Incorporating regular yoga into your exercise regime has many physical and mental benefits. It improves your fitness and increases your strength. Importantly, yoga also reduces stress, calms your mind and let’s you find peace and contentment. It’s also a great way to meet new yoga friends.
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned yogi, the challenge is finding the ideal studio and style of yoga for your needs, so you quickly begin enjoying the benefits. In choosing a studio, you’ll need to consider many factors, including your preferred yoga style, timetable, budget and location requirements, but once you find the right fit you’ll be on your way to getting fit.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a yoga studio, and share where to find the best yoga studios in Canberra.
What makes a great yoga studio?
Choosing the right yoga studio can fast-track getting started on your life-long yoga journey and keep you motivated.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a yoga studio.
- Calm environment. When you step foot in your yoga studio, you should instantly feel calm. You shouldn’t be distracted with obstacles or loud noises or chaos. Rather you should be able to your body and breath.
- Excellent teachers. Different yoga teachers give different styles of classes. Some are more intense, some include Pranayama or meditation, and others offer delightful Savasana head massages. Find a teacher you can connect with, someone who will make sure you return time and again.
- Yoga style. With so many yoga styles to choose from you’ll want to find the perfect one. Talk to various studios about the different yoga types and what they offer before settling on a style.
- Flexible pricing options. Ask about pricing options and look for a flexible membership or plan that suits you. If you’re a beginner, you might want to trial a class. If you’re set on making yoga a consistent part of your life, you may prefer unlimited class options.
The best yoga classes in Canberra
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Yoga classes at the Belconnen Community Service (BCS) centre are available for everyone from beginners to the intermediate yogi. Regardless of level, these gentle yoga classes focus on relaxing the body and calming the mind. Classes are held at different times during the week and there’s no need to register in advance (allow enough time before the first class to complete an enrolment form and pay). Casual visit rates are available for those who want to trial BCS yoga. Ten-class passes are also available.
Belconnen ACT 2617
Yoga Mandir is more than just your average yoga studio. Based in Braddon, this studio caters to everyone from beginners and children, through to more dedicated students, seasoned yoga practitioners and trainee teachers. Yoga Mandir has a wide syllabus starting with the basics of yoga and continuing to more in-depth teachings of yoga practice, pranayama and theory. It concentrates on integrating breath, body and mind to help find the “still point in a turning world”. Single class pass, 10-class pass and other packages are available.
Siobhan McCarthy wrote on Google, “I have been practicing and learning yoga at Yoga Mandir for years. The teachers are some of, if not,THE best in Canberra. Highly, highly recommend.”
Located in a beautiful studio in Downer, here. has a cosy, community-focused vibe. Classes are based on a Vinyasa framework and run by highly trained instructors who provide progression options for various poses. Yoga is carried out to a carefully curated soundtrack that wanders its way from chill-hop to ambient to classical. The room is 24 degrees Celsius and classes are capped at 18 people. Based on the principles of mindfulness and slow living, here. is a wellbeing studio through and through. Various membership levels and options are available.
As Ashleigh Macpherson wrote on Google, “Really beautiful space to practice Pilates and yoga. The staff are very friendly and caring. You always feel welcome.”
The Canberra Yoga Space in Phillip is a great space to practice in and the instructors are wonderful and very experienced. It has an extensive timetable including regular classes available at many yoga studios and alternative options like kids’ holiday programs, focused masterclasses, 10-week meditation courses, prenatal yoga, mums and bubs yoga and restorative yoga. Various passes, memberships and discounts available.
Satisfied customer Sunny Day wrote on Google, “I love this place! It’s helped with lower back pain and mental health, and I have encountered some really amazing yoga instructors. Going to this space regularly was one of the best choices of my life, and the owner was super helpful when I needed to take a break. Would definitely recommend coming here if you haven’t tried yoga before …”
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.
As Olya Voynova said on RiotACT, “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.”
Flourish Yoga is a small light filled studio, tucked away on Mort Street in Braddon. It’s a calm quiet space with staff and teachers focusing on making yoga accessible to everyone.
The main style taught is Vinyasa flow, but Flourish Yoga also runs regular beginners and meditation courses and a full suite of family yoga options, including prenatal, mums n bubs, pre-schoolers and kids classes. Each class concentrates on stretching, strengthening, relaxing and breathing. Various membership options and passes are available
Satisfied customer Tasanee Thorne wrote on Google, “Friendly, knowledgeable instructors with really good size classes.”
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.
As Anthea Hewett reviewed on Google, “A wonderful studio! Zoe and the team at Bikram Yoga Kingston have created a space to feel supported in a community, and confident to focus on your own practice.”
Specialising in yoga, Pilates and barre, SOULution Yoga has studios in Braddon, Ori Building, and Lakeside, Soundy Close. Group classes are held in both standard and heated rooms. One-on-one private lessons are available. SOULution Yoga caters well for beginners as well as more experienced yogis, holding regular workshops, masterclasses and even global retreats in places like Bali. Seven instructors are available, so there’s a style for everyone. Various membership options are available, as are concession discounts.
As Olivia Fyfe wrote on Google, “As soon as you enter you are welcomed into a friendly positive atmosphere. The instructors are highly skilled, excellent practitioners and have the ability to make you feel at ease and comfortable, whatever level/ability you are. Highly recommend!”
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