The Best Yoga Studios in São Paulo

<a href="" target="_blank">Perfect your yoga positions at Om Yoga Retreat | © Marco Verch / Flickr</a>
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Photo of Euan Marshall
6 July 2017

In recent years, yoga and Pilates have really taken off in São Paulo. A wide variety of yoga studios and regular free classes in the city’s parks have caused the Paulistanos to catch the yoga bug. Many of the city’s studios lie in roughly the same region, between Vila Madalena and Pinheiros, and with so many options in such a small space, it can be difficult to choose the ideal place for you. Here is our guide to some of São Paulo’s best yoga studios.

Gam Yoga

Located on the charming Rua Fradique Coutinho, which cuts through the neighborhoods of Pinheiros and Vila Madalena, is Gam Yoga, one of São Paulo’s best yoga studios. Gam Yoga has a zen atmosphere that features beautiful gardens, the calming smell of burning incense, and great wooden floors perfect for yoga—it pleases all the senses.

The surrounding area is among the busiest in the neighborhood, with plenty of people coming and going to their place of work, but Gam Yoga serves as a tranquil refuge in the middle of the chaos. The studio has two classrooms as well as an enchanting garden with old trees, allowing you to get in touch with nature during your yoga practice.

Gam Yoga offers a wide variety of classes, including (but not limited to) Iyengar yoga, contemporary hatha yoga, and the more aerobically challenging ashtanga vinyasa yoga.

Gam Yoga, Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1004, Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3034-3953

Hot Yoga São Paulo

Hot yoga is one of the most popular trends in the yoga world right now, and the pioneers of this particular style in São Paulo is called, fittingly, Hot Yoga São Paulo. Located on Rua Mourato Coelho in Vila Madalena, the studio opened in 2013, and it provides a wide variety of classes in different hot yoga styles, which are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The main classroom is 80 square meters (861 square feet) and heated to a temperature between 38 and 40° Celsius (100–104° Fahrenheit).

The teachers are well-trained, and all of them speak English, which is a huge bonus for anyone passing through the city looking for somewhere to practice yoga while on the road. Prices are fair, and the entire studio has a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere.

Hot Yoga São Paulo, Rua Mourato Coelho, 755, Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 4563-0205

Espaço Girassol

Spa, Yoga Studio
Two minutes away from Gam Yoga is Espaço Girassol, which is a day spa, massage clinic, and yoga studio rolled into one. Open since 2005, Girassol offers hatha yoga classes with highly qualified instructors at several times throughout the week: morning, afternoon, and night.

The prices for classes are very accessible, with a wide range of promotions for first-time visitors. Girassol also offers outdoor classes one Saturday each month.

The spa, clinic and yoga studio are all beautifully designed, following the philosophical system of feng shui. Whether you are there for a yoga class, a relaxing massage or spa treatment, your mind, body, and soul will feel at peace.

Thais Faleiros Yoga

Yoga Studio, School
One of the rare examples of a yoga studio in São Paulo, which is outside of either Vila Madalena or Pinheiros, is Thais Faleiros’ Studio Casa de Yoga. It is a small but gorgeous house in the charming neighborhood of Perdizes, which the owner, Thais Faleiros, has renovated into one of the city’s coziest yoga studios.

Thais leads the classes herself, and she is one of São Paulo’s most qualified yoga instructors, having learned from a number of great teachers around the world. Another real differential of this studio is its setting. Perdizes has several cute old-style houses that have plenty of open areas bathed in sunlight during the day. Thais has managed to design a space that makes you feel as though you are practicing yoga in your own home.

Arte de Viver

Yoga Studio, School
For those looking for an introduction to yoga, meditation, and spiritual wellness, Art of Living (known in Brazil as Arte de Viver) is a global non-profit organization founded by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It has two spaces in São Paulo that offer a number of courses for beginners and more advanced students, teaching them how to live a more fulfilling and happy life.

In São Paulo, Art of Living has one location in Perdizes and another in Vila Nova Conceição, just a few blocks away from Ibirapuera Park. While aiming to provide a more holistic educational and self-developmental experience, the Art of Living program also focuses heavily on yoga and is one of the best places in São Paulo to take a class.

The Vila Nova Conceição studio holds weekly morning classes, while there are also free experimental sessions that take place approximately twice each month at both of their locations.

My Yoga

Yoga Studio
This state-of-the-art yoga studio in Jardins is one of the most enchanting spaces to practice yoga in São Paulo, with beautifully lit and designed classrooms. They offer a wide range of classes throughout the week for everyone, from beginners to veteran practitioners. My Yoga also holds a free yoga class each month in Ibirapuera Park.

Alongside the studio are the My Green Bar and My Organic Market, which serve delicious and healthy vegetarian food.

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