Boutique yoga studios are a truly rewarding option to push your yoga practice to its next level. Classes tend to be smaller and more intimate than in large studios, and you can build a real rapport with your teacher. Boutique studios are also more niche: they have their focus and they tend to stick to it, which means once you find the right studio for your needs, you can be a committed long-term patron. Below, we roundup eight awesome boutique yoga studios all around Hong Kong. Om Shanti Om!
It’s all about aerials with AUM Yoga. The network of four studios specializes in aerial yoga, the practice of executing traditional yoga poses whilst sitting on a soft, fabric hammock that hangs from the ceiling. AUM has a whole range of aerial classes including Aerial Foundation, Aerial Yoga Level 1 – 2, Aerial Pilates, Aerial Therapy and even Aerial for kiddos. The studios also offer other types of classes including specialty sessions like Chakra Flow, Meridian Yin and Aroma Detox Yoga.
Ok so Dickson Yoga can’t exactly be called a boutique studio. With two locations and 20, 000 square feet of prime yoga mat space, it’s definitely a behemoth in this list. But we had to include it, because Dickson Yoga, founded by yoga master and former chairman of Hong Kong Yoga Association Dickson, is a seriously special place for anyone passionate about their yoga practice, a sort of yoga wonderland if you will. With its in-house vegetarian restaurant, its own private infrared sauna, its Hanuman yoga mounting wall, its foot massage therapy chamber, and its free alkaline reverse osmosis water, Dickson Yoga is committed to supporting its students on their yoga journey. The studio also has every type of yoga class imaginable from Yogalates to Pole Yoga to Stretch Yoga, as well as the basic teaching styles on heavy rotation.
Enjoyce Yoga is focused on helping modern urban dwellers heal their stressed bodies from conditions like shoulder pain, sciatica, insomnia and more through their therapeutic selection of yoga classes such as Wheel yoga, Yin Yang, Wall Rope Yoga, Stretching & Fitness, Yoga Therapy and more. Classes are intimately sized and very fairly priced.
Lazy Cat Yoga
Yoga instructor and Lazy Cat founder Amanda’s students are incredibly devoted to her and her Fo Tan based studio, waxing poetic about how comfortable she makes her students feel, especially first timers, and how she guides you to achieve a deeper practice with every breath. Lazy Cat Yoga is focused on Sri Dharma Mittra‘s teaching methods and classes cover asana, pranayama and meditation with options such as Balance, Fly, Flow and Mindfulness.
Lazy Cat Yoga: Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, New Territories. Call +852 6012 0760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for schedule and bookings.
The Iyengar Yoga Centre Of Hong Kong
The Iyengar Yoga Centre Of Hong Kong is a boutique yoga studio dedicated to promoting the teachings and methods of one of the world’s most renowned yoga teachers, yoga master Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, who is often referred to as the father of modern yoga thanks to his work bringing yoga to the global mainstream. Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that focuses on form and breath, and a deepening of your asanas practice with the use of props and repetition. The Centre offers Iyengar classes at various levels, including a set of eight introductory classes. They offer classes for young children and teenagers, and they regularly host world famous yoga masters as guest teachers.
The Yoga Room
No Hong Kong boutique yoga studio list would be complete without The Yoga Room, definitely a fixture on the city’s yoga scene. Not only does The Yoga Room offer a huge selection of cozy yoga classes, with unusual options like Ashtanga, Forrest Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Hammock Yoga alongside more classic styles like Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yang, the studio also hosts regular yoga sessions around town including beach yoga, hiking yoga and silent disco yoga among others. Further, The Yoga Room has a very strong Children’s Yoga program for kids aged 6 and above, as well as a Toddler’s Yoga class for little ones aged 3 to 5.
Yoga Aloha’s is a little yoga studio with a big yoga mission: to introduce the average Joe or Jane to the practice of yoga. The passionate teachers wants students to feel especially welcome: Yoga Aloha’s classes are restricted to 10 people or less, ensuring first timers and beginners get a whole lot of teacher attention. Classes include classics like Flow, Yin Yang and Power Vinyasa, as well as a few unique offerings like Candlelight Yin and Universal Yoga.
Yoga Bam Bam
Of all the boutique yoga studios on the island, none has achieved even close to the cult following that Yoga Bam Bam (and founder Melanie) has. The tiny space perched on a leafy terrace below Bonham Road is as charming as it is idyllic with its tree lined buildings and vegan cafe neighbor (we’re talking MANA!). The homey studio offers quite a range of yoga styles considering its size, with everything from Silks to Hatha to Family Yoga, as well as many private teaching options. We also love its flexibility: there’s no membership. Simply pay as you go.
Image Credits: AUM Yoga (lead photo), Dickson Yoga, Enjoyce Yoga, Lazy Cat Yoga, The Iyengar Yoga Centre Of Hong Kong, The Yoga Room, Yoga Aloha and Yoga Bam Bam.