As a yoga teacher, I’ve taught in many cities in India and abroad, and for me Bangalore is an interesting blend of yoga schools with multiple branches. These yoga schools are also led by dynamic yogi-entrepreneurs, as well as respected yoga teachers at their boutique studios. Since Bangalore is so close to Mysore, one might have imagined an overdose of Ashtanga Yoga here in the city, but that’s not the case. There’s a really good mix of different styles taught here.

Total Yoga

Photo source: Total Yoga

Photo source: Total Yoga

I’ll begin with my yoga style and school of which I’m co-founder along with Neetu Singh. Total Yoga is a yoga school focussed equally on fitness and mindfulness. There are four branches in Bangalore along with studios in Pune, Delhi and the USA. The school is known for its various events including Run+Yoga, Yogi Brunches and Himalayan Yoga retreats. Teacher Training is also conducted here.

Find your nearest Total Yoga here.

Price: INR 500 for a single session, INR 3,500 upwards {plus taxes} for monthly classes

Contact: +91 9740980200

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a1000 Yoga

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Photo source: a1000yoga

As the name suggests, the idea has been to present various yoga styles under one roof at this school. Founded by Pradeep Gowda, there are six branches in Bangalore. The school is known for its beautiful studios, range of yoga classes — from Iyengar to Ashtanga and Power yoga, along with Teacher Training courses.

Find a a1000 Yoga centre near you here.

Price: INR 3,000 upwards per month

Contact: +91 9019101000

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Akshar Power Yoga

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Photo source: Akshar Power Yoga Academy

Founded by Akshar {born Amit Kumar Soni}, Akshar Power Yoga is a dynamic yoga style with 12 branches in Bangalore and also in Coorg. Described as an aesthetic blend of eight arts, the practice also focuses on Weight Loss programs. Apart from large yoga events that it is known for, the school also conducts Teacher Training Certification courses.

Find an Akshar Power Yoga centre near you here.

Price: INR 4,000 upwards per month

Contact: +91 9986121226

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Aayana Yoga Academy

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Photo source: Aayana Yoga Academy

Founded and led by Regeesh Vattakandy, Aayana Yoga academy has three branches in Bangalore. What sets the school apart from others would be its combination of tradition and post modern approach to yoga, suited to today’s lifestyle and needs. Apart from regular retreats, workshops, advanced asana classes and group classes {including one for kids}, they also have Teacher Teacher Programs to pick from.

Find an Aayana Yoga Academy centre near you here.

Price: INR 2,300 upwards per month

Contact: +91 9035424322

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Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga

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Photo source: Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga

The original modern yogi-entrepreneur of India, Bharat Thakur helped take yoga to a younger generation across the country. With four branches in Bangalore, the school is best known for its weight loss programs. Often described as intense and dynamic, this style supposedly blends ancient yogic knowledge with sports medicine. Teacher Training is conducted in Kathmandu.

Find an Artistic Yoga centre near you here.

Price: INR 3,000 {plus taxes} upwards per month

Contact: 18001021000

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Feature Photo: Total Yoga