Vera Vidya:(n) True Learning
Armidale's Premier Yoga Studio
Our stunning studio hidden in the heart of Armidale is a safe & collaborative space.
We have created a community where you can learn, connect, explore, discover and laugh.
Classes are designed to calm the mind, lift your mood, free your movement and strengthen your body from the inside out. 
Come and discover how amazing you can feel and move. 
What Vera Vidya is All About:
Secret #1: Yoga Practice For Life
Find your time out and connect in. Everyone needs to start somewhere. The smallest step in the right direction may be the biggest step of your life. 
Secret #2: Unlocking Your Personal Power
Sometimes someone else believing in you is the beginning of you believing in yourself
Secret #3: Train the Mind & Body
Improve your flexibility, mobility, mental health whilst getting stronger and faster. It starts in the mind and the body follows.
True Knowledge...
 The Journey To Vera Vidya
Step into the studio and escape the daily grind and pressure. Leave the chaotic & busy world behind and find the space to work on what ever is important to you right now. 
Vera Vidya Yoga is place to stop, be still & switch off. The nurturing environment facilitates self awareness, self love and builds self confidence leaving you feeling energised, grounded and whole.
It is a place where you connect in, moving the body in ways that feel amazing and allow you explore all the benefits of yoga.
No matter how experienced or inflexible you are, we encourage you to come and try. 

 Class Schedule 


Vera Vidya Classes
YOGA FLOW-
Our signature class, Yoga Flow is an energetic practice that builds heat, strength, flexibility and endurance. The flow within the class is breath-synchronized movement. In other words you inhale to move one way and exhale to move another and with all the breaths you are going to be taking you will have had a whole lot of action by the end of class. It maybe fast or slow depending on the individuals and the teacher in the room. 
Why do people love Yoga Flow? Because it is an empowering practice that will support you to explore and embrace the edges of your own potential. You will walk out of class feeling energised, grounded and completely chilled. Just they way we like it.
YIN RESTORATIVE- 
Find the balance. Still the body and the mind. Yin is a gentle mediative practice targeting the connective tissue, tendons, fascia and ligaments. It is excellent for joint mobility, flexibility and reducing tension resulting in a deep, integrated and satisfying practice. Yin uses passive and relaxing poses that are held for longer to activate the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system – rest and digest) and work on the meridian lines within your body.  
REMEDIAL- 
Remedial is a gentle practice that re-creates balance in the body and harmony in the mind. It works through mobilisation and stabilisation of the joints. A slow calm breath is used throughout the practice to allow the energy to move more freely within the body, creating more space and ease when coming in and out of each pose. It is ideal for anyone working through injuries, limitation or specific needs. Our awesome teachers will step you through each pose helping you work with your individual body.. 
ALIGN & RESTORE
Work to bring breath and body into harmony through a gentle alignment focused practice. 
Ground yourself in movement, connect with your breath, and surrender it on the mat. Slow mindful flow and deep relaxation come together to bring you balance and ease. 
ALIGN & FLOW-
Warm and strengthen the body through careful alignment and an energising asana flow. We move and breathe, taking time to pause and feel, observe and adjust. Class is designed around the alignment principles of a specific pose or groups of poses that are meant to educate the body and mind in a meaningful way. On a deeper level, as resistance is released and tension is shed, you will be able flow with the present moment.
MOBILITY & CORE-
Do you ever wish you could have all the benefits of yoga without all the bells and whistles? This is the class that gets you just that.
Functional dynamic stretching that strengthens and realigns the body.
It is a must class for runners, cyclists and sports enthusiasts. It gets the body fired up and ready to train, lighting up muscles you don’t usually focus on in general strength training, while incorporating all the flexibility benefits of yoga.
PILATES-
Standing the test of time, Pilates classes focus on building core strength by incorporating precise movements that require control and technique. The aim to build strength, flexibility, coordination and muscular endurance with an emphasis on lengthening the body and improving spatial awareness. If you have not tried one of these classes you need to book in today!!
MOVE & MEDITATE- 
Embrace all the goodness of yoga, deep breath work and guided meditation in the one class. In Move and Meditate, the focus is on honouring both the body and the mind. Starting with yoga flows either yin or yang in practice – yin being feminine in nature: nourishing, gentle poses which target the bodies connective tissue or yang which encompasses more masculine qualities: active, dynamic and concentrating on building heat in the muscular system. Yin and yang complement each other. With our bodies open and calm, we find ourselves more receptive to our meditation practice. 
PRIVATE YOGA CLASSES-
All our senior teachers are available for private Yoga classes. This is a great option if you are interested in a tailored one on one program or you have a group of friends gathering together for an event. We recommend private sessions for all our yoga students to ensure you get the most out of every yoga practice. 
For more information, including availability and prices contact admin today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Vera Vidya Yoga suited for?
Yoga is suitable for everybody however, it is about finding the class that is best suited to your body and your needs. Yoga classes are designed to release tightness and fatigue that is harbored in the body and mind, renewing and revitalising you for the rest of your day and week. Vera Vidya Yoga Studio was designed to provide a space for everyone including experienced yoga buffs, while at the same time providing a safe and nurturing space for those that may have never tried yoga before.
What if I am new to Yoga?
You have definitely come to the right place. Our teachers are warm, caring and passionate about creating a pathway for people to begin yoga. They are here to help you no matter what your fitness level or experience is. On the first Saturday of every month we run a dedicated introduction to Yoga for beginners. If you don’t want to wait, come in and try our Yin, Remedial or Restorative classes to experience the different styles available.
What is the Vera Vidya Pricing Model?
Our pricing structure is designed to be extremely valuable and very simple.
We offer all new members - $20 for 2 weeks of unlimited classes.
After your 2-week unlimited trial, unless you tell us otherwise, via email to admin, we will automatically upgrade you to our ‘Zen’ monthly membership. Just $100/month for unlimited classes. 
No contracts (that wouldn’t be very Zen would it?), cancel anytime. All we ask for is a 30-day cancellation notice for all monthly memberships.
How long are the sessions?
Yoga classes run for 60mins with the exception of remedial & restorative that run for 75 minutes and Pilates & MobCore which run for 45 minutes.
Do I book or just show up?
Yes, all members must reserve their place using the online booking system. Classes are strictly limited and only places pre-booked can be guaranteed.
What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Vera Vidya Yoga is a place to stop, accept and to learn to listen to your body. To give back, nurture and nourish yourself. Yoga works on this through heat, strength, movement, mindfulness and breath. Yoga works on your mobility and flexibility leaving you feeling energised, grounded and whole.
Pilates Classes focus on building core strength by incorporating precise movements that require control and technique. They aim to build strength, flexibility, coordination and muscular endurance, with an emphasis on lengthening the body and improving spatial awareness. You will be working your body from the inside out and focus on perfecting movements before moving on. Pilates provides a strong foundation on which to enhance other movements.

Do I need to arrive early to class?
Yes, most clients arrive 2 minutes early and head into the studio onto their mat to begin their practice. If you are wanting to have a quick chat or catch up with someone else we recommend doing that before you enter the actual studio. Once you enter the studio, please respect it as a place of quiet reflection. Phones are off, conversations are left outside and we respect the quiet space for each yogi in the room.
The entrance door will be locked 5 minutes after class begins to keep your belongings safe so please ensure you are there before class commences. 
Pregnancy?
Pregnancy is such an exciting time in your life. We have some instructors that are trained in pre and postnatal yoga and are happy to talk you through any changes that you may need to make for your practice. Please notify your instructor as soon as you know you are pregnant and discuss with your Dr so they know that you will be exercising during your pregnancy. 
Class cancelation Policy?
You can freely cancel any yoga class up to 24 hours before the class start time. Due to our capped classes we encourage all clients to remove their names from a class if you know you cannot attend. No-shows who do not cancel, may lose their priority booking status. 
What can I do if the class I want to attend is fully booked?
 If a class is fully booked it will not show up on the booking link in bold (you will not be able to click on it). If this occurs please notify admin on admin@altitudefitnessarmidale.com.au and they will place you on the waitlist.  This system works really well so don’t despair if your favourite class is full, contact admin because more often than not you will get in.
What if I have an injury or unusual pain?
We encourage all Vera Vidya Yogi’s to look after and listen to their bodies. It is important to remind the instructor of any current injuries you have before the class and if you feel any unusual pain during class please stop what you are doing and come into a pose that works for your body.
If you have a chronic injury, had an acute injury or have had surgery, we recommend booking a 1-1 assessment for your first visit and completing small group classes to learn modifications for common exercises.
What facilities are available at the studio?
 Pigeon holes to store your belongings in the entrance to the studio
 Toilets & change rooms
 Light essential oil scent is diffused throughout the studio
 Please note, there are no showers.
What do I need to bring to class?
During these times, we encourage all clients to bring their own props and mats. If you do not own any, there will be some provided by the studio which need to be cleaned at end of each session. Bring a water bottle if you would like to have water available during class.
Is Vera Vidya open on Public Holidays?
The studio is closed on Public Holidays.
What happens over the school holidays and Christmas?
School Holidays:  We understand the importance of variety in your schedule to ensure interest and sustainability. During the holiday period we change up instructors and class schedule to create variety for your practice.

Christmas: The studio is closed the Wednesday before Christmas and re-opens the second Monday of January. This has been factored into our monthly membership rate, and the down time has been deducted over the average of the 12 months. With this in mind, memberships are not paused, canceled or otherwise amended from December 15 to January 15, unless extenuating circumstances (injury etc) are present. Vera Vidya reserves the right to make the final decision during this time. 

  Meet Your InsTructors
"‘Everything you need- courage, compassion, & strength is already within you.’"
Ali is the founder of Verra Vidya Yoga. After graduating from psychology Ali spent years working as a trauma therapist. She believes there are many ways to heal and find happiness. After having three little girls Ali moved away from therapy into the fitness industry where she opened Altitude Fitness.
 "It was through this journey that she discovered Yoga & Pilates. 
Yoga is about self love, nurturing and creating a space to connect in. It means something different to every person who walks into the studio. It is important to try different teachers and studios until you find the balance that is right for you. Come into Vera Vidya and find a pathway to understand who you are, how you walk in the world and what makes you tick."
Ali Specialises in Yoga Flow, Mobility Core and Pilates.
Ali  Flynn
"... Listen to your body"


Kate has a natural capacity for creating community around her. She is all heart and it shines through in everything she does. She first found Yoga after going through some life challenges. After spending years of working with others in youth work she has found a home where she can teach and help others without burning herself out in the process. 
Kate is passionate about teaching people how to listen to their bodies and still their minds. She believes there is something in yoga for everyone, its about finding what works for you and discovering your full potential. Come and experience her amazing energy.
Kate specialises in Yin and Yoga Flow.


Kate Pattison
"...If I can do it, anyone can! You’ve got this!”"

Trudy’s journey into Yoga began with a search to help her chronic back pain, autoimmune disorders and arthritis. She found that not only did she love the way yoga helped her feel it also assisted her to feel grounded and ready to tackle the word and motherhood. Trudy found yoga has had a profound impact on her pain levels which has resulted in her wanting to share her passion and love of yoga. She works within her limits teaching others how to do the exact same.
Trudy specialises in Yin,  Remedial & Yoga Therapy.





Trudy Page

Alex is a former dancer who trained full time at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After becoming injured and undergoing various forms of physical rehabilitation treatments, Alex started to progress towards a different form of movement outside the dance studio. She found a love for pilates where she trained up in Barre Body and Polestar Pilates. Alex provides a unique setting to her classes. They are creative, explorative and dynamic. She aims to inspire and challenge students to explore their potential whilst maintaining structural and anatomical stability through  a respectful approach to their bodies and minds.
Alex Cook

Chanel is a Dance Educator with over 15 years of practice in Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha Yoga and Meditation. 
Chanel has taught in Dance Education, Special Needs Education and Learning Support – discovering that through each venture, yoga and meditation were both an anchor and sanctuary for the mind and body. Experiences in this field took her to Sydney, Melbourne and Europe. She has been involved with projects at Sydney Dance Company, the Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art & Carriage Works. 
Chanel deeply values inclusivity, compassion, health and creativity in life – infusing these elements into her classes
Chanel  Leaudais

Anna loves life and people. Anna has a Masters in Dietetics specialising in gut health. She believes movement is just as important as the fuel we eat. They both work in conjunction with each other. Anna has practiced yoga for over a decade and the moment she got the phone call to see if she would be interested in completing her teachers training she was all over it. She believes yoga shouldn’t be taken too seriously (a little like life) and wants to create pathways for everyone to find an environment that suits their personality and lifestyle.




Anna Hicks

Amelia grew up in Brisbane as a classically trained competitive dancer. As many dancers do, while searching for amicable cross-training aimed at maintenance and rehabilitation, Amelia fell in love with Pilates. 
While currently studying a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at UNE, she completed her Mat Pilates certification through Barre Body. She aims to teach holistic classes that work through all axis and planes of the body, while educating on the bodily responsibilities and anatomy behind movement. Amelia also enjoys testing her own limits through HIIT and Strength & Conditioning workouts.
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Amelia  Griffiths
Tanya is a Level 1 hatha yoga teacher who has been practising for over 20 years, with a strong background in the Iyengar tradition. Living in Armidale since 2012, Tanya is a mother of 3 and an advocate for mindfulness. She combines a focus on alignment with an integrated breath and movement practice, to help you unlock your natural energy and focus. Tanya believes in accessible yoga and welcomes all levels of experience to join her class.

                                   



                                     Tanya Howard
Ali has always had a love for sport, fitness and yoga. She played hockey nearly her whole life & has played in the space of boxing, powerlifting, rock climbing and triathlons. She spends just as much time giving back to her mind and body in the studio. This little pocket rocket is well known on our cameras, in HQ and the studio.
           

                           






                                             Ali Perry

Bec has been playing in the yoga space for a number of years and teaches a range of styles. Outside the yoga world, she has a broad background including from the government, legal, community and higher education sectors. Bec is passionate about making a difference in the world and works with a deep empathy for the human experience in all its flavours.Her classes are an experience – the invitation is to be present in the moment, connect to yourself through your body, and to deepen self awareness and self care.  
 
"Yoga is a journey that unfolds moment by moment, breath by breath. It is my foundation and a practice that I keep coming back to. Again and again. It keeps me on track in my life. In my teaching, I seek to facilitate a powerful space and support people to connect with their body and their own unique process. Yoga is a practice of presence and self love. Oh, and it’s fun." 

Bec specialises in Embody Yoga, vinyasa, power yoga and yin.

 

Bec Passey

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