Mind, Body and Soul
This month is all about health and wellness, and that goes hand-in-flexible-hand with practising yoga. Some time on a yoga mat will undoubtedly calm you down while working up a sweat – and it’s a perfect alternative to baby-lifting when it comes to toning up! Here’s our useful guide to yoga studios and private instructors around town. You’ll be a pro at those sun salutations in no time…
No doubt one of the leading gyms in Hong Kong with a jam-packed schedule, Pure Yoga is the one to check out. It’ll take you a while to get through all the different classes on their schedule: from hot yoga to wall rope yoga and Hatha yoga, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the variety on offer.
How much: The first class is complimentary (try before you buy!), and you can register for it here. A member of the Pure team will be on hand to run you through the cost of the gym membership around the same time.
The boutique studio specialises in strength and conditioning classes as well as private and small group yoga classes, with a huge variety to choose from. For those with desk jobs and who are glued to their computer at all hours, be sure to check out the Yoga Unplugged Class. The class works to reduce the tension in your shoulders and strengthen back muscles to prevent the bad posture and is suitable for all abilities!
Odinson, 11/F The Pemberton, 22 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.odinson.asia
Perfect for those of you who are worried about having your wobbly bits on display in front of 50 others in a massive class, Inspire Yoga hold private yoga sessions at a space that’s suitable to you. You can buy a bundle of one-hour classes and they offer different courses: Beginner’s, Healing Yoga, Stretch and Restore and more. The instructor will correct your eagle pose and work with you to improve.
How much: You can select your package (number of people and how many sessions) here. It’s value for money if you want to grab a few other mamas in your area and practice in someone’s home.
Inspire Yoga, 1803, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 9167 3376, www.inspire-yoga.com
Flex Studio is known for its mix of classes including yoga, Pilates and barre. You’ll get in tip top shape in no time under the care of the experienced instructors. It’s one of the best studios to go to for strength conditioning. We love that they offer a great pre-natal pilates and yoga as well!
How much: Give them a call on to find out about pricing.
This yoga studio is perfect for mamas-to-be and those with newborns and toddlers. They have prenatal classes for mums who are 12 weeks pregnant and onwards, as well as classes for babies, toddlers and kids up to the age of 10. As an extra bonus, Little Yogis is offering classes specifically for children with special needs, using yoga as an aid to promote growth, strength and balance. Oh, and these classes are complimentary!
How much: A trial class is $250 (babies) $300 (toddlers and kids). Baby Yoga is $2,500 for a package of 10, Toddler and Kids Yoga is $3,000 for a package of 10. Siblings will receive a 10% discount towards their fees.
The instructors at Anahata Yoga will give you personal attention in a group class, perfect for those of you who’s tree poses look more wind blown than strong and sturdy. With a range of classes on offer, you’ll get to try different types, including ones specifically for de-stressing (who isn’t stressed in this busy, busy city?), slimming yoga, back care yoga and core yoga. Drop them an email and they will cater a specific monthly programme to suit your needs.
How much: Give them a call to book a free trial class.
Bodywize have got a whole host of instructors and classes to suit all schedules. One exciting kind of yoga they offer is anti-gravity yoga, which is sure to test your concentration and sense of balance if you’re not paying attention! This studio not only focuses on yoga and Pilates, but overall wellness too as they’ve also got spa facilities. Book in for a massage after a Stretch and Relax class and you’ll be on your way to feeling zen in no time!
How much: Give them a call for more details on pricing!
Bodywize Yoga, 3/F, Cubus, No.1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2838 5686, www.bodywize.com.hk
This is one fitness centre we love! H-Kore has the exercises you do here are perfect for toning up your tum. You’ll work on the mega reformer (a big, scary-looking machine that’s not all that scary, really) under the watchful eye of the instructors at their yoga and Pilates classes. You’ll definitely be sore after one or two sessions, but also a whole lot stronger.
How much: Classes are pay as you go (perfect for your flexible schedule!), $350 for one class, $2,040 for a pack of six classes, $3,300 for a pack of 10 classes, $6,200 for a pack of 20 classes, $16,800 for a pack of 60 classes. More details here.
H-Kore, 3/F Wincome Centre, 39 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2441 9000, www.h-kore.com
For those of you in Kowloon, this is one for you to check out. Prajna Yoga will gear you up in a soothing and calm environment. There are a whole host of classes to sign up for, including Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yin Yoga. There’s also Swing yoga, which looks like loads of fun! You’ll be suspended in air, which may take some getting used to, but it’ll test your ability to stay focused and balanced.
How much: Give them a call to discuss price points.
Prajna Yoga, Unit 3, 10/F Yuen Shing Industrial Building, 1033 Yee Kuk West Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2371 2515, www.prajna-yoga.com
Yoga BamBam is in the chicest area of Sheung Wan. The convenient location will have you going back for more, as will the small class sizes. There’ll be more attention from the instructors, who earn all the profit. That in turn means no membership fees – you just pay for each class. Sounds perfect for the unorganised among us, and those of us who don’t like paying for monthly gym memberships. You’ll get to choose from intro classes (perfect for beginners!), aerial and acro yoga (maybe not for the faint-hearted!) and meditation. Check out the Monday night classes run by New York Yogi, Kelsea (also known as Yogi Bangora) for a stimulating, energising and engaging hour. Click here for the upcoming schedule.
How much: $150 for a student’s first time with a teacher, $200 for each returning visit with the same teacher, $700 for a 4-class course valid for 5 weeks, $1,200 for an 8-class course valid for 10 weeks.
Yoga BamBam, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.yogabambam.com
Yoga BamBam, 10 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.yogabambam.com
This is one of the first dedicated yoga studios in the ‘Kong. Yoga Central’s instructors are well versed and their classes well planned. Swing by for a class at lunch or start your Saturday morning with a general class, perfect for beginners and novices.
How much: Pay $180 per 1-hour class, or choose from the various packages on offer, more details here.
Yoga Central, 2C Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2982 4308, www.yogacentral.com.hk
The Yoga Room
Another boutique yoga studio in Sheung Wan, the small class sizes and personalised instruction from the teachers is sure to pull you to check this studio out. The Yoga Room offers group classes in hot yoga, Hatha, Ashtanga, mat Pilates and more. What’s more, you can try out a session for free to see if you enjoy it. Alternatively, if you’re looking to practice on a one-to-one basis, give them a call to work something out either in the studio or even in the office with a group of colleagues.
How much: Try out a session for free before committing to a package. Give them a call for more details on pricing.
With classes kept small and often with two teachers per class, you’re sure to get the attention you deserve with Yoga Union! Expect fun and energetic classes, taught by yoga master Adam Weirick.
How much: Call 9330 3548 for more info on pricing!
Yoga Union, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Arbuthnot House, 3/F Unit 3A, Central District, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/yogaunion852
The perfect studio for beginners to start their yoga journey, Yoga Aloha keeps their classes to a max of 10 people and is easily accessible, located in the heart of Wan Chai. To learn the foundations of yoga, go for the YOGA Basics class, which will help you build strength, improve flexibility and enhance the connection between your body and mind.
How much: $250 for 1 drop in single class from, more details on pricing here. Be sure to also register for a free trial class!
Yoga Aloha, 1/F, Fu Tak Building, 367 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong, www.yoga-aloha.com
Anhao is a boutique fitness studio, conveniently located in Sheung Wan.With everything from Reformer Pilates and Mat Pilates, to Yogilates and Ashtanga Yoga and with over 30 hours a week of classes on offer, there is sure to be something for everyone.
How much: $180 for your first trial class. Find out more about pricing here!
Anhao Wellness, 5 Ladder Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.anhao-wellness.com
This studio in Sheung Wan has a chilled vibe, which are portrayed beautifully by the chic and simple decor. With classes available for beginners to help build the foundations of yoga, more advanced classes and also classes which are slower paced, focusing on meditation and restorative poses. Small group and private classes are available, just get in touch to find out more!
How much: Call 5323-1978, or email [email protected] for details
Kita Yoga, 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.kita-yoga.com
Check out this studio in TST, perfect for those of you residing in Kowloon. It’s equipped with Pilates reformers, with plenty of space for mat exercises too. Choose from one of the group classes, or if you prefer, you can take a private class if you need to. In-Motion pretty much focuses on Pilates techniques, which is great for strengthening and toning your body.
How much: More details here.
For mamas-to-be and mamas who’ve already had their bubba and are looking to get back in shape, make sure to check out Yoga Samsara. Certified in Hatha, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, founder, Jeannie Hauguel is committed to working with women in all different seasons of life.
How much: More details here.
Yoga Samsara, [email protected]; 6496 4319
As a freelance yoga teacher, which is really the best kind, Lindsay Jang teaches private classes as well as sessions at Barre2Barre. She’s also owns Yardbird, Ronin, Sunday’s Grocery and MISSBISH. You’ll recognise her name from many community pop-up events too.
How much: Drop Lindsay an email to let her know how many people are in your group and she’ll give you more details about pricing.
Lindsay Jang, [email protected]
Yoga with Dee
Dee Cheung is a freelance yoga teacher who has been practicing since she was 16 and teaching since 2011. She is a pro at teaching athletes, babies, children, teens, beginners and expert adults so you know you’re in great hands. She’s also the co-founder of SUP Yoga if you fancy changing up your practice.
How much: Drop Dee an email to enquire: [email protected].
Yoga Private is pretty awesome as they will send instructors anywhere you wish – including the office! Grab a few colleagues and find a space and they will happily teach corporate yoga (perfect for some team bonding sessions, too!) during your lunch break. Alternatively if you want a class or two for you and your mama pals, they can tailor-make them to suit your schedules.
Yoga on a Budget:
Life Management Yoga Centre
LMYC is a not for profit centre practicing all forms of traditional yoga under one roof. Check out their studio in TST for a whole range of classes. Whether you’re a beginner or you’re practicing at an advanced level, there’s something to suit all levels here.
How much: Classes start from $150 each, or you could purchase packages of 10 classes for $488 – this is definitely on the more reasonable side of things. More details here.
Dr. Bryan Yoga
Dr. Bryan Yoga was founded by Bryan, a doctor who focused on sports injuries. Take a class with him and he’ll work on that pesky ankle injury from a netball tournament from yesteryear with you. Of course, he’s a trained yogi, too, and uses his medical knowledge to explain the techniques and how they help your body. He works often with Pay What You Wish Yoga, which is a great alternative for those of you who are looking to practice yoga on a budget!
How much: Drop Dr. Bryan an email to discuss yoga sessions and pricing.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 20 January 2015, and updated for accuracy and comprehensivene