The Best Yoga Studios In Mumbai

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Omar Bariffi/Flickr
Sridevi Nambiar

One advantage of living in a city like Mumbai are the numerous fitness options it presents. Last month, we brought you a list of Mumbai’s most luxurious gyms. Now we present a guide to some of its finest yoga studios. Offering everything from group classes to personal training, Hatha to Bikram yoga – these studios are where you should be headed.

1. The Yoga Institute

The Yoga Institute

Founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, The Yoga Institute was here way before yoga’s popularity boom hit the world. As one of the oldest, still existing urban centers of yoga instruction, the institution believes that yoga is a way of life that comprises of much more than just physical culture as is generally understood. It promotes the practical applications of yogic ideals in daily life. Along with regular classes and workshops, the center also offers training to teachers. It claims to have certified over 40,000 teachers so far.

Shri Yogendra Marg, Opposite Railway Quarters, Yoga Institute Rd, Prabhat Colony, Santacruz East, +02 226 110 506

2. The Yoga House

Restaurant, Indian

With a strong belief that yoga is the most valuable Indian inheritance of the present and conviction that it is an essential need of today, this Banda-based studio organizes a variety of yoga classes, retreats, and workshops. The Yoga House hosts more than 30 Hatha yoga classes a week for all levels, and has at least ten in-house instructors on the average. Recent workshops hosted here include one on meditation yoga featuring live classic music, whereas recent retreats include Dharamsala and a tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The studio also has a branch in Varanasi.

3. Yoga 101

Yoga Studio

This small studio in Andheri hosts a variety of workshops, attempting to bring all different kinds of yogas and practitioners under one roof. With a uniquely friendly atmosphere, a focus on sharing and learning, and instructors from around the world teaching different schools of yoga, Yoga 101 has much to offer curious beginners as well as advanced-level folks. The studio even contains a library, featuring various donated books and a common area for people to sit and read them.

4. Yogacara

Yoga Studio

Yoga by the sea is just what you need to cure your city blues. Claiming to be an urban sanctuary for the inner-most being, Yogacara offers a range of Hatha and Iyengar classes, workshops, and even teacher training. Besides yoga, classes are also offered for meditation, preventive and rejuvenation therapies, and therapeutic massage. It also hosts various retreats in the Himalayas called the Living Yoga & Hiking Retreats, led by Radhika Vachani, founder of Yogacara, along with Vikram Maira, an experienced high altitude trekker.

5. Bharat Thakurs Artistic Yoga

Bharat Thakurs Artistic Yoga

Bharat Thakur believes that yoga’s potential is much more than the form it has now been reduced to, where a few asanas are practiced at a very slow pace. He developed artistic yoga to help people get in shape and ward off diseases. He claims that his innovative, dynamic, and powerful new system of yoga affects the body like no other form of exercise, combining ancient yogic techniques (asanas, pranayam, bandhas, kriyas, and mudras), with modern cardiovascular training and stretches. With a virtual classroom as well as studios in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Dubai, and Moscow, as well as several new centers opening worldwide, artistic yoga’s increasing popularity is a testament to its effectiveness.

Raheja Classique Club, Next To Infinity Mall, Link Road, Andheri West, +18 001 021 000

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