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 Mandir is more than just your average yoga studio. Based in Belconnen, 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.”
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 …”
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 …”
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.”
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.”
Rise Studio provides a space for people to move better, breathe fully, play with concepts and learn about yoga, movement and philosophy. There are classes for everyone including those wanting flowing vinyasa yoga, relaxing restorative, mindful meditation, or greater mobility. Rise Studio encourages clients to try something new and find that perfect fit.
Katie Welsh wrote on Google, “A beautiful studio to help you find a little peace in life. Great for all levels, beginners to advanced. Some wonderful teachers to practice with!”
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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