One of the main factors why I stopped going to yoga here (even though I went to a pretty good one) was not only because the instructors spoke Chinese, but there was no consistent Ashtanga class. When I first decided to concentrate solely on this style, most classes were held around 8am on weekdays only, which sucked considering I had to be at work at 8! I relied on DVDs and (now) David Swenson’s awesome book, but I don’t feel it is enough anymore. I am indeed pushing myself with a few more poses, but I keep using time as a excuse not to practice more (with the fact that I joined a gym with my hubby, which I’ll blog at another time). I also feel that talking to other yogis and a teacher who speaks English will encourage me more. Doing a bit of digging, I’ve pretty much concluded that there is nowhere really that close to me that a) works with my schedule b) does anything other than yin yoga (which I find boring, no offense!).
Enter Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong. First, it’s a pretty fancy place. Second, there are two certified Ashtanga teachers there go check out their profiles here)! I’m pretty convinced this is what I’ll need to boost my practice. It’s a bit expensive at 260 HKD (about 35 USD) but I figure if I go once a month, it’ll be worth it.
I might give the beginners class a try, or the beginner/intermediate one to see what level I’m at, and if I’m brave enough, one day I’ll head to a Mysore class.
If you care to, go check out my review.