Yoga has been rapidly growing in popularity as the health and wellbeing trend only continues to surround us more and more. No longer reserved for people that choose the bare-foot, kale eating 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 12 best yoga studios.
The Yoga Corner
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 is something here for everyone.
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 and Meditation/Mindfulness classes, 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.
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 yoga 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 back-bending 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. 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.
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 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 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.
Above one of Auckland’s best and (cutest) café spaces is a small but inviting yoga studio. This lofty little studio only holds a class of 14 students—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 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.