Living in a creative-centered area like the North Shore comes with its own special set of benefits. Your food is exceptional, your shopping choices are original, and even your yoga studios come with their own distinctive attractions. There’s a yoga class for every taste and personality, all within a few miles of each other, and some of them within the same studio.
Here are some of the best yoga studios and teachers on the North Shore and some classes you can take in the near future.
Inspired by other non-traditional yoga classes such as Metal Yoga Bones in Brooklyn, NY, Tina of Black Widow Yoga has created a non-traditional yoga space that challenges perceptions of what yoga is meant to be. Instead of lofty instrumentals, Black Widow Yoga features doomy and dark music in their classes, allowing the students to harness and connect with the shadow energy, as well as the light, within them.
Black Widow Yoga offers classes at Green Tea Yoga Studio in Salem as well as pop-up locations in Boston and on the North Shore.
Current ongoing classes and upcoming events:
- Metal Yoga at Green Tea Yoga: Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Ongoing
- KISS Metal Yoga! Black Widow Yoga at Notch Taproom: Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 am
- Iron Maiden Metal Yoga! Black Widow Yoga at Notch Taproom: Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 am
Green Tea Yoga Studio off Jefferson Avenue in Salem is a studio that focuses on variety and inclusivity. At Green Tea, there is a session for every kind of yoga practitioner. Do you want traditional yoga? There’s a class for that. Dark and doomy yoga? Yes, that too. They also offer kids yoga, prenatal yoga, private lessons, Reiki, and bodywork.
Some current ongoing classes and upcoming events at Green Tea Yoga:
- Embodying Soul: Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 pm
They are located at 10 Colonial Drive in Salem, MA. Go to www.greenteayoga.com for a full list of classes and events.
At Salty Buddha, instructors offer a contemporary take on ages-old practices. From traditional yoga classes focusing on balance and meditation to non-traditional with Radiohead as a soundtrack or Lunar patterns as a theme, Salty Buddha offers alternative versions of yoga with universal good vibes.
They’ve also partnered with The Witch Doctor in Salem for some cannabis-inspired yoga events called Buddha Budz.
Here are some of Salty Buddha’s upcoming events and workshops:
- Deep Gong Mediation – For Health, Happiness with Romy Valdez at Salty Buddha: Sunday, May 5 at 5:00 pm
- Karma Release – A Radiohead Flow with Cindy Glennon at Salty Buddha: Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm
- Full Moon & Flower Crowns: A Full Flower Moon & Lunar Beltane Circle with Chrissy Vaccaro at Salty Buddha
You can find Salty Buddha at 201 Washington St. Ste 206 in Salem. Check out the full list of classes here.
Rebel Yell Yoga is run by independent yoga teacher Chrissy Vacarro. Chrissy has a rock and roll take on yoga that’s exciting and more than a bit wild. She brings a full sensory experience to each of her classes that links music, breath, movement, and stillness.
Currently, Rebel Yell Yoga classes are held at Green Tea Yoga and The Salty Buddha in Salem, as well as at The Moon + the Mat Studios in Beverly and other pop up locations in Boston and on the North Shore.
Current ongoing classes and upcoming events:
- Lunar Flow at The Moon + the Mat: Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Ongoing
- Beltane Fire: Yoga and Meditation at Hive and Forge: Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm
- Hair of the Down Dog: Cinco De Mayo Yoga and Guacamole! at Deacon Giles
The Healing Center in Beverly, owned by Reiki Master Teacher Katherine Oregel, offers a space of energetic healing to those who want to find wellness and balance at their own pace. The Healing Center currently offers workshops, private Reiki sessions, Reiki I & II certification courses, as well as community yoga classes and private yoga lessons in Downtown Beverly. Oregel is also an avid blogger who writes about her experiences as a healer.
All proceeds from The Healing Center’s Community Yoga Class goes to support local charity Beverly Bootstraps
The Healing Center’s Community Yoga Classes are every first and third Sunday of the month.
Creative Spirit isn’t a yoga studio, instead, it’s a center for creativity and personal transformation, founded by Peyton Pugmire, that hosts yoga and meditation workshops and classes. Their programs are geared to nurture a whole being through creative expression, self-development, mindfulness, health, and spirituality.
Current and upcoming Yoga and Meditation classes:
- Sacred Saturday with Laura McKowen: Saturdays at 9:30
- Artful Flow – Yoga & Art: Sunday, April 28, 10am-12pm
- Mid-week Meditation sampler with Pamela Driscoll: Wednesdays, May 8, 22, June 5, 19, at 6:30 pm
Healing Creative was started by a group of independent holistic practitioners with a common goal of providing affordable healing services to their community. They added RYSE, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and childbirth classes to their repertoire in 2015 with Kripalu-trained Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Vishudha Yoga Teacher Monica Ingham at the helm.
Ingham’s classes are on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons from 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm at the Salem location.