And ommmm… yep, this month is all about health and wellness, and that goes hand in flexible hand with practising yoga. Some time on a yoga mat will undoubtedly calm you down while working up a sweat and it’s perfect to tone up that body in time for bikini season. Here’s our useful guide to yoga studios and private instructors around town. You’ll be a pro at those sun salutations in no time!
The instructors at Anahata Yoga will give you personal attention in a group class, perfect for those of you who’s tree poses look more wind blown than strong and sturdy. With a range of classes on offer, you’ll get to try different types, including ones specifically for de-stressing (who isn’t stressed in this busy, busy city?), slimming yoga, back care yoga and core yoga. Drop them an email and they will cater a specific monthly programme to suit your needs.
How much: Give them a call to book a free trial class.
Bodywize have got a whole host of instructors and classes to suit all schedules. One exciting kind of yoga they offer is antigravity yoga, which is sure to test your concentration and sense of balance if you’re not paying attention! This studio not only focuses on yoga and Pilates, but overall wellness too as they’ve also got spa facilities. Book in for a massage after a Stretch and Relax class and you’ll be on your way to feeling zen in no time!
How much: Give them a call for more details on pricing!
Bodywize Yoga, 3/F, Cubus, No.1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2838 5686, www.bodywize.com.hk
Flex Studio is known for its mix of classes including yoga, Pilates and barre. You’ll get in tip top shape in no time under the care of the experienced instructors. It’s one of the best studios to go to for strength conditioning.
How much: Give them a call to find out about pricing.
This is one fitness centre we love! The exercises you do here are perfect for toning up your tum if you’ve had a particularly indulgent holiday. You’ll work on the mega reformer (a big, scary-looking machine that’s not all that scary, really) under the watchful eye of the instructors at their yoga and Pilates classes. You’ll definitely be sore after one or two sessions, but also a whole lot stronger. Check out our review here.
How much: Classes are pay as you go (perfect for your flexible schedule!), $350 for one class, $2,040 for a pack of six classes, $3,300 for a pack of 10 classes, $6,000 for a pack of 20 classes, $15,000 for a pack of 60 classes. More details here.
H-Kore, 3/F Wincome Centre, 39 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2441 9000, www.h-kore.com
This is perfect for those of you who are worried about having your wobbly bits on display in front of 50 others in a massive class. Inspire Yoga do private yoga sessions at a space that’s suitable to you. You can buy a bundle of one-hour classes and they offer different courses: Beginner’s, Healing Yoga, Stretch and Restore and more. The instructor will correct your eagle pose and work with you to improve.
How much: You can select your package (number of people and how many sessions) here. It’s value for money if you want to grab a few other mamas in your area and practice in someone’s home.
Inspire Yoga, 1803, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 9167 3376, www.inspire-yoga.com
With two studios, one on each side of Hong Kong, a class at mYoga is a great way to unwind and destress after a long day at work. You’ll get a sense of peace after a few sessions here, and there are plenty to choose from depending on what you’re interested in: Traditional Yoga, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Take It Slow, Hot Yoga and Pilates. The Iyengar series looks particularly interesting as it makes use of props while doing the stretches and exercises. Forget kettlebells, you’ll be doing back balances off a chair to strengthen your muscles instead.
How much: Register here for a trial and you’ll meet with a member of staff to discuss packages and prices.
mYoga, Shop No. B101, Basement Floor, Grand Plaza, 625 & 639 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2390 7788, www.myogaonline.com
mYoga, 7/F & 8/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2576 9990, www.myogaonline.com
For those of you in Kowloon, this is one for you to check out. Prajna Yoga will gear you up in a soothing and calm environment. There are a whole host of classes to sign up for, includying Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yin Yoga. There’s also Swing yoga, which looks like fun! You’ll be suspended in air, which may take some getting used to, but it’ll test your ability to stay focused and balanced.
How much: Give them a call to discuss price points.
Prajna Yoga, Unit 3, 10/F Yuen Shing Industrial Building, 1033 Yee Kuk West Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2371 2515, www.facebook.com/PrajnaYoga
No doubt one of the leading gyms in Hong Kong with a jam-packed schedule, Pure Yoga is on everyone’s lips when you mention yoga. It’ll take you a while to get through all the different classes on their schedule: from hot yoga to wall rope yoga and Hatha yoga, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the variety on offer.
How much: The first class is complimentary (try before you buy!), and you can register for it here. A member of the Pure team will be on hand to run you through the cost of the gym membership around the same time.
Pure Yoga is all over town, including Central, Causeway Bay, Southside, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, click here for all locations, www.pure-yoga.com/en/hongkong
Yoga BamBam is in the chicest area of Sheung Wan. The convenient location will have you going back for more, as will the small class sizes. There’ll be more attention from the instructors, who earn all the profit. That in turn means no membership fees – you just pay for each class. Sounds perfect for the unorganised among us, and those of us who don’t like paying for monthly gym memberships. You’ll get to choose from intro classes (perfect for beginners!), aerial and acro yoga (maybe not for the faint-hearted!) and meditation. Click here for the upcoming schedule.
How much: $150 for a student’s first time with a teacher, $200 for each returning visit with the same teacher, $700 for a 4-class course valid for 5 weeks, $1,200 for an 8-class course valid for 10 weeks
Yoga BamBam, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.yogabambam.com
This is one of the first dedicated yoga studios in the ‘Kong. Their instructors are well versed and their classes well planned. Swing by for a class at lunch or start your Saturday morning with a general class, perfect for beginners and novices. Try a class for just $100, or pay $180 per 1-hour class. There are various packages on offer too, for four classes, or 10 classes, or even just lunchtime classes. More details here.
How much: Try a class for just $100, or pay $180 per 1-hour class. There are various packages on offer too, for four classes, or 10 classes, or even just lunchtime classes. More details here.
Yoga Central, 2C Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2982 4308, www.yogacentral.com.hk
The Yoga Room
Another boutique yoga studio in Sheung Wan, the small class sizes and personalised instruction from the teachers is sure to pull you to check this studio out. They offer group classes in hot yoga, Hatha, Ashtanga, mat Pilates and more. What’s more, you can try out a session for free to see if you enjoy it. Alternatively, if you’re looking to practice on a one-to-one basis, give them a call to work something out either in the studio or even in the office with a group of colleagues.
How much: Try out a session for free before committing to a package. Give them a call for more details on pricing.
As a freelance yoga teacher, which is really the best kind, Lindsay Jang teaches private classes as well as sessions at Barre2Barre. She’s also one of our That Girls and owns Yardbird, Ronin, Sunday’s Grocery and MISSBISH. You’ll recognise her name from many community pop-up events too.
How much: Drop Lindsay an email to let her know how many people are in your group and she’ll give you more details about pricing.
Lindsay Jang, email@example.com
Check out this studio in TST, perfect for those of you residing in Kowloon. It’s equipped with Pilates reformers, with plenty of space for mat exercises too. Choose from one of the group classes, or if you prefer, you can take a private class if you need to. In-Motion pretty much focuses on Pilates techniques, which is great for strengthening and toning your body.
How much: Group Pilates classes (mat) start from $150, prenatal classes are $180. More details here.
This is the ultimate in personal sessions: yoga via video call! Oh the wonders of technology! Simply get your yoga mat set up somewhere comfortable at home, get the laptop up and running and you’ll have an instructor teaching you through a video call. This is perfect for those of you who simply don’t have time to get to a studio yet want an expert to motivate you and correct your eagle pose.
Yoga with Dee
Dee Cheung is a freelance yoga teacher who has been practicing since she was 16 and teaching since 2011. She is a pro at teaching athletes, babies, children, teens, beginners and expert adults so you know you’re in great hands. She’s also the co-founder of SUP Yoga (check out our review here) if you fancy changing up your practice.
How Much: Private classes are $800/class for up to four in a class and a minimum commitment of six classes.
Yoga Private is pretty awesome as they will send instructors anywhere you wish – including the office! Grab a few colleagues and find a space and they will happily teach corporate yoga (perfect for some team bonding sessions, too!) during your lunch break. Alternatively if you want a class or two for you and the flat mates, they can tailor-make them to suit your schedules.
How much: Drop them an email to discuss pricing.
YOGA ON A BUDGET
Dr. Bryan Yoga
Dr. Bryan Yoga was founded by Bryan, a doctor who focused on sports injuries. Take a class with him and he’ll work on that pesky ankle injury from a netball tournament from yesteryear with you. Of course, he’s a trained yogi, too, and uses his medical knowledge to explain the techniques and how they help your body. He works often with Pay What You Wish Yoga, which is a great alternative for those of you who are looking to practice yoga on a budget!
How much: Drop Dr. Bryan an email to discuss yoga sessions and pricing.
Life Management Yoga Centre
LMYC are a not for profit centre practicing all forms of traditional yoga under one roof. Check out their studio in TST for a whole range of classes. Whether you’re a beginner or you’re practicing at an advanced level, there’s something to suit all levels here.
How much: Classes start from $150 each, or you could purchase packages of 10 classes for $488 – this is definitely on the more reasonable side of things. More details here.
Yoga is a fantastic way to keep your mind and body healthy, so try it out and get involved! We hope you find a studio that suits you as you get on your path to fitness and freedom… and let us know on Facebook of any more awesome yoga spots that we need on our radar!