Yoga is an incredibly popular form of fitness in Australia and yet, despite it being a discipline open to all, it’s probably fair to say that it’s definitely something more women perform than men. But that shouldn’t be the case, as guys too can benefit from the meditative states yoga positions put you in, as well as the loosening of muscles to become more flexible (no more back pain, here we come).
And when you consider how huge the men’s yoga clothing market is, whether it be yoga pants or yoga shorts – guys can usually get away with wearing a regular gym top to yoga sessions – it’s certainly an industry we need to start taking greater advantage of.
Since yoga is so popular in Australia, a large number of yoga studios have cropped up in the major cities, including Melbourne. The stress alone of Melbourne’s ever-changing weather conditions should be enough for any guy to roll out the yoga mat, but no matter what the reasoning, these are Melbourne’s best yoga studios that are more than happy to welcome new members into their community.
Here are the Melbourne yoga studios you should be checking out.
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MOVE Yoga has been serving up yoga classes to Melburnians since 2014 alongside a learning program for wannabe yoga instructors. MOVE has since shifted into becoming a ‘Hybrid Studio’, conducting classes both at the physical studio and over live stream for members to practice at home. The Flinders Lane venue has two studios, both of which are kitted out with high-quality audiovisual technology, as well as infrared heating and ventilation systems to ensure you feel the heat when is required, and cool down once sessions are over.
Yoga Style: Power Vinyasa, Yin
Address: Level 1, 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000
The Yoga Place
The Yoga Place aims to provide a soothing, stress-free environment within its West Melbourne studio where a tight-knit community can come together and enjoy the benefits of yoga. Everyone is welcome, even if you’ve never practised yoga in your life and various yoga styles are taught, including vinyasa, yin and even yoglates. The studio itself is a large and bright space that will make you feel relaxed as soon as you step foot inside.
Yoga Style: Yin, Vinyasa, Yogalates, Pilates, Meditative
Address: 203 Victoria Street, West Melbourne, 3003
Phone: 0432 609 664
Happy Melon is a yoga studio, fitness studio and even a spa of sorts in one. Not only are fast-paced Flow and more calming Slow styles of yoga taught alongside Yin classes and a Fundamentals course designed for beginners, but those wishing to improve their fitness in other ways can partake of Happy Melon’s boxing and strength classes. Meditation and pilates classes (pilates classes are conducted at a separate venue) can also be booked and once you’re done, you can grab yourself a massage. We can’t imagine anywhere more relaxing.
Yoga Style: Yin, Yoga Flow, Yoga Slow, Pilates, Meditation
Address: 1251 High Street, Armadale, 3143
Phone: 03 9576 0565
Gertrude Street Yoga
Gertrude Street Yoga has been keeping its Melburnian members relaxed since the 90s. The studio has a large team of members who specialise in various types of yoga and who come up with their own classes and styles of teaching, as opposed to reading from a book. This could mean that two teachers of vinyasa yoga, for example, will conduct two different classes and you may find that you prefer one over the other. Gertrude Street also encourages members to make use of other holistic and wellness services so that their wellbeing isn’t just focused on during yoga classes, but during their regular daily lives as well.
Yoga Style: Vinyasa, Yin, Meditation, Hatha Flow, Kundalini
Address: Level 1, 2020 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, 3065
Humming Puppy Studio
Humming Puppy has yoga studios in Sydney, New York and Melbourne and presents itself as an incredibly premium experience. No specific style of yoga is taught, but instead, classes simply focus on movement, breath work and awareness (meditation). There are several class types to book yourself into, and you’re able to book a specific mat within the studio so you can ensure you’ll be feeling comfortable. Humming Puppy’s headline feature is that its studio literally hums with frequencies that are proven to help you achieve peak performance.
Yoga Style: No specific style. Teachings based on breath-pranayama, movement-asana and awareness-meditation
Address: 2/22 Cecil Place, Prahran, 3181
Phone: 03 9510 3719
Yoga Corner can be found in the heart of Melbourne CBD and even though there may just be the one room, it benefits from a cutting-edge heating system which means it can accommodate a variety of yoga styles and temperatures. A quality team of teachers are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable and all have the common aim of making classes fun, educational and enjoyable.
Yoga Style: Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Jivamukti, Hatha, Yin
Address: Lower Ground, Temple Court Arcade, 447 Little Collins Street, 3000
Phone: 0498 145 969
Bikram Yoga South Melbourne
Bikram Yoga South Melbourne is quite literally dedicated to Bikram yoga, a style of yoga practised in a hot studio, with the room usually being heated to around 40-degrees. You’ll get sweaty at the South Melbourne studio, make no mistake, but the increased room temperature allows your body to warm up quickly, allowing you to put yourself into positions with less struggle. If 40-degrees sounds a bit too intense for you, then the studio’s Sculpt Yoga class may be more bearable at 34-degrees, combining the use of weights and cardio with Vinyasa flow yoga.
Yoga Style: Bikram, Vinyasa, Pilates
Address: Level 1, Corner of York & Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, 3205
Phone: 03 9699 9362
The Yoga Space Melbourne
Catering to yogis living nearer St Kilda and Brighton is The Yoga Space Melbourne, a yoga studio that has amassed a strong team of teachers from all walks of life, but who have all been immersed in the world of yoga for years. From this, they’ve all developed their own teaching styles, as well as focusing on a style of yoga they feel especially connected to. The entire teaching team welcomes anyone through its doors to help form a close bonded family.
Yoga Style: Flow, Slow Flow, Yin, Meditation, Mindful Flow
Address: 2/431 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, 3185
Phone: 0439 993 581
Located in a beautiful loft, Yoga 8 is one of the southside’s leading yoga studios that practices a range of yoga styles to improve health and fitness. Here there are three bespoke yoga studios, all under the same roof, with sessions led by an expert yoga teacher who will lightly guide you while honouring the spirit and foundations of this practice. Aside from yoga classes, Yoga 8 also run intimate workshops and expert Teacher Training courses.
Yoga Style: Hatha Flow, Bikram Hot Yoga, Hot Hatha, Yin Yoga, Kundalini
Address: 1/236 High St, Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: 03 9529 6640
Australian Yoga Academy
Australian Yoga Academy offers every kind of yoga practice, from power yoga to more restorative yoga; it’s all about your personal development and transformation. If you’re looking to advance your practice or even teach yoga, they have a wide range of workshops that will suit you. But if you’re looking for something more peaceful, this studio offers meditation and slower mindful movement classes that will quiet the mind and remove you from the usual rush of your busy week.
Yoga Style: Detox Flow, Energising Flow, Slow Awakening Flow, Yin, Prenatal
Address: 42 Clifton St, Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: 03 9510 7474
Hip Hop Yoga
If you’re looking for something to interrupt your regular Hatha flow but still craving a full-body workout while improving strength and flexibility, then you’ve come to the right place. Down in Brunswick, Hip Hop Yoga has built a yogi community to pair their physical yoga practice with hip hop and RnB tunes. Victoria Alessi, the founder of this Brunswick yoga studio, invites everyone to join their classes regardless of their skill set. Hip Hop Yoga also offers a $50 5 Class Intro pack to help get you started with this practice. So turn the lights down and Shavashana to some School Boy Q.
Yoga Style: Hip Hop Flow, Yin, Slow Jamz Flow, Slow Jamz Flow/Yin
Address: 7 Church St, Brunswick VIC 3056
Phone: 0401 072 128