They say yoga is for everyone — the many poses, the lifestyle and its health benefits can be enjoyed with different modifications. Its appeal is undeniable as fans say that it keeps them healthy, strong and less stressed — overall wellness is a priority for many.
And when one in seven Americans has a membership pack for their neighborhood yoga studio, something must be working, even though we can all agree that "corpse pose" is everyone's favorite.
So, what U.S. city is the best one to live at as a yogi?
We looked at the number of yoga-related establishments and studios per capita around the country. These are the top 10 best cities for yoga, where there are more classes and, hopefully, more space for your mat in every class. Sit up, cross your legs and read on as you concentrate on your om.
Located about 15 miles from Houston, Missouri City offers a quiet city to raise a family with excellently-rated schools and average commutes. While the summer gets unbearably hot in typical Texas fashion, the rest of the year enjoys mild temperatures. With the coast under an hour away, you can visit Sylvan Beach and its lovely white sand.
But you're here for the yoga, and you're in luck — there are nearly seven yoga establishments per 100,000 people in the city so you'll never run into sold-out classes when you forgot to sign up. Plus, thanks to the city's many trails, you'll be able to mix up your workout.
Known for its colorful bougainvilleas, La Mesa sits only nine miles from San Diego, but due to its more inland location, it experiences hotter, dryer summers and warm winters. But there's good news — you get to skip the May gray and June gloom and keep up your momentum in your yoga practice.
The city has almost 60,000 residents with 6.7 yoga establishments per capita. After your yoga practice, head for the many hills in La Mesa for hiking. Bring your pup to Harry Griffen Park or enjoy the views at Mission Trails Regional Park.
Downtown Lancaster is full of charm. Its revitalized historic buildings are now boutique bowling alleys, restaurants and bars. Lancaster's rich history also includes the local Amish community and their traditions not too far from downtown. If you're traveling with kids to check out the area, consider staying at the first Cartoon Network Hotel in the country.
One of the oldest inland towns in the U.S., Lancaster has a significant population of people of Puerto Rican descent and is often dubbed the "Spanish Rose" by locals. But how can you find your warrior two? Try one of the 6.7 yoga establishments per capita.
If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you'll find yourself right at home in Dubuque. Stretch your way into its nearly seven yoga establishments per capita. Then, turn up the cardio hiking at Eagle Point Park, where you can see the Mississippi River flowing or cruise at Cloie Creek Mountain Bike Park's new professionally designed trail.
The family-friendly community also has some fun entertainment like Paul's Tavern's eccentric taxidermy collection, a thriving dining scene and several music venues.
Casper has a solid reputation for its spectrum of outdoor activities — hiking on the Oregon trail, fishing and, of course, skiing. Nestled in the heart of Wyoming, Casper has a rich history of American Indian traditions and pioneers.
The craft brewery and distillery scenes aren't that far behind, either. Casper residents have a plethora of options when it comes to dining and drinking and after-hours entertainment at its many venues. In the summer, soak up in the Alcova Reservoir, about 30 miles away.
If you need a good stretch after a whole day on the slopes, head to one of the local yoga studios for a deep flow class. At seven yoga establishments per capita, you've got a good chance of grabbing a class.
Is there anything more zen than beach views? Jupiter has that and more than one to get your weekly meditation dose. With more than seven yoga establishments per capita, you can find the right teacher for you and let go of that stress. Head to the Jupiter Lighthouse and experience the view in all of its glory after the climb.
Dubois Park offers playgrounds, picnic areas and plenty of spots to jump into the beach. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium hosts the Miami Marlins for their spring training, so keep an eye out for the team stars. With an average temperature in the mid-70s in the winter, it's hard to say no to Jupiter.
While the drive into Miami Beach can quickly destroy your zen, the south Florida city is known for its glitz and many celebrities. However, it's also ranked fourth on our list of the best cities for yoga. Beyond being beach body ready, it's easy to drop-in on any of the classes in the city and find your peace of mind.
You even have a chance to receive the sunrise and sunset with yoga at the beach with 3rd Street Beach Yoga. The donation-based class has met year-round since 1998, one of many free ones in Miami Beach. You also have 7.6 yoga establishments per capita, so grab your mat and enjoy that well-deserved stretch.
Portland, a seacoast town in Maine, has a prosperous historic downtown area with award-winning restaurants, markets, coffee shops and yoga studios. What's the catch? None. With 66,000 residents, Portland offers 9.0 yoga establishments per capita. That's plenty of chances to practice your headstand and find your balance after a long day.
If you crave waterfront views, Portland has many to offer with Old Port's seafood restaurants and centuries-old lighthouses. There are nearly 20 microbreweries in the area and embrace the casual dining spots like Duckfat. This is anything but a sleepy coastal town.
Is it any coincidence that the No. 2 city is also near the water? There's nothing better than feeling the ocean breeze on your face. Newport Beach fills that need. This surf town has done an incredible job with preserving historic buildings and businesses like Dory Fleet Fish Market, operating since 1891. Don't miss the Balboa Bar, a chocolate-dipped ice cream bar rolled in sweet and salty toppings at Dad's Donut & Bakery Shop.
After you visit the Wedge, the most popular surfing spot with waves up to 20 feet high, head to one of the many yoga studios to recalibrate. The city has 9.4 establishments of yoga per capita. Carry your yoga mat with you in tandem with your surfboard for a winning combo.
The state's cultural center, Missoula has a diverse demographic from working-class loggers to college students and retirees looking for some quiet. Missoula also takes our top spot for best city for yogis — with 9.4 yoga establishments per capita, you can find relaxation anywhere.
This small community boasts several festivals, like the International Wildlife Film Festival, one of the first juried wildlife film festivals in the world. Its downtown area is home to some yoga studios, boutiques and fine dining establishments along with its busy event calendar.
Missoula's Bayern Brewing takes the prize for the oldest microbrewery in the state, and don't worry, Missoula has more than 550 acres of parkland where you can work out those beer calories.
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To determine the best cities for yoga, we looked at every city in the U.S. with a population over 50,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2018 population estimates and at least one yoga establishment. From there, we divided the total number of establishments by the total population, and then multiplied that number by 100,000 to determine the number of establishments per 100,000 people. The cities with the highest per capita ratio were deemed to be the best cities for yoga in our quantitative report.
Total pet-related establishment counts are from a database of 8 million commercially available business listings. These listings may not reflect recent openings or closings.
Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com's multifamily rental property inventory from February 2019 to February 2020. Our weighted average formula more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type. This specific methodology was used because it provides a better overall average for the year as a whole and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.