CHECK IT OUT: Urban Ashram Manila-Center for Yoga in Pasig

Urban Ashram Manila’s classes cater to the experienced yogi and the yoga-curious.


Urban Ashram Manila-Center for Yoga
Suite 302 #3 Brixton Street,
Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Tel. No. 377-9642
Open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Monday to Thursday);
6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Fridays); 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturdays);
9 a.m. to 12 noon (Sundays)

Urban Ashram Manila has classes for the experienced yogi and the yoga-curious. Click for more.


( Urban Ashram Manila in the bustling Kapitolyo, Pasig neighborhood is the newest reason to hit the mats-the new yoga center boasts classes that cater to both the experienced yogi and the yoga-curious. "In yoga, it’s not the goal to come up with complicated poses. Yoga is for improving strength and flexibility," says Maricar Holopainen, one of the eight trainers at the Urban Ashram Manila.


Proof of their passion to make yoga accessible is Urban Ashram Manila’s 75-minute Flexibility Not Required (FNR) Class, which involves a series of poses focused on an introduction to yoga and is exclusive to Urban Ashram Manila. "It’s not just for beginners," Holopainen explains. "In fact, it’s quite challenging, but what makes it different is the sequence-there’s a lot of foundation poses. You’ll spend a lot of time looking at your body, understanding why you do certain things, it’s a very technical class. And yet, you still get a full workout. We developed it primarily because people get intimidated by yoga."



Other classes offered at Urban Ashram Manila are Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. "Ashtanga, which has 70-plus poses, leans more toward being a cardio exercise. We teach the Ashtanga basics," adds Holopainen. Hatha Yoga will also be offered in the future as well as levels for each class. Private classes are also offered for those who need special attention, such as yoga practitioners training for a marathon or those who require pre-natal attention.


Built from the ground up, the most important area at Urban Ashram Manila, says Holopainen, is the studio. "The highlight of it all is our studios." Urban Ashram Manila has three studios-airy, light-filled rooms with wooden floors that may also be transformed into one large room-so classes may be held simultaneously. Be prepared to see Kenneth Cobonpue-designed pieces in Urban Ashram Manila’s receiving area in the next few months. "We will also have wi-fi access so if you're early for class or just want quiet time, you can just hang out here."

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