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Yoga Teachers: Where to Rent a Room in Berlin to Teach Yoga?



Yoga teachers new to Berlin email me lots of questions, even though I don’t teach yoga anymore.

Recently one new yoga teacher emailed me to ask (personal information edited out to respect her privacy) where she can rent a room in Berlin in which to teach yoga and Pilates:

I am interested in renting a room to teach my classes.

For now I have a class every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

I wonder if it is possible to rent a room in your Studio, know the price i have to pay and know if we can talk in person. I also offer my services to teach in Spanish and English for Yoga or Pilates classes in your studio if you need a professional, I have 5 years experience and have certification for EHFA in Pilates mat and Pilates elements.

I expect a prompt response on your part, happy week and thanks for your kind attention.


When I was teaching yoga, I rented a room at Heilehaus in Kreuzberg 36.

They have two rooms for movement classes. The room which I rented was on the upper floor. I chose it because it was sunny and cozy, with a wall full of windows and wooden floors.

The room on the lower floor also has wooden floors and a wall full of windows but also a wall of mirrors across from the windows. Because in my yoga classes I emphasized the feeling of the positions rather than how it looks, I deliberately chose against the room with the mirrors.

Other places where I considered renting rooms in which to teach yoga included the following:

  • Gelber Raum is mostly used by dancers and actors in which to practice. I’m not sure if they are still active, as I can’t find their website anymore. They are located at Mariannenstr. 48, 1st backyard, 2nd floor, in Kreuzberg 36.
  • Kurz und Klein is a children-centered activity center in Reuterkiez. They have a cafe space in front of one or two private rooms. They are at Nansenstr. 2, right on Reuterplatz behind the pizza shop.

I actually considered a few other places in Neukoelln and Kreuzberg, but they no longer seem to be around anymore.

Other good places to ask include acting or dance studios, because dancers and actors also need space in which to practice–and they might be interested in yoga too as students!

The same reasoning applies to martial arts studios, especially places where the practices taught include aikido or tai chi, because those are “gentler” practices.

Hope that helps, V.N., and let me know where you end up teaching.

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Photo by Mirna H.

How to DIY a Yoga Staycation Retreat in Berlin, Germany

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Want to go on a yoga retreat but don’t have the time or the money?

DIY your own yoga staycation–stay-at-home vacation–for a weekend in Berlin with my series on DIY-ing an urban yoga retreat.

1. Start with my tips on planning your yoga retreat staycation.

2. Either pick a new neighborhood you’d like to explore or stay in your own kiez :

♥ Mitte

♥ Friedrichshain

♥ Kreuzberg, part 1 & part 2

♥ Neukoelln

♥ Treptow


4. Let me know how my guides helped you.


If you have any resources to share in creating a DIY yoga retreat staycation, let me know in the comments below. I’d love your input!

Any other practical questions about yoga, meditation, or healthy living? Let me know and I’ll answer you in my Q and A video series.



Urban Yoga Retreat in Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Mitte Berlin Yoga Retreat

Photos, clockwise from top left: Kopps, Wonderpots, Monbijou Park, Stadtbad Mitte

After a long hiatus, I continue my series on how to create a rejuvenating yoga retreat weekend at home in the middle of Berlin. Previously, I shared my favorite places in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. This time, I’m showing my favorite places in Mitte.

The idea is that you don’t need to travel far away to create a safe space to connect with yourself. Go to a yoga workshop or a weekend of classes at a local Berlin yoga studio and then treat yourself to :

♥ Swimming and sweating

at Stadtbad Mitte

♥ Journaling

at the German – Austrian bakery Alpenstück for breakfast or lunch

♥ Walking

along the Spree River through Monbijou Park (whose name translates literally from the French to ‘my jewel’) to Museum Island / Museuminsel

♥ Indulging

at frozen yogurt paradise Wonderpots, guilt-free–unless you’re vegan.

In which case, I’m at a loss for ideas…maybe hot chocolate made with coconut milk at Eve and Adams (now closed)?

If you’ve been to the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin or live here, let me know the vegan treats in the area or if you have any other recommendations for me.

What else would you need to make an urban setting a yoga retreat?

Tell me in the comments section, please.