Walk-ins are welcome at this five-year-old Dogpatch studio. Run by husband-wife duo Mimi Moncier and Alan Lewis, the spot’s emphasis is on small class sizes—often 10 students or less—and individualized attention. But though the spot’s 60- or 90-minute classes are intimate, the light-flooded space is luxuriously spacious, decked with globe lanterns, fresh flowers, and colorful drapes. The crowd is arty and creative; Lewis is a working architect and Moncier is an exhibiting artist. Giggling Lotus teachers adapt vinyasa and hatha flow styles, but slower-paced yin classes—as well as pre- and postnatal variations—are also available. Drop-in for a weekly meditation class for just $5.
In a city where yoga studios are nearly as plentiful as fussy coffee shops, it can be difficult to decide where to get your ‘om’ on. Some want a pristine, white box for sweating away stress. Others seek community, core strength, and a nice deep stretch. And some just want to rock out to Beyonce while burning through sun salutations. Whatever your inner yogi desires, San Francisco has a studio—and an eager instructor—for you. Here’s where to find the best bikram, vinyasa, prenatal, and restorative classes in the city.