In a day and age where yogis are rife it’s understandably time to round-up all of the best studios of 2019 for you to get zen at and escape the madding crowds. London is a haven of downward dog centres, promoting all sorts of yoga from hot, power, iyengar and candlelit vinyasa to yoga that comes to your office or front room! You don’t have to be a pro, you just have to turn up:
Quite literally a hot pod, this yoga group are the champions at making you sweat! Step out from the cold into an all encompassing space with groovy lighting and allow yourself to breathe deep and break a sweat. Inside you’ll find heady aromas, sensual sounds and well-versed yoga instructors who’ll provide sessions that allow you to do you. The pods rest at around 37 degrees (ooft!) and fit in 20 people making sessions intimate and by no means over-crowded. Hotpod Yoga was launched in 2013 by two people with a vision to reinvent yoga for the modern world. What began as pop-up classes around the halls of London has become a coveted franchise being name-dropped in the likes of Vogue. You can find Hotpod yoga at various locations across the city, including Hackney, Brixton, Notting Hill and South Wimbledon and, great news for the you Hotpod yogi’s, two BRAND NEW locations have joined the list. You can now find the group in Dulwich and one in Belgravia, so no more excuses that the studio is “too far away” from where you live!
Where: Various Locations
If you’re all about yoga being a community then Studio One in Islington is your best bet! Set up by two sisters, the location champions personal and community spirit and, of course, YOGA! Some might like their yoga studios awash with mood lighting but if bright, airy spaces are what gets you ready to downward dog then you’ve come to the right space. Studio One boasts three large well equipped studios in which small, intimate classes take place. So, no worries if you’re a bit wobbly and worried about bashing into a fellow yogi! The studio runs a calming Candlelit Vinyasa class three times a week which is an recommended way to cool down and have some me-time post working day.
Where: 237 Caledonian Road, N1 1ED
Here’s one for those who carry out their everyday tasks in their active-wear…
It’s 7am, you’re scrolling through insta and a bombardment of sunrise yoga images and downward dogs left, right and centre flood your feed. You? Well, you’re duvet covered, rubbing weary eyes and a resounding “I’ll go next week…” chimes in your head. Long story short, sometimes it’s the actual getting up and going that stops us when it comes to exercise, and I-Guru has the solution…The bespoke yoga and wellbeing service is renowned for bringing yoga teachers to your door (quite literally), coming to homes, meeting rooms, local parks and pretty much any space you summon them to…within reason, so it’s no longer a stretch for you, (get it?). Recently, they extended their influence by launching I-Guru Yoga sessions at Mayfair’s Unit London gallery, joining their other venues across the city, where you yogis can enjoy mats and props by Yogamatters, alongside yoga experiences within an inspirational and wholly creative setting. The sessions don’t require a membership, you just simply jump online, fire in your details and drop on in, simple!
Where: UNIT London, 3 Hanover Square, W1
The relaxing space that is Bhuti yoga and wellness centre in Richmond is a haven of yoga styles, pilates, barre and HiiT classes. Noticing the destabilising events of technology, Bhuti believe that “the world needs a break…we’ve never been more connected to each other but cut off from ourselves. Forever online, but badly off-centre. Linked in and stressed out.” Their mission? To inject some calm into our lives. The popular centre in Richmond is great for Iyengar yoga; a type of yoga that helps you to destress after work. There’s also an organic café on site perfect for a refuel or a spot of lunch.
Where: 50 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UB
This South West London sanctuary is a babe when it comes to power yoga! Perhaps the best in the city for power yoga (eek, we said it) The Power Yoga Company do just what they say on the tin. Expect a wide variety of yoga classes on offer at all hours of the day that fit neatly into your schedule, and also expect unwavering experience as the company celebrates it’s 10th birthday this year. Aware that most people go along to yoga and realise just how un-bendy they are (don’t worry, we’ve all been there), Power Yoga seeks to improve your balance and flexibility so it’s definitely worth a session, or three!
Where: The Glass House, 11-12 Lettice Street, Fulham, SW6 4EH
Catering to the social media age, Chroma yoga in Shoreditch uses colour therapy to combat the amount of blue light from our screens, filtering rooms with vibrant, neon lights each with a different vibe. Orange is slower paced, pink is restorative, yellow wakes us up and blue increases energy. Perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing of the studios but also the one that is the place Insta is allowed!
Where: 45 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3DP
Equinox means the time or date (twice each year) at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length. This doesn’t happen often, but what is going to happen often is you going down to Equinox yoga! E by Equinox is a calming and zen space with intimate classes in refreshing spaces. Power vinyasa is their most popular class and the changing rooms are fully equipped with everything you need post “omm-ing”.
Where: Kensington and St James’s
MY:METHOD offers yoga and pilates, and whilst you may think this doesn’t fit into a guide on alternative exercise classes we can assure you there’s more to the story. On a Wednesday evening, as the rain pattered against the panes, a MY:METHOD yoga teacher came down to our unassuming office in Wandsworth. My colleague and I then indulged in an hour of power yoga with our cool, calm and totally zen yoga teacher organised by the group. MY:METHOD has 150 teachers in their catalogue operating across London, thus catering to men and women in all sorts of circumstances making yoga totally accessible to one and all.
Helpful? Extremely! The inconvenience of travelling to classes combined with fitting exercise around already hectic schedules can make us shun off sporting-out! However MY:METHOD allows for enhanced motivation due to the intimacy of the classes, plus a definite ease what with them coming to you and not visa versa. One of the most attractive qualities about MY:METHOD is avoiding the awkwardness some do in larger class sizes. You can also invite people along, so you’re doing what you love with the people you love!
There are a bundle of reasons why MY:METHOD is a perfect alternative. So, whether it be your home or office, just holla at MY:METHOD and they’ll fit you to your perfect yogi. A quick correspondence will seeing you deciding on which style of yoga as well as gauging which level you’re at and thus which teacher will best suit your needs. Ommmmm!
Where: Various Locations
This totally fierce yoga group are on a serious, no-nonsense mission to get our yoga up to tip-top status, and we’re SO on board. Located in a ton of places across London, including Primrose Hilll, Brixton and City, there’s no excuse not to go… they’re even in New York so it’s bonus points there too! Fierce Grace comes with a pretty awesome back story; the yoga is bought to you by Michele Pernetta who introduced Bikram Yoga to the UK in 1994. One of the UK’s most highly regarded teachers, she’s taught over a quarter of a million students in her four studios and all over the world – so she’s pretty darn experienced that’s for sure! So if you’re ready to get moving your body in ways you’ve never known before, it’s Fierce Grace!
Triyoga is loved by all! Whether you a tot, a teen, expecting a tot, or just someone who needs to take a metaphorical chill pill post-work Triyoga is the one. They’re inclusive, diverse and spread across four locations so you have no excuse not to try them!
Where: Camden, Chelsea, Ealing, Shoreditch and Soho
Yogahaven teach a unique style of hot yoga called ‘leela’, which means ‘play’ in Sanskrit so sessions tend to be fun and jovial (perhaps far removed from the working day dependent on your office!). There’s also plenty of hot yoga to get involved with and the promise that you’ll look at health, fitness and meditation differently whether you’re a ballerina, builder or chef!
Where: Clapham, Richmond, Islington
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