Gone are the days of doing yoga in the local church hall with the only lady in town who has done some extra-curricular teaching classes. Yoga is a full blown obsession now. Classes are extremely high quality; Yoga is everywhere!s my guide to the best Yoga studios in Wellington.
Wellington has an abundance of brilliant Yoga studios, and more are popping up all the time. But, which one is the right one for you?
With so many options for studios to practise yoga it is easy to feel overwhelmed. For this reason I have created this guide, to show simply, which studios provide what and a little about what their vibe is like. (This has also been great research for myself as I am keen branch out to try lots more studios.)
Do you like slower, more introspective classes with essential oils, or do you love power pumping power classes? There is something for everyone throughout Wellington so have a lil read below to find out which ones sound good to you. Lots of them have introduction specials, so I have included this too, in case you want to go and give a few a whirl before committing to a membership.
A Humble Guide to the Best Yoga Studios in Wellington
The Yoga Lounge
The Yoga Lounge invites you to “reclaim your wellness”. Right in the middle of the CBD, The Yoga Lounge is a sweet and intimate studio offering classes for those who are in the city and need a moment of calm. With 45 minute lunchtime classes there is no need to miss out from a regular yoga class. This studio is small and tranquil with plush carpet and a timetable of different types of yoga to suit your needs. Run by Erika Josa, The Yoga Lounge also hold regular workshops for a more focused practice.
Recently opened, is the sister studio The Hot Yoga Lounge in Thorndon. The Hot Yoga Lounge offers a wide range of classes such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin. The brand new studio has sweeping wooden floors and situated on the edge of the CBD and therefore with ample parking, this studio has a lot to offer city workers as well as those driving. The heat is described as ‘reasonable’, so this is great if you want that hot studio practice without it being too full on.
The Yoga Lounge:
Contact: 23 Waring Taylor St, Wellington, 6011 | email@example.com | www.theyogalounge.co.nz
Starter Deal: First class FREE ($ 30 for one week unlimited) / Starter pack: includes a 60 min one on one tutoring and 2 weeks unlimited access – $ 99
The Hot Yoga Lounge:
Contact: 202 Thorndon Quay, Level 2 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.theyogalounge.co.nz
Starter Deal: One week unlimited — $ 20 (only for first timer)
“The flagship New Zealand yoga studio based in the heart of Wellington’s CBD is all about Whanau (family) and community”
Power Living is housed in a beautiful historic character building with rustic charm and original Matai timber flooring on Johnston street.With some heated and some not heated classes, this studio has a super packed schedule offering classes for all levels. They also hold a wealth of workshops and special events too.
Power Living also offer a teacher training course, towel hire, storage and a yoga boutique, so they pretty much have it all!.
Contact: 15 Johnston St, Wellington, 6011 | 04 4995006 | www.powerliving.com.au/wellington-studio
Starter Deal: $49 Introductory unlimited 30 day pass
Empower is also in the CBD and offers classes to suit working people. They describe themselves as “a studio about functional movement, intelligent nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, inspiring you to live in optimal health.”
The overall practice at Empower is about improving movement patterns as a whole and they and offer classes in Yoga, Pilates and other forms of whole body movement to promote this. You will find interesting classes like Animal Flow, Trigger Point Yin and TRX suspension training, giving you a studio that is about more than just classical Yoga.
The studio is warm and carpeted above Pravada on Customhouse Quay. It is run by couple Andy and Kim Munro with real knowledge and dedication. At Empower it is clear there is a real method behind every single movement. They also run workshops and retreats so look out for those too.
Contact: 107 Customhouse Quay (Above Pravda), Wellington Central |www.empowerstudio.co.nz
Starter Deal: Two Weeks Unlimted $40 + with private consultation $90
Located in Marsden Village, Karori, this little studio is often described by students as calming, peaceful and cosy. A nice retreat outside of the city in leafy Karori. Run by Yogi, Tash, the Beginner Yogi style is varied with a focus on feeling good and moving with ease. There are a range of classes to suit all levels and ages with a limit of 12 people per class to keep it intimate.
And, if heading to Karori is not suitable for you. You can also do online yoga through an online membership with Beginner Yogi. This is perfect if you want to do quality classes at home.
Not forgetting, they also run regular workshops and retreats.
Contact: 6/149 Karori Road, Karori 6012, Wellington | 021 08143371 | www.beginneryogi.com
Starter Deal: One month unlimited $55
Iyengar Yoga Centre
The Iyengar Yoga studio on Swan Lane in Te Aro, offers a range of classes suitable for beginners through to experienced practitioners. They teach traditional yoga with a strong emphasis on learning through practice. Iyengar is a form of hatha yoga with a focus on detail and precision. This is a high quality studio for those wanting to perfect their yoga to a high standard.
Classes are held throughout the week in a large studio with wooden floors.
Contact: “The Bakehouse”6 Swan Lane Te Aro | www.wellingtonyoga.co.nz
Starter Deal: No starter deal but $22 for a casual class
Hot Yoga Wellington
Now with 3 studios, one on Featherstone Street, one on Wakefield Street and one in Upper Hut, the Hot Yoga Studio is a force to be reckoned with! There are five different class styles offered at each studio Hot, Yin-Yang, Power Vinyasa, Yin, and Hot Sampler. With sweeping wooden floors, they pride themselves on a consistent and holistic approach to yoga where everyone is welcome.
Contact: Level 2, 139 Featherstone St & 250 Wakefield Street |www.hotyogawellington.co.nz|
Starter Deal: Two Weeks Unlimited – $35
Yoga for the People
Yoga for the People have a studio in town as well as in Upper Hutt. The studio is purpose built with anti microbial flooring and the temperature is controlled at 40 degrees. There are a range of different classes but the main focus is traditional bikram: the original healing hot yoga. 26 core postures and 2 breathing exercises done in a heated room to systematically stretch, tone and realign your body and mind.
Yoga for the People also have a little store, run beginners courses and you can arrange massage and acupuncture at the studio too.
Contact:133-139 Tory Street | (04) 384 6825 | www.bikramyoga.co.nz
Starter Deal: $20 for 10 Day Unlimited Yoga
Te Aro Astanga Yoga
Running predominantly 2 classes a day for before and after work, Te Aro Astanga is best suited to those wishing to practise an authentic Ashtanga tradition. Most of the classes are in the traditional Mysore style which focuses on breath, eye gaze and energy locks. This can be a demanding physical flow style of yoga assisting with core strength and toning.
Te Aro Asthanga have a variation of teachers and the ‘Mysore style’ at Te Aro Astanga means you will be directly and personally assisted by the teacher during the class. This is great for those really wishing to perfect their style and begin to practice alone.
Contact: Level 1 of Left Bank, Cuba Mall, Wellington | 021 0272 2362 | www.astanga.co.nz/
Starter Deal: A beginners course pass is $80 for 6 weeks.
Healium in the CBD provides both a Yoga Studio and a holistic health destination. They run 45 minute classes throughout the week and the focus is on a lighthearted and non-dogmatic approach. All of the classes are all levels appropriate and they also provide all the mats and props. And at Healium you can support your yoga practice with holistic therapies including energy work, personal development, massage and Chinese medicine.
Situated on Lampton Quay this is a great studio for a well rounded and holistic approach to your yoga practice and great for beginners. They even have a unique social acting improv classes as part of the timetable!
Contact: Level 2 Malcolm Pacific House, 276 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011 | 04 499 0334 | www.healium.co.nz
Starter Deal: No starter deal. Drop in classes are $18
Yoga Centre for Higher Self
A gorgeous studio with large windows and sweeping wooden floors, Centre for Higher self offers a range of different styles of Yoga as well as meditation, dance meditation and Pilates. Centre for Higher Self also run some pregnancy yoga and postnatal yoga classes for those looking for that sort of practice.
Located close to Cuba Street with lots of beautiful, natural light, check out their varied timetable of classes and retreats.
Starter Deal: $35 for 2 weeks unlimited
Urban Yoga is a great little studio close on Willis Street. Their belief is that Yoga can offer something to everyone to improve an area of their physicality or life that they may be strugging with.Urban Yoga offer classes for specific levels of practice as well as yin and restorative classes too. They hold events and offer one-to-one classes too for those wanting a more intimate look at their practice.
This is a great little studio, quiet and tranquil with plush carpet. Lunchtime express classes are popular here, so its well worth checking this out if you work in the area.
Contact: Level 3 Fraser House, 160 Willis Street, Wellington | +64 272047317 | urbanyoga.co.nz
Starter Deal: 1 Week of classes for $20 / 1 month of express lunchtime classes for $80
Pause Yoga, Days Bay
Now Pause Yoga in Days Bay is not technically in Wellington, being over the water in Eastbourne, but I am including it because it is a lovely studio and worth a trip out of Wellington. The studio is situated in a leafy green garden with a huge window and views out across the water. Along side their yoga schedule, which includes a variety of different styles of yoga, they run regular magical Yoga Spa Days. A Yoga Spa Day is a whole day event including food, yoga, meditation and therapies.
They describe themselves as “making Yoga modern, athletic and therapeutic” and in such a setting I anticipate that this is achieved!
Contact: 28 Moana Road , Days Bay , 5013 Eastbourne | 021410890 | http://www.pauseyoga.co.nz/
Starter Deal: TBA
So there you have it! There is no excuse not to get some yoga in during your time in Wellington, whatever the length.
If there is a Yoga studio that you think is great and really recommend and I haven’t included it, please comment below to let us know all about it!
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