Looking to get into yoga in Bristol? New to yoga or the city and not sure where to start?
Yoga is that wonderful all-around type of exercise, which is amazing for both your mind and body. And the good news is Bristol has a vibrant yoga scene, with a number of amazing studios that offer a range of styles for all levels of ability.
And with the New Year officially started, many of us are jumping into 2023 with goals to be more active. So if you’re wondering whether yoga is a good form of exercise, the good news is that it is! Yoga is a fantastic way of keeping you and your body healthy. This whole-body workout is amazing for strength and flexibility, with the added bonus of being great for your mental well-being.
From hatha and vinyasa to power yoga, barre, hot yoga, and yin or yoga nidra, there are plenty of styles to choose from! But if you’re looking for a great yoga for beginners class, the choice can be daunting. I recommend starting with more traditional styles such as hatha. Slow and steady, this type of yoga will give you plenty of time and support to get to know new poses.
Another great way of getting into yoga would be to attend a yoga class that is fun, a bit different and more informal. Have you ever gone to a puppy yoga class in Bristol? How about acro-yoga? These one-of-a-kind Bristol experiences will introduce you to the benefits of yoga with a focus on having fun.
Once you've decided to take the plunge and go to some more traditional yoga classes, there are lots of brilliant yoga studios in Bristol to visit. From The Wild Box in Bedminster to Yoga West in Bishopston, Elevate in Wapping Wharf or Yogasara in Montpelier, each studio offers a unique and slightly different approach.
Until then, below is a closer look at the top 5 fun and informal Bristol yoga classes, perfect for beginners:
- Acro-yoga at Elevate studio, Wapping Wharf
- Yin yoga with G&Ts, Clifton
- Energising yoga with Sunday lunch, Old Market
- Puppy yoga, Clifton
- Vinyasa yoga class at Elevate studio, Wapping Wharf
1. Acro-yoga for beginners, Ashton Gate
If you're looking for something fun which is also a great workout, then acro-yoga is one to try. Acro-yoga is an upbeat and strength-based class that takes all the best bits of acrobatics and combines them with traditional yoga poses.
This acro-yoga class for beginners is a great way to explore yoga poses in a fun and relaxed environment. And with a focus on pair work, it's perfect for bringing a friend along and trying it together.
🎪 Acro-yoga for beginners: £20 per person
2. Yin Yoga with G&Ts with Lucy Alice, Clifton
Yin yoga is a slow and relaxing style of yoga, which focuses on holding poses for longer periods of time. It often involves comfy cushions, blankets and soothing music or candles! Because of this, yin yoga is a perfect option for beginners who want to try yoga but are worried about the pace of other classes.
If this sounds like your jam, then I recommend trying this yin yoga with G&Ts class. This fun workshop starts with a relaxing yin yoga session and ends with some delicious G&Ts at one of the best bars in Clifton! What could be better?
🍹 Yin & Gin: Yoga with G&Ts: £40 per person
3. Flow & Feed: Yoga with Sunday Lunch, Old Market
If you're looking for ways to get into yoga, as well as meet new people, then this yoga with Sunday lunch is a good one to try. In this experience, you will start with a guided vinyasa yoga class, followed by a delicious and warming Sunday lunch at an independent Bristol venue.
Vinyasa yoga is a more fast-paced style of yoga, with a focus on 'flowing' into each pose in the sequence. Every movement is designed to get your blood pumping and leave you feeling energised!
Because this class is fully guided with lots of support from the teacher, it's a great one for beginners. It's also good for anyone looking to meet new people, have a laugh and get to know other yogis in Bristol's yoga scene.
🍽 Flow & Feed: Yoga with Sunday Lunch: £32 per person
4. Puppy yoga, Clifton
Yoga? With puppies? Yes, please!
This fun and one-of-a-kind yoga class definitely puts a twist on your usual yoga session. You'll begin by being guided through some relaxing yoga poses, before spending time cuddling some seriously cute furry friends. What's not to love?
Adorable, fun and informal, this puppy yoga class is a great way to dip your toes into the yoga world and get your cute puppy fix.
All puppies are responsibly sourced and not from professional breeders. Because each one is either a happy accident or from a first litter where the mums are beloved family pets, you'll be helping to socialise the puppies before they find their forever homes. This means that puppy yoga is only available when the right litter is born. So keep an eye on the link below for dates.
🐶 Puppy yoga class: £34 per person
5. Vinyasa yoga class, Elevate, Wapping Wharf
For anyone looking to try a classic yoga class without any frills, then this vinyasa yoga class at Elevate is one to try!
In this class, you will be guided through a series of classic yoga poses with a focus on breathwork. Not only are the poses great for building strength, stamina and flexibility, but the breathing exercises help to calm and focus the mind.
This beginner-friendly vinyasa class is fully guided, with lots of support from the teacher. A great introduction to traditional yoga styles, you will leave feeling rejuvenated and with a few poses to build into your practice at home.
Elevate studio offers a wide mix of yoga classes, from beginners to more advanced. Based in the vibrant harbourside at Wapping Wharf, it's also a good option for anyone who wants a no-fuss workout, where you can rock up and go.
🧘 Vinyasa yoga class: £13 per person