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Yoga in London

Calling all yogis: here are the best places to bend, stretch and om in the capital

Hotpod Yoga

Yoga has gained status as London’s trendiest wellbeing workout – it’s not just about your body anymore, but about feeling good in yourself as well – we’ve even started doing it on nights out! Whether you want to get rock-hard abs or cleanse your mind (of annoying emails all week) and body (from the bottomless brunches at the weekend), yoga’s got it all.

We’ve gone to the trouble of going to pretty much every type of yoga London has to offer, from Iyengar to hot yoga so we can tell you where the best ones are. You’re so welcome.

Down to Earth

This small, peaceful yoga studio on Tufnell Park’s bustling Fortess Rd is a popular neighbourhood spot – on a Saturday morning there’s even a reserve queue! Founded by a design-loving Central St Martins graduate, the large upstairs studio has big windows all along the far wall and wooden floorboards, making it spacious and light. Classes run throughout the day all week, offering many types of yoga, as well as pilates, and there’s classes for kids and teens, too. There’s limited space to change – just two small cubicles – so most people arrive already in their kit. Mats are provided.  

Perfect for... Sophisticated north Londoners 

Average price per class: yoga/pilates drop-in: £15

Monthly membership: £95 (peak), £75 (off-peak) 

129 Fortess Rd, NW5 2HR

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MahaDevi Yoga Centre

Set up in 2015, MahaDevi is relatively new on the yogi scene. It’s a cosy space on Holloway Road – mats, blocks and straps are provided, but otherwise it’s a fairly basic studio, and that’s no bad thing! The modest space means that classes have a maximum of eight people, making it ideal for newbies who might need some one-to-one attention. The studio also runs a yoga therapy programme for children with disabilities, which are subsidised by profits from the adult classes. At £12 per session, it’s pretty affordable, and on top of all those post-yoga endorphins, you can feel good knowing that your money is going towards a worthy cause.

Perfect for… beginners

Average price per class: £12

Monthly membership: You can’t get one but you can buy a block of five classes for £50

102A Holloway Rd, N7 8JE

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Yoga Loft

A saunter down a pretty cobbled mews for an hour’s stretching session at this instructor-run yoga studio in Queen’s Park makes for an elegant approach to exercise. Rather than focusing on one discipline, the immaculate yoga centre offers a choice of hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa and iyengar, as well as beginners’ courses and pregnancy sessions. The centre comes highly recommended by some of the capital’s best instructors, not to mention its bendy attendees.

Perfect for… yogis that know the ropes

Average price per class: £15-£16

Monthly membership: one month only: £140; six-month minimum passes range from £35-£95 per month

3 Lonsdale Rd, NW6 6RA

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Frame Yoga

Frame is well known for its selection of fun and challenging fitness classes set in uber-cool gyms across London. Their dedicated yoga studio is long overdue and while the gym runs yoga classes across all locations, it’s Frame King’s Cross where a dedicated yoga space has been created. The space is a little rough around the edges and could do with a bit of warming up – but that’s what the stretching is for (sorry)! Frame run a series of classes ranging from vinyasa flow to power yoga to specialised wellbeing workshops. Classes are usually packed, so get there early to get a good spot – mats and bolsters are provided.

Perfect for… yogis who like to feel the burn

Average price per class: £13

Monthly membership: £89, which can be used across all Frame studios

1 York Way, N1C 4AS

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The Shala

Formerly residing in Clapham and now in a refurbished Victorian warehouse in West Norwood, The Shala has been running for over 17 years and has a long-standing reputation for its excellent teaching and welcoming vibe. The yoga studio offers daily ashtanga yoga classes (traditional mysore style for beginners and intermediate) as well as workshops and yoga for pregnancy. Classes are small with an emphasis on spiritual as well as physical wellbeing.

Perfect for… yogis that ‘ommm’

Average price per class: £16

Monthly membership: £45-£120 per month

1 Chestnut Rd, SE27 9EZ

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Yogarise

Run by husband and wife team Sean and Emma, this studio is the perfect mix of the vibrant Bussey Building and the specious tranquillity of a yoga studio. Not only are you greeted by friendly faces, and a complimentary cuppa if you fancy it, but the couple’s little dog, Misty, will pop in to say hello! The instructors are very welcoming and attentive, and not too pushy when it comes to more complex moves – you are just encouraged to join in and do what feels comfortable. There are two studios in the building, and the newer one is in the process of getting a specialist therapy room.

Perfect for… yogis that like to take it easy

Average price per class: £13

Monthly membership: £70 (off-peak) or £100 (any time)

133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST (The Bussey Building)

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Hotpod Yoga

Disclaimer!! Bring shower things, you will need them (you can rent towels)! Hotpod Yoga, based across three sites in Notting Hill and Hackney, as well as this Brixton branch, is relaxing as well as challenging – the latter, however, is mostly because you are in a giant inflatable pod filled with 37-degree air, whilst also trying to perfect your chair pose! Facilities are simple, but do the job well – there’s a bowl of hair-ties in case you forget, as well as water and snacks for you to buy. The instructors are very encouraging, but don’t pressure you to do anything you feel you can’t. If you can’t take the heat that’s also fine, and you’re welcome to sit out and cool down as often as you like.

Perfect for… yogis that like to feel the heat

Average price per class: £14

Monthly membership: £80 (any time) or £70 (off-peak)

40 St Mathews Rd, SW2 1NL

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Zen Yoga

Tucked away in leafy Denmark Hill, this cosy, Japanese-style studio was founded by a Zen master who learnt his craft at Rinzai monasteries in east Asia. Classes have a traditional, restorative edge. Some add meditation and mindfulness, while the early morning vinyasa flow lessons are an instant pick-me-up. Most are drop-in sessions, letting you join on a whim. The studio doesn’t have the fancy trappings of its larger city-centre counterparts (there are no changing rooms or towels), but all the equipment is provided, and the airy wall-to-ceiling windows and huge wall canvases painted with calming circles will instantly inject a dose of Japanese Zen into your day.

Perfect for… spontaneous stretchers

Average price per class: £10

Monthly membership: no membership system, but you can do a six-week introductory course for £55

2D Camberwell Grove, SE5 8RE

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Yoga on the Lane

This small, pretty yoga studio in Dalston is one of the most welcoming in East London – and that’s not only due to their toasty underfloor heating. Teaching classes of 15 students, Naomi Reynolds, a former ballet dancer, and her team of instructors are friendly and super-attentive, always finding time to work with each student (including the lovely Ben Whishaw, who’s been spotted in warrior pose at the studio). The practice is dynamic vinyasa yoga, but if you’re a total newbie this is still a good place to start. There are at least five A1 beginners’ classes a week, taught by one of the loveliest instructors around. Arrive early for the weekend morning classes, they fill up fast.

Perfect for… beginner-to-intermediate yogis looking for a bit of guidance

Average price per class: £12

Monthly membership: 10-class card (no strings) or a monthly unlimited membership (three-month minimum) are both £105

105 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB

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London Buddhist Centre

After being greeted warmly in the garden walkway, as soon as you step into the centre you are hit with a sense of calm, soon to be disrupted by the fact you have to change in the loos as there are no changing rooms – just come in your kit to avoid this. The classes themselves are very focused on breathing and keeping your mind in the present, meaning you’re not thinking about the 10,000 emails you’ll be receiving in the morning. Equipment is provided for the variety of classes they offer, including a whopping 2.5-hour class on a Thursday evening!

Perfect for… yogis that need to relax the mind and body

Average price per class: £8-13, but lunchtimes Mon-Fri are by donation

Monthly membership: there is no membership system – just drop in!

51 Roman Rd, E2 0HU

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London Fields Yoga

Every class at London Fields Yoga is unique. Covering everything from beginner to post-natal (with an ‘open’ level in-between), this peaceful yoga centre within Hackney’s Arthaus building tailors each lesson to the mood of the attendees. Most sessions last an hour and you’re encouraged to go at your own ‘breathing cycle’. Mats and blocks are provided, as well as a contagious sense of wellbeing. Expect a focus on relaxation, expert guidance and a friendly group quietly stretching in a warehouse full of sunlight. 

Perfect for… beginner-to-intermediate yogis looking to improve their moves – the teachers are so encouraging, you’ll master that headstand in no time.

Average price per class: £12 (one-week unlimited pass for £25).

Monthly membership: £55 for a month of unlimited morning classes.

Arthaus, 195-205 Richmond Rd, E8 3NJ

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Stretch Yoga

One of the first yoga studios to open in Hackney nearly six years ago, Stretch is community-focused and unpretentious, offering a wide range of yoga classes. That means there’s something for everyone, whether you want to stretch out sore, tight muscles, work up a sweat or restore mindfulness and calm. The Stretch universe has expanded to classes that complement yoga, including HIIT, capoeira and functional fitness (using TRX, kettle bells and boxes for a full-body workout). Stretch now has two studios in the East End – one on Columbia Road, the other just off Broadway Market. They also offer yoga holidays around the world and teacher training.

Perfect for… adventurous yogis

Average price per class: £14

Monthly membership: £110 

59 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG/6 Ada St, E8 4QU

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Sangyé Yoga School

Formerly called Jivamukti Yoga London, this yoga studio hosts independent specialist instructors of this form of yoga. Jivamukti is ashtanga-based yoga which incorporates spiritual elements, like chanting. The centre has a smart feel with a hippy edge – represented by altars in each of the two studios complete with photos of Indian gurus. There's also a fitness shop where you can buy kit for perfecting your moves at home. The classes themselves are pretty intense, so best not make this the first ever yoga you try, but great for those already practising.

Perfect for... yogis that can keep up

Average price per class: £16

Monthly membership: £99 per month (12-month contract)

300 Kensal Road, W10 5BE

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Iyengar Yoga Institute

This specialist Iyengar yoga studio has two very spacious and bright practice rooms, so you don’t feel squashed by everyone else’s positive energy (and sprawled legs), which means you can breathe yours in all the more. The instructors are very encouraging and attentive, but advanced. There’s a lot of equipment (which is provided) involved – you name it, you’ll bend with it, from wooden stools to ropes hanging off the wall! Everyone came in their kits, as the changing rooms were small, however, they have closed for improvements since this session.

Perfect for… advanced yogis

Average price per class: £14

Monthly membership: £89-£99

223a Randolph Avenue, W9 1NL

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Another Space

Over at Another Space in Covent Garden their head of yoga Chris Magee has a loyal army of followers for his classes. The sessions hit the sweet spot between a physical workout, pushing you to raise your heart rate, improving flexibility and helping your mental state. The studio’s lunchtime conditioning classes are ideal for perfecting your technique, too. If you want to get a really good sweat on try the amazing hot yoga classes; the studio is heated by infra-red, said to reduce muscle inflammation. No need to lug your heavy gym bag either – Another Space’s super-luxurious changing rooms are stocked with extra fluffy towels, Cowshed products plus straighteners and dryers. Exit looking fresh and pick up a berry blast smoothie from the juice bar on the way out. 

Perfect for... light-hearted yogis who want a fun, action packed class with great facilities. 

Average price per class: £15 per class or buy two classes for £25 as an intro offer.

Monthly membership: £90 a month for six classes, or £120 for nine. 

4-10 Tower Street, WC2H 9NP

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Good Vibes

A compact studio ideally placed for those who work around Covent Garden. Recently refurbished, you’ll find popular lunchtime and evening classes take place underground in a quiet studio. Classes here are not set to music, but despite this, you might struggle to hear the instructor if you’re at the back so don’t be shy and head to the front. If you're taking a vinyasa class here, prepare to sweat and be impressed by the elastic-like flexible folk surrounding you. Whilst the studio itself is spacious and well laid out, unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the facilities. The ladies' changing rooms are small and they do not provide towels or products so bring your own.

Perfect for... More experienced yogis who work in the area. 

Average price per class: £18 per class.

Monthly membership: Special intro offer of £45 for unlimited yoga and pilates for 30 days, £110 per month for unlimited yoga/pilates on a 12-month contract.

14-16 Betterton St, WC2H 9BU and 11 Tottenham St, W1T 2AG 

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Yotopia

This Covent Garden studio is rehashing fitness and turning up the heat. Literally! Their exciting range of classes focus on hot vinyasa flow, where each movement runs into the next. There’s also a choice of hybrid spinoffs: Hot Ballet, AcroYoga (yoga, acrobatics and healing arts) and Quantum Yoga (ayurveda and quantum physics). Their state-of the-art ‘hot and humid’ studio reaches 37 degrees for a gym-clothes-drenching workout (there’s showers, hairdryers and complimentary REN products in the changing rooms to freshen up after). The teachers really know their stuff, and some have a keen fan base, meaning classes tend to fill up fast so book in advance to nab a spot.

Perfect for… yogis who want to sweat it out   

Average price per class: £18

Monthly membership: £100 per month for unlimited classes

13 Mercer St, WC2H 9QJ

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