You can feel the positive energy as soon as you step into Shri Yoga’s loft studio space
Visitors are asked to bare their soles – and souls – at the door, and it’s very much a feeling of leaving your work day behind and giving yourself time to just breathe.
Nestled amongst the chaos of one of Brisbane’s oldest laneways, the studio is just a stone’s throw from Queen St. Mall. And whilst outside there are the obtrusive sounds of construction, the Shri Yoga studio provides a peaceful escape.
Studio owner and passionate yogi Julie Smerdon founded Shri Yoga in 2010. Since then, she has built it up to be an institution within Brisbane catering to yoga aficionados and amateurs alike.
If the buttercup-yellow walls weren’t reason enough for the studio’s positive energy, Julie attributes it to its former life as a games arcade and disco. And although the disco balls are now long gone, the moves of these classes would give past revellers a run for their money.
Drawing on her personal experience, Julie has a way of taking the ancient practice of yoga and making it relevant to every day modern lives. She talks about the notion of connectedness – both in life and in body.
The classes start slowly – you breathe, you chant, you meditate – but before you know it, you’ll have your knees behind your elbows and resemble more of a pretzel than you’d ever thought possible.
There’s an infectious air of participation that runs through the room and you’ll find yourself throwing your limbs into the supporting arms of former strangers in no time – there’s something that unites the class participants, no matter their age, experience or walk of life. More than anything, the Shri Yoga studio is a community. It’s a space for like-minded people to come together and share an experience.
Even if it does take a stranger standing on your hands to realise it, you’ll find there’s definitely something to be said for stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a different perspective – a more relaxed, community-oriented one.
Sometimes, all you need is a reminder to breathe.
By Melissa Yeo
Shri Yoga w: www.shriyoga.com.au t: (07) 3211 3764 a: 26 Burnett Lane, Brisbane 4000