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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Connect, revitalise and create. That is the philosophy behind Canberra Yoga Space. The studio focuses on supporting clients to a healthier lifestyle through four pillars – Namaste (greeting), Intention (behind the breath), Nurturing (an allowing space) and Safe (the highest priority).
Canberra Yoga Space’s experienced, dedicated and friendly teachers have every client’s wellbeing in mind. They are positive, encouraging and open.
The studio offers yoga classes across all levels and styles, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar and Yin. Pregnancy yoga is also available and so is meditation and private yoga classes. Canberra Yoga Space also runs events and workshops and provides flexible options.
Conveniently located in Phillip, Canberra Yoga Space runs classes seven days (check online timeline).
Adrian Milverton wrote on Google, “Canberra Yoga Space has been fantastic for me. The teachers are extremely positive, helpful, knowledgeable, and experienced. The space is very relaxing and inviting. I recommend the studio to beginners through to experienced individuals.”
Balanced Yoga is a beautiful, welcoming, nurturing studio with a passionate team of wellness practitioners delivering yoga, Pilates, Barre, physiotherapy, and healing services (massage or Reiki). With two spaces – The Lotus Room and The Buddha Room – Balanced Yoga offers class-based, workshops and short-course options for all ages and skill levels.
Balanced Yoga runs 12 styles of classes, all designed to nourish the mind, body, and soul. Members form a strong, warm and welcoming community. For added convenience, mats can be borrowed from or stored at the studio.
Open seven days (mix of morning and evening), Balanced Yoga’s class passes include introduction, casual, 10 classes, 20 classes, as well as unlimited three, six and 12 months. Weekly memberships are available. Check timetable and price details online. Free, two-hour parking nearby.
Rebekah Fuller shared her wonderful experience with the team on Google, “Best place to do yoga in Canberra. Instructors are brilliant. Yoga classes are run professionally, and all staff are really friendly. Highly recommended.”
Yoga Elements is operated by an affiliated and accredited yoga teacher, registered at Level 2 with Yoga Australia. At Yoga Elements, clients learn tools and techniques to create and maintain calmness in their lives. Classes—for beginners through to experienced practitioners—incorporate relaxation, yoga postures, breathing practices and Yoga Nidra for deep rest.
On Google Donella Johnston wrote, “Santosha is an excellent teacher with a sharp acumen and well-honed intuition … classes are carefully planned …”
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.”
Yoga Mandir is more than just your average yoga studio. Based in the new precinct on Dairy Road in Fyshwick, this studio caters to everyone from beginners, 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.”
If you’re looking for information on Canberra’s yoga studios, you might also like our articles on the best yoga studios in Belconnen. Or, if you’re looking for more on fitness, our articles on the best gyms in Canberra, the best Pilates studios in Canberra and the best high-intensity interval training classes may be helpful for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of yoga?
You can choose from several styles of yoga, including Ashtanga, Bikram, Vinyasa and Lyengar. It’s best to search each style online to get to know a bit about each one. If you have questions on the different types, ask studios about them. Some are more for beginners and others for those who have practiced yoga for some time.
What should I look for when choosing a yoga studio?
Not all yoga studios are the same. For the most part they’re places to connect, learn and enjoy the benefits of yoga. Some are smaller and more intimate and others larger. Some have more facilities, like locker rooms and showers. Overall, you a clean and pleasant studio. Explore yoga studio websites and/or social media sites to get a feel for their personality. You can also ask questions by calling the studio.
What should I look for in a yoga teacher?
You want a professionally trained and experienced teacher. Ask where they learned yoga, how long they’ve taught it and what their certifications are. Their credentials should be on the studio’s website. You may also benefit from a teacher who’s committed to being hand’s-on and ensuring you’re practicing yoga properly. Ideally you should look for a teacher with a personality you like.
How many students are in a yoga class?
This varies studio by studio, teacher by teacher and possibly by the style of yoga you’re learning. Ask about class size because you may feel, if in a larger class, that you’re not getting enough individual attention from your yoga teacher.
What equipment do I need for a yoga class?
This can vary but for it’s helpful to wear comfortable clothing and have a yoga mat, towel, yoga lock, straps and water bottle. As what you need when you book your first appointment. By the way, some studios provide equipment, and others don’t.