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Top 10 Yoga Friendly Cities in America You Need to Visit

Yoga is one of the nation’s most rapidly growing recreational pursuits. The practice of yoga has shown to have numerous mental and physical benefits to the people who take part in it. More Americans than ever are choosing to hit the mats, and for good reason!

Studios all over America offer a variety of classes that can be suited to all levels, as well as classes that can accommodate even the busiest schedules. Today, it is almost impossible to make an excuse not to check out a​​​​ local studio.

While studios are popping up across the country, these top 10 yoga friendly cities in America are the must-visit places.

10. San Diego, California

It is easy to see why San Diego was named one of the country’s happiest cities in a recent study. Between the year-round sunshine and easy beach access, San Diego residents are a lucky bunch. Yoga plays a major part in personal happiness for almost all of its residents.

9. Austin, Texas

Very similar to San Francisco or Boulder, the city of Austin is a bit of an outlier in Texas. Yoga is a rapidly growing activity of choice for many people living in Austin, who are given quite a few choices on the style of classes offered, from goat yoga to Bikram yoga.

8. Stowe, Vermont

Though the small city of Stowe, Vermont is primarily known for it's amazing ski slopes, it has been making a name for itself in the world of yoga recently as well. Much smaller than any of the other cities included on the list, Stowe is a great city to get a more personal yoga experience. Despite the town’s small size, there are plenty of options.

7. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, a hotbed for young professionals, has also become a hot spot for yoga. The city has a multitude of studios and has something for everyone. Looking for something that’s more of an intense workout? Check out Corepower Studios, which offers fast paced, advanced courses ideal for the serious yogi.

6. Boulder, Colorado

Boulder’s population is a mix of college students, hippies, and top adventure-athletes. Many residents are drawn to the city for a variety of reasons, but many will agree that yoga classes are a great way to unwind after a long day at the office or on the trail.

Yoga is an incredible way to tone and stretch muscles, making it a top choice for many of the city’s outdoor athletes. Boulder is located at the base of the beautiful Flatiron mountains, which provide an amazing view for outdoor classes.

5. Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska is home to more yoga studios per capita than any other state. As the largest city in the state, Anchorage is home to the majority of them. With a little less than 300,000 residents as of 2010, Anchorage is hardly a major city, but its residents are able to pick from over 20 different studios! The long, cold, and dark winters are a great time to head to the studio to clear the mind.

4. Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington is known for its coffee and rainy weather, but yoga may soon be added to the list. The city is home to the We Yoga Co-op, whose mission is to build a community through yoga. For people who are becoming increasingly distant in their local communities, Seattle offers yogis a chance to be more than just a participant in class, but also make a difference in their community.

3. Denver, Colorado

Known as one of the healthiest cities in America, it is easy to see why Denver, Colorado makes the list as one of the country’s top yoga cities. Though the city has an abundance of recreational opportunities, more and more residents are opting to hit the mat. Participation is up nearly 50 percent nationwide since 2012 and that number is even higher in Denver. Denver’s rapidly growing yoga scene and nearly 300 days of annual sunshine make this city one of the top choices for yoga practitioners.

2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For some, it may be a bit of a surprise to see Philadelphia as the second most yoga-friendly city in America, however, the city of brotherly love is a haven for practitioners of all skill-levels. Philadelphia is home to Studio B Yoga Center which was recently named as one of the top studios in the world! There are two locations in the city, each offering affordable yoga classes as well as relaxing messages and reiki energy treatment.

1. San Francisco, California

Coming in at number one on the list is San Francisco, California. Long known as a city full of happy hippies, residents are nearly 60 percent more likely to practice yoga than the general American population. Yoga is so popular in this city, that companies such as Google and Samsung, have yoga studios on-site. The city even built a yoga studio in its airport! The laid-back atmosphere of the city combined with an abundance of yoga studios make it the perfect place for the avid yogi. 

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Jayson Goetzz
Jayson Goetzz
Jayson is a recent graduate from Arizona State University who lives in Phoenix. Being a lover of yoga and travel, he's always ready to bust out a baseball mitt and visit new places. He started writing in hope of sharing his experiences with fellow yogis and travel bugs.

4 Comments

  1. Tess says:

    Denver is definitely a yoga mecca. From the home base of Core Power to the mellow classes from Kindness, everyone seems to practice. Some full time, others to take care of their bodies after snowboarding/skiing, marathons, paddle boarding, and cycling.

    My favorite studios are part of Endorphin, where you can combine fantastic active or restorative yoga with a membership that offers fitness, spin, weights, barre, and more.

  2. Mary E Birnbaum says:

    I had trouble finding a nearby yoga class (walking distance) in both Philadelphia and San Francisco, surprising me. I live in Boston and walk to my class. There are about a half dozen classes in Jamaica Plain, and a wealth of studios all over the city.

  3. Jerry West says:

    This article is not very good, of the sampling of cities represented I can speak on Austin, Denver, Boulder, SF, and Portland. Colorado in general is very limited in it’s yogic offerings. Yoga culture in Colorado is completely washed. It took me 3 years of searching to find good yoga in my area that had not been made homogeneous by Core Power, or Bikram inspired “hot yoga” classes. The only town that can claim any similarity to Austin, TX on this list is Portland, OR. Both towns are very similar in many ways. Both have very strong yoga culture for serious yogis who follow true lineages of master teachers and past gurus. Of this list I can also say that SF has very good yogic offerings as well. In my experience Colorado has small pockets of good yoga here and there, however as a whole the Colorado yoga scene is lacking.

  4. MB says:

    New York City? Yoga is everywhere in NYC.

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