Written for Daily Hive by Monica Krake, founder of Head + Heart, a mindful calendar that helps people discover events and teachers to support their journeys.
If you live in the Metro Vancouver area, you won’t have a problem finding a yoga studio. But, if you’re like us, you want to find a community to practice with that feels supportive, aligned, and energizing.
These days, a yoga studio can be so much more than a yoga studio. You might even go so far as to call your studio your sacred space, or wellness haven. And, you’d be right in many cases. Some of our favourite studios offer women’s and men’s circles, holistic wellness support such as Ayurvedic coaching and Reiki, and opportunities to join ceremonies, such as cacao ceremonies, breathwork, and even shamanism.
Whether you’re looking for a space to practice, to be in a community, or to take your personal growth to new places, here are some of the best yoga studio communities to explore in the Metro Vancouver area:
Unity Yoga Teahouse is so much more than a studio space: It is a beautiful, welcoming community. Many members have been practising together for years, so it really feels like one of Vancouver’s original yoga communities. Whether you are looking for a challenging physical practice or a calm and meditative experience, you’ll find over 26 drop-in classes weekly to choose from, including Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, and Acro. They also offer a free karma yoga class on Saturdays, taught by a new member of their teaching community. One of the things this space is known for is Unity Herbals, medicinal, health-enhancing teas blended by the owner, Sue, who’s a certified herbalist. Unity Retreats has also become a big part of what this community does together, so you may even consider joining in on one of their upcoming adventures to Salt Spring Island or Bali.
Address: 1672 E 10th Ave Second Floor
Phone: 604- 708-8369
From Vinyasa to Flow to Acro to Yin, One Yoga offers up a range of class styles along with great community spirit and quality teachers. Situated in the heart of Gastown, this studio goes well beyond yoga with their offerings. You’ll find workshops on sound meditation, myofacial release, restorative practices, and many community gatherings, including regular Kirtan. One of the coolest things about this studio is their commitment to making yoga accessible to youth: high school students can practice for free here as part of their Vinyasa Yoga for Youth program, co-founded by Studio Owner + Lululemon Global Ambassador, Ryan Leier. Definitely a little something for everyone here, in one warm and welcoming community.
Address: 150 Hastings St W # 201
Phone: 604- 710-7267
The belief that yoga is more than asana and should be available to everyone, regardless of ability, body type, and age, is at the heart of the beautiful community that is Stretch Yoga in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Founded by partners Boyd and Emmanuelle, this studio is a welcoming space where all are invited to join in the pursuit of knowledge and belief that yoga can be a catalyst for community building and social change. In addition to a range of styles, from Hatha to Therapeutic, to Swing Yoga to Yin + Cello (yes, real LIVE Cello), Stretch is known as a space to explore transformative practices including breathwork, interpersonal work, meditation, and much more.
Address: 180 East Pender
Phone: 778- 819-6488
With 10 locations from Richmond to Burnaby and everywhere in between, YYoga offers the broadest range of class styles and locations, so they pretty much guarantee you’ll be able to get to your favourite class at a time that suits you. Classes include Hatha, Hot, Restorative, Yin, and Power. They also offer special events and meditation classes. Many of the locations offer an infrared sauna and spa-like atmosphere, which is a sweet bonus.
Address: Multiple locations
Phone: Find by studio above.
We are big fans of the Modo hot yoga studios and sequences. If you like a good sweat and a nicely balanced mix of poses that will leave you feeling energized and glowing, Modo might just be perfect for you. They have a few studios around the city — we’re partial to the East Van and Hastings locations. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, you’ll feel comfortable walking into a Modo class.
Address: 560 East 15th Ave
Phone: 604- 569-3300
When you step into the space that is Yoga Union, you will immediately feel the special touches this studio offers — abundant natural light, and elements from nature — to nourish your body and soul. Yoga Union is on a mission to provide the community of South Delta with a positive space to relax and practice yoga. From gentle heat and low-intensity classes to hot yoga and high-intensity classes, you’ll find a diverse mix of options to meet your needs. They also host many beautiful events including sound meditation, breathwork, and cacao ceremonies, to bring together community and meaningful connection. Enjoy Spark kombucha on tap or a piece of To Die For Foods by Erin Ireland while you meet a new friend.
Address: 1835 56 St, Delta
Phone: 604- 948-9642
A large, bright, exclusively Iyengar yoga studio situated in the heart of Fraserhood in East Vancouver, The Yoga Space offers a sense of serenity, groundedness, and expansiveness to support your Iyengar practice. This studio is known as being the pinnacle of quality yoga for those who love Iyengar yoga, a style that actually requires more teacher training than any other and is 100% committed to supporting proper body alignment. You can expect hands-on assists in the classes. Be sure to explore their many great workshops as well.
Address: 677 E 27th Ave
As you choose a studio, go back a few times and try a few different teachers to give each a fair chance. And if you’re ready to immerse yourself in yoga for a weekend or longer, be sure to explore these BC yoga retreats and these meditation retreats in BC.
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