Urban Ashram is strategically located in the residential part of Pasig (around the Shaw Blvd/Kapitolyo/Pioneer St. area). This should be great news for everyone because as far as I know, they are the first yoga studio in that part of town. The nearest yoga studios are located in the commercial district of the Ortigas area. For directions to Urban Ashram, click HERE.
Urban Ashram is considered the largest yoga studio if we’re talking of floor area (over 200 sqm of studio space). It is located on the 3rd floor of a new warehouse. I went up 3 flights of wide, metal stairs and was greeted at the top by an unusually wide door. Yeah, very welcoming!
Let’s go on a mini tour of the place…
The yoga studios feature high ceilings to allow natural air to circulate freely. Ceiling fans improve circulation on really warm days. The windows are also constructed in such a way that just enough light comes in so as not to cause discomfort among the students. The floors are made of engineered wood with insulation underneath. I found that interesting because unlike solid floors, this provides some amount of cushion for those power jumps. Urban Ashram is also currently planning to add insulation on the windows facing the street in order to muffle the street sounds of cars and motorcycles for a better yoga experience.
Uniform, neatly spaced purple yoga mats bearing the Urban Ashram logo are found in every room, ready for the next class. Beside each mat is a pair of blocks and strap. Every weekend, these mats are painstakingly washed down with an organic yoga mat cleaner.
Facilities and amenities are oh so important and I could see that Urban Ashram went to a lot of effort to ensure that their students are comfortable both before and after classes. It’s the little touches that matter and you can see it here. Bath towels, available for a small fee, are washed with biodegradable ingredients by an ecologically-friendly service nearby. Locker rooms (aptly named Yogi and Yogini, for male and female respectively) are tastefully modern, airconditioned and most important, clean!
Everything about Urban Ashram seeks to be as green as possible. In fact, they are the first yoga studio to be a member of the Green Yoga Association, an international community of yoga studios and teachers committed to earth-friendly and responsible practices. All lighting solutions, appliances, and fixtures are energy- and resource-efficient in order to minimize their impact on the environment. All their cleaning materials, soaps and detergents, as well as shower amenities are earth-friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable.
Maricar told me that their teachers underwent training with Yogaworks through Joan Hyman. That’s a good indication that a yoga studio uses internationally-certified teachers. I will get more details on this down the road as I try to create a listing of yoga instructors and their training background.
Thanks to Urban Ashram for making my first class experience with them an energy-filled one. Specific thanks to Maricar Holopainen, one of Urban Ashram’s directors, and to Martin Ngo, my NFR teacher for that night. Namaste…