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' Iyengar 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.
A recent Luxembourg is Yin, 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 won't burn calories or build muscle strength but it will increase flexibility.
Yoga Balance – Kirchberg, Walferdange & Merl
Yogis give a thumbs-up to Jennifer Crisman who runs Yoga Balance and offers a range of classes mainly in Vinyasa and Hatha styles, but also in Yin, Yin/Yang, and bar yoga. Danielle Ribs also runs Essentrics classes. It's handy if you work in Kirchberg (with early morning yoga classes) but there are also studios in Walferdange and Merl.
All three premises offer a variety of classes at all levels taught by a number of teachers. Yoga Balance also offers pre and post-natal yoga, and yoga for kids aged 5-10 years, and teens aged 10-16 years. Family yoga classes are held at the weekend where children as young as three years can learn about balance, stretching, co-ordination and breathing techniques.
Yogaloft – Kirchberg & Merl
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. Iyengar practitioners, like Metta Valérie (Kirchberg), Floriane Palmier and Beata Gerbredere give lots of instructions and information on why a particular muscle should turn in a certain way so it's a thorough approach to yoga. Yogaloft also offers classes in Yin/Yang, restorative Yin, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, and Somatic yogas, plus mindfulness meditation and gentle back yoga, with in addition to classes especially tailored to seniors.
BYLU – Limpertsberg
Early morning classes start at 6.30am if you like to get your hot box yoga done first thing. Offering numerous Bikram classes with Polly, Olga and Emilie, at BYLU you can also try Yin yoga on Saturdays from 17.00 to 18.30 and pregnancy and postnatal yoga on Wednesdays (teachers work on a rotational basis so you might not get the same teacher each week).
Hot Box – Strassen
Lunchtime and evening classes with Sheelagh O'Connor-Deri, who gets 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 Wednesday at 18.30. Bikram classes last for 1.5 hours, and all yogis confirm that this is the style to do if you're after weight loss.
Studio B – Bertrange
Classical Hatha and Vinyasa yoga are offered at Studio B, which also runs classes in Pilates, TRX and functional training, in addition to offering massages. Simone Zeimes and Dominique Picard run the yoga classes.
Yoga la Source – Luxembourg City, Walferdange, Strassen, Bereldange,
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 Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Yin, and classes for the lower back, hormone and pregnancy yoga.
House of Yoga - Strassen
Yogis recommend this venue that is well set-up for its Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Aloha, Yin, and power yoga classes. Pilates and Body Flying classes are also available.
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. Additional premises are due to open in March.
AeroYoga Luxembourg – Gare district
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.
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.
Outdoor yoga with Sarah and John – across Luxembourg in summer
'Look up to the sky' at one of Sarah and John's outdoor yoga sessions in Luxembourg, held during the summer for beginners to super-yogis. You don't need to sign up, just drop by with your mat or a towel together with a donation. You'll find details of their outdoor sessions here, and they also do an indoor version for the winter months at Bonnevoie Casino Syndical.
Yoga Dradin – Sterpernich (Belgium)
You can combine a trip to IKEA or Decathlon with an Iyengar-inspired yoga class with Françoise Dradin, who runs courses from her home studio which include 15 minutes of mediation.
Happy New Mama is a new service for would-be or new mothers, offering an array of services including pre- and post-natal Birthlight yoga including sessions with your baby.
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