I was preparing a beats-and-flow yoga class and my friend Sophie listened excitedly to the playlist with electronic music I had prepared for it. “You have to check out Equal yoga” she said, “they are serious about their music and pair it with a great flow”. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to go to a hot yoga class. I love sauna, I love yoga but the thought of both together made me dizzy already. But if you don’t try, you won’t know, so I booked and went.
Already when entering, the Equal experience began; I entered and was warmly welcomed by Luz who would also lead the upcoming “Core Power 32″ class. In every corner there would be small notes reminding you to smile;”hello handsome” it said at the mirror in the changing room, “real men don’t eat honey, they chew bees” reminding you to take a seat in the toilet…you enter your class with an easy vibe.
The class…hot…I started with the “less hot” class. 32 degrees took me right back to my tropical yoga moments abroad and made me (pitta constitution by nature) sweat sitting. But Sophie was right, after a spicy warmup session and special attention to your own capacity and continuity of breath, the flow took over. Sun salute 1 holding chaturanga till you shake, sun salute 2 holding warrior 1 modifications till you shake, as core as it can get, but again, mad fun. Interesting as well, all teachers teach the same sequence like in Ashtanga yoga so you can get used to the sequence and just take off with it and fly. In the last quarter, there’s a moment where the entire studio, which is in a nightclub-like box, blacked out and only the floor lights remained illuminated. The beats get more intense and Luz introduced us to sth like “chapter 4” pushing it to your personal limit for a short period of time. Jesus. Yoga meets fitness, meets heat, meets a great sound system and a fun teacher. Also during our resting poses the air suddenly cleaned up and there was a fresh stream of air allowing us to take a deep breath.
The experience continued to the dressing rooms where you have everything you need to freshen up, from blow-dryer to q-tips, amazing rain showers, and funky design. All in all the interior design of the place is really something different.
Love is in the detail.
I chose for ice-cold shower following my sauna passion and was fresh for the rest of the day.
Another day, I tried a “hot fusion” class that was more relaxed and a bit warmer (36 degrees). No music and a vinyasa flow that reminded me of more traditional yoga sequences that can be followed by any level and modified by advanced students to get their kicks.
Costs: 15,- per Session // 69,- for monthly all you can yoga and 135 for a card that allows you join 10 times. They have a tryout deal for new students with one week, 8 classes for 7,50, which is indeed not much for a whole lot of yoga. Also, on onefit.
Favorite Teacher: I had a lot of fun in the class with Luz who was friendly, caring and straightforward. Also, my friends Sophie and Julia work there and are two lovely ladies that know what they are doing without bullshitting around 🙂 Not having met all the other teachers it’s, of course, hard to say who else rocks.