Bad Yogi City Guide: Melbourne, Australia
Having moved to Melbourne a little over two years ago now I can honestly say that I am infatuated with this city, including its amazing yoga scene. In many ways I think Melbourne is the ultimate urban Bad Yogi destination, as not only does it have an abundance of incredible studios, teachers and cool yoga classes, but this city also prides itself on its love of quality coffee, ridiculously Instagram-worthy) brunches and amazing bars. Needless to say, there is plenty to do post-Savasana in Melbourne!
But let’s begin with what we are all here for – yoga. Here is a short sampler list of a few studios in Melbourne. For a more comprehensive guide, check out this great directory on the “Melbourne Loves Yoga” website: https://mel.loves.yoga/directory
Power Living (Fitzroy)
Probably one of my consistent favourites for yoga in Melbourne, Power Living is a heart-centred group of studios across Australia. They offer amazing heated Power, Vinyasa and regular Yin classes, often with a guided meditation or optional self-meditation time at the end of the class.
Yoga 213 (Richmond)
If music (hip-hop) and sweaty Vinyasa flows float your boat then Yoga 213 is definitely the place for you. Located in the ever-trendy suburb of Richmond, it offers Hip-Hop and Chill Vinyasa classes, as well as Yin. Prepare to have the music pumping as you move one of your many chaturangas!
Bikram Yoga (Fitzroy, Ascot Vale, South Melbourne)
If you are a Bikram fanatic then rest assured that there are certainly a few studios around Melbourne. The friendly instructors will make sure you feel right at home and get the most out of your sweaty practice, whether you’re a newbie or a Bikram pro. I would definitely recommend a Bikram class as the perfect antidote to cold Melbourne mornings!
Gravity Initiative (University of Melbourne, Monash University)
Although this is not a studio per se, I have to give a shout out to Will & Em from Gravity, fellow students at the University of Melbourne. Their passion for mental health led them to start Gravity, an initiative bringing free yoga classes to university campuses (currently Melbourne and Monash, but hopefully expanding in the near future!).
Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne (Fitzroy)
If you are inclined towards more classical Ashtanga sequences, or prefer to do your own thing in a Mysore-style class, then head to the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne. This studio is tucked away and is probably a little less visible on social media compared to some others in Melbourne, but it boasts a beautiful, airy and open studio with gorgeous timber floors and a very authentic yoga feel.
Eat & Drink!
Now that you’ve finished your class, it’s time to fill up the tank, with some delicious food of course! I could write a college thesis-length piece on the food in Melbourne, but for now I’ll just give you a summary of my favourite “Yogi Eats”:
Serotonin Eatery (Burnley)
One of my all-time favourites, Serotonin’s menu is based around foods that boost serotonin production (the “happiness” hormone), just in case your post-yoga high wasn’t enough! The Positivity Pancakes and swing seats are highlights.
Lentil as Anything (multiple locations)
A not-for-profit organisation offering sustainable vegetarian food in several locations in Melbourne, although the Abbortsford Convent has beautiful lawns so I would go for that one! They also have a system where you pay what you can/would like to, and it all goes back to superbly worthy causes.
Top Paddock (Richmond)
A Melbourne brunch institution, famous for their hotcakes, Top Paddock is the original of three sister stores – the others are Higher Ground (CBD) and Kettle Black (Albert Park). The café space is huge, featuring tonnes of natural light and a menu that utilises plenty of gourmet local produce and artisanal products.
Monk Bodhi Dharma (Balaclava)
Located in a little outhouse at the back of a set of shops and boasting house-roasted coffee, Monk Bodhi Dharma is about as Melbourne hipster as it gets. They also have an innovative menu with loads of gluten-free/vegan options.
The Vegie Bar (Fitzroy)
An amazingly hip vego/vegan restaurant with a menu big enough to satisfy every craving and fill the post-yoga void. It is a classic in the Melbourne vegetarian scene, and fortunately only a short walk from multiple Fitzroy studios.
Seven Seeds (Carlton)
If coffee is your Kryptonite then you definitely need to make a trip to Seven Seeds, where coffee roasting is an art and a science! I’ve been told it has reputation for the best coffee in Melbourne, which says a lot.
Happy Place (South Melbourne Markets)
Disclaimer: just a shameless self-promotion, because I work here! In all seriousness though, Happy Place offers up some of the coolest smoothies (think Snickers, Peanut Butter Jelly and Black Detox) to the local yogis. All smoothies are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free.
Shardey Olynyk Photography (Port Melbourne, August 2016)
Erica and Peta (Berry, Berry Happy)
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