By Tony Wang
It feels good when you’re able to move lightly and freely, feeling confident with yourself at every turn and in your centre of being. Yoga can help you do that, and that’s why we’ll show you the best yoga studios in Christchurch.
There are many classes in yoga offered depending on skill level and temperature in the studio. Some like to switch up between different classes while others like to be consistent by focusing on one discipline.
Of course, a good yoga studio is a place where you can hone your yoga skills with teachers who direct and correct your alignment and have props to support your training.
Sessions should be fun, exciting, and take away your focus from your mind and into your body to bring relaxation and peace.
We went looking for studios that are conducive to achieving that sort of balance. So without further ado, here are your bets for the best yoga studios in Christchurch!
1) Grassroots Yoga – Woolston
|BEST FOR||Yoga Studio to Unwind and Get a Good Sweat|
The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston Christchurch, New Zealand 8023
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 27 694 1261|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday and Wednesday: 9.15am – 11.15am | 5.30pm – 7pm|
Tuesday: 9.15am – 10.45am | 5.45pm – 7.30pm
Thursday: 9.15am – 12.15pm | 5.30am – 8.15pm
Friday: 9.15am – 10:45am
Saturday: 8.15am – 11.15am
Sunday: 8.45am – 10am
Tucked in between a line of quaint brick, cabin-like facades where it gets windy and cool outside, Grassroots is a great yoga place to unwind and get a good sweat for men and women alike.
There are a variety of teachers who conduct classes for Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Yoga 3, Yoga Flow, Yoga Restore, and Seniors. There are even helpful and on-demand prenatal yoga classes to help you adapt to your changing body and bond with your baby.
You will find the class that is right for you based on your skill level. In Yoga 3, having learned the proper alignment and posture, it will be a challenge, yet fun and exciting to pull off those graceful backbends, inversions, arm balances, and complex holds.
Yogis basically love it here because of the place, the teachers, and the classes. It’s one of your best yoga studios in Christchurch!
- Great classes and yogis
- Variety of teachers
- Challenging yet fun and exciting
One customer, Valentina Piantoni said on Facebook:
“Grassroots Yoga is such an amazing studio, cozy and super warm all the time. I only did 3 classes so far but I want to share my super positive impression. I love Mary’s classes, they bright my Tuesday night.
100 % recommended!”
2) Apollo Power Yoga – Central City and Ferrymead
|BEST FOR||Calorie-Burning Yoga|
Power All Levels
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday and Wednesday: 6.15am – 7pm|
Tuesday and Thursday: 6.15am – 6pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday: 8.3oam – 4.30pm
If you like to push yourself and burn those calories, then Apollo Power Yoga is for you. They have two branches located in Central City and Ferrymead where you can view the estuary with the cool butterfly colours of paragliders in the sky and motorboats riding on the waters as you train.
Classes teach Yoga Vinyasa and Power Restore. Yoga Vinyasa is a more intensive and active style of yoga and can give you the effects of weight training, running, and balance in one package without their high impact on your body.
Through breathing with every movement, you can release your stress, anger, sadness and whatever that’s bothering you. They will teach you the proper way of breathing and flowing in the sequences.
That will set your thoughts in the right direction, make your senses present and clear, and feel the peace of just being.
As for the teachers, you can expect them to be friendly and accommodating — they will look after you in your class. And so will the students, so you’ll expand your circle of friends and have fun in one of the best yoga studios in Christchurch!
- Active and intensive styled yoga
- Release stress and body toxins
- Friendly and accommodating yogis
Tesh Crampton shared her experience on Facebook:
“After doing their 2 week pass with zero yoga experience I jumped straight into the “40 Days to Personal Revolution” Program & it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made! The changes I saw in my body were great but the changes in my mind were even better. Highly Recommend!”
3) Flow Hot Yoga – Riccarton
|BEST FOR||Hot Vinyasa Flow|
Shakti Yin Yang
|ADDRESS||25 Mandeville Street, Riccarton, Christchurch, 8011, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||03-348 8889|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 8pm|
Friday: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 11.30am | 3pm – 6pm
Sunday: 3pm – 6pm
Whether you’re after some restorative Yin or wanting to increase your heart rate with a Power Vinyasa, Flow Hot Yoga has something for you. Increase your energy, improve your core and flexibility or reduce stress, either way your body will thank you.
Currently located on Mandeville Street in Riccarton, Flow has a welcoming ambiance. They encourage arriving at class up to 30 minutes early to rest and rejuvenate on your mat. Have you biked to class? You get free mat hire! But best of all, you’ll always be welcomed kindly by the staff and teachers.
Here you can find a boutique that sells yoga mats, bolsters, towels, essential oils to name a few. If you forgot your mat, don’t worry, as you can rent a mat — what’s important is being able to do yoga.
As part of the best yoga studios in Christchurch, they offer classes in Hot Flow, Power Vinyasa, Yin, Yin Yang and Meditation. They pride themselves on having a lot of different teachers with varying backgrounds from healthcare, universities, and hospitality.
Depending on the class, the room is heated between 30 to 40 degrees. Yin and Yin Yang sit at 30 degrees and the Power Vinyasa and Hot Flows sit at 38 degrees. Not only does it feel like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold winters night, practicing in the heat allows you to stretch with ease and get more from your asanas.
Sessions can be busy, so make sure you book through the Flow Hot Yoga app. Also, be sure to take advantage of their various discounts such as the intro offers or the discounted one-year membership.
- Offers many types of practices
- Welcoming and friendly yoga studio
- Practice in the heat
- Watch out on their socials for their specials or discount offers
- @flowhotyogachristchurch on Instagram and Facebook
- New Studio opening 2021 on the corner of Kilmore Street and Fitzgerald Ave
Check out Kim Butler’s review on Google Business:
“Tried their 2 week trial they had going, was amazing! Always wanted to try yoga! Each session was very packed, but they were so relaxing it didn’t seem to matter. And for first time goers the staff were so helpful and welcoming! A shame yoga is quite expensive to do.”
4) Heart and Mind Yoga – Merivale
|BEST FOR||Soothing Yin Yoga and Dynamic Circuit Fitness|
Circuit – Fitness Class
Unit 13, 21 Bealey Avenue Christchurch, New Zealand 8014
+64 22 125 3011
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday and Friday: Closed|
Tuesday to Thursday: 9am – 8.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Though we shouldn’t, sometimes we feel that need to do cardiovascular exercise beside yoga. Perfect timing, as Heart and Mind Yoga offers both the classic styles plus a workout designed to burn and help you get a lean and fit body.
Heart and Mind Yoga offers a soothing Yin Yoga experience with comfortable, relaxing stretches, and Yoga for all skill levels. They even have Gentle Yoga for those without any background or who haven’t tried it before.
Don’t feel like working with a bunch of people? The personalised option with yoga teacher Jo will guide you so that your alignment and posture are correct, as well as your breathing pattern.
Other than that, Jo offers a Circuit and Body Weight Fitness on Saturdays to give you a full cardio, strength, and balance dynamic workout where you’ll perspire and flush those toxins from your bodies.
The gym or studio is located at Merivale, Christchurch where it is away from the hustle and bustle. It is a beautiful and quiet gym with white walls, rustic wooden floors, and windows by a lush tree and overlooking the street across.
- Soothing Yin Yoga experience
- Personalised option
- Offer Circuit and Body Weight Fitness classes
One yoga practitioner, Geni McSkudder commented on Facebook:
“Jo is beyond amazing at creating a warm, relaxing and safe space to build a better mind-body relationship. I couldn’t recommend her classes more, particularly if you’re new to Yoga.
5) Yoga By Karma
|BEST FOR||Multiple Yoga Class Options|
|SERVICES||Advanced, Flow Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness-Meditation, Family Yoga, Private Sessions, and other events like cat yoga|
|ADDRESS||804 Waterholes Road, Rolleston 7675, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||022 135 2762|
Monday: 6pm – 8.15pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 12pm | 6pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 1pm | 5.45pm – 9.15pm
Thursday: 9.15 am – 11.45 am, 6pm – 8.15pm
Friday: 12pm – 1pm | 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Yoga by Karma is a purpose-built serene yoga studio. Lush countryside surroundings create a truly tranquil environment. It’s peaceful and calming aesthetics, inside and out, awakens the senses, giving all a unique yoga experience.
Combining traditional, contemporary and fun yoga, there are multiple class options to ensure there is a yoga class suitable for all. There are courses and casual classes including beginners – advanced, flow yoga, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness-meditation, family yoga, private sessions, and other events (e.g. cat yoga). Smaller class sizes ensure individual needs and goals are catered for, without limitations of personal space for your practice – so bookings are essential! Use of props is complimentary and include: mats, straps, bolsters, blocks, blankets, balls, and chairs.
Warm welcoming teachers and regular clients contribute to a friendly sense of community. Special added touches (privy to those who attend) give a one-of-a-kind wellness yoga experience that can re-energize, rejuvenate, rebalance, release, relax and restore.
Karma is the creator, owner, and one of the teachers. She is one of select few to offer The Stress Management Exercise Association Endorsed Programme (SMEAEP) – yoga classes as a business expense, tax-deductible and FBT excempt.
Yoga by Karma is a hidden gem, located between Prebbleton and Rolleston, with close proximity to Templeton, Lincoln, Halswell, Hornby, Tai Tapu, and West Melton. There’s plenty of free parking on site and an easy online booking system found on their informative website. Studio hire and therapeutic room rental is also available. Come to clear your mind, embrace your body and fulfill your soul because there’s yoga for all!
- Purpose-built serene yoga studio
- Multiple class options
- Friendly sense of community
- Easy online booking system
One beginner yoga student said on Facebook:
“I did the last beginner course! What a fun experience. So cool to learn more and it was all taught super simply and there was absolutely no judgement toward my complete incompetence! Couldn’t have felt safer and more comfortable. Start your yoga here.”
6) Core Pilates and Mind
|BEST FOR||Affordable Yoga and Pilates Classes|
|SERVICES||Open Reformer Pilates|
Mat Work Pilates
Pre and Post Natal
|ADDRESS||Level 1, Unit JA, 1 Radcliffe Road, Belfast, New Zealand (Above Pet Stock)|
|CONTACT DETAILS||0275 007 095|
Core Pilates and Mind was created for people to have a place where they can nurture both their minds and bodies without any judgement or negative nuisances. It was founded in 2018, since then becoming a popular place for affordable yoga and pilates classes.
They have classes for anyone who likes to enjoy yoga, offering sessions with different levels of difficulty depending on the person’s experience. The services they offer are Open Reformer Pilates, Yoga, Mat Work Pilates, Barre, and more. What makes them one of the best is their small classes, which ensures that you get your instructor’s undivided attention.
Core Pilates and Mind makes sure that your experience with them is nothing but fun and enjoyable– all while helping you stay healthy.
- Affordable yoga and Pilates classes
- Small, fun, hands-on classes
- Founded in 2018
One customer, Tracey Moss stated on Facebook:
“This is studio has become a sanctuary for me. It is a place of such positive energy that all who enter can feel it.
Jodi and her team are so supportive and encouraging. There is no judging we all come on and do our best.
I highly recommend this studio to everyone that I talk too.
The two week trial is a perfect way to find a happy class for you.
Jodi and the team.”
7) THE SWEAT LIFE BOUTIQUE STUDIO | Kate Lillian Burford
Bikram Yoga Christchurch
|BEST FOR||Challenging and Transformative Yoga|
|SERVICES||Bikram Method Class|
|ADDRESS||Level 2, 46 Salisbury Street (entrance at Apollo Power Yoga – next to Spice Paragon)|
|CONTACT DETAILS||021 244 2842|
|OPERATING HOURS||Sunday and Monday: Closed|
Tuesday: 6.15am – 7.15am
Wednesday: 5.30am – 7pm
Thursday: 6am – 7pm
Friday: 9.30am – 11am
Saturday: 8.30am – 9.30am
Kate Lillian Burford’s teaching style is athletic, strong, empowering, and infused with her desire to affect a deeper change. Having taught for years, her belief in the benefits of Bikram’s Method of Yoga has only grown and a lot of what she’s trying to teach is to find peace through strength and opening up a space to allow that to happen.
This practice provides an opportunity to build a powerful connection between body, mind and breath. Kate aims to heal the body, to go in, peel back the layers of our own wellbeing, in a challenging and transformative way. The point is to make you leave feeling like you have done something amazing for yourself. The same voice that says ‘give up’ can also be trained to say ‘keep going’.
Catering for all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned yogis, come to Kate’s classes hydrated, wear comfortable clothing, and bring with you a towel and water – yoga mats are provided complimentary so you can arrive light.
- Build a powerful connection between body, mind and breath
- Teaches yogis of all skill levels
- Effects positive changes in your life
One yoga student who works as a nurse said on the testimonial section of Bikram Yoga Christchurch:
“The Sweat Life is a delight and a must for anyone wanting to peruse Bikram. The Sweat Life really is sweet..”
8) The Yoga Place
|BEST FOR||Highly Trained Yoga Teachers|
|ADDRESS||147 Barrington Street, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||021 110 8501|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday: 9.30am – 12pm|
Tuesday: 12.30am – 2.30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 12pm
Thursday: 9am – 12.30pm
Friday: 10.30am – 11.30am
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
The yoga taught at The Yoga Place is based on a variety of styles and techniques. Their teachers continue to study with world-renowned teachers to keep their practice and teaching authentic, relevant and inspired. Their classes are infused with traditional asanas (poses), developmental movement patterns, vinayasa (flow), somatics, restorative yoga, meditation and more.
A typical yoga class includes Breath Awareness and Asanas & Vinyasas. There’s also Guided Relaxation & Meditation poses included.
The Yoga Place Studio is a spacious and light-filled studio. They have carpeted floors with quality mats and yoga props for extra comfort, and the studio opens out into a leafy courtyard.
The Yoga Place has class options ranging from beginners to more experienced, as well as a class called ‘gentle yoga’ which is focused on yoga for healthy aging and is a great option for older grown ups starting yoga later in life (average age in this class 65-75).
- Enthusiastic and highly skilled teachers
- Gentle yoga for older grownups (ages 65-75)
- Spacious and light-filled studio
Let’s take a look at Colin Hubbard’s review on Google Business:
“The most wonderful and fulfilling experience I have ever had and especially as Jo has to be the most lovely, wonderfull and totally dedicated and capable professional teacher there is in this field.😄”
9) Christchurch Yoga
|BEST FOR||Fly High Yoga|
|SERVICES||Fly High Yoga|
Thai Yoga Massage
|ADDRESS||229 Kilmore Street, CBD, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 210 710 336|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 7am – 8pm|
Rebecca is the head of Christchurch Yoga, and her classes are proven to be SAFE and supportive; teaching is orientated towards gradual and steady progress. Rebecca ensures that her students learn correct alignment, timings, sequencing and linking of yoga postures. They are also encouraged to move at their own pace and postures especially if they’re recovering from any physical injury or condition. Rebecca offers a diverse range of classes including FlyHigh yoga, yoga nidra, ashtanga yoga, pregnancy yoga and post-natal yoga.
Rebecca has been teaching in New Zealand since 2000 and has been practicing Iyengar yoga since she was based in the UK. Over time, she has studied with senior teachers in India, United Kingdom, Australia and United States, and continues her own practice and training with leading teachers.
- Safe and supportive classes
- Offers a diverse range of classes
- Has been teaching in New Zealand since 2000
- Iyengar yoga expert
10) Adapted Yoga and Pilates – Sockburn, Halswell, Ilam Rd, Wilson’s Rd
|BEST FOR||Yoga and Pilates Classes|
|SERVICES||Yoga and Pilates Classes|
34 Yaldhurst Road Christchurch, New Zealand 8042
+64 3-972 5452
|OPERATING HOURS||Always Open|
Your schedule might prevent you from doing yoga or you feel you’re more productive with one-on-one sessions. If that’s your situation, you can do yoga with Adapted Yoga and Pilates.
Bagging the NZ Exercise Industry Awards for 2019 as well as being recognised as a certified yoga school and teacher, it’s one of the best yoga studios in Christchurch.
Invite your friends on a Saturday morning and do some yoga here before driving around the city and watching a movie.
They have 4 venues in Christchurch and 1 in Rolleston. So you can just as easily find the studio that’s closest to you.
Workshops are provided to further your yoga and pilates, guidance, right nutrition, and goal setting with the Love My Body programme starting at NZ$289.
It’s also particularly attractive for those interested in Pilates. Combining yoga and Pilates will give you a healthier physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- Certified yoga school and teacher
- Yoga and Pilates classes
- Offers one-on-one sessions
Here is a review from one customer on Adapted Yoga and Pilates’ website:
“Their energy is contagious, they really want to help you be your best. Adapted have given me the confidence to attend other yoga classes, apart from theirs. They have an open mind and an open heart.”
11) Christchurch YMCA
|BEST FOR||Peaceful and Safe Yoga Environment|
Yoga & Pilates Courses
Gym Sign Up
12 Hereford Street Christchurch, New Zealand 8013
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Saturday: 6am – 9.30pm|
Sunday: 8am – 7pm
YMCA Church is a foundation that aims to invest in the future generations. With several establishments scattered in New Zealand, their core purpose is to relate to the needs of the people in the community, and try to help them get better and reach their full potential.
They house young people and provide them a safe accommodation whenever they need it; offer youth developmental programmes and recreational opportunities for the old age and persons with disability. What is special about them though, is that both young and old, are able to share classes in wellness like yoga. YMCA’s yoga teaches people spiritual discipline and how to bring harmony in both mind and body to achieve the perfect peace in life. This is beneficial to everyone, no matter the age, as it moves life into a new chapter that is more beautiful and understanding than what was before.
Well-trained instructors and yoga masters conduct classes in small groups to ensure the peaceful environment and create a safe space for everyone. And no matter if you’d want to have a tiring workout or a moderate type of stretching or meditation like yoga, YMCA is here to provide them for their lovely citizens.
- Offer youth developmental programmes and recreational opportunities
- Teaches yoga to bring harmony to the mind and body
- Well-trained instructors and yoga masters
12) Snap Fitness
|BEST FOR||World-Class Equipment and Friendly People|
|ADDRESS||185 Bower Ave , Units 4 & 5, New Brighton 8083, New Zealand|
Monday to Friday: 9am – 1pm | 3pm – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 12pm
Snap Fitness is a member-exclusive gym that provides 24-hour access. With their team of friendly and accommodating people, as well as world-class equipment, they’re sure to bring the best out of you! Their aim is to create a place where people would be comfortable enough in their own skin and reach their best physical and mental attributes.
You are sure to find something that interests you with Snap Fitness as they offer multiple activities and machines to choose from. One of which, is their yoga classes. There are two instructors in the house, both of which are experts in their field. You may choose between a Saturday morning or a Thursday evening schedule.
- Member-exclusive gym
- Friendly and accommodating people
- Expert instructors
Here’s Emily McCombie on Facebook:
“Awesome club! Super friendly. Always a warm welcome every time I go! Chuuuuur”
Anyway, that’s it for your best yoga studios in Christchurch. You can take your yoga to the next level and feel calm, light, and healthy at these stellar locations.
How were the studios we recommended? Find anything you like? Tell us all about it by writing notes in the comment section or ask us any questions you have.
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