A new hot yoga and pilates studio has opened in Sydney with the belief that our happiness is influenced by the space we inhabit both inside and outside our bodies.
A 1930s art deco beauty on an edgy street at the border of Sydney’s Kings Cross and Potts Point has been given an elegant makeover and a fresh purpose as One Hot Yoga & Pilates studio. The brainchild of architect Robert and yogi Lucinda Mills, it is part of a subtle regeneration that is giving this colourful night zone a real-life personality by day.
The City of Sydney is the Mills’s current landlord and the lease extends for a generous 15 years. “The building was vacant for a long time because without parking it was difficult to attract a corporate office to lease the space. We had been searching for a Sydney site for a year and when we saw the building we said yes immediately,” explains Robert.
“It would be difficult to achieve this kind of venture without the marriage of our expertise – literally. Lucinda’s yoga experience and my design skills meant we could get the space finished in just six weeks,” says Robert.
And the studio itself? It is light-filled with beautiful views over the urban rooftops of the area through to Paddington and beyond. It reinforces One Hot Yoga’s mantra that contentment is based on the collision of architecture, yoga and pilates – the premise that our happiness is influenced by the space we inhabit both inside and outside our bodies.
An air of subtle luxury permeates the entire address, from the serene foyer with leather-topped banquette seating, generous solid-oak table, Joshua Yeldham artwork and tactile timber floors to the airy rooms, linen curtains and gold and brass bathroom finishes designed by Robert and custom-made.
It defies the stereotypical hot yoga space using high-tech heaters to regenerate the airflow so that what you are breathing is fresh. And the sessions are accompanied by an uplifting soundtrack that is not remotely jarring.