San Francisco is a hub for all things yoga. There’s no denying that.
People around here are practicing yoga at their start-up, in the middle of the park, and at studios across the city. Seriously, you can hear a chorus of Oms on practically any block in the city.
But which one is right for you? From a rigorous hot yoga class to a mellow deep stretch, this list will help you find your perfect flow.
Satori Yoga Studio
Satori is a boutique oasis in the heart the Financial District downtown. You’ll see working professionals pop in with their grown-up clothes, only to transform into a yogi on their lunch hour. It’s the perfect way to break up a long work day. From an upbeat vinyasa flow to a laid-back restorative class that’ll zen away your stress, the choice is yours. Can’t make it in person? Stream Satori straight from your desk for a quick stretch.
Love Story Yoga
Love Story Yoga is the newest yoga studio to hit the SF circuit — and everyone is obsessed. Opening their doors conveniently on Valencia Street in the Mission, it’s become a community hub for all trendy-but-serious yogis. Their spacious studio can fit dozens of people per class, and it does fill up quickly. Be sure to bring an extra towel though — all those people, and cranked thermostat, make the classes get absolutely toasty real fast.
If you’re just dipping your toe into the yoga world, try out CorePower Yoga. With 60 locations around the country (and now three in San Francisco alone), you know that their classes will be accessible — but also seriously awesome. Also, their studios are clean and come equipped with all the post-yoga shower necessities you’ll need.
MOXIE yoga & Fitness
You know when a yoga studio has the tagline “No BS, Just Yoga”, you’re in for an efficient workout. With three locations—Mission, Nob Hill. and Bernal Heights—Moxie takes their playlists very seriously. With less zen and more upbeat classes, you’ll be flowing to energetic tracks and working intensely on your abs. Think of it as yoga integrated with cardio/dance party.
Yoga Tree Castro
The good juju you’ll feel when stepping foot into this studio is hard to explain. While Yoga Tree has six other locations throughout the city and one in Berkeley, this zen-inspired studio has an altar and is outfitted with candles galore. Most teachers will start class with chanting, allowing students to arrive in the present moment before moving on their mat (don’t knock it ’til you try it!). And if you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to a live music class, which happens fairly often at this studio.
Maiden Lane Studios
This premier Pilates, barre, and yoga studio is your one-stop-shop for a variety of wellness activities. Maiden Lane’s boutique studio boasts a chic and warm environment emphasizing on smaller, intimate-sized classes. You’ll get more hands-on attention so for a beginner or someone wanting to expand their practice, this is the place for you.
You definitely won’t miss Laughing Lotus next time you’re walking around The Mission (hint: it’s bright orange). And with classes like Happy Hour, Soul Sweat, and Friday Night Live — you’ll never want to leave AND most likely experience yoga in a whole new light. This yoga studio also has sister locations across the country in Manhattan and Brooklyn, so you can even share classes (and favorite instructors!) with your East Coast friends. And we should note that live music with different local DJs or musicians accompany the Friday night class — it’s a whole new (and healthier) way to go out. Glitter included.
Yoga To The People
YTTP’s mission is to make yoga available to everyone, regardless of your ability to pay for it. All classes are donation-based, with a suggested contribution of $10 (or more). This studio is perfect for broke college students and those who cringe at spending $30 for a yoga class — no one will be turned away. Fitt tip: Attend a class around sunset. The large windows offer a partial view of the city skyline as the sun goes down.
Body Temp Yoga
With more than a dozen different classes to choose from, you’ll definitely find what you need here. Two studios, located across the street from each other; one heated, the other not. A yin and yang if you will. You’ll sweat to the max in the Hot Sculpt Yoga with Weights class and it’s the most popular for good reason (you’ll be drenched). The non-heated Stretch, Roll & Release class helps improve posture after hours of sitting.
The Pad Studios
The Pad is a trendy, airy yoga studio smack dab in The Marina. Young professionals and moms with strollers swarm the studio at all hours, so get there early to grab a spot. Their thoughtful and energetic core offerings—from power Vinyasa to prenatal (even Pilates)—make this an ideal spot for every San Franciscan. Like something with a beat? Try their Reboot Vinyasa class accompanied by a live DJ while you flow.
Glow Yoga & Wellness
They are big on Bhakti Yoga at this North Beach studio. That’s the yoga of love, in case you’re wondering. So plan on chanting to love gods during this practice. Bonus: Yoga is only one part of the fitness formula at Glow. Cycling, Pilates, massage, and even facials are all on the menu.
Ritual Hot Yoga
Ritual Hot Yoga is changing we way we do yoga. Let us explain: each class is completely dark, heated, and… well, really sweaty. Instructors move you through the class in a tried-and-true flow, so don’t feel bad if it’s your first time and you don’t have it memorized yet. And the music, the people, and the focus explains why Ritual has been called the “SoulCycle of Yoga”! Best of all, you’ll be rewarded a tea tree-infused essential oil towel after class. It puts this sensory explosion over the top.
Instructors at YogaWorks might be the most experienced in the city. With a 500-hour teacher training requirement to teach here, they can definitely help you find your flow. And with a dozen classes offered daily, class times are convenient and styles vary. The most popular class has to be SculptWorks, a resistance training and yoga combo meant to build, lengthen, and stretch muscles all in one. We’re in!
Yoga Flow SF
Escape the fog and warm up at Yoga Flow with (mostly) heated classes at a toasty 90 degrees. Two locations, the Marina and South SF, make fitting your flow in easier. If we had to pick one, though, the Marina studio is it. This second-floor studio features large windows surrounded by trees making it feel like a treehouse. Tree pose has never felt more right.
Yoga Garden SF
This is some real San Francisco stuff right here. Yoga Garden, a charming three-story Victorian house in the trendy NOPA neighborhood, will yoga your socks off (not that you’d be wearing socks, but still). From the street, it looks like the quintessential San Franciscan home. Inside, there are three yoga studios and a ton of classes. Feeling adventurous? Try Acroyoga (with a partner) or Boxingyoga mixing—you guessed it—boxing and yoga.
The Mindful Body
Yoga and massage in one? That’s exactly what The Mindful Body in Pacific Heights is all about. With a team of 60-some instructors and massage therapists, this place will have you feeling awesome in no time. Depending on the day of the week, classes are offered from 6am to 8pm. So no excuses! Book a massage when it suits you and you’re all set.
Ocean Beach Yoga SF
This yoga studio in the Outer Sunset has a small-town feel to it, even though it’s still within the 7×7. It’s known to be a down-to-earth, welcoming, and intimate environment where you can relax no matter what your level of yoga expertise. And sometimes there are even classes nearby at the beach!
Namaste Yoga + Wellness
This East Bay studio was founded by an Oakland native over ten years ago, and it’s still going strong. Now with three locations in the East Bay (two in Oakland and one in Berkeley), this light and bright yoga studio has all types of offerings — from Vinyasa to mindfulness to even massages! There are also six sliding-scale community yoga classes per week. Come one, come all.
Moksha Life Center
Moksha Life Center in the Financial District is a peaceful sanctuary amid the busyness downtown. Pop in midday for a lunch break flow or post-work when you need to unwind. Be prepared to zen out as the instructors burning sage before a pre-flow guided meditation. Want more than yoga? Moksha offers NSA (Network Spinal Analysis), to help alleviate back pain… in case you know anyone who sits at a desk all day (hint).
Bikram Yoga Nob Hill
If you like your yoga hot (like 100 degrees hot), sweat it out at Bikram Yoga. Prepare to get rid of every last toxin out of your body, leaving you feeling weightless and reenergized (we’ll just leave our juice shop post right here to help you rehydrate). You might just end up getting addicted to this hot Bikram yoga flow — don’t say we didn’t warn you.
This tiny yoga studio in the Richmond has community vibes all around. It was founded 10 years ago and has focused on creating a family-like feel ever since. Purusha offers free tea, holistic services and monthly workshops to their community. Oh, and did we mention that an unlimited monthly membership is only $108?
**Updated by Katina Mountanos, August 2018