Finding love, wellness and bliss in the city
By Patricia May P. Catan
Photo: Alex Badayos
A SIGNIFICANT part of loving oneself is taking care of the body that we are in. We are constantly exposed to work-related stress five or six days a week such that we even forget to get some rest. It’s time we listen to our body and provide what it seeks. Giving our body the love and care it needs and allowing it time and space to “breathe” are a good thing. One practice known to re-energize the body holistically is yoga. To jumpstart your way to fitness, here are four yoga studios in Cebu that could help you in looking out for your well-being.
Bliss Yoga Cebu
The newest yoga studio in the city, Bliss Yoga Cebu is the passion project of yogi Kathrene Jane Balbin, who welcomed the first month of the year with this exciting leap.
Yet it wasn’t too long ago — six years to be exact — when Balbin discovered yoga. She was naturally into fitness and weight training even before then, but yoga gave her that distinctive relaxing feeling.
Balbin fell in love with yoga and eventually started to teach in 2016. And just two years into the practice, she realized her dream of building a space for yoga within the heart of the city: Bliss Yoga opened last Jan. 26.
With 19 teachers who equally share the same passion as Balbin, Bliss Yoga is becoming a community of like-minded lovers of the artform. Today, the studio holds seven classes a day and is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bliss Yoga Cebu’s classes include Morning Flow, Yogalatis, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Yin Yang Yoga, Power Yoga, Advanced Yoga, and even Body Weight Training. Their mission to spread awareness of yoga to provide holistic wellness for every human being is a dream they have for Cebu.
You can join their yogi community and visit Bliss Yoga Cebu at Unit H, 3rd Floor, Axis Entertainment Avenue, Vibo Place, N. Escario St., Cebu City.
Love Yoga World
No matter your level of experience or interest, Love Yoga World welcomes you. The studio supports a life of joy where they are dedicated to build a community in Cebu with an inclusive and non-denominational approach to yoga.
With a vision for Cebuanos to discover the many benefits of the practice, Mary Love Deen founded Love Yoga World in 2013. The studio recognizes that each individual has a different approach in life. This way, students are encouraged to further grow the practice of yoga within the studio.
Equipped with knowledgeable and friendly teachers who have in-depth experience of the various stages of yoga, enthusiasts can expect to be in good hands in the studio, which offers seven to eight classes a day. Yoga classes include Hot Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, and Yoga Therapy. Love Yoga World also offers workshops and teacher training. They are located at the 11th Floor, Skyrise 2 IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City.
Asana Yoga + Movement
Asana Yoga + Movement is a contemporary yoga studio that offers a variety of classes catered to mixed level students. It is also the only Vinyasa + Aerial Yoga Studio in Cebu.
Founded by Rica Hernandez Gomez and Anne Manubag in May 2015, Asana Yoga + Movement aims to build a community that recognizes a healthy and fit lifestyle through yoga.
The yoga studio houses passionate and certified yoga instructors who ensure safe, intuitive, pragmatic, and effective methodologies in yoga practice, while encouraging students from all over the world to live well and stay inspired.
Asana Yoga + Movement offers the following classes: Basic Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Detox Flow, Flow + Restore, Prenatal Yoga, Flying Yoga, Ashtanga Beginner’s, and Restorative Yoga.
The studio is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. They are located in Asmara Urban Resort & Lifestyle Village, Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City.
Since its opening in 2012, YogaHub Cebu has provided full-fledged and soon-to-be yogis a calming space to practice yoga. And with its founder Jenifer Martinez at the helm, YogaHub set the benchmark of the budding yoga industry.
Making yoga accessible to individuals who want to lead an active lifestyle, YogaHub promotes overall fitness and healthy living through disciplined yoga practice. More importantly, the studio’s certified yoga instructors are more than capable of meeting various level of practice, from begginers to advanced. With its excellent service, YogaHub the title of Best Yoga Studio for three consecutive years in SunStar Weekend’s Best of Cebu.
Yoga classes offered in the studio include Beginner’s, Vinyasa, Power, Ashtanga, Deep Stretch, Hatha, Intermediate Yoga, and, recently, Inside Flow.
YogaHub’s pioneering branch is located at the 2nd Floor, Banilad Town Center, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City. The studio is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.