Trying to practice yoga when you’re on the road and traveling is not always easy. I’ve written in the past on how to choose a yoga studio while you’re globetrotting, and I thought it would also be worth writing a little about my experiences at various yoga studios around the world. Earlier this year, I visited good friends in Melbourne and had plenty of time to wander around during the day while they were at work, so did a little bit of research ahead of time to find a good studio I could practice at in the CBD (Central Business District).
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I looked at various studios and eventually settled on Move Yoga, a hot yoga studio that offered lots of classes throughout the day and express 45 minute classes around lunch time. I managed to attend 3 different classes during the week I was in Melbourne and will definitely be back the next time I’m in town.
The studio is conveniently located on Flinders Lane, a hop and skip away from Flinders Street Station, one of the main train stations in Melbourne. The space itself is clean and simple with two studios, and it’s a lovely haven in the CBD with lots of light coming through the large windows. There were about 15-20 students in each of the classes I attended, and the (brand new) yoga mats were cleaned and laid out at the beginning of every class so you don’t have to shuffle around.
The two instructors I had classes with were extremely friendly and encouraging (Collin Poole and Masha Gorodilova) and although hot yoga can be truly torturous at times, I enjoyed (almost) every minute of the classes.
The facilities are absolutely top-notch with lockers in the changing room that you can store your belongings in, and you can ask for a towel from the front desk if you plan on taking a shower. You should always shower after hot yoga. Always.
The showers and bathrooms were brand new and shampoo/conditioner is provided, as are hairdryers and GHD hair straighteners (!!!). Thanks to the well equipped studio I was able to head straight to lunch or happy hour with friends after a class.
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Pricing is extremely reasonable for new students at AUD45 for 5 classes (to be used within a 10-day period), and this is on par with other yoga studios in the neighbourhood. The studio offers a new student offer for two weeks of unlimited classes, as well as 10-class packages if you’re in town for a little longer than a few days. You can book and pay for classes via the MindBody Connect app, their app or their website.
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