Perhaps it’s just a stereotype, but Bay Area character and the practices of yoga go together like Savasana and accidentally falling asleep. Or maybe we just like imagining our yoga practice in a quintessential Bay Area open space. (One of our favorite studios happens to offer a free class in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park)!
Whatever the reason, it’s a fact that the Bay Area loves yoga. From SF and Marin to the Mid-Peninsula and East Bay, there are plenty of places to get started and progress your practice. Learn about a few of our favorite local studios and get ready for some full body wellness, relaxation and fitness.
Photo courtesy of Yoga Tree and Bode Helm
Yoga Garden offers yoga classes, workouts and teacher training in a characteristic San Francisco setting. Nestled inside an old Victorian home, you can practice in one of three studios, meditate along the enclosed garden path, and shop in the cozy retail boutique. Offering drop in rates, trials and memberships, you can learn more about prices here and check out the class schedule online!
Outside of the physical benefits, Purusha Yoga Studio focuses on opening the mind, balancing energy, and sparking the imagination. With everything from beginner yoga to dance and fitness classes, they take the student beyond yoga and into holistic wellness and health. Find your ideal class online or drop by for Purusha’s weekly free yoga in Golden Gate Park!
Yoga Tree has one studio in Berkeley, a separate teacher training studio, and six locations throughout San Francisco, including 6th Avenue, Castro, Hayes, Potrero Hill, Haight-Ashbury, and the Mission. The original studio opened in Haight Ashbury in 1999 and has since grown into one of the Bay’s best places for a comfortable, safe practice to explore the body, mind and soul.
Photo courtesy of Ume Yoga and Inna Gvozdova
At Left Coast Power Yoga, they offer consistent, total body workouts set to upbeat music in an open, welcoming community. Many of the classes are done in heated rooms, though you can find unheated classes on the schedule as well. The focus at LCPY is always on fun, community and progress so they offer social gatherings and events as well — like the Sunset Silent Disco at Lake Merritt Pergola!
Namaste | Oakland + Berkeley
Namaste was founded by an Oakland local with the goal of creating urban sanctuaries within our neighborhoods. For over a decade, the team has been providing whole body wellness — from mental to physical and even dietary — out of two Oakland studios and one Berkeley location. Learn more about your teachers, the rates and sign up for your first class!
In Japanese, “ume” means plum, a symbol of devotion, new beginnings, protection and the spirit of health. At Ume Yoga, they’ve created a tranquil space to enable the community to unwind, regain daily balance, and restore health and fitness through a variety of yoga styles — whether you’re a beginner or an old pro. Check out the weekly schedule and the rates online.
Photo courtesy of Samyama Yoga Center and Devin Begley
Yoga Health Center opened in San Carlos in 1996 and specialized in Bikram hot yoga only. Today, they’ve expanded into a brand new, architecturally designed studio in a much larger space just 200 feet away from their original home! There, they offer Bikram, Vinyasa, Iyengar and more. Stop by for class on Chai Saturdays to taste the owner’s homemade, complimentary Chai!
At Samyama, your first class is free! There’s no need to sign up in advance, just arrive 20 minutes early on your first visit and get ready for a community experience you’ll want to practice every week. See the class schedule online which includes Lunch Labs, Meditation & Conversation classes as well as power, restorative and gentle flow yoga classes.
The goal at Bright Heart Yoga is to build a community of free expression, compassion, hard work and accountability. With a focus on power yoga, their homey Cupertino studio is open to anyone, but they just ask that you remove your shoes before stepping through the front door. As a new student, you can get acquainted with your new experience, see the class schedule and learn more about rates on the website.
Lotus Premium Denim brand was founded in 2011 and by 2015, the Live Lotus brand had evolved into a full-body lifestyle — a blend of clothing, community and yoga. In the flagship store and yoga studio in San Jose, you can shop, lounge and practice everything from restorative to Power Vinyasa styles. Book your class online and learn more about deals, packages and pricing here.
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This independent, locally owned studio is based on the Sanskrit term, sukha, meaning ease, happiness, bliss and good space. Through yoga, monthly yoga parties, a book club, workshops and spiritual wellness classes, the Novato studio has created a truly blissful community. And their sunny studio offers views that will have you relaxing in no time! Find your first class online.
Owner Susan Hauser says, “My vision for NOW is to create a community that supports both the physical and mental growth of its members.” By combining yoga with traditional fitness classes, the team has developed a combined space for awareness of self, character-building discipline and positive energy. Learn more about their classes so you can find your ideal fit!
With locations in Mill Valley and San Rafael, this Marin studio makes yoga fun and accessible for everyone. When they opened their first studio in Mill Valley, they were the first center in the county to offer a combined program of Hot Yoga and Power Yoga classes. As such, they’ve developed a quirky and welcoming atmosphere
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