Earlier this year Andrea Leber, Journalist & Yoga Instructor, embarked on a mission to visit and review 100s of yoga studios & classes in Melbourne. She didn’t accept any freebies for positive reviews. She checked out every studio in person. Andrea wanted to simply tell it as she saw it - and compiled it all together in the BEST of YOGA Melbourne.
Yoga in Daily Life Richmond is included in the Top 10 picks of yoga studios in Melbourne!
This is what Andrea wrote after visiting us ...
Yoga in Daily Life
Be part of a global yoga community; attend classes taught by a Swami; make a contribution to a non for profit organisation; learn about the wider aspects of yoga - beyond your asana practice.
What’s the vibe?
The Melbourne studio of this impressive international non for profit is located in a very quiet part of Richmond, managed by local head teachers Swami Gopal and Gita. Students rate the vibe as ‘more relaxing, traditional and spiritual than most other studios’ and rave about how ‘authentic’ the space feels and about the classes that ‘work on many levels for me - spiritually, physically and mentally’. The extremely warm and welcoming centre is uncluttered, and obviously designed as a space to withdraw and devote yourself to the spiritual practice. There’s a very holistic feel to it and the community is very inclusive.
Boasting two large yoga rooms, the centre offers enough space for students to arranged their mats with ample space between them and even classes with 30+ participants won’t feel crowded. It’s fresh, clean and airy and the dominating colours are white and earthy brown. Climbing up the stairs to the yoga studio feels like entering an ashram; everyone instinctively lowers their voice, there are smiles all over and after a few minutes you’ll feel your heart rate drop - and as if you’ve been practising here forever.
We loved Swami Gopal’s Hatha Yoga class: A slow, but flowing practice with clear instructions, with students pointing out how much they love ‘the wonderful rhythm of the teaching’. Swami Gopal is all you’d expect: warm, welcoming, with a soothing voice and a vibrant nature; he simply never stops smiling and is incredibly positive. He’ll instantly make you feel comfortable in class and, unsurprisingly, classes attract a huge variety of regular students. Poses are never rushed, however, they’re instructed in a continuous flow. There isn't any pressure to push beyond your abilities and class finishes with a long relaxation.
Apart from asana classes the studio hosts fundraising film & dinner evenings, wellness cooking workshops, there are lectures and meditation sessions with Swamis, dedicated beginners yoga and meditation courses - make sure you check out the website - the initiatives and programmes are too numerous to list!
‘I just love how Swami Gopal and Gita modulate the classes’, says one student, while others value the wider aspects of the organisation the studio is part of: ‘It all feels very genuine, the yoga philosophy flows like a river from a vast sea’.
What’s on offer? Hatha (beginners and advanced), courses/retreats, Prenatal, Meditation
Listed in: Hatha, Meditation/Nidra, Pre/Postnatal, Vinyasa/Dynamic, “Great beginners choice”, “Most relaxing”, “Most authentic”, “Life-long learning”, “Kids, Mums & Bubs”
See the whole guide > here