Yoga in London, a studio guide

Dubbed the ‘Yoga capital of the West’, London is home to a growing number of Yoga centres and purpose-built studios.

Those with a regular practice usually follow a specific teacher, regardless of where they teach, but for those just starting out choosing a studio can feel overwhelming. To help navigate what’s on offer, I put together a guide based on 7 years of practice in the city alongside recommendations from fellow Yoga teachers and practitioners.

It includes well-known and established studios as well as the boutique gems and teacher-run classes you’ve probably never heard of, in no particular order.

I hope it inspires those who feel intimidated by Yoga studios to actually visit one just as much as it inspires the seasoned Yogi to branch out.

Bamford Cotswolds Yoga, South Kensington – beautiful space, small-sized classes

Quite simply the most calming space I have ever stepped foot in inside of London. I particularly recommend my friend Athena’s classes:

Mondays @ 12.45pm
Wednesdays @ 8.45am
– Both Invigorating Vinyasa Flow, suitable for all levels.

Indaba, Marylebone – experienced teachers, vibrant community

Indaba is a very well-established Yoga centre, home to the some of the most talented Yoga teachers and dedicated Yogis.

Yoga Loft, Queen’s Park – clean, beautiful, friendly

Fellow Yoga teacher Taber says: “A super clean beautiful space, with great teachers and low cost classes..everyone who works there is always super sweet, even the book shelves are very thoughtfully curated.” It’s also where popular teacher Steffy White will be teaching a regular class.

They just opened their second studio, also in the Queen’s Park area.

Iyengar Yoga, Maida Vale – expert Yoga teachers, highly accessible

Run on a not-for-profit basis, Iyengar Yoga Maida Vale is London’s original Iyengar yoga centre. The Iyengar style places a very strong emphasis on detail, precision and alignment. If a teacher trained in Vinyasa is a graduate, a teacher trained in Iyengar is a Dr, they have the Phd. As a Vinyasa teacher, my attendance to Iyengar classes is a key part of my ongoing learning.

The style is not just suitable but particularly accessible for all ages and abilities. Timetable here.

Yoke, Dalston – a local community gem

Yoke was highly recommended to me and has 14 five-star reviews on Google, I thought I would leave a particularly useful one here:

“Out of about 15 studios I’ve tried out in different parts of London since moving here (Camden, Islington, Hackney, London Fields, Shoreditch, Stokey and Dalston to name a few), this is by far the best one I’ve encountered. “

Soho Parish Primary School, Soho – a real community, leading teacher

Advanced classes are taught here on Friday evenings by leading teacher Stewart Gilchrist, with whom I trained. So I might be a little biased, but I couldn’t recommend Stewart any more. He is one of London’s most senior and popular teachers.

Ashtanga Yoga London, King’s Cross – for the truly dedicated Yogis

This is a no frills studio dedicated to the traditional Mysore Ashtanga self-practice where you will find incredibly experienced and dedicated teachers. I would highly recommend reading about this incredibly disciplined practice on their website.

As my friend Athena says, this place “transforms my practice and teaches me something every time I go.”

Ashtanga Yoga North in Archway which teaches the same style was also highly recommended by Dora.

Triyoga, multiple locations – largest and most diverse timetable

With locations in Soho, Chelsea, Camden, Shoreditch and Ealing, Triyoga is one of London’s biggest Yoga chains and certainly in the most well-known and established category. It attracts well-known teachers from across the globe and runs a huge number of classes across a vast range of styles. It has a comprehensive guide to its classes on its own website.

OmYoga, South Wimbledon – ‘ultimate intense Yoga’

Classes here are taught by charismatic and experienced teacher Mano. His website perhaps best sets the tone:

I DON’T CARE IF YOU ARE NOT FLEXIBLE, NOT STRONG, NOT FIT. I DON’T CARE IF YOU ARE YOUNG OR OLD, SLIM OR BIG. BUT WHAT I WANT IS DISCIPLINE AND A WILL TO LEARN … I WILL TEACH ALL THE TECHNIQUES. Come to my class if you want challenge, if you want new postures, if you want to sweat !!!

Gotta love him!

Bamboo Wellness, Wandsworth

This cafe-meets-Yoga studio was recommended by fellow Yoga teacher, Ralph: “the owner has put so much soul into it and it shows. The cafe makes you feels like you are on holiday!”

Paper Dress Yoga, Hackney – unique vibe, friendly atmosphere

Described on their website as a “vintage-inspired studio, where retro style meetings the modern-day soul”, this studio was highly recommended by acro-Yoga queen and dear friend, Dora Rubinstein.

So that’s the list!

If you didn’t see your favourite studio in the list, I would love to hear any comments on where you love to practice and why.

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