Yoga is so much more than just a fitness regime – it is known to provide mental, emotional and spiritual well-being as well. From studios that follow traditional forms like Hatha yoga to those that offer modern versions of aerial yoga, here are the best places in Delhi to experience this ancient Indian practice.
AtréYoga is a special form of yoga developed by Zubin Atré. This style consists of five structured series of postures or asanas. AtréYoga lays special emphasis on biomechanics, meticulously studying muscle movements in order to refine existing asanas and increase their effectiveness. The studio also teaches a variety of other yoga systems including Ashtanga and Iyengar, offering the best form suited to an individual’s lifestyle. The studio believes in providing maximum attention to an individual and therefore, their class sizes are kept small, with no more than eight students attending each group session.
Seema Sondhi’s first experience with yoga was after she suffered three lumbar slip discs and the doctors advised her to take complete bed rest. The pain, coupled with lack of mobility, left Sondhi with a difficult physical and mental barrier to overcome. This was when she took up restorative yoga classes and within a year, she made a stunning recovery. Since then, Sondhi has become a well-known yoga instructor and her personal experience plays an important part in motivating her students.
Om Yogashala, a studio founded by famed yoga guru Mini Thapar Shastri, is one of the most preferred destinations for South Delhi’s elite. Shastri is a master Hatha yoga instructor and has been practising for almost three decades now. The institute encourages adopting a holistic lifestyle right from practising yoga regularly to following a balanced diet and living with compassion.
At Iyengar Yoga Centre Yogakshema, eminent yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar’s style of yoga is followed. Known as Iyengar Yoga, this approach is one of the most popular forms of yoga practised around the world. Designer Donna Karan, writer Aldous Huxley and filmmaker Mira Nair are said to be among Iyengar’s many celebrated followers. Nivedita Joshi, one of the yoga guru’s devotees, provides lessons at the institute in Delhi and the studio is fully-equipped with every prop and accessory employed in the teaching of Iyengar Yoga.
For those looking to mix some thrill and fun into their regular yoga regime, The Yoga Chakra is the perfect place to do so. They offer three styles of yoga — aerial yoga, yoganitriya and Vinyasa. While aerial yoga is a growing trend around the world, where you perform gravity-defying asanas on a hammock, yoganitriya is a blend of yoga and classical Indian dance form. Vinyasa, on the other hand, is a more traditional approach where body movements are coordinated with breathing when transitioning from one pose to the other. Whatever your taste and fitness goals are, you can trust The Yoga Chakra to provide the best guidance.
Delhi Rock is an offbeat fitness studio offering lessons in rock climbing, aerial acrobatics and parkour among others. Yoga classes are held here every morning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Kanika, the yoga instructor at the studio, has over 12 years of experience and is even trained in alternative healing like Reiki, EFT and Theta. These diverse skills allow her to offer a unique and experimental fitness session to her students at Delhi Rock. Besides these regular classes, you can also sign up for their acroyoga workshops, which are usually conducted on the weekends. Acroyoga is a special practice that combines yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage.
The yoga instructors at Poorna Yoga have been trained at the prestigious International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. The institute is considered to be, especially, good for beginners. Apart from group classes, Poorna Yoga also hosts individual lessons for those suffering from conditions like chronic back pain. Workshops on Vedic chanting and other wellness practices are also held regularly at different locations around Delhi.