Your safe spaces in Berlin
At Urban Sports Club, we believe that sports can promote diversity and connect people – if everyone feels good with a workout catered specifically for them and have fun doing it. Therefore, we celebrate the Pride Month 2022 under the motto “Work out the way you are”. We want to give everyone the opportunity to play a sport and feel good.
In keeping with Pride Month, we asked our partners to share their initiatives and efforts for the LGBTQIA+ community. We received a lot of positive feedback and summarized it for you in our blog articles. Find out why safe spaces are important in sports and how you can contribute a small part to this in our interview with TRIBE Yoga Base. You can also take a look at the guides for Munich, Hamburg and Cologne.
Do you know of any studio that should be included in the guide? Then please send this link to the partner and request them to fill the form, so that we can add them.
This list is based on feedback from our partners and is not exhaustive. In your city you can discover more studios and partners with offers for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Partners with classes, workshops or events for the community
Every first Sunday of the month, at 5 p.m., you can take part in a meditation session for the LGBTQIA+ community with Boris at vea Studio. The goal is to create a safe space to get in touch with the emotions stored in our bodies and let go of past experiences. The class is aimed at everyone from the LGBTQIA+ community, their friends and their allies.
Barliner Workout is a popular training center with the LGBTQIA+ community, and welcomes everyone. From now on, regular LGBTQIA+ social events will be organized to help the community to further connect. From June 4, you can take part in the “Women & Non-binary Calisthenics” course at 11. a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with Beth Thayne. This class is aimed exclusively at women and non-binary people. Another class “Handstand & More” will be planned with Alex Tanglao on June 6.
Airport Squash & Fitness
Our partner Airport Squash & Fitness is hosting the largest and first LGBTQIA+ Squash tournament in Europe on July 15 and 16, organized by the newly founded global LGBTQIA+ SQUASH community and locally with Vorspiel Berlin Squash. Squash training for the community is also organized with Vorspiel Berlin Squash.
In the past, Fenriz Gym has organized an Empower Gala to serve the opportunity to take FLINTA* to gauge their martial arts capabilities. This is often difficult for people of this community because there are either supposedly no opponents or they have to play second-fiddle to binary gender groups. Such an Empower Gala will take place in the future again. In addition, Fenriz Gym offers self-defense classes for FLINTA* occasionally.
The focus of Olga Shiatsu in their Shiatsu practice is working with trauma. Although there are no treatments specifically directed to LGBTQIA+ people, she wants you to feel safe, respected and accepted with her work. If you come across specific topics related to experiences of discrimination, you can contact her in advance. Together, she can offer the necessary support or if you need to help to find a Shiatsu practitioner or body workers who are especially familiar with your situation and may have similar life experience. This also applies to BIPOC people, people with disabilities or neurodiverse people.
Acceptance and tolerance as well as inclusion are paramount at YogaRebel. Many LGBTQIA+ and BIPoCs already attend, moreover, regular workshops also take place.
Box-Kultur Berlin offers special courses for women, where it is also about realistic self-defense and special courses for people with disabilities, such as Parkinson’s morbus, who are supported in the fight against their disease. The word inclusion is paramount here.
Partners or team members that are part of the community
Peace Yoga Berlin (also online)
The owners of the Jivamukti Yoga School Peace Yoga Berlin not only welcome everyone to their classes, but are also part of the community. In the studio, you find gender-neutral bathrooms and a third gender-neutral changing room. They also use gender-sensitive language in all their classes.
Massage Dream Time
Massage Dream Time is part of the community and welcomes you. Here you can come as you are and relax with a massage.
Do you want to pamper yourself with a massage? Danilo from Caressing Soul believes in the motto “Freedom of Being”. He is committed towards equality and is part of the LGTBQIA+ community.
IMAG e.V. Berlin
Try martial arts at IMAG e.V. Berlin. A part of the team belongs to the community and welcomes everyone.
Pole Flow Berlin (also online)
Pole Dance is often classified as queer-friendly. At Pole Flow Berlin, it is held as part of the vision and is reflected in the team.
KALAA Yoga Berlin
At KALAA Yoga, everyone is welcome – this not only radiates in the open yoga studio, but is reflected by the diverse team that believes in it.
American Fitness Club GmbH
The fitness studio, American Fitness Club has been known for years to be queer-friendly, both in terms of members and employees. This is reflected not only in their philosophy but also in their team.
TURNHALLE hightech sports
Vibration training, negative-pressure training and roller massage await you at TURNHALLE hightech sports. Everyone is respected and some of the team members are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Partners with initiatives within and/or outside the studios
Tangotanzen macht schön
Tango is traditionally seen as a dance between man and woman. At Tangotanzen macht schön they understand Tango as an active animated communication between people – regardless of their gender. Role-reversal and partner change are part of their teaching concepts.
Tango Informal also represents the concept that gender should not play any role in couple-dances such as Tango. Here you can choose whether you want to the leader or the follower.
Studio29 – House of Performing Arts
At Studio29 – House of Performing Arts everyone is welcome and can be the way they are. Several members of the LGBTQIA+ community already indulge in the high heels classes.
E & M Bachata
E & M Bachata teaches Bachata – a couple dance style dominated by men. In their classes, they encourage everyone to both lead and follow and to try out all combinations of dance partnerships, regardless of their sexual preferences or gender identity. They want to break these norms in the community and encourage people with different preferences to dance without worries and fears.
Milonga Popular promotes the inclusion of all gender in a traditional couple dance. They promote flexibility in the roles as they want everyone to feel free to express themselves regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Learning both roles also helps to gain faster progress and makes dancing more complete. Input from everyone and everywhere are welcome.
The dance practice of Yannis Mitsos revolves around the freedom to express himself and this is exactly what he wants to communicate to the members. He has already participated in several LGBTQIA+ events in Greece and Germany and has performed for queer cultural themes.
Studio für künstlerischen Tanz
Communicating mutual respect and appreciation is part of the teaching at Studio für künstlerischen Tanz.
The Stadtbad Oderberger offers non-binary bathrooms and is open to all guests who want some relaxation in the sauna. They also signed the Diversity Charter and are Travel Proud and Pink Pillow members.
Feeling safe is particularly important in case of massages and body work. Impuls Massage is therefore trying to offer a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and supports the awareness.
In the Spreedrop-Charter, both the employees and the staff in the public bathing beach are trained in their handling and strive to offer all guests a friendly stay.
Bunker Berlin is the “Oldschool Gym” in Berlin. An open and tolerant atmosphere awaits you: several members of the LGBTQAI+ community, queer magazines and diverse toilets and showers. In the future a cooperation with social sponsors/associations is planned.
Yoga im Fincan mit Sandro
Sometimes relaxed, sometimes sweaty, sometimes dynamic and other times relaxing – with the goal of improving self-perception Yoga in the Fincan with Sandro offers open yoga hours. In the studio you will find gender-neutral toilets.
Dhyana Centre Berlin (also online)
The meditation courses of Dhyana Centre Berlin are part of the Friends to Mankind NGO Global Peace Effort committed to the principles of friendship with humanity and inspires humanity to make peace a way of life. Their goal is to appreciate being respectful; to highlight mutual dependence and friendship; and to create a sense of responsibility.
Be waterborne with CSD with StandUpClub Berlin. Everyone paddles a colorful rainbow fleet on the Spree on SUPs. Of course, you are welcome all year round.
Are you interested in outdoor workouts? The essence of the kommunionberlin Code of Conduct is based on inclusion and unity. Last year they participated in the Berliner Christopher Street Day and will do so again.
Open Floor with Tamara Romaniuk
Open Floor with Tamara Romaniuk is part of the organization Open Floor International. It offers a movement practice that strengthens the community, honors inclusion and is based on shared values. Try Movement Meditation here.
The Center School of Performing Arts in English
The Center is proud of its commitment towards the community and diversity and takes measures to ensure that no student is discriminated against because of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or other reasons. The Center is committed to preventing any harassment of students and teachers.
In Sofiya Dance classes they do not tolerate judgments and everyone is welcome, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, skin color, religion etc. Several transgender people are already members who feel safe and welcome.
Partners who actively welcome the community and are opposed to any discrimination
- Dance with Stretching for Dancers: See Partner
- Qi Gong and Kungfu with Qibalance.eu: See Partner
- Hula Hoop with Ka Whoops / Tanzbasis: See Partner
- Partnerakrobatik mit Adrian Iselin: See Partner
- Fitness in the FitnessCenter aTB: See Partner
- Fitness for women and anyone who feel associated with the sex in sportraum bs: See Partner
- Kung-Fu with berlin siu lam wing chun pai: See Partner
- Yoga with Mari Yoga Onda: See Partner / See Online Partner
- Yoga with Sarah Djamila Benzarti Coaching: See Partner
- Yoga with Yoga on the Move: See Partner / See Online Partner
- Yoga with Yogalila: See Partner
- Yoga Labor Berlin: See Partner
- Yoga mit out.yoga: See Partner
- YOGA at Lobe Block: See Partner
- Yoga with Yogic Escape Yoga & Wellness Studio: See Partner
- Massage and Yoga with Patricia Wilhelm @Naturheilpraxis: See Partner
- Massage at Centro delfino: See Partner
- Massage at 5Elements: See Partner
- Physiotherapy with Isaac Centro Delfino: See Partner