Whether you’re a long-time yogi looking for a new yoga studio, or you’re a complete newbie to the discipline, you’ll certainly be able to find a yoga studio in Sydney for you.
Yoga is, by far, one of the most popular sporting disciplines Down Under for Australians to get their cardio fix. While it is most definitely a more female-dominated area of fitness, it’s not uncommon for men to try their hand at bending their bodies into unthinkable positions, all in the name of a calm state of meditation.
But where exactly should you practice yoga? Finding the best studio for you can be tricky since there are several variations of yoga you can enrol in – and you wouldn’t want your fancy new yoga clothing to go to waste – including classical yoga, tantric yoga (for spicing up your sex life) and Bikram yoga, which is practised in rooms with high temperatures.
Fortunately, there are plenty of yoga studios in Sydney, but for the creme de la creme, allow us to point you in the right direction.
In this Sydney yoga studios story…
Levels 1 & 2/146 Abercrombie Street, Redfern, 2016
With studios in New York City and Melbourne, as well as Sydney, Humming Puppy is certainly a yoga studio to get excited about. Each studio quite literally has a hum to it, deliberately, with the space being injected with frequencies that help you during yoga sessions to reach peak performance. How scientific. Yoga classes are capped at 39 people so as to give you enough personal space and not have everyone crammed in, and you can even choose which spot you want to put your mat on, kind of like selecting a specific seat at the cinema.
At Humming Puppy, you’ll be able to partake in pranayama, asana and meditation-style yoga classes.
Power Living – Manly
Level 1, 15 Sydney Road, Manly, 2095
Power Living is a chain of yoga studios founded by Duncan Peak in 2004, in Neutral Bay. Dedicated to the art of Vinyasa yoga, Power Living saw rapid popularity and growth and has since expanded to several yoga studios in Sydney, but we’ve picked out this one in Manly, which serves those living in Northern Sydney. It’s widely regarded as one of the best yoga studios in the whole Sydney region and offers two yoga rooms in which to practice the Vinyasa style. It’s also a place where yoga teachers can learn the discipline with 200hr and 500hr courses. There are several classes held throughout each day, so you’re always able to find a timeslot to suit you.
West Esplanade Beach, Manly, 2095
For yoga with a bit of a difference, check out Flow MOcean’s kayak and SUP yoga classes. Yes, technically this isn’t a yoga studio in the traditional sense, since both classes take place on the water, with the kayaks being able to paddle to a “secret beach location”. If you don’t fancy the risk of getting wet, land-based yoga classes are also available, but hey, where’s the fun in that? flow mOcean can cater for private group bookings, so could be a good way to add a bit of variety to a bucks party.
Divine Flow Yoga
22 William Street, Brookvale, 2100
Divine Flow Yoga, in Northern Sydney, is the brainchild of local resident Eliza, who decided to quit her corporate job in 2015 and opened up this studio in 2016. She’s since been joined by her husband, and today, Divine Flow yoga studio offers some 35 classes of yoga a week, encompassing a range of styles. These include Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yin, Pilates and prenatal for expectant mothers.
BodyMindLife – Surry Hills
1/84 Mary Street, Sydney, 2010
BodyMindLife has yoga studios in all the hip hotspots of Sydney, including Surry Hills, Bondi Beach and Redfern and there’s even a studio in Byron Bay. Why so many studios? Because BodyMindLife – run by the husband and wife team of Phil and Ferique – offers an extensive array of yoga classes, taught by world-class teachers along with a welcoming environment for yogis of all levels. Each studio has top-of-the-range facilities too, including rain shows and sustainable, organic products.
Level 2, 137 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, 2010
InYoga, in Surry Hills, close to Sydney CBD, is a yoga studio that welcomes everybody into the family of yoga, believing the connection with like-minded others is just as important as the practice of yoga itself. Not only does InYoga offer its members a wide range of yoga classes, but they can also enrol in workshops, training classes and other events, to provide a complete and well-rounded yoga experience. A live timetable can be found on the company’s website, so you can always know what classes are on for the day.
Bikram Yoga Darlinghurst
2/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, 2010
Like it when things get hot under the collar? You may want to give Bikram yoga a go. This Darlinghurst yoga studio is built on four core values, which include not only teaching you how to perform Bikram, but to understanding the history of it and the benefits it can bring you. Not only this, but Bikram Yoga Darlinghurst aims to give its members a welcoming environment that, despite the heat, can be incredibly fun.
Level 1, 134 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021
Flow Athletic isn’t strictly a yoga studio, but rather, it’s a gym that encompasses yoga within its training methods. The idea behind Flow Athletic is to help you become stronger and fitter through traditional gym classes but to add in the recovery and mindful benefits of yoga to help prevent any future injuries. Better still, Flow Athletic is very much about creating a community vibe within its gym, rather than it being a space where individuals may feel judged by other members.
55 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebury, 2018
A short trip out of Sydney CBD will bring you to Now Yoga, which offers members a variety of yoga classes all carried out in its one yoga room. The room has integrated heating panels, which are heated to different temperatures depending on the class style. These can reach 35-degrees to help you focus attention on breathing and to help relax the muscles, or can be left off entirely for a more zen approach.
7/64 Cronulla Street, Cronulla, 2230
First-rate yoga isn’t solely reserved for inner-city residents, as Bhav (formerly HYA Yoga) in Cronulla proves. The yoga studio offers members classes first thing in the morning and late in the evenings, to cater to those who have to go to that thing called work. Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Hatha dominate the calendar, so there should be a style of yoga to suit all. Bhav also has a 3-week course for those new to yoga, so they can learn the fundamentals of each pose without all eyes of a class on them.