The age-old practice of yoga can be traced back to northern India over 5,000 years ago. In addition to building strength, increasing flexibility and improving your posture, yoga is also believed to relieve stress, improve your quality of sleep and aid in enhancing self-introspection. In short, it is a great way to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. With everything going on in the world, there has never been a better time to practice some self-care and learn more healthy habits, all of which is that much better when you have a beautiful space. Luckily, there is no shortage of yoga studios in Hong Kong to choose from, including sun-drenched, plant-filled boutique studios to opulent Balinese-style rooms fitted with projectors and state-of-the-art sound systems.
In light of International Yoga Day on Monday, we’re sharing our top picks of the most luxurious boutique yoga studios in Hong Kong to elevate your practice in style.
The serene, pared-back colour palette and interiors at Yoga Pace set the tone for your experience at this boutique gem. Covering 500 square feet, the modern yoga studio is a warm and cosy abode located in the heart of Sheung Wan. Each energetic and intense class allows you to practice in a powerful and energising rhythm at your own pace. Opt for something fresh and mellow if you're a beginner, or if you're a more experienced yogi, try something a little bit more challenging to reawaken the senses. YOGA PACE allows you to practice yoga using aerial, dharma wheel and acro yoga facilities. There are also learning bolsters, singing bowls and private class booking options.
YOGA PACE, 2A, Wing Lok Mansion, 162 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan, +852 9854 4757
Operating in two locations—one in Central, the other in Wan Chai—One Yoga aims to bring the wonderful world of yoga to everyone. The independent studio is a cosy oasis that feels miles away from the city, thanks to its calming environment which transports you from the moment you walk in. Interiors are well-lit and airy, while the studio is equipped with everything you need (yoga mats, blocks). Head here after work for some well-deserved relaxation or bring your friends on the weekend and work up towards a weekly yoga challenge.
One Yoga, Unit 03, 6/F, Peter Building, 58-62 Queen's Road Central, Central (Next to Crawford House), + 852 6365 6124 ;
12/F, Weswick Commercial Building, 147 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai (Next to Hopewell Centre)
Founded by yoga aficionado Simon Hui (who learned yoga in India and once ordained as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar), Mindful Studio aims to harmonise the vital connections between the mind, soul and body. The studio offers meditation, classical Hatha yoga and philosophical discourses for well-seasoned yogis. Practice your poses in the beautiful, natural-lit yoga studio which sits conveniently in Central. Every Sunday, Hui offers a free online live meditation session, called 'Meditate with Simon' to bring together the global mindful community anywhere, anytime.
Mindful Studio, Unit 1701, Harvest Building, 29-35 Wing Kut St, Central, +852 5668 9008
Boutique fitness studio ANHAO Wellness specialises in Reformer Pilates, mat pilates, yoga and personal training in a fully-equipped space. Founded by Estelle Neve, a former French National Gymnast, certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor, the studio will be celebrating a decade of services next year following its initial founding in 2012. Pilates fanatics and yoga lovers flock here—on Hong Kong's famous Ladder Street—to find respite from the busy streets and take a moment to relax and focus on their fitness goals. There are two spaces that span 1,200 square feet.
ANHAO Wellness, 4F, Sunny Sky Center, 5 Ladder Street, Ladder St, Central, +852 6397 8284
Hatha-based yoga studio I'm A Yogi offers a dynamic, challenging style of yoga to lead you to find your inner peace. The boutique offers a variety of classes throughout the day, combining ancient yoga traditions with breathing, moving and meditation. Classes range from hot and heated sessions to free-flowing, more laid-back classes. Every session aims to test your strength, flexibility and endurance training. Join the team on the mat and experience it for yourself at either the Causeway Bay or Quarry Bay location.
I'm A Yogi, Po Ming Building, Flat A, 4/F, 2-5 Foo Ming St, Causeway Bay, +852 9389 7690;
Room 308, 3/F, Westlands Centre, No. 20 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay, +852 7075 9076
Awaken your senses at The Oriental Spa, one of the most luxurious getaways in the city housed at the opulent LANDMARK Mandarin Oriental hotel. The onsite yoga studio is spacious and tranquil, filled with natural sunlight and offering private or group lessons, led by specialist instructors. Each session leads you through a sequence of poses to help you energise and self-reflect. Enhance your practice with a one-on-one session for guidance on body awareness, balance and muscular control.
The Oriental Spa, LANDMARK Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, +852 2132 0011
Vying for an urban wellness getaway? Allow Fivelements Habitat to bring the tropics to you. Tracing its origins to the award-winning Ubud location, this studio is as close to a Balinese yoga retreat as Hong Kong gets. What’s more impressive: This studio boasts 15,000 feet of lush jungle interior, despite being stowed away in Times Square. An open chill-out area, luxe locker rooms, a blow-dry bar stocked with organic skincare products and a curated retail space at the reception round out the amenities offered.
With class choices abundant, this studio is bound to offer a little something that even the most seasoned of yogis has yet to try. For instance, find moving grace alongside Dharma Yoga devotee Joakim Olin, or clarity in Science of Self (SOS). Spots in their Mindful Tea Tastings are also especially sought after. And after the cathartic experience, tuck into an organic vegetarian dinner as prepared by Culinary Curator, Chef Arnaud Hauchon. Whatever your pick—yoga or otherwise—resisting the urge to return to Fivelements will seem near impossible.
Fivelements Habitat, Level 13A, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, +852 6803 5081
Find some peace amid the hustle of Central in this downtown oasis: Be Earth faithfully describes itself as a “sanctuary inspired by exotic architectural details”. With its macrame cushioning and sumptuous, sleek-line aesthetic, it’s easy to see why. The changing rooms also warrant a mention—take a moment to relish in the overhead rain showers and all-natural toiletries. The studio offers an exceptional array of classes from the more traditional hatha and vinyasa classes to specialty styles such as Forrest yoga and antigravity classes.
Be Earth, 2/F, On Building, 162 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2833 5323
Love the idea of rocking out to body-pumping music as you flow into Warrior 2? Flowga might just be the place for you. This studio gives the ancient art of yoga a thoroughly modern twist with its candlelit, infrared-heated yoga room complete with the latest club tunes. The classes can take some getting used to if you’ve never done hot yoga before, but once you’ve gotten accustomed to flowing in a 40-degree room, the “party on the mat” experience is second to none. Flowga emits the light and airy design that yoga studios traditionally favour and instead takes on an industrial-chic feel with its exposed black concrete walls and wooden accents, while the outdoor terrace is reminiscent of a Japanese rock garden adds that beautiful, photo-worthy corner to complete the look.
Flowga, Unit F, 1st Floor, Winner Building, 37 D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 9129 1366
A kind of yogic je ne sais quoi sets this urban refuge apart. Perhaps it’s the softer lighting, the candlelit ambience; whatever it is, we are in love with Anahata’s curated traditional flavour. Its roster of instructors are equally as curated, as many specialise in ayurveda and yoga therapy, all of which ensure a tailored, holistic approach to your yogic practice. Aside from the classics, classes include pranayama breathing, yoga therapy for breast cancer, and even kids’ yoga. But this studio is especially noted for its Yoga Teacher Trainings which normally run two evenings a week.
Anahata Yoga, 18/F, One Lyndhurst Tower, No. 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 2905 1822
At first glance, FIT LAB is a fitness centre offering various group classes for circuit training and Muay Thai in three locations across the Island, Kowloon and New Territories. But upon closer inspection, its bright, homey yoga studio in Causeway Bay is a go-to for many seeking a boutique yoga experience. The combination of light wood flooring, clean white walls and wooden furnishings provides a calm and cosy atmosphere that’s hard to find in a city as busy as Hong Kong. Plus, the class sizes are always kept small so that their teachers can dedicate enough attention to each student throughout the session and provide lots of tips and adjustments.
FIT LAB, 7/F, The Sharp, 11-13 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay (and various other locations)