Yoga Garden is a boutique yoga studio in Shanghai’s Former French Concession where a wide range of high quality classes are taught by experienced teachers from all over the world.
Our weekly classes include Ashtanga (led, Basics, and Mysore), Hatha, Yin, Hatha Vinyasa, Prenatal, Basics, meditation, baby and kid’s classes, and more. We are a non-judgemental, non-dogmatic community, catering to beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
At Yoga Garden, we believe that yoga is not simply about posture and pose, but community, relationship, and living a mindful life on and off the mat. We’re all in this together – come join us for a class!
Prenatal, Om Baby Yoga
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 13 years. She graduated in Modern Chinese Studies in the UK and has 2 young children. Most recently, she became a certified Hypnobirth teacher. Bettina can teach in English and Chinese.
Prenatal, Hatha Vinyasa
Amaia has been practicing yoga for over 9 years, and has completed over 500 hours of teacher training. She is currently studying anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff. Originally from Spain, she started her teaching journey at the Sivananda Centre in Switzerland, and completed her second TT in Shanghai, while pregnant with her second child. Her attention to detail and extensive knowledge of movement and anatomy bring a strong and energetic practice into focus. Expect a flowing, fun class with dynamic movements intended to bring about a stronger mind-body connection.
Hatha Vinyasa 1-2
10 years ago, Rotem walked into her neighborhood yoga studio in Tel Aviv, and hasn't looked back. Her classes are strong, energetic, and Jivamukti-inspired. Rotem completed her teacher training in Shanghai with Lorraine Aronson. She loves helping students achieve things they didn’t think possible - look forward to a lot of creative flows, fun music, and arm balancing. She is originally from Israel, and is the proud owner and designer of Core.
Hatha, Hatha basics
Anna Karin is always first and foremost a student. She started practicing in Hong Kong in 2005 to regain strength after pregnancy. Her 'Scandinavian stiffness' made it a challenge, but the change in her body and spirit kept her coming back. 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. In addition to being a yoga teacher, she is also a passionate sailor and sailing instructor, and once sailed across the Atlantic from New York to Stockholm at age 17.
Hatha, Hatha Vinyasa 1-2
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 a warm and attentive teacher, and her classes incorporate pranayama, chanting, and strong, alignment centered asana. Expect to feel challenged and get sweaty. She completed her teacher training with Benjamin Finnerty and John Walker in 2010. She grew up in Guilin, and is an avid outdoorswoman (despite living in Shanghai for 9 years!) and adventurer Jade can teach in English and Chinese.
Hatha Vinyasa and Heated Vinyasa
Kellie has been involved in some kind of physical fitness since she was a child - her mother was a PE teacher, so maybe it's in her genes! She lived in Hong Kong for 12 years, where she completed the PhysicalMind Initiation 101 Mat course back in 2000. She has also completed Fitness Principles and Mat Level 1, 2 & 3 with Polestar, as well as PhysicalMind Concentration 201. She loves teaching beginners, and helping students build strength and control in their bodies. Kellie has a deep understanding of both anatomy and breath, and her 10 plus years teaching make her classes fun, informative and engaging for all levels. In addition to Pilates, she is also a certified Gyrotonics teacher. She lives in Shanghai with her yoga teaching husband Paul.
Hatha, Yin, Yin/Yang Flow
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 in English and Chinese.
Ashtanga(Led, Basics, Mysore), Hatha Vinyasa 1-2
Sarah came to yoga as a way to deal with a chronic injury in her teens, and at the insistence of her older sister (also a yoga teacher!), stuck with it. Throughout the last 11 years, she’s practiced everything from Bikram to Kundalini yoga, but is most inspired by the meditative, dynamic energy of Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Sarah teaches with humor and compassion, and her classes explore movement infused with breath and intention - expect deep backbends, hip openers, and going upside down. She is both humbled and delighted to share her love of yoga each week with her students. She has completed 3 teacher trainings, most recently with senior Ashtanga teacher David Swenson. Sarah is a corn-fed Iowa girl who has lived in Shanghai the last five years. Sarah is co-founder of Yoga Garden and Director of Programing. Get in touch with her here: sarah at yogagarden dot com.
Hatha Vinyasa 1
After many years playing team sports and heaving metal bars around, Paul was introduced to the practice of yoga by his wife, Pilates and Gyrotonic teacher Kellie. His practice began in Hong Kong, and was merely a way to improve flexibility and strength. It wasn’t until he and Kellie moved to California that the real discovery of yoga began. Early dawn classes led to a 200 hour Teacher Training accreditation at Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary in Pasadena. Teaching weekly classes and discovering that yoga was the most effective way to release tension and bring balance, flexibility and strength to the body and mind was life changing. His classes are physical and fun, but always attentive to the more spiritual, subtle practices. His classes are about building strength, inside and out. Here in Shanghai, Paul has completed a 220 hour YTT Yoga Alliance Course under the direction of Rajeev Sasidharan Srikumari.
Hatha, Hatha Basics, Vinyasa
Nizhen hails from an eclectic social entrepreneurial experience. Previously employed in the sustainability field overseeing an environmental education initiative and projects involving Corporate Social Responsibility as well as NGO capacity building, she came to the realization that true sustainability comes from within our own personal development to inspire change in action. She has a 200-hour certification registered under Yoga Alliance, although the training took 450 hours and was assessed by higher criterion under YTAA (Yoga Teacher Association of Australia). She has been a committed practitioner for 10 years, and has a technical yet intuitive understanding of Yoga. Her teaching style pays heed to every individual need. She believes that Yoga should be made accessible to all and hopes to impart through her teaching the essence of Yoga – not its attainment but how with awareness people can work with their limits and use it as a tool to open the mind and body to bring transformation.
Hypnotherapy for Relaxation Workshop
Saturday, Jan 24, 2 – 5 pm
Presented by Christine Forte, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCH)
Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a wide variety of physical and mental difficulties over the centuries and yet most people know very little about what it actually is. During hypnotherapy, the therapist verbally guides the participant into a state of deep relaxation so that the full power of his or her subconscious imagination can be directed toward creating positive change. Physical relaxation through hypnotherapy can help to reduce worry, stress, insomnia, and that common state of “overly busy mind.”
In this workshop participants will gain a thorough introduction the practice of hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis, and Christine will guide the group in experiencing a full session hypnosis for relaxation. Participants will learn some fundamentals of progressive deep muscle relaxation and imagery for relaxation, which they will then be able incorporate regularly into their individual meditative practice.
500 RMB / 450 RMB members. Early bird registrants receive 50 RMB off before Jan 10.
Christine Forte is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) from the United States. She has been counseling expats in Shanghai for four years at her private practice, Balanced Heart Counseling. She is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCH) and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a therapy for processing traumatic memories. She is the president of the Shanghai International Mental Health Association (SIMHA) and a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
First timers deal: 200 RMB for first two regular classes
Drop in: 180 RMB
Monthly class passes
1 Month Unlimited Yoga and Pilates: 990 RMB
3 Months Unlimited Yoga and Pilates: 2500 RMB
6 Months Unlimited Yoga and Pilates: 4000 RMB
10 class pass: 1500 RMB (valid 2 months, one person per pass)
During the month of January, buy a 1 month pass and share with a friend! At least one person must be new to Yoga Garden. Happy New Year!
Passes are non transferable. A one time freeze is available for 6 month class pass holders. Presently, we are cash only.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Hour Yoga Helps:
XinXing Aid for Street Kids.
Over 58 million kids are left abandoned by migrant families unable to support or care for them. These children are virtually invisible – unable to participate in mainstream society without education, shelter or ability to work.
Xinxing Aid for Street Kids (Xinxing) is an independent grassroots non-profit organisation specializing in aid for street kids, founded in March 2006 by a group of former staff of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in 2001. Xinxing’s aim is to ensure street children and disadvantaged youth in regain their fundamental rights to survival, development and education by providing them immediate assistance and support, Xinxing offers psycho-support, medical aid, social-educational support, social investigation, and family mediation to help them reintegrate into mainstream society.
Previous Happy Hour charities include Lifeline Shanghai, a free mental health helpline for English speakers, and Shanghai Sunrise, which provides educational resources to migrant school children in Shanghai.