Yoga has continued to soar in popularity. One of the beauties of the practice being that it is suitable for just about anyone, unbiased of your age or fitness levels and we’re ready to share the best spots to practice in Brunswick.
The benefits to both your physical and mental wellbeing is another alluring factor that people are increasingly drawn to and for good reason! Yoga is for everyone, though finding the type of yoga that best suits you is a whole other board game.
What is yoga, we hear you ask?
Simply put, yoga is a practice for the mind and body. It has a whole host of benefits from helping you to become more fit & flexible to improving your breathing and relaxing your mind.
Brunswick East is home to a selection of boutique yoga studios that each specialise in different forms of yoga, bringing their own unique flair and presence to Brunswick.
We’ve created a list of our top (5) favourites, keep reading to find out what our top suggestions are:
Hip Hop Yoga
Welcome to your local Hip Hop Yoga community, located just off Lygon Street.
Hip Hop Yoga is an intimate, light-filled studio that runs classes for all levels, from beginner to the more advanced and everything in-between.
“We originally started Hip Hop Yoga through a series of weekend pop up classes at various shared spaces around Brunswick. Our ethos is to combine the meditative qualities of the physical practice of yoga and music. The focus is to align breath and movement and to allow the body and mind to let go and release to the music through a moving meditation. We are so proud of our diverse community, all ages, all levels are welcome. It’s a huge privilege for us to be able to introduce Hip Hop Yoga to so many people already.”
“As our community began to grow, we decided to move into our new home on Church Street in 2018. The entrance is non-descript, so if you blink, you might miss it. Once inside the studio entrance combines the sign-up desk with a chill-out zone – “the pink couch”, surrounded by plants and often sun-drenched on a sunny afternoon. Our Yo-G’s can chill out here either before or after class for chats and tea. The main studio space was an old warehouse that has been refurbished to a beautiful light-filled space.”
“We now have a team of 8 teachers running a full schedule of Hip Hop Flo, Slow Jamz, Yin, Barre, and Pilates as well as our Hip Hop Yoga Online studio. We are so thankful for the community that has continued to support us during the past few months of Covid closures and lockdowns.” – Victoria, Studio Owner
The Moving Room
The studio opened in 2014 in a tiny shop front and very quickly upsized to its current location: 55 Edward St. It very much reflects the neighbourhood in that everything in the room was found or sourced from Brunswick. The building has been many things prior to being a Yoga Shala, such as a house share for uni students, power tool showroom, and junk shop, which definitely gives it some charm and character!
The Room is intimate and friendly with a beautiful and diverse community of locals. The Room’s ethos is discovering ‘the joy of moving your body”. Find strength, feel energised, and live inspired. There are classes for all levels and #jointhemovers is something they have been using for a while to inspire and invite all bodies, all ages, all sizes to move in The Room. After all, everyone feels better when they move!
The room is a place to deepen your practice, learn how to go upside down (if that’s what excites you), and receive 1-1 assistance from experienced teachers.
AKA (ALL Kinds of Awesome!) Studio is tucked behind the shops at 130 Nicholson St, Brunswick East.
Worlds away from the bustle of Nicholson Street, AKA is a large vintage-style warehouse space with warm wooden floors, white walls, and a naturally calming feel.
Previously a factory making life-sized souvenir koalas, the studio space was founded in 2011. They now host Mums and Bubs Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and Beginner’s Yoga.
AKA Studio also holds workshops centered on the mind, body, and personal development, with a focus on sex positivity.
Having opened in March 2019, Brunswick’s Eve studio is the newest kid on the block.
It is light-filled and spacious, with lots of loving touches to help you feel at home. Most of the furniture has been individually sourced, second-hand, giving the space a unique, homely feel.
Up the stairs, you’ll find a Yoga Shala, and Pilates & Barre Studio, as well as the Eve Wellness Co. treatment rooms. Downstairs in ‘the basement’ is a Fitness Studio and Dance Studio where you can get your sweat on.
“You’re always welcome to hang out in one of our lounge areas, enjoy a cup of herbal tea, flip through a quality magazine, and have a chat.”
Facilities include toilets, a change room with a hairdryer and hooks to hang your clothes, and two luxurious rain-showers, so you can get ready for your day after class.
They have over 40 classes every week and are growing! There’s something to suit you every day, no matter your needs, mood or life stage.
Summer Healing Yoga
Located in the heart of Brunswick, Summer Healing is here to help us escape from our ‘busy lives with relaxing and engaging yoga sessions.’
Summer Healing Yoga was created out of the need to share the ‘science of yoga’ with the community.
Head here to experience yoga in a ‘warm, educational and non-competitive atmosphere’. Their studio consists of the very healing, ‘state of the art infra-red heating, vinyl floorboards, a retail shop, towel and mat hire, and male and female bathroom facilities.’ These facilities make all their yoga classes very comfortable, whatever the weather!
Their team offers a varying range of yoga classes available throughout the day. With experienced teachers and dozens of classes a week, you’ll be able to find a class that suits you!
Studies have confirmed various health benefits of practicing yoga, not only is it an excellent form of fitness, but will also help to reduce stress levels, inflammation, improve cardiovascular health and revitalise your mental wellbeing. Starting your fitness journey doesn’t have to be strenuous, find your flow with one of our suggestions above and let us know how you go!
Do you have any studio recommendations? Let us know below! We’d love to add them to our list.