Yoga Garden is a boutique yoga studio in Shanghai’s Former French Concession. We offer high quality, diverse yoga classes taught by experienced, international teachers. We’re about small classes, authentic relationships, and a first-rate yoga education.
Our daily classes include Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Hatha Vinyasa, Prenatal, Basics, and Restorative. Each month a new Course Night begins, a 4-week workshop class giving students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of a certain style or practice. Our teachers are thoughtful, friendly, and dedicated to giving each student a unique practice.
Yoga Garden is a non-judgemental, non-dogmatic yoga community committed to helping students grow and cultivate a meaningful practice.
Amaia has completed over 500 hours of teacher training, and is currently studying anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff. This dedication to learning and practice make Amaia a unique teacher. Her attention to detail and extensive knowledge of movement and anatomy bring a strong and energetic practice into focus. Her classes are strong, inspiring, and multi-layered.
Amaia teaches Prenatal, Hatha, and Hatha Vinyasa.
Anna Karin is always first and foremost a student. Her natural curiosity and enthusiasm to learn make her a great teacher for beginners. Her teaching is rooted in the foundations of yoga – fusing an alignment centered posture class with breathing techniques to calm a busy mind. She makes excellent use of props, blocks, and ropes, and loves helping students find new length and space in their body through yoga.
She completed her teacher training in Hatha yoga with Lorraine Aronson in 2012.
Ashley teaches Hatha and Hatha Basics. Her classes focus on building strength, flexibility and stamina through proper alignment and working with the breath. She encourages her students to discover strengths and set aside weaknesses, while accepting where you are in the present moment. Ashley’s teaching provides the opportunity to challenge yourself in a safe environment. Her classes are fun, supportive, and exciting for both seasoned yogis and newbies. Most recently, she completed a therapeutic yoga training with Cora Wen.
Originally from South Carolina, Ashley has two daughters and has been living in Shanghai for over ten years.
Bettina has practiced yoga for the past 10 years, and graduated from teacher training with Yoga Arts Australia in 2004. Initially she studied and practiced Ashtanga, but these days favors a slightly more gentle flowing practice. Her wish for her classes is for students to enjoy yoga in a relaxed practice environment. Her prenatal classes encourage students to focus on their breath and inner knowledge to prepare for birth in a positive, joyful way.
Bettina is originally from Italy, and has been a Shanghai resident for the past 11 years. She graduated in Modern Chinese Studies in the UK and has 2 young children. Most recently, she became a certified Hypnobirth Therapist.
Bettina teaches Prenatal and Hatha Vinyasa.
As a student in Preventive Medicine, Jade was keenly interested in anatomy and body work. When she discovered yoga practice in 2005, it was a natural fit. She is drawn to the flowing energy of Hatha Vinyasa, and helps her students find their own energetic expression in the postures. Jade is warm and resourceful, and her classes are dynamic and alignment centered.
She completed her teacher training with Benjamin Finnerty and John Walker in 2010. Jade can teach in English and Chinese.
Jade teaches Hatha and Hatha Vinyasa.
Jane has been a qualified yoga instructor for over 24 years, and has taught all over the world. Her teaching draws upon her extensive knowledge of both technique and yogic theory and philosophy. She teaches with warmth and joy, focusing on bringing dynamic postures together with a relaxed and open mind.
Jane is a senior member of the British Wheel of Yoga, as well as a writer and accomplished home cook. Her memoir, ‘Made in Bali’, will be published in the spring of 2014.
Jane teaches Hatha Vinyasa.
Josephine is an internationally certified by Yoga Alliance (500 Hours), Yoga Arts Australia and the Sivananda Vedante Training Academy of Chennai (India), as well as a certified yin yoga teacher. Apart from yoga and meditation, she is also an internationally certified Reiki Healer and a personal trainer certified by ACE (American Council On Exercise). Having worked in various locations around the globe, Josephine considers working and empowering people from all walks of life/backgrounds in achieving their goals a privilege. She continues to help people through inner reflection and personal empowerment, sharing her love, passion and knowledge.
Jo teaches Hatha and Yin.
Rotem started teaching 3 years ago, after completing a 200 hour teacher training with Lorraine Aronson. Her classes are strong and energetic, with a spark of adventure. She loves helping students achieve things they didn’t think possible. Expect fun, flow, and music in her class, balanced by a healthy dose of alignment.
She is originally from Israel, and designs for her own yoga apparel company, Core.
Rotem teaches Hatha Vinyasa.
Sarah is a corn fed Iowa girl who came to yoga as a way to deal with a chronic injury in her teens, and at the insistence of her older sister, stuck with it. Throughout the years, she’s practiced everything from Bikram to Kundalini yoga, but is most compelled and inspired by the meditative, dynamic energy of Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Sarah teaches with humor and compassion. Her classes explore movement infused with breath. She is both humbled and delighted to share her love of yoga each week with her students.
Sarah teaches Ashtanga and Hatha Vinyasa.
Silvia grew up in Italy, in a family that loves sports – her mother is a gymnastics coach and her father teaches Karate. In fact, when she was 7 years old, she was introduced to her father’s teacher, and practiced Karate to the black belt level – nearly 11 years of study. In 2009 she started to practice yoga and loved it from the first class. The holistic nature of the practice was appealing to her – from the physical to moral to spiritual, she is constantly inspired and learning. She teaches with an emphasis on detail and precision, but never forgetting to have fun. She completed her teacher training in Hatha yoga with Lorraine Aronson in 2013.
She studied architecture and design in Venice, and currently works in Shanghai as an architect.
Silvia teaches Hatha and Hatha Basics.
Tina was a yoga teacher for three years before discovering Pilates. She immediately felt connected to the practice, and believes yoga and Pilates to be a natural fit for one another. She enjoys sharing her passion for Pilates with her students – her classes are gentle and encouraging, with a big focus on building power in the core. Tina graduated from the Polestar Pilates Institute of Shanghai 2010, and loves sharing the joy of a healthy lifestyle with her students.
Tina teaches Pilates.
Tina can teach in English and Chinese.
Saturday, December 7. 10 am– 12:30 pm. With Amaia, Bettina, and Dr. Shen from RedLeaf Women’s Hospital.
Community-centered workshop designed to deepen understanding of how yoga helps both mama and baby. Learn specific postures to ease discomfort, build strength, and breathing techniques to use during birth. Q & A and information from the birthing community in Shanghai will be available, including birthing options, doulas, and Hypno-birth.
Amaia is passionate about providing a safe and dynamic prenatal yoga experience to her students, and brings extensive knowledge and experience to her teaching. This workshop is great for anyone interested in pregnancy and birth, but especially designed for mamas and mamas-to-be.
Includes healthy snacks and tea by Sprout Lifestyle.
200 RMB with a class card/360 RMB without. Registration deadline December 3. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga Garden x Core Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 14. 5 – 8 pm
5 – 6 pm Reiki open sessions with practicitioners Fadzi and Barbi. Come experience some complimentary hands-on healing!
6 – 8 pm Core product party, food by our friends at Sprout Lifestyle, raffle prizes – it’s good ole fashioned holiday fun!
Bring your friends and a bottle of something to share.
This 100-day program kicks off December 1 and ends with a special class and party* on March 8. It aims to confidently get you off your feet and onto your hands.
Why handstands? Handstands are a great way to:
With the help and guidance of Yoga Garden teachers, you will learn to hold a free standing handstand with control, power, and grace. Beginning with the basics, we’ll take you through the pose step by step – you’ll be learning from the ground up!
Participants will receive weekly emails from YG teachers with helpful tips, videos, sequences, and ideas to assist in achieving your goal. All participants will have specific check-in dates and homework assignments (so holiday travel is no excuse!), either online or in the studio. As we get closer to the end of the challenge, there will be special get-togethers to work on lift-offs and lift-ups.
The 100-days to Handstand challenge is free for Yoga Garden students. You must keep your class pass current throughout the challenge. We ask that participants make time for at least one Yoga Garden studio class per week when in Shanghai – occasionally, we’ll even tell you which class to take!
*You’re going to be working hard for 100 days to hold yourself upside down in the middle of the room – yeah, we’re going to celebrate!
First timers deal: 200 RMB for first two regular classes
Drop in: 180 RMB
Monthly class passes
1 Month Unlimited: 990 RMB
3 Months Unlimited: 2500 RMB
6 Months Unlimited: 4000 RMB
Course Night workshops
325 RMB for current class pass holders
650 RMB for non class pass holders
A donation-based class taught by different teachers. Proceeds benefit a local charity that changes every 3 months. This is a fun community class that is suitable for all levels. Reservations recommended!
Happy Hour Yoga is an opportunity for new teachers to practice teaching, as well as give our community a chance to practice for a good cause. If you are interested in teaching a Happy Hour class, or would like to suggest a charity to support, please email email@example.com.
Happy Hour Yoga Helps:
Shanghai Sunrise , founded in 1995, sponsors education for migrant children in Shanghai and the surrounding areas. In Shanghai alone, they have helped students pursue a better education in over 18 districts. For more information, and how to help, visit them here. Our Happy Hour classes will raise money for Shanghai Sunrise through the end of 2013.
Our first Happy Hour classes raised over 2,000 RMB for Lifeline Shanghai, a free mental health helpline for English speakers. Lifeline provides an important, valuable service, and we are honored to have been able to support them.