Keep Warm and Find Your Zen at These 5 Vancouver Yoga Studios

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The weather outside isn’t frightful, but it’s definitely getting cold enough to merit most visitors and locals wanting to stay indoors. Yoga studios are a great place to either get cozy and relax or get moving to start or end your day. Whether you want to get your sweat on or find some quiet zen, Vancouver’s yoga studios and their internationally renowned teachers have got your back – bring your mind, body and spirit into balance in Vancouver!

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Keep Warm and Find Your Zen at These 5 Vancouver Yoga Studios

Downward dog in the departures: Yoga at YVR Airport

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Image from YVR Airport

Vancouver loves its yoga, so it has always been pretty surprising that there isn’t already a YYoga studio at the YVR Airport. Flying can be an anxious and somewhat uncomfortable experience (especially when you’re sitting for more than 4 hours!) so getting a little bit of stretching or meditation in before a flight can be very valuable.

This summer, YVR will be trying out a new dedicated yoga room as part of the Take-off Fridays Festival, the airport’s popular summer event series that features music, entertainment, and family-friendly activities in the terminal. The yoga room will be open each Friday until August 26 from 10am – 2pm.

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Downward dog in the departures: Yoga at YVR Airport

Vancouver Date Idea: Outdoor, Acrobatic, and Free Yoga with Your Sweetie

Photo Credit: Katie Huisman

YYoga, Photo Credit: Katie Huisman

During my year of intense dating, I went on a few outings with a guy who was really into yoga (he taught it as well). He was also outdoorsy, smart, and basically the classic Vancouver ‘ideal’ man. I’d been practising yoga on a very casual basis for the last fifteen years or so, and was at a point in my life where I particularly needed its calming effects. The ups-and-downs of the dating process can be tumultuous, to say the least, so some meditation and child’s pose really helped.

In any case, one day he called me and suggested we do a yoga class together. Personally, I’d never thought of it as a date idea but, in fact, it’s a great activity, even if it’s wordless. I would recommend going for coffee or a bite to eat afterwards as well to discuss your class. Yoga heightens awareness of the body, so there’s something highly sensory – even sensual – about doing yoga next to someone you’re attracted to. Plus, many yoga studios incorporate partner work into their classes, which will involve some form of physical contact between you and your date. Yoga also helps with tranquility that can sometimes be elusive on a date. I have a friend who consistently goes to yoga classes with her husband when she visits a new place as a way of grounding from the bustle of travel and sightseeing.

Vancouver certainly has no shortage of stellar yoga studios that offer a wide variety of environments and yoga and teaching styles. And with the rainy season on its way out and the weather warming up (yay!), outdoor yoga is also a great option for getting your namaste on together. Here are five Vancouver yoga options that are worth checking out:

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Vancouver Date Idea: Outdoor, Acrobatic, and Free Yoga with Your Sweetie

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I help people live a life that they love. I do that as a Leadership Development Advisor for lululemon athletica where I empower great people to achieve their dreams, and as the Champion of Community for NoMoSolo where I help partner happy people offline. Both of these roles allow me to work with amazing people, to create things that are remarkable, and to wake up every day wearing a smile! Continue reading:
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