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7 Best Drop-in Yoga Classes in Hong Kong

By Jenny Leung 18 January 2018

You would think any kind of list involving yoga classes in Hong Kong would be miles long, and in most cases you would be right - but with drop-in classes, not so. In fact, yoga studios that let people come and go, participating when they please, are something of a needle in a haystack. Or at least, if they're out there, they're being drowned out by the bigger, stretchy pant-wearing behemoths who demand memberships and package deals so they can skin you for a good chunk of money up front. That's no good for a lot of us, we don't want to sign up for 12 classes, we've never even tried yoga, we might hate it. So, we've had a dig about, cutting through the 'save money when you buy 900 classes' rhetoric, to bring you seven drop-in yoga classes.

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1. Blue Door Studio

Achieving the near impossible by having a quiet, reclusive space in the heart of Wan Chai, Blue Door Studio is ideal if you work in the city and want a bit of an escape while doing your moves. With five professional trainers all adhering to a classical approach to yoga in terms of philosophy and practice, and drop in classes available, Blue Door Studio is a safe bet for beginners and experts alike. At the very least, you'll get some peace and quiet - bliss! Where: G/F, 28 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, (+852) 6468 5859 How much: $280 per class Click here for more information

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2. Yoga Union

A yoga studio that seems to adhere to the altruistic, intrinsically non-commercial message that's a big part of the culture. Yoga Union delivers quality yoga classes in the heart of Central where you pay whatever you want per class while still providing mats, changing rooms, and showers. The classes themselves strike a balance between developing strength in different body parts while also imparting the meditative wisdom of the practice. Where: 3/F, Unit 3A, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Arbuthnot House, Central, (+852) 9330 3548 How much: Contribution of $100 - $150 Click here for more information

3. Yoga Aloha

Tucked away between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, Yoga Aloha is a great launching pad if you're curious as to what the fuss is all about with this yoga business. They offer some great classes such as Yin Yang which is a challenging, but doable, session of longer poses that increases strength and endurance, Candlelight Yin which is more meditative and intended to help you sleep and de-stress, and - if you're looking to strengthen your core and do some serious sweating - Yoga Aloha's Core & Arm Flow and Detox is the way to go. Where: 1/F, Fu Tak Building, 367 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2565 7088 How much: $250 per drop-in class Click here for more information

4. Kita Yoga

This out-of-the-way, relaxed studio clearly seeks to make starting yoga a bit more palatable and understandable for a newbie while also modernising it in it's own small way - for example, Kita's Hangover Class does exactly what it says on the tin - I understand those words. Good. In terms of modernisation, their Vinyasa Flow to Deep House Tunes might not exactly sound ground-breaking, but something as simple as changing up the music can maybe freshen things up for the more experienced out there who are fed up with old-school yoga tunes. Where: 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan, (+852) 5323 1978 How much: $300 per class Click here for more information

5. Iyengar Yoga Centre

Named after world-renowned yogi, BKS Iyengar, the Iyengar Yoga Centre is one of the cheapest and most community-driven yoga studios around. They have a very busy schedule of workshops and classes for beginners and experienced yogis alike, all of which you can drop in and out of as you please without any long-term commitment. Classes start from as low as $120, and if you like what you see, you can properly enrol and join the monthly two-hour self-practice class, which allows yogis to meet and practice together for just $50.

Where: 9/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2541 0401 How much: $50 - $150 per class Click here for more information

6. Yoga BamBam

No memberships, no contracts, no salespeople harassing you, Yoga BamBam is all about freedom. You just check out their schedule, rock up on the day, and boom - yoga. Both of Yoga BamBam's studios are nestled on quiet, leafy areas (or, as leafy as you're likely to find in Hong Kong), but are still easily accessible. There's a huge range of classes on offer that are ever changing and ever evolving. If you're looking to test the waters with yoga, then this is where to go. Where: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, (+852) 5500 3117 How much: $150 for first-time visitor, $200 for repeat drop-in Click here for more information

7. Embody

Opening it's doors in 2008 in the serene surrounds of Discovery Bay, Embody is one of the best boutique pilates and Yoga studios around, offering classical Pilates and various forms of Yoga. There's a huge range of classes catering to every kind of lifestyle, need, and goal with things like pre and post natal classes, mummy and baby yoga, kids classes, zumba infused with Bollywood, piloxing, fat burning, and of course, traditional yoga and pilates. All of Embody's classes are available for single session drop-ins, or you can buy them in packages for a discount so there's no pressure. Where: Studio 225, 2/F, Block D, Plaza Lane, Discovery Bay, (+852) 6624 8712 How much: $150 per adult class, $135 per kids class Click here for more information
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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.