Some great options
Published/Last edited or updated: 5th April, 2017
Hanoi is home to several well-run yoga studios offering a variety of styles of hatha yoga, including Iyengar, vinyasa, aerial yoga and more.
As these studios are aimed at residents rather than travellers, you'll need to head a little out of Old Quarter for them all, but if you're keen on maintaining your practice while you're on the road, they are all worth seeking out.
Zenith on Au Co, out near West Lake, offers vinyasa, Iyengar, basic hatha, Pilates and restorative classes. Downstairs you'll find ZCafe, serving delectable-sounding vegetarian cuisine. Upstairs, the studio overlooks Au Co outside. It's not the most scenic of views, sure, but greenery around the windows, beautiful flooring and a welcoming space more than makes up for this.
We did an Iyengar class with Marzena, the owner of the studio, who is a knowledgeable and highly experienced instructor—we were sorry we didn't have time to do more with her. The studio was full, with a great energy among the students bolstered by Marzena's dry sense of humour. The studio is fully equipped for proper Iyengar classes. There's even a skeleton in the corner, which suggests this is a place that takes its anatomy—and therefore your body—very seriously. Recommended!
Zenith also has a branch on Kim Ma that opened in January 2017 that we haven't yet been to, but if it's anywhere near as well run as the original, you will be in a safe pair of hands there, too.
Formerly known as Zenith II, Om Yoga is a tad tricky to find, but worth hunting down. We showed up at the wrong time for class, but fortuitously enough it too is attached to a vegetarian cafe, with an enticing all-day menu. We had an excellent juice and could have been quite comfortable here for a few hours working or reading. They offer vinyasa, hatha and power classes, and also have Iyengar-style ropes on the wall, so they must offer this style every now and again. The old sign by the road still says "Zenith II"; walk on through and up the stairs and you'll be in the right spot.
Om Factory (the studio names are confusing, right?) is part of a franchise that has studios in New York, Taiwan and South Korea. Tucked away in an office building, once inside the setting of the two studios is serene and, well, yoga like. We did an aerial yoga class—all the postures are done with the help of a huge colourful silk hammock—with just two other students in the class. The class was fast-paced and challenging, and the teacher competent and encouraging.
They also offer pranayama, core, hip-opening, hatha flow and various other styles on a packed schedule, so check them out ahead of time to see exactly what's on.
We found all four studios to be responsive to requests via Facebook messenger, so if you have any queries, we'd suggest contacting them this way ahead of your trip.
Om Factory: 5th Fl, 135-137 Bui Th? Xuan, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi; T: (04) 6263 1515; www.omfactory.vn is in Vietnamese only, so track down their Facebook page; drop in 195,000 dong.
Om Yoga Studio and Cafe: 62 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi: T: (04) 3923 0253; www.omhanoi.com; drop-in 200,000 dong.
Zenith Yoga Au Co: 247 Au Co, Tay Ho, Hanoi; T: (0904) 356 561, (043) 266 8125; zenithyogaauco.com; drop-in 270,000 dong.
Zenith Yoga Kim Ma: 6th Fl, No. 2, 371 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Hanoi; T: (0932) 686 086; zenithyogakimma.com; drop-in 270,000 dong.
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