What are the best yoga studios in London? Obviously this will be down to individual preference and area as London is so huge but here I will share some of my favourites. Over the past years I have been trying out as many yoga studios that I possible can and now I can probably say that I have been to the majority of them ( although new ones pop up all the time!). I have also tried to practise when I have been traveling so I have been doing yoga everywhere from Sao Paolo to Mallorca in the past year.
Here are some of the best London yoga studios in my opinion (the list is a bit West/Central London centric FYI):
Triyoga, Chelsea, Soho, Camden and Covent Garden
The Triyoga studios have been my favourites for a while now because of their spacious beautiful rooms and amazing teachers. I normally go to the Soho or the Chelsea branch and they both have loads of classes at various levels. They do hot classes which are infra-red heated (i.e. not as warm as Bikram) but the classes I prefer are Vinyasa Flow level 2 or 3. Some of their basic classes I find too easy for me. Keep an eye out for classes with Aram Raffy, Stewart Gilchrist, Natasha Kerry, Amme Poulton, Claire Missingham and Rachel Okimo. Their studios also have great cafes with smoothies, juices and food. Triyoga is perfect for beginners as they have a great variety of classes, from Kirtan and meditation to Ashtanga and Pilates. Intro offer is £20 for 2 weeks unlimited yoga and mat Pilates. I was also super happy to find out that they are on Classpass and unlike many other yoga studios on there, they actually offer out almost all of their classes.
Yotopia, Covent Garden
Yotopia is not my favourite yoga venue as it’s quite small and mostly packed but it still makes it to the top of my list of London yoga studios because of it’s really great teachers, schedule and location. I love their classes with Alessia Avellino and Marcus Veda. It’s obvious that the other students for the most part are people who come back as you see a lot of the same faces and the level of practice is quite high in general regardless of class. On Mondays they have a handstand class which is awesome! As it’s such a busy studio I recommend bringing your own mat, especially if you do a class in their heated room. Their intro-offer is £35 for 20 days of consecutive yoga and they are also on ClassPass.
Indaba yoga, Marylebone
If Triyoga and Yotopia are great a variety of levels, Indaba is for old school yogi masters. Unless you go to beginners level, classes are extremely challenging and you will often see people in their 60’s and 70’s jumping up in scorpion handstands and other intense poses. I saw that they have a Masters Dharma Mitra class and I wonder what they teach there (flying??). I really recommend this studio, but make sure you go to beginners level classes unless you have been practising for a while. Intro offer is £25 for 10 days of unlimited classes and they are on ClassPass.
Jivamukti Yoga London, Ladbroke Grove
This is the London version of the Jivamukti Center in NYC, which was set up by David Life and Sharon Gannon, the founders of Jivamukti yoga. Jivamukti combines both spiritual and psycical aspects of yoga so classes often include meditation and sometimes sanscrit reading. I understand that’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I personally love it. This is an amazing studio so the only reason to why I don’t go as often is because it takes me ages to get there. I really wish it was in a more central location! Intro offer £20 for 10 days unlimited yoga. They are on Classpass, yay!
The Power Yoga Company, Parsons Green
This beautiful studio definitely does ‘power yoga’ if you define that as a very, very tough and sweaty class. They don’t have a lot of variation of classes (at least not last time I checked their schedule) so don’t expect any Kirtan or Jivamukti action. I have a lot of guy friends who come here. Check out classes with Marcus Veda, who is an amazing teacher (and former DJ!). They have a great cafe too. Intro offer £25 for 25 days of unlimited yoga. Not on Classpass.
Lululemon, Covent Garden and Chelsea
This active wear store offers free yoga classes on Sundays and they often have teachers coming in from various parts of the world, which is always interesting. You don’t need to book but make sure to be there a little bit before. No need to bring mats as they provide them. Actually, Sweaty Betty is another store that offers free classes too, check out their web page for schedule.
This has to be one of the coolest yoga classes I have been to. At 800ft the view of central London is just breath-taking. The class itself wasn’t as challenging as I normally like it but the overall experience was of course amazing. I actually haven’t been to any of Yogaspehere’s studios yet but it’s on my to-do list of places to check out.
Hotpod Yoga, Notting Hill, Hackney, Brixton etc.
Hotpod Yoga provide Vinyasa yoga in inflatable heated studios that look like something you might find at a children’s theme park. I went to one that was on a rooftop in Hackney which was cool as it had a beautiful view and great instructor. Hotpod also does corporates so you can rent one of their pods and instructor for company, which is pretty great. Prices start from £12 and they are on Classpass.
This is another fun option for a different and more social yoga experience. SYC does events all around London, usually consisting of a 1,5 hour yoga class accompanied by live music and followed by a dinner. Check out their Facebook page for updates on events.
Inner Space, Covent Garden
This is a charity run meditation center so classes are donation only. If you are new to meditation I really recommend going to Inner Space to try a session. They also do courses and talks.