Yoga has become a way of life to help participants maintain a good sense of mind, body and spirit. It is identified by various poses and postures which assist people, along with breathing and meditation. The word itself comes from the Indian language of Sanskrit. Yoga continues to gain in popularity, regardless of age, ethnic group or gender. In the Baltimore area, there are several places where people can practice the art and maintain balance in their busy lives.

Yoga On York
6711 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
(443) 600-1305
www.yogaonyork.net

This studio, in Northeast Baltimore’s Anneslie neighborhood, touts classes for the entire family. It even features sessions for training teachers of yoga. Included in the classes are not only poses, but also breathing techniques to help attendees find balance in mind, body and spirit. Classes are held daily at various times with community classes offered as well for five dollars. According to the website, Yoga on York is a studio “devoted to helping others find inner peace and harmony amongst the craziness of life.” Sessions include aerial yoga, a technique  invented by owner Jayne Bernasconi, stiff guy yoga for men only, gentle beginner classes for new students, as well as Together with Toddler Yoga. Affordable classes are 75 minutes or one hour. Drop-in classes and monthly memberships are available.

Bikram Yoga Hampden
911 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 243-2040
www.bikram-yoga-hampden.com

Bikram Yoga in Hampden is just one of several locations in the Baltimore area. There are yoga classes available for all levels, beginner to advanced. With supportive instructors, the activities are easily geared to meet the needs of all attendees. Classes include meditation as well as a community session. In addition to yoga, Zumba classes are available here as well.

Sid Yoga Federal Hill
301 E. Fort Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 321-9642
www.sidyoga.com

Located in the Federal Hill part of the city, Sid Yoga features daily classes designed to help practitioners reach that inner peace of mind, body and spirit. Classes are available for beginners as well as trainings for teachers of yoga. Instruction includes sessions on yoga poses, personal awareness and breathing techniques. According to the website, “Your experience will be guided from Power Vinyasa Yoga tradition which is a flowing form of yoga that heals, detoxifies, and electrifies the body and mind at their deepest levels.”Related:  Best Yoga Classes

Charm City Yoga
1024 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(800) 336-9642
www.charmcityyoga.com

Voted as one of Baltimore’s Best, Charm City Yoga’s motto is “Practice, Thrive and Transform.” With seven locations throughout the area, at this one in Federal Hill there is a class that is sure to fit your busy schedule in your quest to attain peace and happiness. In addition to free community sessions, there are private yoga classes available. Sessions are held from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.daily and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Baltimore Yoga Village
3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 15
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-8626
www.baltimoreyogavillage.com

This studio offers affordable classes for the beginner as well as the advanced practitioner. Six to ten-week sessions include fundamentals, techniques, postures and chanting at a pace suitable to your level, in addition to other topics. Teacher training classes are offered at both locations of Baltimore Yoga Village, at the Mill Centre in Hampden and Mt. Washington.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.