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Directions: On the north side of West Lake near the intersection of Xuan Dieu and Au Co. Next to TechCom Bank and close to Veggies Supermarket on Xuan Dieu st.Phone: 012 050 145 97
Zenith Yoga have started offering circuit training on Tuesdays at 10:30am and Saturdays at 9am, and I really recommend it for anyone who's keen to lose their "winter coat" before the weather warms up.
It's a great workout with strength building and cardio, but done in a very casual, fun way. It's run by Long, the kick-boxing instructor, who manages to walk that fine line between encouraging you and destroying you.
Anyone can come along: there's currently a mix of guys and girls going, all with different levels of fitness.
It costs the same as all other Zenith classes (250,000 for casual attendance) or you can also use one of the Zenith multi-class passes which get you a discounted rate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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