Want to Try Yoga? Our Top Pick of Yoga Classes in Byron Bay
If you are going to holiday in what is considered to be Australia’s unofficial yoga capital, don’t you think it’s a good idea to try your hand at this popular local activity? Options on class times, types or locations for yoga in Byron Bay is never going to be a problem – in fact, there are so many choices it might be hard to decide which Byron Bay yoga school to try first.
Yoga has been the rage in Byron Bay since the 1980s; in fact yoga addicts travel here just for the chance to take classes from some of the internationally known teachers. However, you don’t have to worry about being intimidated if you’re just starting out – like much of Byron Bay – the yoga culture embraces the laid-back attitude of the rest of the town with classes held in places from community halls to parks.
With so many choices for yoga in Byron Bay, it might be difficult to choose which ones might fit into your holiday plans. Don’t worry, we’ve done the homework for you! Below you’ll find a whole host of listings for many of the yoga schools in Byron Bay with weekly classes that a holiday visitor could attend. Pick one or two or three that sound intriguing, and go find out why Byron Bay is considered one of the best places in Australia to practice yoga.
Byron Yoga Centre
Start with one of the best when you take a class at the Byron Yoga Centre created by John Ogilivie, considered a top yoga instructor in Australia. He started Byron Yoga in 1988, and it is one of the longest running schools in the country. It is located at 6 Byron Street. In addition, the centre now has the Purna Retreat Centre at 50 Skinners Shoot Road where there are additional classes offered and a café where you can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The style of yoga taught at Byron Yoga is purna, which means integrated or complete. The goal is to not just focus on the physical postures (which range from gentle restorative to dynamic), but also the meditation, philosophy, breath control and code of ethics. It also integrates ashtanga (all eight limbs).
At the Byron Street location, holiday guests can take a class for $18 with choices from 8 am to 6pm. Each class, which are all suitable for all levels including beginners, runs for 90 minutes. At the Purna Centre, there are options for the hour of power (7 – 8am) most mornings for $15, or for $10 take one of the 90 minute teacher trainee classes.
Flo Fenton’s Intouch Yoga
Another option for the casual tourist on holiday who wants to experience yoga in Byron Bay firsthand would be Flo Fenton’s Intouch Yoga. Three 90 minute classes are offered each week (5pm Tuesday and Thursday and 10am Saturday) at the Suffolk Park Community Hall for $16. (Note: If you listen closely, you might hear the ocean, or just head out to the beach after class to continue the relaxed mood.)
These classes employ a mix of vinyasa/hatha techniques, tailored for many levels including beginners. Be sure to check the website for Flo’s schedule as she does travel so you might get Kathy Quinn, who has trained under Flo for 500 hours and has been working with Flo since 2013.
A newer Byron Bay yoga school, Ananta Yoga is celebrating three years of providing yoga to Byron Bay. Ananta is run by Geoff Brooks, and it also is the style of yoga that is taught here. With classes everyday, there are lots of options for the casual holiday goer to try, with the cost of $15 per class. A beginner might focus in on attending a foundation, flow or yin/stretch class.
In addition to more traditional classes, Ananta offers a Surf/Flow class on Thursday at 6pm that focuses on the lower hips to ankles which may need extra attention to keep you surfing comfortably.
Ashtanga Yoga Byron Bay
Located in a private residence at 11 Black Butt Place just off Bangalow Road, Ashtanga Yoga Byron Bay offers public classes, which are suitable for beginners, in between intensive courses with owners Jack and Dena Kingsberg. The classes are at 7am Monday-Friday and 9:30am Monday-Saturday. The cost is $15 for the casual goer, so perfect for someone on a Byron Bay holiday.
The classes are taught in the Mysore style, which is within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition that Dena learned as a student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She has been practicing yoga for 28 years and is certified by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of Mysore South India. Jack has practiced yoga for years, having taken many workshops at Satyananda Ashrams in Australia as well as through Mysore.
Byron Yoga Lounge
Offering the Iyengar style of yoga to Byron Bay, the Byron Yoga Lounge provides several levels of classes during the week. This style of yoga is one of the most widely offered methods and is perfect for all ages and levels. This yoga school in Byron Bay has two locations with beginners classes offered at the Byron Bay location (1A Banksia Drive) at 6pm Mondays and 8am Mondays and at the Lennox Head location (on Ross Lane in the Sanctuary Village) at 6pm Wednesdays. Casual class participation costs $17.
Founder Liz Costigan has trained in the Iyengar style for 10 years and has been teaching for 12 years. There are several teachers on staff, all of whom have studied and are certified.
Shiva Shakti Yoga
This Byron Bay yoga school is situated in the Arts and Industry Estate – a great place for holiday goers to visit anyway! – and features several different styles of yoga from hatha and ashtanga, to yin and vinyasa. So whatever style you might want to try first, you’ll probably find a class here that you could attend.
With classes every day, you should have no problem fitting in a class in between your other holiday pursuits. Check the timetable on the website and look for classes that are noted as “all levels,” all of these would be suitable for beginners. Drop-in classes cost $15.
Red Tent Yoga
Inspired by the book ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamont, Red Tent Yoga focuses on women by offering women’s yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for new mums, as well as classes with your children. In addition, massages and acupunctures are part of this centre’s practice.
This Byron Bay yoga centre would be an excellent space to seek out if you are on holiday with small children as it offers weekly Mums and Bubs Yoga for mums with babies aged 10 weeks to 13 months. Or if you have a toddler (12 months to 4 years old), come here and enjoy the Mums & Toddler yoga class where you’ll both learn poses and do a little singing. Classes are $17 and tailored for all levels.
Bikram Yoga Byron Bay
This particular style of yoga is practiced in a heated room, so keep that in mind if you would like to try out a class here. There are lots of benefits to the heat including:
- Helps to deliver more blood to the muscles
- Speeds up breakdown of fatty acids and glucose
- Makes muscles more elastic
- More easily burns fat
Just make sure you hydrate before and after class, come on an empty stomach and wear light, fitted clothes.
Bikram Yoga Byron Bay offers classes Monday through Saturday with two classes held each day (at a variety of times) and one on Sunday, so check the website for times that suit your schedule. Each class is 90 minutes, and all are good for beginners. Casual classes cost $20. This studio is located at 8 Grevillea Street in The Arts and Industry Estate.
Beachside Yoga & Massage
If you’re looking to enjoy Byron Bay yoga on the beach, head over to Main Beach where you can stop by Byron Bay Surf Club’s second floor for one of the yoga classes at Beachside Yoga & Massage. With ocean views and the sounds of waves, this yoga centre combines two highlights of Byron Bay.
From Hatha Yoga to Free Flow Yoga, Beachside provides a range of classes Monday through Saturday, most at 8am or 10am. All levels, including beginners, are welcome to any of the classes. No bookings are required, and yoga mats are provided. Drop-in classes are $18.
If your holiday coincides with a second Friday (typically the second and fourth Fridays), then you should check out the “Devotion by the Ocean” class at 6:45pm, which focuses on Kirtan songs and yoga chanting.
Yoga by Nature
The Byron yoga craze isn’t limited to just the Byron Bay proper. Located in nearby Brunswick Heads, Yoga by Nature features a variety of classes for beginners including prenatal, Mums and Bubs and children’s yoga. Casual classes are priced at $15 for hour classes and $17 for 90 minutes.
So, this is a great place to look up if you are on holiday with your family in Byron Bay. You could sign the kids up for YogART 4 Children for ages 5-10 ($15 for the hour class), right now scheduled for Tuesdays at 4pm. Then go grab a coffee and relax for an hour while the kids enjoy a fun and creative class. Make sure you book this one ahead of time.
On the off chance you are enjoying a holiday in Byron Bay while pregnant, there’s a prenatal class offered each week at 11:30 am on Wednesdays. Also, Yoga by Nature features a restorative yoga class just for women where, with a variety of props, you are placed in supportive positions to rid your body of stress and physical tension. Currently, this class is offered weekly at 4pm on Thursdays.
The Yellow Church Yoga & Natural Heath Centre
Mullumbimby is a popular side trip from Byron Bay, and this hip little town keeps the yoga vibe alive by offering classes as well. If you decide to visit this town, you might want to take the time to stop by The Yellow Church Yoga Centre.
The town’s oldest church, built in 1903, houses this yoga centre that was opened in 1997. Hatha Yoga classes are the most widely offered style at Yellow Church, with classes on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The best one for beginners might be the Beginners Level 1 Hatha at 9:30 am on Wednesdays. Casual class attendance costs $15 for 90 minutes, $17 for two hours.
Stay at Broken Head Holiday Park for your next yoga holiday!
If you plan to visit Byron Bay this summer and want to try out some of the many yoga classes in the area, book your accommodation at Broken Head Holiday Park so you can stay in the Zen zone – peace, quiet and the great outdoors.
Our beach-front location will provide an excellent place to return to after you attend any Byron Bay yoga class – finish the day out with a quiet walk on the beach or have dinner with your partner on the beach to make for a peaceful (and romantic) evening.
We know that part of going on holiday is also enjoying good food. However, if you’re interested in yoga, then you probably tend to look for a healthy selection of food. Check out our post on vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Byron Bay:
Staying at Byron Bay budget accommodation, such as Broken Head Holiday Park, for your holiday provides access to camp facilities as well. We have powered or unpowered camping sites, plus beach huts and beach shacks that sleep from two to four people. Book now to stay at Broken Head Holiday Park and save a few extra bucks for trying out several of these awesome yoga classes!