Did you know that the Inner West houses some of Sydney’s most popular yoga and pilates studios?
Sydney’s inner west and inner city are home to so many different yoga and pilates studios, there’s a type to suit everybody.
Here is a small selection of our favourite studios - some a bit out of the ordinary.
While Sydney’s lockdown forced them to shut their doors, many pivoted online and continue to operate in a hybrid mode now restrictions have eased. Check the websites for their latest timetable information and class formats.
HIIT PILATES STUDIO
61-71 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery
As the website says, HIIT is taking pilates to the next level. They are committed to ensuring their 50-minute workouts are fun, effective and constantly evolving. But they’re also backed by evidence-based science, to uniquely combine the benefits of HIIT with reformer pilates. People often say that no two classes at HIIT are the same - but all of their workouts have one thing in common: they improve core stability, make your muscles stronger and provide a full-body workout. The studio also offers pre and post-natal classes.
7/2-10 Fountain Street, Alexandria
With tailored 50 minute classes, KX Pilates is part of a chain with 87 studios across Australia that offers reformer pilates. So if you regularly travel for work, or work near another of their many studios, this could be a convenient option. Their methodology is founded upon the ‘Kaizen Xperience’, originating from the Japanese philosophy of ‘kaizen’ or ‘change for the better’.
128A Erskineville Road, Erskineville
MG Pilates offers both pilates reformer and pilates mat classes, suitable for anyone. Wondering about the name? MG stands for Movement Guidance, and that’s exactly what you’ll receive. Many of their teachers are trained physiotherapists, ex-dancers, and more. One of the longer running studios in the area, MG Pilates was established in 2005.
MOVE PHYSIO PILATES
23/30 Maddox St, Alexandria
If it’s physio led pilates you’re after, according to reviews Move Physio Pilates is the “best physio/pilates studio in Sydney”. The physio/pilates studio specialises in sports injuries and strengthening. Move also offers ‘MoveX’, the studio’s combination of personal training and pilates using both pilates and gym equipment. But before you start booking classes, book a 60-minute comprehensive assessment, led by a trained physiotherapist. The one-on-one session will identify your goals for an individualised program, tailored to your fitness needs. Classes hold up to 4 people, each working on their own personalised goals.
160 Rochford Street, Erskineville
Offering Hatha yoga, and known for providing an “authentic” yoga experience, Adiyoga is a popular and long-running studio in Erskineville. Its teachers are certified by the world-renowned Isha Foundation, and the studio is designed to be a calm and relaxing space. Free trial classes mean you can test it out first to see if it resonates as the right yoga method for you.
UNION STREET YOGA AND WELLBEING
175a Union Street, Erskineville
Offering a Vinyasa style of practise that links postures with the breath in a flowing, mindful and engaging way, Union Street Yoga calls a calm, converted warehouse home. If you’re looking for some deep stretches and relaxation try some Yin yoga. The more experienced may book into teacher training, and the kids are also catered for with special kids classes. The building is also home to a range of wellbeing practitioners.
NEWTOWN YOGA ROOM
35-9 Dickson Street, Newtown
Studio owner Jazz Eastman has been teaching Iyengar yoga for almost three decades, having taken up yoga in the 1970s. He’s joined by teacher Clare Marshall, who has a background in midwifery, so the studio offers plenty for pregnant women, as well as mums and bubs. There are dedicated meditation classes, and yoga classes for the over 55s.
REDFERN YOGA ROOM
Level 1/141 Redfern St, Redfern
Redfern Yoga Room is renowned for great teachers and therapeutic yoga. The studio focuses on Ashtanga yoga, an Indian practice founded in the city of Mysore. Thanks to the personalised nature of this method, their classes can be tweaked to suit any injuries or concerns and are appropriate for all levels, from beginners to experienced. Studio owner Nathan Passmore recommends beginners try their 5:45 am or 7 am classes or take up one of their very cost-effective beginner packages.
MARRICKVILLE YOGA CENTRE
183 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville
Marrickville Yoga Centre specialises in Iyengar yoga, a style that focuses on rehabilitation and the structural alignment of the body, with an emphasis on precision. Their free online beginner course is a great place to try the basics and get a taste of whether this style of yoga is right for you. Marrickville Yoga Centre teaches seven days a week, online and in studio, so their classes can fit in easily with busy schedules, with programs for kids, and a collective for more experienced practitioners.
105 Belmont St, Alexandria
With over 50 five-star reviews, Urban Soul is a small studio. With private or group yoga classes, the studio classes are led by warm, passionate teachers, each with different styles and experiences. Fun fact: Owner and teacher Frank Baran purchased the studio on Gumtree in 2017, having been hooked into yoga after trying an online yoga class. Urban Soul is big on a relaxed approach to yoga, with affordable prices and no mirrors in the studio.
Levels 1 & 2, 146 Abercrombie Street, Redfern
Running yoga studios in Sydney, Melbourne and New York, Humming Puppy is known for its relaxing, welcoming vibe, open, airy studios, friendly staff, and delicious tea. Below the studio, there is a restaurant and cafe, perfect for when you’re feeling peckish after a class. You may be wondering why the studio is called Humming Puppy? Walking into your session, you’ll notice the walls of the studio seem to ‘hum’. This unique sound was created in collaboration with Mitch Allen, a composer from OneTwoStudios. He recorded the singing bowls that give Humming Puppy its ‘hum’. The website offers a unique “reserve your mat” feature, so you can select your favourite location for the maximum vibe.
405/342 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Ever wanted to try yoga upside down? Sky-Lab specialises in aerial yoga, which involves being suspended in hammocks. Though it may sound difficult, the teachers at Sky-Lab promise that it’s easier than it looks. Unfortunately, the studio doesn’t teach kids under the age of 16, so this is fun for adults only. Reputedly good for your spine - aerial yoga can strengthen as well as increase flexibility and remove muscle tension.
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