Feeling stressed? You should consider one of the best yoga classes in Ho Chi Minh City. They can help you relax.
Picture the scene: It is a Friday evening, you have worked 40 hours this week, and spent an hour a day battling Ho Chi Minh City rush hour traffic. You need a little time out, an hour or so a week to be with your own thoughts. And what better way to do that than with a yoga class! Among both expats and locals, yoga is huge in Saigon with loads of studios offering classes, courses and even retreats. All classes are taught in English or English and Vietnamese. So, if you are looking at taking it up and finding your Zen then read on to learn some of the best yoga classes in Ho Chi Minh City.
Nestled in the heart of peaceful Thao Dien Ward, Yoga Pod prides itself on having a secret garden and has the outdoors at heart. When possible, classes can take place outside but the studio always has open doors to allow you to feel at one with nature while stretching and bending – even in rainy season! There are seven classes, Monday through Friday, four on Saturday, and three on Sunday. And there are a range of levels with both English and Vietnamese instructors. You have to book in advance, and classes tend to have no more than 15 to 20 people in them.
Location: 28 Duong Thao Dien, Thao Dien, HCMC
Cost: Prices range from 950,000 VND ($40USD) for 5 classes to 1,650,000 VND ($70USD) for 1 month unlimited
Taking place at the Intercontinental Saigon Hotel, Rooftop Yoga Saigon is a brilliant option if you want to take in the city’s stunning skyline while twisting your body into knots. There is a monthly program, with classes throughout the day — although the sunrise and sunset classes are particularly popular. Sunday’s 7am outdoor yoga session is free, so be sure to make the most of this and book your space in advance.
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Corner Hai Ba Trung & Le Duan, District 1, HCMC
Cost: 200,000 VND ($8.70USD) per session, with discounts if you sign up for more than one class
Yoga on a budget
With two studios, one in District 1 and one in District 3, Yoga Living has become a popular choice for locals and expats alike. The schedule of classes is jam-packed, with nearly 40 classes a day between the two sites. Although it might be a little busier than some of the more exclusive and boutique options, you get incredible value for money with Yoga Living, without compromising the quality of teaching.
Location: Studio 1: 126 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3, HCMC
Studio 2: 11B Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1, HCMC
Cost: Drop-ins cost between just 50,000 VND ($2USD) and 100,000 VND ($4USD), depending on the type and length of the class. A variety of memberships or bulk-bought lessons is also available
Sivananda is an International Yoga Organization with centers in over 30 locations worldwide, the Vietnamese branch having studios in both Dalat and HCMC. It is a not-for-profit organization and run by volunteers, with values focusing on sharing knowledge. Their Saigon center has almost doubled in size in the last 5 years; they now have enough space to hold five to six classes a day and can also offer a one-year residency as part of their courses. If you want the full yoga experience, they are an excellent place to start or continue your journey.
Location: 25 Tran Quy Khoach, Tan Dinh, District 1, HCMC
Cost: There is a range of packages and options for classes, courses and membership, but, for example, non-members pay 126,000 VND ($5.50USD) for a drop in class
Suzanne Vian Yoga at Jiva Studio offers an impressive range of options, whatever your wants or needs: from kids yoga, to drop-in classes, to an annual retreat in Mui Ne, to teacher training. There are two modern yet cozy studios in trendy Thao Dien Ward, both with excellent facilities. It is easy to book online for ad-hoc classes, or you can sign up for memberships or longer courses if you want to really stretch yourself (literally!). Suzanne herself has been teaching Yoga in Vietnam since 2003, and now has 6 other instructors working at the Jiva studio.
Location: Main studio: Jiva Studio, 50 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien, HCMC.
Riverside studio: 53 Vo Truong Toan, Thao Dien, HCMC
Cost: 270,000 VND ($12USD) for a drop-in class; memberships vary depending on your requirements
Good for kids
Also known as Yoga SnS, Sculpt n Shape is situated on the 16th floor in the heart of District 1, but also a million miles away from the city center madness. There are classes every day of the week between 6.45am and 8.15pm, and you can also book onto their longer courses. SnS also offers a unique option for those who are pregnant or have small children: their “Prenatal Yoga” and “Yoga For Kids n Mom’s” classes, with instructors specially trained in teaching small children, are trendy with moms who want to meditate with their mini-me.
Location: 16th Floor, Saigon Mansion Building, 3 Vo Van Tan, District 3, HCMC
Cost: There are many options available, but prices range from 242,000 VND ($11USD) for one class to 12,760,000 VND ($580USD) for a 12-month unlimited membership.
Something more personal
This center calls itself a boutique gym and yoga studio and focuses very much on the individual. Their yoga classes will never have more than 14 people in them, meaning you get a more personalized experience and have plenty of room for your mountain, warrior or downward dog poses. They offer a range of levels from beginners to practitioners, with different types of yoga like Hatha and Ashtanga.
Location: Riverside Residence, Nguyen Luong Bang, Phu My, District 7, HCMC
Cost: Prices of membership, courses and appointments are available on inquiry, depending on your needs
So many choices
So whatever your budget, experience and preferences, there is something for everyone’s yoga needs in Saigon. This is just the tip of the iceberg too. Enjoy checking out the best yoga classes in Ho Chi Minh City!