With its indulgent spa breaks and a wide assortment of yoga studios, Wellington has everything anyone could ever need to take proper care of their health and well-being. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, there’s a wealth of studios to explore in New Zealand’s capital city. We’ll make your choice easier by listing some of the best in town.
The Yoga Lounge
This is a cosy little studio at the heart of Wellington that encourages locals to spend some time away from office desks and recharge their batteries. The Yoga Lounge offers 45-minute lunchtime sessions as well as a wide assortment of workshops and lessons to suit all levels, including stretch classes, Ashtanga, Hatha and Pilates.
Hot Yoga Wellington
With two downtown studios and another venue at Lower Hutt, Hot Yoga Wellington has established a strong reputation for its holistic teachings. Five different styles are taught at this studio: Hot Yoga, Yin-Yang, Power Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and a Hot Yoga Sampler option for those wanting to experience a little bit of everything.
If you’re looking for yoga classes with a strong fitness emphasis, Empower Studio is the local go-to. Each class has a limit of 26 people so that teachers can give their full attention to students. Sessions run for 30-45 minutes on a daily basis and include posture alignment classes for novice yogis as well as Power Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Nidra, and an assortment of yoga-based fitness programmes.
Te Aro Astanga Yoga
Te Aro Astanga Yoga draws from South Indian conventions to fully inform its yoga lessons. The Cuba Street studio teaches most of its classes through a traditional Mysore approach, meaning each student is given direct guidance on the different postures they need to practise. There are open classes for all levels as well as introductory courses and group classes to choose from.
Iyengar Yoga Centre
With highly experienced practitioners and a lovely studio to match, Iyengar Yoga Centre has become a favourite among those who want to embrace this traditional style. Anyone can participate in the studio’s restorative and level-based classes without making a booking. There’s also courses geared towards beginners, teens, and new mothers.
Power Living’s flagship New Zealand studio enjoys a sunny downtown location with plenty of rustic charm. The studio has a varied timetable to suit all interests and levels – from guided meditation sessions to heated Vinyasa and Yin Yoga classes. Power Living also offers yoga teacher training and has a retail boutique in its premises.
Urban Yoga offers something for everyone: you can opt for private lessons, try your hand at a variety of workshops and events, or simply come by for an express lunch time session. There’s even lessons for expecting mothers and kids. Traditional Hatha principles and Anusara methodology are used in general classes, and the studio also embraces Vinyasa conventions in its Dynamic Flow lessons.
Yoga Centre for Higher Self
The Yoga Centre for Higher Self is a serene studio renowned for its warm, welcoming atmosphere. There’s a wide range of classes for all levels, from traditional Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin sessions to Pilates, Qi Gong and dance meditation. On top of that the studio also hosts a number of workshops and organises weekend retreats for those yearning for some extra relaxation.