While many of us have drastically changed how and when we work out due to the large-scale closure of fitness studios in Prague and the Czech Republic, the truth is that now more than ever we need to keep physically and mentally fit. By and far yoga, with its mix of focused breathing and core-strengthening poses, is the perfect exercise for managing quarantine-related stress.
Whether you already attend yoga classes in Prague or simply have extra time to start — or return to — the practice, a number of local teachers and studios in Prague have moved their classes online. Joining one of them will not only help you cope with quarantine but support the local yoga scene in the process.
We spoke with one Prague-based yoga teacher who is currently teaching live classes during the government-mandated closures of fitness studios (which some sources say could be the last businesses to reopen). Karina Bolan, says she wanted to find a way to reach her students personally and create as much of a typical classroom atmosphere as possible.
“I wanted to include a human element and offer a more personal experience than just following a YouTube video. We have a two-way interaction where students can ask questions during class, and I can see and assist them, so this model works for students of all levels, including beginners,” Bolan tells us.
Pre-recorded sessions (e.g. on YouTube) that you can watch anytime or live streaming sessions taking place at a set time on Facebook Live or Instagram live and backed up on YouTube are currently popular methods of doing yoga remotely. These classes are mostly free, or by donation.
You can also sign up for an online classroom such as Bolan’s, a two-way experience designed for smaller groups that let you interact with the teacher. These are typically paid for, either with a set fee or by donation, and use a video-conferencing application like Zoom or Skype.
As many studios are only just getting their online offerings up and running, more options should appear in the coming weeks, so it’s worth checking in with your regular teacher or studio to see what they’re offering, says Bolan.
This list of Prague yoga studios reflects a mix of paid and free classes, though Bolan tells us that most teachers and studios who are charging for classes are also offering some sort of free sessions for students who can’t afford to pay right now, adding “There’s no excuse not to get moving and breathing!” Here are suggestions for English-friendly Prague-based yoga classes that have transitioned online for the time being:
Yoga with Karina
Bolan teaches live classes on Thursday lunchtimes, Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings. Classes start from 150 CZK for a 50-minute class, and the first class is free. You can also catch Karina on her Facebook page (Yoga with Karina) on Tuesdays at 8 pm for free live-guided meditation. www.karina.yoga.
Prague Yoga Collective
Lisa, Betti, Alex and the gang offer daily online yoga classes (available on YouTube for 24 hours), as well as guided meditations with Becky. These online classes are free, or you can make a voluntary donation on their website. They also have live-stream classes on Saturday mornings, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. These classes are mostly strong Vinyasa Flow/Power Yoga classes and cost 100 CZK per class. www.pragueyogacollective.com.
Offers live interactive 60-minute on-line vinyasa flow and ashtanga yoga classes in English on Saturday mornings, and they plan to add more classes. The cost is 100 CZK. Check the timetable for updates: www.yogaspace.eu. See their YouTube channel for more recorded options.
YogAlive offers English-language yoga videos on their website. They are free or by donation. Alice, the founder of the studio, has also created her own YouTube channel (Yoga for You by Alice), offering classes for a variety of levels, including prenatal yoga.
Lisa Marie Cuniffe
Offering one-to-one and group Kundalini Yoga classes Lisa Marie also has a variety of YouTube videos “designed to empower you and provide tools to overcome anxiety, stress, and procrastination,” as well as live interactive classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Prices are dependent upon earnings. Her YouTube channel is UP4 art language and life; you can also see her Facebook page for additional details.
Offering classes on Monday evenings (gentle beginners yoga) and Thursday evenings (dynamic flow) for 150 CZK/class, as well as online Ayurveda consultations, you can find Meenal on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, she is offering classes for free to all staff who work in the medical profession.
You can also see our directory listings for yoga instructors, many of them now offering online courses.