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25 Top Yoga Studios Around the World

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8. Philadelphia

The focus at Studio B (www.studiobwell.com; $15), an enormous space in Philly’s artsy Northern Liberties neighborhood, has long been Vinyasa. However, owner Jami Hogan-Gormley (yoga@studiobyoga.com; 215/313-0089) recently introduced Ashtanga classes, including Ashtanga 101, for those who are new to the set sequences, and plans to have at least one Mysore class this spring.

9. San Francisco

At Yoga Tree (www.yogatreesf.com; $16), which now has four studios in San Francisco, you can take classes in Jivamukti, Iyengar, Forrest, Mysore, and just plain old Hatha. If you’re a fan of Power-yoga-disciple Rusty Wells, don’t miss his Bhakti flow class at the Castro studio on Monday nights.

10. Washington, D.C.

There are two studios at Tranquil Space (www.tranquilspace.com; $13) on Dupont Circle-the sky studio, with 15-foot ceilings and skylights and the sea studio, which is painted a soothing sea-foam green. Nonetheless, classes can be packed-especially the hour-long Express yoga at noon and at 5:15 p.m. Instructors, all of whom teach Vinyasa flow, are excellent, and the post-practice tea and cookies is a welcome tradition.

11. Bangkok

Run by Adrian Phillip Cox, Yoga Elements Studio (www.yogaelements.com; $16 [500 baht]), is easily Bangkok’s best studio. Cox trained with Cyndi Lee at Om in New York City as well as with gurus in India. Classes—almost all of which are taught in English—are a mix of Vinyasa and Ashtanga. The studio, located on the 23rd floor of a downtown high-rise, has sunrise and sunset views.

12. Buenos Aires

It is a true challenge to find a yoga class that’s taught in English in the Argentinian capital. Luckily, even if you’re not a guest at the Faena Hotel + Universe, you can sign up for Sat Narayan Simrun Kaur’s Kundalini class (www.faenahotelanduniverse.com; $49 [150 AR]). Sat teaches each Wednesday, but if there’s demand, she’ll hold additional classes. She also teaches privately; a one-on-one 75-minute session is just $20 U.S.

13. Capetown

The BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre (www.capetownyoga.com; $11 [R80]) is one of the larger Iyengar centers in South Africa—and probably one of the most exquisitely located. The studio is set at the base of Table Mountain on the Atlantic coastline of the Western Cape; while you’re in tadasana, you can gaze seaward. Classes are taught by founder David Jacobs, who still makes annual trips to Pune, India, to study with 88-year-old B.K.S. Iyengar himself.

14. Copenhagen

One of the only studios in Scandinavia where instructors teach Vinyasa yoga is Hamsa Yoga Studio (www.hamsayoga.dk; $18—[100 kroner]). It also offers workshops on advanced back-bending and Thai massage. The Danish modern décor—all-white and sparsely furnished with lotus-shaped lamps (by Danish designer Normann) and 18thcentury wall paintings—is oddly suitable for a yoga studio. If you request it, your class can be taught in English.

15. London

Appropriately enough, Triyoga (www.triyoga.co.uk; $22 [11£]) now has three branches in London: Primrose Hill, Covent Garden, and most recently, Soho. The center’s sterling reputation stems from its challenging classes, which run the gamut from Ashtanga to Restorative,and its holistic treatments such as acupuncture, naturopathy, and massage. At the Primrose branch, Triyoga has Pilates equipment sessions and a new organic café.

16. Mexico City

Located in D.F.’s upscale Polanco neighborhood, Agoralucis (www.agoralucis.com; $15 [160 pesos]) is a one-stop wellness center. In addition to a medley of yoga styles (especially Ashtanga and Kundalini), the center offers acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, Tai Chi, and Capoeira lessons. The enormous, light-filled space has five studios, three treatment rooms, and a beautiful Zen garden. Your first class is free.


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