Yoga isn’t just for young millennial women (although I’ll admit I fit that description and love yoga 🙋). GVL has options for everyone from kids to seniors to expecting moms to folks recovering from injuries.
Here are a few class ideas if you wanna *stretch* your comfort zone and meet some new *om*ies:
1️⃣ Yoga for EveryBODY | Greenville Yoga | $12 | The folks at Greenville Yoga are *very* accommodating of every body type, ability + age and help you adjust poses as needed – you’ll meet lots of older yogis in this class
2️⃣ Men’s Core Yoga | Led by Downtown Yoga, held at Green Valley Country Club | 225 Green Valley Rd | $15 | Stretch + strengthen, whether as an addition to your workout routine to just to get a little zen
3️⃣ Prenatal Yoga for All Levels | It’s Yoga | 5 class package for $75 | Prep for childbirth with stretches to tone muscles, improve balance and endurance + improve sleep and stress levels
4️⃣ Aerial Yoga | MAYA Movement Arts | $18 | Try yoga with a stretchy sling for a gentle session that eases your joints + gives you more of a chance to stretch/invert
5️⃣ Kids Yoga + Tween Yoga | Indigo Flow & Art | $12 | Beginner and group activities for kids to introduce yoga poses, and self-love + empowerment focused classes for young adults
And a tip for first-timers: make sure to check each studio’s schedule and pricing for discounted community classes and packages for newbies (like a free week of classes or $30/30 days).
That’s just a sampling of a few unique yoga classes you can find in GVL. If you want to dig in deeper, here are the yoga studios you can find in your neighborhood (and a good starter class from each):
Downtown Yoga | 17 W North St | First class is free, classes $10-15 | Try Form and Foundation Flow to get comfortable with controlling your breath and moving between poses
Indigo Flow & Art | 1272 Pendleton St | New students get $30/30 days of classes, $12/single class, $95/mo. membership | A classic Vinyasa flow improves your balance and flexibility and varies enough that you won’t get bored (their $5 30-min weekly meditation is also amazing)
Soul Yoga | 25 Delano Dr | New students get $40/30 days, $20/single class, $97/mo. membership | Start with a Flow + Deep Stretch class to get a feel for hot yoga
Southern Om West End | 1116 S Main St Suite D | Offers student discounts, $17/single class, $99/mo. membership | Try Southern Flow for another taste of more intense hot yoga
- Vibrant Life Yoga Studio at Southern Om West End + Indigo Flow & Art | $15/single class, $60/five pre-paid classes | The perfect introduction to breath, balance, and the philosophy of yoga for folks who’ve never practiced
MAYA Movement Arts | 201 Smythe St | $5 – $18 | Start with a $5 Power + Breath class for a breath-focused session with a little dance thrown in
The Flow Depot | 1320 Hampton Ave | $10 – $12 (7 classes for $70 offered for some) | Their signature Zen-Yasa Flow class starts and ends with meditation and lets you sweat enough to feel satisfied after without feeling like a total workout
Bendy Birds Yoga at Birds Fly South |1320 Hampton Ave | $10 for each weekly class (Saturdays at noon) | An approachable class for all levels guiding you through breath, basic poses, and strength/flexibility (make sure to BYO mat)
Greenville Yoga | 10 W Stone Ave | First-timers get 7 days of free classes, $12/single class, $108/mo. membership (free monthly workshops + class discounts) | Mindful Flow introduces breath + basic postures while teaching mindfulness and stress relief
- Raven Massage & Yoga at Greenville Yoga | Pre-natal and post-natal mom and baby classes to increase your strength for childbirth and help your body recover + bond with your baby
Yoga-2-Go | 201 W Stone Ave | $50/60 min private session, $15/child 60 min group yoga session | Offers yoga sessions for schools and daycares, private yoga therapy for children, youth programs, and trainings/workshops for children’s yoga teachers
It’s Yoga Studio | 120 Halton Rd | New students get $29/10 consecutive days of class, offers student + teacher discounts, $15/single class, $99/one mo. of unlimited classes | Stretch, Balance, Align for All Levels is perfect for teaching you everything you need to know
Senior Action | 50 Directors Dr | With a monthly membership, $15/single class a week, $25/two classes a week | Beginner yoga is a solid option, but chair yoga is perfect for folks with injuries or who just want a gentler experience
One Love Hatha & Hops Yoga at Quest Brewing Co. | 55 Airview Dr | $10 for each weekly class (Mondays at 7 p.m., includes a pint after) | For folks who want to switch up their environment while practicing, try getting your stretch on out in the brewery (make sure to BYO mat)
Light in the Dark Yoga | 112 Montague Dr | Call for prices | Gentle Yoga combines standing + sitting poses with gentle movement and meditation for a chill session perfect for beginners
BK Hot Yoga | 106 W Curtis St | New students get $30/30 days or $10/1 week, offers student discounts, $15/single class, $90/unlimited monthly | Hot Flow is a gentler breath-focused class compared to other hot yoga sessions (which tend to feel more like a workout in general)
Southern Om Woodruff Rd | 1140 Woodruff Rd #301 | Offers student discounts, $17/single class, $99/mo. membership | Try Southern Flow for more intense (but still introductory) hot yoga
90 Degrees Yoga | 115 Pelham Rd | $21/21 days for new students, $15/single class, $99/mo. membership | Hot Yatra Yoga is their signature class (also has Greer + Anderson locations)
GHS Family YMCA | The YMCA offers yoga at all its locations (68 total classes per week): Caine Halter Family Y, Eastside Family Y, GHS Family Y, George I. Theisen Family Y, Verdae Y | Classes for members, but fill out this form + a membership representative will get in touch about trying out a class | Start with Yoga Flow – Any Level to get used to practicing yoga, then step it up when you’re ready to Power Yoga or Yogalates
Mauldin Senior Center | 203 Corn Rd | $2, no membership fee | Classes perfect for seniors who want to try a yoga class with a certified instructor
Yoga East | 4510 Old Spartanburg Rd | First class free, $15/single class, $99/mo. unlimited | Try Core + Sculpt Yoga for something a little different (but still suited for all ages and levels)
Yogalicious | 161 Dunbar St | $10/single class | Sneak in a little lunchtime stretch and de-stressing with their Lunch Yoga suited for beginners
What to know for your first class:
- Get to class ~10 minutes before it begins to sign in, get any gear you need, and set up in the studio
- If you think yoga is something you want to do regularly, invest in your own mat (TJ Maxx and Target have pretty good options). If you borrow one of the studio’s, make sure to spray it down afterwards if they have a cleaning station.
- Tell your teacher beforehand if you have any injuries or health conditions (like a hurt knee or bad back). They can adjust the practice to fit your needs.
- Don’t feel embarrassed if you can’t do a pose, and don’t make yourself do something that hurts. It’s totally cool at any time to take child’s pose and breathe for a sec.
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