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When I first stepped through the doors of Down Under, I immediately knew the vibe was right. I was welcomed into the glass-walled waiting space by a smiling yogi who helped me get the lay of the land. She hooked me up with a Down Under membership card that prominently features hot yogi men mid-chaturanga, taught me how to use the lockers, and provided me with all the necessary gear-mad appreciation.
I then made my way to the downstairs studio to post up pre-class and soak in the chill ambiance before the scene got sweatier. The instructor, Anne Breda, walked into the room, but based on her friendly ‘hellos’ to everyone I just assumed she was the most popular girl at yoga. Shortly after Anne began teaching ‘Flow Foundations,’ and I understood why she was so popular.
Anne’s teaching style is unique but adaptable based on your skill level, and she consistently reminds you to bring your practice back to what it’s all about: the breath. Breda is just one of the many talented instructors at the school, who each boast a personal style that takes students on one hell of a trip, yoga-wise that is! I left Anne’s class feeling sore physically but rejuvenated spiritually. This first class I took at Down Under, is still one of my favorite yoga experiences as it reminded me why I love yoga and left me asking myself why I ever stopped practicing.
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Down Under is a window into the ancient world of yoga. Its pure non-commercialized dedication to the art of yoga itself provides an experience on and off the mat like no other. Unlike many yoga studios that have fallen prey to the brand-whorey-ness of Lululemon partnerships and designer spa water, Down Under stays true to their mission to honor yoga-ancient style. The studio promises “to honor tenets of yogic philosophy including satya (truthfulness) and aparigraha (non-possession).” Check out this video that further captures the school’s incredible energy.
Down Under embraces yoga as a lifestyle, not just as an hour or two of your day, and the studio does everything it can to improve its accessibility. The dedication and spiritual intelligence of the studio’s staff is apparent from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. The yogi haven offers a wide range of classes. From Vinyasa Flow to Restorative meditation sessions to Heated Flow, Down Under has something for everyone at every level. The school also boasts two locations so you have no excuse for missing class. Down Under has a school in Newton, as well as the Brookline one I’m a regular at.
If you’re not in already, you’re about to be. The cherry on top of this yoga gem is the new student pricing. First time Down Under students can purchase UNLIMITED yoga for 30 days for only $30. This really is a deal like no other! You get 30 whole days to yoga it up for the price of two and a half (overpriced) beers at the bar. Ball out and sign up here!
Basically, if you like genuinely good people, expanding your consciousness, and sweating out last night’s regrets in the most karmically cleansing way possible, then kick it with me at the Down Under School of Yoga. See you there!
~*~ "looking rough and living strange" ~*~