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Last update on February 11, 2020

Don’t know your asana from your elbow? Here’s a short introduction to yoga by Julie Knight, plus a listing of yoga classes and teachers in Switzerland.

To many people, the word yoga conjures up the image of a long-haired, bearded Indian man sitting in the lotus position and chanting. It has been increasingly in the public eye, helped by celebrities such as Madonna, Geri Halliwell and Gwyneth Paltrow singing its praises.

Reported improvements such as toned upper arms, trim stomach and firm thighs and bums have encouraged them to take up yoga, but for the uninitiated and uninformed, what is it all about? Yoga originated in India around 6,000 years ago. The practice sometimes seems to have an air of mystery about it, which perhaps prevents many people from trying a class. It can be seen as new-age, ‘alternative’ or a bit of a fad in the exercise world. In reality it is a holistic practice that benefits body, mind and spirit.

People take up yoga for a surprisingly wide range of reasons: to gain flexibility, to tone-up or lose weight, to improve their ability to relax or to prepare their body for a physical event such as childbirth. Regular practice of yoga will improve your general fitness and body shape, make you stronger, calmer and more able to cope with the stresses and strains of life. Types of Hatha (or physical) yoga is broken down into eight stages or limbs.

Traditionally these are followed progressively to reach Samadhi, the last stage, where the spirit is liberated and becomes ‘at one’ with the universe. Yoga practised in the west mainly encapsulates stages three and four. Stage three (Asana) is the practice of the postures or poses and stage four (Pranayama) is rhythmic control of the breath.

There are many styles of Hatha yoga currently being taught, all of which have slightly different emphases.

Astanga yoga is the form of yoga currently enjoying the most attention. Also known as power yoga, the moves or transitions between asanas are performed at a higher speed than usual, thus providing an aerobic workout, missing in the alternative yoga forms.

Iyengar yoga, based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar from Pune, India, concentrates on the postural alignment of the body and limbs. The practice makes use of ropes, blocks and belts to aid in the attainment of the asanas. Sivananda yoga focuses on the flow of energy in the spine. This style is built around a specific sequence of twelve postures or poses.

What to look for in a yoga class


Yoga includes elements such as stretching, balancing and posturing – the combination of which can seem like a contortionist act to the newcomer. However, a good yoga teacher will tailor the postures to suit the different abilities within a class. Some classes will focus heavily on meditation and visualisation, but for others, meditation simply refers to the period of cool-down or relaxation at the end of the session. Controlled breathing is a hugely important part of the practice.

Yoga is suitable for both men and women and can be enjoyed by the full range of fitness abilities. Even if you have trouble touching your toes, yoga can still be open to you. Classes can be found by looking in the telephone book or by recommendation from friends or work colleagues.

There are numerous teachers in the larger cities and a few are listed below. Try out one or two sessions before committing yourself to a lengthy course, as your relationship with your yoga teacher is one of the most important factors in your enjoyment and progress of yoga.

Where to do yoga in Switzerland

Check www.yogafinder.com for more listings of yoga classes by city in Switzerland.

Where to do yoga in Geneva

Rue de Rive 3, 1204
Tel: +41 22 310 35 35
Web: www.innercityoga.com
Style: various

Yoga Teacher  

Geneva centre (near Rue de Lyon, close to Gare Cornavin), Geneva
Contact: Alex
Tel: +41 76 304 55 34
Web: www.yoga-from-a-to-z.com/yoga-in-geneva.html
Style: Hatha

Contact: Katherine Gubbins
Tel: +41 79 292 77 45
Web: www.cloud9yoga.ch
Style: Hatha, Khalsa way prenatal

Entre Ciel & Terre – Atelier de Yoga
Route de l’Etraz 1267 Vich, Geneva, Vaud 1267
Contact: Jessica Magnin
Tel: +41 22 364 36 36
Web: www.atelier-yoga.ch
Style: theme-oriented Vinyasa flow, Hatha

Au Centre de Soi
ZI de Gingins sur Nyon, Geneva 1276
Contact: Lila Catherine Bruschweiler
Tel: +41 22 369 02 15 or +41 79 458 00 39
Style: Hatha, Kripalu, Yoga therapy, restorative

Centre de Yoga Sivananda
1 Rue des Minoteries, Geneva 1205
Tel: +41 22 328 03 28
Web: www.sivananda.org/geneva
Style: Hatha, Sivananda

Iyengar Yoga      
Les Paquis, Geneva
Contact: Janine Eckermann
Tel: +41 76 583 30 14
Style: Iyengar

Geneva Meditation
Paquis, Geneva
Contact: Slava Dodonu
Tel: +41 76 517 2325
Web: www.genevameditation.ch
Style: Yoga and meditation, Karma, Nada

Yoga for your body, heart and mind
Contact: Alexey (Mahadev)
Tel: +41 76 304 55 34
Web: www.body-heart-and-mind-yoga.com 
Style: classic Hatha

42 Rue de Lyon, Geneva
Contact: Pascale Barbara Ullmann
Tel: +41 22 741 18 03
Web: www.yogadima.ch
Style: various

Place de la Navigation, Geneva 1201
Contact: Thomas Humpert
Tel: +41 79 305 21 84
Web: www.yogapractice.ch
Style: Iyengar

Where to do yoga in Zurich

Yoga class

BodyMindSpirit – Health Concepts
Schweighofstrasse 404, Zurich
Contact: Lucia Nirmala Schmidt
Tel: +41 44 241 91 77
Web: www.chiyoga.com
Style: Chi

Yogalives GmbH
Giesshuebelstrasse 62b, Zurich 8045
Contact: [email protected], Olive Ssembuze
Tel: +41 43 817 24 34
Web: www.yogalives.ch
Style: Vinyasa, Hatha, deep & slow

Birthlight GmbH      
Gruengasse 21, Zurich 8004
Contact: Katia Wharton
Tel: +41 76 392 65 22
Web: www.birthlight.ch
Style: prenatal and postnatal, baby, Hatha

Seefeldstr. 7a, Zurich
Contact: Jeff Fisher
Tel: +41 79 425 70 32
Web: www.yogijeff.com
Style: Anusara

Muehlebachstrasse 35, Zurich
Contact: Nathalie Nobs
Tel: +41 79 356 95 80
Web: www.agoy.ch
Style: Hatha flow

Oberdorfstrasse 2, Zurich 8001
Contact: [email protected]
Tel: +41 43 499 01 01
Web: www.airyoga.ch
Style: various

Ashtanga – the spirit of yoga
Zurich 8001
Contact: Jean-Marc Brechbuhler
Tel: +41 79 552 55 10
Web: www.ashtanga.ch
Style: Ashtanga, Vinyasa

City Yoga School Zurich      
Baeckerstrasse 40, Zurich 8004
Contact: Pius Meier and Carlos Correia de Azevedo
Tel: +41 44 463 42 62
Web: www.yogacity.ch
Style: Iyengar

Classical Hatha Yoga       
Postfach 2856, Zurich 8021
Contact: Gregory Kozlovsky
Tel: +41 1 321 66 18
Web: http://hatha-yoga.org
Style: Hatha Yoga, Vishnudevananda, Lonavla Institute

John Brush Yoga  
Karl Stauffer-Str. 3, Zurich 8008
Contact: John Brush
Tel: +41 79 235 17 56
Web: www.johnbrush.ch
Style: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Hatha

Leela Yoga
Apollostrasse 8, Zurich 8032
Contact: André Hartwich
Tel: +41 43 818 51 31
Web: www.leelayoga.ch
Style: various

Practical Wellness GmbH      
Shopping-Center 11, Zurich
Contact: Marcel or Sébastien
Tel: +41 56 410 20 91
Web: www.practicalwellness.ch
Style: Hatha power,  relaxing, meditation and holistic philosophy

Pure Yoga by Bruno Dietziker  
Seebahnstrasse 257, Zurich 8004
Contact: Bruno Dietziker
Tel: +41 44 291 01 61
Web: www.pureyoga.ch
Style: Ashtanga Vinyasa, B.K.S. Iyengar, Hatha

Zentralstrasse 150, Zurich
Contact: Diana Pollastri
Tel: +41 76 574 04 79
Web: www.shantayoga.ch
Style: T. Krishnamacharya, T.K.V. Desikachar

Yoga Spirit      
Balberstrasse 47, Wollishofen, Zurich 8032  
Langmauerstrasse 7, Quartierhaus Kreis 6, Zurich 8006
Contact: [email protected]
Tel: +41 78 607 38 58
Web: www.yoga-spirit.ch
Style: Hatha, focus on chakras, Kundalini

Yoga Brahmani            
Buehlstr. 45e, Zurich 8055
Contact: Mirjam Niederoest
Tel: +41 43 333 00 18
Web: www.yogabrahmani.ch
Style: Sivananda

Yoga Studio Anker
Ankerstrasse 9, Zurich 8004
Contact: Barbara Frei
Tel: +41 79 309 03 38
Web: www.yoga-anker.ch
Style: Ayur, Vinyasa flow

Yoga Works
Dufourstrasse 71, Zurich
Contact: Bruno Dietziker
Tel: +41 44 291 01 61
Web: www.yoga-works.ch
Style: Astanga, Iyengar, Hatha

Geissbuelstrasse 21, Zurich
Contact: Aquila Camenzind
Tel: +41 79 402 69 63
Web: www.yogaflow.ch
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa

Quartiertreff Ruetihof, Hurdaeckerstrasse 6, Zurich 8049
Contact: Silvia Schibli
Tel: +41 78 686 08 15
Web: www.yogapoint.ch
Style: Hatha

Provitreff, Sihlquai 240, Zurich 8000
Contact: [email protected]
Tel: +41 79 636 64 63
Web: www.yogaspace.ch
Style: Vinyasa

Gladbachstrasse 119, Zurich
Contact: Evelyn Willemin
Tel: +41 79 677 99 83
Web: www.yoyoga.ch
Style: Hatha, dynamic

Readers’ recommendations for yoga in Switzerland

Yoga Switzerland


Centro Yoga Amrita
Via Dott. G. Polar 50, 6932, Switzerland
41 76 385 04 74 ‎


Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Mum and Baby classes
Central Lausanne 1006 (near the station)
41 21 311 9453

Lausanne, Pully and vicinity

Private home yoga lessons/therapy: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Pranayama (breath).
For both adults and children.
021 711 21 86 / 079 416 13 43