A lot of things look the same. Whether it’s a “pop-up” (RIP actual stores) or a new brand that sells direct-to-consumer vases (major disruption alert), it probably looks like a venture-backed West Elm catalog sprinkled with Millennial Pink and Internet Blue. Fitness studios are no exception, offering Instagram-ready walls and experiences that often seem like more consideration was given to social media than the actual experience.
Enter: Yoga Vida. The opposite of all of that. It’s just a really good yoga studio with large windows, glowing candles, and that’s about it.
Yoga Vida offers lots of flow classes for all different levels as well as hot yoga. It’s fairly welcoming and it’s definitely not pretentious. You’ll find a good gender and age balance, too, though this varies a bit by location and time in all the ways you would expect it to.
The pricing is fair. It’s not Yoga to the People, but there are lots of ways to get great deals here: buy a package, take advantage of the student, faculty, senior, and veteran rates, or check the website for daily drop-in offers. They also send out some sweet deals via newsletter if you don’t mind occasional emails. Whatever you choose, just make sure to bring your own mat, towel, and water because it’s not included.
All of Yoga Vida’s policies are really fair, too. The two-hour cancellation policy goes a long way. And you can use your classes at any of their four locations.
Ultimately, a really good yoga studio offers a place to learn and strengthen your practice—whether it’s your first time doing yoga or you’re already a committed yogi. Yoga is an escape from all the stresses of daily life, and if you’re looking for an affordable and accessible yoga spot that simply offers quality classes, it’s hard to beat Yoga Vida. Sometimes, the best escapes are places that just do their job really well, sans hashtag.
— Hero image via Active Spaces. Review images via Yoga Vida.