Yesterday, I finally got to drop by at Yoga+ at the Fort. I had heard of that particular studio some time ago from a matmate of mine from Flow Yoga Alabang. She shared that she was doing the Power Hour classes at Yoga+ because it’s right by her office. I had been meaning to try it, but never had the chance to.

Anyway, on my way to a meeting yesterday, my friend Dona invited me to drop by for a talk that was going on at the studio. I swung by for a bit, but wasn’t able to stay. I did, however, get to see the studio finally! I loved the floor to ceiling windows of the studio! I’m sure if you practice there in the morning, you get all the wonderful sunshine streaming in. Who needs fx luminaire lighting when you’ve got all the natural goodness of sunlight coming in, right? :)

I do hope I get to practice there soon, just to try it out. I know they regularly offer Hot Yoga classes and some Yin sessions on occasion. When I know more about their class offerings, I shall update this post :)

Yoga+ is located at the 11th Floor, Fort Legend, 31st cor 3rd Street, Bonifacio Global City (close to the area where St. Luke’s and S&R are :) )

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Oh yey. My home away from home is branching out :) And in a place much, much closer to my home! This Monday, September 17, 2012, Beyond Yoga opens it’s doors at the fort. Located in a quiet nook at the third floor of Bonifacio High Street Central (past R.O.X., same building as Mango and Jamba Juice), Beyond Yoga creates a little haven for yoga and fitness enthusiasts with offerings such as different styles mat yoga (such as Yin, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa 1 and 2, Ashtanga 1 and 2, Jivamukti, among others), Anti-gravity Yoga, and two signature classes exclusive to Beyond Yoga: Beyond Sculpt and Beyond Core Flow. Dance classes are also offered at the studio.

I hear that the design of the studio is inspired by the Antigravity Yoga hammocks. I soooo can’t wait to see it!

In celebration of their opening, they are holding a series of FREE classes for all to try! Hope to see you in one of those classes :)

The one downside to this new branch is that I’ll miss my matmates!!! I promise to still visit BY-QC!!!

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02. May 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: Studios

Yesterday I came across a post in the yoga community Facebook page that I am part of and saw an announcement for an up and coming wellness studio called White Space. Besides yoga, regular Tai Chi, mat Pilates and meditation sessions are listed amongst their class offerings.

White Space will be opening on June 2012 and is located at right across from the Ateneo campus. They are offering a special prize to the first 500 people who sign up for membership or class card packages. Do check out http://www.whitespacewellness.com/ for more details.

Congratulations to Eileen Tupaz and Abbey Rivadelo! I wish you light and love on your exciting new venture and I look forward to meeting you guys :)

Now on a random note….why oh why do I find another studio in the Quezon CIty area and still am drawing a blank on the Alabang area???

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The long wait is over! Today, April 11, 2012, Beyond Yoga, AntiGravity Yoga’s (AGY) exclusive partner here in Manila, formally opens it’s suspension studio for daily flights and adventures on the signature AGY silk hammock.

Antigravity yoga philippines

Just before the first flight took off this morning with Teacher Rianna, I got to join several other yoga friends in a sneak peak of the studio and it was an amazing experience. Teacher Monica gave us quite a workout and her enthusiasm for the practice was bubbling over! While I have been lucky enough to have taken several AGY classes over the past few months at The Farm at San Benito and in other venues, the excitement and thrill of each class is always different. More »

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Among my favorite Christmas presents last December were gift passes and class cards to yoga :) They were the perfect gifts for someone like me! One of those was for a week of unlimited practices at the Urban Ashram Manila. I truly enjoyed being able to studio hop and get to try different styles of classes, as well as different teachers, during my break from work.

Anyway, at Urban Ashram I was able to try two different classes, a Hatha class by Johan Ordonez and a Restorative Vinyasa with Marc Macadaeg. Besides the two mentioned classes, Urban Ashram offers a wide array of classes that may be of interest to different types of practitioners. These include Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and the FNR series.
The FNR series is one of the unique practices they offer (at least in my opinion). FNR stands for Flexibility Not Required. I asked JP Abinuman-Cox, one of the teachers at Urban Ashram, what the class was all about and she said it was a great foundations class for those new to the practice, but that it was not limited to beginners. Even regular practitioners can benefit from the class as it really works on and targets proper alignment. Further, this class can help one gain confidence in their abilities and build strength, as well as become more flexible. I suppose, in a way, this can help address one of the most common reservations people have regarding exploring a yoga practice, which is “but I’m not flexible!” 
The studio is one of the most stylish and relaxing studios I have seen.
Urban Ashram Manila

Welcome to Urban Ashram Manila

The interiors were designed by world-class Filipino designer, Kenneth Cobonpue. I soooo love the clouds that line the hallway :) Pretty, right?
Kenneth Cobonpue for Urban Ashram Manila
The ashram has also has an ENORMOUS bathroom, complete with three shower stalls and four  toilet cubicles.
There are 4 studios for practice, each able to accommodate about 20 practitioners at a time. Studios 1-3 can also be combined for a space that can be used for extra large classes and workshops for about 60 people at one given time. Each space comes equipped with Manduka mats, blocks and straps. Blankets, bolsters and similar props are also on-hand for use.

However, it is not only pretty. When JP took me around the studio, she told me that they really worked hard at making the studio as green and eco-friendly as possible. For one, they used reengineered wood for their flooring. Also, their ceilings are very high in order to maximize the use of natural lighting and ventilation, thus enabling better management of energy and resources. Even the soap and shampoo that is available for use in their showers, as well as their cleaning materials like mat sprays, are made from earth-friendly ingredients, are non-toxic and biodegradable.

Urban Ashram Manila, Studio Details:

Location: Suite 302, 3rd Level, 3 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Website: http://www.urbanashrammanila.com

Classes: Ashtanga, Sivananda Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, FNR; FNR classes run for 75 minutes while the rest are 90 minutes long.

Schedule: around 5-7 classes per day, starting as early as 6:30 am. Last class is at 7:30 pm, from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday schedules available. Check out their website for more specific time schedules and teachers for each session.

Rates: Drop in rate is Php 500; Class cards, Semi-annual and Annual rates also available/Credit card and pay lite payments accepted. Regular promotions, such as the share your yoga and practice for free promos, are available. Call (02) 377 YOGA / (02) 661 YOGA / 0917 881 YOGA for more details

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