Get your mind, body and spirit rejuvenated at these yoga studios. Oh yes, we know life can get pretty hectic and fast-paced here, especially if you’re living on HK island. Other than scooting off to some place serene, yoga is one of those things you can squeeze into your busy schedule to get away from it all, even if briefly. And the benefits are plenty. This ancient practice from India calms the mind, detoxifies the body, builds strength and flexibility, improves posture and breathing, as well as heals and restores the spirit.
There’s a diversity of yoga classes and practiced styles, ranging from traditional forms like Ashtanga, founded by master guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to modern forms like the Anti-Gravity yoga created by aerial performer and world-class gymnast Christopher Harrison just three years ago in New York.
We round up our top 5 picks of yoga studios on HK island:
1. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Classes: The yoga studio offers slower-paced, traditional forms of yoga such as Hatha, Ashtanga and Yang to Yin classes in their Oriental Spa. You’d be taught the authentic styles by yoga instructors who are certified in Mysore, India. Attendance is limited to 18 guests per class. Just drop by and sign up before class starts.
Rates: HK$330/class; HK$2,880/10 sessions; HK$3,100/month unlimited
Location: 5/F, 15 Queen’s Road Central, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2132 0011.
Classes: This is a big brand name in Asia with six studios alone in HK. Yoga classes run the gamut from foundation to advanced levels. Among which are classical forms like Dharma, Jivamukti and Anusara to newer forms like Wall Rope, Bollywood Dance and even Laughter yoga classes. A place for yoga junkies, you’re bound to find a suitable class that interests you.
Rates: HK$300/drop-in; HK$700-1,000/month; a range of contract options are available
Location: Central, Causeway Bay, Tsimshatsui, Mongkok and Quarry Bay. Tel: 2971 0055
3. Lululemon Athletica
Classes: Good news is you don’t have to spend a single cent. Every week, the sports apparel retailer converts their showrooms into yoga studios to offer free classes to the public. They hold a variety of yoga classes like Hatha, Vinyasa and Asthanga every Saturday morning between 9:45am-10:45am. These are conducted by ambassadors from different yoga studios, including those who teach at Pure and Myoga.
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Location: 53 Staunton St, Central, Hong Kong, Tel: 2547 9231; #2701, 27/F, CitiCorp Center, 18 Whitfield Road, North Point, Tel: 2238 5555.
4. Bodywize Yoga & Day Spa
Classes: For a gravity-defying workout, try Anti-Gravity yoga. It’s become a global hype and is exclusively available here in HK. You’ll find yourself suspended in the air cocooned in a silk hammock; swinging, balancing and attempting inverted poses with your head just inches off the ground. You may feel like a circus act but that’s the fun part of it. This yoga releases tension and helps in alignment, muscular strength and joint mobility.
Rates: HK$480/class; long-term packages are available
Location: G/F & 2/F, 1 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. Tel: 2838 5686.
5. The Yoga Room
Classes: The studio conducts 30-60min classes like Hot yoga, Kundalini, Svastha yoga and candlelight yin yoga, a meditative yoga that targets deep connective tissues in the body. It’s one of the few studios to offer yoga for runners as well as pre- and post-natal yoga classes and even one catered to mums and babies.
Rates: HK$280/drop-in; packages are available or call for a free trial class (for HK residents only)
Location: 3/F, 4/F & 15/F Xiu Ping Building, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2544 8398.