If you live in the Camberwell or Hawthorn area, you’ll know that we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to yoga. From big box gyms to boutique yoga studios, you can Namaste in different ways- so how do you decide where to practice yoga? We’ve compiled a list of what to expect in at the studio vs. at the gym.
Typically gyms are buzzing with activity. Sounds of laughter, encouragement, rep counts and weights clinking can all be expected. When you take a yoga class at a gym, you’ll probably be in a room separated from the main space. At a yoga studio, the scenery is meant to be calming and peaceful. Studios are completely dedicated to creating a sanctuary for students to become fully immersed in the yogic culture.
Because gyms and fitness centres have such a wide audience, the population is vast and varied. Each section of the gym may attract different types of athletes based on the equipment, location and classes offered. At a yoga studio, expect to be surrounded by people from all walks of life. At a yoga studio, no matter how different each person is, you can count on the fact they are there for yoga- to create a connection between body and mind.
Many gyms encourage athletes to work out independently. At a yoga studio, expertly trained and experienced yoga instructors will guide you through classes. Because yoga studios cater to only yoga, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
As we mentioned, the atmosphere at a gym is very different to a yoga studio. Gyms cater to all different kinds of physical activity, while yoga studios are made specifically for one activity. If you’re looking for a more authentic yoga experience, you can’t beat a studio. Fresh, clean and modern studios are popping up around the Boroondara area, so be sure to scope out a peaceful yogi den to find your Zen.
Yoga is an amazing workout that will boost your fitness level and calm your mind. Where is your favourite place to unroll your mat?