The fourth Hom Yoga studio has high warehouse ceilings and large windows that flood the studio with natural light. There are concrete floors, white-linen chairs and a piece from contemporary artist Dina Broadhurst on the wall. The yoga room is a long and narrow space, with two rows of evenly spaced mats in pairs running down the length of the room. Upon entering the studio it’s clear you won’t find incense burning anywhere; Hom takes a contemporary approach.
The teachers are gentle and attentive. There are heated and non-heated classes including vinyasa, ashtanga, yin and hot flow. The heated classes operate at a temperature of between 38 and 40 degrees Celsius. “This really helps muscles to limber up quickly and allows for a deeper stretch,” founder Malvina Kang explains.
Kang first started practicing yoga at the age of 12 at her parents’ encouragement; they thought it might help with her anxiety. It did. “The immediate response my body had, at such a young age, was overwhelming. It was a state of calm I hadn’t experienced before and I found it helped me focus. I’ve never looked back.” She opened the first Hom Studio in a dingy karaoke lounge in Singapore in 2010, converting it into a contemporary space that was appreciated for its simplicity. Kang’s refined approach to yoga gained momentum and her move to Sydney led to more opportunities for expansion.
Kang also runs Hipwidth, an online retail store selling active wear and gym basics. “I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” she says.
479a Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
(02) 9332 3221
Mon to Fri 6.30am–9pm