The stresses of modern life may leave some of us feeling like our bodies are knotted tighter than a macramé wall hanging. But it doesn’t have to be this way—especially if you seek out a restorative drop-in yoga experience in Richmond.
Perfect for wellness-minded locals and savvy visitors looking to soothe away the tensions of travel, here are three great places to try yoga in the city.
Experience Bunny Yoga at Sunberry Fitness. | Photo: Sunberry Fitness
YYOGA CLASSES at the RICHMOND OLYMPIC OVAL
6111 River Road
Inside the city’s landmark Richmond Olympic Oval, Vancouver-based YYOGA operates a spacious, two-room fitness centre with a full range of highly inviting yoga classes. Suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced level, themes include Flow, Hatha, Restorative, and the company’s signature YHot—a slow, held-posture approach in a room heated to 40 degrees. There’s also a YSculpt option that uses weights for core strength and conditioning and to advance your functional fitness.
Drop-in rates are $24 per class, with value-added packages (including a three-class $49 introductory option) also available. You can also rent mats, mat towels, and shower towels here—handy for most out-of-town visitors. In addition, the Oval’s YYOGA facility has an infrared sauna for those taking its classes. If you buy a package, keep in mind that it’s also valid for classes at the company’s other locations across BC and in Toronto. More information can be found here.
#1040 - 9111 Beckwith Road
A friendly, women-only fitness centre that offers dance-based classes (K-pop, hip hop, and more) as well as excellent yoga sessions (including Flow and Therapy approaches), Sunberry is a top option for many. Yoga-wise, their classes are a great way to unwind your tense muscles at the same time as growing core strength and flexibility. Beginners are welcome and mats can be provided.
There’s a wide range of packages available, but drop-in pricing for most yoga sessions is $20. If you’re a rabbit fan, though, consider their delightful Bunny Yoga classes, which run every few weeks. Priced at $25, you’ll be taking your class alongside some curious, whisker-twitching bunnies. Ideal for beginners and also kid-friendly (ages six and over), you can even hang out with the rabbits after your workout. Bunny Yoga is very popular, so book ahead via the Sunberry website—Christmas bunny classes are just a short hop away. More information can be found here.
Bunny Yoga classes always sell out fast! | Photo: Sunberry Fitness
CITY OF RICHMOND COMMUNITY CENTRES
The City hosts a diverse range of yoga classes in its ever-welcoming community facilities, from the Steveston Community Centre to the City Centre Community Centre and beyond. The program is divided into three levels.
Gentle Fit Yoga classes are aimed at older adults, those new to fitness, or those looking for a less arduous workout. These sessions cover the basics—including achieving postures—and are ideal if you’re slightly intimidated by the idea of joining a regular yoga class. Multi-Level Yoga classes include both Flow yoga and Regular yoga approaches and are aimed at those looking for a more serious or challenging workout. Postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques are the foundation of these sessions. And finally, Intermediate-Advanced Yoga classes can include Power and Fusion approaches. With a focus on fitness, these sessions work on a range of postures and sequences.
The drop-in fee for all City-run yoga classes is $8.50. Be sure to check times and availability at each facility—more information can be found here.