S3 @ r.a.w.
Health fiends know all too well that travelling can wreak havoc on your fitness routine. It’s comforting to know that Melbourne is home to range of yoga studios so no matter where your journey takes you, a place to zen out is never too far away. The perfect place to take some time out from a hectic itinerary and check in with yourself (and your downward dog). Most have an introductory offer so you can take your pick during a stay in Melbourne and make the most of great value classes. Here are some of the city’s newest and most inviting studios along with the top spots to refuel with a healthy snack after class:
S3 @ r.a.w.
Located in the heart of the city, S3 @ r.a.w. (short for ready and willing) invites yogis to descend below the throng of the streets, into a luxe health and wellness space. Launched in January, it follows on from the success of S3 Studio Yarraville and South Melbourne. Run by a physiotherapist, classes include S3 Barre (the world’s only barre workout designed and choreographed by a physiotherapist), S3 Pilates, S3 Fitness, Reformer Pilates and the newly-launched S3 Yoga and S3 HIIT. S3 Yoga blends the principals of Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin. Refuel at Izakaya Den next door afterwards for clean Japanese delights in a dimly lit basement restaurant. Basement, 118 Russell Street, Melbourne.
Located on Flinders Lane, the focus at MOVE is Hot Yoga, mostly Power Vinyasa but Yin is also an option for those seeking a more restorative practice. Beginners and advanced students alike are catered for here, with three classes on offer each day during the week and two on Saturdays and Sundays. Conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne, MOVE offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in a converted warehouse space. Mats, showers, lockers, towels, hairdryers and straighteners are provided. After class, grab a coffee at Dukes, or a salad and smoothie at Laneway Greens – both a five minute walk up Flinders Lane. 1/335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Yoga, pilates and barre are all on offer at Breathe’s two city locations, which aim to provide a homely atmosphere and an escape from the noise of the city. An ever-changing selection of tea is available alongside apples and 150 classes each week. Yogis should head to the Little Collins location, which features a spacious yoga studio for up to students, along with a fully-equipped small group Pilates studio and a Reformer Pilates studio. Breathe’s second studio on Goldie Place features a Functional Fitness studio and a Reformer Pilates studio in a converted warehouse. The decor is clean and clear with wide expanses of exposed brick and high ceilings. After class, head across the road to Sensory Lab for a cuppa and a bliss ball, or try the local Rooftop Honey with creamy ricotta and bananas on sourdough. 289 Little Collins Street, +61 3 9662 1630.
The newest studio in Melbourne to offer Ashtanga Vinayasa yoga, Simhanada offers beginner classes to introduce students to the Ashtanga sequence as well the traditional Mysore style classes (where students can come and go during the allocated period and practice the Ashtanga sequence independently with teachers on hand to adjust and supervise). In keeping with the Ashtanga tradition, Simhanada is closed on Moon Days, so it is advisable to check whether it’s a new or a full moon before before attending. Located in Collingwood, just a short walk from the city centre, the studio is housed in what was once a nineteenth century hotel and is named after the Sanskrit word for ‘Lion’s Roar’. A quick ten minute walk away, Admiral Cheng Ho is a tea and coffee house with plenty of vegan and gluten free options available on its small but comprehensive menu, or be ‘un-yogi’ and opt for a burger at Easey’s. 62 Easey Street, Collingwood, +61 3 9417 2825.
Tucked away in the backstreets of Collingwood, Yoga 37 boasts a light filled studio in a converted warehouse with finishing touches designed to create an urban oasis. Mats are provided as are bathroom essentials and tea and the team is just as keen for a chat after class as they are to make their students happy in savasana. Classes are held in the mornings and evenings and throughout the day on the weekends. Students can choose from hot or warm Vinyasa, Yin, Mellow Flow and more. 1-7 Emma Street, Collingwood, +61 451 077 455.
Bringing a taste of LA to Melbourne, Yoga 213 offers Hip Hop Yoga classes in a light and airy studio. Surf boards and pineapples are dotted around, giving the space a happy beach vibe. Mats are laid out ready and the bathrooms are complete with all the essentials so you can travel light. There are five classes offered daily from Monday to Friday with a reduced number on the weekend. The signature class at this studio is undoubtedly Hip Hop (akin to Power Vinyasa but set to a pumping hip hop sound track) but Chill and Yin classes are also available for those seeking a slower pace. Recharge with an Acai Bowl or smoothie at the Nutrition Bar nearby. 97 Swan Street, Richmond, +61 3 9428 9047.
Tucked away down Cecil Place in Prahran, just 15 minutes by car or train from Melbourne’s city centre, Humming Puppy offers yogis an inviting sanctuary. No expense has been spared in the fit out of this lux studio. The studio is spacious with high ceilings, massive wooden doors, a three-tier floor layout so even students at the back can see what’s going on and Manduka mats laid out waiting. Towels are available, as are lockers and the impressive bathrooms are fitted out with rainfall shower heads. Lighting is dim and the studio, which is heated to no more than 27 degrees, literally hums in an attempt to deepen its students’ practice. The reception area is complete with sofas for sipping tea and coconut water (supplied). From there, freshen up with a juice at Green Street Juice Co, or for something more satisfying, choose something from the menu of delicious and healthy meals and snacks at Fourth Chapter. 2/22 Cecil Place, Prahran, +61 3 9510 3719.
The Beatt in Armadale, a leafy suburb just 20 minutes from the city centre and five minutes from Prahran, combines healthy food, exercise and specialist treatments to nourish mind, body and soul. Yoga and meditation classes are held in the treehouse studio and are limited to 12-15 people. Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga flow, Hatha Yoga and yin are all available with up to four classes held each day. Downstairs, the cafe serves all day breakfasts with mouth watering options including The Beatt ‘carrot cake’ chia pudding and herbed zucchini, pea and buffalino fritters. 24 Beatty Ave, Armadale, +61 3 9824 6678.
Australian Yoga Academy
A stalwart of the yoga community (and the school from which many of Melbourne’s yoga teachers have graduated), the Australian Yoga Academy (AYA) has two studios: one in Prahran and one in Northcote. Slow flow, Power flow, Yin and Back to Basics are all on offer here and the studio is heated to around 27 degrees. It’s not far from St Edmonds, where menu items like Black Sesame Seed Tofu and Energy Boost Bibimbap sit alongside an all day breakfast of Housemade Bircher, Breaky Greens and more. An eight minute walk away, Uncommon serves organic, insta-worthy, whole food. 1B St Edmonds Road, Prahran, + 61 3 9510 7474.
Housed within a welcoming studio, with seven classes on offer most days, Yoke Yoga is the go to studio for visitors to South Melbourne. The unassuming brick building located off busy Clarendon Street is entirely dedicated to one studio with change rooms upstairs. Classes include heated and non-heated Vinyasa, yin and guided meditation. After class, head to South Melbourne Market and grab a healthy treat at Happy Place, a health and wellness cafe by nutritionist Lola Berry and coffee mastermind Salvatore Malatesta (St Ali). 4 Union St, South Melbourne, +61 3969 3731.