My lunch date cancelled in the morning, at which point I knew I was about to make personal history that day =))
It would be the day when I visit the 14th and final yoga studio in the Hallo Yoga book which was due to expire 2 days later – for those who don’t know, this book is a beautifully crafted guide and voucher book granting you one free entry in each of 14 studios in Zurich over 13 months.
I went to YogaNation for a Dynamic Yoga class with Béla which again confirmed to me how great it is to repurpose lunch and take a “real break” from the daily grind.
It was my first time in this really nice small studio just by Bellevue. We were 6 in the class, and I reckon maximum capacity is 10 mats, so it’s certainly a very intimate atmosphere. There’s a shop at the entrance, which I only photographed and didn’t browse through properly (see pics below) – I must say, it’s good Xmas present inspiration!
Béla guided us through a really refreshing 60-minute class, complete with mini vinyasa flows, welcome stretches for stiff office workers, balancing poses and short Kundalini sequences (my horror grrr) 🙂 He was kind, attentive and precise – and really funny when we did a twist that resonated in cracks all around the room: “We’re still quite crispy, aren’t we?” LOL
This class, coupled with the chat I had with Christian from ‘Hello Zurich‘ made me reflect on some “stats” on yoga practice in Zurich.
First of all, the gender ratio: Béla was the 3rd male teacher I practiced with, and that in the 26th studio I visited in this city! Quite shocking, especially when I think that back in Frankfurt I trained almost exclusively with male teachers.
Secondly, the age group concentration: I was asked in the interview whether mostly young people do yoga. I never seriously thought of the age group before, but upon reflection I had to confirm that ~80% of yogis are in the 25-to-34 age cluster. Which is sadly disproportionate! Béla did not belong to this age group and was a great demonstration that you can practice and teach at any age.
There’s certainly still lots of hurdles to cross before truly popularizing yoga beyond social media feeds – even in the city of 70+ studios and countless teachers! – but each step ahead counts.