I am well aware that sadly I have only scratched the surface in terms of the huge variety of studios on offer in Sydney but here are my thoughts about a few of them:

 BodyMindLife

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Image courtesy of BodyMindLife

This place is very special to me as it is where I did my Yoga Teacher Training. I love the teachers here – Kat Clayton, Noelle Connolly, and Susanna Topp are 3 of the best I have ever come across. Their sequencing, the variety of classes and the attention to detail makes this a very clever and impressive studio. I think their experience is phenomenal and I love that they teach in a very classic yoga way – no fancy gismos or gadgets. I have very much missed my two hour morning practice since finishing the course!

Humming Puppy

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Image courtesy of Humming Puppy

Thier new studio has opened up in Redfern after the success of their studio in Melbourne. The studio itself is incredible – black changing rooms, huge white walls, large windows – all very modern, crisp and clean. The studio space itself has a humming sound played throughout the class and as the explain on their website:

‘Our yoga space…is injected with a combination of frequencies to enhance and deepen your experience. 7.83hz otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance is actually the frequency of the earth itself and helps to ‘ground’ you through your practice.’

I took a ‘Unified Hum’ class which was perfect in terms of not being too vigorous and not too slow.  I really enjoyed Courtney Rose‘s message at the end of the class which was basicallly: reach for everything you want in life right now…. However, I’m not totally sold on the use of a microphone  in a room with only 36 students – but perhaps it’s just because I am not used to it. However, I liked the studio a lot and if I was staying here longer I would definitely try one of their more fast paced classes.

 Urban Yoga

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Again another stunning studio with a beautifully light and spacious lounge area, exquisite changing rooms and an impressive studio space. They explain on their website:

Urban Yoga drops in unapologetic tunes from the likes of Chet Faker, Fleetwood Mac and a host of featured artists to create yoga with a pulse.  Urban Yoga uses jaw dropping visuals on a super-sized screen.’

The screen was super impressive and very cool – it definitely creates a powerful atmosphere however unfortunately you don’t get to watch the screen that much when you are moving through the flows.  One of the things I was really impressed with was the assisting. I have never been assisted so many times in a class and the assistant stayed with you throughout the entire pose which really helped me deepen the posture with each breath.

This Is Yoga 

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Image courtesy of This Is Yoga

This is a smaller yoga studio in Clovelly where I have been staying. A really lovely simple space with fantastic teachers. Back to the classic style that I love! Their classes are pretty strong – I like the fact that in each class I feel really challenged and there is normally a pose I haven’t done before that we get to play with a little. Two things I really like about this place:

  • They teach you a sequence and then let you flow in your own time with your own breath which feels very liberating.
  • They have a sense of humour – nothing is taken too seriously, they make you smile.

Another couple of places I loved and would very much recommend – Creature Yoga in Byron Bay and Yoke Yoga in Melbourne.

Next time I’m here I hope to discover a lot more…..