YogaBar has launched in Sydney and I went along to see what all the fuss was about.
This new fitness concept incorporates two studios, a whole food 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. It’s a beautiful space and conveniently located in the food court of Westfield in the CBD for those who want a quick workout during their lunch break to alleviate the stress of the daily grind.
I was fortunate enough to go and check it out for myself on my day off last week and it was a super relaxing but invigorating workout. YogarBar Define was a body/weights and floor combo class which in my opinion had it all! Set to exhilarating music, this sculpting class combines Vinyasa Yoga poses with hand weights, zen and strength. Boosting your metabolism and building lean muscle as you move to upbeat tracks in a heated studio. I really enjoyed this class more so than other yoga classes I’ve done in the past. I find working in a fast-paced newsroom, exercises with more of a hardcore physical element tend to suit me best and this particular style of yoga allowed me to relax (which is what I needed) but also work up a vigorous sweat which appeals to my sense of strong workouts.
After the class, the gorgeous girls at the whole foods cafe made me a smoothie with all my favourite things and tempted me into trying the raw caramel slice which did not disappoint!
The founder, Tony De Leede, is also founder of Gwinganna, Komune, Fitness First and Fit n Fast. His knowledge of the fitness and wellness industry and its future is unrivalled. He travels the globe, between his fitness hubs in Sydney, the Gold Coast hinterland, Bali and the US analysing trends and creating the future. In 2016 his new creation, YogaBar, will emerge. It will combine food, fashion and fitness under one roof at Westfield Sydney.
DeLeede said, “YogaBar brings a fresh perspective to the ancient tradition of yoga and will give an alternative to the many CBD gyms.”
YogaBar features yoga barre, hot yoga, yin yoga, pilates and a dynamic yoga weights class.