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Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi & Qigong are all low impact, highly effective, and suitable for any body and everybody, from professional athletes to out-of-shape couch potatoes starting to move again.

All three practices are wonderfully engaging and extraordinarily beneficial ways to keep on the move.

Devote yourself to one practice or enjoy the variety of all three.

All classes and courses are free for Members; see Memberships for detail.

Shared benefits of Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Qigong


Increased muscle tone, strength and flexibility

Improved cardiovascular fitness and circulation

Enhanced immune system

Improved balance and posture


Relaxation and serenity

Enhanced concentration

Improved ability to deal with stress

Stronger personal discipline


Nurturing the self through active self-care

Enhanced awareness of the gift that is our bodies

Connecting with self and others

Experiencing gratitude for our ability to engage in these practices, our teachers, and our fellow travellers

The greatest benefit is that after each class we immediately feel more serene, energetic, and happier. It’s this experience which draws us back, again and again, resulting in us incorporating these practices into our daily and weekly routines.

Three profoundly different experiences

Yoga, from India

We move from one asana (posture) to another.

We may be on our feet; lying on our front or back; or, even upside down, such as headstands, as we move between wonderfully named positions: happy baby, downward dog, mountain pose. We move between a series of static positions.

Classes range from slow and mellow, to dynamic and intense, and emphasise meditation and breathing.

Tai Chi & Qigong, from China

We are in a constant state of flow.

Always standing on our feet, we flow gently and gracefully through a series of movements: stroke the bird’s tail; pull the arrow; squeeze the ball.

Tai Chi and Qigong comprise sets of movements which, once learned, we can do, anywhere at anytime.

Tai Chi & Qigong feels more like a meditative dance than exercise, and never leave us breathless.

Pilates, from Europe

We perform a series of exercises, doing 10-15 repetitions of each.

Reformer Pillites involves using beds with resistance provided by springs.

Mat Pilates is done on mats with resistance provided by our body weight.

Pilates is a work-out, in the traditional sense. The level of intensity is tailored to the needs and aspirations of each class member.

Yoga class

The art of waking up

You don’t need a flexible body to do yoga; all you need is a flexible mind.

At Be Well, we provide a modern form of Hatha yoga: a posture-based physical fitness, stress-relief and relaxation technique in which the yoga teacher guides the class through a series of asanas (postures), with a strong focus on breathing and an emphasis on meditation.

Our fully trained and experienced yoga instructors offer a wide range of different classes, ranging from gentle and mellow through to intense and dynamic. Chair Yoga is available for those with limited mobility, and Yoga for Beginners courses are conducted regularly.


The ‘one-and-done’ workout

Pilates emphasises muscular control through concentration, control, breath, precision & flow to strengthen & stabilise all muscles of the body, centred around our core.

Our fully trained and experienced Pliates practitioners conduct small group classes (maximum 5 Members) tailored to the needs of each participant.
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Tai Chi & Qigong

Meditation in motion

Often described as “meditation in motion,” these practices might well be called “medication in motion.” There is extensive scientific proof of the health benefits they provide but the best proof is the billions of people doing Tia Chi and Qigong for thousands of years.

We are privileged to have secured the services of Senior Master Chin Min, who has trained at the renowned Chin Woo Martial Arts School and the Shanghai Institute of Sports. A co-founder of the Celestial Tai Chi College in Melbourne, Senior Master Chin has taught many thousands of people the art, wisdom and benefits of Tai Chi & Qi Gong.

Senior Master Chin conducts regular classes throughout the year in our yoga studio.

Move often

If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the most widely prescribed – and beneficial – medicine ever invented.

Regular exercise brings remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits.

Exercise has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to stimulate and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress. It reduces stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, while increasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.

As your waistline shrinks and your strength and stamina increase, your self-image will improve. You’ll earn a sense of mastery and control, of pride and self-confidence. Your renewed vigour and energy will help you succeed in life, and the discipline of regular exercise will help you achieve other important lifestyle goals.

Exercise is play: when we are busy moving, our minds are distracted from the demands and worries of daily life, and will be free to think creatively.

Play regularly and often, and enjoy the profound benefits that come to you, naturally.

All classes and courses are free for Members;
see Memberships for detail. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Joseph Pilates, born in Prussia in 1883, was a sickly child. He achieved excellent health after being introduced to gymnastics and body building by his father, and thereafter devoted his life to physical wellbeing. In 1925, with his wife, he founded The Pilates Studio in New York, where he spent the next 40 years teaching students and developing his method, which he promoted through several books.  

Pilates believed that the "modern" lifestyle, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health.  Pilates training focuses on strengthening the core (the group of muscles that promote good posture), targets the upper and lower body with resistance, and emphasises controlled breathing. Pilates can either be performed on a gym mat or using Pilates Reformers.

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. First codified by the sage Patanjali around 400 C.E, the practice was handed down from teacher to student. Since yoga became popular in the West in the 20th century, group classes have become the norm.

The practice aims to create union between body, mind and spirit, as well as between the individual self and universal consciousness. Such a union tends to neutralise ego-driven thoughts and behaviours, creating a sense of spiritual awakening.

Modern yoga, such as the Hatha yoga provided at Be Well, is most commonly associated with the physical practice of asana, a series of postures weaved together to build strength and stamina, improve flexibility, coordination and balance, and to relax the body through Prāṇāyāma (breath control) and meditation.

Come sunrise, parks and public areas across China,  and increasingly the rest of the world, fill up with people doing Tai Chi and Qigong. 

The history of Qigong extends back more than 4,000 years. Qigong involves coordinated movement, breath, and awareness used for health, meditation, and martial arts. Tai chi emerged in the 16th Century, often attributed to Chen Wangting (1580–1660).  Tai Chi is considered by many scholars to be a type of qigong, as the two practices are closely related. 

The practice involves performing short ‘forms’: a set of movements which may include up to a dozen movements.  These are taught to students by instructors and, once learned, can be performed anywhere and at any time. 

A form is a low-impact, slow-motion exercise. You go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, "white crane spreads its wings" — or martial arts moves, such as "box both ears." As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi & Qigong can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.

No. Engaging in these practices provide their own reward. 

For interested people, there are some concepts that help make sense of the approach each take. 

In Tai Chi & Qigong, key concepts include:  

  • Qi — an energy force thought to flow through the body; tai chi is said to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi.
  • Yin and yang — opposing elements thought to make up the universe that need to be kept in harmony. Tai chi is said to promote this balance.

The principal philosophical tenant of Yoga is that the mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. The ultimate goal of Yoga is a sustained state of pure awareness called Moksha or Samadhi,
the state in which individual and universal consciousness unite in a blissful form of total meditative absorption. 

Pilates has no spiritual dimension, with the focus only on physical movements to secure physical benefits, though with a strong emphasis on concentration, which is meditative in effect, and breath control.

The benefits of these three forms or ways of moving are generally greatest if you begin before you develop a chronic illness or functional limitations. Being low impact, they are safe to do with proper guidance, so it's easy to get started. 

Here's some advice for doing so:

Attend an assessment with one of our Physiotherapists. Foundation Memberships include an assessment with a Physiotherapist every 12 weeks. You will be advised on the best way to engage with these practices, having regard to your strengths, any physical challenges you may have, and your personal interests. 

Book and attend classes.Being instructed by our yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi & Qigong teachers is the best way to learn. Seeing an instructor in action, getting feedback, and experiencing the camaraderie of the group are all pluses.

Once learned, you can practice yoga, mat Pilates and Tai Chi & Qigong at home, outdoors, anywhere. 

Join the conversation. All our instructors welcome conversation and questions. After each class, you are warmly invited to join them in the Well for a cup of herbal tea and a chat with your teachers and fellow Members. 

Dress comfortably. Choose loose-fitting clothes that don't restrict your range of motion. It is generally best to practice barefoot though you are welcome to wear lightweight, comfortable, and flexible shoes that won't slip and can provide enough support to help you balance, but have soles thin enough to allow you to feel the ground. Running shoes, designed to propel you forward, are usually unsuitable.

Have fun and enjoy yourself. Think: No pain. Big gains. Many people enjoy pushing themselves - going that extra rep in Pilates; holding a challenging yoga pose - which is fine and commendable. However, there is never a need to feel pain. Doing so will derive no benefit, may cause injury and will result in you hesitating to attend classes in future. We do what we enjoy, So please bring humour, serenity and joy to your yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi & Qigong practices.