Yoga & Wellness Classes
“Just get on your yoga mat. Whatever follows from that is a bonus.”
– Yaisa Nio
Yoga for everyone
Yaisa believes that awareness of mind and spirit is as important as awareness of the body. Her aim is to bring balance between the three, which is why most of her classes include pranayama (breathing) and meditation, as well as asana (postures).
Yaisa’s classes are carefully sequenced and planned, with a strong focus on the anatomy of each pose. To ensure the practice is safe and rewarding for all students, Yaisa spends most of her time off the mat, guiding students with individual physical adjustments and personal cues.
The perfect antidote to the hyper-stylised Insta-yogi, Yaisa encourages her students to focus on physical and energetic sensation, rather than aesthetic perfection. Yaisa can make yoga accessible for anyone, adapting her teaching style to the level, physical condition and needs of the student.
Yaisa is known for the authenticity she brings to the practice and she is loved by her students for her genuine and down-to-earth nature. She primarily teaches Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, Yin yoga and Yin & Yang classes.
Yaisa offers a variety of classes
Group & online classes
Yaisa runs yoga classes at Heartland, a magical property on the gorgeous native land of the Aldinga Beach scrub. She also live-streams her classes from Heartland to a global audience. Through her class library, you can gain access to an online collection of recorded classes to practice whenever and wherever you want.
To join her in-person or online, book a class now.
For instructions on how to join a zoom session, please click here.
Yoga studio classes
Yaisa teaches weekly classes at yoga studios in Adelaide and on the Fleurieu Peninsula. You can find her at Kanti Yoga in Cumberland Park on Mondays & Thurdays, at Salt Yoga in Christies Beach on Tuesdays and at Salt Yoga in Aldinga on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit the studios’ websites for more information and to book.
Private yoga & wellness coaching
Yaisa offers individual yoga classes, as well as wellness coaching. Coaching programs, often combined with private yoga sessions, run for three to six months and require a degree of commitment from the client. They consist of weekly or fortnightly sessions during which we tackle all aspects of wellness, from dietary advice to mindfulness practice, to a program of physical exercise in combination with simple lifestyle changes. Each program is tailored to the individual’s needs.
Choose from a diverse range of yoga traditions
Not sure which yoga style is best for you? Here is a snapshot of the four yoga styles predominantly taught by Yaisa.
Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic practice. The Primary Series consists of sun salutations followed by a fixed sequence of standing and seated postures that are held for five breaths each. This method is great for strengthening and toning and well-suited for you if you like to sweat and move. An Ashtanga yoga class generally requires some yoga experience, though if you are a brave beginner you are welcome too. Yaisa will tirelessly work with you on the correct alignment for your body shape and needs, giving physical adjustments when necessary and appropriate. With regular practice (at least once a week), you will soon become familiar with the sequence and can expect strength and flexibility to improve noticeably.
Hatha yoga with Yaisa is slightly different to your mainstream, modern hatha class, which is often a slow or gentle flow. Instead, Yaisa’s Hatha class is based on the original way of practicing yoga, with plenty of meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises). Traditionally, after a few rounds of sun salutations, yoga poses (asanas) are held for 8-10 breaths. This gives you plenty of time to work on alignment, try modifications and feel the intention of the pose. A basic Hatha practice is suitable for beginners whilst including stronger poses can make a Hatha class quite challenging. Regardless of the level, you learn to understand the postures and to move in and out of the shapes in a safe way, building physical and energetic awareness.
Yin yoga is a delicious though challenging practice. Unlike the more traditional and dynamic styles of yoga, Yin poses are mostly seated or lying down. The shapes are held for up to five minutes whilst relaxing the muscles as much as possible. Yin yoga has its roots in Chinese martial arts and aims to open the energy meridians and stimulate the flow of energy (Qi) through the body, mainly the fascia and the joints. You leave the class with much less tension and a deep sense of well-being. It is the perfect practice for those seeking to find relief from chronic back aches, tight shoulders and stiff hips. It also helps to clear the cobwebs of the mind and bring some clarity and focus to your day. Yin is loved by beginners and advanced yoga students alike.
Yin & Yang/Ashtanga
Yin & Yang and Yin & Ashtanga are blends of Yin yoga and a dynamic practice. We start the practice with Yin yoga as the body benefits more from this slow practice when the connective tissues and muscles are not warmed up. Going into the more dynamic part of the class, the energy released through the Yin poses is used to help movement and breath flow in sync. If you are fortunate enough to catch one Yaisa’s Yin & Ashtanga classes, you really get the best of both worlds.
This class is suitable for beginners, students recovering from injuries or those who simply want to take it easy. There will be no fast sun salutations or complicated postures. The aim is to build confidence and become familiar with yoga postures and related practices, including pranayama and meditation.