Exercise your options: The 5 best yoga studios in Boston

In search of a new favorite yoga studio?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to practice yoga in Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're looking for a new studio.

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1. South Boston Yoga

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Topping the list is South Boston Yoga. The large practice is spread over two floors with four studios, including one hot studio kept at 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most classes, including restorative yoga, hot yoga and aerial yoga, are designed to accept all experience levels. Some of its faculty also offer body work and personal training sessions.

Located at 36 W. Broadway in South Boston, it is the highest-rated yoga spot in the city, boasting 4.5 stars out of 100 reviews on Yelp.

2. Acorn Yoga

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Next up is Brighton's Acorn Yoga, situated at 576 Washington St. It is focused on healing, mindfulness and holistic fitness, offering classes to meet a variety of interests and needs.

On weekend evenings, it has glow-in-the-dark yoga sessions — compete with glow sticks and paint, black lights and music. There's also HEALflow, which is part gentle flow and part restorative yoga; power yoga with weights and cardio work; vinyasa; and hot power flow.

With five stars out of 37 reviews on Yelp, the studio has proven to be a local favorite.

3. YogaWorks Back Bay

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YogaWorks Back Bay, located at 364 Boylston St., Floor 2, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving it four stars out of 231 reviews. Part of a national chain, YogaWorks instructors emphasize sequencing to ensure an alignment of breath with movement, and are trained in modifications to respond to practitioners' individual needs, according to its website.

Classes include vinyasa flow, hip-hop, barre work and core strengthening among the many options. Look for discounted community class opportunities.

4. Endurance Pilates and Yoga Studio

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Endurance Pilates and Yoga Studio in South End is another much-loved go-to, with five stars out of 28 Yelp reviews. Small class sizes allow for much individual attention from instructors.

Its Pilates, barre and power vinyasa yoga classes are designed to be especially challenging, and so may not be appropriate for those with new injuries or with chronic conditions. The yoga class, based on an ashtanga vinyasa form, is a flowing, physically demanding yoga practice.

Head over to 1636 Washington St. to try it for yourself.

5. North End Yoga

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Finally, check out North End Yoga, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 67 reviews on Yelp. It's in a bright space with hardwood floors and lots of windows.

Classes in vinyasa, structural yoga (or Iyengar), ananda and ashtanga are available, as are Pilates and barre classes.

You can find the studio on the third floor at 256 Hanover St.