When In Manila, with everyone obsessing about balancing their hectic schedules with healthy and fruitful lifestyles, there are many avenues in which one can easily get into a sport or a recreational activity that will surely keep one physically fit and can also serve as an outlet for stress relief. Other than running, going to the gym, enrolling in circuit training, playing ultimate frisbee, or taking boxing classes, one of the most popular commotions these days is yoga.
There are a number of studios in Manila that offer various types of yoga—such as Ashtanga, Bikram and Fly (or Anti-Gravity). Ashtanga is an intense, fast-moving type of yoga that can be physically demanding but will improve your stamina, flexibility and strength. Fly Yoga, on the other hand, is yoga done with the help of a stretchy fabric that serves as a hammock to aid you in doing the different poses. This type of yoga develops core strength, stability and balance. But perhaps, the type of yoga that gives the most benefits is Bikram, otherwise known as “Hot Yoga.” Bikram practices yoga in a heated room with a humidity of around 40% and repeats a sequence of 26 different poses to help loosen the muscles. Because of the heat, yogees (my instructor mentioned that this is what you call those who practice yoga) sweat profusely, therefore helping the body clean out its toxins.
Bikram Yoga Manila, with branches located in Salcedo Village, Makati and Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City, offers spacious studios that cater to those who wish to detoxify themselves at the same time, develop muscle strength and flexibility.
My first session in the Quezon City branch was definitely a good and relaxing experience. Parking was not an issue at all, for the building where the studio is located, CKB Centre, provides slots on the ground and basement levels. Upon entering the studio, I was asked to remove my flip-flops and place them on the wooden shoe rack near the door.
The studio is simple and clean—the kind that subconsciously relaxes your mind instantly from the stress of school or work. There was a mini store that sold items such as sports bras, comfortable shorts, yoga mats, and even healthy delicacies. To the side was a refrigerator where they also sold refreshments to hydrate the body. A shower area and lockers for both men and women were available behind the front desk—just bring your own padlocks to keep your valuables safe.
Other necessary things to bring are a yoga mat, a big towel to place over the mat, a set of extra clothes for changing, and a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated while inside the heated room. If you don’t have your own yoga mat or you forgot to bring a towel, Bikram Yoga Manila can surely rent you one. When it comes to attire, just remember to dress comfortably and wear clothes that you can easily move in (and you don’t mind sweating a lot in). My suggestion for the women is a pair of leggings or cycling shorts and a sports bra or a dry-fit tank top, while for the men, a pair of snug shorts.
When In Manila, be at peace with yourself and your surroundings by enrolling in Bikram Yoga Manila. Only done with my first session and I already feel a sounder mind, heart and body. I can’t wait to see the rest of the benefits Bikram Yoga has to offer! Namaste!
Bikram Yoga Manila
203 Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City, 1227 Makati, Philippines
Bikram Yoga Manila Contact # 376-4632 or 494-8741
Mon – Fri:8:30 am-10:00 pm Sat – Sun:8:30 am-5:00 pm