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If your knees are unhappy about all the pavement pounding you’ve been doing or squatting your bodyweight isn’t exactly quite alleviating your stress, adding a little yoga to your fitness routine can certainly help.
Luckily, you’ll find that Portland’s yoga scene is endless, and our city's studios offer classes that operate at different paces, temperatures, and styles. But in case you're not sure where to start, we’re here to help you discover your new favorite practice — these are the best places to unroll your mat in PDX.
For a truly zen experience, check out Love Hive Yoga on Burnside, NE Fremont, and in Woodstock. The community at both is exceptionally warm and welcoming, making it the perfect place for yoga newbies who may be a bit nervous. Many of the classes are Vinyasa-based and are a bit gentler than your average flow, but in a good way — you’ll leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to conquer the world.
This local yoga studio welcomes any and all yogis with open arms, and will fill you up with good vibes you'll be vibing off long after you've left and gone about your day. In their Northeast feel-good factory, they offer everything from traditional Vinyasa and Hatha to Shadow Yoga and classes that integrate functional fitness exercises. But no matter what sort of practice you're into, you can expect exceptional instructors to guide you through from your first asana to your last.
With locations all over the city, CorePower is the perfect place to turn up the heat on your practice because here, you won't find a slow and meditative yoga experience. Instead, they're kicking things up a notch, offering high-powered heated and non-heated sweat sessions that mix together cardio, strength training, and traditional yoga poses to achieve a soothing-yet-heart-pounding workout (we didn’t think it was possible either). No worries if you're still new to the game, though, their classes are categorized based on skill level, so they've got you whether you're a beginner still trying to get the hang of things or an veteran yogi moving through your practice with ease.
Easily one of the most beautiful yoga spaces in Portland, you’ll instantly feel blissed out lying underneath the amazing ceiling of lanterns at this studio. Not just a pretty face, this NE spot boasts a schedule full of variety offering Vinyasa, Yin, candlelight restorative, and more. And if you’re feeling like mixing up your yoga practice, Namaste on Williams has you covered with regular special events and classes like SUP, silent disco, and rooftop yoga.
This N Skidmore St. studio knows a thing or two about breaking a sweat because this homegrown yoga spot combines muscle sculpting moves with dynamic flows to create a fun and effective workout you won't find anywhere else. Think of their classes as a high-intensity interval workout that’s part strength training, part yoga practice, and all kinds of sweaty! Fitt Tip: they also host run club that's free to join and meets up on Saturday mornings for a fresh-air jaunt around the city.
This alignment-based yoga studio operates out of a gorgeous historic chapel complete with all sorts of natural light and stained glass windows, which creates a serene and relaxing atmosphere to get your flow on. And, in addition to their regular yoga practice they also have a meditation room and an outdoor terrace where they host summertime classes when the weather gets warmer. Don't own a mat or need to borrow a prop? No problem. They have community mats and blocks that everyone is welcome to use.
Designed to be your sweaty home away from home, this hot yoga studio comes with all the amenities you could ever want, including spacious changing rooms, lockers, cedar showers, and a partnership with Greenleaf Juicing Company. What more could you want? Stop by the SE Grand Ave. studio for everything from energizing Power flows to a reflective practice conducted in complete silence and Hatha-based sequences focused on breath and alignment.
If you’ve got a tight schedule but still want to squeeze in some yoga here and there, then Firelight in Piedmont is the studio for you. Offering 108 classes a week, practices are running at almost every time throughout the day and evening. And their schedule is full of variety, offering the usual suspects like Yin, Hatha, and Vinyasa, but also a signature Hot Fly yoga class that you'll definitely want to try out. Taught in their ‘Fire Room’, this Hatha/Vinyasa/Ashtanga fusion class that will get your muscles burning and your heart rate up. Luckily, it ends with an optional cold eucalyptus towel.
If you’re looking for friendly vibes, good music, and some traditional yoga moves with a creative twist, give this Pearl district studio a try. They feature a stacked schedule of energizing flows, like Hot Vinyasa and Acro yoga. But for those days when you need to de-stress and let it all go, they also offer meditation classes and restorative Yin practices. Oh, an for those who find balance on a budget, they also offer a daily community class and a daily happy hour class at a discounted price. Keep an eye on their events schedule, too, they often hosts themed classes and outdoor flows during the spring and summer.
Stop by this yoga community on Fremont St. for a challenging practice that is also warm and enveloping. Yeah, you’re going to sweat, your muscles may shake, and you may be counting down the moments until savasana, but the traditional Bikram practice will teach you a thing or two about mind over matter. You'll have to dig deep to get through a class here, but the object isn't to nail every pose. Instead, you'll focus on keeping your breath steady even when your body is putting in major work.
The People’s Yoga IS Portland. Yoga by Portlanders, for Portlanders (in four locations, too!) On SE Belmont, NE Killingsworth, NE 30th Alberta, and N. Failing St. in Mississippi, you can hit up to 50 classes per week on the cheap. That’s their mission: get people on the yoga train regardless of economic barriers. From a powerful Vinyasa to mindful Hatha, the expert instruction at any of their studios will make a yogi out of you yet.
While you can find a wide range of classes here from beginner to expert, the studio is unique in that it really focuses on the whole body, inside and out. The space is shared with a Wellness Center, which offers acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, energy healing, and other healing sessions. But perhaps the best way to nourish your body and soul while here is to grab a juice or healthy salad at Prasad (on-site!).
When you need to get away from it all, seek shelter at Yoga Refuge. They’ll gladly take you into their Montavilla studio for a soulful and sweaty yoga sesh. With Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha, and so much more, your hosts will challenge your body, break down stress, and set you at peace before you head back to the daily grind.
Yoga Shala’s mission is to bring yoga to everybody in an accessible way while still holding firm to yoga traditions. This North Portland studio does just that in a beautiful, high-ceilinged environment. They also have regular drum circles and other musical events to help get your heart pounding in other ways.
If you like your yoga hot, this is the studio for you. You will undoubtedly get a good sweat in — the thermostat is generally set between 95 and 100º, but this place prides itself on being affordable, too. So, you can get monthly unlimited classes for under 70 bucks, and they offer free classes for active duty military, disabled veterans, firefighters, and police. It doesn't get much better than that!
**Updated May 2019.