A “Judgement-Free” Yoga Studio in Moonee Ponds

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Jess Dohnt’s story isn’t unusual – in fact, its probably one with which most of us can identify. Eight years ago she was entrenched in the corporate grind. She was stressed, busy, and – in her own words – “not at all flexible”. After moving home from a stint overseas she started going to yoga classes every day and, eventually, it became a more appealing way to live.

After several years of teaching in practices around Melbourne, Dohnt – along with business partners Michael Ramsey and Mark Armstrong – opened Remedy Yoga, a “judgement-free” studio in a former Moonee Ponds bakery.

“It seemed like there were so many barriers that prevented people from doing yoga,” Dohnt says. “We wanted a studio where there was no pretension and no judgment. None of us comes from a dance background, or anything flexible, and we wanted a space that was welcoming to everyone – whether you’re a tradie and you’ve just finished work, or you’re a ballerina.”

Remedy Yoga occupies the top level of the warehouse, which is accessed via an alley that leads off a car park. You’ll reach the studio via a dark stairwell lit only by white and purple neon lights.

“When you get to the top, the studio is this bright, white space that’s just filled with plants,” says Jess. “It’s like a breath of fresh air, and it feels like you’re so far away from the business of life and from Moonee Ponds.

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