Where to try yoga
Need to stretch out some tension, lose weight or just enjoy the mind-body-and-soul approach to exercise? Yoga in all its forms has become an increasingly popular activity for all ages, and Luxembourg has plenty of places to try it out – from family yoga sessions and beginners' Yin classes to advanced hot box Bikram.
First...some advice from the yogis
The most popularly practiced forms of yoga are listed below, but yogis will tell you to try a few classes and teachers to find the right one, as it's a bit like finding a good therapist.
Beginners should make sure that teachers have a good level of training, understand anatomy, and are able to adjust your pose or posture to ensure you don't do any damage.
Types of yoga popular in Luxembourg
Hatha yoga is ideal for beginners, and incorporates most yoga styles using posture and breathing exercises usually in a relatively gentle and slow format.
Vinyasa yoga is very popular and taught at most yoga studios. Postures are usually done in a sequence where movement and breathing flows, often to music.
Ashtanga yoga is the most traditional of Indian yoga and means "eight limbs". Usually performed in silence, it also synchronises breathing and movement.
Iyengar yoga emphasises alignment using breath control and props such as blocks, straps, bolsters or balls (it's also considered a good option for beginners). Postures are held for longer to ensure alignment is correct.
Bikram yoga consists of the same 26 poses and two breathing exercises and is usually done in a room with a temperature and humidity of 40 degrees (hence the term hot box). It's more intense and probably best for those who have experience of yoga postures.
Yin is a restorative yoga that uses supported postures (with blankets, bolsters or bricks) which are held for two to five minutes to open up fascia, ligaments and tendons and create a sense of mental calm. It's often combined with Yang yoga to build muscle strength.
Yoga Nidra also known as “yogic sleep” is relaxing guided mediation often performed lying down. It’s used to reset the nervous system, to reduce stress and anxiety and improve memory and learning ability..
Yoga Balance – Walferdange & Kirchberg (closing end September 2022)
Yogis give a thumbs-up to Jennifer Crisman who runs Yoga Balance and offers a range of classes mainly in Vinyasa (including hot Vinyasa) and Hatha styles, but also in Yin, Yin/Yang and Nidra, Chakra, bar yoga, and beginner's and pre-natal yoga. There are also classes for kids and teens, with different age groups and classes during the week and at weekends.
There are a number of different yoga specialists, men and women, and the team run retreats and workshops. Unfortunately the flagship studio in Kirchberg will be closing due to a termination of the lease, at the end of September 2022, but you can find the full schedule for Walferdange here.
Yogaloft – Kirchberg, Limpertsberg, Gare, Strassen, Parc Merl (seasonal)
Offering a range of classes and styles, Iyengar classes provide a methodical approach and focus on alignments and adjustments tailored to each person in the class.
Yogaloft offers classes in Yin/Yang, restorative Yin, Vinyasa and Somatic yogas, plus mindfulness meditation and gentle back yoga, in addition to classes especially tailored to seniors and for post and pre-natal mothers. There are kids workshops too. They also have a sanctuary offering different types of massage (including baby massage) and reflexology, available at their locations in Kirchberg and Limpertsberg.
Outdoor classes are held in Parc Merl during the warmer months.
BYLU – Limpertsberg
Offering numerous Bikram classes with Polly, Emilie, Victoria, Vanessa and Shireley at BYLU you can also try Yin yoga on Saturdays and Wednesdays, plus an early morning class at 7.00 on Fridays if you want to get your hotbox yoga out of the way before the weekend. They also have teen yoga for 13-18 year olds, and an on-demand service if you are away.
Urban Leaf - Limpertsberg
Urban Leaf is a community-based yoga studio, herbal store and eco friendly yoga shop. With a range of classes from absolute beginners to advanced practices, special workshops and events, plus Thai massage. Try Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Prana Vashya yoga, Pilates and meditation or gentle flow and inside flow yoga.
They also hold hormone yoga therapy classes, ones for teens, kids and toddlers and babys (with mum or dad).
Jivamukti Yoga – Limpertsberg
If you're looking for something that covers the spiritual as well as physical, then Jivamukti Yoga has classes in Jivamukti (translates to soul liberation) yoga taught by Dr Magali Lehners and her team. It also offers beginner Vinyasa classes, Yin, senior and gentle yoga, and has a range of levels starting with beginners.
If you don't have time to attend a class in person, they've launched an online on-demand platform which includes 60 minute classes but also access to shorter 10 minute yoga sessions in French and English.
AeroYoga Luxembourg – Gare district/Esch-sur-Alzette
AeroYoga ® was created 10 years ago and allows you to do yoga in a hammock equipped with stirrups of varying lengths so you can practice yoga postures in total or partial weightlessness. You can find out more about this unique form of yoga, the schedule and prices here.
Sarah and John - Altrimenti/Kirchberg
'Look up to the sky' at one of husband-and-wife team, Sarah and John's, outdoor yoga sessions in Luxembourg, held at Kyosk Kirchberg, Parc Riedgen in Strassen, and Kinekswiss in the city during the summer for beginners to super-yogis.
During the winter months (starting 25 September) you can still join them from 10.30 to 11.30 at their indoor Vedanza studio at 18 rue Louvigny in the city, for teaching inspired by Sivanada and Hatha teachings. You can still "drop in" for a cost of 15 Euros per session. On Thurday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30 they offer prenatal sessions in Mamer, and online sessions for the spine on Monday from 18.30 to 19.30. Finally, if you're brushing up on your Luxembourgish join their session in this language on Saturday from 8.45. Contact them on WhatsApp on 661 71 66 88 or by email email@example.com.
Hot Box – Strassen
Morning, lunchtime and evening classes with Sheelagh O'Connor-Deri (and her team), who get numerous recommendations from serious yogis, particularly for her caring approach and the fact she serves tea at the end of the session (which you'll probably need after all that sweating).
Intermediate and advanced classes are available at Hot Box for those who need a good challenge, and Yin yoga is offered on Wednesdays. Bikram classes last for 1.5 hours, and all yogis confirm that this is the style to do if you're after weight loss.
Yoga la Source – Luxembourg City, Strassen, Bereldange, Walferdange
Yoga la Source brings together a number of yoga practitioners offering a variety of yoga classes in Luxembourg City, Walferdange, Strassen and Bereldange. If you want to try out different forms of yoga, this place offers classes in Hatha Ashtanga, Sivananda, Yin, Nidra and classes for the lower back, hormone and pregnancy yoga.
You can do classes on line - Sivananda, Yin and Nidra, plus lower back yoga. In September the team are running introductory one-off sessions so you can get a taste of what's on offer.
FNELY – across Luxembourg
The National Federation of Luxembourg Yoga Schools (FNELY) has teachers that hold classes in Luxembourgish community and sports centres or town halls across the country. You'll find a list of teachers, the classes they run, locations, times and languages spoken (many teach in English) here.
If Pilates is more your form of exercise then Respirit brings together several practioners offering classes on line and in Strassen. It brings together numerous independent practitioners for regular and one-off classes. Pilates is considered a good exercise for people with recurring back issues.
Claire Marie Pilates gets a reader's recommendation, and offers pre- and post-natal pilates at their studio in Hesperange. Whitney from the USA runs Rise Barre Pilates at the Yogaloft studios in Strassen and Limpertsberg, which also offers aerial classes using a silk hammock. There's a Pilates Studio in Luxembourg City, the Flow Studio on rue de Hollerich.
Therapeutic yoga for your back, children's yoga to help with flexibility, posture and calmness, for all levels, from 4 years old, and seasonally-appropriate outdoor yoga, Yoga Sante has a number of workshops and can also provide individual Yogatherapy for joint pain, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory, cardiac, insomnia, depression and hormonal balance. Watch out for yoga workshops held as part of Esch2022.
Outside the city, check out Yoga Shala in Roeser for drop-in sessions lasting 75 minutes in Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga and Nidra, plus kids' classes. Yoga John Schlammes in Medingen and Yogatime with Christine in Saeul are other options. And due to open on 17 September, Le Garage by Grace Luxembourg will offer barre, aerial and other yoga classes in Fentange.
You can also find more details on parent and baby yoga and massage in this article.