6 Yoga studios in Birmingham where you can get fit and find your zen

Birmingham Yoga encourages residents of the Magic City to flow with them. Photo via Birmingham Yoga

It’s the new year, and you know what that means: everyone’s talking about getting fit. This topic rolls around every year, and if you’ve tried it before, you know it can be easier said than done. However, it may be time for you to try something new. Break out of the typical gym routine and try something new, like yoga, for 2019.

Why Yoga?

This type of fitness is low impact, meaning it is are good for all types of bodies or fitness levels. The classes are led by professionally-trained teachers who ensure your safety and are there to help with your form as you start out on your yoga journey. Yoga has been known to help with injuries, stress-related issues and more, all while helping you on your way to your fitness goals.

Birmingham Gets Zen with Yoga Studios

Birmingham Yoga

About: Birmingham Yoga’s mission is to “support, nurture, and strengthen the Birmingham, Alabama yoga community through yoga teacher training opportunities, multi-level workshops, studio classes, networking with the surrounding community, and serving as a source of information for our students.”

Address: 605 37th St South Birmingham, AL 35222 

Rates: Walk-ins, $15. 5-Class Pass, $65. 10-Class Pass, $110. Unlimited monthly pass, $135. Annual unlimited pass, $1,296.

The Yoga Circle

About: The Yoga Circle is a classic yoga studio that offers mostly beginning yoga classes, with opportunities to grow as each students improves. All teaches are certified, and most classes take place in a heated room.

Address: 1425 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S (21st St.) Suite 200 

Rates: Drop-in, $15. 5-Class pass, $65. 10-Class pass, $120. 1 Month unlimited, $135. 6 Month unlimited, $550. 1 Year, $1,000.

Embody Practice Center

The Embody Practice Center is homey and inviting. Photo via Embody Practice Center

About: Embody Practice Center offers a variety of weekly classes, including 2 All-Levels Yoga classes, 2 Therapeutic Yoga classes, Tai-ji Quan (Tai Chi)​ for beginners as well as weekly practice sessions, Chair Yoga classes, and Yoga for Cancer Survivors classes. Organic Movement Fitness classes are also offered. They have physical therapists on staff and specialize in many different styles of movement.

Address: 3918 Montclair Road, Suite 100

Rates: Per class, $15. 6-Class pass, $72. 10-Class pass, $120.

Villager Yoga

Annie Damksy of Villager Yoga. Photo via Villager Yoga

About: “We are a community always seeking to grow, to learn from one another and to be ourselves. Yoga means union – the union of mind and body, and the union of the infinite and the measurable. Villager Yoga strives to unite the villager with the village, to help you create a thriving connection to yourself which you can carry through your everyday life.” – Villager Yoga owner, Annie Damsky

Address: 3150 Overton Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

Rates: Single Class, $15. 5-Class pass, $70. 10-Class pass, $125. Unlimited 1-month pass, $125. Unlimited 3-month pass, $295.

Conscious Body Healing Arts Center

About: Conscious Body Healing Arts Center employs yoga teachers, massage therapists, prayer practitioners, reiki masters and more to give you a full body and mind experience.

Address: 300 Office Park Drive Suite 205

Rates: Drop-in, $17. 4-Class pass, $40. First-time drop-in, $10.

Kind Roots Yoga

One of the studios at Kind Roots Yoga. Photo via Kind Roots Yoga

About: “Kind Roots Yoga is a studio offering classes in ashtanga, vinyasa flow, restorative, and children’s yoga in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. We believe everyone of all abilities and identities can benefit from the physical practice of yoga, as well as the mental and emotional healing that many people experience on the mat.   We are dedicated to providing students with the tools and instruction they need to become mindful yogis spreading kindness into the world.” – Kind Roots Yoga

Address: 825 39th Street South

Rates: First month unlimited pass, $30. 1 class, $10. 5-Class pass, $65. 10-Class pass, $110.

You can also take yoga classes at the YMCA locations across the Birmingham area. If you are a member, check the calendars at your location to find out when classes are offered.

Interested in trying out more new types of fitness in the new year? Check out the Birmingham Wellness Passport to try classes and more from 16 Birmingham-based fitness studios and wellness spots.