From traditional hatha practices in downtown Lugano to innovative CrossFit yoga and even Tibetan yoga in Mendrisio, the options in the south of Switzerland are plentiful when it comes to rolling out the mat.
Yoga is not only a great way to keep our bodies in shape, it also heightens our mindfulness and provides us with a deep sense of relaxation. Whether we are at home or travelling, finding the right place to practise can make a big difference in our lives. We’ve picked the best yoga studios in Ticino for you to discover.
Spazio Yoga is ideal for those seeking a no-frills approach to the practice. Yogi Christine Kocher has more than 30 years of experience and is one of Ticino’s best yoga teachers. She teaches afternoon and evening classes both in downtown Lugano and in Bironico and specialises in hatha yoga, with some lessons dedicated to children and expecting mothers.
Lugano’s most famous yoga studio, Yoga Roof, now has one location downtown and another in Lugano Sud. The studio has loads to offer those seeking a dynamic, youthful atmosphere and a large number of class options. With its many teachers, Yoga Roof has classes all day long, including on weekends, some of which are taught in English. Among the options, you will find vinyasa, hatha, meditative and hot yoga sessions, as well as pilates and special themed lessons.
With studios in Locarno and Bellinzona, Ayur Yoga Ticino offers a very broad approach to the practice and, on top of regular yoga group classes, it features the possibility to take individual life-coaching and rebirthing sessions. Among the specialised courses, you will find pre- and post-natal yoga, yoga for seniors, couples and children and even a quick and intensive lunchtime session.
Located in the outskirts of Lugano and easily reachable from the highway, Yoga Dinamico is both a yoga studio and a natural wellness centre rolled into one. More than 10 well-qualified teachers work here, offering different types of yoga, from dynamic flows to meditative sessions and everything in between. The centre also features an area dedicated to acupuncture, podology and massages, as well as weekend yoga retreats in the mountains around Lugano.
This beautiful and modern studio in Mendrisio specialises in various kinds of yoga practices, from classic hatha and vinyasa sessions to healing Tibetan yoga and yin & yang yoga. The studio offers both group and individual sessions for all ages, from babies to seniors, as well as exclusive trips entirely dedicated to the practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness in some of Europe’s most beautiful destinations.
Just outside Lugano, Arkaya Yoga is a studio that focuses on different aspects of the practise and aims to bring them together to reach 360-degree wellness. From meditation and concentration courses to sessions aimed at bringing more mindfulness, here, you will find a vast variety of lessons. Bikram hot yoga and CrossFit yoga sessions are also available for those who want to try something a little more physically – and mentally – demanding.
This great studio in downtown Locarno is especially popular with mothers and mums-to-be, as it focuses on teaching the importance of relaxation, breathing and gentle exercise both before and after giving birth. However, it also offers more generic hatha yoga and pilates classes, as well as private life coaching and meditation and mindfulness sessions for those seeking a one-on-one experience.
For a laid-back, small studio in Bellinzona, look no further than Centro Yoga Padma. Patricia, a teacher from Uruguay, has been teaching yoga for decades and offers morning and evening classes from Monday to Friday for those seeking to ease into this relaxing practice. She focuses on breathing, concentration, meditation and slow, deliberate movements that help achieve a better understanding of our bodies and minds.