It’s so funny that I think I have never written about the yoga center that I go to. My “yoga home” is actually at Yoga Manila in Ortigas. I go and practice at least twice to thrice a week. For those who work or live near Ortigas, this is one of the places you should consider trying out if you want to try out yoga. Yoga Manila offers Ahstanga classes. The studio is located inside Chi Spa of the Edsa Shangri-la hotel.
Upon entering the gate of Chi Spa, just follow the stone steps located in the small garden entrance. These are circular steps that will take you to the stone path. Turn left and just take a couple of steps forward. You will then see a hidden elevator. It will take you straight to the fourth floor. I have heard friends say that they never get to see the studio. Don’t panic, guys! Yoga Manila is really in Chi Spa.
When you get to the fourth floor, the elevator door will open, and a really amazing ambiance will greet you. Obviously, Chi Spa is one of the best spas in Asia, so the ambiance is quite a treat. If you brought yoga clothes to change into, just go straight and on to your right, you will see the men’s and the women’s restrooms. They don’t have shower rooms or locker rooms, but the restroom is huge enough for changing.
After getting ready, try to retrace your steps back to the elevator, but before even reaching the elevator, you will find stairs to your right that leads to another floor. Walk up the stair and the studio is right there. It’s the door that you see. There’s no reception area. For the 6:30 pm classes, I think I’m always early, so I’ll be happy to welcome you…
The classes start on time, so I advice you to come at least 10 minutes early, so that you can set up your mat (they have available mats). Try to wear clothes that fit snuggly to your body so that the teacher can see your form.
They have very good and trained Ashtanga teachers. The Ortigas studio is managed by Connie Ponce. Teachers in the Ortigas studio are Jon, Michelle and Nature.
The classes start at 6:30 and normally end after 1 and a half hours. You have the option to join the My Sore or the LED classes. Here is the schedule: YOGA MANILA ORTIGAS Schedule My Sore are classes where the teacher asks you to go on your own pace. The poses will be taught but how fast you go through the poses will depend on how long have you been practicing and if you already mastered the poses. LED classes are when the teacher makes the entire class go through the poses all together. Modifications are given for students to follow depending on the level of mastery.
I have tried other kinds of yoga styles before, but I think I’m most “at home” doing Ashtanga yoga. But of course, any yoga style will benefit your body and mind. I’m an advocate of yoga and I know I will continuously be practicing until I grow old.
Have you tried Yoga Manila before? Tell us what you think about it?
Yoga Manila Website: http://www.yogamanila.com/
SMS : +63917.522.YOGA(9642)
405 Bougainvilla corner Sanggumay, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City
Greenbelt Mansion, Unit 506, Perea St, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Chi Spa, EDSA Shangri-la, Manila, 01 Gardenway, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Call and/or SMS: +63922.876.6232