About Barefoot Yoga
Barefoot Yoga is a down-to-earth yoga studio in the heart of Sydney’s Paddington. We believe that you don’t need to be bendy, skinny or good looking to practice yoga! Young or old, weak or strong, come as you are – everybody’s welcome.
Our mission is to hold a sacred space where people can let go of limiting self-beliefs, listen to their hearts and be true to themselves.
Our yoga style
Barefoot Yoga offers five styles of yoga: Hatha Yoga, Foundations, Yang/Yin Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yang Yoga. These different styles cater to differing levels of physical ability. All classes begin with a short meditation and move slowly, with purpose. If you’re a beginner or relatively new to yoga, we recommend you attend our monthly Beginners Workshop and Foundations class.
At Barefoot Yoga, we believe yoga should be accessible to all and inspire people to bring more mindfulness into their lives. Attending class regularly (at least three times per week) also develops and maintains pliancy in the muscles and the joints, to increase strength and vitality throughout the body.
Visiting the studio is always a special experience – from the moment you walk up the steps, you’ll feel the peaceful ambience. Wooden floorboards, simple white walls and low lighting create a secluded practice space.
Classes always start with a short meditation to centre the mind and end with full body relaxation in Savasana.
We have yoga mats and props, showers and water urn to fill your cup or bottle. The room is heated to 25 degrees in the colder months to maintain a warm temperature year-round.
Your first visit to the studio
If you’re new to our studio, then go ahead and purchase yourself a 30-day introductory pass which gives great value for you to try as many different classes and teachers as you wish. Click here to purchase.
Visiting the studio is always a special – from the moment you walk up the steps, you’ll feel the peaceful ambience. Wooden floorboards, simple white walls and low lighting create a secluded practice space.
The teacher will welcome you at the door and make you feel comfortable. Please let them know your name and any injuries or medical conditions they need to know about.
The history of our studio space
Our studio space has a long and interesting history – it’s been used continuously as a yoga studio since 1996.
Robert Bleakley, owner of the Verona building where the Verona cinemas are housed, built the studio for his then-guru, Shandor Remete, creator of Shadow Yoga. But Shandor never took up this generous gift, leaving Australia to teach in Europe.
The studio instead opened in 1996 as Ashtanga Yoga Moves under the leadership of Eileen Hall, one of Australia’s most well-regarded yoga teachers.
In 1998 and 2000, Ashtanga Yoga gurus Patabhi Jois and Sharath Jois taught here, before the studio became Ashtanga Yoga Space in 2005, under Fiona Parker.
In November 2012, Crawf Weir established Barefoot Yoga here, as Australia’s first donation-based yoga studio. Crawf’s drive is to make the practice of yoga accessible and available to all. Over the years, thousands of people have benefited from our donation classes and the studio has become an important part of Australia’s yoga community.
In January 2017, the studio evolved again, moving from donation-based to a more conventional membership model, which will make the business more sustainable and encourage our students to practice more often.
Our intention is stay true to our approach of offering honest, down-to-earth yoga that anybody feels welcome to attend, at affordable membership pricing that encourages a regular practice. In addition to our regular yoga classes, we offer Kirtan by donation every Friday at 6:30pm and free meditation classes on Sundays at 6pm.