LET IT FLOW
START YOUR SUNDAY MORNING WITH A FUN YOGA CLASS ACCOMPANIED BY UPBEAT MUSIC AT W BALI – SEMINYAK…
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).