London’s best yoga studios have classes to suit all levels. Renowned yogis offer a range of sessions in surroundings including a rooftop and a converted Victorian factory, providing city dwellers with the chance to switch off, limber up and achieve complete mindfulness.
London’s original hot yoga studio, Fierce Grace, offers six classes that differ in emphasis and intensity but are all based on the same core poses and principles. Vinyasa virgins will appreciate the shorter, slower sessions, while keen yogis can enjoy the challenge of longer, more cardio-driven 90-minute classes. Hot yoga this may be, but temperatures are a little lower than traditional bikram, and each of its studios offers something slightly different in terms of atmosphere.
There’s a real sense of community at Yogarise, a welcoming and inclusive studio located in Peckham’s Bussey Building in South London. From beginners and pregnancy yoga to dynamic vinyasa and rocket yoga, there is something for everyone and all abilities are welcome. Take your downward dog to the next level with community classes, which raise funds for local charities, and rooftop sessions, which are held in the summer.
Nestled in the heart of Fitzrovia in Central London is Good Vibes, an urban escape ideal for desk-bound types who struggle to switch off. The entire studio is heated to a balmy 25C (77F), enabling greater flexibility and boosting mood. The restorative classes come highly recommended, especially Friday evening’s session, a stress-busting candlelit class that’ll help you wind down after the working week.
Bend, stretch and twist your body in style at this Baker Street spot, which boasts a variety of upscale classes, including hatha and iyengar. Classes are small and welcome a maximum of 10 people, ideal for yoga newbies or those looking for a more hands-on session. Cool off with a luxury rain shower and swing by the Yoga Bar for a healing smoothie or turmeric mylk.
An immersive yoga experience that combines light therapy, soundscapes and bespoke natural oils makes this a studio like no other. Classes are simply titled – from red to blue – and offer a full spectrum of benefits designed to boost body and mind. Sign up for a yellow class to soothe digestion issues and mood swings or a pink class to tackle deep-rooted stress. Expect plenty of traditional asanas and more dynamic relaxation techniques such as breathwork and extended savasanas.
There’s a full, varied timetable at Another_Space’s Bank and Covent Garden studios, and it’s the go-to spot for yogis who like results-driven classes set in a modern space. Head of yoga Chris’s sessions have a loyal following, while Sara’s hot classes will leave you feeling restored. The luxurious changing facilities, complete with fluffy white towels and Cowshed products, make a membership worth the investment.
Pared-back and personable, Frame is known for its bright spaces and friendly atmosphere. Choose between the spine-lengthening anti-desk yoga or zone out with a vinyasa flow and meditation. Keep an eye out for sessions with some of London’s best instructors, including Mind Body Bowl’s Annie Clarke and Cat Meffan.