Bliss Out In These 6 Indie St. Louis Yoga Studios
Perhaps a little meditation and mindfulness is just what the doctor ordered—if so, look no further than St. Louis’ unique array of independent yoga studios throughout the city.
Here are six neighborhood yoga studios where you can roll out your mat, strengthen your body and bliss out.
Urban Breath Yoga
If you’re a yoga newbie, fear not. Urban Breath Yoga takes a friendly, no-pressure approach to classes that will strengthen you from triangle pose rookie to downward dog pro in no time. With two locations in The Grove and Maplewood, Urban Breath’s class schedule features an array of yoga practices, including slow flow vinyasa, kundalini and yin yoga. Not yet ready to commit to a studio? Pop into Urban Breath’s series of Free Yoga 101 classes, which breaks down yoga basics and will address any lingering questions you may have about finding your yoga groove.
Nestled in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood, PuraVegan Cafe is a part-cafe, part-studio space that serves up healthy eats with a side of major “om.” The on-site PuraYoga studio is home to an array of weekly classes that are both tuition- and donation-based, with drop-in visits to sessions encouraged. No yoga mat, no problem! PuraVegan provides mats, blocks, straps and more for every session.
Pure Hot Yoga
Once you’ve built up your yoga practice, the next step is to check out one of the most buzzed-about yoga trends: bikram yoga, commonly known as hot yoga. Pure Hot Yoga’s classes consist of 26 challenging postures that students flow through for 90 minutes, all while practicing from a heated studio room. The benefits of hot yoga are plentiful: from improving circulation to eliminating toxins, there’s never been a better time to sweat it out as a yogi. For more novice yoga fans, Pure Hot also offers a 60-minute hot yoga class to help acclimate your body to the increased temperatures and challenging poses associated with bikram yoga.
Located in Richmond Heights, Yoga Source has been St. Louis’ spot for vinyasa, ashtanga and restorative yoga instruction since 2003. Look to Yoga Source for beginner, moderate and advanced classes that both challenge the body and strengthen the mind. In addition to weekly yoga classes, Yoga Source also offers a 200-hour yoga teacher training course which allows participants to apply to become a Registered Yoga Teacher upon completion.
A self-proclaimed “grassroots yoga community,” Shanti Yoga aims to elevate its students’ well-being through transformative and challenging yoga classes. Shanti’s classes span the yoga gamut from hatha to vinyasa, and the Maplewood-based studio also hosts $7 drop-in community classes for surrounding neighbors who may be curious to know what the yoga and meditation buzz is all about. In addition to its classes, Shanti also offers up its space to host private yoga sessions for bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations and more.
Visit St. Louis’ historic Lafayette Square neighborhood for a visit to Southtown Yoga, where you’ll instantly feel at home with the studio’s skilled team of instructors. Southtown currently offers beginner, aligned flow and prenatal yoga classes, among others, seven days a week, with varied start times that will suit even the busiest of schedules. Looking to learn more about yoga before your visit? Don’t miss Southtown’s blog, which highlights helpful yoga tips and publishes profiles of its instructors.
Cover image photo credit: Marion Michelle