Melbourne yoga studios have stepped up their game over the years. It used to be you just needed some #namaste and Enya on the boombox. But now we’ve got Bikram yoga, rooftop yoga, gorgeous Zen palaces and secret rooftop lofts, hip hop yoga, beer yoga and everything in between. If you want to know the best place to get your stretch on in Melbourne, assume Child’s Pose and get reading.
Here are the best yoga studios in Melbourne.
Warrior One Yoga
Get your Warrior One on at Warrior One Yoga. Along with their thirteen experienced yoga instructors, Warrior One Yoga is also home to a fluffy, four-legged yogi who is guaranteed to get your tail-wagging. A selection of class options includes Acrovinyasa, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga.
Jessica Dewar Yoga
Jessica Dewar Yoga is like the Lentil As Anything of the Melbourne Yoga Scene. They popped up in Hawthorn East with a pay-what-you-feel approach. The fact that they’re still alive means people must feel they do some pretty damn good yoga. Jessica Dewar wants to make yoga accessible to every budget, body type and level of flexibility (she’s good like that). You’ll find the studio on Camberwell Rd in Hawthorn East, just down from the Rivoli Cinema. Post sesh movie? We’re keen.
Fitzroy, CBD, Windsor & South Melbourne
You’ll find Barre Body in either the CBD, Fitzroy or Windsor. It’s been around the traps for a while. While technically not a pure yoga studio, their unique ballet-style approach fuses the best of barre conditioning, yoga and pilates. It’s all designed to create longer, leaner muscles, particularly in the legs. Some of the stretches are up on the barre, while others are down on the matt. It’s all inspired by the famous Lotte Berk Method (with maybe an extra dash of yoga goodness). Don’t forget to point those toes.
Leave Humming Puppy humming. Known for it's mellow, humming studios specifically designed by acoustic engineers, Prahran-based Humming Puppy offers luxury, relaxing yoga in their charcoal-coloured studios. Featuring smooth, coffee-blushed timber and the highest quality Manduka yoga mats, marinate in classes that range from low intensity to dynamic.
Part health-care, part sanctuary, part ridiculous yoga studio, The Beatt wears a lot of hats (mostly hats made out of ethically-sourced, 100% hemp and chia seeds). Walk through The Beatt’s cafe space, down through the little Zen garden, and up the stairs—it’s here you’ll find the second story yoga studio. It’s one of the most beautiful spots we’ve ever had the pleasure to Downward Dog. You can sign up for classes via The Beatt’s website—there’s a helpful calendar to show you what’s coming up, you can even filter by your favourite instructor. Ashtanga flow, Vinyasa sessions, Mat Pilates, Yin and Hatha Yoga, you can do them all.
Happy Melon Studios
Housed in a gorgeous sun-lit studio, Happy Melon Studios is like your home away from home. Green gardens, a contemporary meditation room and clean white walls create a warm space for yoga, meditation and fitness. Offering five unique yoga classes including prenatal yoga, yoga flow and yin yoga, Happy Melon’s yoga classes have a strong focus on mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation.
Light Space Yoga
Mitcham, Balwyn & Ivanhoe
The open-plan studios in Mitcham and Balwyn will make you feel lighter as you walk into Light Space Yoga. With the Ivanhoe studio up and running, these locally loved studios offer traditional yoga classes like slow flow, yin and vinyasa along with meditation. White bamboo floors and gorgeous wallpaper mural features create these little sanctuaries in suburbia.
The A Life
A yoga studio run by fully qualified osteopaths. How’s that for an idea? And no matter how you feel about the softer sciences, you should give this place a go. The A Life specialises in injury recovery and joint mobility, and they even offer Naturopathic consultations are available for those seeking treatment plans. The yoga classes run regularly and can be adapted to any level of touch-your-knees flexibility. Check out their site for all the info.
Hands down the most spectacular yoga studio that’s opened in the last few years. How many other studios can boast rooftop views over the trees of the Botanic gardens? Fauna Yoga is tucked up some stairs above the Domain Brasserie (if you hit The Botanical you’ve gone too far). Up some winding stairs, and you emerge onto a stunning rooftop yoga terrace. They run dawn classes here, so you start in pitch darkness and Namaste as the sun rises over the treetops. If you’re a Melbourne yoga junkie, add this to your bucket list pronto.
Yoga 213 takes a different approach to mindfulness, with a lil’ well-intended hip-hop. Originally coined in LA, Hip Hop yoga classes involve static contractions and active movement to the beats of Biggie, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg. Other musical yoga classes including Chill Yoga (its full name) and Yin Yoga. Beach-coloured furnishing, timbers, and contemporary patterns make up this cheeky, bright space.
One Hot Yoga
Walking into South Yarra’s One Hot Yoga studio is like walking into a luxury spa. Open concrete floors, grey brick and cream furnishing create a calm, elegant space. Classes range from meditation to Power Flow yoga. One Hot Yoga’s signature class, Slow Hot Flow, is held in a sizzling 37-degree Celsius room for one hour, targeting your core and improving balance.
There’s no excuse to skip your daily dose of T-out with MOVE Yoga located just around the corner from Flinders Street. Classes include Yin Yang Flow yoga, three levels of power flow and sweaty hot flow yoga. Distinctively, express classes run for just 45 minutes and longer classes run for up to 75 minutes.
GRASS ROOTS YOGA
Grass Roots Yoga offers a $50 introductory month of unlimited yoga as well as a range of classes heated at 37, 34, 32, 28 and 22 degrees Celsius for everyone whose energy bills are through the roof this winter. These guys specialise in yoga for people of all ages, levels and mindsets (looking at your scoffing the Oreos in bed).
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