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Best of Canberra – Yoga classes

By Emily Morris 10 July 2017 19

Best yoga studios in Canberra

This has been updated for July 2018

Best yoga studios in Canberra

While there are so many physical and mental benefits to be gained by incorporating regular yoga practice into your exercise regime, finding the ideal studio is often easier said than done.

When you can’t find a studio that matches your style, timetable, budget and location requirements, chances are you’ll give up before you really start to notice the benefits. To make it a little easier to find a studio that suits you and hopefully entices you to continue past the expiry of your trial pass, here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer at some of the better yoga schools around Canberra.

The top 5 Canberra yoga classes according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

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The new kid on the block, here. is a beautiful studio located in Canberra’s inner-north suburb of Downer. The contemporary Japanese interior features six meter high ceilings, hand-crafted oak furniture, and tonnes of natural light. The space and the friendly team within it create a cosy, community-focussed vibe that helps to set this studio apart.

Classes are based on a Vinyasa framework and have a great sense of flow to them. The yoga is active and run by highly-trained instructors who provide a range of progression options for the different poses, so you can make things as easy or as difficult as you like. Their yoga is carried out to a carefully curated soundtrack that wanders its way from chillhop to ambient to classical. The room is run at 24 degrees celsius and classes are capped at 18 people so we never felt cramped. It’s a great space to hang out in after class too, where the owners brew up specialty coffee on the house (from Canberra’s own Redbrick Coffee).

Based on the principles of mindfulness and slow living, here. is a wellbeing studio also offering Psychology, Physio-led Pilates and corporate wellbeing packages.

All bookings are through their website. First class is free and then you can pick up a two-week intro for $50. From there you can buy casual classes ($25), a ten pass ($220), or memberships ($800 upfront for 6 months of unlimited yoga, or direct debited at $79/fortnight which includes unlimited yoga and pilates classes).

Shop 3, 2 Frencham Pl
Downer ACT 2602

Power Yoga

With studios in Belconnen, Canberra City and Phillip/Woden, they offer a good selection of class times and different instructors, so you’re sure to be able to find some classes that suit you. With classes conducted in a heated environment (around 30°C), it’s like Bikram yoga without being quite as intense, so it’s great if you want to get a good workout along with your yoga practice. If you’re not after quite an intense work out, they also offer gentler Yin and Vinyasa flow classes if preferred.

You can do a casual class for $22 or opt for their 1 month unlimited class introductory offer for $49. Ongoing memberships cost from $190 per month, but if you sign up for a direct debit membership you can sign up for $130 per month.

Flourish Yoga

Flourish Yoga in Braddon is a small light filled studio, tucked away on Mort St, above Crust Pizza. Leaving the busy streets of Braddon, it’s lovely to find a calm quiet space just one floor up from the street. Their focus is on making yoga accessible to everyone, so if you’re a newbie it’s a great option.

The main style taught is vinyasa flow, but you can also try a slower paced yin or restorative class. They also run regular beginners and meditation courses and offer a full suite of family yoga options, including prenatal, mums n bubs, pre-schoolers and kids classes.

If you’re starting out, your best option is the $30 for 2 weeks deal – you can attend any classes you want, giving you a chance to try a variety of styles and a few different teachers.

After that, if you’re going to go regularly, their unlimited membership is a great option ($39 per week) or, if you can only make it once a week, go for the 10 visit pass ($220).

Bikram Yoga Kingston

If you’re after a more intense workout than your standard yoga class, Bikram Yoga Kingston is sure to deliver. Dealing exclusively in 1.5 hour Bikram yoga classes in 40°C at 40% humidity, they key difference between class on offer is the instructor—all of whom are very cheerful, helpful and happy to give you advice when needed. While their classes are probably not ideal for beginners, they are a great way to escape the cold Canberra weather.

You can sign up for 10 days of unlimited practice for $20, do a casual visit for $22, or get an ongoing membership from $120 per month if you sign up on a contract.

Yoga Mandir (an Iyengar Yoga Institute)

Based in Braddon, Yoga Mandir is more than just your average yoga studio. Catering to everyone from beginners and children, right through to more dedicated students, yoga practitioners and trainee teachers, they offer a wide syllabus going beyond the basics of yoga to provide more in-depth teachings of yoga practice, pranayama and theory.

You can attend an open Yogasana casual class from $24, or sign up for a 10-class card for $230.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra yoga classes.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based yoga classes? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?

 

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Jessica Leitch 2:56 pm 26 Nov 17

For those in the Southside, Torrens Community Yoga offers affordable and accessible yoga. The community hall is a humble and welcoming space where you can relax, recharge and rejuvenate. Class prices are $15 or less, mats and equipment are provided if you don’t have your own. The teachers focus on building mindfulness strength, balance and flexibility and all classes are suitable for beginners. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a friendly yoga class 🙂 here is the link if you’re interested: https://www.torrenscommunityyoga.com.au/

timesup 5:20 pm 09 Jul 17

I read this with interest and had a sense of de ja vu reading this…then realised my old recommendations had been incorporated! I’m glad they were useful!

Kerry Ann Evans 9:54 am 07 Jul 17

I have been attending classes at Callanetics Canberra in Harrison for over a year now. It is a no sweat, very gentle, toning and strengthening exercise. There are many modifications to the stretches and exercises so beginners and those more experienced can attend the same class. I suffer from a severe auto immune disorder so I need to choose my exercise regime carefully and Callanetics has been fantastic for me to strengthen my core and improve my balance. I find the hour and 15 minutes brilliant for my emotional well being as well. Best classes I have ever tried. Classes are held in the comfort of a private home and each student receives personaalised help. There is a fabulous special of try a class for only $5 during July. There are numerous classes and times to suit everyone. Early morning, during the day and after work. Please do yourself a favour and try Callanetics with this fantastic offer. You’ll be hooked …. I know I am. I simply love it !

Olya Voynova 5:43 pm 06 Jul 17

Power Yoga Canberra has been my home for over 2 years. The studio owners – Justine and Marcus – are extremely charismatic and talented yoga teachers. Every single class with them is unique – you will enjoy variable creative flow and brilliant verbal presentation. They own 3 studios altogether – in Belconnen, Civic and Woden. Various class formats and times are on offer – classical dynamic flow (room is heated to 30 degrees), Yin yoga and Unwind class which is somewhat a mix of Power and Yin. Justine and Marcus naturally attract alike yoga instructors to join their team – they are all shining stars!! – both senior teachers and younger generation. Every teacher has unique teaching style. I always make sure I practice with all of them to progress in my practice and simply enjoy the variety. Studio management is very flexible with pricing – watch for their regular offers, when you can get 3 months membership for around $300, 6 months – around $600 and 1 year for $1000. Finally last but not least – if you are an experienced yogi and considering to become a teacher yourself – Justine and Marcus in a team with senior teachers provide highly professional Yoga teacher training every year. Please feel free to contact studio via phone or email. Namaste:)

timesup 3:44 pm 05 Nov 15

If you are reasonably fit or new to yoga, +1 to Canberra Yoga Space in Phillip or Prana Yoga Space in Tuggeranong. Lou Nulley is an amazing teacher in Tuggeranong but his classes are mostly booked out.

If you have a chronic illness or need to take things slowly and carefully, I highly recommend Lynette Dickinson’s Dru Yoga class at Chifley YMCA (she does a few others at different locations) or +1 for Kendra Boone’s restorative class. There is also a gentle yoga class for people who have trouble getting down onto the floor at the Weston Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons.

For great fun, try aerial yoga in Weston Creek at Metta Space, it is amazing! It is expensive but you are in good, safe hands with Kerryn.

crackerpants 8:33 am 24 Oct 15

dukethunder said :

Genie said :

I would love to take up Yoga but find it extremely expensive. $200ish per month to attend classes is unaffordable in most budgets.

I’d be interested to hear about affordable options too.

Hi Genie,

The majority of yoga people practice is self practice, which is free every day. Just you,some quiet and your mat 🙂 depending on how you want to engage with yoga, try a few instructors, find a level/style you’re comfortable with and take one class a week.Build yoga into your day from this practice or from books. Santosh runs classes in O’Connor and cook (I think, it could b Macquarie) its in a church . Google it and ull find it. $140 for 10 wks. She caters for all capabilities but there is a focus on the body and self that as always with yoga, you can take or leave.
Hope this helps.

dukethunder said :

astrojax said :

you’ll get more benefit from the posture and flexibility courses at anu [and elsewhere, i believe] than a yoga class.

Subjective. I’ve taken pos/flex courses at ANU and loved them/would recommend. Even have the book 😉 i would argue yoga is similar and fundamentally its basis.

I completely agree with you on both counts.

Most yoga classes I’ve come across are around $20 on a single class basis, between $15 and $20 per class if you’re signing up longer term of purchasing a multi-class pass. You could spend $200 per month if you go 2 or 3 times a week, but it depends on your schedule and how much you need the class environment to support your practice. Once you’ve been doing it for a while it’s simple enough to do it at home (in the garden – amazing). If you get into a style like Ashtanga, it’s a prescribed sequence that is traditionally practiced “Mysore” style, which means even in a group, you’re doing your own thing at your own pace. You can do self-practice or Mysore yoga class for $5 or $10 respectively. It’s a bit like the gym – you can do most things at home (or in the great outdoors) – or you can part with large volumes of cash to access classes and instruction, to help with motivation/commitment, or to be able to go for a run in shitty weather.

I did P&F at the ANU for a few years (and S&F), and it is wonderful, but it is as different to yoga as Ashtanga yoga is different to Bikram, or Hatha, or Yoga Synergy, or restorative yoga. There are so many reasons to do yoga, and not all of them are purely physical.

dukethunder 1:10 am 24 Oct 15

astrojax said :

you’ll get more benefit from the posture and flexibility courses at anu [and elsewhere, i believe] than a yoga class.

Subjective. I’ve taken pos/flex courses at ANU and loved them/would recommend. Even have the book 😉 i would argue yoga is similar and fundamentally its basis.

dukethunder 11:57 pm 23 Oct 15

Genie said :

I would love to take up Yoga but find it extremely expensive. $200ish per month to attend classes is unaffordable in most budgets.

I’d be interested to hear about affordable options too.

Hi Genie,

The majority of yoga people practice is self practice, which is free every day. Just you,some quiet and your mat 🙂 depending on how you want to engage with yoga, try a few instructors, find a level/style you’re comfortable with and take one class a week.Build yoga into your day from this practice or from books. Santosh runs classes in O’Connor and cook (I think, it could b Macquarie) its in a church . Google it and ull find it. $140 for 10 wks. She caters for all capabilities but there is a focus on the body and self that as always with yoga, you can take or leave.
Hope this helps.

Genie 2:11 pm 23 Oct 15

I would love to take up Yoga but find it extremely expensive. $200ish per month to attend classes is unaffordable in most budgets.

I’d be interested to hear about affordable options too.

Lisa Martin 1:44 pm 23 Oct 15

I second Bikram Yoga at Kingston, good facilities and instructors.

markb 12:52 pm 23 Oct 15

I would recommend Yoga Mandir (an Iyengar Institute) in Braddon. Alan Goode has led the way in a consistently high quality of teaching and practice. The syllabus ranges from introductory level to advanced practitioner and includes pranayama, theory and teacher training.

astrojax 2:35 am 23 Oct 15

you’ll get more benefit from the posture and flexibility courses at anu [and elsewhere, i believe] than a yoga class.

sportsmum 12:25 pm 22 Oct 15

Kendra Boone at the Canberra Health Building in Woden, opposite the police station is great for mindfulness yoga and restorative yoga. If you’re feeling run down or have been out of yoga for a while, she is great.

A word of warning about Bikram yoga in general – a friend who tried it out ended up with a serious injury from over-stretching as the teacher was not very attentive to individual limitations within the class, did not offer beginner alternatives, and the general class attitude of pushing yourself to the limit. If you are doing this style of yoga, start slow and work within your own physical limitations regardless of what is going on around you.

Ezy 1:22 pm 21 Oct 15

I can only comment on the single studio I attend – Bikram Yoga in Kingston. All instructors are extremely helpful and cheerful and happy to give you advice quickly during a class if they see you struggling, the more in depth instruction is better suited until after the class. Shower amenities are great. If I had to pick at anything, and it is very minor. You often find that when you are in the middle of savasana, trying to relax and concentrate on your breathing – the loud dance music from the next door pole dancing classes would dominate. I have a laugh about it anyway. Gotta love a bit of lively Tom Jones mid yoga pose.

crackerpants 1:02 pm 21 Oct 15

I’m been going to Canberra Yoga Space in Phillip, starting shortly after they opened in 2013. Obviously with yoga it’s about the teacher (and the style) rather than the studio itself, but it is a lovely space to practice in. I go to Pippa Matthews for vinyasa, and Kat Sadler for ashtanga. Kat also practices at Flourish Yoga in Braddon. Both amazing, very experienced teachers, and lovely people.

As far as a “best of” goes – I’d have to say that as a working mum with 3 young kids, I have to seize my opportunities as they appear, and a long drive to the wilds of Gunghalin would soon put a stop to that. Finding wonderful teachers is more luck than anything else, because location (close to home and work) is my overriding consideration!

If you’re still thinking of yoga as “slow stretching”, I’d suggest Kat’s ashtanga class 🙂

Kim F 12:11 pm 21 Oct 15

Hangetsu Yoga, a boutique studio in Deakin gets some good wraps!

Bells 12:10 pm 21 Oct 15

I’ve been going to Power Yoga in Belconnen (and sometimes Civic) for over two years. It’s not as hot as Bikram (it’s around 30c) but they also have the more gentle Yin classes that aren’t hot. The Vinyasa flow classes are great. Bit of a work out as well as having all the other yoga benefits. Good mix of teachers so you can take your pick and go with the ones you like best, also good mix of times, too.

zllauh 12:03 pm 21 Oct 15

Best way to stay fit – physically and mentally as well.
One can attain inner peace . 🙂

jennybel75 11:14 am 21 Oct 15

I’ve just recently started to go to Yoga Centricity in Gungahlin and am loving it. They’ve a number of different class styles (I do the Centricity flow mainly [it’s a vinyasa flow class]) and they also run special event classes like the Pirate themed Talk like a Pirate Day one and the upcoming Heavy Metal Halloween one. It’s a great fun atmosphere, but with a base of solid, serious practice. It definitely gets my recommendation. http://www.yogacentricity.com.au/

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