YOGA in BKK: La mia prima lezione ed alcune dritte su come e dove praticarlo.

Da qualche tempo mi ronzava in testa l’idea di provare lo Yoga ma non mi decidevo a prendere l’iniziativa. Amo correre e andare in bicicletta e quei gruppi di pseudo contorsionisti che osservo nei parchi mi hanno incuriosito con i loro movimenti lenti e studiati. Un pomeriggio, mi trovo a passare da Sukhumvit e mi imbatto in un locale dal nome a dir poco stravagante: “Broccoli Revolution” (vedi articolo relativo). Il locale è architettonicamente fighissimo, un posto per vegani/vegetariani e quindi decido di farmi una centrifuga salutare e depurativa. Entro e sulla lavagna vedo scritto: “7 PM YOGA LESSON on ROOFTOP”. Uh, è un segno del destino, amo i rooftop e sono incuriosito dallo yoga: BINGO! Corro a casa, faccio lo zaino e un paio di ore dopo eccomi a sudare insieme ad altre 15 persone (per lo più ragazze ben più snodate di me…altra cosa fantastica dello yoga), tentando di realizzare la figura del “albero” o del “guerriero” in modo goffo e imbarazzante.

La cosa comunque funziona e mi piace. I muscoli devono lavorare sodo per spingere ed allungarsi; faccio fatica, più del previsto; cerco l’equilibrio, lo trovo e lo perdo e dopo 1 ora e mezza di lezione mi sento più sciolto e rilassato. L’istruttrice si chiama Elizabeth Andrews, nata a Chicago ma cresciuta a Berlino. Da 3 anni vive a Bangkok e come secondo lavoro insegna Yoga. Ecco alcune sue dritte sul mondo dello Yoga in Bangkok:

ps. lascio appositamente domande e risposte in inglese ma sotto segno direttamente i posti suggeriti con link per controllare orari e variazioni di programma.

D: How long have you been practiticing Yoga and how long have you been a teacher?

R: I’ve been practicing yoga for 12 years. I started practicing Bikram (hot yoga 26-posture sequence) with my mother and then transitioned to Vinyasa and Ashtanga. I went to Rishikesh, India to complete my yoga teacher training in 2017 and now teach Vinyasa with a bit of Hatha and Ashtanga incorporated into my classes. The thing I love about teaching Vinyasa is that I can be creative when it comes to putting my sequences together. I like that I have the flexibility as a teacher to make each class a little different, so I’m always trying to challenge myself by researching new material and putting different sequences together for my clients and classes.

D: where do you teach yoga?

R: I teach at MaxFit Performance on Sukhumbit 39 in Phrom Phong on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then the rest of the week I teach at a co-working space called DICE! as well as a couple community classes in Ari. For the community classes we rotate people’s rooftops. My mission is to create community through yoga, whether that be friends, coworkers, neighbors and family members.

D: You lived in the States and in Berlin: do you think Yoga is more popular in western country or here in Asia?

R: Hard to say. I will say that yoga is much more economical and accessible here. In the USA, yoga was expensive, and thus, cost prohibitive at times. I like that you can access great teachers here in Bangkok for a more affordable price.

Want to add that one of the things I love about teaching in Bangkok is that so many people I meet are interested in trying yoga and/or practice yoga, so I would say Bangkok is definitely a yoga friendly city! In my experience, the yoga community is very welcoming to all levels here.

D: your customers are mostly westerns or there are some Thai?

R: My clients are a mix of Thais and expats, but mostly expats.

D: the lesson on the rooftop of Broccoli Revolution has been amazing. There are other place like this that you can suggest?

R: I believe Broccoli Revolution does sunset yoga every Thursday (during the winter months) and The Hive Coworking Space (in between Thong Lor and Phrom Phong) is starting sunset yoga on their rooftop on Friday evenings.

DICE! co-working space in Ari also does yoga on their top floor (although technically not in the open on their rooftop)

D: where is possible follow lesson openair in Bangkok?

R: Yogatique in Asoke also offers great yoga classes. Be sure to check out The Hive for more info on their rooftop classes.

D: Any suggestion to one’s that wants approach yoga here in Bangkok?

R: I think the yoga community is very welcoming here in Bangkok. I always tell my students, especially beginners, that yoga is a personal practice. So when you are on the mat, just focus inward on your breath and your body as you flow through the class to help deepen your mind-body connection. Try not to compare yourself to the person next to you because everyone’s practice is different. Even though I have been practicing for a long time, there are some days where my muscles are tight or I’m having a hard time staying in my balancing postures because I’m distracted or had a stressful day. And then there are other days where my muscles are loose and I’m feeling clearheaded and strong. I love sharing my passion for yoga with others and one thing I encourage beginners to do is try different styles of yoga to see what they like. Not every style of yoga is going to resonate with new students, so I recommend being open to trying out different classes, teachers and studios, which is also a great way to explore Bangkok!

Quindi, in attesa di altre mie scorribande cittadine in cerca di nuove location, i nomi da tenere presente sono:

  • Broccoli Revolution: Sukhumvit, soi 49. Controllare la pagina facebook per orari e giorni, di regola si alternano 1 mercoledi e 1 giovedì la settimana a partire dalle 17.30. prenotazione obbligatoria, 15 posti limitati. (leggi la recensione su Broccoli Revolution)
  • The Hive: spazio di co-working in Thonglor. Anche qui si può fare yoga sul rooftop al tramonto tutti i venerdì sera alle 17.00. prenotazione obbligatoria, 15 posti limitati.
  • Dice: spazio di co-working vicino alla BTS di Ari. Propone classi di yoga il lunedì alle 19.00
  • Yogatique: Sukhumvit, Soi 23. Come dice il nome questo è un centro specializzato per yoga. controllare orari e offerte sul sito.
  • MaxFit: Sukhumvit, soi 39. Palestra che propone lezioni di yoga di martedì.

Nei primi 3 spazi è necessario portare il materassino visto che sono luoghi che propongono diverse discipline o semplicemente mettono a disposizione i propri spazi. Detto questo, cominciate a scaldarvi e NAMASTE’ a tutti!

Yoga at Hive.
Yoga at Hive.
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Yoga at Broccoli Revolution
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Yoga at Broccoli Revolution
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Yoga at Broccoli Revolution

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