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The Yoga+ Makati Experience

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If I were to sum up my first formal yoga session in one word, it would be INTENSE. 90 minutes, 50 poses, and a room heated to 37 degrees – that’s how Hot A Yoga works. I was very excited to try it, but later on the class I had to recall what kind of evil I did to deserve such punishment. It was a painfully funny exercise for me, and I took consolation at the fact that I stayed at the last row, where I could hide and no one would notice me dying. Kidding, it was really hard, but at the end it’s very fulfilling. Will definitely do it again.

Here’s a quick tour!

Upon entering the studio you’re required to go barefoot by leaving your shoes at the racks in front of the elevators. Shiela, the receptionist, was very nice and helpful and gave me a tour of the place 😀

Yoga+ Makati has two yoga rooms, Yin and Yang. The Yang room (below) is the bigger of the two, the ceiling is filled with panels of heaters, and two sides of the room are filled with mirrors. This is where we did Hot Yoga. Students are entitled to use yoga mats and mat towels, as well as posture aides like blocks and belts. Bath towels can be borrowed from the towel room for free but you have to deposit ₱100 along with an ID. Pwede na!

Here’s the Yin room,

Both rooms have wide windows and are equipped with Ozein Air Purifiers. Sosyaaaal. Inside the women’s changing room are seven shower stalls, one dressing cube, and a clothes rack. They also have shampoo and body wash available, as well as hair dryers. The toilet area is separate. Didn’t check the men’s haha

Very spacious changing room,

The long hallway leading to the yoga rooms are lined with lockers. They’re free for use but you have to bring your own padlocks, otherwise you may put your things on the empty shelves across the lockers. Valuables like wallets and cellphones may be deposited at the counter, they’ll give you a number for it. 🙂 Beside the shelves is an alkaline water dispenser, bongga. Bring your own bottle k.

They also sell yoga apparel! 

Love their waiting lounge!

Pa-effect lang,

Hot yoga virgin no more

Eto na, the experience! It was crazy hard for a first timer like me. Like in most sports and fitness activities I’m interested in, I suck big time lol. But that’s okay and totally expected. I was actually inspired to get better, especially after seeing how the first rowers could tangle their legs together and plank forever. The goal is to friggin go from figurine left to right in no time! Weeeh!
It helped a lot that our instructor, Chi, gave an orientation for us hot yoga virgins, lelz. These were the tips I got from her, and also from the beginners guide they let me read when I signed the waiver:
  1. Hydrate big time the day before a hot yoga session.
  2. Do not drink too much before the session because it will be harder for the body to get warmed up
  3. Wear less clothing. Most of the students were wearing sports bras, tanks, shorts, cyclings. I was wearing a large drifit shirt and leggings nubayan, also socks but I took them off haha. Note to self: need to get a pedicure
  4. Resort to Balasana (Child’s pose) to rest if the poses get too intense for you. I personally prefer resorting to Shavasana (Corpse pose) but as I’ve learned, I have to reward myself with it. What peace it brings to realize that death is a reward. Naks all these yoga terms are elevating my spirituality, charot.
  5. Push yourself with the poses. While options are available, try to aim for the advanced versions too
  6. Enjoy (the pain and suffering)! 
Because of the hot environment, not 5 minutes into the workout and I was sweating like a pig already. Every asana was a struggle. As the minutes pass by, the poses get harder and harder and it was becoming more difficult to keep my flat foot grounded on the mat. There was a moment I felt really dizzy I wanted to die (Corpse pose) but I fought it out like a true warrior. Char. 
While on our last Shavasana, Chi put some muscle relief cream on the back of our necks and oh my gulay I just found my new favorite thing! After the class I learned where she bought it; it’s Muscle Relief Rub from Messy Bessy Glorietta. Got myself one on the way home, you should get yours too, ka-adik.

Try Yoga+ with Fit Access PH

Thanks to Fit Access I was able to try this life changing practice huwaw. After the class I felt so alive and invigorated, who wouldn’t after escaping death? No seriously, I wanted to do it again I searched up online for hot yoga videos on youtube and was shocked to see the results. Tip: search for “hot yoga workout” instead of just “hot yoga” and spare yourself from glaring cameltoes and NSFW thumbnails. My goodness.
Sign up with Fit Access for discounted rates and access to different studios! 

Yoga+ Rates and Classes

Drop in (1 class/anytime) ₱799
Drop in (1 class/daytime – weekdays before 6pm) ₱599
2 Weeks Unlimited (First-timer rate) ₱1,499
1 Month Unlimited (First-timer rate) ₱3,399
10 Classes ₱5,999
10 Classes (daytime – weekdays before 6pm) ₱4,999
50 Classes ₱19,950
50 Classes (daytime – weekdays before 6pm) ₱17,450
1 Week Unlimited ₱1,699
1 Week Unlimited (daytime – weekdays before 6pm) ₱999
1 Month Unlimited ₱6,499
1 Month Unlimited (daytime – weekdays before 6pm) ₱3,999
1 Year Unlimited ₱47,988
2 Years Unlimited ₱86,376
For a complete and updated list of prices, check here. Their class schedule is also regularly updated at their website.

Location and Contact

Yoga+ Makati is located at
3/F Cambridge Bldg., Tordesillas cor. Gallardo Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 847 0697
Hours: 6am – 10pm
How to get there? I took a bus labeled LRT Ayala Leveriza and got off at Paseo de Roxas bus stop. Cambridge bldg. is just some 500m walk from there. It’s across the side of Makati Sports Club. 🙂