Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice. It is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years.
While yoga evolved as a spiritual practice in Hinduism, in the modern world, a part of yoga, known as Asana, has grown popular as a form of purely physical exercise. Today, most forms of yoga practiced have little or nothing to do with Hinduism or spirituality, but are simply a way of keeping fit and healthy.
Locally, Yoga has seen a steady growth of followers over the past few years. As more and more Pinoys (both male and female) are discovering yoga, several new yoga centers have been opening their doors around the city to welcome these new enthusiasts.
Below are 4 of the more well known local yoga centers as well as the link to the yogafinder website which hosts a more comprehensive list of available yoga centers.
Bikram Yoga Manila
Daily: As early as 6:30 am and as late as 8:00 pm
Beginners/first timers: 1,000 unlimited for 7 days or 5,000 for 30 days
Regular attendees: 350-400
Frequent attendees (4-5 times/week): 250-300
15/F, 88 Corporate Center
141 Valero Street corner Sedeño Streets
Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227
Tel: (+63 2) 889 – 0126
5/F CKB Centre
203 Tomas Morato Ave.
Tel: (+63 2) 376-4632 or 415 – 8910
Ananda Marga Yoga
From their site:
Ananda Marga, the first yoga group to teach regular yoga classes in Manila, Philippines (since 1967), offers instruction in yoga asanas, yogic treatment, relaxation and meditation through regular courses and personal instruction. A basic course consist of 8 classes taken once a week. Yoga classes in Manila.
46 Maamo St., Sikatuna Village
Quezon City 1101 Metro Manila
02 924 6068 / 0929 541 9501
Tuesday: 8 – 10 AM
Wednesday: 6 – 8 PM
Thursday: 8 – 10 AM
Friday: 8:30 – 10:30 AM / 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturdays: 8:30 – 10:30 AM / 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sundays 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Las Piñas Center – Airmen’s Village
Ananda Marga Yoga Center and Meditation Shrine (M.G. Quarter)
42 Concord St., Airmen’s Village, Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas City
02 8727557 / 0927 928 0009
Saturdays 8:30 – 10:30 AM Beginners 8 week yoga course
Saturdays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Intermediate 8 week yoga course
Sundays 6 – 8 PM Intermediate group meditation
Las Piñas Center – Santos Village
Women’s Welfare and AMSAI kindergarten school
113 Circle Road,
Santos Village, Zapote
Las Piñas, Metro Manila 1742
Laguna Retreat Site
Ananda Kuranga Master Unit
Barangay Wakat, Nagkarlan Laguna
Mobile: 0916 749 4194 (no landline)
Each course runs for 8 sessions and costs P2,500 and includes a book and a CD.
Drop-ins are P350/session. Students have 50% discount.
From their site:
Whether it is at the luxurious Chi Spa at the Shangri-La in Ortigas, high above the maddening crowd on the 5th floor quiet haven that is shared with Good Qi in Makati or the sprawling and spacious tropical abode with chirping birds to boot in Alabang, the peaceful energy derived from Yoga Manila’s three yoga studios is almost palpable.
Began in 2006 by 15 dedicated men and women who wanted to deepen their study of yoga, convinced of the many treasures it unfolded and eager to share the knowledge with others, Yoga Manila has come a long way. It is now home, not only to Ashtanga Yoga which anchored its beginnings but also to the different branches of yoga and beyond.
6-class card: 2,200
10-class card: 3,500
*Class cards are good for 3 months from date of purchase, valid at all locations, and non-transferable.
Daily: Classes as early as 6:30 am and as late as 6:30 pm. Visit their website here for detailed schedules.
Greenbelt Mansion, Unit 506, Perea St, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Chi Spa, EDSA Shangri-la, Manila, 01 Gardenway, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
405 Bougainvilla corner Sanggumay, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City
SMS : +63917.522.YOGA(9642)
Iyengar Yoga Center Manila
From their site:
Iyengar yoga begins with the study of asana (postures). Its study proceeds in an orderly progressive manner, with postures adjusted to meet the physical conditions and needs of each student.
To do this the Iyengar approach to hatha yoga makes frequent use of different kinds of props. They are objects like chairs, blocks, belts, ropes that help you adjust yourself to different postures so that you can work a range of motion that is safe and effective for you. Use of support, force and resistance from props allow for a pose with more depth and awareness. Learning how to do this will increase body awareness.
Walk-in: P500 (per class)
Monthly: P2,500 (unlimited)
Monday to Saturday: Classes as early as 7:30 am and as late as 6:30 pm. Click here for detailed schedules.
21/F LKG Tower, Ayala Ave
Tel: (02)753-4495 or (0917) 535-9711
Looking for even more resources? Check out yogafinder.com for a comprehensive listing of available yoga studios in the Philippines.