Five of Beijing's best yoga studios

Limber up and get fit at one of these yoga classes

Best all-round studio
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Best all-round studio

Fine Yoga 


Fine Yoga offers a comprehensive list of yoga specialities in its Beijing studio – from hatha to ashtanga. Owner Sherri Rao trained under ashtanga legend Pattabi Jois and has a dedicated team of teachers, many of whom were trained abroad. Perhaps the biggest pull is its bucolic yoga retreat in Hubei, a five-hour bullet train from Beijing. The retreat is open year-round and visited once a year by yoga heavyweights John Scott and Chuck Miller, who come to lead teaching workshops. Visitors can slumber in tranquil bamboo huts (240RMB per night) and take in the beautiful lakeside scenery while feasting on some fine dishes sourced directly from the retreat’s nearby organic farm. 

Price Drop-in class 200RMB; 50-classes 5,000 RMB; three-year unlimited classes 22,800 RMB. 

Fine Yoga Blue Castle International Centre, Tower 2, 16th Floor, 3 Dawang Xi Lu, Chaoyang district. (151 0102 2929; www.fineyogaretreat.com). Open 7am-8.30pm daily. 朝阳区西大望路3号蓝 堡国际中心2座16楼

Best for hatha yoga
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Best for hatha yoga

Yogi Yoga 


Indian instructor Yogi Mohan brings out his students’ inner Zen with the calming practice of hatha yoga. Born and raised in Rishikesh, considered the yoga capital of the world, Mohan, along with his wife, former Elle China editor Yin Yan, was one of the first pioneers to bring yoga to the capital around ten years ago. Hatha yoga is great for beginners – its slow-paced stretching, simple breathing and meditation exercises are the perfect way to unwind after a tough day at the office. The couple’s yoga empire stretches beyond the capital with teaching centres in Shanghai and Guangzhou. To read more on the power duo, see ‘Profile: Yin Yan’. 

Price 200RMB per class; one year’s unlimited classes 10,000RMB. 

Yogi Yoga Tennis Centre, South Gate of Chaoyang Park, 1 Chaoyanggongyuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang district (6592 2791; 6592 2855; www.yogiyogacenter.com) Open 9am-9pm daily. 朝阳区朝阳南 路1号朝阳公园南门网球中心(近郡 王府)

Best for ashtanga yoga
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Best for ashtanga yoga

Yoga with Yonnie 


Australian Yonnie Fung likes to keep things intimate at her studio by limiting her classes to six people per session. The former corporate lawyer frequently returns to India to update her skills and is certified by the Yoga Alliance with 500 hours of training under her belt. Students can try two levels of ashtanga, aimed at beginner or intermediate learners. The practice, popularised by Indian yoga master K Pattabhi Jois, is a more athletic style of yoga that synchronises your breath with series of postures. Yonnie requires dedication from her students; participants are asked to sign up for a six-week session and attend every class. 

Price 1,900RMB for 12 classes on weekdays over a six-week period or 950RMB for six classes on Sundays. Private one-on-one classes are 500RMB for one hour. 

Yoga with Yonnie’s secret location is near Andingmen subway station. To find out more about the centre, go to www.yonniefung.com.

Best for pre- and post-natal yoga
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Best for pre- and post-natal yoga

Yoga Yard 


Opened for more than a decade, Yoga Yard is a must-try for mums and mums-to-be. Their pre-natal classes are designed to support the body during pregnancy and teach breathing techniques that can come in handy during childbirth. Post-natal sessions come in two variations: ‘Mommy and Baby’ and ‘Post-Natal Integration’. Both help to rebuild core strength and toning, which should ease childbirth-related tension and pain.  

Price Pre-natal classes 100-150RMB per session; post-natal classes 100RMB per session. Memberships start at 1,100 RMB for one month of unlimited classes. 

Yoga Yard Sixth Floor, 17 Gongti Bei Lu (across from the Workers’ Stadium North Gate), Chaoyang district (6413 0774). Open 7am-9.30pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-7pm Sat-Sun. 朝阳区工体北路17号6层(工人 体育场北门对面)

Best for hot yoga
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Best for hot yoga

Yihe 42 


If Beijing’s sweltering summers aren’t hot enough for you, Yihe 42 owner Cherry Wang will surely force every droplet of sweat out of you inside the 40°C room. Also known as bikram yoga, the practice is based on a series of 26 postures designed to warm and stretch the muscles, ligaments and tendons. 

Price 300RMB per class; one month of unlimited classes 3,200RMB; 50-class card 7,600RMB; 80-class card 9,600RMB; one-year memberships 16,800RMB. 

Yihe 42 (Sanlitun Branch) Third Floor, Building 1, Shimao Plaza, Chaoyang district (8405 9996). Open midday-7pm daily. 朝阳区工体 北路世茂国际中心1号楼3层

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