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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.