Regular yoga practice improves physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Making time for deliberate practice is one of the most life-enhancing habits a person can develop. Yoga can bring balance to city life by countering the noise, the dirt, the stress with tranquillity and inner-calm. Deeper self-reflection helps bring kindness and compassion to the surface, making the world a better place for everyone. For such a small city, Kingston has a good choice of yoga studios catering to all abilities and styles. Whether you prefer to take your class outdoors in the fresh Caribbean air or in an air-conditioned studio, Kingston has something for you.
Where better to take a yoga class than on a rooftop balcony surrounded by lush mountain greenery, with breathtaking views over Kingston? The setting is uplifting; gazing across the city somehow makes it easier to mentally take a step back and get into the zone. This is truly a place for mind, body and spirit to be free. Traditional yoga techniques are blended with the roots vibe of Rastafarianism for a real Jamaican yoga experience. Every Thursday evening, under the Caribbean stars it runs Kemetic/ Vinyasa fusion classes. Skyline Yoga also offers prenatal yoga and instruction for children.
Skyline Yoga, 6B Skyline Drive, Jacks Hill +1 876 892 2337
Meaning health and harmony in Kiswahili, this serene yoga sanctuary in the heart of bustling Kingston is a must-visit for all yoga and pilates enthusiasts. This is the perfect place for self-reflection and meditation after a busy day in town. The teachers at Afya will help you become a better version of yourself in no time at all. Classes are held daily and every Thursday evening, you can replenish your vinyasa flow with candlelight yoga.
Afya, 2D Bamboo Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 977 6735
An oasis set within a concrete jungle of a city, this unique community space offers affordable healing and wellness practice for all. There are also classes in meditation, reiki, drumming and energy work. Taught classes are mainly Ashtanga and Vinyasa. TrueSelf also run sessions for toddlers and children. Classes are run on a donation/exchange basis and clients contribute only what they can afford to keep this sacred community space up and running.
TrueSelf, Center of Being, 14 Roselle Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 819 7899
The newest addition to the Kingston yoga scene offers large air-conditioned studios in a quiet complex tucked behind the busy Barbican road. Its popular power yoga is an offshoot of Ashtanga yoga, good for building stamina, strength and flexibility. For something a little more soothing, try the Restorative class; good for beginners, it offers basic yoga postures focused on breathing, alignment and awareness.
This studio is named after Indian yoga guru Bikram Choudhury and is comprised of 26 postures conducted in a heated studio. Benefits are said to include improved flexibility, balance and stamina. This is the only Bikram studio in the capital and Kingstonian’s can’t get enough of it — even when the average daily temperature in Kingston is 80-85°F! BYJ hosts periodic retreats for those seeking a more focused break from the stress of daily life. Classes run Monday through Sunday. Don’t forget your towel!
Bikram Yoga Jamaica, 17 Latham Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 622 4518