3 Top Unconventional Places to do Yoga in Vancouver


This list of the 3 Top Unconventional Places to do Yoga in Vancouver is courtesy of guest blogger Anita Cheung.

Photo Credit: Amy Teixeira (amyteixeira.com)
Photo Credit: Amy Teixeira (amyteixeira.com)

Anita Cheung is the owner of The Social Yoga, a nomadic studio that provides an alternative to a typical yoga class experience. Classes are weekly, small group and progressive- so you can actually get to know the people you’re with and up your yoga game at the same time. Each month features classes in a different space around town. The intention is to bring yoga back down to earth in a lighthearted way. You can follow along via social media (@thesocialyoga) or visit her site at:www.thesocialyoga.com

As the owner of a nomadic yoga studio, I have had the opportunity to teach and practice in some pretty fun places around town. Below are three of my favourites:


Railtown Café of Railtown (sub-neighbourhood of Gastown)

Railtown is home to some seriously talented local companies that have gone global (think: Herschel, Aritzia) and Railtown Café is the lunchtime watering hole for the employees of these A-list companies. However, before the café opens and before the 9-5’ers trickle into the neighbourhood, the space is a beautiful place to practice. As the sun rises, light streams in from their garage door and there’s nothing quite like knowing you’ve done good for your body while everyone else was asleep. And if that doesn’t sell you on it, well, coming out of savasana to the smell of coffee brewing and fresh breakfast being made should do it.

Photo Credit: Alexa Mazzarello (alexamazzarello.com)
Photo Credit: Alexa Mazzarello (alexamazzarello.com)



33 Acres Brewing of Mount Pleasant

Actually, there may be something better than the smell of coffee and that’s the smell of waffles and beer on a Sunday. For three months last fall, we called 33 Acres Brewing home on Sunday mornings and became so accustomed to the smell of hops that we started to associate the smell of beer with yoga (oh, olfactory nerve, you would). The early morning light hits just right in the beautifully minimalistic (and spacious!) white space and there is no shortage of good vibes around.

Photo Credit: 33 Acres Brewery (33acresbrewing.com)
Photo Credit: Alex Teixeira (amyteixeira.com)



The Soap Dispensary of Mount Pleasant

While this space is a bit tight for yoga, it’s a perfect place for meditation. We line up cushions on the ground and there is plenty of wall space for back support. The Soap Dispensary is absolutely pristine, and totally adorable,. The walls are lined with local, eco-friendly products free from packaging (to help reduce waste in this world). Every time we’ve had a series here, we always leave feeling more educated (Thanks to Linh, the owner) about the little tools and tips we can utilize to reduce our footprint. Of course, we also leave feeling more clear and level-headed- but that’s due to the meditation.


Learn more about the neighbourhoods mentioned above and find out which is the perfect match for you and your lifestyle by visiting Lett.io!


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