Tired of your regular asanas and looking for something new or more challenging for your regular practice? Sometimes a brand new backdrop can offer fresh perspectives. See below for five alternative yoga spots to enjoy your next namaste in Hong Kong.
You may have spotted ethereal photos of yogis suspended by bamboo above water all over social media in recent months. Founded by Hong Kong-based Yogi Aleksandra Milewicz (@aleksflows), Bamboo Yoga is a very real option for aerial yogis looking for a challenge and a gorgeous backdrop to boot. Take your practice out of the studio and onto the beach at Aleksandra’s regular workshops, which run almost every weekend at Sai Wan Beach in Sai Kung (Saturdays for intermediate and advanced practice and Sundays for beginners).
If you love spending a day out paddling on the water with the sun on your back, SUP Yoga by founders Dee Cheung and Nadine Bubner offers a chance for you to test your balance by doing your downward dog out at sea. At the weekly SUP workshops, classes are Academy of Surfing Instructors-certified, and range from paddle board yoga to fitness to ASI SUP instructor courses. See the current schedule here. Feel iffy about salt water? The SUP crew also teach FITMAT board yoga (“Boga”) courses at The American Club, The Repulse Bay Club and The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.
90-minute classes HK$500 includes board rental; SUP Classes are held at Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong
Recently revamping its Central location with a brand new 4th floor classroom, one of Hong Kong’s most popular boutique yoga studios has been hosting all-new concepts to celebrate. One interesting new range is its silent disco classes, including Silent Disco Xtend Barre, Silent Hatha Yoga, and even Silent Antigravity Decompression — all perfect for the after-work crowd looking to unwind with some exercise and awesome tunes supplied by DJ Gruv. The first round of events ended in late March — so stay tuned to their Facebook and website for more.
Flex Studio, 3-4/F, Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2812 6669
You’ve tried yoga wheels, aerial hammocks, hoops, but have you tried spinning a hula hoop during your practice? Emma Brown of Turning Circles teaches hoop yoga classes at Turning Circles, which brings equal parts yoga flows and equal parts circus act. In a beginner class, you’ll be learning to swirl hula hoops with your hands as you focus your breath and bodywork, and even choreograph attractive poses and dance-like transitions.
Turning Circles, Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong; 8-week Beginners Course takes place Mondays 7:30–8:30pm from 14 May – 2 July, HK$1,120 including hoops
Ever since its swish revamp, The Park Lane Hong Kong has become a popular after-work spot at Skye, the hotel’s 27/F terrace bar with one of the most dramatic harbour views in the city. One floor above, the Rooftop Garden is officially open from 6-7:30am to yogis and trainers looking for some quiet space to meditate and practice. The caveat is: it’s only open to hotel guests — as part of the Park Lane hotel’s new wellness programme for 2018, all rooms are equipped with yoga mats and workout and yoga videos for a much needed few minutes to concentrate on your wellbeing, whether if you’re on staycation or visiting from out of town. An energising breakfast menu chock full of good-for-you dishes is also available. For a short detox getaway, why not get your SO or best buds and book a weekend staycation together?
The Park Lane Hong Kong, A Pullman Hotel, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2293 8888