UPDATED FEB 27, 2020
The Charlotte yoga scene is on fire, and there are plenty of opportunities for beginners and seasoned yogis to find the perfect space to roll out their mat. Whether you’re looking for a challenging workout or a way to unwind after the daily grind, this city has you covered.
Yoga One is a Baptiste yoga studio, which means you can expect the same flow to be taught in each class. Classes in both their Central Charlotte and Dilworth locations are heated (95°), the majority are taught without music (a rarity in Charlotte), and flow to the sound of your breath. Not down with the whole no music thing? Check out one of their ‘beats’ classes, where music is played throughout to get your body moving and your blood pumping. Whatever class you choose, you can expect to sweat (a lot) while strengthening your body AND your mind.
“Life is complicated. Yoga is simple”. That’s the motto at Y2. This newly-renovated studio in Cotswold has a modern design that includes drop-in daycare services during select classes. Y2 is known for their heated power yoga class, rooted in Ashtanga and Baptiste styles, but they also offer unheated Yin and beginners classes. Don’t forget a sweat towel — this studio brings some serious heat. Oh, and soon-to-be mamas, Y2 is one of the few studios in Charlotte that offers pre-natal yoga.
Get ready to SWEAT, move, and feel ALL of the feels. Essential Thrive has, hands-down, one of the most unique and empowering yoga classes in Charlotte. Taught by Lauren McAbee, this killer workout combines Kundalini yoga, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), and free movement dancing. And the class has a total ‘underground’ feel — the hip-hop music is loud and the lights are turned down. Seriously, don’t be surprised if you leave feeling like you just had an out-of-body experience. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30pm as well as Saturday mornings at 10am at The Space by Yoga Bar.
VIBE5 (pronounced “VIBES”) is ready to put you to work. We’re talking yoga (heated and non-heated), strength training (yoga fusion with weights and TRX), cardio (bootcamp), and power flow. Meanwhile, their modern studio on Governor Morrison St. is fresh and beautiful (no one’s gonna judge you if you ‘gram the bamboo wall upon entering!). This place is perfect if you’re looking to join a yoga community (first class is free) but also looking to get down with some strength training.
Ready to take flight? Check out AIR in Myers Park and South Park, Charlotte’s very own aerial yoga-dedicated studio. In these classes, you’ll work on deepening your asanas with the support of an AIR Hammock (a large silk fabric that hangs from the ceiling of this basement studio). Sound risky? Don’t worry — these hammocks are strong enough to support your body weight and bring a different but fun element to every class. You don’t have to be a master upside-down exerciser to attend, either — the classes are designed to strengthen your core and tone your body in record-breaking time no matter your expertise.
There’s no place like home… unless you’ve been to NoDa Yoga. This minimalist and laid-back studio will feel like a new home away from home. The space is intimate and the instructors focus on restorative, Yin, deep stretch, and gentle yoga — but they also offer Power and Vinyasa classes. This quaint space makes one of its homes in Charlotte’s historic arts district (above Cabo Fish Taco). So it seems only natural that you would stop for a taco on the way out.
Name sound familiar? CorePower Yoga (CPY) is a national brand that has a huge following (and a presence in a ton of Fitt cities). This corporate but cool studio sticks to a similar design and class style all across the board — so if you’ve visited before you’ll know what to expect. At the Charlotte studios in Midtown and Park Road, classes range from beginner Vinyasa yoga to advanced hot yoga and their signature Yoga Sculpt (yoga + free weights). And a major plus: the first week of classes are free.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a yoga newbie or if you’re a dedicated yogi who can crow pose with the best of them, this peaceful and inclusive studio in Fort Mill has just what you’re looking for. Get a handle on the basics in their Slow Flow class, detox while you flow in their Hot Vinyasa class, or push yourself to stretch a little deeper in their Power Flow class. Sign up their $9 all-levels Happy Hour practice, and see for yourself what they’re all about.
We all know it can be hard to find the time to work out. But at STAX off Tryon St., they get it. That’s why they keep all their STXYOGA classes to a convenient 50-minute run time. Between their hot Vinyasa, Vinyasa, and deep stretch flow, you’ll leave feeling restored, rejuvenated, and ready to take on whatever life throws at you.
Grab your mat and recharge your mind, body, and spirit at iShine in Lake Norman. Here, it’s all about learning to grow in your individual practice so you can create connections that will help you live your best life. Get in some cardio while you build strength and flexibility in their gently-heated, high-energy power class or dig in deep and unwind in their slow flow Yin class. Whatever you choose, their talented instructors and supportive community will be with you through every tree pose. Coming with little ones in tow? Sign up for the "Baby & Me" class, or sign up for the onsite drop-in childcare during your sweat session.
If you’re not a big fan of the heat, be sure to visit the Dilworth's Be Yoga, where all classes are non-heated. The woman-owned studio hosts wide variety of classes such as Vinyasa, Yin, deep stretch, and special $9 classes held early in the morning or during the lunch hour. Looking to try something new? Be Yoga has Qoya yoga classes, a female-focused, freeing, and spiritual experience unique to the CLT area. It's definitely worth exploring.
Enlighten Yoga definitely has a zen vibe to it. Occupying the second floor of a shopping center in Ballantyne, this studio offers both hot and room-temperature yoga classes ranging from power Vinyasa and "Hot LSD" (Long Slow Deep, not the other thing) to restorative and flow. And for all of the runners, cyclists, and weightlifters looking to improve flexibility and balance, check out Enlighten’s "Performance" yoga class, designed specifically for athletes and ranked as one of the best athletic yoga classes in Charlotte.
South End’s Okra is a quaint space that offers a little bit of everything. For beginners, the "Yoga Roots" class teaches you how to follow a Vinyasa flow and build a strong practice. Looking for something a bit slower? Check out "Chillax", a class geared towards improving mobility and building flexibility. The studio offers hybrid yoga and mediation, as well as Tai Chi and yoga fusion classes. After you've hit the mat, relax in the coffee and tea lounge, or pop in next door to Gumbo Goods, the studio’s clothing store, to snag some new yoga gear.
Charlotte Yoga is the first—and one of the most popular—hot yoga studio in Charlotte (hence the name). With class times ranging from 5:30am to 7pm, the folks at Charlotte Yoga make it nearly impossible to miss your yoga session. You can expect a heated Vinyasa-style flow (focus is on connecting breath to movement) led by some of the best-known instructors in Charlotte. Fitt Tip: you can decide which teacher you vibe with best by trying out their "New Student Special" — 30 days of unlimited yoga for $30.
Arrichion in South End incorporates hot yoga and circuit training — and they mean business. They’re well known for their unique hybrid class, "Tiger’s Eye", that combines hot yoga with a fighter’s strength circuit. If you’re looking to set, achieve, and conquer some serious goals, then this is the place for you. Like Charlotte Yoga, they have a rockin’ New Student Special: 20 days for $20. Take note of what you need for the specialty classes, some require sneakers for the strength training portion of the session.
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