When you think of yoga you think of harmonising the body, mind and spirit. So if you’re feeling a little stressed: yoga. Feeling a little off-balance: yoga. It’s the secret to having you functioning at your best, holistically.

According to researchers, yoga was created over 5 000 years ago by the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation in Northern India. Since then, the art and practice of yoga has been evolving and diversifying, from harmonising the body, mind and spirit to aiding in fitness.

If you have never tried yoga before, here are a few specific reasons to consider it. It increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone. And if that’s not enough, you will start noticing improved respiration, energy and vitality. You’ll also see a reduction in weight, as maintaining a balanced metabolism is pretty much a given with yoga. Your overall cardio and circulatory health and athletic performance will improve, and with all these benefits your body also becomes resistant to injury. Doesn’t that just sound amazing?

Whether you are a newbie to yoga or you consider yourself a guru, finding the right or nearest yoga studio for you might be problematic. We have taken it upon ourselves to do the warrior pose, take charge and compile a fabulous list of our favourite yoga studios in the city.

Our Picks:

Sivaya Yoga Studio Block A Ground Floor, Glen Gables, corner of Lynnwood Road and January Masilela Drive (Gen Louis Botha Dr), Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria / 012 333 3780 /

Yoga Harmony Cape Connection, 59 Garsfontein Road, Menlyn, Pretoria / 082 309 7482 /

Santosha Yoga and Health Centre Corner Okapi and Skilpad roads, across from Monument Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria / 082 416 2389 /

Live Love Yoga Comes to your home or office / 082 448 4635 /

Yoga Oasis 69 Nicolson Street, Brooklyn / Baileys Muckleneuk, Pretoria / 082 666 4798 /

Yoga Connection 243 Brooks Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria East/ +27 (082) 445 0447 /

Green Spa Yoga 682 Haarhoff Street, West Rietfontein, Pretoria / 084 740 6409 /

Eonyoga 660 Pienaar Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria / 082 0285 /

Zest In Motion 526 Opstal Street, the Willows, Pretoria / 072 975 9773 /

Yoga Pranam Liberal Catholic Church in Queenswood, corner 1232 Carter & Garret streets, Queenswood, Pretoria /