Despite its longtime reputation as a country cowboy, meat-eating centric town, Dallas is rising in its appeal to those looking for a spiritual – and physical – adventure. Fresh, local foods are taking over, and residents are tuning into their mind and body more than ever. Dallas is a perfect place for both the beginner and advanced yogi to lay down their mat and flow, or simply get outside and connect with the city.
I recently spent a few months in Dallas, and would love to share some of my great finds! Here’s a guide to some of the hottest studios and places to be in Dallas!
Where to Yoga
Dallas is no stranger to yoga. There are tons of great local studios to really connect with the the locals as you connect with yourself.
I found a supportive yoga community at White Rock Yoga. They offer classes for all levels, with each class having a different focus. They offer tons of fun classes, like the ‘Happiness Hour Yoga’, prenatal, and family friendly classes, too!
Gaia Flow Yoga is the best combination of the three traditional schools of yoga: hatha, raja, and bhakti. The instructors are friendly and aim to take students on a path of self-realization, combining the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual components of themselves.
My favorite studio experience is at exhale. This studio offers the total relaxation experience. You can stick with yoga, or opt for barre, cardio, or HIIT classes to tune into your body. And if you’re in the mood to pamper yourself, exhale offers facials, massages, acu-healing and more spa therapies.
Where to Eat
After an invigorating flow, nothing beats lunch at a Dallas local hotspot. Although Texas is known for its barbecue, there are a ton of savory vegetarian options in Dallas that give meat eaters a run for their money.
You can’t go wrong at Flower Child. This ‘fast casual’ spot serves up dishes that will satisfy any dietary preference. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets are all accommodated, and meat can also be added to dishes for those looking for extra protein. Ingredients are fresh and local, and each dish is made entirely from scratch. They really stick to their motto – “Healthy food for a happy world.”
Ready for desert? Whoever said that substituting ingredients made for less tasty desserts clearly hasn’t gone to Reverie Bakeshop. This all-vegan bakery will perk up your sweet tooth and make your mouth water. Grab an oatmeal cream pie or rice krispie treat and brag to all your friends about the tasty treats you’ve earn after a class.
Where to Explore
The most unique way of exploring Dallas that I found was a running tour. Swap your yoga mat for running shoes, choose your trail length from 3-18 miles and take to the streets to learn about the history of the city while getting your body moving
Looking for a drink? The Rustic is a popular watering hole for both locals and tourists, with a great outdoor seating area. I loved watching their live bands that played almost every day.
Another place I found with a more speakeasy vibe is Twilite Lounge. Bringing a little New Orleans to Dallas, Twilite Lounge brings you back to a different time. Just like the Rustic, it was great to see some more unique live bands on their stage.
From hot yoga classes, running tours, vegan eats, and lively nights at local bars, Dallas has it all. I can’t wait to go back, or to hear that you’ve visited and checked out some of these recommendations.
Have you been to Dallas and enjoyed any of these spots? Have other places we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments, below!