It’s pretty obvious that Portland is a yogi’s paradise. From hot and power to prenatal and more, there’s a studio for that. If you don’t know where to start, or just want to change up your routine, this list will help you find your flow.
Unfold believes that yoga is for everybody, no matter your size or ability. They offer classes specifically targeted for back care, for larger bodies, and for recovery along with the more traditional yoga offerings. It’s a great studio for people who feel intimidated by yoga, or who feel like you need to rock a pair of yoga pants before getting Om-ed. Their Division Street studio is also wheelchair friendly.
With locations in SE, NW, and SW, and classes running from 6am to 10pm, CorePower offers the gift of flexibility in more ways than one. These yoga classes are not for the faint of heart – it’s less zen and more cardio – so be prepared for a workout.
Like CorePower, Barre3 has multiple locations in Portland and the surrounding areas, including in North Portland and the Pearl. Barre3 is yoga on speed, incorporating ballet barre and pilates into the workout. It’s great for tightening up those core muscles (and really, who doesn’t need a little help there?). And if that doesn’t put your body in gear and your mind at ease, you’ll be relieved to know that childcare is available.
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 the 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, located onsite.
This zen-inspiring, light-filled studio offers everything from candlelight yoga to pilates mat classes. They also offer occasional special classes, like learning the MELT method (a must for those prone to injuries), yoga for moms, and family yoga. For the truly dedicated yoga student, you can also sign up for a yoga retreat through Sellwood Yoga to places like Costa Rica and Tuscany. Drool…
If you’re looking to zen out, this studio might not be for you. But if you’re looking for a friendly vibe, good music, and some traditional yoga moves with a creative twist, give this Pearl district studio a try. 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.
This SE yoga studio has been a fan favorite for a decade. The space is clean and simple, with large windows. What’s unique about this studio is the sheer number of instructors. With so many to choose from, and so many different styles, you’re sure to find one who is the perfect match for you. Best part: it’s located right upstairs from Boke Bowl – so you can treat yourself to some steamed buns after steaming up your own.
Although Portland is very kid-friendly, there are surprisingly few regular prenatal yoga classes in this town. The Bhaktishop on SE Division offers three prenatal classes a week, plus a mama-baby yoga class. Definite score. Those eating for one can zen out with the more traditional Vinyasa classes. The studio’s focus on small classes and community make it a great choice for anyone.
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. Bonus for busy parents: they offer childcare.
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 100. yogaRIOT prides itself on being affordable. You can get monthly unlimited classes for under fifty bucks, and certain classes are free for teens. They also offer childcare for some morning classes.
This cozy yoga studio prides itself on being open to everyone. That means every level of practice, from beginner to expert, as well as every income level: The studio is solely donation based and also offers free mat rental. The studio also offers an impressive array of yoga practices, including ashtanga, vinyasa flow, restorative, and even heated vinyasa.
For a truly zen experience, check out NE Portland’s new Love Hive Yoga. The community is exceptionally warm and welcoming–a great choice for someone nervous about getting started in yoga. Many of the classes are gentler than the typical yoga studio, but in a good way–you’ll leave feeling relaxed and ready to conquer the world.
If you’re looking for a little healing, stop in for a session at the spot that brings the heat on Fremont Street. Bikram Yoga Fremont Street’s yoga community is like a big hug: warm and welcoming. 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 your body.
North Portland Yoga will fill you up with good vibes and still have plenty leftover. In their North and Northeast feel-good factory, they practice a yoga that’ll leave you feeling absolutely nourished. Cool as the rule, this trendy studio doesn’t seem to have any boundaries, and you’ll feel it during any of their all-levels, Vinyasa, and Hatha Flow classes.
If your journey into yoga takes you in search of the origins of the practice – the legit mind-freeing, breath-deepening, most zen moment of your life – we’ll point you to Mandala Yoga. Just a block from Mt. Tabor Park, you’ll see beauty. You’ll see the real you. You’ll see…a big gong in the room. Bringing the senses together, prepare for yoga styles like Kundalini, Yin, and even an Earth Meditation where you can feel the vibrations of each gong strike through your whole body.
The People’s Yoga IS Portland. Yoga by Portlanders, for Portlanders (in three locations, too!) On SE Belmont, NE Killingsworth, and NE Alberta, 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.
When you need to get away from it all, seek shelter at Yoga Refuge. They’ll gladly take you in to 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 great big world outside.
When it comes to breaking a sweat, Flex & Flow has you covered. The name is a dead giveaway. And it’s spot on too. This studio combines muscle sculpting moves with a yoga flow to create a fun and effective workout. Yeah, you heard that right. This sweat session will be fun. Instead of separating your muscle and movement practice, Flex & Flow offers an all-in-one sweat session. Think of their classes as a high-intensity interval workout that’s part strength training, part yoga practice, and all kinds of sweaty!
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