Time to get fit. New additions to our round up of the best yoga classes in Manchester include Yoga Tara in Didsbury which offers Ashtanga and Jivamukti styles of yoga, as well as new Ashtanga Yoga Manchester classes on King Street which serves up early morning sessions for the brave and beautiful.

Ashtanga Yoga Manchester
This is a new, dedicated Ashtanga studio – meaning that it focuses exclusively on the dynamic, flowing style of yoga popularised by the likes of Madonna in the 1990s. This is the yoga for you, if you want to build strength and flexibility and see results each time you practice. There are a range of sessions, including beginners’ classes and Mysore style classes (self-led) for the more seasoned practitioner.
AYM Loft Studio, 38 King Street West, Manchester M3 2WZ. Tel: 07733396851, times and prices vary, www.ashtangamanchester.com

Yoga Express 
45-minute dynamic yoga classes for people on the move – beginners and advanced – founded by Matt Ryan. Located in the city centre, Yoga Express sequences a workout to build strength and flexibility, providing the benefits of a 90-minute class in half the time. All classes are drop-in, with yoga mats provided.
Mon –Sat, Studio 25, 25 Church Street, M4 1PE, Tel: 07983 605 295, various times, £6 per class, yogaexpressmanchester.co.uk

The Yoga Rooms Chorlton
Dedicated yoga space in Chorlton, offering a range of classes seven days a week. Classes include yoga and pilates for beginners, yoga for pregnancy, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow yoga for healthy backs and fatigue and more – all a mix of drop-in and pre-books (see full course list). Equipment for each class is provided.
Mon – Sun, 483a Barlow Moor Road (first floor), 
Chorlton, M21 8AG, various times, drop-ins £8 per class, theyogarooms.co.uk

Bikram Yoga Manchester
Recently expanded into two rooms, Bikram Yoga Manchester was the north west’s first Bikram Yoga studio. It offers 90-minute hot yoga classes with a series of Hatha yoga postures and breathing exercises all carried out in a room heated to 40C. All classes are drop-in and designed specifically for beginners.
Mon –Sun, 51 Church Street, M4 1PD, Tel: 0161 834 7789, various times, £10 per class, bikramyogamanchester.co.uk

The Life Centre
Offering slightly shorter classes than Bikram, The Life Centre offers a range of hot and regular yoga classes, with the largest range on offer, to our knowledge in the city centre and wider area. All classes are drop-in and are (largely) suitable to beginners. Most classes run for about an hour, and you can leave after 45 minutes so it’s possible to do this one on your lunchbreak. Monday evening’s Yin / Flow classes is special, allowing the rare opportunity to try both ‘slow’ yin-style yoga, as well as more dynamic poses in one class. There are good changing rooms, showers and hairdryers free to use, and you can rent or buy mats or towels from £1 a go.
Office A, 1 The Great Northern Development, 253 Deansgate Mews, M3 4EN, Tel: 0161 834 6283, various times, £10 per class, www.thelifecentrenorth.com

One Yoga Studio Chorlton
Situated in the heart of Chorlton, One Yoga Studio offers a place of self-exploration through the practice of yoga. Classes available may include beginners Ashtanga, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga, Jivamukti yoga, power yoga as well as other classes which may include kundalini yoga and ballet barre. Drop-in classes available, or memberships from £80 per month. Studio owner, Andrea Everingham, is a fierce and inspiring teacher – a good bet for those looking for a challenge.
Mon – Sun, Unit 14, Albany Road Training Estate, Albany Road, Chorlton, M21 0AZ, various times, from £7.50 per class, oneyogastudio.co.uk

Bodywise Health Centre
Located in the Buddhist Centre, Bodywise offers yoga and natural therapies for the body and mind, focusing on dynamic flow sequences and harmonising breath and movement. Classes include workshops, restorative yoga, pregnancy yoga and yoga for chronic fatigue. Drop-in classes are available, with equipment provided.
Mon – Fri, Manchester Buddhist Centre (second floor), 16 – 20 Turner Street, M4 1DZ, Tel: 0161 833 2528, various times, £8.50, bodywisenaturalhealth.co.uk

Yoga Tara
Yoga Tara, run by expert teacher, Tara Barton (pictured), offers a range of classes throughout the week, from dynamic, music-driven Jivamukti to pre and post-natal sessions. The classes take place in public halls, and mostly serve yoga fans in South Manchester. Barton also runs popular retreats in Cumbria (from around £200 for a full weekend), and is the kind of teacher who is very open and welcoming to those looking to get into yoga for the first time.
Location, times and prices vary, www.yoga-tara.co.uk

Ruth Allan
Published on:
Tue 5 Jul 2016