10 March 2015 by Kate Rau

Yoga in Cape Town

Get on your mat at these top Cape Town yoga spots.

Visit Air Atelier in the new Woodstock Exchange. Image courtesy of www.airyoga.co.za

Chapter six of the Bhagavad Gita describes what yoga is and what it isn’t. According to the Gita, ‘Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.’

The best way to understand what this means is to put down the reference material and get on your mat.

Here is a selection of top yoga studios in Cape Town and surrounds.

Looking for Jivamukti or Acro yoga?

Air Atelier is a wonderfully airy and open-plan yoga space in the new Woodstock Exchange (68 Albert Road, Woodstock). The studio offers daily Jivamukti yoga classes – at times throughout the day – coupled with weekly Acro events and cool things to do on Friday nights, such as movie and kirtan nights, and vegan potlucks.

Visit the website for the class schedule and stay up to date with weekly events happening at Air via its Facebook page.

Looking for Ashtanga Mysore yoga?

Ashtangis, or yogis who practise Ashtanga yoga, are invited to join the Mysore-style classes every morning at Air Atelier in the Woodstock Exchange in Albert Street, Woodstock. Mysore classes are also held at Sunset Beach in Milnerton on Wednesday and Friday evenings and on Sunday mornings. A led class takes place on the last Friday of every month at Air.

For the full schedule of Mysore-style Ashtanga classes, visit the Mysore Cape Town website  and follow updates via the Facebook page.

Looking for Bikram or Vinyasa yoga?

Yoga Zone in the Picbel Parkade in Strand Street is your one-stop Hot yoga shop if you’re staying, visiting or working in the City Bowl. With early morning and lunchtime heated Vinyasa classes daily, plus Bikram classes four times a week, this studio is perfect for travelling yogis with a tight schedule. The studio also hosts special events, such as weekend workshops with guest teachers from across the globe.

Stay up to date with what’s happening at Yoga Zone via its website or Facebook page.

<p>For a personalised yoga experience in gorgeous surroundings, visit the Shala in Gardens. Image courtesy of <a href=

For a personalised yoga experience in gorgeous surroundings, visit the Shala in Gardens. Image courtesy of theshala.co.za

Looking for Hot yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha or Iyengar yoga?

Hot Dog Yoga in Main Road, Seapoint, offers a great variety of yoga and movement interactions – with up to nine different classes a day. Here visitors and regulars can enjoy Pilates and dance fusion classes, a series of Hot yoga and Vinyasa sessions, and what is labelled the Feldenkruis Method, a class that teaches body awareness through movement.

Visit the schedule on the website for details, and stay up to date with what is happening at Hot Dog Yoga via its Facebook page.

Looking for Yin or Vinyasa yoga?

The Shala is a beautiful and contemporary yoga studio set in a heritage house in Dunkley Square in Gardens. Here, the focus is on attention to detail and individual needs – from the décor to the yoga practitioner. The studio caters for all yoga students, whether they are absolute beginners, or long-time practitioners, and the teachers at the studio pride themselves on the journey of each person who walks through the door.

Watch the website for upcoming events, teacher training intensives and the class schedule, and join the Shala yoga community on Facebook.

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