Here’s one to tick off your bucket list: sunrise yoga inside the Sydney Opera House.
Sell-out yoga classes have been held
on the steps outside the Australian landmark
in autumn for several years, the brainchild of Opera House CEO and avid yogi Louise Herron. This winter, classes have moved inside for the first time.
Which is just as well, because the Wednesday morning I attended was
(well, 7 degrees — chilly for a Sydneysider). My classmates and I assembled inside the concert hall northern foyer: Sydney Harbour ahead of us, the Harbour Bridge behind, and the geometric beauty of the Opera House through the windows overhead.
As the session progressed, the sun rose dazzling over the water — so dazzling, actually, that I’d recommend not picking a mat directly next to the window.
But, that aside, you’ve probably guessed it was pretty bloody spectacular experience.
“When we start the class the clouds have a silver lining and then at about 7:10 the sun is up and bursting through the glass windows,” says class instructor Crawf Weir, founder of Barefoot Yoga (pictured above, centre). “When you’re upside-down [in a yoga pose] you get a completely different perspective of the architecture.”
The hour-long session is a mix of vinyasa, “a flowing practice where you don’t hold postures for very long … it’s all about movement and strength,” explains Weir; and yin, which is about “being still … holding postures for a longer time to go deeper into the bones and connective tissues and the muscles surrounding them”.
Don’t be put off if you’ve never tried yoga before (or if you’ve tried it, but fled from intimidatingly lithe practitioners twisting themselves into knots on the next mat) — the Opera House class is perfect for beginners.
“Don’t worry about doing it perfectly,” Weir advises. “It’s not about what it looks like, it’s how it feels.
Sunrise at the House runs every Wednesday and Friday at 7am and Saturday at 8am until August 31.
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