Guest Blog: Chief Active
Yoga is taking over Melbourne with hundreds of studios popping up, each offering something a little different. It's no wonder it can be overwhelming for anyone just starting out. While some practice yoga for an intense workout, others use it as a stress release. One thing is for sure — it's a powerful mindfulness activity that has transformative properties.
Yoga can assist with improving:
• muscle strength and tone
• respiration, energy and vitality
• weight reduction
• cardio and circulatory health
• athletic performance
• preventing injury.
Ready to kick-start your yoga journey? We've found five of the best yoga studios in Boroondara that feature great instructors, epic classes and beautiful spaces to help you find bliss.
Upon entering the Light Space Yoga studio [346 Belmore Road, Balwyn], you'll be greeted by a light and airy space with some of the most incredible treetop views all the way to the Dandenongs. It's fair to say this studio will easily become your sanctuary and go-to place to unwind and stretch out. Created by a mother-daughter team, Light Space Yoga was inspired by a desire to build a strong community led by friendly and experienced teachers with a contemporary approach. Light Space Yoga offers a variety of classes for all levels including vinyasa flow, slow flow, basic and yin as well as prenatal, mums and bubs, and kids yoga classes.
Yoga is all about community and supporting those around you. However, Jessica Dewar Yoga [Level 1, 199 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East] has taken this a step further by offering donation based classes. Jessica aims to appeal to a wider range of people in the yoga circle, develop a sustainable business and cultivate a supportive community of both yogis and teachers. Donations are used to contribute to running costs of the studio and paying the teachers. This allows the public to pay how much they believe the class is worth. The studio runs workshops for beginners as well as those for the more experienced yogis wanting to improve their practice. They offer vinyasa, hatha and yin classes, daily.
Image source: jessicadewaryoga.com
The high ceilings and oak floorboards in the beautiful studio at Retreat Yoga [184 Through Road, Camberwell] will immediately make you feel zen. Previously an old industrial building, the space has been transformed into a blissful sanctuary that features soft natural linen sheers, abundant light, bespoke oak furniture and organic yoga props. Their fabulous team of teachers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, encouraging and approachable which make practising in this space so inviting. They pride themselves on helping you on your yoga journey and sharing the endless benefits that yoga offers for the body and mind. Their classes include a vinyasa flow and slow flow as well as more restorative practices including yin, meditation, yoga nidra and restore.
Image source: theretreatyoga.com.au/the-studio
The team at Kozen [374A Warrigal Road, Ashburton] understand how daunting trying something new can be and have made it their mission to provide a supportive environment for first-timers. The simple and bright space is peaceful and full of natural light. No matter what inspires you to practice yoga — whether you’re looking to de-stress or workout to tone your body — it's clear that the team at Kozen will support you on your journey. All classes available at Kozen are suitable for beginners with teachers that are happy to customise and offer adjustments when the poses get a little tricky. Offering vinyasa and slow flow, to yin and meditation classes, Kozen has something to suit everyone.
Image source: facebook.com/kozenyoga
If you're looking for a more intense workout, Kula Yoga [Level 1, 259A Auburn Road, Hawthorn] has you covered. Infrared panels heat their hot yoga classes which will have you dripping with sweat in no time. This technique aids in releasing toxins and energises the body. They also offer power flow, basic and yin classes for those looking for something a little cooler. Enjoy the fantastic natural light, wooden flooring, full-length mirrors and a surround sound system, complemented by herbal tea before and after class to complete your experience. Kula Yoga is one of the larger studios in the Boroondara area and offers 39 classes across seven days a week, so you’re sure to find a convenient class no matter how busy your schedule is.
Image source: kulayoga.com.au
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