Stretch It Out: Hong Kong's Best New Yoga Studios
January 22, 2018 | BY Elizabeth Choi
With an emphasis on mindfulness and inner peace, it’s no wonder yoga has become a favourite way for Hong Kongers to stay fit, get limber and de-stress all at once. Lucky for us, new studios are popping up constantly, making it easier than ever to improve your technique or experiment with different disciplines.
We picked out some of Hong Kong's new yoga studios that look and feel good so that you can too:
Lemon Drop Studio
Inspired by a passion for health and wellness, the founders of Lemon Drop Studio met while working together at Lululemon, using their zest for yoga to start their own venture. The cosy, sunlit studio is already gaining traction for its personable and knowledgeable instructors who teach a range of classes including TRX, HIIT and Pilates.
Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, the studio offers everything from fundamentals to Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga.
Lemon Drop Studio, Shop 2, 37B, Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, find out more on their Facebook page
In the age of Instagram, Kita Yoga is one that you’ll keep coming back to for both the photogenic aesthetics and the energetic instructors.
Nestled in the idyllic Tai Ping Shan area of Sheung Wan, fitness lovers can try Kita’s two signature classes—Kita Flow, a well-rounded course that blends vinyasa based sequences, breathwork and meditation, and Kita Sculpt, which is designed to elongate and define the muscles through resistance bands, ankle weights and cardio.
Kita Yoga, Flat A, 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan, find out more at kita-yoga.com
Whether you’re an expecting mom or looking to let off some steam during your lunch break, Pause is the place to be. This new studio has venues in both Central and Lantau Island, and one of its best features is its expansive holistic maternal services.
Both new and expecting moms will benefit from their practical Fertility, Maternity and Post-Natal services. There are even Holistic Kids classes designed specifically to teach creativity, wholeness and inspire movement in little ones.
Pause Studio, 16/F 41-43, Graham Street, Central, find out more at pause.hk
Samantha Sin, brings some much-needed zen to Wanchai with her newest studio, One Yoga. Built off the success of sister studio, Samantha Yoga, located in Tsim Sha Tsui, One Yoga’s crew of certified teachers lead classes in Dharma Wheel, Hatha, Vinyasa, Detox and Yin Yang.
There’s even a 45-minute “Lunch Time Express” class for those who need a quick release. A majority of the classes are bilingual in Cantonese and English, making it an accessible studio for anyone who wants to explore this spiritual discipline.
One Yoga, 12/F, Weswick Commercial Building, 147 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, find out more at oneyoga-studio.com
For Fukuoka-born Mariko Hiyama, yoga came naturally as its principles were very much in line with Japanese culture. Hiyama’s Mari Yoga studio has three locations: the Central studio focuses on both beginner and intermediate level exercises, while Wanchai and Kennedy Town studios serve intermediate level participants.
Mari Yoga is also one of the few studios to offer Qi Gong, a practice that blends yoga with martial arts, and is beloved for its strengthening and stretching health benefits.
Mari Yoga, The Hive, Central, 14/F, Manning House, 38 - 48 Queen's Road Central, Central, find out more at mariyoga.com
SUKHA Yoga & Wellness
Less than a year old, SUKHA studio specializes in Yin, Hatha, Aerial and Vinyasa yoga, and also provides classes specifically for back bending to improve stability, and arm inversions to build core strength. The studio may be young, but its founder, Katherine Lee, has been an active yoga instructor through Lululemon events and health and wellness gatherings around the city.
While stretching is key to yoga, Lee’s philosophy also stresses the importance of building strength as an integral component of overall wellness.
SUKHA Yoga & Wellness, 3/F, 13 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, find out more at sukhahk.com
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