Top 5 Yoga Studios

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by Samantha Howard

The essence of Yoga represents the very character of St Kilda and the surrounding suburbs. It’s busy, yet it’s balanced. It makes up a very special area where anyone — whether local or a travelling international — can take a moment to appreciate oneself through relaxation, reflection and restoration. So it doesn’t come as a big surprise that there are some of Melbourne’s best yoga studios in the area. We are spoilt for choice with yoga classes on nearly every corner of a main street in this locality, with diverse options ranging from traditional yoga taught from spiritual and experienced Indian gurus, across to modern strength-based workshops which enable you to nourish your muscles and bones whilst listening to groovy beats.

No matter what kind of yoga style you’re into, there’s a special home-away-from-home in the form of a yoga studio right around the corner from you. Here’s five of the best.

Axis Yoga, Elwood

Amelia’s philosophy at Axis Yoga is this: “I want to be able to do handstands until I’m 80 years old,” she says. Her team is passionate about maximising the benefits of Yoga by ensuring students are aware of how to listen to their bodies. By moving intelligently and creating strong, resilient and stable bodies, her students learn how to prevent and even treat injuries. Axis is perfect for those who want to progress their strength to the point they can perform a flying pigeon, an arm balance, a crow pose or any other kind of upside-down/sideways position — you’ll quickly discover the strength to do the poses of your fancy.

St Kilda Yoga School, St Kilda

Located right in the heart of St Kilda beside the beach, the palms and Luna Park, St. Kilda Yoga School is a mini-getaway that helps you to develop your soul. Teachers at the studio are trained in the Iyengar approach, based on The Yoga Sutras, written more than 2,500 years ago. Discover this extensively researched method through step-by-step classes and develop your strength and capacity in the Iyengar technique. All participants undertake the Beginners Class and graduate to the next level when they are disciplined and confident in their practice. If you’re looking for a place to teach you about the traditions and foundations upon which Yoga operates then St Kilda Yoga School is the one for you.

UpDog Yoga, Balaclava

At UpDog Yoga, it’s all about harmony. As we constantly battle to balance our busy lifestyles and find calmness, sometimes we forget to breathe. If you’re looking for a studio to retreat to so that you can take just a short moment out of your day to recoup, re-energise and refuel your body, mind and spirit, then this is the place to be. You can find traditional Vinyasa, alignment flow classes or workshops to reconnect to your energy centres. If mindfulness is what you’re trying to find, then head to UpDog Yoga.

Yoga and Meditation School of India, Caulfield

Never before have I ever left a Yoga class so deeply relaxed than when leaving the Yoga School of India. Samir carries Yogic tradition from his Guru Grandfather Yogacharya Arjun and has extensive experience travelling and practising under well-respected gurus from regions across India. The classes specialise in traditional Hatha Yoga, believed to originate from Lord Shiva (in Nath tradition) and Ashtanga, from Sage Patanjali more than 5,000 years ago. Unlike the usual Western-style of flow, the Yoga and Meditation School of India focuses on holding the body in one position in a unique way for a long period of time. The intention for this is to revitalise and balance your mind and body, but an added bonus I didn’t expect was to get considerably toned. Samir’s school has it all.

Upstate Yoga, Balaclava

While all forms of Yoga are exceptionally good for your body, making you flexible and resistant to injury, most styles tend to lean more towards relaxation than exertion. Sometimes we feel like we want to sweat. Upstate Yoga has nailed this, offering pilates and yoga mixed with High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in a hot room. If you want to get a workout, your sweat on and become ultimately relaxed, then get yourself to Upstate Yoga.

There are dozens of different styles of Yoga. Check them out in your area.


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