Did you know that the art of yoga has been around for over 5,000 years? As the importance of looking after health and wellbeing continues to grow, so does yoga's popularity. No longer just the domain of people who choose the bare-foot, kale eating way of life, yoga has come to Auckland’s masses.
Not only is yoga good for your body, but it also has amazing benefits for your mind too. In the busyness and craziness of life, taking up yoga is one of the best things you could do for your entire wellbeing. Just take a peek into any of Auckland’s best yoga studios and see the results yourself. Many studios are not just places to stretch it out, but also offer a beautiful place to chill out and escape.
Here’s our list of Auckland’s best yoga studios.
The Yoga Corner
This little oasis tucked in amongst the hustle and bustle of Newmarket is a place to relax, find your inner peace, get energised and feel balanced. The Yoga Corner is a welcoming studio for people at all stages of their yoga journey, whether it is your first class or you've been practising for years. They also have regular workshops and special events on the calendar where you can get a more in-depth practice, or learn new skills from the best of the best.
Wholehearted Yoga Studio
If you’re after an oasis of calm on the shore look no further than Wholehearted Yoga Studio located in Birkenhead. Offering a nourishing, welcoming space free of judgement you’re invited to practice in a beautiful environment whether total beginner or experienced yogi. With classes available every day at the studio—with online options also—choose from yin or yang yoga, restorative or even sunrise yoga... whatever your jam you’re sure to find a class to vibe with here. Owner Araluen Clarke also incorporates yoga into her private counselling practice which is run from the studio and specialises in mindfulness and self compassion coaching. Says Araluen: “Wholehearted is named such as we want to support and provide an environment for people to live their fullest and kindest lives, we also know and treasure the value of community as an important support for wellbeing.”
The team at Pranabar believe that yoga, meditation and mindfulness need to be accessible to everybody. Their mission is to give every person that walks through their doors a greater sense of clarity, calmness and confidence. Offering a range of classes from yoga flow, yoga strength and core, to more traditional yoga there's something for everyone. The special-developed boutique studio offers a beautiful place to learn, connect and grow through the range of guided mediation and yoga classes.
Beautiful wooden floors and the large studios are two of the things we love about Yoga Academy, the beautiful space is hard not to immediately take a liking to. Offering Ashtanga, Hatha, Meditation/Mindfulness and even a hot Hatha class, there is a range of options for any yogi. Located in the heart of the city, Yoga Academy is a convenient spot to head to before or after work to get your zen fix and is one of the best yoga studios in Auckland.
OM Yoga Studio
OM is located out in the eastern suburbs and the light and fresh interior provide the perfect setting to flow your way to calmness. We’d recommend their brilliant ying 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.
Basecamp Power Yoga
A relatively new kid on the block, Basecamp Power Yoga is the first studio to open in Auckland based on Baptiste Power Yoga, which is known for toning and detoxifying the whole body, leaving practitioners feeling rinsed out and complete. The beautiful boutique studio has been architecturally designed and the light-filled space is the perfect backdrop for those wanting to step into fire and come out renewed.
If there’s an Auckland suburb which embodies chill vibes, it’s Takapuna. Auckland’s answer to a seaside resort town is home to Golden Yogi with its location on Hurstmere Road. 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 is differentiated by ability levels so you will get a class that is perfect for you and your bod.
With the belief that movement and mindfulness are two sides of the same coin, SALA offers a variety of immersive classes that will appeal to those seeking some choice in their yogic experience. With five styles of yoga to choose from including Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and our fave—Dynamic Yoga where your exertions are set to music—you're sure to find your ideal style in no time. Should you wish to dip your toe in the pilates or Hiit waters too this place will gladly oblige.
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 offers more than 25 classes a week as well as regular workshops and events. These include a Restful Restorative Yoga workshop, Shamanic Sound Journeys and six-week Beginners Yoga Courses. With so much to get involved in you will be a yoga expert in no time.
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.
Four Winds Yoga
From humble beginnings of a few yoga mats, two classes and lots of enthusiasm, 22 years later Four Winds Yoga is one of the best yoga studios in Auckland. The range of classes makes heading along unintimidating for the absolute beginners through to advanced students, and there are also classes specifically for pregnancy and post-pregnancy. The studio is fully equipped with different props and equipment that will let you get the most out of your session, you'll be back bending and forward folding in no time.
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