UPDATED OCT 17, 2019
Oahu’s consistently sunny weather makes it one of the best and most calming places to practice yoga. There are indoor and outdoor studios, studios on the water, and even studios in the rainforest. One thing is for sure — there’s nothing boring about Oahu’s yoga scene. Check it out!
Flo Yoga Hawai'i at Parc Shore Waikiki gives hotels and resorts the opportunity to create customized outdoor or indoor fitness programs for their guests. But you don't have to be a tourist to enjoy these fitness programs—they have great classes open to the public as well. At the Parc Shore Waikiki hotel, there are classes offered every weekday morning (except Thursdays). If you're a guest at the hotel, you can meet in the lobby and walk together to the class site at Sans Souci Beach Park. Otherwise, you're able to just drop in on the class at the park for $10 cash — no room key required.
Open Space Yoga has studios in Chinatown, North Shore, and Waikiki, so there’s almost always a class time to fit your schedule. In addition to offering beginner classes and teacher training, they host a variety of workshops, from dharmic living to dreamcatcher-making classes. Plus, you can up your wellness game even more and take their certified Ayurvedic Healing Course.
The only thing better than Power Yoga’s two convenient locations in town, Piikoi and University, is their donation-based payment system. The classes cost as much as you can pay (they give a suggested donation of $15 to help the teachers offset costs), making it one of the most affordable quality studios around. They provide a wide range of class types, but students particularly rave about their Bhakti Flow and Meditation classes.
Savasana on the beach during an epic Oahu sunset? Sign us up! Beach Sunset Yoga Hawai'i gives classes in Waikiki every morning and evening. We recommend checking out their Hidden Waterfall Mindful Hike yoga class too. The instructor will take you hiking through the Hawai'ian rainforest, with stops for yoga and meditation throughout. We can’t think of a better way to connect with nature and escape from life’s daily stresses.
For those who want to take their balancing skills to a whole new level, check out Yoga Floats at Ala Moana Beach Park. Classes are conducted on SUP boards and are open to all experience levels. There’s nothing quite like stretching out your muscles on the water surrounded by a light ocean breeze. The company even uses LED-lit boards to conduct night classes every Monday and Friday.
True to its name, The Hang Out lets you work on your yoga poses while suspended in the air. You’ll start with a fundamentals class to help introduce you to aerial yoga, and it’s hard not to get hooked from there. Once you’ve mastered the basics, build your skill at their intermediate/advanced stretch class. Just don’t forget to wear tighter-fitting clothes — you will end up upside down at some point.
Combine the words “happy hour” with “yoga” and you’re bound to attract plenty of people. Yogaloha offers a $10 Happy Hour Yoga class at their Waikiki studio, and drop-ins are more than welcome. Their list of 12 different classes—Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Yin, and more—provides plenty of choices when it comes to preference and skill level.
Even the busiest yogi won’t have trouble finding a class at one of CorePower’s three Oahu studios (Kailua, Kāhala, and Ward). Their signature, athletic-style classes begin at 5:45am and can go until 9:45pm on weekdays at all three of their locations. You just can’t beat that versatile class schedule at these studios.
Sun Yoga is known for their infrared hot yoga, but they offer non-heated classes as well. It’s a great membership to have if you like hot yoga but don’t want to do it all the time (especially in Hawai'i, where it can feel just as hot outside the studio as in). They also have a low-heat class for those who are just getting into hot yoga or aren’t ready to commit to the full 100–105º. And this practice is definitely something worth incorporating into your routine — according to Sun Yoga, their signature classes will decrease inflammation, boosts immunity, and improve sleep.
Specializing in 90-minute Bikram and hot Pilates classes, Hot Yoga Waikiki is one of the newer studios in Honolulu. If you’re a traveler staying in Waikiki, they offer an excellent deal for a week of unlimited classes, so you can get your sweat on during vacation without making a big (or expensive) commitment.
If you’re tired of the same old yoga class routine, Yoga Kai offers a chance to practice your skills on top of a SUP board. Their two “floating studios”—in Waikiki (Outrigger Waikiki Beach for guests only) and a gathering open to all where Ala Moana Beach park meets Magic Island—are known for calm waters and sunny temperatures, perfect for connecting with the ocean. All classes are designed for yogis of any skill level. Fitt Tip: check out their Friday night glow SUP classes under the Waikiki Fireworks.
The Ashtanga yoga classes at Purple Yoga Hawai'i on Hobron St. utilize the Mysore method of teaching, designed to give students a flexible start time and the ability to come and go as they please after completing a series of poses with assistance from the instructor. They also teach a dedicated drop-in class for pregnant women and a unique “Mom & Baby” yoga class created for newborns and new moms.
The boutique Yoga Loft studio in Waipahu was first opened in 2012, and it is still going strong seven years later. But don’t let the small size fool you — Yoga Loft offers everything from traditional yoga classes to teacher training, yoga retreats, and classes for those age 50 and up.
This cozy Kailua studio prides itself on getting everyone into zen mode throughout the entire experience. For one, students rave about the jasmine-scented cold towel at the end of the infrared classes. Can’t handle the heat? Hot Yoga By The Sea offers non-heated classes, such as an evening candlelit class and a 75-minute Vinyasa, as well.
North Shore Yoga Co-op has been around for over 10 years in Waialua. Offering classes for both adults and keiki, it is completely donation-based. Get out of town and make the scenic drive up to this studio; there’s tons of natural light and the famous laid-back North Shore atmosphere.
If you get bored easily of the same place, then you should consider joining Trilogy Yoga. Trilogy Yoga in Kaimuki has two totally separate studios within walking distance of each other, and the membership includes both! The studio on 12th Ave. exclusively caters to Bikram students, while the Koko Head Ave. spot is completely non-heated (appropriately called the “chill studio”).