Every aspect of Down Under Yoga's design sprung from the minds of practicing yogis. They drew up the layout for the many-windowed, earth-toned studio, created the art and photography on the walls, and cultivated the potted bonsai trees. A team of seasoned teachers, girded with extensive yoga training, shepherds students through sequences that range from gentle flow to physically demanding poses in classes that draw from Hatha, Vinyasa, and heated traditions.
They also serve up side dishes of Pilates, world dance, and Iyengar yoga, in which they take participants through physically intensive poses, handing out detailed instructions on alignment and how to bend their bodies into the shape of their own initials. In workshops, teachers and guest instructors discuss specialized topics, such as the role yoga plays in building core strength or ameliorating back pain. Ensuring that their moral compass points due north, Down Under Yoga refuses to sell overpriced apparel or environmentally damaging water bottles, or to accept corporate money to promote products.