The Yoga Room is a welcoming and inclusive space – “a place to come to just as you are.” With smaller classes, founder Elsa van Niekerk and her team thrive on providing individual focus and attention to detail. The studio has no mirrors, offering students a break from comparison and distraction. Instead of focusing on how yoga looks, they believe it is all about how yoga feels. And that lack of mirrors has left space for a minimalist design mural that spans the length of the studio. “The mural is a play on space and depth, structure and fluidity, breath and movement, the idea that through yoga we can make changes to how we live our lives” explains Van Niekerk.
With their mission in mind to make yoga accessible to everybody, The Yoga Room offers a variety of yoga classes covering Vinyasa, Forrest, ISHTA and Yin yoga. The Absolute Beginners and Basics slots are perfect for those who feel nervous taking on a session surrounded by seasoned yogis. ‘Open Level’ class is Vinyasa-based and follows a more adventurous yet disciplined streak for the experienced yogi. ‘Gentle Yoga’ was created with the older practitioner in mind. The special ‘Mom and Baby Yoga’ class offers gentle restorative yoga postures and focuses on slowly starting to rebuild postpartum strength.
Venue: 23 Derry St, Vredehoek, Cape Town
Times: The Yoga Room is open seven days a week. Two to four classes are offered in the course of the week, and one on Saturday and Sunday mornings. View the full class schedule on the website.