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We may not have met yet, but we know yoga is for you. Yes, you!
Whether you consider yourself a dedicated yogi, are still scratching your head trying to figure out what namaste means, or fall somewhere in between, yoga can benefit your mind, body, and mood.
Really, the hardest part of yoga might just be finding the right studio. But fear not — the Fitt team took on the task of finding the top yoga spots in the Twin Cities for you, so all that’s left to do is unroll your mat, and get ready to flow!
Whether you want to work up a sweat to Yoga Sculpt or wind down after a long day with Candlelight Flow, you’ll feel at home the second you set foot on this cozy Northeast Minneapolis studio’s hardwood floors. Bonus: this donation-based studio is pay-what-you-can (suggested $15/class) meaning that no matter your financial situation, you can sink into savasana with a lighter mind — not a lighter wallet. Oh, and did we mention outdoor summer classes? Sign us up!
You’re gonna love Heart Yoga! This Uptown studio specializes in Vinyasa-style classes and operates under the motto “take it, leave it, or modify it”, allowing yogis to follow their breath and flow at whatever pace feels best. So basically, if you’re ever had to speed up or slow down your practice in order to stay with the rest of your class, this is the perfect middle ground. Whether you’re looking to start your morning with a hot yoga class, really release into your postures during Yin, or unwind with a free meditation session, you’ll find a special place in your heart for Heart Yoga.
In the middle of a freezing Minnesota winter, it can be difficult to gather the energy for a workout — much less to leave the house. Luckily, we have Modo Yoga’s Hot Room, which allows us to pretend we are in the tropics AND squeeze in a workout. Whether you choose barre, flow, Hatha, or a signature Modo class, you’re sure to have warmed up after a few Vinyasas! Modo isn’t just a wintertime oasis, though — the 100-103° heat of the Uptown studio helps deepen postures and detox the body year-round. Now that’s definitely something worth breaking a sweat over!
With teachers who specialize in 14 types of practice, Lowry Hill East One Yoga is all about variety. One thing that’s unchanging, however, is their commitment to community. Not only does One Yoga provide members offerings such as Intro to Yoga, a nine-month Yoga Studies course, and a roster of over 60 weekly classes, but they also bring the joys of yoga to the less fortunate through their Outreach Program which partners with non-profits in underserved populations. Spent all your money on avocados? Apply for their Sliding Fee program if the chips are down but you still want to down dog.
Blooma was born in 2007 when doula and yoga teacher Sarah Longacre made her dreams of a mama-minded studio a reality. With classes such as Prenatal and Kids Yoga, Blooma welcomes moms to get their fit on in a family-friendly, all-abilities environment. Blooma also makes it easy for busy moms to make it to their three Minnesota locations by offering childcare, a New Mama group, and BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby!) classes. Cue the Happy Baby pose!
It’s hard to say no to class at Yess Yoga. With nearly a dozen class styles, attendees can literally choose a different class for every night of the week. Offerings range from usual suspects like Vinyasa, Yin, and Slow Flow all the way to super-specialized classes like the body-positive Curvy class. Yess also has an instructor who specializes in yoga for those who have experienced trauma. There are even options when it comes to location: catch a class in Yess’s super Instagrammable studio located right off of Eat St., OR take your poses with a pint when you attend a class held at Clockwerks Brewing… seriously!
Want to elevate your yoga practice? Once you’ve taken The Aviary’s pre-req Intro to Aerial class, you are officially eligible for their full range of aerial yoga classes. Get comfortable in your bright blue hammock because these classes are literally going to heighten your practice while letting you increase your flexibility, balance, and strength. Fitt Tip: yes, we know what you’re thinking: an aerial yoga pic is an amazing addition to your Instagram feed. And while the studio doesn’t allow for phones during class, the five minutes after your final ‘namaste’ are free for you to have the mini-photo shoot we know your heart desires.
Ever feel overwhelmed with yoga jargon? Fear not — Nordeast Yoga tells it like it is. If you can’t tell your eagle from your cobra but still love to get your yoga on, you’ll appreciate Nordeast’s aptly-named courses like Big Stretchy Nap or Sunday Morning Slow Flow. Another perk: class schedules are just about as easy to understand as the course names thanks to a fixed schedule (and most are donation-based). Next time you’re in the Arts District, stop by Nordeast for a class that lives up to its name.
We know, we know — this is national chain. But it’s a local fave with three Minneapolis locations (we’ll give ’em a pass). Class packages make getting into the studio easy whether you’re Uptown, Downtown, or Northeast (or one of the 170 other locations in the United States!). Whatever neighborhood you choose, you’ll find a full schedule including sculpt, restorative, and CorePower’s signature Vinyasa-style classes — many of which are heated. Just like your favorite pair of yoga pants, CorePower is cozy, classic, and always there for ya.
Alchemy is not yoga. It’s yoga and cardio and strength training all rolled up into one sweaty, perfectly branded, addicting package. Founded by a team of five with backgrounds in CrossFit and yoga, Alchemy merges the best of both practices into their four signature courses. No matter your experience level, shake off your nerves and drop by one of Alchemy’s four Twin Cities locations and give the free intro class a try. Seriously, if all of the Alchemy workout gear you’ve been seeing on the streets is any indication, you’ll likely get hooked!
Tula’s name comes from the Sanskrit word for balance and that’s exactly what this studio offers! In addition to bolstering your physical balance, Tula’s variety of yoga classes will help you find balance both on and off the mat. ISO adventure? Head over to this Union Park studio for some aerial yoga. Need to slow down your mind after a crazy day? Candlelight yoga can help! In addition to a full roster of usual suspects like Vinyasa, Yin, and Slow Flow, there are also specialized classes for children, those experiencing chronic pain, and survivors of violence. Whatever kind of balance you’re seeking, Tula Yoga can help you find.
A class at Radiant is about more than just spending an hour worrying how sheer your yoga pants are in downward dog — instead, the studio challenges each participant to experience a more spiritual, meditative side of yoga. Radiant Life Yoga’s Uptown studio holds daily classes including meditation, Hatha, and Vinyasa while their North Minneapolis partner studio, Northside Yoga, offers daily, donation-based classes taught by volunteer instructors.
**Updated by Gina Van Thomme, August 2018