I sometimes go to the pilates classes when I come to Hanoi and they are always excellent. The classes are not too big, the instructors are very professional and really know their stuff and they go around adjusting your individual technique, making sure you are getting the most out of the class and not at risk of injury. Yes a little pricey, but you get what you pay for, and here you pay for attentive teachers with deep understanding, a clean, welcoming studio and a serene place in a busy city. So worth it.
- Liz7, New Hanoian, 17 Jan 2013 -
Just did the weekend retreat yoga thing in Mai Chau.
Can 100% totally recommend it.
I came back, relaxed, refreshed, a bit sore and achy, and much more aware of how appalling my posture and general health is (is that a good thing to be aware of?).
Not cheap, but if u r in desperate need of a calm, quiet get away and a proper pummeling into submission by a lovely trainer all while smiling and entertaining u, then this is it.
I’ll be going again, next one is end of October I hear.
- Dave, New Hanoian, September 2012 -
After trying the dreadful yoga and pilates classes at a Tay Ho gym, I realise how well trained and professional these teachers are. Being talked through the correct way to do various postures is really important to train up the correct muscles and avoid injuries and these guys really know their stuff.
There’s a variety of teachers with different styles to choose from, so something to suit everyone. And the recent addition of classes in French, Vietnamese and Japanese for yoga is fantastic.
Now they have zumba classes, which are a lot of fun, and I can get my cardio exercise there too, I realise there’s no need to join a gym at all.
Drop-in visit prices are a bit steep at 250K, but once you commit and buy 10 or 25 visit passes the price per class drops dramatically. You are also encouraged to bring your own mat, though you can hire them there.”
- Szeling, New Hanoian, May 2012 -
This place has steadily improved over the past couple of years, moving from Van Mieu to Xuan Dieu, and increasing in size from 1 floor to 3. It’s a wonderful space, an oasis of serenity in a busy world. The variety of yoga and pilates classes is excellent. From beginner to advanced, from medical to kids, etc. Lots of choices for everyone.
Marzena the owner is always looking to try new things and welcomes suggestions.
- Mads, New Hanoian, January 2011 -
I love the serenity of this studio, and yet I only ever go to the asthanga classes, taught by a relocated New Yorker, to get some old-fashioned saltiness and attitude with my downward dog. This guy understands that there’s nothing incongruous with yogic dedication and saying the f-word. If you enjoy a very solid workout without all the chanting and L.A. spirituality, this could be your new favorite thing.
- newbrunette, New Hanoian, July 2011 -
The place is well-maintained, it’s clean and welcoming. I’ve only been there for one class, but i’ve met my friend there a couple of times. She had a month subscription, which allowed her to go to any class, and she spent quite a lot of time in there. The teachers are all different, and i found that, talking to different people, they all have their favorite teacher, which is not always the same one. From what i know, this place is worth a try if you can afford it.
- fredericG, New Hanoian, July 2011 -
I go here a couple times a week, once for a Vinyasa yoga with touch of Ashtanga yoga class and once for an Iyengar class they have on Sunday nights.
Classes are inclusive, no matter your level, not too crowded (about 8ppl to a usual class with well-spaced mats), well-paced if a little slow for someone used to power yoga, and often run 15 minutes over with the teachers placing priority on deliberate poses, and on a longer Shavasana at the end than on the time allotted.
There seems to be a crowd of regulars, but should a yoga studio ever tend towards clique-y, it likely will not be this one.
All mats, bolsters, straps, lovely little eye cushions that smell of Vietnamese mint, blankets, etc. provided.
Not too much fretting about payment or passes if you’re a little late.
It’s something of a trek if you don’t live in Tay Ho, but 5 stars because it’s a happy pedal home.
- lkelley, New Hanoian, 2010 -
Thank you Marzena and Agnes for your wonderful yoga classes. They are a little more spiritual and breathing-focussed than I am used to (I mainly like the stretchy stuff and being upside down) but it’s good to try new things.
Your studio is an absolutely necessary respite from the traffic, noise and pollution for me, and though I’ve never been on one, your yoga retreats sound like good fun. Maybe I will get to one in the new year.
I also admire your innovation and commitment to your students and the practice of yoga. Thanks again :)
- Shezza, New Hanoian, 2010 -
Hanoi’s best yoga studio.
The teachers are all very professional, the atmosphere is very welcoming and non-competitive.
If you want to practice yoga as a means of self discovery, rather than attend an aerobics style class, this studio is for you.
The classes consist of a good mix of pranayama and asana. You will be suitably challenged but will leave each class feeling refreshed!
- AussieExpat, New Hanoian, 2009 -