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Best of Canberra – Yoga classes

By Emily Morris - 10 July 2017 18

Best yoga studios in Canberra

This has been updated for July 2017

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.

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).

Yoga Centricity

While Yoga Centricity in Gunghalin usually only offer a few classes each day, it could be a great option if you can find a couple of classes each week that work with your timetable.

You can get a good all-round practice with traditional Ashtanga blend classes, Vinyasa flow and Yang/Yin flow classes and Rest and Restore classes. They also hold technique classes, adopting a particular theme each week where they teach the fundamentals of poses like head stands and arm balances, through to pranayama breathing and philosophy. On occasion, they’re also known to hold themed classes like Pirate Day or Heavy Metal Halloween which makes for a bit of fun without sacrificing a solid practice.

A $49 pass provides unlimited access to yoga classes for one month and represents a saving of $121 off a regular one month unlimited pass. A $99 pass provides unlimited access to yoga classes for two months and represents a saving of $241 when compared with buying 2 x regular one month unlimited passes. A $199 pass is best compared with a three month unlimited membership. It represents a saving of $201 when compared with the 3 month membership or $311 when compared with buying 3 x regular one month unlimited passes.

In terms of regular pricing options Yoga Centricity have class passes starting at $90, direct debit memberships cost $69 a fortnight and have unlimited class passes starting from $170. They also provide a 20% discount to concession holders.

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.

Canberra Yoga Space

The Canberra Yoga Space in Phillip is a great space to practice in and the instructors are wonderful and very experienced. It provides a very extensive timetable including all the regular classes you would expect to find at a yoga studio, but they also offer a few alternative options like kids’ holiday programs, focussed masterclasses, 10-week meditation courses, prenatal yoga, mums and bubs yoga, restorative yoga and yoga fit classes.

You can do a casual visit for $20, get a 10 class pass for $165, or they also offer discounts for direct debit arrangements based on the number of classes you want to do each week.

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.

Here a few other good options well worth a visit into if you’re looking for something more specific:

  • Prana Yoga Space in Tuggeranong offer morning classes suitable for beginners. Casual classes cost $20.
  • Kendra Boone’s yoga classes at The Wellness Space in Phillip are great for mindfulness and restorative yoga. First class is free, then a 10 class pass costs $200.
  • Lynette Dickinsons Dru Yoga at the YMCA Wellbeing Hub in Chifley is great for therapeutic yoga which is ideal for people living with a chronic illness. It’s free for YMCA members or $10 for non-members.
  • Yoga Enlightenment at the Weston Creek Community Centre offer a good range of classes including Chair Yoga, which is a great option for people with low mobility who have trouble getting down on the floor. Casual classes are $12.
  • Metta Space in Weston also offer aerial yoga if you’re looking for something a bit different.

By no means is this a complete list of all the good yoga studios in Canberra, so if you’ve had a great experience somewhere else please post a comment so we can all give it a go!


So this week, I am looking for Canberra’s best yoga classes. Whether you like working hard for 90 minutes in 40-degree heat or prefer a nice, slow class and taking it easy, I’m after your thoughts. To vote, let me know who holds your favourite class in the comments below. I’ll try the two most popular places and decide the verdict in next Monday’s Yoga-Off article.

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Best of Canberra – Yoga classes
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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