Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, YogaBar is a new fitness concept that combines getting sweating with shopping and eating.
Last Sunday I was invited to try one of Sydney’s newest yoga studios, YogaBar, and it was the perfect way to start a beautiful summer’s morning. Located in the heart of the CBD in Westfield Sydney, YogaBar is on Level 5, which is best known for its foodie flare, not fitness studios. While it might seem odd having a fitness studio nestled amongst so many food temptations, YogaBar with its wholefoods cafe and activewear store fits in perfectly. Created by Tony DeLeede (who is also the founder of Gwinganna, Komune, Fitness First and Fit n Fast), YogaBar is fusing fitness and food, while also proving a healthy lifestyle can fit into a busy social life.
With the food court on Level 5 being fairly dark, the studio and cafe space of YogaBar is invitingly light and airy. The staff is super-friendly and helpful, while the change room and locker facilities are A-grade. There are two studios spaces – one barre studio that fits 30, while the larger yoga studio fits 70 – and a variety of classes are on offer including yoga barre, hot yoga, yin yoga, Pilates and YogaBar Define, a dynamic yoga weights class. Everything you could possibly need during a class is stored neatly at the back of the studios (think blocks, weights and mat cleaner), while small black dots with the initials “YB” help you place your mat, which eliminates having to interrupt your pre-class meditation to help make space for other yogis. The studio also contain floor to ceiling mirrors to help check your form, while the natural light streaming through the windows and the soft music will help take you to your happy place. After 60 minute session of Hot Yoga, I left the class sweaty and relaxed – the perfect way to start a Sunday.
For those of you looking for some new activewear, you can enjoy some retail therapy after a session with YogaBar stocking some of my favourite brands including Lululemon and Nimble Active. The YogaBar whole foods coffee also serves up juices and smoothies, as well as Will & Co coffee (another tick from this coffee-loving yogi). If you can’t choose between a smoothie or a coffee, why not try the Wakey Wakey Smoothie which is a coffee smoothie. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, the cafe also offers salads, brekky bowls, toast and snacks.
Whether you are looking to tune out of the hustle and bustle of your busy work day or need to recharge after a day of shopping, YogaBar will help you hit the reset button.