This scene from the Kiev Yoga Studio is only one of many interpretations of what it means to yoke the spirit and physical body together in Kyiv. Yoga studio websites promote countless variations: yogalates, yoga flow, hanging yoga, yoga relax, partner yoga or simply “stretching.”
But potential adherents of the exercise will struggle to find their way through Kyiv’s confusing yoga scene.
This comes from the absence of order and unity. Unlike their Western counterparts, Ukrainian yoga schools have yet to agree on universal teaching criteria. In the U.S., the Yoga Alliance fulfills this role with an established set of criteria necessary to acquire teaching credentials. In Ukraine, things are much more chaotic with most studios hiring based on displayed skill or no criteria at all.
But as yoga grows in popularity, the need arises for a local yoga system. To make it easier for newcomers, yoga in the nation’s capital can be divided into two groups: fitness studio yoga and immersive yoga.