Ballina and Byron are excellent holiday spots—but you don’t have to sacrifice your regular health program here. There are a lot of yoga schools and teachers in both towns, of many yogic traditions. Combine yoga with walking on the beach and you’ll leave your holiday in better health than you arrived.
Yoga schools and teachers
Ballina Yoga School is my favourite Yoga school in Ballina with a fully equipped space and everything you need conveniently located in the heart of Ballina town at 182 River Street, Ballina. If you prefer the Iyengar tradition of yoga, this is definitely the place to go. Ballina Yoga School has a range of classes including Beginners, General and LED Practice. The best thing about Iyengar Yoga is it uses props to support you no matter which level you’re at. Visit their website to see their timetable and learn more about their current teachers. Call them on 0408 759 211 to let them know before you attend a class for the first time.
Yoga White Lotus is a Byron Bay yoga school specialising in the Sivananda tradition. Besides holding classes and retreats, this school also teaches vegetarian cooking workshops, yoga workshops, meditation courses, positive thinking courses and private classes. The yoga centre sits on the hills of Lennox Head, just 10 minutes from Byron Bay. Natural light flows in through bamboo—it’s a very calm place to practice. Yoga White Lotus is an affiliated centre of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. It’s located at 2a Castle Drive, Lennox Head, NSW 2478. Visit their website to see their current class schedule.
Dharma Cottage Yoga is a home-based Yoga Shala studio. This studio surrounded by private, lush organic gardens, so it’s a protected, calm place to practice. Many aspects of yoga are taught here, including Mantra, Pranayama, Asana, Relaxation, Visualisation, and Meditation. Organic herbs are hand-picked from their gardens just before class and tea is brewed during practice—you’ll have a cup after class. This school offers classes for mums and toddlers, as well as early morning practices and corporate offerings. Dharma Cottage Yoga is located about 10 km from Ballina, at 90 North Creek Road, Lennox Head, NSW 2478. Visit their website to find out more.
Iyengar Yoga Lennox Head offers yoga classes for all skill levels. This school has a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who teaches classes on Wednesday evenings at 6pm to 7.30 at the CWA Hall in Lennox Head, as well as on Friday mornings at 9:30 to 11 am at the Dance Studio, 11 Byron Road Lennox. Casual students are welcome and all equipment is provided. Stop by the CWA Hall, Lennox Head, NSW 2478 for Iyengar Yoga Lennox Head’s classes or call 0413 767 611 for more info.
Ujali Yoga Lennox Head is a weekly Lennox Head yoga class located less than 10 km from Ballina. Class here is held every Tuesday night at 6pm and begins with pranayama (breath), followed by a flowing sequence of postures to warm the body. Ujali yoga sessions close with long deep yin like holds to release any tension and promote relaxation. This class is held at the Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club, Pacific Parade, Lennox Head, NSW 2478. Visit their website to be notified of special events and class times.
A Pranava Yoga class is taught weekly at the Lennox Head Cultural & Community Centre, in Lennox Head on Tuesdays from 9-10am. This all-abilities class is taught by a couple, Dhanashri and Peter, who are devoted to the path of yoga. Bring your own yoga mat and a large towel.
Pulse Yoga is a studio located in Lismore, NSW with classes for all levels of practitioners. This is a community-oriented centre offering a range of Vinyasa yoga classes: flow, restorative, etc. This studio specialises in prenatal yoga. Check out their website to find out more.
Bamboo Yoga in Byron Bay is a seasonal yoga program for children aged 5 – 9 years. Their class runs for eight weeks in winter (2 August-20 September) and incorporates yoga postures with storytelling, partner work, breathing time and games to keep kids interested. The main focus of their program is developing calmness and self-love. Bamboo Yoga School is located at 74-78 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, and you can call 0468 315 922 or visit their website for more information.
Looking for something out the ordinary like Yoga plus tattoos? The Ajna Temple Yoga and tattoo studio offers daily yoga classes Monday to Saturday from 7am-8:30am and 6pm-7:30pm in the evenings. this school also offers Sunday workshops from 11am – 6pm, and, best of all, tattooing and sacred skin marking Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. This studio is located in Ocean Shores shopping village at 4/78 Rajah road, Ocean Shores, NSW 2483—about 30 km from Ballina.
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Ocean Blue holiday rental is only a 5-minute walk from the beach and has gorgeous river and coastal views. Located just a short drive from Ballina Airport and 30 minutes from Byron Bay, this is the perfect location for your next beach holiday. Visit our contact page to make an inquiry or booking.