The Best Places to Do Yoga in Austin

As a busy college town with a deserved reputation for embracing the counter-culture and healthy lifestyles, it's no surprise that Austin, Texas has a thriving yoga community. There are studios all over the city that provide Austinites with a full array of offerings in the most popular contemporary yoga styles. As a local, I love pointing visitors and new yogis to the best studios in town.

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Yoga Yoga

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With its four area locations, Yoga Yoga, founded in 1998, is the big man on campus. The expansion of this local chain has run apace with Austin's rising demand for yoga, but, although its heart is in the right place, the sheer size of the operation means that quality varies. Still, you can't beat the convenience and their beginners' series are a good way for new yogis to get informed and comfortable. Kundalini and Ashtanga classes are particularly well-liked and Yoga Yoga regularly plays host to workshops and trainings with yoga's biggest out-of-town teachers.

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Black Swan Yoga

This is Austin's best-known donation yoga studio, where you decide what to pay for each class. Very popular with students and young professionals, they now have a three locations around town: north on Research Blvd, south on Westgate, and their original downtown studio. Most classes are of the flow/sweaty variety. 

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Castle Hill Yoga

Castle Hill is a full-service gym, but they take their yoga pretty seriously. They have a packed schedule of yoga classes, a ropes wall for Iyengar, and some of the city's best Anusara teachers on the roster. Best news is, you can take yoga classes without joining the gym if that's your preference.

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Wanderlust Live

This studio was the first in the country to be affiliated with the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival and hosts the festival when it comes to town. A renovated downtown warehouse space, cafe, and boutique give this studio a city-slick vibe. This studio also serves as a live music venue, both as an accompaniment to the asana classes and on its own.

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Pure Bikram Yoga

This studio has Austin's Bikram needs covered with four area locations: downtown, far south, Cedar Park and Westlake. Their full schedule offers all-Bikram-all-the-time. The downtown location distinguishes itself by providing reasonably priced childcare on weekday mornings.

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CorePower Yoga

National chain CorePower Yoga is town with two locations, downtown and north/central. The nice thing about a CorePower studio is that you know what to expect, since they all stick pretty closely to the original model. In Austin, there are a lot of great local teachers working at both locations. 

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Breath and Body Yoga

After many years as Austin's only Baptiste Power Vinyasa affiliated studio, owner Desirae Pierce is now embracing John Friend's Sridaiva/Bowspring style at her two locations: north/central on Burnet Road and west on Exposition (in the former Kula Yoga space). They also offer Stand Up Paddle Yoga in Lady Bird Lake in the summer.

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Dharma Yoga

This friendly studio on the east side of town is one of the few places in the U.S. that specializes in yoga with a Buddhist perspective, thanks to owner Keith Kachtick. Dharma Yoga classes feature a Buddhist theme and creative flow sequencing. A good number of gentler hatha classes are also on offer.

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Sukha Yoga

A neighborhood studio in south Austin that is drawing crowds thanks to the devoted followers of the down-to-earth owner Erinn Lewis, who put in her time teaching around town before opening her own place. Vinyasa, restorative, and Yin are the primary styles on offer. 

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Practice Yoga Austin

The hippest yoga studio on the hip east side of Austin. It's a donation model, with a suggested fee of $10-$15. A really diverse selection of teachers fill out their schedule. Classes are called Vinyasa or Align, giving a general sense of what to expect but vary a lot depending on the teacher. 

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Eastside Yoga

This welcoming studio services Austin's rapidly gentrifying east side with a community-oriented place to do yoga. Chanting and meditation are on also the schedule, which tends to lean to the gentle hatha/restorative/Yin side of the yoga spectrum, though flow is also well-represented. 

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Hyde Park Yoga Company

Located near the University of Texas, this is a great little studio with a neighborhood feel. All the teachers are seriously experienced so you'll be in good hands whether you go for vinyasa, gentle, or Yin style practice. 

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Yoga Vida

Yoga Vida functions as Westlake's neighborhood studio, meaning you will find a loyal, mixed crowd of ladies who lunch, high school students, and retirees. Many of their teachers are trained in Baptiste-style power yoga and the studio is heated.

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B Free Yoga

This well-appointed (showers!) west campus studio has put together a nice group of teachers for its mostly hot, flow-based classes and workshops.

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