Tried and Tested: These Are the Top 3 Yoga Studios in Bahrain

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Whether you’re a beginner, have been practicing for some time, or are looking to take your yoga to the next level with a teacher training course, Manama’s top three studios offer nurturing spaces in which to develop.

Namaste

Founded by Weam Zabar (ERYT-500 certified Yoga Instructor and Level 4 Reiki Healer) in early 2011, Namaste is Bahrain’s first internationally recognized yoga school. Over the years, it has offered hundreds of people a serene space to relax, heal, and improve their emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing. 

This calm and spacious studio boasts four yoga spaces under one roof, as well as a holistic shop that offers carefully selected yoga goodies, including high-quality yoga mats, durable trendy clothing, pure essential oils, and multiple lifestyle accessories.

Namaste’s teachers are handpicked for their holistic and friendly yogic approach and offer a wide range of yoga classes catering to all backgrounds and experiences, from Vinyasa Flow classes to Aerial Yoga, Wall Yoga, Pilates, private sessions ,and even pre- and postnatal classes.

As a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school (RYS), Namaste also offers Level 1 (200 hours) and Level 2 (300 hours) yoga teacher trainings and multiple courses, including Groovy Kids yoga, pre- and postnatal trainings, and continuing education workshops for yoga teachers. It also hosts regular yoga retreats abroad.

Budaiya Highway
Tel: (+973) 1759 1565
www.namastebh.com

Photo: Courtesy of Amal Jaffar

Flow

Flow is the creative heart-child of Aisha Bubshait (a.k.a. Alive Yogini, RYT-200) and Hiba Skaini (RYT-500), who both carry extensive knowledge from numerous specialized trainings. Their mutual passion for creativity, ‘magical’ connections, and artful expression led them to open this peaceful and friendly space.

When you walk into Flow, you walk into softness, fluidity, and inspiration. The studio, which opened its doors in December 2017, is adorned with flowers, plants, unique ornaments, prints, dangling dream-catchers, and ribbons. Even the props have an earthy, friendly feel that blends well with the space. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows usher in bright sunlight during the day and offer a heart-warming sunset view in the evening.

When you practice at Flow, you’ll be enjoying the tunes of carefully crafted music playlists and might even be treated to some live sounds from a singing bowl or hang drum.

Classes include Vinyasa Flow, (candlelit) Restorative, Himalayan Kundalini, Yoga 101, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, Ladies Morning Yoga, and private sessions. Also, regularly on offer are themed yoga courses, Kirtan sessions, and workshops that blend yoga with dance, music, painting, and other forms of art.

Seef District
Tel: (+973) 3512 5022
www.instagram.com/flow.bahrain

Photo: Courtesy of Amal Jaffar

Aura Wellness

Launched in early 2019, Aura Wellness is the youngest studio on this list. It was founded by wellness coach and yoga teacher Fatema Albalooshi (RYT-200) and her business partner Marwa Nader with the intention of helping women heal, find, and be themselves.

With a strong sense of community, Aura describes itself as an all-women wellness centre and it emanates feminine energy in all its details. It is located in a cosy, well-lit “white house with a pink door”. In addition to its main shala, it also stocks selected goodies from women-owned business, including gemstone accessories, body-care products, and many unique clothing items and trinkets.

Classes on offer include Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Flow, Guided Meditation, Aerial Fitness, Aerial Restorative, Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, and private classes. That is in addition to the regular events held here, ranging from soul-enriching awareness talks to whimsical dreamcatcher workshops.

East Riffa
Tel: (+973) 3555 0211
www.auralife.me 

Amal
Photo: Courtesy of Amal Jaffar

Amal Jaffar is a self-employed yoga teacher (E-RYT200) from Bahrain, where she offers grounding, meditative yoga classes. She is passionate about sharing her reflections on mindful love-inspired living and also enjoys chanting, singing, nutritious vegan cooking, traveling, and writing poetry. Her life motto is “I surrender myself to myself”.