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Whether you're looking to become one with the universe or just get really toned, there's a yoga class in Berlin for you. If you're thinking about booking courses online, check out Fitengo. It's a new Berlin-based fitness search engine where you can specifically look up yoga and Pilates courses in English and reserve a spot hassle-free. Book a single course at a location and time that works for you, no commitment required.
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Eager to make martial arts more appealing to women, Jing Röttger and Yi Chung Chen sought to combine modern combat sport training with yoga and meditation, infused with a flare of their own Chinese background. The result is an artistic mix of Zen philosophy, refined teas and vigorous workouts. While the Tai Chi and meditation courses focus on controlled breathing and clear head space, those looking to get really physical can try the mixed martial arts class “Woo!Zen”, an intense workout with elements of kung fu, Muy Thai, and cardio set to upbeat dance music. If relieving stress through a punching bag isn’t your thing, the aforementioned ceremony will allow you to sample high-quality teas before purchase. Book through Fitengo!
Prenzlauer Berg plays host to a small but perfectly formed Yoga Klub which offers Iyengar yoga to the needs and abilities of a wide age group. The style was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the foremost modern authorities on yoga, flexibility and fitness, and at Yoga Klub they enables students of all levels to take part, from kids to pregnant women to the elderly. The discipline can become physically demanding but the poses are broken down into smaller movements. Yoga Klub has no luxury herbal tea or showers with fancy lighting, but stocks all the paraphernalia necessary for a proper session, right down to the beanbags to cover your eyes for the relaxation period at the end.
The purple-hued bright and spacious Friedrichshain studio is prepared to handle crowded classes, but on a weekday morning, you're probably in for an intimate experience – lots of help perfecting that vinyasa and a well-earned massage during savasana. With almost 50 classes a week across three locations, dedicated yogis benefit from their flat rates and even the least flexible among us can find a fitting time and level. Book through Fitengo!
On a lofty top floor, enjoy celestial views as you move through your sun salutations – and a spa including sauna and massage rooms. "Shiva Shakti Yoga in English” explores a full range of yoga methods ranging from fiery poses to vinyasa meditative flows. Or brush up on those languages and attend a class offered in French or Spanish. Especially accommodating to new mothers, “Yoga with Babies” allows for extra bonding time with your baby or put your older ones in “Yoga for Children”. With over 20 instructors and up to 11 classes a day at all times, you can discover what works best for you. Book through Fitengo!
Situated in an airy fifth floor loft next to the leafy banks of the Spree,YogaRaum Berlin’s focus is on Element yoga, a fusion of Ayurveda and tantric methods that works as a tonic for modern life burnout. English language classes are offered, as are one-off acro-yoga workshops and tailored private sessions with founder Alex Kröker. By prioritising an easy-going and spiritually focused environment, it's a world away from the tendon-snapping, competitive styles of Bikram and fitness yoga. Book through Fitengo!