Choosing a yoga studio is a deeply personal experience. At Parsley Health we prescribe both movement and meditation to all of our patients. Since we’ve opened in the Bay Area we’ve been checking out all of the local studios so that we can help our patients find the right studio for them.
It’s no secret that San Francisco is a yoga mecca, which made narrowing the field of yoga studios to just eight incredibly tricky. If we left out any of your favorites, let us know in the comments below and we will make sure to check them out.
If you are looking for a welcoming, casual, comfortable studio with serious community vibes, Laughing Lotus is your place. All of the instructors are super friendly and encourage everyone that walks through the doors of their crazy colorful studio to get to know one another. They offer tons of class options – everything from Lotus Flow (their signature class) to Yin to Friday Night Live (their signature flow to live music by local DJs or musicians). After you bust out your sun salutations, you can enjoy complimentary tea and cookies in the front seating room. New students can snag a five class card for only $35. You can find a single drop in for $19.
Serious sweat, cardio and intention setting, The Pad Studios has it all. Known for their Power Yoga, this studio will have you pushing your body beyond its limits while strengthening both your muscles and your mind. 75 minute classes are taught in a heated, super modern and clean studio that blasts serious jams. The teachers here are top notch and completely unique. Try Courtney’s Power Yoga class and expect top-notch connection, hands on adjustments and a heart-revving workout, no drill sergeant required. Go for the intro special: $30 for 3 classes.
Yoga Flow offers a huge, beautiful space to get your practice on. The majority of classes available are Vinyasa Flow classes. The studio is slightly heated to add to the detoxifying experience, but it’s no Bikram, so don’t worry about being overheated. You can find Stephanie Snyder, one of the most popular yoga instructors in San Francisco and respected teachers in the world, teaching here too. Have kids? Go to the Ocean Ave location where they have a designated child care play space for your children to hang while you are practicing right next door. Drop in rates are $17-$20.
In the mood for a truly mindful, connecting practice? Try Asta Yoga. Here the instructors focus on the mind and breath first and foremost. The body comes next. It is not about the execution of poses, it’s about breathing through them. Sometimes you just need a space to clear your mind, get centered and pay attention, right? This is where it happens. Asta Yoga offers a “progressive approach to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga”. Most of their classes are in the Rocket Vinyasa style, a style created in San Francisco by Larry Schultz. Try the intro special – 5 classes for $25.
Talk about charming! Yoga Garden is a super quaint and cozy with studio space on each floor of an old Victorian home in one of San Francisco’s coolest neighborhoods. The studio offers many different yoga styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa in a welcoming and comfortable way for students of all levels. The instructors are particularly attentive and caring. If you’re looking for a unique yoga experience, check this studio out. Try the intro special for first timers that starts at only $65 a month.
Yoga Tree hosts some of the most “kickass” yoga teachers in SF including Abby Tucker, Stacey Rosenberg and Jason Bowman. Not too shabby. It’s not just the instructors that rock though, it’s the entire staff that seems to emanate positivity. Classes offered include Vinyasa, Hatha, Pre and Postnatal, Restorative and Kundalini Yoga. Let’s just say, you’ve got options. There are a total of 7 individually unique studios in the Bay area, so no excuses here. Check out their community classes for only $12 a class.
Yogaworks has go-to studios all over the country. If you are looking for a bunch of different class options, skilled teachers and a clean space, this is a go-to. It’s like the Starbucks of yoga studios.The SF studio is complete with high ceilings, a tea bar, a boutique and even pilates classes. Vinyasa Flow, BarWorks, SculptWorks are just a few of the class options. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, Yogaworks has something for you. Drop in classes are $25. All of our San Fran friends, go for the monthly unlimited at $115 a month, it’s totally worth it.
Glow Yoga has been ranked one of the top 5 yoga studios in the Bay area for 3 years in a row now…clearly they are doing something right. Everyone you encounter here makes you feel at home. The studio is clean and diverse. There aren’t many studios that offer yoga, barre, spin, TRX and kettlebell, all for one price. Get in your cardio in a spin class, and then ground yourself in a yoga class. New students can get 10 days of classes for only $40.