Yoga has taken the nation by storm, and it continues to grow. It’s not just an exercise, but a lifestyle. So what makes a great city for yogis? It’s not just about the number of great teachers and quality studios. Add in a supportive community, other healthy amenities, and some fun and you have these 10 cities.
What makes New York City stand out is the wide variety of teacher training available. It’s a city that is a hub for everything else, so it only makes sense for it to be the hub of yoga too. Whatever style you like, from the traditional to the more out there classes, can be found in NYC.
San Francisco was the epicenter of the hippie movement in the 1960’s. They were some of the early adopters of the spirituality movement of yoga. And in 1974 it became the first city to have an Iyengar teaching training program in the US. This led to thousands being education on the yoga we all know and love today. Yoga is simply just apart of life in San Francisco.
Los Angeles is known for being a trendsetting city and that extends to the world of yoga too. It was the birthplace of Vinyasa glow, Bikram yoga, aerial yoga, and so much more. Many would argue yoga’s wide popularity is due to the celebrities of LA hoping on board the yoga train.
Seattle is one of the healthiest cities in America, thanks to its fresh farmer markets, green spaces, and bike-friendly streets. It shouldn’t be shocking then that it attracts so many yogis. The yoga culture is strong in Seattle, so much so that it has become a family-friendly activity, with more children getting involved every day.
Austin is known for being the eclectic heart of Texas. It’s mainly known for its thriving music and art scene, but it’s also a popular spot for yoga. Yoga is adopted in interesting ways in the weird capital of Texas, with yoga themed dating events, yoga flash mobs, and even beer yoga.
The yoga community in Chicago is awesome, blending the traditional yoga with a laid back fun vibe. Even though it’s a bustling city, in the summertime yoga can be found in every green space.
It might be our country’s capital and the political heart of America, but it also is attractive to yogis. Due to the tense, high-stress political environment, yoga studios have been popping up offering residents a way to decompress and relax.
Portland is a city that focuses on education and social justice. That’s why yogis in the city are dedicated to serving the needs of everyone in the community. You’ll find tons of non-for profits that offer yoga to prisoners, at-risk youth, shelters, and rehabilitation centers. So if you like yoga and have a giving soul, Portland is for you.
Denver is often credited with being one of the healthiest cities in the US. With its high altitude and plethora of outdoor activities, yoga fits in nicely. Denver offers some of the countries most advanced classes and demand is steadily increasing.
Houston is the most ethnically diverse city in the US, and they have a diverse yoga scene as well. From basic beginner classes to innovative advanced ones, there is a yoga class for everyone in Houston.