Strengthen your body and spirit while escaping the currently cold climate by visiting any of these superheated yoga studios where English speakers are warmly welcomed. In addition to providing steamy respite from wintertime’s chill, beginning a hot-yoga exercise regimen now is a great way to get fit in time for swimsuit season.
Atma Center Pest Jógastúdió és Vegetáriánus Étterem
At a pair of locations in Buda and Pest, assorted hot-yoga disciplines are offered to students at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including digestive-system-stimulating Agni yoga, muscle-stretching Vinyasa yoga, and stress-relieving Ashtanga yoga. Classes are held in Hungarian, but multilingual instructors happily offer English guidance for non-Magyar participants. Try the vegetarian eatery at the Pest studio for tasty healthy treats.
Bikram Jóga Központ
Overlooking the bustling Astoria intersection, this sunlit facility is an oasis of peaceful wellness within the heart of central Pest, dedicated solely to providing 90-minute Bikram classes in a spacious room heated to 38-40°C (100-104°F). English-language sessions are held several times weekly, and new clients can take advantage of a special 10-day trial offer costing only 2,500 forints, with first-time visitors offered use of a mat for no charge.
Bikram Yoga Buda
Amid a modern interior décor, the right-bank sister location to Astoria’s Bikram Yoga Center also offers multiple English-language classes every week to properly propagate the purifying positions developed by Indian guru Bikram Choudhury, all specifically designed to strengthen muscles with significantly decreased risk of injury thanks to the studio’s increased temperature. Until March 31, new visitors can participate in their first class for free.
Where: Budapest 1115, Bartók Béla út 105-113
Bikram Yoga Újpest
For the convenience of Budapest’s expats with full-time employment, evening-hours English-language lessons are offered at this full-service northern-Pest center for Bikram enthusiasts, featuring a 150-square-meter hot-yoga hall equipped with 22-meter-long mirror walls. To enhance the therapeutic effects of adopting a yoga routine, professional massages are also offered on-site here, while free parking reduces the stress inherent to city driving.
Where: Budapest 1043, Csányi László u. 34
Ganapati Yoga Studio
By maintaining a cozy hot-yoga facility at a less-intense temperature of 30°C (86°F), this colorfully decorated haven of serenity provides a relatively mild space for practicing varied yoga styles – including Hatha and Vinyasa – while still enjoying the benefits of controlled stretching and breathing amid a heated atmosphere, gently strengthening muscles while increasing flexibility. The “Office Yoga” class is designed to fit within a lunch break.
Where: Budapest 1132, Visegrádi u. 23