A New York gal living in Sydney. An ICU nurse by profession and urban hippie. A pescatarian, runner/yoga lover, scuba diver & green-living enthusiast. Admits to being a coffee snob & is owned by a sweet French Bulldog.
Published September 3rd 2014
BodyMindLife - Go sweat for fitness and charity
Where can you take a community yoga class at a top studio for a mere $5 donation? I'm going to let you in on my little secret... it's at BodyMindLife, Surry Hills and Bondi Beach. Your $5 donation goes to fantastic charities that believe in health and well-being. My donation on this day went to Canteen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer.
Welcoming Buddha at BodyMindLife
Who are these community classes good for? The answer is everyone involved. First off, these classes give newer yoga teachers experience instructing a class and to practice giving gentle posture corrections to the students. It's great for us practising yogis, as smaller off-peak classes mean more individual attention. Oh and let's not forget how great it is to pay only $5 instead of $22 for a yoga class at BodyMindLife, especially if you are a uni student. Also, the carefully selected charity wins too, as the donations for a specific time period goes to these wonderful local organisations.
Downward Dogging it
Vinyasa flow yoga is practised at the community classes. It's a more dynamic-type yoga taught in a 28-degree infra-red heated room. Although it's not as hot as Bikram yoga, prepare to sweat!
[ADVERT]In my class there were eight students of various levels. Our instructor was lovely. She started off the practice with deep breathing exercises that led into dynamic poses. I lost count of how many planks turned into cobras turned into downward dogs we did at the end of our segments. She knew just how long to have us hold our poses for. The music this instructor played was a bit different than the usual World Music Zen-type tunes I'm used to. She played Rhianna and other upbeat tempos. Although it may not be to every yogis liking, I found it motivating as the music was going as fast as my heart was.
BodyMindLife Surry Hills is an experience. You can rent (or bring your own) mat and towels. There is a large luxurious changing room with lockers, colourful yoga mat storage area and even a yogi lounge to relax in and sip a warm cup of lemongrass tea. While here why not explore the rest of what the studio has on offer including Vinyasa (power) and Yin (gentle) yoga, pre-natal or mums and bubs yoga, meditation and yoga Nidra, day seminars and also Pilates Reformer classes?
Yoga mat storage for students
Community classes are at BodyMindLife Surry Hills from 3:30 to 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. And at their Bondi Beach Studio from 2:00 to 3:00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You do not have to be a member and all levels of yoga students welcome.
BodyMindLife community yoga class schedule
So now that you know my secret, what could BodyMindLife do better than $5 yoga classes most days of the week? How about free classes? BodyMindLife is in the process of offering free monthly 'Yoga Party' classes with the next one on September 11th. The yoga party class will have live music and drumming. I also heard the rumour that there may even be an acrobatic-yoga performance that night. Places for this free class will book out... but not before I get my yogic groove on and sign up to reserve a place for my well-worn purple mat. Namaste.