Want to start your day with downward dog, or stretch and flex your way through a pilates class? In this wellness-obsessed city, there seems to be a yoga or pilates studio at every turn. From big-name institutions to creative up-and-comers and neighbourhood favourites, there are plenty of places to practice. Most are good, others are great, and some are standouts.
Stretch it out at Sydney’s best yoga and pilates studios.
A star on Sydney’s workout scene, this brand has been around forever, with four beautiful, bright studios. The yoga classes are heated between 26-30 degrees, and cater to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Pilates-wise, the BodyMindLife Pilates classes are made for everyone. If you’re new to the practice, they’ve created a nine-week program with their Pilates Align classes where each week covers a different principle. If you’re familiar with reformer Pilates and are looking for a dynamic class and workout, the Pilates Flow classes offer a challenging series of movements that work to strengthen, tone and balance. If you want to complete chill out, treat yourself to an infrared sauna session at the Surry Hills, Bondi Beach or Kirrawee studio’s.
Surry Hills, Bondi Beach, Kirrawee & Byron Bay (Online classes as well)
On the Northern Beaches? Strengthen, lengthen and boost your flexibility at Luxe Yoga, a stunning studio offering everything from traditional power flow classes to ‘broga’ (yoga for men) and fusion pilates. Piloxing, anyone? To mix it up even more, try aerial yoga or hip-hop yoga, and on Sunday afternoons, settle in for an incredible 90-minute yoga/meditation/relaxation session.
162 Harbord Road, Brookvale
Whether you want to unwind, work up a sweat, or sculpt those stubborn areas, Modern Movement has a class for that. Its two studios have a real community feel, so chances are you’ll get to know the aspiring yogis in your classes. For new mamas, the Modern Mummies class is brilliant for easing back into exercise without having to find a babysitter.
Mona Vale and Balgowlah
Led by pilates guru Kirsten King, this boutique studio offers private and group classes. After your initial consultation, where you’ll go over your goals with the team, you can sign up for reformer, mat, Swiss ball, and pre- and post-natal classes (and bring your bub if you like). For a challenging workout, try HIIT pilates: exclusive to Fluid Form, it gets sweaty!
Surry Hills, Randwick & Byron Bay
To shake up your pilates practice, sign up for a class at KX. There are studios dotted all over the city, each of which has just 10 reformers. The class is a fast-paced, high-intensity version of pilates that uses the reformer as well as weights, magic circles, straps and jumpboards to tone you up in no time. Feel the burn!
20 locations across Sydney
To take your yoga practice to a new level – literally – try one of Sky-Lab’s fun aerial yoga classes. You’ll hop into a silk hammock, and then use the material to move through a series of yoga poses. The teachers are supportive and patient, and the technique is said to relieve pressure on your joints, realign your whole body, and release stress.
Suite 405, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
In Potts Point, this studio is steamy. With rooms set at 21, 27 and 37 degrees, it’s up to you to decide how much heat you can handle. There are over 100 classes per week, including mat and reformer pilates, plus Slow Hot Flow, Power Flow, Yin and a fun Friday Flow yoga class. Oh, and the studio is gorgeous.
34 Kellett Street, Potts Point
With studios around Sydney, there’s bound to be a Yoga Bar close to you. As a member, you have access to a slew of yoga, meditation, barre, hot yoga and reformer pilates classes. Our favourite is YB Beats, an invigorating vinyasa class with music.
Burwood, Five Dock, Hurstville & Rouse Hill
Get your warrior on at Flow Athletic, where co-founder Kate Kendall is a legendary yogi. In Paddington, this studio encourages members to do one strength, one cardio, and one yoga class a week. When it’s time to roll out your mat, there are flow, dynamic flow and yin classes, and the divine flomo – which combines yoga poses and mobility drills.
Level 1, 134 Oxford Street, Paddington
Switching gears now to Physicore – which you can think of as pilates on steroids. The class takes place on a Megaformer, a souped-up version of the reformer machine, with various straps, pulleys and bars. During the 50-minute class, you’ll work on your core, strength and cardio at once, and discover muscles you never knew you had. If you’re shaking, you’re doing it right!
Mosman & Surry Hills