Yoga: Balance your Ying & Yang in Prague

Classes for English speakers, how to get started, find the right teacher & more

Hop on the tram in the early morning and you’re apt to spot a few spandex-clad yogis with brightly-colored mats heading to stretch their bodies into Downward Facing Dog, The Warrior or the favored Child’s Pose. Lunch time yoga and after work classes are also popular for Prague’s karma-seekers.

The quest to find a union between the mind, body and soul is nothing new. For 10,000 years, the practice of yoga has been used to release stress, to fight depression and to increase overall health and well-being.

In recent years, yoga studios have sprung up in the Czech Republic as fast as new beer pubs (ok, almost as fast). With names like Yoga Lounge, Karma Yoga, YogaMe, YogaZone, Jogovna, Yoga Space and YogaArt, Prague’s yoga studios embrace the idea that anyone can do yoga, any time of the day – you just need to discover the path that is right for you.

But how do you decide whether to go for Iyengar or Hatha, Vinyasa or Ashtanga, Gentle Yoga or Power Yoga? What options exist in Prague, if you don’t speak Czech? Can you attend a course labeled “experienced,” even if you aren’t?

I speak with Magdalena Nguyen, a certified yoga instructor in Prague to get the inside scoop on how an English speaker can start practicing yoga in Prague. As a freelance instructor who teaches at different studios and organizes weekend retreats (in and beyond the Czech Republic), Magdalena gives me her three best pointers for anyone who’d like to sign up for yoga classes.

Just do it

In Magdalena’s own words, the best way to try yoga for the first time is, “jít to zkusit,” or “just do it.” Rather than searching the web for hours trying to find the best course, Magdalena suggests selecting one class and trying it. “Don’t worry too much about the course title, or whether it’s a perfect fit the first time. No matter how the class goes, you’ll learn something about yourself in the hour, even if it’s what you don’t want from a class.”

Be sure you register for the class ahead of time. Most sites offer online registration to reserve your spot. If a drop-in class is labeled “experienced,” Magdalena says, “Don’t be afraid to give it a try.”

When signing up for a Czech course, consider arriving a few minutes early to meet the instructor. Although Magdalena doesn’t teach in English, she says, “If a student comes to me and tells me she is an English speaker, I will do my best to make sure she understands what is going on.”

A helpful resource for getting started is On Yogatrail’s website, you can search for yoga classes by day of the week, level of difficulty, location, type of class and instructor. There is also information about upcoming weekend events and special workshops or seminars.

Choose your instructor (and be willing to follow his or her classes)

Finding the right instructor is essential to developing a lasting relationship with yoga. Magdalena says, “The relationship that you create with your teacher is a reflection of how life works. You don’t get along with everyone right from the start. Give yourself time to get used to a teacher and permission to try different teachers.” Even the tone of the teacher’s voice can have an impact on the way you feel during the class. “You need to find someone whose voice you enjoy listening to,” Magdalena says.

I ask a few friends in Prague who practice yoga regularly (i.e. 1-3x/week) to recommend a studio or a course for a beginner who doesn’t speak much Czech. They confirm Magdalena’s advice – find the right teacher. Some teachers work at only one studio; however, most move around the city for their classes.

I collect the names of several yoga teachers who teach courses in English or who are willing to be flexible with students who don’t speak much Czech. (See below.) Lenka Nezvalova is a name that keeps popping up among Prague yogis. Described as a “víla” or “fairy,” who teaches yoga as her life practice, I was told by several yogis that I should take a course with her, if I ever have the chance.

Once you have found a teacher(s) you like, you can use to find classes and events organized by your teacher.

Turn off your competitive (and critical) instincts

Turn off your rational thinking and listen to your body. There are no underachievers and no overachievers. Because yoga is the art of finding the union between your mind and your body, you must learn to be alone with yourself. Magdalena says that while the physical effects of yoga can often be seen (and felt) straight away, the philosophical aspects take time to evolve.

Magdalena says, “Yoga can be self-healing. Doing yoga is like putting a mirror on yourself. You can’t hide. You can’t lie to yourself. You reconnect with your body, your mind and soul. It is a journey.”

Yoga Studios in Prague offering classes taught in English

Yoga Space offers pre-paid blocks of courses taught in English. The studio’s spring line-up includes courses in Vinyasa flow, Morning Flow, Vinyasa Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Basic. Check the website for course descriptions in English and prices. Individual classes are also offered.

Website for English courses: 
Booking: [email protected] or call 776678999
Location: Politických vězňů 911/8, 110 00 Praha 1 (3.patro)

Yoga Lounge
is a yoga studio nestled in Riegrovy Sady, a large park in the heart of Prague’s Vinohrady district. The studio offers yoga classes in Hatha, Tantra Vinyasa, Power Yoga as well as yoga in English taught by Dana on Tuesday mornings. Individual lessons are also possible. Within the studio, there is a masseuse and a yoga equipment. Weekend yoga wellness getaways are offered at the Svata Katerina resort throughout the year.

Weekend yoga getaways:
Location: Riegerovy sady 38, 120 00 Praha 2

Karma Yoga, also located in Prague’s Vinohrady district, offers a wide array of yoga courses, including several classes in English. Try Spicy Vinyasa (with Rosibel Marquez) in the evening, dynamic morning yoga, Hatha yoga or get your second wind with dynamic evening yoga. The studio has classes in Czech for children, teens, seniors (over +55) as well as Hormonal yoga, yoga for the back and belly and more. The studio also practices Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbal therapy and cupping (vacuum) massage.

Booking: online
Location: Korunní 25, Praha 2, 120 00

YogaMe in Prague 1 offers two drop-in classes taught in English (with Rosibel Marquez). The studio has a wide assortment of “otevrena lekce” (drop-in) classes in Czech from early morning through the evening. If you’d like to exercise your Czech language skills as well as your yoga abilities, this might be a good studio to check out.

Booking: No pre-booking needed for drop-in class
Reserve a course at +420 602 770 [email protected]: [email protected]
Location: Národní 340/21, 110 00 Praha 1

The Lotus Centrum is a civic association founded in 1997 to bring together people interested in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. While the center is primarily a meeting place for events, seminars and workshops related to Buddhism, mediation and cultural exchange. There are regular Vinyasa yoga classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Thursdays at lunch. Classes are open to all levels of experience and taught in English (and Czech) by Laura Crowe.

Booking: lauracrowenow(zavináček) (book in advance for Tuesday & Wednesday sessions)
Location: Dlouhá 2, Praha 1, 110 00

The Wellness Yoga studio describes itself as “Prague Yoga for your retreat every day of the week.” The studio offers community-style yoga for prenatal moms, parents with toddlers, teens, seniors and even partner yoga. The studio has weekend events and retreats (also for children). Check online for their weekly schedule. Everything on the site is in English, although some classes may be taught Eng/Czech. Contact the studio for details.

Booking:, +420 736 647 156
Location: Plavecka 12, Nove Mesto, Prague 2, map and directions

At Yoga Prague, Aruna Singhvi teaches yoga courses in English. With over 3 decades of experience teaching yoga, Aruna has experience with all aspects of yoga philosophy (karma, bhakti, hatha). Her teacher profile says, “For her, yoga is a way of life.” Classes include Hatha yoga, prenatal yoga and individual instruction. Her website gives detailed information about what to expect from her courses.

Booking: +420 607 506 673, [email protected]
Location: Soukenická 7, 11000 Praha 1

If you are curious about whether yoga can lead to a more balanced union between your mind, body and soul, Prague is the place and NOW is the time to try.


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