Finding calm in the city is no easy feat but with the nation’s ever-growing appreciation of yoga practice (both as a form of physical exercise and as a riff on mindfulness), achieving it is now more of a possibility than ever… it’s just a case of knowing where to look. We’ve scoured the city for the best yoga studios and classes on offer and compiled them into one specially curated hitlist. Start now and we’re convinced your body and your mind will thank you for it in the not-too-distant future.
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There’s something wonderfully elevated about Another Space; it offers not just yoga classes but spin and HIIT sessions as well, so you’ll get a full body conditioning series with whatever credit bundle you choose to invest in. And an investment it truly is. Yoga takes place in a minimalistic studio with blinds that cut out the light and movement outside so you’ll find yourself tuning in to your practice completely without even having to try. Instructors work as closely as they can with individuals to adjust alignment and encourage progression. We recommend booking with Head of Yoga, Chris Magee, but act fast as his time slots are a popular choice.
Another Space, 4-10 Tower St, London, +44 20 7534 2999
The mantra that hot yoga brand, Fierce Grace, follows is simple; Laugh Trying. Studios are based in multiple locations across the city but it’s the Brixton and Old Street spots that are the most central. There’s a holistic approach to practice here and changing facilities are more understated than those found in the like of Equinox and Another Space but the quality of class is supreme. Try their signature Fierce Grace session – the 90 minute series will challenge you in a slightly different way to classic Bikram.
Fierce Grace City, 53-55 East Rd, London, +44 20 7336 6330
You might be familiar with the name Equinox – it’s one of the most established gym brands in the U.S and it brings its premium sensibility and results-driven approach to exercise to Kensington, where you’ll find a series of yoga classes alongside the usual features. The dedicated studio is carefully positioned so that morning and evening sessions benefit from the sunrise and sunset and it is flooded with natural light for the hours in between. It offers Power, Vinyasa and Dynamic Vinyasa classes that are designed to improve strength and flexibility and they’re the kinds of sessions that you’ll feel yourself improving in with every visit.
Frame Kings Cross
Frame is the ultimate feel-good fitness studio and yoga classes make up a serious portion of the timetable. The location in King’s Cross has its own purpose-built yoga space, complete with funky palm-leaf wallpaper and a light-hearted approach to finding your ‘zen’. Classes range from restorative Yin sessions to high-powered Rocket classes and instructors are some of the best in their field. All abilities are welcome here, but be sure to ask one of the team which class is best suited to your ability and goals to ensure you get the most out of your session.
Frame Yoga, ArtHouse, 1 York Way, Kings Cross, London, +44 20 3764 1911
For those looking for a training program as opposed to a casual fling with yoga, SOMA in Spitalfields market is the one to bookmark. Husband and wife partnership and Cambridge graduates, Dr. Theo and Jennifer Hersche promote the science behind the practise and provide not only a challenging, energising series of classes but an insight into how it can benefit the body. The approach is unique, and the studio offers bespoke training programs as well as athlete-inspired classes.
SOMA, Old Spitalfields Market, London, +44 20 3286 5050
Nestled above the hustle and bustle of Kingly Court in Soho you’ll find the ever-heaving TriYoga studio – a popular haunt, not least due to its central location but majorly thanks to its jam-packed schedule and varied offering. Whether you’re keen to learn a little more about the art of mindful breathing or you’re looking to sweat out the stresses of the working day in 40-degree heat, there’s a class at TriYoga for you. Book in for their 30-day Intro Trial for the small fee (in London terms) of £40.
TriYoga Soho, Carnaby St, Carnaby, London, +44 20 3362 3355
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Primarily a barre studio but featuring a specialised Asana class, BarreCore is perfect if you’re thinking about trying yoga but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge with a 60-minute focused session. It combines the Signature Barrecore technique with more restorative yoga poses that allow for some well-deserved muscle stretching. Don’t be fooled, however, it’s fast-paced and challenging so your muscles are sure to feel the burn the morning after.
BarreCore, Basement, 6 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, +44 20 7637 8458
One of the originals on the London hot yoga scene, Yotopia in Covent Garden continues to grow in both its customer base and its class offering. The studio is just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square and it provides the perfect escape from the madness of the streets below. Expect candle-lit Yin sessions and gong bath workshops that will encourage you to tune in to your mind. If you’re new to the idea, there’s a tempting 30-day intro offer available to new customers priced at £35.
Yotopia, 13 Mercer Street., London, +44 333 405 8888
The idea behind Hot Pod yoga is a unique one, as classes are based in mobile pop-up ‘pods’ as opposed to being located in a specific studio or space. Offering a cocoon-like environment that’s just as balmy as any other hot yoga studio, if not more so, it’s a novel idea that’s worth it even if just for the social media post. The class is based around Vinyasa flow and lasts around 60-minutes. Look out for the purple pop-ups in Brixton, Hackney and Notting Hill.
Hotpod Yoga HQ, 40 St Matthew’s Rd, Brixton, London, +44 20 3771 2285
Psycle excels at just about any form of fitness that it introduces to its ever-growing schedule and yoga is no exception. Traditionally (you guessed it) a spin studio, the brand’s newest branch in Shoreditch also offers barre, HIIT and those all-important yoga classes. Expect something particularly dynamic from your yoga practise here as the brand’s commitment to working hard remains true. The timetable gets released on a Monday at midday and classes get booked up pretty much instantly, so you have to be poised at your computer and ready to go if you’ve got a particular time slot in mind.
Pscyle, 17-23 Whitby St, London, +44 20 3150 2958