The five best yoga stu­dios

Here are five of the best stu­dios the city has to of­fer.

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Yoga is hav­ing a se­ri­ous ‘moment’ again. No longer con­sid­ered a past­time re­served for bo­hemian hip­pies, it has be­come the go-to for many trendy Auck­lan­ders. We’ve col­lated five of the best:

1. YOGA SANC­TU­ARY - MAIRANGI BAY

A long-time favourite for North Shore yo­gis, Yoga Sanc­tu­ary pro­vides a range of classes for adults and chil­dren, and even runs re­treats. No mat­ter what your level or pre­ferred style of yoga - the Yoga Sanc­tu­ary does not dis­ap­point.

2. STU­DIO RED - CITYWORKS DE­POT

Stu­dio Red is es­sen­tially a spa: un­crowded and con­tem­po­rary, the stu­dio is like gi­ant sauna, with wooden walls and pol­ished con­crete walls. It is the ul­ti­mate stu­dio for a well-sea­soned yogi, or an ab­so­lute begin­ner who is look­ing to stretch in style.

3. OM- STONE­FIELDS

En­joy a range of classes - hot or not - at east Auck­land’s new off-the­beaten-track yogi sanc­tu­ary. The stu­dio is out of the city, so it’s per­fect if you’re look­ing for classes that are a lit­tle less crowded.

4. BIKES AND BENDS - WYNYARD QUAR­TER

It’s yoga: but not in the plush, warm­stu­dios you might be used to. Sim­ple, prac­ti­cal and en­tirely un­pre­ten­tious, Bikes and Bends yoga is held out­doors, over­look­ing the wa­ter. Breathe in the fresh sea air, and get your bend on.

5. LAUGH­TER YOGA - ACROSS AUCK­LAND

Some yoga stu­dios re­sem­ble mu­se­ums more than they do places to work out - but not these stu­dios. Laugh­ter yoga strips back all the se­ri­ous­ness some­times as­so­ci­ated with yoga. Leave your mat at home and get gig­gling.

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