Urban Ashram Manila

3 Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig, Metro Manila

Urban Ashram Manila
4.5
4.5 Stars

14 Reviewers

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  • 4 stars 7
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  • 21 Reviews
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Category:
Fitness Center
Phone
+6326619642

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By Appointment:
Yes
Home Service:
No

Most Recent Reviews

Gerald T.
4.0 Stars

Uber relaxing

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Eunice D.
5.0 Stars

Fell in love with yoga because of Urban Ashram. Their Brixton branch is clean and spacious. The teachers/staff are very friendly and accommodating. They are very much willing to assist especially if you have questions after class. Workshops are available that you can join with friends at a discount. It's a great a community. Will definitely be back :)

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Reisha D.
5.0 Stars

Already utilized 2 sessions from my beginner's 15-day unlimited pass which I purchased from a discount site at 500 pesos off! I had to choose this branch because it's closest to where I work. The location is pretty good. The building has multiple parking spaces at the front plus more along the road.

I found their reception area very impressive (hello, Cobonpue!). It was spacious with many seating pieces, dimly-lit which promoted a quiet atmosphere and even had a merch corner where you could buy yoga apparel, tumblers, etc. The studio was quite big and had no mirrors or big windows but the ventilation was great. They had floor and ceiling fans to help keep the air inside circulating- it didn't feel stuffy at all. At the end of the hall you'll find the lockers and bathrooms. You get a locker key from the front desk when you arrive but if the studio is somewhat packed for the session, you'll have to leave your bags behind the reception table for safekeeping. The bathrooms have shower areas and even a blow-dry near the lavatory. Overall their equipment and facilities are great. Complete and most importantly clean.

They have several instructors and so far I've experienced FNR sessions with Tara (1st) and Chinggay (2nd). Tara's session consisted mostly of planks (which made my palms go numb haha) and her voice was kind of muffled and difficult to hear. I enjoyed Chinggay's FNR more because of the variety of poses, even if a bulk was also dedicated to planks. Her voice was also very audible and her instructions were clearer.

Unlike the previous yoga (trial) classes I've had at Beyond Yoga and The Farm San Benito, the sessions here did not make me notice the time so much. Definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to ease into yoga like me!

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Glenys D.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Len I.
5.0 Stars

They're opening their 3rd branch in Ayala Ave. Yey!!

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Kisty M.
4.0 Stars

Mom gave me a 1-week unlimited pass and this is my 2nd visit. I'm still deciding whether or not I want to continue Yoga but I like their studio. Their rates include mats, lockers and clean shower rooms. You will have to bring your own towel or rent for PHP60.

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Jen C.
4.0 Stars

I practiced for around 6 months here in Urban Ashram Manila.

Pros:
1. The people are nice without being interfering and smothering. I don't appreciate being too comfortable with the staff and teachers (to make chika or whatever) since yoga is my "quiet time".
2. The studio is spacious enough for around 30 people.
3. They provide free mats and other yoga materials (strap, blocks, pillows). This is something different since most studios charge everything as much as they can (most times, even water).

Cons:
1. The locker room is too small. I experienced having to encounter a small crowd in the locker room after a class. This led me to immediately leave my shavasana after class to avoid the chaos.
2. The different classes feel the same. They always incorporate the vinyasa flow whether it's hatha or ashtanga or kundilini. The borders on the various yoga practices were blurred to me.

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Precious Jewel G.
4.0 Stars

Availed their 15 day unlimited pass.(patayan to).
128261Lockers- Too small, L-shaped, that the 1st time I went here I removed some of my things outside my bag to maximize the space.
128261Studios- Wide space, lights were too relaxing during nights that you want to sleep during dead man's pose.128514
128261Instructor- They are nice and very patient with their students. Which I suppose to be the quality of an instructor?128517
Overall cleanliness and everything were good.
Towels are for rent, you don't have to bring your own mat, no mirrors at the studio.128532

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Veanney V.
4.0 Stars

The place is really cute and clean. Have you seen their light fixtures? ADORABLE CLOUDS! 9786️ Used to go yoga here but I didn't really like it. Found it to be boring and hassle cause of the lack of parking and increase in kapitolyo traffic. I went alone so I didn't enjoy it that much and most of my "classmates" at night were foreign oldies. Didn't really appreciate that... Hahaha

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Lesley Ardelle V.
4.0 Stars

I got the Universal FlexiPass, so I am able to branch hop. I usually go to the Bonifacio High Street branch, so I don't get to maximize my pass. 128530

The other day, I was finally able to visit the Brixton branch for the fist time, because I had a meeting nearby. 128522 Tried out the Vinyasa Flow class taught by Nica! She's my favorite FNR instructor at BHS! 128522

Risha was right about her observation: this branch is so gloomy. They didn't have all the lights on, and there weren't many people that evening, AND it was raining outside, so it felt really sad inside. 128542

The layout isn't too good either. There is this one long, narrow corridor, with 3 studios lined up at the left side; at the end of the corridor are the locker rooms. The girls' locker room (entitled "yogini." The boys' locker room's "yogi") was kinda small, with another narrow corridor leading to the main shower area. The corridor is a bit cramped, with the lockers against one wall and a bench against the opposite wall. 128530 The lockers had this unique geometric shape (interlocking "L" shapes) which is nice-looking but not very functional. If you have a big bag / a lot of bags (like me), then it is difficult to fit em there.

There were 3 studios all-in-all, separated only by an operable wall, so they are easily converted into 1 big studio. Unlike the BHS branch, this one didn't have a curtain wall, so no view for you! The lighting fixtures are sparse (they didn't have those cute "helicopter blade shaped lights like in BHS), and there is no air conditioning (which is ok since they usually turn the AC off during practice anyway), but the sloped ceiling is high, so even with minimal lighting and no AC, you won't feel suffocated. 128522

The only thing I liked about this branch, design-wise, was the cute Kenneth Cobonpue cloud lights. 128525

The class I attended was good. It was similar in content to the FNR class I attended in BHS last Tuesday (with Nica as the instructor also), so I guess it's important for Nica to give options on the level of difficulty, para maiba diba? I also liked that she massaged our heads with eucalyptus oil during shavasana (corpse pose, a pose of total relaxation, my favorite pose hahaha). I was already dozing off then, but the minty oil awakened my senses! Perfect ending to an intense practice! 128522

The quality of classes are the same in both branches, and I wouldn't mind going to this branch if I really have to. 128522

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Risha T.
4.0 Stars

I availed the 15-day unlimited universal pass for Urban Ashram Manila from Deal Grocer. As I just finished my MBA studies to take classes for my brain, it was time to take classes for my body. Haha.

I've been to the BGC branch four times and twice now in the Brixton, Pioneer branch.

Service-wise, both branches provide the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Of course the quality of the yoga instructors are the same top caliber, with most of them holding classes in both branches. The classes I've had so far have introduced me to the benefits of yoga. Hopefully I can sustain the drive to continue with it.

The Brixton branch has a larger floor area and houses three studios while the BGC branch only has two. The only problem is that the atmosphere in the Brixton branch is gloomier. In my first visit, the aide had to open the lights for me to go to the locker room.

On the plus side you can park for free along Brixton Street or park in the nearby Pioneer Supermarket. And in terms of the shower area, it is more maaliwalas.

After the 15-day trial I might opt to go to the BGC branch even though it is farther. I often meet up with friends there or meet with clients anyways. I would just have to adjust my schedule to make it worth the trip.

Good thing I maximized my universal pass to try both branches. But over-all Urban Ashram Manila is awesome! :)

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Jas T.
5.0 Stars

8th class.

Hey ho it's Independence Day! I attended Janaka's Hatha class at 2pm since I rested yesterday. As mentioned in my tweet, it's the best class I've had. I was so focused and relaxed while at it. I sweated a whole lot which was great. I felt lotsa tensions while I was holding poses and doing twists.

Janaka was engaged and would help in correcting stances. He gave very clear instructions and what not. If you don't mind your yogi teach facilitating the class shirtless, well he's your guy 128539

Next class woulda been Yogalini but I need to get home earlier since I have work to tonight (excuses! But yey! Holipay!). So there. 1 more day to go and my UA journey ends 128546

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Jas T.
4.0 Stars

7th Class.

Finally, I got to attend their Kudalini yoga. The teacher was Dharam Gian Kaur. She's nice and smiles a lot, which was good. Smallest class I've ever attended: with 2 other students.

Okay, so Kudalini is not about doing poses and what have yous. This method focuses more on breathing and meditation. We did few stretchings and twistings but twas really more on how you use your breathing as you hold some stances and as you meditate.

If you are not a big fan of meditation, this is not for you. Imagine doing an hour and a half of mostly having your eyes shut and breathing and sometimes chanting 128521

I liked it but i couldn't say I wanna attend more of it (being new to yoga) but it's a good way of at least getting to that inner peace thingy.

Ps:
I like what teach said about attracting the universe; don't believe in miracles, rely on them. 128536

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Jas T.
5.0 Stars

6th class.

It's more appropriate to call it that since I don't do yoga daily. 128539

Anyhoo, I went to the 10am (the only sesh for the day) by impulse just coz I realized I haven't done yoga for a coupla days. Unplanned sched (hehehe).

Twas a Vinyasa Flow class with Janaka and it went out good. He was relaxed, nice and cool teach. I still like Yanti better but Janaka's good too.

My sub is only til the 13th and As early as now, I can say that I will miss doing yoga in a studio 128532

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Jas T.
4.0 Stars

Day 5. Vinyasa Flow

Today was kinda hardcore-ngawit-hold-it-poses facilitated by Martin. I thought several of my bones and muscles would fall apart. Intense.

On Martin, he was a bit stiff and an OC teach. He would correct some stances in a kinda standoff-ish way. A bit intimidating. Maybe he's trying to be nice but that's all he could do 128517

I miss Yanti, but to be fair with Martin, he corrected my poses that I thought I was doing right all this time. Sige, abswelto na. Not. Minus 1 star.

I miss posting about eats. 128561128517128540

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Jas T.
4.0 Stars

Day 4

I attended Hatha and uhm, I didn't find it different from Vinyasa Flow. Or maybe twas just me. Again, good workout except I sweated less, thus the 4 stars. Hehehe.

Again, teach was Yanti and she is the sweetest 128536 I was expecting Janaka but Yanti was good enough! Fancy names eh?

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Jas T.
5.0 Stars

Day 3: vinyasa flow.

Liked coz now I realized that despite my frame and all, I am so not flexible. In some poses, I wobbled, unable to keep stance and couldn't tolerate some resistance blah blah. It was an I-died moment. Hahaha!

Oh well, twas a great workout. I sweated buckets. Buong pagkatao ko. 128517128517128517128517

By the way, teach was encouraging and was always all smiles an patient. I love her!

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Jas T.
5.0 Stars

Day 2 of FNR.

I had a severe body pain after my first day, i was unable to attend last Friday's class. Hahaha!

Anyhoo, great sesh today. Andy, our teach was so pleasant and nice. She had this foreign accent which made it a bit tough for me to understand her instructions but I survived it nonetheless.

I realized that while some of my friends think yoga is a boring routine, I actually find it fun and a serious way of working em muscles out 128537

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Jas T.
5.0 Stars

Neat studio, nice teachs, free water and clean shower area. I will definitely come back since I'm on a 15-day unli pass (hah!).

Yoga seemed easy (at least for the 'easy' poses) until today; heck no it wasn't for me. It was very challenging. And as always, I like challenges 128540 I came without a friend in tow (like i wouldn't normally do) since I really wanted to get this off my to do thingy for the year (yeeeaaaaahhh!!!!).

Will do another FNR class tomorrow morning. Namaste 128134 (naks!)

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Tina L.
5.0 Stars

Urban Ashram has always been there for my yoga practice. I'm not really a flexible person so I never attempted to do it before. But their signature program called FNR or Flexibility Not Required, encourages people like me to join.

The instructors are quite good and very dedicated to teaching each and every student the right way to do the poses. They all have very good teaching skills which is not automatic in every good practitioner. This is helpful especially with beginners. They are also very creative in making each session unique such that you would literally learn something new each session even if you've been practicing with them for a long time already.

The studios are nice. They have simple and refreshing interiors designed by Cobonpue. The studios don't have mirrors which is good because it encourages you to focus inwards versus on the rest of the class. It also sharpens your listening skills as you'd have to rely on the instructions. Instructors also walk around to help each one get into the right pose.

Mats and water are provided do you just have to bring a towel and water bottle, and optionally a yoga mat towel to put over your mat. Studios and showers/lockers are kept clean, mats are cleaned after every class.

They offer numerous classes and schedules each day so you will not miss practicing regularly because there are usually other options available. They also have bring a friend to practice for free on some weekends for members.

They also have a store that sells all sorts of yoga wear and stuff.

Parking is avail although limited. You can park on the street.

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