Japan is well known for its numerous high quality yoga centres, teachers and retreats and many of the most popular and prestigious ones are located in Tokyo. It all depends what the individual wants, because nearly everything imaginable to do with yoga is accessible in Tokyo. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced teacher there will be something new to try and a new challenge to take on in Tokyo.
Yoga is the union of body and mind and it is beneficial for stress relief, weight loss, flexibility and strength and numerous other aspects that affect us in our day to day lives. Whether the individual is interested in it on a spiritual level or simply to provide a thorough workout, there is something available to suit everyone. For those looking for a hard workout that will make them sweat and reap the benefits later on, there are many centres that practice Bikram yoga. This is a style that is conducted in hot rooms and involves the repetition of 26 postures. It is an intense workout and the heat allows deep stretching. Many people have found that they can lose weight a lot easier with Bikram yoga, but you will need to prepare for it in advance, ensuring that you are completely hydrated and have eaten a high energy meal 1 ½ hours before the session.
Alternatively if you are more interested in a yoga retreat, where you stay in one location and submerge yourself in the life of the yogi then Tokyo is certainly the place to go. There are various options, both in the city and on the outskirts, as well as throughout the rest of Japan. For the more orthodox experience a retreat based in a rural area might be preferable, but make no mistake, just because a yoga retreat is based in the city does not mean that it will be busy and have a toxic environment. The creators of these retreats know exactly what they are doing and create a perfect environment to let everyone become immersed in their yoga. Have a look at reviews and try to get recommendations from other people to ensure that you have the best yoga experience that Tokyo has to offer.