yoga in amsterdam



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When you’ve been travelling, your body can get confused. How do you explain “missed flight” and “jet lag” to your joints and ligaments? Our mission when we landed in Amsterdam last month (en route to Belgium to support the Specialized-lululemon cycling team): find yoga.

vondelpark: yoga found us

The scene: a misty early morning in Amsterdam's urban park.
The stalkers: two bleary-eyed Canadians on rented hotel bikes, yoga mats in tow.
The yogi: We came across Ciara, who recently completed her yoga teacher training in India, and had to stop to take some stealth footage.

svaha yoga

After Vondelpark, we flowed and twisted in Wouter’s class at Svaha Yoga.

The neighbourhood: Jordaan, a central, walkable neighbourhood with cute shops.
The studio: a well-established studio in Amsterdam (with two locations). The Jordaan studio has two levels, and feels cozy and eclectic.
The yoga: All kinds of yoga are practiced here, from Ashtanga Vinyasa to Restorative.
Things I loved: harmonium playing to open and close class, chandeliers and a colourful roof, and lavender-scented eye pillows for savasana (side note – I want to make these – does anyone have a recipe?).

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delight yoga

The second studio we visited on our DIY yoga tour of Amsterdam was Delight Yoga, where we took a yin class with Skadi.

The neighbourhood: Centrally located on the Weteringschans, in a heritage building with no signage.
The studio: Three floors, high ceilings, steep staircases, beautiful, light and modern.
The yoga: Multiple styles offered, including Ashtanga, Anusara, and meditation.
Things I loved: The most beautiful change room and reception area I've ever been in, sparkly class tokens, the sweet-spicy tea after class.

Skadi guided us through restorative poses and the 1.5 hour class went by in a blur – in fact, I may have fallen asleep completely but I’m not quite sure. I just know that when it was over, my back was smiling.

yoga - amsterdam - travel

a few more reasons to pack stretchy clothes on your next trip

  • downdogging with locals = direct access to local recommendations for the best coffee or post-yoga apple pie
  • finding the yoga studio is an adventure on its own and a guaranteed way to discover new neighbourhoods.
  • your body will thank you.

These are only two examples of the many studios and styles of yoga that Amsterdam offers. What's your favourite Amsterdam studio, and why?

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13 Comments »


I’m doing a Euro trip in the summer with a stop in Amsterdam and definitely want to get a class in while there- thanks so much for this post! Beautiful video as well!

Comment by Anil N. Singh — April 30, 2012 @ 6:24 am


So awesome that you post this on the most important and remarkable holiday of The Netherlands QUEENSDAY!

Love this post with those beautiful pictures and the video from Amsterdam!
Also a great way to get over your jetlag: a quick loop in Vondelpark (2 miles) or Amsterdamse Bos (4 miles)by bike or running.

Comment by Marloes — April 30, 2012 @ 8:52 am


For anyone who needs an alignment check, the Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam (near Weesperplein) is my pick. This yoga school has the oldest Iyengar yoga teacher training programme in the world, and senior teachers Clé Souren and Delilah King are amazing.

Comment by Simone — April 30, 2012 @ 10:02 am


YEAH ALANA! Such a cool story.

Comment by Alexis — May 1, 2012 @ 10:21 am


Such a good idea on how to beat jetlag and getting an inside look at the neighborhood! Definitely doing this in my next travels.

Comment by Faye Martins — May 2, 2012 @ 7:15 am


The yoga studios posted in the article seem more like adorable yoga boutique studios! The studio space of Delight Yoga looks invigorating! A new reason to visit Amsterdam!

Namaste!

@Yoga_Life_Van

Comment by Yoga Life Van — May 2, 2012 @ 1:41 pm


This is a great post – esp the reasons to pack stretchy clothes — seeking out familiar activities in a new city is a great way to experience ‘real life’. Felt like I was there with you when I read it.

Comment by Aileen — May 16, 2012 @ 11:38 am


Glad to see you visited Amsterdam and that you liked delight yoga. I recently started at delight yoga and I must admit Skadi is an amazing teacher.
But besides that, I really hope lululemon opens up a store somewhere in Amsterdam or at least The Netherlands.

Comment by RJN — May 22, 2012 @ 12:21 pm


When I came to Amsterdam in June 2012 I also found Delight Yoga, for me the beginning was my namesister Skadi, which you find not very often. I just looove the calm and peaceful atmosphere there. The teachers are all so nice and you can feel that they enjoy teaching you their love to yoga. For me its the place that I really found out about the right breathing and connection to the poses, staying and relaxing in a pose like you do in Yin Yoga and not taking perfection but your own yoga style serious and make it enjoyable. Peace of mind!

Comment by Skadi L. — August 14, 2012 @ 2:48 am


I’ve been a member of Delight Yoga for 9 months now. September will be my last month since I’m leaving the country. When people ask my if there is anything I’m going to miss from Amsterdam I’ll have to put Delight Yoga on the top of my list. Many wonderful teachers and a beautiful studio. Love looking out the windows while doing the poses, seeing rooftops of classic buildings and being surrounded by fresh cut flowers, buddha statues and enthusiastic yoga practitioners.

Comment by Kristín Gunnarsdóttir — August 14, 2012 @ 4:27 am


Hi doing Yoga is a good thing. It provides a peace of mind.

Comment by buddhist statues — June 10, 2013 @ 5:05 pm


Hello, I am coming to Amsterdam next Tuesday, 13th Aug and would like to do a yoga class somewhere in Amsterdam. Vinyasa Flow or similar class would be nice. Please contact me if you know of classes still going. Other forms of yoga will also be ok.
Many thanks Driekie

Comment by Driekie — August 6, 2013 @ 3:36 am


nice blog!
FYI, From the 13th till the 30th of August there will be free yoga classes every day from 10 to 11AM at The Student Hotel, because it is celebrating its opening! :-)

Comment by Bora — August 12, 2013 @ 11:54 am


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