Heating up my ACT

A call to the southern state (Australian Capital Territory) for duty as an uncle and the opportunity to put my body through its paces – Bikram Yoga, mountain biking and bunch rides with a few Crossfit training sessions thrown in.

No Bikram Yoga in Canberra, I hear you mutter? Well luck has it my good friends, Nick and Ally have recently relocated here. Ally, an accredited Bikram teacher, is in the process of setting up a mini studio in her house for personal practice and private instruction. If you think a standard Bikram Yoga class is powerful, try a “one on one” workshop!

As Ally guided me through each posture, I wondered… was there sacred, unspoken wisdom behind the standard dialogue that would open up my body for the perfect Standing Bow? Alas it was not so, my Standing Bow may as well be called knotted plank pose.

Ally working itHowever, a “one on one” gives you the opportunity to pause and ask questions, expose your weaknesses, harness your strengths and take your postures to the next level. With subtleties fleshed out, tweaked and put into muscle memory, I floated out the door, stress and futility replaced by happiness and contentment.

I really didn’t think I’d have that much fun in Canberra but a great time was had with family and friends. Bunch rides (road cycling) with my brother, Mick and mountain biking and Crossfit training with Nick.

It was action packed and I definitely worked my body, but I still rate Bikram Yoga as the perfect all rounder. Strength, stretching, alignment and mind/body control rolled into one.

If you’re in Canberra and would like an introduction to Bikram, let me know and I will refer you to Ally, whose studio will hopefully be up and running soon.

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30 Responses to Heating up my ACT

  1. Allison October 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    Hey where are the photo’s of my muscularly husband mountain biking, I don’t get to see him enough in his sweaty crutchless leopard skin lycra?!

  2. eddie October 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    Hi …sydney bikram student who spends time in canberra
    would appreciate contact details…Thanks

  3. Matt October 19, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    Hey Eddie, thanks for dropping by. I’m sure Ally will be glad to hear from you and I’ll pass on your email today. Btw, how did you hear about endlessbender and where do you practice?

  4. eddie October 19, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    Hi Matt..I live in Lane Cove Sydney and I work in Canberra M/F.I’ve been working out weekends now for over 15 months with the local Bikram Yoga People (the changes and challenges are enormous)and I’m very keen to develop my practice.

    I also subscribe to Google Alerts(Bikram Yoga) and that how I came across your blog…

    Enjoy your journey


  5. Matt October 19, 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    I hear you Eddie, it can be a tough practice. The challenges seem limitless, then again, so are the benefits. Plus it sounds like you’re hooked like the rest of us! Thanks for the info too mate, that’s great to know.

  6. Heidi Jermyn October 24, 2008 at 1:03 am #

    Hi Matt! I love the top photo – great shot! But they look like marble smugglers if you ask me…

  7. Gerry November 11, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    Hi, I will be passing through Canberra and would be appreciate the contact details. Thks, Gerry

  8. Matt November 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Gerry, thanks for dropping in. I’ll send Ally your email address and she’ll contact you via email if that’s ok.

  9. Matt November 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    Oops I nearly missed you comment Heidi, yeah those bike shorts are pretty tight but check out the Skins, I don’t think I could get away with smuggling anything in those babies!

  10. Claire November 27, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    Hi Matt,
    I am very interested in meeting up with Ally in Canberra for a session. Can you pls provide me with the contact details.
    p.s great website

  11. Matt November 28, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    Hey Claire bear, thanks! Ally will be stoked although with you two together I’d say there will be more chatting than yoga happening 🙂

  12. Beth December 8, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    Hi Matt,

    I practice Bikram regularly in Melbourne and will be up in Canberra for a few weeks over Christmas – would appreciate Ally’s contact details.


  13. Monica December 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    Hiyas! I found your site via google, and I’m quite keen to do bikram – I used to do this 90 minute routine at the local gym in Bondi Junction (but without the heat), and I’d love to get in touch with your friends here in Canberra! Would love their details, or for you to pass mine along if that’s more appropriate.

    Thanks so much! 🙂

  14. Matt December 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi Beth & Monica,

    Thanks for your interest. I’ve passed your email addresses onto Ally and she be in touch with you soon.

    Make sure you let me know how it goes.

    It’s amazing how many people are wanting to do Bikram Yoga in Canberra. How’s that studio coming along Ally?!

  15. Kris January 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi, would really appreciate if you couls please pass my details on to Ally – have been desperate for some Bikram Yoga since moving to Canberra 3 years ago. We were attending classes in Richmond, Melbourne.

  16. Nicole February 19, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Matt
    I came across this blog when google searching for Bikram studios in the ACT. I’ve recently moved back to Australia from being overseas and was thinking about taking Bikram back up again (though I am nervous about 1-1 lessons!). Could pass on my details?

  17. Elaine February 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m interested in starting Bikram Yoga.Could you please pass on my email to Ally. Thank you

  18. Matt February 20, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    Kris, Nicole and Elaine, thanks for dropping in!
    I’ve passed your details on to Ally so she will be in contact shortly. Let me know how you go!

  19. Anne May 5, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    hi, i was introduced to Bikrams yoga in Corvallis, Oregon USA. I was wondering if the Canberra Bikrams Yoga Studio is up and running. Please pass on my request to Ally.


  20. Claire May 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Matt,

    Like the others, I came to your (very impressive!) blog whilst googling bikram yoga in Canberra, could you please pass my details on to Ally?

    Thanks so much


  21. Matt May 10, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    Hi Claire,
    Thank you, glad you enjoyed my blog 🙂
    I’ve emailed your details to Ally and she will be in touch. Would be great to hear how it goes!

  22. Bernice May 10, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi I’m really interested in doing bikram yoga but I can’t seem to find a place in Canberra that has it. Can you please forward my details on to Ally? I’d love to start soon. Thanks

  23. Kate June 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Ditto Bernice – I live in Canberra and I’d love to try Bikram yoga but can’t find anywhere to try, could you please let Ally know i’m keen to try a class? Thanks

  24. margaret Pultz June 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    hi, i go to the ACT for 5 weeks in sept/oct – would love to have Ally’s contact. I too found this site googling bikram ACT

  25. emma June 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Matt, I too found your website trying to locate a Bikram Yoga studio in Canberra. If your friend is still opening a studio, are you able to pass on my email?

    Cheers and good luck with your travels! (I lived in Sweden for a year, I think you’ll love it).

  26. Lauren June 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi Matt

    I’ve come across your website from a seach on Google, trying to find a place in Canberra that does Bikram Yoga. I’m very keen and so are about 8 of my friends! If you could please pass my details on to your friend that would be great.


  27. Andrea June 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Hi Matt,

    Sounds like you are having the time of your life. Good luck. Could you pass my contact details to Ally, as I live in Canberra and looking to start Bikram Yoga,

  28. Liam McAuliffe June 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    Hey Matt,

    I have been taking Bikram Yoga classes in Melbourne during the winter holidays and have loved it! I’m from Canberra and would love to continue to practice Bikram Yoga – would you please be able to pass on my email to Ally?
    I also started wearing Skins in classes and have noticed a slow improvement, mainly in muscle endurance (especially my thighs), and also recovery times after classes.

  29. Saara Korpelainen July 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi! 🙂

    Im absolutely in love with Bikram yoga, and ive been really depressed because I cant do it here in Canberra. I do try to go to Sydney every weekend but its not the same anyway… So I would love for you to pass on my contact details if possible. THANKS! And thanks for this cool web page! Good luck with everything!

  30. Rick Moloney July 24, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    hey – Ive just googled Bikram and you’ve come up ….

    Ive been back here in Canberra from Chiang Mai for a couple of days and have been looking for Bikram Yoga in this town. Can you connect me with Ally???? Thanks.