Tucked-in upstairs a popular yoga store in busy Raya Seminyak, the Seminyak Yoga Shala has become a refuge for the area’s Ashtangi Yogis. Founded by husband and wife team Gil and Susie – the small studio is their offering to the local and expat community. “I was in awe of my wife’s practice and started to get into it myself – the results were visible after a month.” says Gil. This transformation is what pushed him and Susie to open up the studio – upstairs from their existing Divine Goddess yoga accessories shop.
“There was no place to practice Ashtanga in the area with good qualified teachers, and we wanted to add that option.” The studio is little but comfortable and clean, the light from the street diffused by frosted glass and complemented by flickering candles. One forgets about the busy street traffic outside and feels in a little secure shala, expertly guided in the discovery of Ashtanga. Quality of teaching is paramount to the owners – they go through great care and expense to procure teachers from the niche group of Authorized MySore teachers – less than 100 in the world. A rotation of these highly trained guides (it takes them from 7-10 years of study to get certified) stay at the studio from 3 to 6 months – leading classes as well as assisting the daily MySore morning sessions. Needless to say, such dedication in a practitioner shines through in all aspects of their teaching, and even an ashtanga novice as myself found the guidance at the MySore class to far exceed my expectations.
There are classes every day from 7:30 am – naturally mostly Mysore style Ashtanga (9:30 and 4:00pm) but with a flickering of Hatha Flow and Power Yoga at 5.30pm as well as four Tai Chi classes a week. Complementary mats and towels are provided. Post-yoga, students congregate at the next-door raw vegan cafe or peruse the stalls of the downstairs yoga boutique.
Prize Range: Drop-in IDR 120,000, Kitas IDR 100,000, 11 class pass IDR 1,000,000, Local IDR 50,000
Opening Time: 7am to 7pm.
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