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Best Yoga Studios in Cape Town
Get your downward dog on with this comprehensive list of Cape Town’s best yoga studios.
Last Updated: 7 December 2017
Yoga is the art of stretching, breathing and connecting the physical form with the spiritual form. Practices of the ancient exercise date back thousands of years. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to ‘join or unite’ which is symbolic of the union between consciousness and body; mind and soul.
21 June marks the annual celebration of International Day of Yoga. Initiated on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Day of Yoga in the effort to recognise its global popularity and the many benefits associated with its practices. The theme for the 2017 celebration is ‘Yoga for Health’ and highlights the many wondrous health benefits the practice of yoga offers.
Feeling inspired enough to discover your inner yogi? You’ve come to the right place. The Mother City is no stranger to the joys of yoga and boasts numerous world class yoga studios that will undoubtedly fix your yoga itch. Whether you’re a newbie looking to join the world of yogi’s or an established yoga guru just looking for a new place to unroll your mat, we’re certain our comprehensive list of Cape Town’s top yoga studios will have something to offer you. Happy stretching and Namaste!
The Om Revolution Mobile Yoga Studio
Cape Town's first yoga mobile studio, The Om Revolution, has come a long way since opening its doors in 2014. This wellness-focused company is all about creating yoga practices for every fitness level and every body type. With a focus on tailor-made yoga experiences and outdoor yoga classes, their mission is to take yoga outside the studio – and to you. Whether that’s in the comfort of your own home, or in one of the prettiest locations the Mother City has to offer – this type of yoga caters to everyone. Yogis of all fitness levels – including newbies, are invited to join in the weekly 60-minute public yoga classes that run from November to April. Classes are R50/p, which makes this an ideal excuse to enjoy some time in “nature's studio” on the fly. Personalised yoga experiences are set in Cape Town's most scenic locations, including Kirstenbosch Gardens, Chapman's Peak, Signal Hill, Company Gardens, Clifton Beach, Blouberg Beach or Table Mountain. Yoga experiences are limited to up to 20 people and start at R990/p with an additional R150/p joining. If yoga away from the crowds – or the weather – is more your style, The Om Revolution also offers private yoga classes. Set in the comfort of your own home, these individual classes are tailored to your fitness level and are ideal for perfecting your yogi posture. Classes start at R380/p. Bookings for yoga experiences and private classes are essential – contact the studio for more information.
4 Loop Street | Cape Town City Centre | Cape Town |+27 (081) 329 4543
This inner city yoga getaway is edgy, young, fun and unique. Located on the ever popular Bree Street, this yoga studio is a little different when it comes to the traditional interior design you’d expect from a yoga studio. The walls are covered in stunning graffiti murals done by Cape Town’s own Falko One. It is fully equipped with all the bells and whistles and you can bring your own mat and towel or rent theirs for just R40. They offer classes that range from absolute beginner to seasoned professional. They specialise in vinyasa with an unraveled twist, which means they teach vinyasa flow accompanied by sweet beats.
107 Bree Street | 1st Floor (above La Parada) | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 1304
With a relaxed studio, happy vibes and healthy atmosphere, Yo Yoga is sure to give you all the inner-peace and tranquillity you need. It is a space where you can be yourself while unwinding, exercising your body and relaxing your mind. Yo Yoga offers Bikram, Yo Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow yoga and much more to get you into serenity. Their aim is to help you improve both your physical and mental wellbeing through the regular practice of yoga.
Cavendish Close | Warwick Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 0888
Hot Dog Yoga
Hot Dog Yoga Studios has two yoga rooms – one used for hot yoga and the other at regular temperature for Vinyasa, iyengar, kids and pregnancy yoga training! The studio offers a range of experienced and inspiring trainers who teach yoga to all interested souls.
202 Main Rd | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 4888
ReUnion Yoga and Meditation
The ReUnion Yoga and Meditation studio is open to everyone. They offer a wide range of yoga asana classes and meditation. It is here where you can reconnect, refocus and replenish your reserves under the guidance of experienced yoga teachers. This is also the only studio that teaches moon sequence as well as beginner classes which focus on synergy and meditation. The yoga classes are kept deliberately small to ensure a low teacher-to-student ratio, which in turn gives you a high-quality class and the best possible practice.
29 Sir Lowry Rd | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)79 587 2281
Focussing on Vinyasa and Power Yoga, Dave Porter's addition to Cape Town's bendy scene offers 'yoga for everyone'. With love, dedication and a good sense of humour your teachers will help you to find your appropriate level and there are even free classes for beginners.
127 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 2884
African Soul Surfer Backpackers
With the double-storey lodging literally on the beach, it comes as no surprise that African Soul Surfer boasts Cape Town’s only sea-facing yoga studio. What’s more zen than looking out onto the calming ocean while perfecting your breathing and poses, right? The backpackers hosts yoga classes seven days a week and drop-in classed range from R80p/p - R100p/p, and R600p/p - R750p/p for a 10-class card. Of course, if you want to contrast the calming effects of yoga with an adrenaline rush, the vibrant hostel integrates surf culture into its look and also offers surf lessons and as well as board and wetsuit hire.
Surfer’s Circle | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 788 1771
Regarded as one of the oldest yoga studios in Cape Town with more than eight years of practice, health and personal wellbeing is of the utmost importance. YogaZone studios are equipped with changing rooms and showers making it easy to integrate yoga classes into your everyday life. YogaZone practice Bikram, Vinyasa or Power Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga and beginners can opt for 10 hours in two weeks for only R170p/p. There are special rates for students, seniors and families.
58 Strand Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 8136
Ashtanga Yoga Cape Town
This studio specialises in Ashtanga yoga taught by Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Breathing exercises and meditation are top of the curriculum and international yoga trainers regularly visit the studio in Cape Town to share their wisdom. They are conveniently located on Roeland Street for those of you who live in the city and are looking for something accessible and close by. Their onsite shop will satisfy all your yoga needs and they also offer workshops.
Temple House | Corner Buitenkant & Roeland St | Cape Town | +27 (0)84 358 9863
GuruRamDas Yoga Studio
Find your inner voice and the perfect balance between inner and outer beauty with guidance from the GuruRamDas Yoga Studio. Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, as well as dance and meditation are practised here as well as yoga instructor training courses.
6 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6610
The Shala Yoga Studio
Explore yoga with the help of experienced and dedicated teachers in a bright studio with wooden floors. Each yoga class has a maximum of fourteen participants in order to guarantee individual attention. After the course, you can have some food and enjoy a refreshing drink in the Cook Shop, or treat yourself to a massage. The studio offers courses for beginners, teacher training, synergy courses and workshops.
117 Hatfield Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 642 5256
Adi Shakti Yoga Centre
Yoga instructors Claire and Dorly specialise in pranayama (breathing exercises), asana (physical exercises), savasana (relaxation) and meditation. Practised on the wooden roof between palm trees and overlooking the ocean this studio really is the perfect spot to relax and offers Kundalini, flowing Hatha, balancing Senior Yoga, caring pre and post natal yoga, loving Mom and Baby Yoga or a restoring Meditation and Yoga Nidra class
1 Shanklin Crescent | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)78 936 7615
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Words by Cheri Morris
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