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25 Top Yoga Studios Around the World

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17. Milan

Recently, yoga has become more popular in Italy, but it's still hard to find classes that are taught in English. If you're a practitioner of Ashtanga, however, it shouldn't matter, since the sequences will be familiar. Instructor Elena de Martin, who studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and Eddie Stern in New York City, has been teaching in Milan for six years. Her classes at the Accademia Biosofica (www.accademiabiosofica.it; $20 [15€]) and the Palestra Forte (www.palestraforte.it; $20 [15€]) are popular with locals and expats alike.

18. Munich

Centrally located near the Marienplatz (and a four-minute walk from the Mandarin Oriental hotel), Airyoga Munich (www.airyoga.com; $54 [40€] for three classes) feels more like a high-end spa than a yoga studio. In addition to two large practice rooms, the 1,500-square-foot space has changing rooms, showers (use of towels, bathrobes, and Korres products included), and an Asian day spa where you can get a post-yoga Thai massage, Sundari facial, or pedicure. As at the Zurich outpost, all major yoga styles are available and classes are taught in English at your request. (The staff is multilingual.)

19. New Delhi

A whole guide could be written about yoga in India, but what if you don't want to attend a destination ashram in Rishikesh or the B.K.S. Iyengar Institute in Pune?The Yoga Studio (www.theyogastudio.info; $7 [300 RS]) in New Delhi's Hauz Khas neighborhood is a great spot for a drop-in class. Instructor Seema Sondhi teaches a 90-minute Ahstanga classes (in English) every day at 8:00 a.m. and then again at 9:30 a.m. There are evening classes, too.

20. Paris

Located in the shadows of Notre Dame (in the Fifth Arrondissement), Rasa (www.rasa-yogarivegauche.com; $27 [20€])is a peaceful haven with immaculate white walls, dark wood floors, and slanted skylights that let in the sun. Vinyasa is the main tradition taught here, but there are also classes in Ashtanga, Mysore, and Yin. Check the online schedule for classes in English.

21. Phnom Penh

Australia native Isabelle Skaburskis has found a loyal following at NataRaj (www.yogacambodia.com; $8 [32 riel]), in the upscale, expat neighborhood of Boeng Keng Kang. Skaburskis teaches the little-known Nicky Knoff method—a mix of Ashtanga and Iyengar. Since there’s no air-conditioning, classes, taught on a tiled screened patio with ceiling fans whirring above, are also naturally great for loosening muscles.

22. Sydney

If you practice Ashtanga, Yoga Space (www.ashtangayogaspace.com.au ; $14 [17 AUD]) is the place for you. Owner Fiona Parker is well loved as are her instructors, all of whom lead classes in the first three of Ashtanga’s six series. (You can also take a Mysore class.) The studio, centrally located in the Paddington neighborhood, smells of incense, and is decorated with Buddhas and fresh flowers.

23. Tokyo

Classes at BeYoga (www.beyogajapan.com; $25 [2,000 yen]), taught in both English and Japanese, are filled with locals and expats alike; the studio, located five minutes from the Roppongi Hills neighborhood, is near several international schools. BeYoga instructors practice ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda), a yoga style founded in the 1960’s by Alan Finger that emphasizes both alignment and asana. (For more on ISHTA, see: www.ishtayoga.com) U.S.-based teacher Jonas Westring will be leading workshops in Anusara and Thai massage in late April.

24. Toronto

At Jivamukti Toronto (www.jivamuktiyoga.ca; $15 [$17 C]), formerly called Sage Yoga, classes are physically and mentally challenging-and often include music, chanting, and meditation. This window-lined studio, based downtown, has blond wood floors, 12-foot-high ceilings, and a spacious lounge. The center regularly invites guest teachers, such as Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life to conduct in-depth workshops and classes.

25. Zurich

At Airyoga (www.airyoga.com; $62 [fr75] for three classes), you can choose from 10 different yoga traditions, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara. The Zen-like studio, which recently moved to the center of town near Bellevue Plaza, is large and light-filled, with changing rooms, showers, and a tea lounge. Almost all classes are taught in English.


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