Picking the right yoga studio can be tough – sometimes you want to channel your spiritual side and other times you just want to sweat. Add to that the fact that our lovely city is practically overflowing with options, and it becomes too easy to choose the couch over deciding where to unroll your mat.
We’ve totally been there, so we did all the hard work for you and put together this tried-and-true list places to find your flow in Austin.
All hot yoga, all the time. If you’re ready to up the intensity of your practice to a steamy 105°, this is just the place to do it. Pure Yoga Texas has four different locations throughout the city offering 90-minute classes for all levels. Targeting self-control, concentration, patience, and determination in addition to a full-body workout, their signature class is an awesome challenge for your body and your brain. They also now offer a one-hour condensed version of their original hot sequence along with Pilates, Yin yoga, and two-hour advanced yoga classes.
Can you say $10 recommended donation (we’re betting you can)? That’s all it takes to practice at this Eastside studio. Not only that, they also have a stacked schedule of classes, offering wide range of weekly practices all day every day. Head over and restore your body and mind in everything from warm, candlelit classes to fast-paced Vinyasa flows. Really, this is a great option for anyone, but especially for Eastside yogis on a budget.
This studio gets their name by being an affiliate of the amazing music and mindfulness festival, Wanderlust. (If you’re not familiar, it’s seriously worth checking out.) The unique blend of classes—often accompanied by live music!—offered in the downtown and Domain studios range from hot to flow to restorative, so there’s something for everyone. But their ever-popular Yoga Basics class is great for newbies looking to dip their toe in the yogi pond. Fitt Tip: the downtown studio shares a space with Blenders & Bowls, so get yourself some tasty acai after your workout.
Looking for a downtown studio where everyone knows your name? Then BFREE is the place to be. With a strong community vibe and a unique take on classes, this is the spot where you can make new friends and experiment with your practice. For traditional folks, there are plenty of standard flows like Vinyasa and Ashtanga. But if you’re looking to change things up, their BRocked—Vinyasa Flow to classic rock—will get your body movin’ and groovin’ to a different beat.
Some like it hot. And those yogis go to Modo Yoga. The heated rooms in this North Austin studio use a special kind of radiant heat that feels like sunlight instead of hot air. But if you’re not a Bikram fan, don’t fret — they have unheated classes as well. In fact, Modo has a number of other unique aspects, like their energy exchange program: volunteer four hours of your time weekly to help out around the studio in exchange for free classes. Or, work on your own karma with their karma sessions — pay it forward to an Austin charity during a donation-based flow.
Baptiste Power Yoga (formerly Bodhi Yoga) is an open and welcoming yoga space in the Lakeway area specializing in Heated Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin classes. Their claim to fame is that they are the only studio in the city that uses infrared heat in their hot yoga classes, but they also do a great job of creating a safe space for students of every walk of life to heal, grow, and feel connected as a community.
This one goes out to anybody who’s ever been in a practice and thought, “This isn’t hard enough”. Breath & Body Yoga has been around since 2006 and offers challenging yoga flows in Tarrytown that focus on Power Vinyasa and their own unique alignment system. Which means you're taking a Hips + Hammies or Foundations class you can expect your breath to be heavy and every muscle in your body to be on FIRE (in a good way). Fitt Tip: they also offer private stand-up paddleboard yoga classes for special events and groups.
In the heart of Lakeway, this studio is the best of the west. The owner is passionate about making yoga accessible to all levels and ages, welcoming beginners, experts, and offering everything from heated Vinyasa classes to non-heated Ashtanga flows and meditation sessions. Best of all, the eco-friendly bamboo floors and huge windows provide lovely nature views, making a flow on your mat feel like a day at the spa.
This studio on Manor Rd. is guaranteed to give you a fun, challenging, and potentially eye-opening workout for both body and heart. It’s yoga through the lens of Buddhism, but don’t worry — anyone and everyone is welcomed to partake! Show up for an hour of great music, good vibes, and guidance from some of the very best yoga and meditation teachers in Texas.
This aptly-named studio is nestled in a grove of oak trees in South Austin. Offering small Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Hatha Yoga classes in an intimate setting, this is an awesome place to get more one-on-one training. But what really makes this space special is that they’re Austin’s only non-profit yoga studio, with proceeds from every donation-based class benefitting the Amala Foundation for at-risk youth.
Whether you live North, South, or somewhere in between, Black Swan Yoga has a studio near you. But beyond being super convenient, all of their locations offer fun, donation-based classes with an upbeat soundtrack meant to get you moving and flowing to the music. Even better than their energizing flows is that instructors are encouraged to express themselves in their practice, which means no class is the same! Their Power Yoga sessions are a community favorite, but you’ll want to have a bit of beginner experience under your belt before you check ‘em out.
Walk into the Sukha Southside lounge, and you’ll immediately feel more zen. It’s all thanks to their the skilled teachers and restorative yoga flows. Trust us — their classes will fill you up with so many feel-good vibes you could practically float home. And now, they’re offering the same blissful experiences over at their Eastside location. Among the two studios, this yoga haven offers over 85 classes each week, including Kundalini and meditation sessions to help you relax, reset, and build strength from the inside out.
With three luxury studios in Austin (and many more around the country), CorePower Yoga makes it convenient to get sweaty on the mat. While all of their classes incorporate invigorating flows and core work, they offer three different experience levels, so beginners and advanced practitioners alike can get just what they need. And if a little extra muscle burn is what you’re after, they also have a Yoga Sculpt class that incorporates free weights.
If you’re looking for more than your average slow flow, Yoga Vida is your place. They offer 60- and 75-minute heated Power Vinyasa flow classes led by thoughtful, seasoned instructors. Just be prepared to sweat — the room is heated to 95° to increase flexibility and detoxification. And here, you’ll focus on more than just nailing your poses, they encourage cultivating breath-synchronized movement, which is really what Vinyasa-style yoga is truly about. All ages and experience levels are welcome at their gorgeous space on Bee Cave Rd.
**Updated May 2019.