By guest editor and freelance fashion/lifestyle writer Natalie Shukur
The Sydney lockout laws that have put Kings Cross nightlife on ice are good news for those of us who would rather wake-up to a sun salutation than a hangover. We predict more health food cafés and wellness-oriented businesses popping up around Potts Point in the near future. But regardless, the gritty nature of The Cross wouldn’t have deterred yoga and Pilates doyen BodyMindLife from opening its fourth location on Kings Cross Rd; in fact, it’s the idea of bringing yoga to the busy urbanites who need it most that has always spurred BML owners Ferique Beach Brown and Phil Goodwin to set-up oases right in the thick of it.
The new BML in Potts Point joins its original Surry Hills flagship (founded in 2002 and moved to Mary Street in 2012), Bondi (unveiled last year), and the recently opened Redfern school.
“We chose the location because it’s right on the crossroads of areas that have a rich and colourful history and have undergone huge transformations in the changing landscape of Sydney,” says Brown. “And we love the vibrancy and diversity of the area—the incredible mix of people and the fact that the studio is within close reach of the people who work so hard to provide local community services like The Wayside Chapel, St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst Fire Station, Kings Cross Police Station and the Navy base at Woolloomooloo.”
A former purple and lime green gym, BML Potts Point has been reimagined as a serene space, all pale raw concrete, calming white, Devi statues and fresh orchids, with exposed ventilation and pipes a nod to its inner-city setting. Brown, an architect who specializes in healing spaces oversaw the design, while Goodwin sweated it out on the physical build. The result is a center that’s functional and soulful in equal measure, welcoming everyone from absolute beginners to experienced practitioners to partake in vinyasa and yin yoga, Pilates reformer and meditation. With just one room each for yoga and Pilates, Potts Point has a boutique feel, giving students individual attention with the motivation of a group class. For those who like to stoke the fire in their asana practice, its yoga-specific far infrared heating system is the most hygienic and environmentally friendly around. We love the fact that our favourite teachers move around locations, allowing everyone access to the excellent teaching BML has become known for.
With a focus on retaining a friendly neighbourhood feel as they grow, we salute BodyMindLife for doing their part to bring a little peace to our modern metropolis.
“Its very high-density living,” says Goodwin of Sydney. “When you’re living in a small apartment in an extremely busy city, it’s really important to have a place you can escape to—to learn, laugh, stretch, sweat, surrender, transform.”
Body Mind Life | Level 1, 14 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point, NSW 2011 | www.bodymindlife.com | +61 (2) 9211 4111
About Natalie Shukur
Natalie Shukur is a freelance writer, editor, content strategist and creative consultant who has spent the past decade working between Sydney, New York and Byron Bay in the fashion and lifestyle industries. She is the former editor of RUSSH magazine and was a senior editor at NYLON. Natalie is a dedicated yogini, Pilates devotee, Vedic meditator and nature lover who can be found rambling across beaches and into the bush when she’s not pounding the pavement (walking and cycling are her favourite modes of transport). She’s also a nutrition enthusiast who’s happiest creating in the kitchen, eating organic plant-based food, and dabbling in all manner of esoteric arts and ancient modalities, from Ayurveda to Reiki.