Whether you come to your mat for fitness, vitality, mindfulness or meditation, Yoga promises you a transformational experience – one which allows you to let go and relax into the moment. In our fast-paced lives, there’s something to be said for stepping into the studio and out of the noise.
This article gives a brief insight into Pure Locals top 11 local and international yoga studios, where you can leave behind your stress, roll out your mat, and exhale deeply – taking yourself on holiday for a moment every single day.
Yogalife – Cape Town
An oasis in the city, this spacious studio is family-run, offering a space to zone out and hone in, while bathed in natural light, with a gorgeous view of trees and open sky. Found in the colourful De Waterkant Village they offer a range of classes for both beginners and seasoned Yogis.
Pure Local Tip:They host regular beginner classes on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, which are free!
MyUTOPIA – Cape Town
MyUtopia is an upmarket boutique centre, boasting immaculate amenities and services from kinesiology to skin therapy, as well as hairdressing, nails, and luxury retail. With a diverse range of classes from Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to Boxing and Ballet, there is something for everyone. Post-workout, you can have a smoothie at their cafe or walk outside and explore Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront.
Pure Local Tip: Make sure you speak to one of their “feel-good ambassadors” before attending a class, they will give you personalised recommendations based on your fitness level.
The Shala Yoga School – Cape Town
A beautiful walk on the streets of historic Cape Town will bring you to a classical heritage building, where you will find an urban yoga shrine, The Shala.
This contemporary studio is elegant, with high ceilings, wooden floors and strong structural beams from which to dangle in their Suspension Yoga hammocks. The space has been curated with the utmost care, featuring designs from local creatives with the intention of encouraging connection and calm. They also collaborate frequently with a local NGO, The Earthchild Project, to support yoga and education in underprivileged communities.
Pure Local Tip: Every Sunday they hold a fundraising class from 6:00 – 7:15 PM; all proceeds go to their philanthropic efforts.
Yoga Garden – Paris
Right in the heart of timeless Paris, is a lush paradise, with bamboo parquet floors, an interior garden and grand windows.
Their studio focuses primarily on hot yoga, offering a range of traditional and modern practices. Should you want to relax and enjoy a more temperate setting, they have an additional studio to practice without the heat. What better place to love your body, than in the city of love?
Pure Local Tip: Morning classes offer the most beautiful view of the interior garden, as the studio wakes up with soft dappled sunlight.
AWA Yoga – Ibiza
Nestled amongst the jungle greenery of Ibiza, teacher Awa offers personalised yoga classes for all ages, bodies, backgrounds and beliefs. Travellers come far and wide to learn under her and soak in the beauty of this unforgettable destination.
Pure Local Tip: We recommend having breakfast at Hotel Xereca’s restaurant. Imagine being surrounded by the decadent smell of orange trees after one of her morning meditation classes!
Triyoga – London
With multiple locations scattered across London, Triyoga has a reputation for flawless facilities and highly qualified teachers. Each year they host about 30 or more guest instructors from around the world, offering a buffet of classes, workshops and therapies.
Make sure you check out their #weareyoga campaign, where they collaborated with well-known photographer Alessandro Sigismondi to tell the stories of their many yoga students, who come from all walks of life!
Pure Local Tip: The Triyoga Cafe organic carrot cake is definitely not one to miss!
Hot 8 Yoga – LA, Beverly Hills
Hot8 Yoga in Beverly Hills is a well-known studio with locations throughout Los Angeles. Some of their students’ favourite features include the juice bar, the quality control of their air, which is purified and distributed throughout their premises evenly, and the cushioned floors which help to protect your joints and make your practice more enjoyable.
Pure Local Tip: Make sure you keep an eye on their schedule, they often offer candlelit classes and sometimes accompany their sessions with live music!
Equal Yoga – Amsterdam
Equal Yoga prides itself on the intensity and focus of their classes. Their fixed sequences challenge all levels, combining strong postures for strength, and flow for flexibility.
The studio is heated by infra-red panels which ensure even heat, allowing you to deepen your practice without injury. The tasteful design of their studio is also unmatched.
Pure Local Tip: Their Equal Barre class is a speciality, inspired by the strength conditioning aspects of yoga, pilates and ballet.
Yogalinda – Barcelona
Yoga Linda functions as a centre for conscious living and self-exploration. Their classes differ slightly each time, focusing on different themes or areas of the body.
Their space is heated at 40°C and is managed by creative and conscientious teachers, who each have their own unique approach to the tradition.
Pure Local Tip: They regularly host cacao ceremonies!
The Practice – Bali
Exhale beneath the bamboo roof of The Practice’s open-air shala in Bali, Indonesia, and connect to the traditional teachings of Yogic philosophy. With their focus on Tantric Hatha Yoga, they offer daily asana and meditation classes, workshops, community events and teacher training programs.
Their world-class premises are picturesque, nuzzled between rice paddies and the beach.
Pure Local Tip: If Bali isn’t in your itinerary just yet, they also offer virtual classes, tailored to create an excellent online experience!
Sannyas Yoga Academy – Bali
While most travellers venture to Ubud in Bali, Sannyas Yoga Academy is away from the tourist areas, on the serene cliffs of Uluwatu, offering a sanctuary for a transformative yogic experience.
Here you can expect to awaken your inner potential with the help of experienced teachers and their creative explorations of body, mind and spirit. Nurture your practice under a bamboo yoga shala, and enjoy luxury accommodation surrounded by the breath-taking nature of the island.
Pure Local Tip: Make sure to take time to explore the surrounding communities – there are workshops almost every weekend, from sound healing to full moon circles and more!