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Laurels

Best Yoga Studios
in Portland
2019

Why These Yoga Studios?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored yoga studios on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best yoga studios in Portland, ME.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Apple Core Therapy

Apple Core Therapy is a Maine-based location that serves the Portland area and offers yoga classes and instruction with the oversight of renowned instructor Susan McCadam Hoffman. Hoffman holds a master’s degree as well as certifications in yoga teaching from the Yoga Alliance, and she possesses more than 200 hours of study in Pilates. Her yoga classes revolve around practices such as breathing exercises, Yin and Yang posing, restorative posturing, and the Thai yoga technique. She also provides guided meditation, and the studio itself offers additional support through an on-site licensed massage therapist. The facility delivers certified doula services for expecting mothers as well.

Portland, ME 04103 (207) 831-8345

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Creating Space Yoga

Creating Space Yoga is a facility that emphasizes the incorporation of yoga into the daily routines of their students’ lives. It operates out of Portland, Maine, and its focus is in the discipline of Vinyasa yoga. The staff teaches a variety of classes each day, and facilities offer what the owners call a “moist heat environment,” free from odor. Instructors are highly-qualified, and they can adjust the difficulty of the class for all yoga levels. The building also features showers to help yoga fit in with the daily routines of students. The staff has thousands of hours in certified training and decades of experience leading classes and workshops. Other focuses include Buddhist meditation, Yin yoga, and Reiki healing.

Portland, ME 04102 (207) 808-0857

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Forever Fit

Forever Fit is a Maine-based fitness center in Biddeford that specializes in yoga and Pilates for body transformation. The studio has made a mark on students in the area with a 10/20/30 promise, which states that in 10 sessions, one will feel the difference; in 20, one will see it; and in 30, he/she will have a new body. Owner/instructor Mandy Greene has a background in dance at the University of New Mexico, three years experience with Boston-based dance company Rainbow Tribe, and NASM/AFAA Personal Trainer certifications. She also has instructional expertise in Pilates, Barre, Zumba, and Reiki healing.

Biddeford, ME 04005 (207) 282-6262

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Holistic Pathways

Holistic Pathways is a Maine studio that serves practitioners and students of yoga in the Gorham area. It has operated from the same location for more than two decades. Owner Amanda Curtis Kezal holds a bachelor’s degree in holistic studies and has attained her certification as a Kripalu teacher as well as pregnancy yoga instructor, expressive yoga dance teacher, and Yoga with Weights instructor. Her studio features a team of yoga veterans to help guide students in the various disciplines. Beyond classwork, Holistic Pathways also provides ongoing workshops on topics such as heart-based meditation, therapeutic touch, and Reiki healing.

Gorham, ME 04038 (207) 839-7192

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Lila

Lila is a studio in Portland, Maine, which provides daily classes, events, and workshops to yoga practitioners of all skill levels. The staff has many years of experience in the front of yoga classrooms. They have led others in the disciplines of Hatha yoga, deep meditation, and barre, to name a few. They have mentored professional athletes, golfers, and other yoga instructors, and many many have completed the 200- and 500-hour training programs recognized by the Yoga Alliance. In addition to the daily schedule, Lila provides retreats at Hurricane Island and Costa Rica. They also are available for mentoring, coaching, and private sessions (both group and one-on-one).

Portland, ME 04101 (207) 329-4604

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Portland Power Yoga (PPY)

Portland Power Yoga (PPY) is a Maine-based studio that specializes in an intense blend of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga forms. Owner/general manager Julie Kiger received her 200-hour certification through renowned teacher Alice Riccardi and her Level One training with Baron Baptiste. She attained her 500-hour certification through the Live Love Teach institute. Her teaching practice began in 2011. She welcomes a team of highly-qualified teachers with more than 1,000 hours in combined certification training as recognized by the Yoga Alliance governing body. PPY also hosts workshops and events throughout the year, drop-in classes, and a private instruction option.

Portland, ME 04101 (207) 761-4328

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ReDefining Yoga & Pilates

ReDefining Yoga & Pilates is a Maine-based studio that serves students and practitioners in Windham and the surrounding area. In addition to classes in its two specialties, ReDefining also provides guided meditation and training in Tai Chi while hosting regular events and teacher training sessions for anyone hoping to make yoga and Pilates instruction a career or those who desire a deeper understanding of the practices. Classes are available to students through both drop-in and preregistration. Yin and Vinyasa are the two primary disciplines. Instructors have more than 1,000 hours of certified training and more than a decade of experience teaching others.

Windham, ME 04062 (207) 892-0964

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Scarborough Yoga

Scarborough Yoga is a Maine-based studio located in the heart of Scarborough and providing a variety of yoga services to students in the city and surrounding area. Owner Andrea Gleason opened the location with the intention of bringing Vinyasa, Yin, and restorative yoga forms for beginners and long-time practitioners. She also provides guided meditation. She has taught others for more than a decade, possessing certification in the 200-hour program as recognized by the Yoga Alliance. In addition to the regularly scheduled drop-in classes, Gleason’s team offers Tai Chi for Health instruction, Essential Oils for the Zodiac signs, and Yamuna Body Rolling.

Scarborough, ME 04074 (207) 671-1593

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Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio

Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio operates out of the Portland, Maine area. It is the studio of Aleksandra Townsend, who came to the practice in 2001. A transplant from Poland, Townsend fell in love with the state and decided to make it home. She completed 200-hour Vinyasa training as well as 40-hour prenatal training and has since added her 500-hour credential. She also has opened her studio to a staff of highly-qualified instructors with hundreds of hours of additional training, and her “Little Yogi” classes are popular with parents and children as an accessible introduction to the discipline. The studio provides teacher training and certification courses as well.

Portland, ME 04102 (207) 409-6380

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Studio 72 Yoga

Studio 72 Yoga is a wellness center located in the Portland, Maine area. It provides training in the Ashtanga Yoga form, which is a system based on the Mysore-style tradition and follows in the practices and philosophies established by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Customer reviews have indicated the instructional staff will meet students where they are on skill level but push them at the right points to keep them from growing too comfortable. Owner/principal Jennifer Morrison has many years of experience working one-on-one to help level-up students, and she has completed hundreds of hours in certified training.

Portland, ME 04101 (207) 400-7778

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Well Heart Yoga

Well Heart Yoga is a Maine-based center devoted to the discipline of yoga for practitioners in the Falmouth area. The studio provides students with the option of “Yoga on the Beach” courses at the 200-hour level as well as teacher training for anyone hoping to make instruction a career or develop a deeper understanding of the practice. Owner Leslee Clark is a 500-hour certified teacher recognized by the Yoga Alliance. She became involved with yoga in 2000, and she has studied under teachers from the Iyengar system and Ashtanga lineage. She also has taught others for more than a decade.

Falmouth, ME 04105 (207) 625-4756

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WholeHeart Yoga Center

WholeHeart Yoga Center has more than two decades of experience serving practitioners and beginners in the Portland area of Maine. Its Kripalu Yoga roots denote a slower pace and more mindful focus that many beginning students consider appealing. Owner/director Pam Jackson emphasizes self-awareness in her classes as well as steady alignment, holding of postures, and finding the balance between ease and effort. She employs a staff of highly-qualified instructors who have hundreds of hours in certified training as recognized by the Yoga Alliance and decades of instructional experience. Other skill sets represented include Yin, Kundalini, and Ashtanga.

Portland, ME 04101 (207) 871-8274

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Willard Beach Studio

Willard Beach Studio is a Portland-based studio in Maine that provides a variety of yoga classes and workshops to all skill levels as well as one-on-one sessions that focus on different aspects of therapeutic yoga such as Yamuna body rolling, guided imagery, breath work, prenatal yoga, and even paddleboard yoga. The facility also provides physical therapy evaluations and customized treatment plans, and it even won OpenCare’s Patients’ Choice Award as top South Portland Physical Therapist in 2015. Other specialties include Thai bodywork and Reiki healing. Workshops on gentle yoga, essential oils for emotional health, and protecting one’s energy, are available as well.

South Portland, ME 04106 (207) 767-1857

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Yoga By Lara

Yoga By Lara is a one-teacher studio in Portland, Maine, that strives to teach students proper stretches, poses, and meditation techniques. Owner Lara K. Nordenson moved to Portland from the Los Angeles area, where she taught yoga for five years. Her practice focuses on individual one-on-one interaction. Clients have called the approach positive, inspirational, and accessible to everyone, especially beginners. Comments that have struck a chord with her classes include advice to stop hating oneself for what they aren't and to start loving themselves for what they are. Her spirit, one reviewer stated, is what makes her courses impactful.

Portland, ME 04103 (207) 939-5080

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