Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy that works to bring the mind, body and spirit into equilibrium through ethical principles, diet and physical exercise. The ultimate goal of yoga is to reach nirvana: a transcendent spiritual state. Yoga fosters harmony in the mind, body and environment and is an exercise practiced throughout the world. The benefits of yoga is long documented and applied. Aside from the meditative aspect that helps with our mental well-being, yoga helps with our posture, physical alignment and flexibility.Melbournians are increasingly turning to yoga as their physical activity of choice and for good reason. Studies have shown us that yoga simultaneously improves our physical and mental wellbeing through its focus on breathing, movement and meditation. The popularity of yoga has made the prices sky-rocket. Classes now average from $15-$20, an inaccessible amount for most Melbournians. There is now a push to make Yoga affordable and available to a wider demographic. Here are the Melbourne’s cheapest studios and workshops:
One Heart Yoga- Abbotsford Convent
The ethos that underpins One Heart is that everyone deserves a place on a yoga mat. Founder, Anahata Giri runs the hatha classes which welcome people from all walks of life. The classes offer a holistic approach that combines physical practice with meditation and mindfulness. The aim of the class is to curate and nurture a deeper relationship within one’s self. The pay as you feel philosophy is the studio’s contribution to the community and as such they run 3 donation classes a week.
Yoga In The Park Melbourne- Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy
Running every Saturday and Sunday, Yoga In The Park is a congregation of locals, travellers and yoga newbies. The 1 hour session is designed to challenge your strength, flexibility and balance and is supervised by an experienced instructor. This class is a meeting point for people and is designed to bring people together.
Yoga In The Park- Kew
‘Mindful Mondays’ is a yoga and mindfulness session ran by Oz, a massage therapist, yoga instructor and reiki practitioner. Based around finding a healthier version of yourself and connecting to your community, Mindful Mondays is aimed at connecting people through the spiritual process.
Evening Yoga- Argyle Square, Carlton
Evening Yoga, formed by Jasper Robertson connects yoga-lovers of all levels to themselves and their natural surroundings. Held outside, it’s a great way to feel connected to the beautiful backdrop. This casual, flowing class concentrates on the breathe and body and Jasper’s extensive yoga practice will help to fine-tune your movements. Website: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Yoga-in-the-park-carlton/events/257827142/