Ever wanted to take up yoga? You know what they say, there’s no time like the present – so why not try one of these yoga classes in Leeds?
Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years and it’s still as popular as ever. Not only is it a great way to burn calories and tone muscles, but it’s also great for your overall wellbeing. Why? Because it’s a full mind-body workout that brings together a series of tried and tested poses with deep breathing and meditation, helping you to lower stress, improve your mood and find balance. So where can you do yoga in Leeds?
The convenient choice for those of you who live or work at Leeds Dock, Yoga Hero is an all-singing, all-dancing yoga centre that has something for everyone. If you’re just starting out, they have their own ‘Introduction to Yoga’ course to ease you in, and once you’ve found your feet, you can move up to their beginner and improver workshops. You can also experiment with different types of yoga, like Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Iyengar, until you find your ideal style. Expecting? This is the perfect place to go for pregnancy yoga in Leeds, and they’ll support you into parenthood with special mum and baby yoga sessions. Classes start at £7 or you can get unlimited monthly classes for £50 a month.
Yoga Hero, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ.
Tucked away in the heart of the business district, Sheng Yoga is a boutique yoga studio that offers a range of morning, lunchtime and after work classes to fit around your schedule. You can do everything from simple beginner’s yoga classes, designed to introduce you to the different poses and teach you how to breathe, to more advanced classes like Ashtanga Fusion and Dharma, which is designed to show you the meditative and spiritual side of yoga. Classes start from £7 or you can get unlimited sessions for £45 a month.
Sheng Yoga, 29 Park Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2SP.
If you want to do yoga in Leeds city centre, and you’re open to trying something a little bit different, why not try Bikram Yoga? They specialise in hot yoga, so you’ll work through a series of traditional poses designed to stretch your muscles, build your core and ease away stress, but you’ll do it in a room that’s heated to 40 degrees Celsius. The idea is that the heat allows your muscles and ligaments to relax, so you can get a deeper stretch and a more effective workout. They offer a range of classes, from beginner sessions to Warm Vinyasa Flow, which takes 60-90 minutes. It costs £20 a class or you can get unlimited sessions for £80 a month.
>Bikram Yoga, The Core, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JD.
A small independent yoga studio in Chapel Allerton, Yoga Kula prides itself on helping locals find a balance in their busy lives with a range of yoga classes, workshops, courses and retreats. You’ve got absolutely loads of options here, with everything from simple beginner’s classes to dedicated sessions on Ashtanga, Hatha, Hot Vinyasa Flow and more – they even offer specialist pregnancy, post-natal and restorative classes, as well as a session designed for people living with cancer. Classes start from £8.50 or you can get unlimited classes for £70 a month.
Yoga Kula, Suite 2a, Chapel Allerton House, 114 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.
Ashtanga Yoga Leeds
When you see Joey Miles in action for the first time, you might feel a little bit daunted, but remember that he’s been doing this for years, and you’re just starting your journey. He’s a fully qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher, as is his partner, Rachel, and together they offer a Mysore programme of classes, workshops and retreats for students of every level. They work a little bit differently to other yoga classes in Leeds, in that it’s one long session that you can step into whenever you’re ready – you’ll be able to work at your own pace and you’ll have the expert guidance of the teacher. If that feels a little strange for your first session, they also offer Introduction to Mysore-style workshops to get you started. Classes are £10 or £80 for a monthly pass.
Ashtanga Yoga Leeds hold their sessions at The Yoga Space and Yoga Kula.
The Yoga Space
The Yoga Space is an incredible place to work out. It’s an old chapel with high ceilings and original stained glass windows that instils a sense of calm – what better place to do yoga in Leeds? The other great thing about The Yoga Space is the sheer variety of classes on offer – you can take a simple beginner’s yoga class or try something a little bit different, like Hatha, Yin or Rocket Yoga. The kids can get involved with their own special yoga classes, and they also offer pregnancy yoga classes, that turn into mum and baby sessions once your little one has entered the world. Classes start from £8 or you can get up to 20 classes a month for £120.
The Yoga Studio, Chapel House, 378 Meanwood Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2JF.
Om Yoga Works
Om Yoga Works is a warm, welcoming yoga studio in Farsley where you can practice Hatha Yoga in a supportive environment. They offer a range of classes, including tween and young at heart sessions, but they’re all designed to help you find a balance between the physical body, mind and prana (the energy that runs through us all). As well as their Hatha Yoga sessions, they also offer Yogic Meditation, Yin and Vinyassa Yoga classes. Prices start at £10 for a single class or you can do the same class for a month for £30.
Om Yoga Works, Springfield Commercial Centre, Unit 15D (1st Floor), Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.
We Are Wellness
We Are Wellness is more than just a yoga studio – it’s an all-round fitness centre, and that means you’ll find some really interesting classes on their timetable. How would like to combine yoga and HIIT? That’s right, you can do high-intensity interval training to burn those calories and relaxing yoga to stretch out your muscles and find the right mind-body balance. Of course, if you want something more traditional, they do everything from beginner’s yoga to Hatha Flow and Ashtanga Yoga. Got a little one on the way? They offer pregnancy and post-natal yoga at their Leeds studio. Classes start at £8 or you can get 20 classes for £130.
We Are Wellness, Hilton Court, 2 North Hill Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2EN.
Leeds Aerial Arts
This is a very different kind of yoga. You’ll still do a series of yoga poses, but you’ll use a hammock to help support your weight while you do it. This is a great choice if you’re building up your fitness, because you can improve your strength, balance and flexibility, without putting too much stress on your body. Leeds Aerial Arts run classes every Tuesday and Thursday from their home in Cross York Studios and it’ll set you back £15 for a single class or £125 for a set of ten.
Leeds Aerial Arts Studio, Studio 2, Cross York Studios, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EE.
Although Lakshmi isn’t just for over 50s, it’s something that Jane O’Halloran is very passionate about. She’s not ashamed to say that she’s over 50 herself, so she’s in the perfect position to help you find a practice that works for you. She teaches Dru yoga and meditation, a gentle flowing practice that’s great for calming the mind and relieving the physical effects of stress. She also offers yoga walks in warmer months, which will see you exploring Leeds, practising yoga in the open countryside. Classes are £12.50 if you just want to drop-in or £9 if you commit to half a term.
Lakshmi Yoga, Adel Quaker Meeting House, New Adel Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 6AZ.
Calm Collective Yoga
At Calm Collective, the practice of yoga is as much about the mind as it is the body. They encourage busy professionals to take time out to reconnect with themselves while you work your way through a series of poses that will improve your flexibility, strength and balance. They run their own Calm Collective classes on Call Lane, as well as holding sessions at The Yoga Space and Yoga Kula. Their sessions start at £6 per class, unless you want a one-to-one session, in which case they start at £50 per hour. Look out for their Yoga Brunch at Hyde Park Book Club too.
Calm Collective Yoga hold their sessions at The Yoga Space, Yoga Kula and on Call Lane.
An open-minded community hub with a surprising selection of classes, Shadwell Studio is the perfect place to start your yoga journey. They offer a range of traditional classes, but you can also try rarely found sessions, like Fierce Grace. They also have the latest infrared heating technology, so you can try Hot Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Flow – you can even ease your way into it with their 60-minute Yin classes, practiced in ambient heat. Drop-in sessions are £10 or you can get a 10 class pass for £85.
Shadwell Studio, 55 Main Street, Shadwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8HQ.