Six of the best yoga centres
Looking to relax mind and body? Need a place to practise your dolphin or puppy dog? We pick out some of Switzerland's best yoga studios
Airyoga teaches modern yoga variants such as anusara, which derives from hatha, and ashtanga, which comes from vinyasa, alongside more traditional forms. It also offers prenatal yoga classes and pranayama – which focuses on breathing to cleanse the body’s channels – as well as workshops.
Yoga Lab is a comparatively small studio. While this makes booking classes in advance mandatory, it also ensures more interaction with the instructor. Many classes pair yoga with music, with one of the most popular the Rise and Shine session, which features live music by a guitarist from the Geneva Conservatory of Music.
Making yoga accessible to all with an informal and affordable approach is the mantra here. Open every day, Soluna has two Geneva studios – in Pâquis and Champel – offering 40 classes a week given by 15 experienced teachers. The Pâquis location also offers massage therapies, ranging from reflexology to myotherapeutic massages. Watch out for regular masterclasses, workshops and other big events, too.
Know your yoga styles
Hatha The yoga form most commonly practised in the West. Usually refers to static postures.
Vinyasa Linking postures into a sequence using breath.
Ashtanga A series of set sequences using breath. Physically very demanding and not recommended for beginners.
Bikram A set sequence of postures practised in a heated room.
Power yoga A fast, fitness-focused style of yoga linking postures into different dynamic sequences. Physically very demanding.
Pranayama Breathing exercises to help still the mind.
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