Yoga is a serious “thing” in Auckland—no longer reserved for people with a penchant for chanting and an aversion to shoe-wearing, yoga has come to Auckland’s masses. It’s no surprise really given the holistic health and wellbeing trend that surrounds us today. Not only is yoga bliss-inducing, it will also seriously help you get those long, lean limbs and the toned physique of your dreams. Just take a peek into any of Auckland’s best yoga studios and see the results yourself. Many studios are not just places to sweat it out, but also offer a beautiful place to chill out in. Here’s our list of Auckland’s 8 best yoga studios to chill out in.
East West Yoga
Ponsonby and Newmarket
East WestYoga has two handy locations - one in Ponsonby and one in Newmarket. Offering bikram, power vinyasa and the uber-relaxing yin taught by some of Auckland’s best renowned teachers. The studio itself is quite busy and offers a friendly community of gorgeous toned creatures. EastWest Yoga is the studio of choice of any visiting yogis to our city, so you can often sign up for various workshops and training to have you forward-folding and backward-ending in no time.
You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve strolled into a day spa when you enter Studio Red. The space, designed by Auckland architects Cheshire Architects is sleek yet serene, and no detail has been overlooked. With its soft cedar panelled walls, high end fixtures and gorgeous bathrooms, Studio Red is pure luxury left, right and centre. The studio offers a range of hot yoga styles and for a variety of flexi-levels. Do bring your things with you to shower with you afterwards, even if only to check out their overhead rain showers.
In the beautiful little spot above the original Little Bird Unbakery sits the inner city sanctuary that is The Centre. The light-drenched space feels like an urban tree house and will bring you into a serious state of calm. But they’ll get the sweat going if that’s what you’re after with classes ranging from ‘Sundown candle-lit yin’ all the way up to the high-energy vinyasa flow classes. The Centre even offers a sleep yoga class on Wednesday nights, with participants encouraged to come in their pjs, so they can hop straight into bed afterwards – how much more chilled can you get?!
OM Yoga Studio
OM is a relatively new studio bringing yoga out to the eastern suburbs. The light and fresh interior provides the perfect setting to flow your way to calmness. We’d recommend their brilliant yin yang classes which provide a perfect balance between the more active yang styles and the restorative ying for some true mind-body harmony. Most of OM’s classes are matched to music throughout to bring that bliss level to new heights.
If there’s an Auckland suburb which embodies chilled vibes – it’s Takapuna. Auckland’s answer to a seaside resort town is home to Golden Yogi with its two locations – Barry Point Road and Seaside. Golden Yogi offers a wide variety of classes including special classes for pregnancy, kids, and teens too. The yin and restorative classes are seriously relaxing and the vinyasa are differentiated by ability levels so you will get a class that is perfect for you and your bod. Bonus points for being only a hop, skip and a jump from Lululemon for post-class browsing!
Above one of Auckland’s best and (cutest) café spaces sits a small but inviting yoga studio. This lofty little studios only holds a class of 14 students – this is about as far from a Les Mills Pump class as you can get! It means more one-on-one attention from the teachers and of course, a more serene atmosphere. Couple a weekend class with one of the amazing superfood smoothies or nourishing turmeric lattes from downstairs for a seriously chilled experience.
Yoga Ground is housed in a purpose-built studio space which just screams (or rather, quietly whispers) calm and tranquillity. The high ceilings and light bamboo flooring give this a very open and airy feel, and make it the perfect central city retreat. Yoga Ground runs great courses which will mean you really get the most benefit from your practice. Try their Meditation or Breathing for Health courses, or sign up for their Urban Yoga Retreat which involves two weeks of daily practice at the studio – much easier to fit into your busy lifestyle than a Balinese retreat (although we wouldn’t say no to that either!)
Urban Ashram is a boutique studio owned by local yoga star Nikki Ralston who has developed the ‘Ralston Method’. Nikki and her team of equally superstar teachers lead you through classes of varying style. For a serious chill session, try Nikki’s Sunday Yin classes for the ultimate relaxation to end your week. Plus it will make those vinos and cocktails that seemed like such a good idea last night just drift away. Urban Ashram also offers more playful yoga styles including the upcoming January workshop Women’s Sensual Empowerment with Shakti Sadhana – any takers?
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