I do really into Yoga for 2+ months now. This month I’m getting busier than before, so I’m taking a break from my monthly Yoga. Well, not entirely a break, few days ago I purchased 10 sessions of Yoga in one of the studio. It will last for 3 months, so it’s safe if I’m busy, and 50% price anyway, got the voucher.
In these 2 months I do explore some of the Yoga corners in Jakarta, maybe not into the tiniest studio, but at least got the overview of Yoga stuff in Jakarta and overall.
So, where to Yoga then?
Basically, people can found Yoga easily at the major gyms, like Celebrity Fitness, Fitness First (not called Yoga here, it’s called Flow: Gentle Flow, Dynamic Flow, etc), Golds Gym. They are everywhere, and have a growing interest on Yoga. They have more classes and facilities for Yoga on their newer gym. Even though yoga at the gyms considered basic, but they offer a very good introduction to Yoga, so many classes in a week, many variations to try, and cheaper! Even some of the instructors are actually good. Started from Rp. 300.000 until average maybe at Rp 500.000 per month, you already got them all, plus gym facilities and other classes as bonuses.
For many Yoga enthusiasts, those gyms are not enough. They would prefer studios, a special place for practicing Yoga, with longer sessions, certified yoga instructors, more focus, more technique and variations, and get into the community. Some of the places are:
- Rumah Yoga, Jl. Lamandau 19, South Jakarta.
- Jakarta Do Yoga, Jl. Sunda, 4th floor, Central Jakarta.
- Anahata Wellness Center, fx entertainment center, 5th floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, South Jakarta.
- Bikram Yoga, Two Kemang Place (2nd Floor), Kemang Raya Selatan no 2, South Jakarta. And there are branches in Plaza Senayan Arcadia, and I saw one also in Epicentrum Walk, Kuningan. The classes are not only Bikram Yoga but also other Yoga practice as well.
Yoga Light(Update: Now is using Iyengar Yoga Indonesia brand only, and also having a branch in Kemang, South Jakarta), Simprug, South Jakarta and Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Focused on Iyengar Yoga, one of the certified Iyengar Yoga teachers in the world.
- Carin Studio, Ruko Vila Melati Mas, Serpong, Tangerang.
Those studios offer a session started from Rp.100.000 (maybe more now), with monthly averaged about Rp. 1 mio. They usually have package like certain number of sessions, weekly or monthly.
If you have more budget to learn Yoga, then go into these studios, you got better instructors for a better foundations. And the community helps you to love Yoga better.
I founded that Anahata and Jakarta Do Yoga quite effective for working people along Sudirman Thamrin. They have consistent classes until 7-8 pm. Some other places lack of night class. While I do also not finished exploring these studios just yet. Just give me your opinions about them :)
For more references about Yoga places in Jakarta, I updated some new places on the different posts:
Facebook link of the studios here
For further level of Yoga, usually there are workshops being held in Jakarta about 10-20 times in a year. These workshops are inviting experienced teacher in many style of Yoga, foreign and certified local. Usually held by the studios mentioned above, or from Bali Yoga studios. The class is started from Rp. 300.000 to millions, depends on the session hour, package, and level. Some Teacher Trainings ranged from 2-3 mio until 6-7 mio rupiahs for a few days. Just check their websites or facebook groups, they usually post the announcement there.
JNICC (Indian Cultural Center)
Well, the first place to learn Yoga, when no other studio ever exist, was actually here. Unfortunately, the current yoga instructor is not good. Talking with a guy from JNICC, they tell me about diminishing members of the yoga class, few are able to complete the whole program, since the new instructor is coming.
I was there for several time. It’s cheap! Only Rp.450.000 for 3 months for beginner. The teaching style is soo slow. We spent about 3-4 weeks just for warming up! Maybe 2 weeks just for a half Sun Salutation (one of the main Yoga sequence)!! Compare to other places, you will do a full Sun Salutation in just the first 15 minutes of your Yoga exercise. I was trying to keep up, I do understand the concept behind, to strengthen the concept before doing the practice. For me, I used it to strengthen my theory and foundation. But I did give up after 2 months, in a way, I don’t like the teaching style, in other way, the class held at 5 pm, really hard to catch up the class. I gave up.
In my opinion, if you are a beginner, taste the yoga movement somewhere else. Too slow here, hardly taste the real yoga fun and challenge. If you want strengthen the theory, it’s not that bad, and cheap..
Further outside Jakarta
Further.. you should try Bali studios. They offer more variation, better instructors (as somehow many Yoga teachers flocking there, could be one of the Yoga center in the world), and cheaper! Yoga Barn in Ubud will have a session for only Rp 60.000, half of Jakarta price.
Bali held a few Yoga festivals in a year, it’s quite fun to get many workshops by world class Yoga teachers in Bali.
Or you could try exploring India, the source of Yoga.. Pune, Mysore, and many other places.
And I know there are still few more studios around which I cannot know them all, smaller, amateurs, or professionals. In the hotels, privates, or in the offices.
Orrrr…. you could tell me, where to Yoga? Because anyway I just started 2+ months ago to be serious with Yoga. I would love to hear and try and practice together :) It’s a hellotsofun and great to meet Yoga people, practice and being teached :)
Update: For my other writings about Yoga (in Jakarta/Indonesia), check the link below: