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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  • Allison

    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?!

  • eddie

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

  • Matt

    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?

  • eddie

    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


  • Matt

    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.

  • http://www.catchheidi.com Heidi Jermyn

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

  • Gerry

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

  • Matt

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

  • Matt

    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!

  • Claire

    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

  • Matt

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

  • Beth

    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.


  • http://monnsqueak.typepad.com Monica

    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! 🙂

  • Matt

    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?!

  • Kris

    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.

  • Nicole

    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?

  • Elaine

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

  • Matt

    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!

  • Anne

    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.


  • Claire

    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


  • Matt

    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!

  • Bernice

    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

  • Kate

    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

  • margaret Pultz

    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

  • emma

    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).

  • Lauren

    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.


  • Andrea

    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,

  • Liam McAuliffe

    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.

  • Saara Korpelainen

    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!

  • Rick Moloney

    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.