There’s plenty of ways to squeeze in a workout in the Twin Cities. One of our favorite ways to combine mindfulness with a good sweat is yoga. Especially during a busy week, it’s essential to get a quiet hour that is all your own. During the pandemic, we learned how to channel this calm at home, but this summer we’re excited to return to our favorite studios around the cities.
Here’s a few Maven picks to get your “ommm” on:
Easily accessible off the Greenway bike trail, this is a studio with serious heart. Since the pandemic, they’ve redesigned to create an even more welcoming and opening space, complete with their sister spot, Seed Plant-Based Cafe. Plus, you’ll catch the studio’s resident Chocolate Labrador, Masha, chillin’ in the entrance on Saturday mornings.
Yoga, hip-hop, and greenery-filled studio? Count us in. This black woman-owned yoga oasis has classes ranging from soul music flow to old school R&B vinyasa and more. Relax with a playlist far more inspired than your regular yoga instrumentals. Your mood is sure to be lifted after a class with the high-energy team at 612 Jungle.
With two cozy studios, Up Yoga is the definition of warmth. The instructors are welcoming, charming, and make every class feel like a much-needed cleanse. The best part? A cold towel infused with essential oils appears next to your mat right before final savasana.
Yoga Sol is a community of yogis at its finest. This pay-what-you-can studio nestled in Northeast is on a mission to give the gift of yoga to anyone who wants it. Their classes are still virtual, but be sure to visit when their beautiful studio reopens in October. This is a great way to take class no matter your budget, and help pay it forward to future yogis.
What better way to enjoy a Minnesota summer than to bring your practice outside? Whether you want to Bend it at Brit’s or sway with the trees lakeside at Yoga Garage, there’s classes every week through September. Check Facebook for events and yoga pop-ups as an easy place to start.
One of the pillars of yoga is arriving in the space exactly as you are, and listening to your body. In essence, it’s a time to do what feels right and focus on your breath, something we almost never make time for in our daily lives. Whether you’re taking a quick stretch at home or a regular class-goer, yoga is both a great workout but an incredible stress reduction tool. Namaste!