Yoga is increasingly popular on our shores, and there’s a flourishing number of yoga studios in Dublin. But before delving into the detail, let’s take a minute for the time and space yoga has traversed to make it here.
Yoga was first developed by the ancient Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India, over 5,000 years ago. In that time the original discipline has split and spread, been broken down and built back up, in countless different ways.
The yoga is now best know in the West as a posture based system of physical exercises, as well as a practice for stress-relief and relaxation.
Yoga in Dublin
In Dublin yoga is embraced in many different forms wholeheartedly by a blossoming community of yogis. Gone are the days where it was thought to be accessible only to hemp wearing, implausibly flexible hippies. Now, a yoga class on your lunch break is the norm – even if that means just commuting to the living room.
In regards to that lingering ‘hippie’ association, yoga studios in Dublin lead the way in welcoming people of all fitness levels, genders and backgrounds.
See below a list of some the best yoga studios in Dublin to start, reignite or enhance your yoga journey. All offer online yoga classes and in-person sessions, when possible…
Best Yoga Studios in Dublin
YogaHub’s website exclaims they offer ‘the friendliest classes in Dublin.’ An ethos they truly live and breathe. YogaHub runs classes for all levels at great value, from a growing number of studios across the city (5 at last count). They also have a consistent line-up of weekend/evening workshops, are often taught by visiting international teachers. Whether you’re looking to start your practice or take it to the next level YogaHub has something for you.
MOONS yoga is a cosy, light-filled nook, nestled above Fable + Stey cafe. Join a class there and let Sinead and her collective of like-minded yoga teachers treat you to mindful movement and meditation, to nourish the soul and the body in equal measures. The early 6.30am classes are a rarity in Dublin, but a God send for early birds. Equally, there’s nothing more indulgent than a mid-morning class at Moons. Follow by brunch at the cafe downstairs and a dip in the nearby Forty Foot afterwards. Lush.
Annie Kirwan and Lee Tracey, two of Dublin’s leading yoga and Pilates teachers, came together in 2019 to bring to life Reformation. The stylish wellbeing hub offers yoga, Pilates and ‘sweat’ classes all under one roof. The high ceiling-ed, bright yoga room is an inspiring space to practice, complete with Instagrammable wooden beams swaddled with ivy. Take a class with lead yoga teacher Lee, or another one of the passionate yoga team, and get ready to stretch and smile.
If coffee and yoga is your idea of a perfect morning, then a trip to Little Bird on on South Circular Road is a must. Little Bird is a cafe with a purpose built, light drenched yoga studio attached. Some of Dublin’s leading yoga teachers are regulars on the timetable here. They offer Mysore practice, as well as more typical styles like Vinyasa and Restorative. Many of the classes are an indulgent 90 minutes – so a decent Savasana is guaranteed. Plus there’s the benefit of a delicious brunch within tripping distance.
The term Samadhi in sanskrit means a state of transcendent oneness achieved through meditation. It’s regarded as the final stage assumed by a yogi at their death. Samadhi yoga studio in Dublin won’t expect you to achieve nirvana on your first (or one hundredth) class – don’t worry. However, just stepping off the bustling streets of Templebar and into this haven of calm will offer an immediate hit of serenity. Samadhi’s experienced teachers guide you through Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Kundalini, Prenatal, Sivananda, and Vinyasa yoga styles.
The Space Between
The Space Between is without doubt one of the most beautiful yoga studios in Dublin. Every detail of its design was consciously considered. The result is a yoga and meditation studio that also acts as a tea shop, gallery, and so much more. Their two stunning yoga rooms play with the notion of opposites. One is titled ‘Here, and the other ‘Now.’ ‘Here’ is white, bright and airy, ‘Now’ is painted black, atmospheric and heated. Other unique quirks include an outdoor cold shower, slick changing rooms and an utterly-lovable house dog, Alfie. Your own pooch is welcome too.
Project Revive is set off the main thoroughfare in the dynamic neighborhood of Ranelagh. The studio offers vinyasa, hot, kids, mum and baby as well as ‘bro flow’ yoga classes. Feeling stiff, fatigued or stressed? You can trust owner Hayley Killen and her team to guide you through an alignment based flow that will leave you feeling invigorated. Keep an eye out for their fun and fresh events calendar too. Project Revive often partner with other venues and interests. Prosecco may very well be involved…
Yoga Dublin has studios in Ranelagh and Dundrum and a dedicated hot studio in Rathmines. The studio has built a reputation for delivering a high quality standard of yoga in a diverse range of styles. Classes are available in levels to suit beginners as well as the advanced yogi. You can also complement your yoga practice with therapies such as deep tissue massage, Reiki and acupuncture. Helping to bring you as close as possible to total well-being.
The elbowroom offers a suite of other complimentary services alongside yoga truly making it a hub for wellbeing. Services include Pilates, Zumba, and fitness classes, as well as a physical therapy and reflexology clinic. Long settled in the community of Smithfield, The elbowroom is a welcoming, family-friendly studio for yogis of all ages and capabilities. The studio also specialises in pregnancy yoga and yoga for babies. You can never start too soon!
The Fumbally Stables
The Fumbally Stables’s timetable is less populated than other yoga studios in Dublin, but it’s quality over quantity here. In fact they don’t even brand themselves as a yoga ‘studio’ per se. They do however have one of the nicest ‘yoga rooms’ in the city, and offer a handful of fantastic yoga and meditation classes throughout the week. Keep an eye out for their Yoga + Lunch events. The perfect way to connect with a community of like minded yogis and enjoy delicious food from their sister cafe next door.
Groundstate is recent addition to the Dublin yoga scene and another yoga studio housed within a coffee shop. Yoga here comes to life however when the barista’s clock off, with classes each evening. Most interestingly co-owner and yoga teacher Mark leads a class on Wednesday named ‘Body, Breath and Mind.’ The class is billed as a mix of yoga, dance music and body movement, that will build energy and flexibility, while also getting you into a meditative head space.