Tucked away in tiny residential cul-de-sac, Bondi Yoga House feels like a home away from home. Whether you’re after an urban retreat, wellness workshop or simply an alternative to hotel accommodation, co-founders Ben Gould and Amanda Graci welcome guests with open arms, minds and hearts.
Stay at Bondi Yoga House
Bondi Yoga House is located in the back streets of North Bondi, a 20-minute walk to the beach and a 5-minute walk to one of the best coffees to be sipped in the suburb, at Israeli-inspired bakery and restaurant, Shuk. Guests can choose from five very hip guest rooms decorated with local art and photography, with rooms starting at about $AUD170 per night.
Once there, they can chill out in the communal kitchen and living areas, get moving in the yoga space, or gaze at the gum trees from the comfort of the day bed in the garden. I stayed in the ‘Icebergs’ suite and thanks to the ultra quiet location combined with some seriously fluffy pillows, my sleep went down a treat.
Manifest at Bondi Yoga House
For those not in the know (myself included until recently), the new moon is the perfect time to set intentions. That’s exactly what conscious cook and writer Jordanna Levin hopes to help others do at her monthly event, Inspired Lunar Nights at Bondi Yoga House. In the lead up, I had no idea what to expect. Turns out, manifesting your wildest dreams here involves plopping yourself on comfy beanbags or cushions, meeting fun, like-minded locals and sampling delicious sweet treats (Okay, I may have spent the last 15 minutes hovering over the bliss ball bowl). As well as imparting a few musings on the moon, Jordanna led us through six short meditations to ground, centre and of course, manifest our intentions. Despite finding it difficult to focus on the first few meditations, I came away feeling much more enlightened and inspired than expected.
Move at Bondi Yoga House
In the morning, as part of my tailored retreat, Amanda took me through a lovely private yoga practice, focusing on opening our heart space (shoulders and chest). It was a strong class with a beautiful energy that left me feeling relaxed and recharged for the day ahead. I secretly wished Bondi Yoga House held classes open to the public so I could make it my regular studio. It was a dark and drizzly day, so we flowed in the comfort of the cosy candlelit yoga space inside but in warmer weather guests can book classes in the garden or at the beach.
Bondi is known for its beautiful surroundings and even more beautiful people but at times, it can seem superficial. At Bondi Yoga House, the beauty does not run skin deep. It’s not hard to see Ben and Amanda have a passion for hosting and they will bend over backwards (literally, upon request) to make sure guests have an enriching experience.
Liv Proud is a TV Producer and Journalist based in Sydney. Liv cut her teeth behind the camera on shows including Sunrise, The Morning Show, Silvia’s Italian Table and Restoration Australia. In print, she has contributed to Women’s Health, Sunday Magazine and the Foodies’ Guide to Sydney. You can follow her adventures on location and off duty on Instagram @livproud