With a range of health and heart benefits, the ancient practice of yoga has become an essential part of our exercise routine in 2021. This year’s Denizen Everyday Heroes saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses — including yoga studios — with the aim of shining a light on the services we rely upon. Here are Auckland’s favourite yoga practitioners, as voted by the mindful yogis among us.
MOST VOTED: Sweat Yoga, Newmarket
Encouraging mindful movement even as the heart rate rockets, Sweat Yoga’s hot pilates offering has become its most popular, with both yoga and pilates working in tandem to give its dedicated disciples a varied schedule. Founded by teacher and Bikram-convert Bruce Simons, the belief is that yoga can change your life. Sweat’s outdoor classes, including vinyasa and HIIT pilates, bring the heat this spring.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Eastwest Yoga, Grey Lynn
Connecting body to breath, and beyond, Eastwest Yoga celebrates a variety of modern and traditional yoga, from vinyasa and ashtanga to kirtan and meditation. Founded by mother-daughter duo, Sheryn Gieck and Amelia McCombie, the goal for every welcoming, well-balanced class is to find inner calm. They currently offer a range of online courses.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Studio Red, City Works Depot
Having operated for six years, 2021 has been Studio Red’s busiest yet, according to founder Vicky Cullinane. More than just a yoga studio, it is a bona fide wellness destination, organising retreats and workshops, when it is safe to do so, and focusing on the popularity of restorative practices and classes.
Yoga With Kylie, Sandringham
Yoga Ground, Grey Lynn
Mahi Yoga, Newmarket
Wholehearted Yoga Studio, Birkenhead
Contemporary Yoga Centre, Remuera