Staying fit in Egypt is a real struggle. Jogging or taking a brisk walk on the street is near impossible. The only alternative is to either play a sport or hit the gym. For some, however, working out is the devil!
Yoga is quickly becoming a popular fitness alternative nowadays. So for all the yogis or the yogis wanna-bes, here’s your guide to yoga in Cairo!
Ashtanga Yoga Cairo
Yoga is not just about striking random poses while your body miraculously gets fit. It’s hard work, just like any other physical exercise. Ashtanga is known to be a serious workout and is traditionally individually taught. If you’re a beginner, you should consider joining Ashtanga. Beginners must book appointments for one-on-one sessions with the trainers to insure their practices are safe and catered to their individual needs.
Their trainers, Mira (morning classes) and Sara (Evening classes) are extremely tough and don’t joke when it comes to safety. It’s not just for beginners though, they pride themselves at being the only ones that cater to all fitness levels, no exceptions.
Address: 4 Sheikh El Marsafi Street (Beside Beano’s), Zamalek
Mandala Yoga Retreats
Mandala Yoga is not a yoga studio, or anything of the sort. They specialise in organizing yoga retreats around the country, picking unique locations for escapes and unforgettable getaways. If you and your friends want to enjoy a big yoga day, they can plan it for you. It’s really good for companies and offices to have a quick day off together for giggles, bonding, and to stay fit and relaxed for work.
They always organize retreats along all the cities around the Nile where you could join, and get to meet new people. Follow them on Facebook to keep track of where they’re heading next!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mandala.Cairo
On the Mat Studio
This is another Zamalek based studio, but it leans towards the fun and spiritual aspect of yoga. They don’t just offer yoga classes, but Reiki too – a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing – Thai Massage, & Yoga Retreats.
They are very versatile with their yoga classes and techniques. They provide all types of classes on their “info” tab on their Facebook page. This studio is recommended if you want to have fun, meet new people, but still want to be mentally and physically healthy.
Address: 5 Al Morsalen St. from Shagret Al Dor St., Zamalek
Shanti Yoga Cairo
This is the place for the Helio peeps! They are a hub for yoga and meditation with highly trained teachers, including Hany Samy, who started practicing Yoga in 2008 and received his first Teacher Training in 2010 from the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India.
They always have a fixed monthly schedule and great organized events for beginners and pros. Whoever frequents this place becomes extremely loyal to it, which only indicates how professional and friendly everyone working there is.
Address: 22 Obour Buildings, Salah Salem road, Heliopolis
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShantiYogaCairo
The Breathing Room
Located in Maadi, The Breathing Room is one of the oldest studios in Cairo. They are dedicated to serving the yoga community in Cairo by presenting a variety of instructors and styles, offering Yoga classes (mornings, evenings, & weekends) 7 days a week.
They have 4 instructors, each specifies in a certain yoga practice. Their pregnancy class is by far one of their most important classes. Yoga helps with pregnancy and the process of giving birth a lot, and this class will save many moms to be a lot of pain!
Check their website for all the details http://thebreathingroomcairo.com/
Address: #10/5, Road 216 Maadi
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebreathingroomcairo