Yoke Yoga

South Melbourne @yokeyoga
Class size
< 15 mats
15-30 mats
30+ mats
Student level
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Heat level
Unheated
Heated
Hot
Changerooms
Matsavailable
Matstorage
Showers
Toilets
Towelsavailable

Yoke Yoga was born out of a collective love for the practice of Yoga. Our studios offer a supportive, welcoming environment, inviting all to dive wholeheartedly into their practice and open up to deep fulfilment.

Our mantra is: tune in, listen deep, practice courage, live your value, accept what is, remember truth, and at the heart of it all...there's love.

Preparing for Your Class

When You Arrive:

  • We encourage students to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the class start time so you can settle in and relax
  • Shoes are required to be left at the door and mobile phones turned off
  • We do not have a compulsary booking policy for their classes so to avoid disappointment, it is good to leave in plenty of time
  • Check in is always required at the front desk
  • We are located on a quiet one way side street near the hustle and bustle of South Melbourne market
  • There are 1-2 ghour street parking spots on Union Street, Bank Street and Cecil Street; there is a car park at South Melbourne Markets; the car park under Spotlight is free for 2 hours

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable yoga attire to move in
  • Towel, yoga mat and water - students can bring their own but we have all of these to hire if forgotten

Behind the Studio: Chris Wilson

Tell us a little bit about how your yoga journey began.

For as long as I can remember I've been interested in 'What's this life all about?' In my teens I searched out friends and experinces that nourished this curiosity, in my twenties I started to dabble with Yoga Asana, mostly because it gave a sense of ease amidst a very turbulent anxious mind. My first Teacher Training was in 2006 in Vancouver, I had been studying environmental science and did it on a whim to help relieve the stress of studying. I think it was in week two of the training that the depth of this practice started to dawn on me and I've been hooked on it ever since.

What inspired you to take the leap and open up your own studio?

I had been teaching in Melbourne for a few years and found that there wasn't the supportive community of teachers that I had come across in Vancouver. I felt a little isolated in my teaching and wanted to create a space where teachers could hang out, share and grow together.

Speaking of inspiration, what words do you live by? Name your personal or professional motto.

"Love is the willingness to recognise that which is true." - Erich Schiffman

What sort of experience are you looking to cultivate whenever someone steps foot into your studio?

To feel like the are coming home. Supported to be as they are, inspired to dive deep into their practice.

Describe the kind of music your teachers play during class. What's the music vibe like?

We encourage our teachers to theme their classes that is authentic to them. This includes the music component. Some classes there may be no music played, others there could be music throughout depending on the teacher.

Love is the willingness to recognise that which is true. -Erich Schiffmann

While we're in the neighbourhood, what local spots should we check out before or after class?

Happy Place by our teacher Lola Berry, Urban Projuice for a healthy feed, there's an abundance of food and drink stalls in the South Melbourne Market - try Agathe's for their croissants.

If you could collaborate with someone on a dream project, who would it be and why?

My current teacher Richard Miller. I'd love to see the Yoga Nidra and Hatha Yoga Community learning and growing together.

Lastly, what are you most proud of when it comes to your studio and/or your community?

Many people comment on how walking into Yoke feels like getting a hug from someone you love. I'm very grateful for the incredible team we have that create the frame work, for the teachers who all teach from the heart, and for the beautiful yogis who create the community.

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