We Were Invited to Check Out Sydney’s New ‘YogaBar’

After a last minute cancellation of the first YogaBar session we were scheduled to attend, our guest writer Vivian was invited back to Sydney's new YogaBar to try out a proper class. The result? Read on to find out.

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A new yoga concept has arrived in Sydney.

YogaBar incorporates two studios, a wholefood café serving smoothies, bowls, pots, salads and raw desserts, and an active wear retail space with brands such as lululemon, Vie, This is First Base, Nimble and Dharma Bums.

The founder, Tony De Leede, is also founder of Gwinganna, Komune, Fitness First and Fit n Fast.

“YogaBar brings a fresh perspective to the ancient tradition of yoga and will give an alternative to the many CBD gyms.” – Tony De Leede

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So it was a bit of an awkward situation initially because I rocked up the first time and the instructor never turned up because there was a “mix up”. We had all been waiting for about 20 mins (though most of the class were just lying on the floor anyway enjoying the snooze).

They were kind enough to offer a second chance to come back though so I did.

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YogaBar is located in the convenient spot of Sydney’s CBD Westfields (they’re also located in Five Dock and Park Street) and offered large, airy rooms in a nice, modern yoga studio.

YogaBar offers a range of yoga sessions including hot yoga, yin yoga, pilates and a dynamic yoga weights class, but their point of difference is barre yoga (which is yoga with those ballet bars, like “yoga ballet”).

YogaBar also has its own cafe to grab a coffee or a healthy smoothie, or you can shop around for some nice yoga outfits after your session where tropical appeared to be the pattern of the day! It’s not necessarily my look, but hey, each to their own.

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So how was the class itself?

The classes were quite big which is not uncommon for yoga places, but this meant that you don’t get that personal touch as with traditional yoga places. If you’ve never been to a yoga class or feeling like you’re in the beginner stage – and a few of us were in the class I attended – the unfortunate thing to find out was that the instructor didn’t exactly seek you out to help you correct your pose.

THIS IS MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE WITH YOGA PLACES! #SorryNotSorry

Attending a class at YogaBar also felt like being in a yoga gym. It was big: several classes going on at once, and music playing throughout the building – though thankfully, not that loud “doof doof” music.

Even the staff felt like they worked at a gym; like I was being upsold. We’ve all been approached by those Fitness First trainers trying to offer us a discounted membership, haven’t we?

They were nice, but personally, I prefer the intimate and personal setting of a more traditional yoga studio.

YogaBar has two studios in Sydney’s CBD and one in Five Dock. For more information or to book a class, check out their website.

Guest writer Vivian Nguyen attended and reviewed YogaBar on behalf of The 5 to 9 Life.