Last year I left my job, friends, family and my beloved hometown New York City behind to travel for 8 months to12 countries in Asia. The one thing I could not leave behind was my yoga practice. Here is a guide to my favorite places to practice in Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Known as Indonesia?s best yoga studio, Yoga Barn can be considered more of a sanctuary than a studio. Its earthy-chic property is a lush retreat that feels spiritually inspired with every step. The spacious open-air studios, Garden Kafe, eclectic selection of classes, and stunning property give this space the renowned reputation it has retained for years.
With studios in Thailand, India, and Mexico, Agama?s brand is globally recognized. This studio goes beyond your basic yoga practice ? its workshops include Lucid Dreaming, Astrology in Tantric Yoga, Sacred Indian Dance, and the Art of Dying ? to name a few. Agam is also known for its experimental nature with Erotic Yoga, so if you?re looking for a different kind of practice, Agama is where you?ll never get bored.
Surya Nanda Yoga, Cebu
For an all-practice no-theory experience, Surya Nanda is the best place for a good sweat. Offering classes like power yoga, yogalates, and Open Vinyasa Flow, this is the Western type of studio that will give you the comfort of home.
One of my favorite places on my trip, Hoi An is a mixture of old cobblestoned streets, bustling local markets, pristine white sand beaches, and exceptional culinary delights. The beauty of this town is enchanting, and waking up at sunrise to do yoga fits in seamlessly with Hoi An?s zen vibe. Hoi An Yoga?s beach yoga class is open for anyone, and includes fresh fruit and green tea.
Try working out your bodies aches and pains form jet ?lag in a Ashtanga yoga class at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Best of all, after class you can relax in The Landmark?s steam and sauna rooms or get one of their heavenly spa treatments.
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August 23, 2013
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