LET IT FLOW

START YOUR SUN­DAY MORN­ING WITH A FUN YOGA CLASS AC­COM­PA­NIED BY UP­BEAT MU­SIC AT W BALI – SEMINYAK…

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - By Risty Nur­raisa

Yoga with a twist at W Bali – Seminyak

It was al­most 9 a.m. when I ar­rived at the lobby of W Bali – Seminyak on one fine Sun­day. Af­ter a long week work­ing at the of­fice, I de­cided to spend my Sun­day morn­ing by join­ing Flow, a fun yoga class at W Bali that is dif­fer­ent from other classes on the is­land as it com­bines yoga with Tai Chi and Pi­lates. Just from the sound of it, I was sure it was go­ing to be a re­mark­able work­out for my mind, body and soul.

Us­ing an elec­tric car, the staff at the ho­tel lobby es­corted me to Stu­dio Villa where the ex­er­cise took place. Lo­cated within the villa com­plex of W Bali, the Stu­dio Villa of­fers seren­ity that put me in a peace­ful mode. And just as I hopped out of the elec­tric car, the ho­tel’s Spa Sales Man­ager Dina Ang­graeni wel­comed me and other par­tic­i­pants. “Good morn­ing. Please come in,” she said while point­ing to the main door. De­signed with floor-to-top glass win­dows that give way to nat­u­ral light, the Stu­dio Villa is re­ally chic with wooden floor and grey car­pet. When I walked in, nine yoga mats were set on the floor, one of them was for the in­struc­tor. Next to each of the par­tic­i­pant’s yoga mat, there were a towel and a bot­tle of wa­ter.

The in­struc­tor was al­ready at the front of the class. Soon, all the par­tic­i­pants took their place on the yoga mats, and the class be­gan at 9 a.m. sharp.

FOL­LOW THE BEAT

Un­like other yoga classes that are usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by slow and sooth­ing mu­sic, Flow has a lively am­biance with some mod­ern and up­beat songs hand-picked by the in­struc­tor. The class started with quite a slow melody as the in­struc­tor led par­tic­i­pants do­ing Tai Chi where we had to swing our hands from side to side with a mind­ful move­ment.

“The Flow be­gins with Tai Chi as a warm­ing up ex­er­cise, con­tin­ued with yoga as a to­tal mind-body work­out,” Dina’s voice ex­plain­ing a lit­tle bit about Flow be­fore the class be­gan re­sounded in my head. “This class also com­bines strength­en­ing and stretch­ing poses with deep breath­ing and med­i­ta­tion or re­lax­ation, fol­lowed by Pi­lates to de­velop a strong core and im­prove co­or­di­na­tion and bal­ance.”

And I be­gan to un­der­stand her ex­pla­na­tion as the in­struc­tor led us to the yoga ses­sion.

The yoga move­ments are quite friendly for be­gin­ners, and that’s why this class is per­fect for ev­ery­one, be­gin­ners and ad­vanced, young and old. Af­ter yoga, the in­struc­tor helped us work out our ma­jor mus­cles and im­prove our bal­ance un­til she moved on to the end of the class; Pi­lates and twist­ing – the lat­ter is a good counter-pose to re­lax our mus­cles.

Fi­nally, the 60-minute work­out ended with a med­i­ta­tion where all par­tic­i­pants lied down on the mat with eyes closed, and our minds fo­cused on our breath­ing. When we opened our eyes and said “Na­maste”, I felt that 60 min­utes

went so fast. I be­lieve it was be­cause the class was filled with up­beat mu­sic in the back­ground, so some­times the work­out felt more like a fun yet mind­ful dance.

EN­TER THE SPA

Af­ter the yoga class, the par­tic­i­pants are priv­i­leged to en­joy some sweet treats and fresh drinks served on a long ta­ble on one of the cor­ners at Stu­dio Villa. As I in­dulged in some treats, I couldn’t help but won­der why, of all the ex­er­cises there are in this world, does this class com­bine Tai Chi, yoga and Pi­lates? Ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tor, it is be­cause those three are the most mind­ful ex­er­cises. The class com­bines the move­ments with

up­beat mu­sic to help re­duce stress, anx­i­ety and panic, which is amaz­ing for peo­ple who are emo­tional. The songs are fun and the ex­er­cise can also im­prove bal­ance.

Dina stated, “The point of Flow is to ben­e­fit the body and mind, and Tai Chi, yoga and Pi­lates have move­ments to ease the mind and to strengthen our bod­ies, like our core and im­mune sys­tem. It also im­proves our flex­i­bil­ity, builds mus­cle strength and main­tains our nerve sys­tems.” That’s why, this ex­er­cise is the per­fect choice for those who spend most of their time sit­ting in front of the com­puter, to re­lax their mus­cles.

An­other ben­e­fit from join­ing the Flow class is the priv­i­lege to ac­cess AWAY Spa’s fa­cil­i­ties be­fore or af­ter class – or even both, it’s our choice! “Par­tic­i­pants can use our oxy­gen treat­ment, steam room and hot and cold plunge pool,” added Dina. “These spa fa­cil­i­ties will help smooth our blood cir­cu­la­tion af­ter class. The oxy­gen treat­ment and steam room are also per­fect for detox, while the hot plunge pool is great for re­lax­ation. Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing all those fa­cil­i­ties, you can end your jour­ney by tak­ing a dip in the cold plunge pool to close your pores and re­fresh your nerve sys­tem.”

Af­ter check­ing out of the Stu­dio Villa, I de­cided to spend an­other hour at W Bali by en­joy­ing the oxy­gen treat­ment room, the steam room and the hot plunge pool to re­lax. And as I plunged my­self in the cold pool at the end of my jour­ney, I must ad­mit that this is prob­a­bly the best yoga class in Bali. I mean, there is nowhere else on this is­land where you can join a 60-minute yoga class in­cor­po­rated with Tai Chi and Pi­lates, and en­joy sweet treats, fresh drinks, and the spa fa­cil­i­ties with only Rp. 150,000 ++/per­son/ ses­sion! And you can ex­pe­ri­ence this ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing! It is a good deal for a bet­ter life­style, isn’t it?

W Bali – Seminyak Jalan Petitenget, Ker­obokan, Seminyak (0361) 3000-106 www.wbaliseminyak.com

The Stu­dio Villa

Sweet treats af­ter the yoga class.

En­ter AWAY Spa to ac­cess the oxy­gen treat­ment, steam room, and hot and cold plunge pool af­ter the yoga class is done.

Af­ter us­ing the spa’s fa­cil­i­ties, you can un­wind at the Chill Bar and or­der your fa­vorite drink (with ad­di­tional charge).

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