Luckily, Sydney surrounds offer some spectacular yoga retreats, and some more local destinations for practice or just quiet relaxation, so that you can escape the city madness if only for a brief moment.
Yoga Destinations in Sydney
Finding an island of calm amongst this mad city can be a stressful task at times. That said, I’ve found a handful of places to embrace that weekend or in some cases mid week peace:
- Bondi Beach Laughter Club
The Bondi Beach Laughter Club is an amazing little secret tucked away in the frantic Eastern suburbs. The session takes place overlooking the stunning Bondi beach and focuses on laughter and meditation to create well-being, and alleviate stress.
The class goes for around an hour and only costs $5 for a donation. It’s a great way to get you smiling on the weekends, and never fails to have your abs tingling the next day from the post class giggles.
Bondi Beach Pool, Sydney
- Yoga From the Sky
This installation is a fun way to break up your week, keeping your weekend energy alive. Yoga From the Sky is held weekly, on Wednesday mornings and is not only a well taught Hatha Yoga class, it is a awesome way to kickstart your day. Sprawling city views, meditation and a delicious breakfast to stop you rushing off to work. There isn’t anything quite like the feeling of doing yoga on top of one of the busiest cities in the world while everyone else is asleep.
Centrepoint Tower, Sydney
- Yoga Dining Club
Held monthly, Yoga Dining Club Social is an amazing event that allows you to mingle with like-minded yogis. All events start with an hour-long flow session, and finish with a wholesome meal and a glass of wine. Changing location monthly allows for their community to grow, with events selling out every month. This comes highly recommended by the author as you float out of every class with new friends, a clear mind, and a belly full of delicious, natural food.
Relaxing spaces for meditation in Sydney
- South Maroubra Beach
Maroubra Beach is one of the less crowded beaches in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, and due to its size you’ll always find a spot to lay down your mat. Head to the South end towards Magic Point to find relaxing yoga spots, either on the beach or up on the point for a stunning view of the ocean. A short stroll further South will get you to Malabar beach, an even quieter little beach nestled away amongst the cliffs, a beautiful location for sunrise practice, and mediation.
Maroubra Beach, Sydney
- Milson Park
Located on the edge of the city in the North, Milson Park is home to beautiful rising palm trees and views of the harbor. Due to its location, the park remains pretty quiet throughout the week, but on weekends it plays home to families picnicking. If you’re looking to meditate, head to this park in the mornings or evenings when it’s a little quieter, plus this will get you out of the midday heat. If you are worried of being distracted by the hum of kids playing, then head closer to the water, where the towering trees will block most of the noise.
- Chinese Garden of Friendship
Located within the CBD is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. This is a haven for 9 to 5 workers who need a midday break. Get out of the office and head to the Chinese Garden for a midday yoga session, or a few calming breathes. You will regularly find people practicing yoga and Tai Chi, it’s a welcoming atmosphere for all yogis of any experience.
Ultimately, trading the city hum for the sound of your own breath can be a hard task. But even ten minutes of meditation daily alleviates so many of the stresses of our daily lives. Try spending a little time at some of my favorite yoga spots within Sydney, and enjoy the calming practice of yoga on quiet beaches or perched atop the city.
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