Yoga Garden is a community centered 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 are delighted to be holding classes at the beautiful 9 Clouds studio. Please find us here: 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, 4th Floor. In between Julu and Changle Lu.
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Please visit Rates for promotions and packages and Workshops/Events to see more info about what is happening in May and June at the studio.
Mysore is a self led Ashtanga practice. Students practice at their own pace and level, with guidance from Sarah. It is suitable for beginners but experience with the Primary series is ideal. Please feel free to talk to Sarah before attending.
Mats are available for use, but for hygienic purposes, we recommend bringing your own if possible.
Hatha Vinyasa, Yoga for Core
Emilie has been teaching with Yoga Garden for 2 years, and effortlessly infuses joy into each class. Originally from the east coast of the US, she is a fitness enthusiast and animal lover. She loves helping students feel empowered in their bodies, and includes alignment in her flow sequences so that every student feels safe, supportive, and poised for growth. Emilie teaches in English.
Hatha Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Ashtanga
Bene is a teeny tiny powerhouse sharing her love of yoga each week through creative sequences and core work. She completed her teacher training in Shanghai, and is a dedicated student, as well as a sharp eyed and kind hearted instructor. Bene teaches in English and Chinese.
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, Yin, Yin/Yang Flow
Kassi's classes are focused, tailored, and compassionate. She is an excellent teacher for beginners, but her classes are diverse and challenging for students of any level. She completed her first Hatha teacher training in Shanghai, and has remained dedicated to this practice, as well as exploring the intimate practices of Yin. Kassi teaches in English.
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.
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.
Ashtanga(Led, Basics, Mysore), Hatha Vinyasa 1-2
Sarah's classes explore movement infused with breath and intention - expect deep backbends, hip openers, and going upside down. She has been practicing for over 11 years and teaching full time for nearly 7. Primarily an Ashtanga and Vinyasa teacher, but learns from and employs methods from Yin and Hatha yoga. She teaches with humor and compassion, as well as a deep understanding of yogic theory and philosophy, and a practical, generous way of sharing. Her classes emphasis mobility over flexibility, and she believes there is a practice out there for any body (and any attitude). 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 six years, and is co-founder of Yoga Garden, and Director of Programing. Additionally, she is a teacher with YogaAnytime.com. 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.
Yin/Yang Yoga – In Depth
Yin and Yang are interrelated forces of energy that comprise the natural world. They are strengthened by their complementary relationship to one another, and together form a nuanced and dynamic system of action and receptivity.
Understanding the subtle qualities and inter-connectedness of yin and yang energies during yoga practice can help us determine when, why, and how we practice.
Explore these ideas and energies in this special 3 hour class. Learn how to cultivate the yin energy in a dynamic practice, and how to maintain a dynamic sensitivity in the intimate practice of yin.
With Kassi. MAY 22 2 – 5 pm. 300 RMB. Pre-registration required.
July 5th – 13th 2016
Monthly class passes
1 Month Unlimited Yoga and Pilates: 990 RMB
3 Month Unlimited Yoga and Pilates: 2500 RMB
6 Month Unlimited Yoga and Pilates: 4000 RMB
10 class pass: 1500 RMB (valid 2 months, one person per pass)
First timers deal: 200 RMB for first two regular classes
Drop in: 180 RMB
PROMO! Early bird discount – 5 classes for 500 (only valid for 6:45 am classes, offer ends May 15)
Ballet workshop (beginning May 12) Bundle of 5 classes / 750 RMB
Passes are non transferable. Presently, we are cash or Wechat Wallet 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.