Whether you are an established yogi or looking to try a something new, Shanghai has many yoga studios that are suitable for foreigners. Below are some of the highly recommended studios around the city, which are worth checking out. Also, make sure to view our list of “Things to Consider” before settling on a studio to make sure you’ve analyzed all the basics.
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1) Pure Yoga
Pure Yoga has studios in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, as well as New York. They offer many different classes suitable for beginning, intermediary, and advanced levels. A few class examples include AcroYoga, Ashtanga, Dharma, Hatha, Vinyasa, Zumba, Prenatal, Wall Yoga, Universal Yoga, Yin-Yang, and Yogalates. All of their classes are offered in English but some teachers are Bilingual. You can find them in the IAPM Mall of the Xuhui District.
2) Yoga Garden
Yoga Garden is a boutique yoga studio in Shanghai’s Former French Concession where a wide range of high quality classes are taught by experienced teachers from all over the world. Their weekly classes include Ashtanga (led, Basics, and Mysore), Hatha, Yin, Hatha Vinyasa, Prenatal, Basics, Mediation, Baby and Kid’s classes, and more. They pride themselves on being a non-judgmental and non-dogmatic community that caters to beginners and advanced practitioners alike. They believe that yoga is not simply about posture and pose, but community, relationship and living a mindful life on and off the mat.
3) Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional yoga techniques. Bikram’s classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. These practices use heat during the practices to help flush toxins out of the body, promote relaxation and well being, accelerate cardiovascular action, and facilitate calorie burning. They offer English, Chinese or Bilingual classes. No previous experience is necessary and no flexibility is needed. Just make sure you drink lots of water before you attend!
The Hatha Yoga Center is proud to be recognized as the first professional yoga center in Shanghai, teaching in the tradition that it’s founders learned from the great Iyengar of India. Throughout China, Hatha Yoga Center is respected and well-known by serious yoga practitioners and those new to the practice alike. All of the yoga classes taught by the teachers at the Hatha Center are authentic and true to the classic yoga styles. The Center offers classes of Bikram Hot Yoga, Ashtanga, Flow, Hatha, Intro to Yoga, Power, Iyengar, Yoga Dance, and Dance Meditation. The teachers come from a variety of backgrounds- Chinese Senior teachers, American, and Indian Yoga Masters.
5) Om Factory
Originally established in New York in 2007, Om Factory quickly grew in popularity and was soon voted the Best Yoga Studio in New York by reviewers of City Search. They offer Traditional Yoga as well as Innovative Yoga classes such as AcroYoga, Yoga Fight Club, Budokon Yoga, Breakti Vinyasa, Hoop Vinyasa and Aerial Art programs. They are particularly known for their comprehensive and innovative Aerial Yoga trainings.
6) Red Door Yoga
This studio focuses on Traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practices. Their teachers have a great deal of experience, which helps students develop a solid foundation in the basics before moving on to more advanced positions. They realize that finding a healthy and meaningful life in the city requires work and conscious awareness and that by facing and overcoming these challenges, is how we really grow: in yoga and in life. You can find them in the Jing’an Temple area.
7) Yoga 109
This Yoga studio proudly promotes their Iyengar practices such as Asana, Pranayama and Astanga, as well as Meditation. The Iyengar yoga methods are a balanced and penetrating exploration of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. It has the unique aspects of technique, sequencing and timing to ensure that each student is correctly and safely prepared to progress. They offer classes, workshops and teacher trainings for beginners to intermediate students. Their classes are conducted in the French Concession.
Things to consider:
– Where is the studio located? Is it in a convenient location so you don’t spend a lot of money and time commuting?
– Does the schedule suit your needs? Does it offer enough classes at times you are available to attend?
– Are the yoga rooms well ventilated and temperature controlled?
– Are the mats and materials sanitized?
– Are the dressing areas and shower rooms clean?
– How secure are the lockers?
– Is there sufficient privacy to change clothes?
– What is the level of ease for joining a class? Are reservations necessary?
– Are the teachers certified? Are they good practitioners?
– Do they respect differences in body types and personal reasons for taking yoga?
– What is the vibe of the studio? Would you look forward to going there?
– Does the staff look like they enjoy working there? Are they friendly?
– Is their pricing competitive?
– Do they have pricing packages?
Hope these details will help you find your ideal studio and happy practicing!
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