Just when we thought we had enough yoga joints to never run out of free two-week introductory trials, a new studio has opened in Melbourne. Marketed as "bringing the essence of LA to Melbourne", r.a.w. studios (an acronym for 'ready and willing', for those who were wondering) is the CBD's new luxury wellness centre focused on both exercising the body and the mind.
r.a.w. studios is something of a one-stop health and wellbeing shop, providing fitness classes, nutrition, education and even beauty services. The space consists of three yoga, barre movement and mobility studios in addition to a members' lounge where you can sip on a smoothie (complimentary for members), grab a book from the in-house library (yes, they have a library) and enjoy a nutritious meal once you've completed your workout. You can order in some sashimi from nearby Izakaya Den and in the coming weeks you'll even be able to grab a bite from their in-house kitchen.
The concept and design of the studio is the result of a collaboration between hotel development group the Like Minded Groupand Melbourne designer Travis Walton Architecture. Members will have access to a "360-degree multi-platform space", including international health experts, a range of fitness instructors conducting both group and one-on-one fitness classes, educational workshops (on topics like business and current affairs) and beauty amenities. Both meditation and philosophy classes will also be offered, meaning you can relax and question the meaning of life simultaneously. The studio has even developed its own signature scent to make your workout that extra bit memorable and tranquil — how's that for thinking of everything?
There are only 500 spots available — so if you're keen, you best get in quick. Day passes start at $49, while a membership will set you back $79 per week. The studio will happily give prospective members a tour without charge, which is a good way to check out the place if you're broke but really want to know what the place smells like.
r.a.w. studios is located at Basement, 118 Russell Street, Melbourne. For more info, visit raw-studios.com.au.