ABOUT BRAVE YOGA
A BRAVE MISSION
‘To create an oasis promoting the balance of functional strength and flexibility, mental healing, and the bravely to be authentic.’
The Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’ means ‘union.’
At BRAVE, we believe that yoga is not only about the re-connection of body, mind and soul, but yoga can also be a challenging workout, topped off with some fun!
That’s why our unique style of Hot Power Yoga is practised to modern music, bringing a fresh edge to make you smile. We focus on building functional strength, whilst also increasing your flexibility and relaxing the mind. Classes will be heated to an idea; 25-32 degrees to mimic a warm day, allowing for efficient stretching.
At BRAVE yoga, we ensure to include the essence of traditional yoga, working on mindfulness and breathing techniques to keep you zen through your week both on-and-off the mat.
We are also passionate about creating community with those in our classes, so if you want to be a part of our yogi community, it is as simple as coming down and saying hello!
We hope to see you soon on the mat!
The BRAVE team
A BRAVE PHILOSOPHY
Be BRAVE enough to be who you are without apology.
Be BRAVE enough to face yourself when you fall off track.
Have the BRAVERY to trust the process.
Hear your inner critic and choose to not listen.
Love fiercely without barriers.
Remember you have two ears for listening and one mouth for speaking.
Let go of things no longer serving you.
Believe you have all you need within you right now.
Trust that those who want to be around you, will make the effort.
Leave toxic people and drama to the side.
Always be kind and have compassion.
Forgive for your inner peace.
Love yourself and remember – you’ve got this!
Because you are YOU, and you are BRAVE!
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Co-founder and Managing Director, BRAVE Yoga
Let me tell you a story.
I wasn’t always BRAVE. I didn’t always follow my dreams. I doubted myself. I doubted that I was good enough to achieve my goals.
But then I found yoga. Then everything changed.
Before I discovered yoga, I tried many other types of fitness genres – I am a qualified Personal Trainer, Less Mills RPM instructor, kick-boxing fanatic, weightlifting lady and HIIT training maniac.
But essentially, I trained because I hated my body, not because I loved it. I wanted to be different, I wanted to be skinnier, prettier, more attractive… But no matter how skinny or pretty I was, it was never enough. Truth was, I had body image and food issues, undiagnosed anxiety and my subconscious internal dialogue was proof that I hated myself. I was in a bad relationship with myself and with my partner at the time. I accepted being treated badly because unconsciously, I believed I did not deserve any better.
Writing this is very hard for me. I feel vulnerable sharing this, and I look back and I am saddened about at the relationship I had with my body and myself… But I share this so I can help others who may relate.
But this is a good story – this is where yoga comes in to saves the day!
When I first started Hot Power Yoga, the physical intensity captured my attention. This was not the type of yoga I had done before – it was hard work! I was sweating and physically challenged! I noticed the more I practiced, the more I was in the present moment, feeling into my body and breath through moving meditation. I began developing body awareness, and with that, I began to heal through self-love and acceptance. Once feeling your body, and respecting it, you begin to think differently as to how you treat it. Our body is a wonderful complex machine that enables us to get through life and do amazing things, being grateful for this vessel was the beginning of a new relationship with myself.
I couldn’t get enough!
Soon I was enrolled in a teacher training and discovering layers of my own psychology that I never knew existed. I started to realise that my fear and self-doubt were running my life, and I was captive in my own head. Mental illness is not a ‘sexy’ subject, but truth is that almost half of all Australians will suffer mental illness at one point in their life. But whether we acknowledge it, label it, and move through it is another thing. Yoga is not a silver bullet that fixes everything, but it gives you tools to manage your energy and mood better.
So be BRAVE – if you are seeking to increase your physical strength and flexibility, personal healing, or mental clarity then Hot Power Yoga could be for you!
I hope by sharing my story, some will connect to elements of it. My goal is to share the gift of yoga with as many people as I can. Because I believe in the strength of the healing it offers, as I have experienced it in myself and in others around me.
Be BRAVE. Be Yourself.
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, BRAVE Yoga
I am an engineer and home builder-renovator. I am what most people would say a pretty ‘masculine’ guy. My sports of choice are motorbike riding, mountain biking, road cycling, and running.
To be honest, I never liked yoga before I tried Claires’ Hot Power Yoga classes and it changed my view of what yoga is capable of.
I personally need a strong practice that shows physical, but also mental results quickly. I am a direct person, so I don’t like faff and I say things how they are. I can relate to people who have tried yoga before and not liked it, or didn’t like the ‘hippy’ side.
You don’t need to come to yoga for the ‘spiritual’ side, it can be a purely physical practice for functional purposes – to become strong and flexible and allow you to be better at the other sports you do. It can also help reduce stress, so you can be a better boss, lover, brother, sister or friend.
But I do have to say that if you come regularly, you will find the mental side of things creep in and improves your life like osmosis. Specifically, yoga tools like breathing (Pranayama) and meditation can help you perform at a higher level and be more efficient in general. Yoga also gives you the tools to observe your actions and see things from a new perspective, which can help your communication ability in relationships.
So enough faff, if you want intensity, functional strength, flexibility improvement and some other great perks, come try some classes! Give it a month of regular classes to get a good taster of whether this is for you or not. Either way, at least you gave it a go!
I hope to see you in the studio soon!