Finding the right yoga studio can be tough to navigate. Some appreciate meditative, calming yoga, while others prefer sweltering heat. Fortunately, the yoga movement is thriving in Grand Rapids and there are plenty of fantastic studios where you can practice. With our list of 14 tried-and-true list places, we’ve made it easier for you to find your flow!
Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse
Funky Buddha Yoga was the first hot yoga studio in Grand Rapids and has since become an institution in West Michigan. They offer hot yoga that is ridiculously fun, sweaty, relevant to everyday life. This place is all about getting active: you will sweat, and you will work! The studio has a Bohemian-Esque studio complete with an artistic chalkboard wall, strung lights, and lively color. Given the popularity, the classes are typically packed, so get there early. During the summer, they host free yoga in the park and stand up paddleboard yoga. You can find a Funky Buddha studio in Holland, Eastown, and Forest Hills.
Through service, community, and love, AM’s mission is to help you discover who you are by removing what you aren’t. As their name says, AM is practicing the state of I AM – Sadhana (daily spiritual practice) + Satsang (sacred gathering) + Seva (selfless service). The 60-minute Vinyasa classes are the perfect balance of stretch and strength training. If you’re in need of a longer, deeper stretch, then try out Yin Vinyasa. Find time to meditate with classes like Meditation Vinyasa and New Moon Meditation. They also offer community classes in beautiful spaces like the GRAM and other trendy spots.
Yoga Fever combines the ancient science of yoga with contemporary warm and hot vinyasa yoga classes. The tastefully decorated studio has a spacious lobby and practice room. Their vigorous classes deliver exceptional results and continual advancement in a supported environment. You’ll have room during class to focus your energy and get stronger in each pose. The instructors take the time to explain what your body should be doing. They pay particular attention to the actual history and philosophy of yoga. Their practice is inclusive, diverse, creative, and positive!
Looking for a downtown studio where everybody knows your name? Then Kula Yoga is the place to be. They aim to provide quality yoga instruction and it’s great for those on a budget. Kula is an inclusive, judgment-free zone. Yogis are encouraged to explore their practices under the guidance of knowledgeable and nurturing instructors. They offer different types of classes as well as frequent workshops designed to enrich your knowledge, practice, and foundation of yoga. The historic space is beautiful and the authentic instructors encourage students to explore and discover their personal practice.
Twisted Hot Yoga
If you want to turn up the heat, head to Twisted. Twisted’s hot yoga classes are 99 degrees and 45% humidity, to be exact! Their Push and Chill classes are not heated, but there is residual heat, which keeps the room nice and warm. They also offer an encouraging environment and their instructors are friendly, positive, and genuine. Each teacher has a slightly different specialty, but all are knowledgeable and passionate about yoga. The studio is the perfect balance between not too big and not too small. And the cool lavender towel they place on your forehead at the end of class is heavenly.
Grand Rapids Healing Yoga
If you’ve experienced trauma or want to use yoga as therapy, then GR Healing Yoga is the place for you. They encourage self-care, learning to befriend the body, and connection to the present moment. All teachers strive to protect students from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. The instructors are carefully trained and follow a complete code of ethics. They will empower you to feel stronger in your body, mind, and spirit.
From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center
This studio is guaranteed to give you a fun, challenging, and potentially eye-opening workout for both body and heart. Founded by Behnje Masson and Rick Powell, From the Heart was one of the first studios opened in Grand Rapids. The expert instructors attract multiple internationally known teachers every year. The alignment-based principles will make you stronger, more flexible, and empowered. From the Heart is a beautiful and serene space with a welcoming atmosphere. They offer explicit instruction, a great workout, and time to get focused and relaxed. You will learn yoga in a way that prevents injury.
The Yoga Studio
The Yoga Studio instructors are trained in the Iyengar system of hatha yoga. They focus on precise alignment and uses props (blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, the wall), so there is less risk of injury. Teachers of Iyengar Yoga are held to a high standard of knowledge that is rigorously maintained through ongoing study. The Iyengar philosophy connects both the body and mind through its holistic approach. Class sizes are small, so each student receives individual attention and guidance. The Yoga Studio will encourage your pursuit of self knowledge while providing a well-rounded practice.
The Mission of PeaceLab Yoga is to create a warm, inviting yoga community where yogis of all experience levels can come together to share in the Art and Science of Yoga. They aim to empower each student on their path towards wellbeing, growth, and personal fulfillment. PeaceLab Yoga strives to offer the highest quality yoga programs in a serious, yet playful, environment. They accept you as you are and know when to challenge what you thought you couldn’t do. PeaceLab will also help you slow down and deepen your practice, work on peak poses, and learn about the elements of yoga history and philosophy. You can find a PeaceLab studio in Grandville!
Yoga Blue Studio
This studio’s admirable mission is to support the police, fire, medical professionals, their families, and the communities they serve. They offer a counterbalance to high-intensity, high adrenaline work days through breath and mindfulness. A unique feature is that they provide Broga, yoga for men, which combines core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises.
Renew Mama Studio
With a niche focus on motherhood, Renew Mama Studio provides a variety of classes, services, and resources to both prenatal and postnatal mothers. Their classes are taught by instructors who are specifically trained in this area. They also aid in the physical and emotional demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Come in for a little “me time” or bring your baby for a great bonding experience. Renew Mama Studio is hyperfocused on building community and supporting women during their motherhood transition.
Seva offers a variety of classes that can be physically challenging or more calming and meditative. The teachers, atmosphere, and culture of Seva are all-inclusive and nurturing. The studio has a lively energy, like-minded people, and fun music! It’s a wonderful space for a breath-based, soulful practice. Great teachers, community, and the studio itself is beautiful and relaxing. No matter your style, no matter your experience level, there is a class for you.
Cascade Yoga Studio
At Cascade Yoga Studio, the teachers work from their heart. Each class offers a different kind of practice (vinyasa, gentle, therapeutic, etc), and they’re all beneficial. The relaxed environment, positive vibes, and special classes (yoga with live music, meditation) all make this studio unique.
Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids
Iyengar yoga develops strength, endurance, and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method also focuses on self-awareness, intelligent evaluation, and profound inward reflection. All classes at the Iyengar Yoga Center are taught by experienced, dedicated, and rigorously trained Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT). The Iyengar Yoga Center has a beautiful new facility and the classes will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.