Amsterdam offers great Yoga opportunities, both as a teacher and as a student. Yoga mats are usually included in the class price in Amsterdam, and all the classes I took were in English.
Check some of these great studios!
- Parc Studio is a young Yoga community in the South part of the city, with a cozy studio located across from Sarphati Park, which makes you feel surrounded by Nature. I've taken few classes with the owner, Regina: both her Vinyasa and Yin&Yang classes were led with special care for correct alignment, with a nice balance between challenge and relaxation, and accompanied with inspiring Yoga philosophy. Tea and chats will comfort you after class. Price are competitive: 5 euro first timer, 12 euro walk-in. I offered some Vinyasa here in Oct & Nov.
- Svaha Yoga Shala is one of the oldest studios in town, founded in the tradition of Jivamukti. I joined their free community class on Friday, which was led by Mark, an excellent teacher who led a vibrant, fun, challenging, and inspiring 1hr Vinyasa Class. They also offer Kirtan every Friday eve. Recommended!
15 euro walk-in.
= De Nieuwe Yoga School is located in a stylish large studio in the center of Amsterdam and it's a pretty popular spot. Personally I didn't feel a sense of community, and actually I felt rushed in and out of a class with maybe 50 people. The Vinyasa class I took didn't have a good flow, more of a fitness than a holistic approach, but maybe it wasn't my lucky day! 15 euro walk in
= Delight Yoga has three beautiful locations in different parts of the city, and they offer a lot of consistently high quality classes; Ashtanga, Mysore, Vinyasa, and Yin Yang for instance. Their walk in is 15 euro, they don't accept cash, only cards. I ended up joining their Intro Offer: 50 euro for 10 classes. Recommended!
- Yogisha: the first store in Amsterdam completely dedicated to Yoga, nice merchandise and friendly staff!
_Dec 28, 2011- Jan10, 2012
15 min train ride from Amsterdam Haarlem is a fascinating town that seems to come out of a fairy tail.
Rent a bike and wander around its narrow streets, enjoy its authenticity, discover the original internal gardens called Hofje, and don't miss a visit to the several vintage stores, in particular Stijlloods!!
In Haarlem I've been visiting a couple of Yoga Studios.
- De Yoga Tempel
The founder Micha is a great Asthanga teacher, they offer also Power (vinyasa) yoga and Kundalini classes. Elegant interior design, several students hang out before and after classes to have a tea and talk, very good vibe. There are no showers or changing rooms. Absolutely recommended!!
- Bikram Yoga Haarlem
I'm not a big fan of Bikram Yoga to begin with but I didn't find the staff particularly friendly. The studio also could use some more chairs to rest and cool off after class.
Wide changing room with common showers.
I've led a Vinyasa Yoga class at the local city beach, Stadstrand de Oerkap, a super cool little spot in Haarlem where people go to enjoy the summer sun, a good pizza and a fresh beer.
I had several total beginners among my students, what an honor to lead them through their first yoga class!... and I also made it to the local newspaper!
Here is the translation: "Wednesday morning around 11 it get's busy at the Haarlem city beach. All the participants, mainly yoga girls in leggings, find their spot in the sand. The city beach is doing an one time yoga class given by Silvia Neri from New York. She travels through Europe and everywhere she goes, she offers her yoga classes. And she is successful: the city beach is almost full. The house cat is curiously walking around looking for attention. During the sun salutation the train passes by. That's the charmer of the Haarlem city beach."