Whistler is a thriving and dynamic place, nestled in the Tantalus Mountain Range in beautiful BC. It has become a sought after destination, for people from all walks of life, from all around the world. There are countless activities to enjoy in this exquisite mountain town, and yoga is among the options; both directly in the village and a short drive out of town. If you’re looking for a place to stay centered on your travels, or get grounded within the chaos, this guide will help you choose the perfect studio to suit your needs.
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If you’re visiting in the summer months, you can take your practice out on the lake with “Whistler Paddleboard Yoga” or deepen your trust with acrobatic play and partner yoga through “Whistler Acro Community” .
Depending on the timing of your visit, you may find a sponsored class through Lole, Lululemon, or Forlise. Beyond these options, there are six established yoga studios in Whistler for you to align your mind, body and soul.
YYoga Neo Whistler
Offering Yoga in 12 studios in Vancouver & Toronto, YYoga has become an established and coveted name in the Yoga world. The studio in Whistler offers all of YYoga’s high standards and amenities in an adorable, comfortable setting. The showers, boutique and tea lounge invite students to come early and stay late, getting to know other students and staff.
This studio is a short distance out of town, but well worth the drive. Parking is free and accessible. It’s tucked in behind the Home Hardware with an array of other local businesses. Slightly out of the hustle-bustle and tourist traps that can engulf the village, this location has a warm, welcoming, and local feel. Speaking of warm, this is the only studio in Whistler that offers HOT yoga, at least once a day. Walled with mirrors, it’s a great place to come face-to-face with yourself and your inner world.
If Hot Yoga isn’t your thing, there are also Flow, Power, Sage Aromatherapy Yin, and Core-Fusion classes. Each class is taught by a dedicated and experienced teacher, and open to all levels of practitioner. It’s a large, beautiful room with lots of natural light, and has been operating as a yoga studio for over 15 years.
“I think anyone who practices Yoga will feel very at home, from the quality of the space, the bamboo floors, the peak a boo views of the mountains to the high quality of instructors”
How Much? $20 Drop In
If you are visiting both Whistler and Vancouver, purchasing an intro pass, a 5X or 10X pass will give you access in Whistler as well as 10 locations in Vancouver. Visit the YYoga website for more details on pass options!
*Mats and towels are available to rent
YYoga Neo Whistler, #9A – 1005 Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler, 604-935-9642, yyoga.ca/bc/locations/neo-whistler
Yogacara is also located in the heart of Whistler Village, easily accessible without having to worry about transportation or parking. It’s in the St. Andrews building, across from the Keg restaurant. The studio is on the second floor and the windows are cleverly covered, so you can see out to the mountains without a worry of on-lookers. The studio is complimented with art on the walls, and a beautiful little nook to enjoy a cup of tea before or after class. Yogacara offers an intimate class setting, with a maximum of 13 students in each class.
Anyone is welcome, and there’s no need to be intimidated; whether you’ve done yoga 100 times, never tried it before, or have recently re-structured your practice for an injury, there will be options to move within your range and a skillful teacher to assist you. Although you may break a sweat in some classes, overall this space offers a more gentle variety of classes, and provides guidance on the spiritual elements of the practice. At peak times, during winter, it is a good idea to visit the website and reserve your spot.
“Our space is peaceful and inviting and our classes are welcoming to all levels. It is for students who appreciate compassion, connection, and community”
How Much? $20 Drop In
Visit the Yogacara website for more details on pass options!
*Mats and props are provided
White Gold Yoga
A short 15 minute walk from the village, inside a private residence, is White Gold Yoga. If you prefer to drive, find more details on their website about parking. A cozy, heated room provides a perfect environment to step up to the challenge of Baron Baptiste Power Yoga. The practice is challenging, but the invitation is to set your adult mind aside and play.
Explore your physical boundaries, sweat out toxins, and receive careful hands on assists from a deeply connected instructor. Through four varieties of Power Yoga classes, there is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to access the postures and create individual modifications. If you’re unsure of whether this practice is for you, or you’re short on time, download an audio sequence from their website and check it out.
Erin Anderson, the founder of White Gold Yoga carries the philosophy “Live Big!” and the potent yoga practice at her studio will invite you to hone in on who you really are, what you want to create, and what it really means for you to live big. Philanthropic and generous yogis can become involved and make donations to the “Africa Yoga Project” by making a purchase in the studio, or explore other ways to connect through the White Gold Yoga Website.
Loka Yoga Whistler
Located just South of the Village, in one of Whistler’s most stunning hotels, you’ll find Loka Yoga. Their primary styles are Jivamukti and Ashtanga Yoga; but they also offer a selection of Yin, Restorative, financially accessible and therapeutic classes. There is a complete yoga wall set up as well. This space is invaluable and open to all.
You’ll notice right away that to Tina Pachumati James and her team, yoga is about much more than a system of exercises. Jivamukti Yoga integrates the deeper spiritual aspects of yoga with a strong physical practice. The word means ‘liberation of the soul’, or ‘liberation while living’. The teachers at this studio are passionate about carrying on the tradition of yoga and making it accessible and understandable to anyone who is willing to show up and do the work.
“We honour our teachers and our lineage. Having humility of being a messenger is very important to us.”
Classes will likely include breath work, meditation, chanting and discussion about the principles of yoga; to deepen the meaning behind your movement. Your practice is always your own; and all students can come and go as they please; however, you may be invited to consider your impact both on and off the yoga mat.
“Activism is a huge part of our philosophy. We tell our students: go and do yoga in the real world. Stand for your cause, whether it’s environment, First Nations, women, or any project that inspires you.” – Victoria Grace Lopez
$18 – 60 Minute Drop In
$20 – 90 Minute Drop In
Karma Classes – $10 cash for select classes on the schedule. See the Loka Yoga website for more details on pass options!
Directly in the village, Yama Yoga has moved from its previous location in the AlpenGlow Hotel to the Whistler Racquet Club, and will slowly be transitioning to “Yoga with Colleen”. It’s located across from Market Place, just off Lorimer Road. All classes will be taught by Colleen Felgate, previous owner and operator of Yama Yoga. Although not strictly a studio, the new location is intimate, inviting and comfortable, with a mountain view. Colleen will arrive ahead of class and creatively transform the fitness room into a yoga sanctuary; with curtains, cleanliness, and surround sound.
The room fits eight mats comfortably; so if you want to guarantee your spot, preregister online for the class you plan to attend. Passionate, high quality instruction and a detailed anatomical focus will keep you aligned and safe. Colleen offers creative, healthy sequences, modifications for all levels, and adaptations for injuries. The deeper elements of the practice are carefully inter-woven into each movement sequence, so you can feel the benefits in more than just your body. If you’re looking for a cozy setting, with a beautiful view and an experienced instructor, Yama Yoga is a great option!
How Much? $20 Drop In
Contact Colleen for more details and pass options!
Bear Paw Yoga [UPDATE: NOW CLOSED]
Opening in July 2017, this is a brand new studio North of Whistler village. On the road to Pemberton, you can enjoy a hike, bike ride, or visit to the lake before or after your yoga practice. Parking is free and easy, with absolutely stunning mountain views.
Operating in partnership with Triangle wellness, Bear Paw Yoga plans to offer up to 35 yoga classes a week in a variety of styles, including Acro and Aerial Yoga. If you’re planning to visit Whistler this summer, and you’re curious about new, innovative approaches to wellness, be part of this studio’s inauguration!
“The vision is to create and offer a clear space to support our community on the journey to alignment.”
How Much? $19 Drop In. Take 2nd class in a row for half the price!
For a small place, Whistler offers a great variety of Yoga classes. We hope this guide has been helpful for you to choose the place that suits you best!
Illustration by Ksenia Sapunkova.
Crystal Rainbow Borrelli @crystalrainbowyoga
Yogacara Whistler @yogacarawhistler
Loka Yoga Whistler @lokayogawhistler
White Gold Yoga @whitegoldyoga
Yama Yoga @yama_yoga
Bear Paw Yoga @bearpawyogawhistler
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