Cape Town is known to enjoy slowing things down a little and nothing illustrates this more than the vast array of yoga studios dotted in and around the city. On any given day you’ll see people walking through the bustling city streets, a yoga mat tucked under one arm, a water bottle clutched in hand as they make their way to or from their yoga session of choice.
Love your sun salutations as much as we do? Here are a few yoga studios you should get to know:
YogaLife – De Waterkant
Set on a picturesque road just behind Cape Quarter, YogaLife offers a range of great classes every day of the week. Drop in and enjoy a challenging power yoga session, or find zen again in a slower, choreographed Vinyasa class. This De Waterkant studio is also beginner friendly, offering yoga 101 classes on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Yoga Zone – City Bowl
For the busy professional, this is a studio from heaven. Found on the 10th floor of the Picbel Arcade on Strand Street, YogaZone offers convenience and great classes all in one. Better still, there is plenty of parking, so there’s no risk of road rage right before or after that yoga class. It is also Cape Town’s first hot yoga studio and boasts great teachers and facilities.
Hot Dog Yoga – Sea Point
Conveniently located on Sea Point, Main Road, this gorgeous studio space offers up views of the bustling street and tranquil mountain beyond. Hot Dog Yoga has a good variety of classes too, from Ashtanga, to hot Vinyasa, as well as restorative and Hatha yoga.
Yoga Within – Noordhoek
Found in the picturesque village of Noordhoek, this studio offers breathtaking views of both mountain and sea. Add to this a beautifully kitted out studio, with sprung flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows and a contingent of top class teachers, and you have perfect ingredients for an outstanding yoga experience.
The Shala – Gardens
Situated in a heritage building just opposite Dunkley Square in Gardens, The Shala is a studio that anyone with an appreciation for the practice of yoga will find deeply pleasing. Here is a place to unwind, regroup and simply enjoy the here and now. Pop in for a class and a fresh juice from the friendly Shala Café downstairs.
Guru Ramdas – Gardens
If it’s Kundalini you’re looking for, then Guru Ramdas studio in Gardens is your spot, offering three classes a day on average during the week, as well as pre-booked prenatal yoga classes. With a strong focus on community, this studio is out to pay it forward to children in Khayelitsha needing regular meals – a great cause to support!
ReUnion Yoga – Salt River
If you’re looking for a way to recharge, refocus and realign, then this studio is for you. Founded by Cape Town’s beloved “teacher’s teacher”, Jim Harrington, ReUnion offers a warm and inviting ambience, with classes and teachers that will welcome you no matter your experience levels. Situated in Woodstock, this studio is a must-visit for Capetonians and visitors to the city alike.
Yogaway – Newlands
It’s not every day that you’ll find a men’s yoga class, but that’s exactly what’s on offer at Newlands-based Yogaway every Wednesday morning, providing men an opportunity to practice sequences specifically designed for them. Yogaway also offers a range of other classes for all levels of yoga students, including Vinyasa and even has a hybrid class called Barre which is informed from Ballet, Pilates and Yoga.
Yo Yoga – Claremont
If you need a good, cleansing class, then head on over to Yo Yoga for one of their Bikram, Vinyasa or Ashtanga classes practiced in a heated studio. Enjoy your practice in a feng shui setting that’s filled with natural light. The studio is also conveniently located opposite Cavendish Square and just around the corner from The Larder Café.
YogaSpirit – Constantia
With a vibrant and friendly community of dedicated yogis, this bubbly studio situated upstairs at Constantia Village Courtyard offers up infectious enthusiasm for the practice of yoga. Founded by accomplished yoga student Kate Ball, you’ll find a range of classes from Bikram and hot Vinyasa, to non-heated restorative Yin yoga.
The Wellness Connection – Hout Bay
Salute the sun in a yoga studio surrounded by indigenous forest. That’s what you can expect when you pay a visit to The Wellness Connection in Hout Bay. Focused around Vinyasa and Ashtanga that is strongly influenced by Iyengar, the studio offers a range of classes catering for varying levels of ability.
Yoga Body Space – Constantia
Take the steps down into what appears to be a basement beneath the High Constantia Centre, and you’ll find a beautifully curated yoga studio, complete with stripped wooden floors, and well-chosen furniture. The combination of setting and outstanding teachers makes this studio one of Cape Town’s yoga gems right now.
The Source – Meadowridge
Take Kendal Road off-ramp from the M3 and you’ll find a friendly studio straddling the suburb of Meadowridge and Constantia that offers both hot yoga and pilates in a serene setting overlooking open fields and the opportunity to pet a few bunnies taking advantage of the extra space. For those yogis keen to take the next step, the studio also offers teacher training and education.
OM Revolution Mobile Yoga
Align your chakra with The OM Revolution, a mobile yoga service in Cape Town. It is an ideal and convenient solution if you can’t make a class at a studio. Aside from out-calls to the home, there are also classes held on the beach and amidst the natural beauty of the Company’s Garden in the city centre. Sessions offer private and individually-tailored programmes, meaning your skill levels do not matter – you could be a beginner or a skilled yogi and the classes will be sure to challenge and inspire you.
By: Bryony Whitehead