It seems those it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time New Year’s resolutions just keep coming back to haunt us (yes, we’re talking about that detox you promised yourself). Let’s face it, we could all do with a bit more ‘me’ time to focus on our health and wellbeing and not to mention some form of stress relief. We want alllll the stress relief.
If you’re anything like us (and we know you are), sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery to get your motivation back. So, no more excuses, it’s time to stretch out that downward-dog and get zen at Sydney’s best yoga studios that are worth waking up for. #namaste.
Hot Dog Yoga
If you’re keen to try yoga with a more playful vibe, Hot Dog Yoga in Double Bay is for you. Here, they’re all about getting you sweaty while you flow and have a range of classes that fit the bill. Think vinyasa flow and slow flow in a heated room, plus mellow flow or power flow. Most importantly, the concierge is an 11-year-old doggo who goes by the name of Pavlova. He’s also (just quietly) the studio mascot and if that doesn’t have you signing the hell up right now, then we don’t know what will.
Centrally located in Surry Hills, InYoga offers a full and varied timetable that will suit your schedule (no matter how busy you claim you are!). While the focus of the studio’s classes is primarily vinyasa, they also offer four key classes—Flow, Align, Yin and Pre-natal for expecting mummas. On top of these sessions, In Yoga are dedicated to helping you lead a yoga ‘lifestyle’, and host a range of workshops, training and events to cover you on all topics from meditation to mindfulness.
Power Living is more of an everyman’s yogi haunt. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, the studios are bright, airy and are described as a ‘zen warehouse’. In addition to vinyasa and yin based classes, they also run groove, therapy and revive sessions that have a more contemporary take on the ancient prpracticeIf you’re after a little retail therapy after your therapy class, you can grab some yoga pants or books on the art at their store.
FYI, sky-lab offers a totally unique way to practice yoga. Suspended in the air using antigravity® hammocks, it may look intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it (pun intended) it’s a fantastic workout. The hammocks at sky-lab relieve compressed joints and align the body properly using the power of gravity. A true mind-body experience (and very Instagram-worthy!).
With four class styles offered, Humming Puppy welcomes beginners who might prefer a ‘mellow hum’ through to the more experienced yogis looking for a more dynamic practice. What’s more, the brains behind Humming Puppy have teamed with one of the world’s leading acoustic engineers to inject a combination of frequencies to help enhance and deepen the experience. This frequency is by no means a mistake, it is, in fact, the frequency of the earth itself and helps to ground each yogi through their practice. Are you already booking your mat online? If not, you should be!
Be One Yoga
Surry Hills & Darlinghurst
When you walk into Be One Yoga (Formerly Hom Yoga) you should expect a contemporary, modern and minimalistic design combined with plenty of natural light and and the sweet scent of Wildfolk candles (one of their unique collaborations that we hope never ends). The place oozes zen and without even doing a single downward-dog you already feel like you could be Buddha’s distant relative. It doesn't hurt that each class is tailored to your specific wants and needs either.
Castle Hill, Artarmon & Taren Point
If you’ve tried your fair share of yoga memberships and still haven’t found the right fit for you, we reckon you need to give Miss Fit aerial yoga a go. This one is actually a pole studio (bear with us) but they also host a great aerial yoga class. The yoga hammocks are made from a comfy stretch fabric to combine yoga, Pilates and acrobatics. The theory behind it is that without gravity, you’ll be getting a more balanced whole bod workout and that sounds pretty good to us.
W1LL Yoga is all about helping yogi’s become invigorated in body, clarified in mind and nourished in being. Not your standard studio, W1ll yoga is mixing things up a little in the yoga scene, changing the way we perceive mindful movement. The music is specifically curated for each class and the coolest part of all is how for every membership, you’re actually helping a person in need from the Human Kind Foundation supporting projects in India, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda and some of us right here at home in Australia.
Really getting in touch with the soul roots of yoga, COMMUNE.Yoga is a stand out among studios in Sydney who are really putting their yogic mindfulness towards creating a space that is truly for everyone. The minds behind COMMUNE.Yoga—a co-working rustic styled warehouse space—have the belief to bring people together while encouraging initiatives that ‘do good for their hood’. Ironically, the exact translation of yoga is union, and that’s just what these guys are succeeding in. By establishing their new donation based yoga studio, targeted specifically to those struggling with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, their goal is to make yoga accessible to those who need it most and ultimately unite people from all walks of life while embracing the yogic movement.
For an intimate, smaller group yoga class in the Hills, check out Galston’s Nangami Yoga. The studio is surrounded by gardens and a natural pond and hello! That means you’ll be zen AF in no time. If you need a bit more one on one time, you can sign up for an individual private yoga class to up your bendy game.
The Northern Beaches is home to one of the trendiest yoga joints in Sydney, Luxe Yoga. As the name suggests, it’s about as luxe as yoga gets with more than 20 different styles of yoga and barre classes to choose from. There’s even a cute in-house café to snap up a turmeric latte or smoothie post workout. We know.
Your healthy happy hour begins from the moment you walk through the door of YogaBar in Sydney’s CBD.No really, this place seriously has it all. There are two luxe yoga and barre studios where you can sweat it out, work on your flexibility and get your arabesque on plus a wholefood café where you can grab a cheeky coffee, smoothie, salad and healthy treat post-class.
Modo Yoga Sydney
Modo Yoga Sydney is predominantly a hot yoga studio but does also offer unheated classes, meditation and yin yoga. Drawn from traditional yoga roots with a therapeutic twist, Modo Yoga is heated to 37 degrees (the same as our natural body temperature) to help deepen and detoxify while you flow through a sequence consisting of around 30-40 poses, designed to stretch and tone the entire body. Thy and Carlo, the Sydney studio owners are passionate about bringing about a unique and positive experience to the yoga community. Eco-conscious, the studio was built with the intent to remain environmentally friendly. The space is showered in natural light, includes top-notch facilities and combines minimalistic designs with earthy tones to bring a tranquil and healthy environment for their dedicated yogis.
One Hot Yoga
Originating in Melbourne, One Hot Yoga & Pilates is a world-class, contemporary space that boasts one of the healthiest and cleanest studios by using state of the art heating technology that enables temperature regulation for each room. Split over two levels, the fit-out exposes warm timbers, a polished concrete floor, white backdrops and floor to ceiling mirrors, all of which maximise the use of space and help to create a calming atmosphere. Quickly becoming known as Sydney’s number one yoga sanctuary, One Hot Yoga offers 100 classes a week ensuring accessibility to even the busiest of yogis. Owner Lucinda Mills truly believes in mindful movement and by combining both yoga and Pilates, the studio boasts the ability to provide strength and mindfulness.
Yoga In Daily Life
Yoga In Daily Life is far from your average yoga studio and in fact, it’s a not for profit organisation and NGO that’s been around since the 90s. Locally, the company provides a community service with volunteer instructors but they also raise awareness and funds for humanitarian initiatives nationally and internationally—which we obviously. For $20 (or $15 for concessions) per pass, it’d be wrong not to.
As suggested by the name, this yoga studio is a bit more up-tempo and, well, athletic. There’s a ton of classes to choose from and the teachers like to switch up the routines so you’ll constantly find something new at Flow Athletic. For the lads, they’ve got Male Only sessions (tried and tested by Rabbitohs players, no less) and for the young’uns, they’ve got special children classes. The studio, found on Oxford Street, also holds fitness, strength and training sessions if you wanted to pad out your workout. Feel the burn!
Body Mind Life
Surry Hills, Redfern, Potts Point & Bondi Beach
For an all ‘round, tried and tested yoga studio close to Sydney’s CBD, we recommend hitting up Body Mind Life. It’s long been known as one of Sydney’s best yoga studios and that’s for good reason. They do everything from flow yoga to yin, meditation and even reformer Pilates.
Yogavibe in Sydney’s south west is all about deeply connecting the heart and the mind and they see each and every one of their classes as a transformative journey. That means they have a variety of yoga classes on offer, for every type yogi from beginners to full blown yogie pros.
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