For the body and soul

This summer vacation, instead of hitting the gym, try sweating out at one of these yoga studios.

health and fitness Updated: May 19, 2012 01:21 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

The trend of yoga studios is fast picking up in the Capital. Theses studios are popular because they provide more than just a yoga class. One such example is Sunaina Arha’s recently opened yoga studio — Amritopam. Housed in the lush greens of the Commonwealth Games building in Siri Fort Sports complex, you can get to see beautiful peacocks and enjoy the cool breeze in the evening while performing the yoga asanas. Since yoga studios are the latest buzzword these days, we take a look at few such places in the city.

Housed in the big Commonwealth Games building in Siri Fort Sports complex, this yoga studio has a lot to offer. Sunaina Arha, the owner of the institute, has been teaching yoga for almost 13 years now. What’s interesting about this place is that there are no rigid courses and timings. The trainers set the yoga course according to your needs and timings. “When someone comes to us, we never force them to take the pre-designed course, instead we ask them what is it that they want out of yoga and we chalk out a training programme for them accordingly,” says Arha. The various courses undertaken here include classical hatha yoga, prenatal yoga, vinyasa and meditation. They also provide the option of a walk-in class for one hour at Rs 350.

where: Siri Fort Sports complex II, Siri Fort Road
Tel: 011-26494634
Charges: Rs 4,000 for a month, and Rs 2,500 for eight classes

This eight year old institute in Gurgaon gives yoga lessons in power yoga, yoga mudra, yoga bandha and more. Besides this, they also have certain lifestyle oriented yoga courses that take care of stress management and eating habits. “We also give a one-on-one training session to those who want a personalised class, but of course, the charges are different for that,” says Surender Choudhary, owner of the institute. Another interesting feature is the yoga camps that they organise in Delhi and outside the state in cities such as Rishikesh. They also offer a special yoga class for women.

where: S727/31, Street No. 4A, Laxman Vihar Phase II, Gurgaon
Tel: 9891813142
Charges: Rs 2,000 per month

Universal yoga guru
What’s interesting at this centre is that besides their elaborate yoga sessions, they have introduced a 14 minute yoga module. “The module is designed keeping the fast moving life of the youngsters in mind,” says Yogacharya Vijay, founder and CEO, Universal Yoga Group. “We mostly cater to different corporate employees with this module where they can sit on the chair itself and perform these asanas, exercises and correct breathing,” adds Vijay. They also call it the yoga break session. In their regular course, they teach yoga for weight loss, back problems, pre and post natal yoga and meditation.

D4/27, DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon;
Tel: 9350070549
Charges: Rs 1,500 per month

Sivananda Yoga Center
This yoga centre has branches in over 23 different countries. They have teachers from all across the world who teach yoga on a voluntary basis. Their level 1 works on proper breathing, proper diet, and more. After level 1, one can go for advance courses as well. They also have weekend classes and workshops such as vegetarian cooking and Pranayam. “Yoga is not just physical, but involves working on your mind and lifestyle habits as well,” says Mani Chaitanya, director of the centre.

where: A-41, Kailash Colony
Tel: 011-32069070
Charges: Rs 2,000 for level 1

the yoga guru
The USP of this centre is power yoga and dynamic meditation. While power yoga includes weight management, body toning and figure correction, dynamic mediation, on the other hand, is a guided meditation. It involves over 100 types of meditations such as colour meditation, sound meditation, breathe perception meditation and body perception meditation. “As per the requirement of the person, we deicide what mediation course he or she has to undergo. It works mentally, physically and emotionally ,” says Shailendra Singh, founder, The Yoga Guru. “Also, power yoga is a beginner-friendly, elective style of hatha yoga. They have more than 10 studios spread across Delhi and Noida, but their main branch is in Noida.

where: A-73, Sector 34, Noida,
Tel: 9958428670
Charges: Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 per month

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First Published: May 18, 2012 19:09 IST