Blissed Out: A Serene Yoga Studio in Australia
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One of the beauties of yoga is that it can be practiced just about anywhere. But how much nicer to do it in an exalted setting. One Hot Yoga in the Melbourne, Australia, suburb of South Yarra, has one of the most inviting, cooly disciplined looking setups we've ever seen. Stateside copycats, please take note. Designed by Robert Mills Architects , it occupies a 1960's brick factory space now fitted with minimalist pale wood furniture, concrete floors (with radiant heating), a soothing pale palette, and an energy-efficient fresh-air system. From clothes hooks to water fountain, every element is well considered. Photographs unless noted by Earl Carter via Desire to Inspire . Above: A long table of recycled oak and bench seating by Melbourne craftsman Andrew Lowe anchor the reception area. The painting is by Aboriginal artist Ningura Napurrula. Above: Pyramids of rolled towels are tidily stored in inset wooden shelves. Photo via Contemporist . Above: For filling up water bottles: a fountain made from a Japanese stone grain bowl. Above: The yoga principles of tranquility and balance extend to all the details. Above: Heavy white curtains and a large wicker laundry basket from Ireland in the dressing area. Photo via Contemporist . Above: Two types and temperatures of hot yoga are practiced at the studio. The room that's kept at a balmy 80 degrees, shown here, has a pale wood floor and a platform for the teacher. An easy-to-clean polished concrete floor covers the 98-degree studio. Above: Benches of recycled oak and handmade bronze hooks. Above: Calmness prevails. We're passionate about the intersection of design and well being. You, too? See 10 Secrets for a Better Night's Sleep and 10 Secrets for Happy Housekeeping.