Nothing clears a busy mind and stretches out a tired body quite like a good yoga class. Yoga builds core strength, increases flexibility and works wonders when you’ve got injuries that rule out other forms of exercise, so it’s a great full-body workout, regardless of whether you’re into the spiritual aspect of it or not. It’s also super easy to do at home – or anywhere that you can roll out a yoga mat – but if you don’t wanna practice those sun salutations solo, these are some of the best yoga classes in London for you stretch in.
Mend is Hackney’s new indie wellness centre, dedicated to making yoga inclusive, accessible and affordable. There’s a whole range of classes on offer including Forrest, Deep Stretch Hatha, Candlelit Yin, Rocket and Vinyasa yoga, alongside Calinsthentic-based classes which reconnect the mind-body through dynamic exercises and Aerial yoga which uses the aid of a suspended silk hammock. There’s different pricing options which are great if you’re trying to juggle wellness with a busy schedule and you can try out your first class for just a fiver too.
Anti-Desk Yoga at Frame
Frame runs a range of yoga classes at its dedicated yoga studio in King’s Cross but it’s the Anti-Desk Yoga that stands out. The class is designed to lengthen your body, improve your posture and relieve tension in back, neck and shoulder areas…basically to undo all the damage from sitting in front of your computer all day long. The flow is gentle but the holds are longer so you can really open up and get those stretches going. And it’s a great one to do on a lunch break.
Hotpod Yoga is all about yoga for real life, meaning it’s suitable for all abilities. The classes are held in custom inflatable pods, with the heat set at 37 degrees, rather than in a studio so you get a smaller class size. The dim lighting and downtempo music also makes you feel like you’re in a cocoon, so it’s a more relaxing vibe even though you’re still working hard.
Belgravia, Hackney & Brixton
Sadhana Yoga & Wellbeing
The Sadhana Yoga & Wellbeing studio offers a range of classes including Bikram, Vinyasa and Yin yoga as well as Sculpt (a high energy fusion of yoga, free weights and cardio) and Dynamic Body (a mix of yoga, pilates, ballet and contemporary dance), with something suitable for all fitness levels. The teachers are all super friendly and there’s always a great vibe in the studio so it’s a really welcoming place to practice.
Yoga at Rumble Gym
Find your zen inside the humming yoga studio at Rumble Gym, the boutique gym in Dalston (complete with Cowshed products and cafe menu designed by Farm Girl Cafe’s Benoit Marmoiton). The hot yoga studio emits a frequency, known as the Schumann Resonance, that mimics Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm. It’s meant to make you feel grounded and encourage rejuvenation and healing to take your flow to the next level. There’s way more than yoga on offer at Rumble too with callisthenics, spinning, pilates, boxercise, TRX and HIIT classes on the schedule, and they even run an initiative to plant a tree for every class booked to help keep it eco.