers, but many workplaces do have these facilities for their staff. If you haven’t already checked with your workplace, check to see if there are facilities are available to you.
CAN I PRACTICE DURING PREGNANCY?
If you're pregnant, please get a doctor’s clearance before practicing. Yoga is a great way to keep your body feeling great and your mind in balance during pregnancy. If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you should be able to continue your regular practice with a few modifications. If you’ve never practiced yoga before, we strongly recommend that you start with a prenatal class or private session. While we don’t offer prenatal classes at Shri, we are happy to help you find a qualified prenatal instructor close to you.
CAN I STILL PRACTICE IF I'M INJURED?
If you've been injured, please see your doctor before coming back to class. When you have clearance to return to classes, start with gentle or shorter classes. Please let your teacher know before class that you're dealing with an injury or limitation. We also offer private sessions, which can be very beneficial when returning from injury. You can email us if you're interested in booking a private session or if you have any questions about practicing with or returning to class after an injury.
CAN I CLAIM YOGA CLASSES OR PRIVATE SESSIONS ON MY HEALTH INSURANCE?
Many private health funds cover yoga as an alternative therapy. Check with your private health fund to find out if you’re covered. If your health fund requires any extra information, please email us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
WHY DO I HAVE TO TAKE MY SHOES OFF?
Yoga is traditionally practiced in bare feet to help work the muscles of the feet, creating stability and connection with the earth. On a more practical level, because of the amount of traffic in and out of the studio, we ask that all students take their shoes off before entering. We have shoe racks located just outside the toilets where your shoes can be kept during class.
BENEFITS OF YOGA
With a consistent practice, you’ll start to notice the benefits of your practice quickly. We recommend starting with 1-2 classes a week, and increasing as you feel ready.
- Overall Fitness: You’re healthiest when you’re looking after not just your physical body, but your mental and emotional life as well. Yoga is unsurpassed at balancing both body and mind, creating a feeling of physical wellness and mental/emotional equanimity.
- Increased Energy: We often think of yoga as soothing and relaxing, but yoga can also be incredibly energising! Even when you’re feeling tired; yoga clears out the physical and mental debris of the day. Some postures get your heart pumping and improve energy levels. Others help to balance those strenuous postures so you finish feeling refreshed, rather than exhausted.
- Weight Loss: In addition to burning calories in class, a regular yoga practice helps you to become more attuned to your body, which often results in a better awareness of what you are eating and the effect your food has on how you feel.
- Better Relationships: Yoga releases endorphins, the feel good hormones that can actually shift the way you perceive and interact with the world. In addition, yoga and meditation teach you to observe your emotions rather than reacting to them, giving you the capacity to communicate your feelings more effectively.
- Better Flexibility and Posture: Yoga not only stretches and opens the muscles and joints, it also makes you strong. The combination of strength, flexibility and awareness that yoga cultivates helps to improve posture when you stand, sit, walk, and sleep, and relieves pain resulting from poor posture.
- Stress Relief: Stress management is one of the most common reasons people start a yoga practice, and the research is indisputable: Yoga and Meditation reduce the physiological affects of stress, enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.