Heal your body, change your mind, enjoy your life!
Our owners and our diverse teaching team of certified Bikram yoga instructors are comprised of women and men with backgrounds in medicine, exercise physiology, yoga research, policy and planning, management and marketing. Diverse as we are, we all have one thing in common - Bikram yoga improved our lives enough to want to share it with others.
Bikram Yoga Kingston has been supplying Canberra with therapeutic hatha yoga since 2012. We believe that healing yoga can be simple, enjoyable and accessible to all, no matter your level of yoga experience or fitness. We offer beginner's yoga classes (Bikram yoga) which are held in a hot and humid room. We are soon to offer more classes exploring the Ghosh yoga lineage from which Bikram yoga stems. Our team at BYK are dedicated to holding a space for you to connect to yourself through the physical practice of hatha yoga in a simple transparent manner, which can lead to profound understanding of, and benefits to, the body, mind and beyond.
Our studio was purpose-built for hot, hatha yoga. Commercial-grade heating, humidification and Flotex carpet optimises conditions and comfort. The studio provides fully-equipped male and female change rooms and we provide some free lockers for your use. We offer free mat storage for those of our students practicing on a regular weekly basis. If you forget your yoga mat or towel, we sell or hire these items at the studio. We use Pure Practice for our rental and sale mats for a non-toxic, more hygienic and biodegradable mat. We stock a small selection of yoga clothes and activewear for sale.
We try to reduce packaging waste as much as possible and we use local, sustainable, biodegradable or recyclable products where we can, including toilet paper from Who Gives A Crap and cleaning products and soap from Simply Clean. We are accredited with the Actsmart Business Recycling scheme and are continually concerned with finding solutions to reduce our impact on the physical environment.
The best we have to offer happens inside the yoga room, however it's a lovely bonus that our studio is located in Kingston’s original Green Square cafe precinct in Canberra's historic inner south. We are moments away from the Kingston Foreshore, Manuka, the Parliamentary Triangle, Lake Burley Griffin, the Old Bus Depot Markets and the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets. There are plenty of locally owned cafes, restaurants, bars, and specialty shops to explore around Green Square, as well as your staples including the post office, supermarket, newsagency and library. Whether you're local or visiting from out of town, enjoy the Kingston surrounds while you're here!
Bikram yoga is a style of hatha yoga performed in a heated environment (40 deg C, 40% humidity). The sequence is comprised of beginner's postures designed to engage the whole body whilst being accessible to even those of us with no yoga experience or those of us working with certain limitations. Although each posture focuses on a different part of the body, the Bikram sequence of postures work synergistically and progressively – each posture preparing the body for the next. Because the sequence is unchanging, slowly, you start to notice that YOU change. The heated environment is challenging for most people to start with and like anything new it can take several classes for your body to adapt. The heated environment offers the opportunity to open and strengthen both the body and mind.
Hatha yoga, the physical branch of yoga practice, is a beautifully simple and accessible system that helps build physical, mental and emotional awareness, mobility, and concentration. The object of concentration is the body, and from that physical focus flows physical and non-physical benefits. Through hatha yoga practice you can develop a deeper connection to and understanding of self and subsequently a connection to and understanding of others and the world around you.
Try a class with us! Simply put, "words cannot convey the value of yoga - it has to be experienced." - BKS Iyengar
Zoe Hewett | Co-director
I discovered Bikram yoga in 2007 at a time when I was looking for ways to stay healthy yet nothing seemed to stick. I used to exercise daily as an athlete so it was a new experience for me to be my own coach and caretaker. For me, Bikram yoga was the first thing I could return to over and over again without having to battle the lack of enthusiasm I often felt towards planned exercise. I soon realised that this was because Bikram yoga was much more than a physical exercise. Bikram yoga was speaking to my mind, by body, my emotions, and through my practice I was uncovering who I was and wanted to be as a person. Despite my best efforts, I just couldn't help but feel happier and more whole when I practiced! I love teaching Bikram yoga because I cherish the opportunity to hold a non-judgmental and encouraging space for others to discover and heal their own selves through yoga practice.
At the same time that I was falling in love with this yoga practice I was completing my masters degree at Boise State University in Exercise Science. Through the research component of the degree I started my journey into the world of Bikram yoga research.
Since discovering Bikram yoga I've been awarded teaching certifications in Bikram yoga, e84 yoga (200-hour), Purna yoga (200-hour level 1), Rainbow Kids Yoga, and Baby Bliss pre and post-natal yoga. I am also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA) and have completed a PhD investigating the physiological and psychological effects of Bikram yoga practice.
Chaturica Athukorala | Co-director
I experienced my first Bikram yoga class when I was at university in Adelaide in 2005. It was hard and exhausting but I was hooked right from the start! My body and mind felt stronger and clearer after every single class.
I continued to practice while I completed my university degree and I moved back to Canberra, my home town, for work in 2009. At that time, there was no Bikram yoga studio in Canberra so I would turn up the heater in my bedroom and practice solo in front of my mirror! I was over the moon when Jacqueline opened Bikram Yoga Canberra in 2010. It was here that I reconnected with Zoe, who was an old school friend, and where I met Ally. I completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training course in the U.S. with Zoe in 2011 and started teaching when I returned to Canberra.
In July 2012 I was driving by the old Cusack's furniture store in Kingston and I saw 'closing down' and 'for lease' signs. I called Ally and Bikram Yoga Kingston was born over a flat white and breakfast at Urban Pantry. Our first studio design may or may not have been sketched on the back of a napkin :) We started with 300 square meters of mustard carpet, no walls, no gas line and no plumbing. Miraculously, we held our first class at Bikram Yoga Kingston in November 2012, ominously taught by Zoe! I'm so proud of our studio. We have been so fortunate to have so many wonderful students and teachers come through our doors. Unfortunately, Ally moved to Brisbane but we were so lucky that Zoe came along and took the reins. I am in awe of what a fantastic job she does at the studio.
These days, I am busy being a radiologist and a mum to a 5 and 4 year old. I have hung up my teacher tights for now but still prioritise practicing classes and being at the studio as much as I can. Bikram yoga makes me better in every way - mind, body and spirit. I know you will experience the same and hope to see you soon at the studio :)
Much love, Chat
I took my first Bikram Yoga class at Bikram Yoga Fitzroy in 2007 with my friend Amanda. I thought it was deeply weird and terrible, and yet something compelled me to keep going. I was 27 and had been coping with chronic insomnia since I was 14. Within 3 months of practice, it was fixed. I can’t overstate how profoundly this changed my life. Every now and again I have a sleepless night and give thanks that it is now a vanishingly rare occurrence. I went to teacher training in 2009 and have spent the last 8 years teaching Bikram Yoga mainly in Melbourne with a few stints around Australia and the US as well as several years in Jakarta. It’s a wonderful job. I have met so many lovely and inspiring people and am continually learning new things about this deceptively simple yoga series.
I moved back to Australia in 2016 and started a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UC this year. I’m excited to be a student again and hope to one day bring together my experience of teaching yoga and the skills I learn through this degree. I’m happy to be back in Canberra and especially love being a part of the excellent yoga community here at BYK.
Bikram yoga can change your life in ways you can't even imagine. In my early twenties, I suddenly experienced debilitating lower back pain. I came across Bikram yoga online and thought it might help. It was worth a shot. My first class was hotter and harder than I thought it would be but I liked the challenge. My back pain eased and several classes later it was gone! I couldn't believe it. The yoga made me feel so much better that eventually I signed up for an unlimited pass. I saw immediate and incremental improvements in my mind and body. I was hooked. I wanted to find out more about the yoga and share it with others. That's when I signed up for teacher training. Now I get to share the wonderful benefits of Bikram yoga with my students. Class by class, inch by inch, you too could change your life with Bikram yoga.
I practised my first Bikram yoga class in January 2013. I had been experiencing lower back pain due to excessive high-intensity cardio workouts. My physio recommended incorporating yoga into my workout schedule. My first class was a little overwhelming, listening to the dialogue (instructions), watching and trying to acclimatise to the heat all at the same time. But I came out of that class feeling like I could really breathe for the first time. All my senses felt heightened, I felt alive, calm, focused and grounded. I believed in the therapeutic benefits of Bikram yoga so much that in 2014 I attended the teacher training course and became a certified teacher. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. As a teacher, it is such a privilege to watch each individual student's journey and so rewarding to see our diverse yoga community growing. The beauty of Bikram yoga is in its active movement in a warm, inviting environment with no judgement. You can benefit both physically and mentally so why not invest in your health and well-being by practising a class, what have you got to lose? Maybe this is what you have been looking for too. Join us in the hot room!
I am passionate about working, living and loving a life defined by yoga. When I found yoga, it was like I'd found myself, and being on the yoga path has changed my life because I have come to understand that it is a great tool for transformation and growth. I started my Bikram yoga practice in 2009 and then made the decision to attend training in 2014 to become a Bikram yoga teacher. In 2016 I also completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training. I truly believe that when yoga is practiced in a joy-filled way, it is an opportunity to learn more about yourself. Yoga, a practice for the spirit, mind and body, is an incredible gift that we give ourselves.
Teaching Bikram yoga at Bikram Yoga Kingston has been one of the many rewarding experiences in my life. Becoming a yoga teacher as I turned 50 years old was a new beginning after working in Early Childhood Education. I realised working with children and adults requires a similar awareness - that we all are unique in our development and understanding of self. I am privileged to teach and assist in that process.
I always liked the idea of yoga, but since I was very inflexible, having acquired injuries over the years with extreme sports, I thought it would be too difficult to do with any level of success. When I came across Bikram yoga I thought the heat would be OK as I would be warmed up, meaning less chance of injury and hopefully improved flexibility. Well, it has been challenging, starting with something like this and being over 50, I have to say it is worth the effort. Put in and you will get out. One of the most interesting things I have found is my appreciation and relationship I have developed around the physical body - it's the most extraordinary thing, something very unique and capable of positive change at any age. Here in the west we tend to take our bodies more for granted than our Eastern brothers and sisters. They understand it is a blend of spirit, mind and body. Try it, give it a month, put in and see....
I started Bikram yoga in October 2013 combined with gym work to help get healthier. Also, yoga was suggested to help relieve the tremor I have in my left hand. Bikram has improved my tremor, my overall health, flexibility and breathing. Other benefits that I hadn't expected are more patience, better diet, a new found confidence in myself and I've made many friendships. In 2015 I became a teacher and although it took me a while before teaching my first class, I now enjoy the challenge on the other side of the mat. In both teaching and practicing Bikram yoga, every class is different and I'm always learning and fine-tuning both.
I stumbled across a Bikram yoga studio in 2011 and spontaneously attended a class. Being unfit and overweight, I struggled but persevered, and afterwards experienced the most amazing cathartic feeling. That feeling has brought me back ever since. As a student, what I lacked in technique, I made up for with enthusiasm and determination. Upon moving to Moscow in 2012, I lived near the city’s premier Bikram studio. Knowing the hardest thing was getting to class, I did not want any excuse even if it was minus 20°C outside with ice and snow. My love for the practice grew and by accident discovered Bikram teacher training was happening during his return to Canberra in 2015 and I enrolled. I found the training akin to a survival course, but after nine crazy weeks, I successfully emerged with understanding of and passion for an amazing yoga practice that I am keen to share.