We think that doing yoga is pretty darn relaxing. But imagine if you could transform this peaceful pastime into a rejuvenating holiday retreat? Grab the girls and treat yourselves by taking the time to stretch and breathe. What's best about a yoga holiday in the Shoalhaven is that you can mix it in with some warm country loving or with the refreshing negative ions of the sea.
Yoga Holidays: Roaming Yogis
Combine a bit of yoga with some country charm and see the experts at Roaming Yogis. Their beautiful purpose-built yoga shala is located in the green hills of Willow Farm in Berry. Tucked away in a quiet pocket of the working farm, this little haven is an old tractor shed that has been lovingly converted into a wonderfully light-filled studio where people can come to feel centred. You might even be lucky enough to spot some resident geese or cows walk past as you're mid-downward dog! It's an idyllic location that perfectly blends this ancient practice together with all the delights that Mother Nature has to offer. Not a shabby way of escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, right? There are a bunch of different classes on offer at a variety of skill levels - vinyasa flow is great for those who want to feel energised after their class or maybe yin yoga is more your vibe, with a slower pace and a more meditative practice that channels the art of stillness. There are also external classes run by the Roaming Yogis at other locations in Callala Bay and Culburra Beach - just take a look at the timetable to find one near your holiday accommodation. Why not cap off your session with a refreshing dip in the ocean?
Yoga Holidays: Ulladulla Yoga Aerial Strength
It's yoga, it's circus, it's calisthenics! People travel from Sydney and Canberra for a class with Moo from Ulladulla Yoga Aerial Strength. With 10 years teaching and a lifetime of harnessing strength and flexibility through a whole range of activities, from calm yoga practices to high flying trapeze performances, Moo can break down the most complex of movements to bite size pieces, which is really great if you are a beginner or even if you are already years into your yoga journey. Join a class Jervis Bay or Ulladulla, or have Moo all to youself in a private lesson for you and your friends. She'll even come to you or meet you on the beach. Classes held at Wandering Yoga or Rogue Fittness in Ulladulla, or at Husky Yoga Studio.
Yoga Holidays: South Coast Soul
Relax with a yoga session just a stone's throw away from the beautiful white sand beaches of Jervis Bay. South Coast Soul in Vincentia offers a warm and welcome yoga community, that's more than happy to accept newcomers and visitors all throughout the year. They offer 13 different types of classes, including Hatha - with ‘ha’ representing the sun, and ‘tha’ symbolising the moon. This style of practice aims to join and balance these two energies within your body. After your session with expert instructor Charlie and her team, you'll feel like your floating on air. That's not a bad feeling to have when you're so close to the ocean! Float on out of your yoga class and then float about at our unspoilt beaches near Vincentia and Huskisson. The yoga studio also runs occasional workshops, beachside yoga sessions and founded the South Coast Soul Festival, an awesome retreat held in spring each year. This three-day lifestyle festival promotes sustainable living, health, community and connection, with a bunch of musicians and subject experts all lending a hand in encouraging us all to be our better selves.
Yoga Holidays: Samana Yoga Jervis Bay
While we're in the Jervis Bay area, you might also want to check out this little hidden yoga gem, Samana Yoga. Owner, instructor and resident yogi Katie Hyde guides her students on their spiritual and wellbeing journeys. With over 15 years of yoga experience and a particular interest and expertise in kids yoga, you can rest assured that you're in safe, patient and trustworthy hands. Samana doesn't have a permanent yoga studio, instead, classes rotate around different suburbs in the Jervis Bay area including Greenwell Point and Tomerong. Book into a couple of sessions in different neighbourhoods, this is a great way to discover more of the Shoalhaven's lovely smaller towns. Stay in a modern and calming beach house near the water like Seahorse or Hart2Hart where you can settle into your own little yoga sessions out on the deck or in the backyard while listening to the waves crashing on the shore.
Yoga Holidays: Om Sweet Om Milton - Yoga Studio
When Chantal Pierce founded Om Sweet Om in 2016, she wanted to create a simple, beautiful space to practice and teach. She's done just that, and her light0filled studio at Milton has a beautiful murals which set the tone perfectly for your practice. Chantal specialises in pre AND post natal yoga, and holds special classes just for mums and their babies. If you want to begin the journey to becomming a teacher yourself, you can join 200 hour teacher training course and dive deep into your practice. Book yourself into a couple of classes during your next holiday, you can book ahead online and then all you have to do is decide where to go for lunch afterwards!