For a number of years now yoga has firmly ousted aerobics as the ‘must do’ workout.
Amusingly named poses such as ‘downward facing dog’ and ‘happy baby’ make you test your physical, mental and spiritual stamina – it’s an all rounder of an exercise regime. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power and Kundalini.
The benefits of yoga are often happily reeled off any Lycra-clad yogi, should you care to ask; from perfecting your body posture to increasing blood flow to eradicating depression – it cures all. But does it really? Why not fill your water bottle, pull on some leggings and find out.
Here are the top five places in Accra to practice this ancient Indian tradition. Apparently it will connect your body to your soul.
Bliss Yoga Accra
If you’re looking for a dynamic yoga experience, Bliss Yoga is where it’s at. Located in Accra’s premier luxury hotel, the Movenpick Hotel, this class has a music infused fitness element and poolside view. Bliss Yoga offers Vinyasa, prenatal and Yin yoga as group classes, private sessions, workshops, retreats and more.
Class schedule - http://blissyogaaccra.com/classes/class-schedule
Address: Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Emporium Entrance, 1st Floor at the very end of the hallway.
The gym at Mint Club, Meridian Apartments in Airport Residential Area
Price: GHC 40 drop-in-rate.
Tel: +233 0509 546 723
Accra Shala Yoga
Located in Airport Residential area, Shala Yoga is Accra’s only independent yoga studio offering a variety of Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. Here yoga lovers can practice in a comfortable, spacious and modern studio with air-conditioning and fans. Daily yoga lessons are held both in the mornings and evenings. Don’t forget to bring your own mat.
Address: Nii Armah Ollenu St at the end of the close - Opposite Villagio Apartments in Airport Residential area
Price: GHC 45 drop-in rate.
Tel: +233 0543 018 593.
Pippa's Health Centre
With a vision to provide a first-class health and fitness centre, Pippa's is one of the Accra's leading gyms. In addition to yoga several times a week, the centre also has fitness classes, dance academies, zumba, taekwondo, kids activities and more. And if you fancy extra pampering, check out their beauty spa.
View classes here (http://www.pippasfitness.com/classes.html)
Price: monthly membership or package deals. Discount for students and the elderly.
Address 5th Ringway Link, Ringway Estates, Accra, Ghana
Tel +233 302 224488
Rooftop yoga at Labone
If you are dreaming of doing yoga on a spacious rooftop in the sunset, then this is the place. Twice a week every Tuesday and Thursday evening, certified yoga teacher Yvette Tetteh offers open level classes in this tranquil space in Labone.
Price: GHC 25 Drop-in-rate. Class passes are available too.
Address: First Labone Link, Storey building at the very end of the road
Tel: +233 20 011 9525
Ashwell Studio is an initiative started by tennis-player and certified yoga instructor, Alipt Sanam Hari. Alipt has coupled three of her passions - tennis, yoga, and education to provide Accra with tennis coaching programs, yoga classes, and wellness seminars. Yoga classes are held every Tuesday 10-11am and Thursday 10-11am at Urbano Hotel, Osu.
Address: Yoga classes at Urbano Hotel, Osu.
Price: Email for details
Tel: +233 024 210 0621
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