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When it’s nearly impossible to snag a spot at your favorite 6 p.m. yoga class, it might feel like everyone in your city does yoga. But now, thanks to data from ClassPass and Mindbody, we have a better idea of which cities truly are the most popular for yoga—and some on the list may surprise you.
ClassPass—a platform that connects members to fitness classes, salon and spa services, and wellness experiences in more than 2,500 cities around the world—combed through its data to find out which cities booked the highest number of yoga classes in 2021. The top three? San Diego, Austin, and Columbus, Ohio. But that’s not all they discovered. Yoga ranked number two in overall bookings, just after strength training. Data from ClassPass also showed that Tuesday was the most popular day for users to book a workout, and 5:30 p.m. classes were the most in-demand. (So yeah, those super-full weekday evening classes are not just in your imagination.)
If your city didn’t make the cut for ClassPass, no worries. We reached out to Mindbody—the ever-popular online booking app—to get their take on the most popular cities for yoga. Data from the 2022 Mindbody Wellness Index found that Miami, Oakland, and Atlanta were the cities with the largest population of residents who practice yoga. The same index, which surveyed more than 16,000 adults in the 50 most populated cities in the county, found that Miami, New York City, and Tucson had the highest number of residents opting to take in-person yoga classes.
A few of our favorites in these yoga-centric cities
Whether you live in one of these yoga-loving cities or are just dropping by for a visit, we pulled together a list of some fantastic studios, classes, and teachers to seek out.
Leah Cullis, yoga teacher, holistic health coach and author
Octavia Raheem, yoga teacher and author
Acharya Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati, spiritual director of Kashi Atlanta
Danny Fluker, executive director of Black Boys OM
Neeti Narula, yoga and meditation teacher
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