The Light Practice is a yoga studio with a focus on “alternative therapies” – such as incorporating light and sound into traditional meditation practices.

The cavernous first location opened in Moorabbin’s Morris Moor precinct (also home to Stomping Ground) in 2020, but now owners Prue Barnes and Elisa Silbert have opened a second, just-as-airy space on Swan Street in Richmond.

“I think, through Covid, people have become cocooned in themselves,” Silbert tells Broadsheet. “At first they were wanting to move and sweat, but now people are coming back to more subtle practices and just want to lie down and be still and quiet.”

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The “New York loft”-style studio in Richmond has arched doorways and rooms filled with candles. Overhead light projections change colours to affect your mood and mimic the feeling of turning inwards, Silbert says, which is an “installation in itself”.

With a background in yoga teaching, Barnes runs a range of vinyasa-style classes across both locations – in addition to distinctive light and sound experiences, such as somatic workshops that involve breathwork and ancient relaxation techniques using a gong.

“A lot of what we do is encouraging the nervous system to come down,” she says. “Our passion lies in these unique practices and there’s a lot of evidence around sounds having the ability to change the structure of yourself.”

Every week, The Light Practice runs its signature Friday Night Lights classes, which non-members can attend for $20. Expect to fall into a deep state of relaxation with the use of Tibetan-style and crystal singing bowls, and special expert guests.

The Light Practice has locations in Richmond and Moorabbin. Memberships are $44 per week, or get two weeks of unlimited yoga with a one-off $50 introductory offer.

thelightpractice.com.au