You’ve heard all about the transformative qualities of yoga: increasing flexibility, decreasing stress and even alleviating minor back pain. But the multiple studios in Cape Town, and the myriad of yoga forms can make it a bit daunting for newbies to choose the right one. So we’ve done the hard work, and compiled a list of our favourite yoga studios in Cape Town.
All the studios listed below accommodate absolute beginners, and drop-ins are encouraged in order to discover whether the style suits your personality.
Studio: WELLNESS CONNECTION
Location: Boskykloof Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Times: Monday to Saturday with mostly morning sessions. An evening slot 7pm to 8pm is available on Mondays only.
What to expect: Wellness Connection is renowned for being one of the best yoga teacher training schools in South Africa. Studio owner Catherine Wilkinson’s trump card is fusing Vinyasa yoga with an emphasis on alignment. Rest assured, you are in safe hands as Wilkinson and her team strives to provide close instruction, while building suppleness and strength. The beautifully designed space is a calming retreat which evokes contemporary Japanese simplicity with gum wood and glass accents, overlooking a tranquil indigenous garden to create a calm atmosphere.
For first-timers: Four classes in two weeks for R200. This offer is only open to those residing in the Hout Bay, Llandudno, and Constantia areas.
Added extras: The studio also offers Kids and Pregnancy yoga slots with seasoned professionals. Sessions for sports yoga and combatting sport-related injuries are available on request, and headed by the Stormers rugby yoga coach, Mandy Hewlett.