Boston is a bustling city with lots of popular hippie enclaves, so of course there are plenty of great spots to practice yoga. And with the sheer number of studios and variety of styles offered – from hot power yoga to gentle restorative, from introductory to master classes, and from traditional Ashtanga to hip-hop yoga – there’s easily something for everyone.
Over my past three years in Boston, I’ve tried a ton of different studios all around the city, and I wanted to share some of my favorites.Want to practice #yoga in #Boston? Check out one of these top studios. Click To Tweet
In case you’re new to yoga, I included recommendations for beginner-friendly classes at each studio. Restorative and yin classes (and anything with words like “relax,” “gentle,” or “healing” in the title) are also suitable for first-time students. Just know that they’re generally focused on stretching and relaxation and are different from what you might think of as a typical yoga class.
Down Under Yoga – Brookline, Cambridge, & Newton
I earned my 200-hour yoga teaching certification at Down Under earlier this year, so it’s probably no surprise I consider it one of the best yoga studios in Boston. But, there are good reasons! Some truly renowned yoga instructors teach there, and all the teachers are highly trained, experienced, and dedicated (something you don’t find everywhere).
Down Under also stands out because it offers Boston’s largest programs in traditional styles of yoga, with five levels of Iyengar classes and Mysore-style Ashtanga practice every day at 5:45am. The studio is also home to the Boston Ayurveda School, which hosts workshops, trainings, and Ayurvedic cleanses.
If that’s not what you’re looking for (and for most people, it’s probably not), Down Under offers a wide variety of more standard flow (heated and unheated) and restorative yoga, as well as kids yoga, pre- and post-natal yoga, and meditation classes. There are also weekly master classes for teachers and advanced students, and a busy schedule of workshops.
New to yoga? Try Flow Foundations.
Coolidge Yoga – Brookline & South End
Coolidge Yoga is the only studio in Boston (that I know of) to offer Forrest yoga, and there are plenty of classes in standard Vinyasa flow and yin and restorative yoga – not to mention Urban Beatz, a heated flow class set to hip hop and house music.
New to yoga? Try FUNdamentals.
Samara Yoga – Somerville
Samara is one of the only Boston yoga studios to teach classes in Anusara-inspired yoga, and there are also frequent classes accompanied by live cello (really!). Other options include multiple levels of Vinyasa flow, alignment-based classes, and yin and restorative yoga.
New to yoga? Try Hatha or Restore & Flow.
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JP Centre Yoga – Jamaica Plain
I first discovered JP Centre because one of Boston’s best-known instructors teaches there, and I loved her New Year’s Day workshop last year. Most of the studio’s classes are all-levels flow (heated and unheated), but there’s also yin and restorative yoga, as well as weekly classes in alignment fundamentals, yoga for runners, Anusara-inspired flow, and meditation.
JP Centre has regular workshops and events, including a monthly Radically Restorative workshop (Two hours of restorative poses with multiple massage therapists providing assists? Yes, please!). I don’t know too much about the yoga teacher training program, but I’m happy to report that they offer a diversity scholarship for minority students.
New to yoga? Try Fundamentals of Alignment.
Acorn Yoga – Brighton
I discovered Acorn when we lived in Brighton, and it’s a little bit out of the way. But there’s one big reason I’m including it here: the Glow Yoga Fusion class.
Traditional yoga it is not. It’s a mix of yoga, cardio, core work, and dance, practiced with the help of black lights, body paint, glow sticks, and loud music. The class is only taught on weekend nights, and the folks at Acorn started Glow Yoga because they wanted to give people a healthy alternative to late nights of alcohol and greasy food. Even a strict yogi can get behind that!
The studio also has a Yoga Sculpt class that combines yoga, cardio, and free weights, as well as flow classes of various intensities and restorative yoga.
New to yoga? Try Heal Flow.
The Corner Studio – Medford
The Corner Studio is also a bit out of the way, but it was the first place I practiced yoga in Boston, back when I was a graduate student at Tufts. I actually started attending classes at The Corner Studio just a couple weeks after it opened!
I’m including it here not only because it holds a special place in my heart, but also because it’s one of the most intimate studios I’ve visited in Boston, with small class sizes and half the classes taught by the owner.
The Corner Studio has multiple levels and types of flow classes, some of which end with meditation or deep relaxation practices, as well as yin and restorative yoga. The studio also hosts occasional workshops on topics like acro yoga and partner yoga.
New to yoga? Try Yoga Basics.
Swet Studio – South Boston
Swet Studio is more of a fitness studio than a yoga studio, and the classes are super pricey. But, I’m including it here because it’s one of just a couple places in Boston that has aerial yoga, which they call AntiGravity (AG). Aerial yoga is always more expensive, which I suppose explains the high price tag.
First-time students are encouraged to start with one of the introductory AG classes, which focus on getting comfortable in the hammock, before attending AG Yoga. There’s also an uber-relaxing AG Meditation class, and several non-yoga conditioning classes that are done in the hammocks. All classes are capped at 15 people.
New to aerial yoga? Try AG First-Time Riders.
I’m also including two studios I’ve not been to, because they’re so popular and well-respected, I can’t not mention them. (Check them out, and let me know what you think!)
South Boston Yoga – South Boston
Though I haven’t been to South Boston Yoga, I’ve taken (and loved) classes with a few of the studio’s instructors. In addition to a steady stream of all-levels flow, the studio offers more intense options like hot power yoga and level 2/3 classes and calmer ones like yin yoga, therapeutic yoga, and a foam rolling-based class called Roll, Realign & Relax.
There are also frequent workshops, including a monthly one for teachers and advanced students.
New to yoga? Try Blissful Body Yoga.
North End Yoga – North End
Once again, I haven’t been to this studio, but I’ve enjoyed classes that some of the instructors have taught elsewhere. The schedule includes plenty of options for all-levels Vinyasa flow, as well as classes in structural yoga and Ananda yoga, which combines yin and restorative principles.
North End Yoga is also home to Boston Ashtanga Shala, which offers Mysore-style practice every day at 5:45am.
New to yoga? Try Vinyasa Basics.
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As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, we reflect on our gratitude for our devoted teachers and students. Thank you to all who fill our studio with love and warmth. Pictured here is the wonderful Rachael Duda @rachduda during her always packed Sunday Vinyasa all levels class. #NorthEndYoga #FeedYourSoul #Thanksgiving #Dhanurasana #BowPose #Gratitude #BostonYoga
While I highly recommend trying one of these local Boston yoga studios, if you’re a devotee of a particular yoga chain, Boston might have what you’re looking for. There are six YogaWorks studios and nine Corepower Yoga locations in the Boston area.
Have you tried any yoga studios in Boston? What’s your favorite?