found in: sydney, australia
posted: April 7, 2015
In Sydney’s Surrey Hills, amongst tree-lines streets chock-a-block with cozy outdoor cafés, is Sky-Lab, one of a handful of anti-gravity aerial yoga studios that are popping up around the world.
A combination of yoga, dance, aerial arts, and pilates postures, the practice is done while hanging from silk hammocks affixed to the ceiling. During class you literally heighten your yoga practice—they say you emerge at least ¼” taller by the end of a class. The method was developed in the late 1990s by Christopher Harrison, a former competitive gymnast-turned-Broadway aerial designer and founder of the AntiGravity aerial acrobatics company.
While it’s not yoga in the traditional sense, every class starts with a levitating meditation and ends with a floating savasana. Its benefits include core strengthening, the release of muscular tension and gentle decompression of the spine (which is why you leave class ‘taller’ than you arrived) making it a great option for low-impact cardio training.
Classes are offered daily (except Fridays), check out the schedule here. After all, who wouldn’t want to get into their own silk cocoon and see if they emerge a butterfly?
Found in: Melbourne, Australia
Studio: Light Space Yoga
Sunrise yoga anyone? There are few places in Melbourne where you can practice yoga, indoors, while watching the sunrise. Light Space Studio has large east-facing windows, natural lighting, decor that will make you want to rearrange your own living room and some amazing yoga teachers to boot.
Found in: Sydney, Australia
Studio: This is Yoga
This isn’t your traditional yoga studio. Think contemporary decor, natural light, a chilled beach feel (located just minutes from Clovelly Beach) and a community ranging from dedicated yogis to corporate workers to surfers and footy players.
Found in: Victoria, BC, Canada
Studio: One Yoga Victoria
Located in the historic James Bay region of British Columbia’s capital city, this all-levels Vinyasa yoga studio was started by our very own ambassador Ryan Leier. Be ready to break a sweat—this practice space is always warm, usually sitting at 30°C.
Found in: Whistler, BC, Canada
This warm, inviting studio is located in Whistler’s picturesque pedestrian-only village—a three-minute walk from the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, surrounded by restaurants, shops and the buzz of visitors and locals. The small classes and cozy tea area make this a welcomed, laid back spot to unwind after a day of playing in this mountain paradise.
Found in: Alexandria, VA, USA
Studio: Mind The Mat Pilates & Yoga
Located in Del Ray, a vibrant neighbourhood with a small-town feel, the brick building that Mind The Mat Pilates & Yoga calls home has three rooms for classes, each on a different floor and with a unique vibe. Post class, grab a bite at Seva Café where there are no prices; they only ask for a donation to pay-it-forward, contributing to the meal of the person who comes to dine after you. Wow!
Found in: New York City, NY, USA
Studio: Modo Yoga NYC
Found in New York City’s coveted West Village where the streets are quieter, the cafés are smaller and the boutiques are one-of-a-kind, this hot yoga studio won’t disappoint. Post class, head to Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee for a Nutella latte and a cookie. Balance is the key to life, right?
Found: in Chicago, IL, USA
Studio: Om On The Range
A quick walk from the Addison Brown Line, Om On The Range is located in a converted loft building on North Ravenswood, offering up a wide range of classes. After class, grab a latte at the cozy Delicious Café, just around the corner from the studio.
Found: in Miami, FL, USA
Studio: Energii Miami
This studio is located on Washington Avenue just before it hits Lincoln Road—right in the heart of South Beach and an easy walk from all the major hotels. Featuring classes with names like Core-Ass Attack, you best come prepared for some hard core conditioning and sweating. This is Miami Beach, after all.
Found: in Boston, MA, USA
Studio: North End Yoga
Take a stroll down the narrow winding streets of the North End filled with historic sights and breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and you’ll find North End Yoga on Hanover Street. They aim to please, offering everything from Pilates and Barre to Vinyasa classes.
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