Spa Cẩm Thanh, tp. Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam Published on: 27-12-2015
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Why Hoi An Yoga is special ?
Hoi An Yoga is held by Stephanie Driver who takes the classes - slow, strengthening yin yoga - with a mix of regular ex-pats and visiting travellers all there to find their calm in Hoi An. Cycle past farms and rice paddies and real life outside of the old town and you'll find yoga classes in an open air gazebo looking out to fields and rivers all around.
The journey here, by bike if you can, is just as much a part of the experience. Whether the roads are packed or it's just you, the rice paddies and the rhythms of village life on either side of the road are fascinating and grounding. It's the perfect prep for yoga.
- Beautiful outdoor setting on the rice patties
- Amazing location, excellent teacher
- Great find in beautiful setting
- Beautiful outside yoga classes graceful practitioner
- Very relaxing yoga in a beautiful setting
Cẩm Thanh, tp. Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
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I live in Hoi An 3 months per year. There is no way I would live here without going to Hoi An Yoga with Stephanie as much as my schedule allows (4-5 times per week!). It is essential for my physical and emotional wellbeing before/after a long day at work! Hoi An Yoga classes are set in Stephanie’s Yoga studio, or at The Field restaurant, by the riverside. Both places are very close to each other and are on the way out to Cua Dai beach, which is an easy cycle or taxi ride from the old town. Stephanie is very accommodating in advance of classes and always responds to emails quickly and provides a very comprehensive map and directions. Both the studio and the Field restaurant settings provide a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere for practicing yoga. I have enjoyed all three types of yoga that Stephanie regularly offers: Hatha, Yin and Restorative. I highly recommend being open to try all three, as there are such clear and different benefits of each. Each style is challenging in a different way, whether it be poses through movement, deep stretches or having time to ‘just be’ and switch your mind off from work and other stresses into a deeply relaxing state of mind. I am astounded that such a high quality of teaching comes at such a reasonable price! 180,000 VND for 90 minutes of such a high quality class is a bargain, in my opinion. There are also class passes available, which reduces the cost of the individual sessions. Stephanie keeps her classes at no more than 12 people. This allows for a very integrated and personal experience of yoga practice: Stephanie moves around the room, giving individual guidance and gently adjusting alignment. I have never experienced such a personal service in yoga classes. In London, for example, you are lucky if there are less than 30 people in the class, the teacher barely looks at you and it costs huge amounts more than this! I always feel supported and encouraged in Stephanie’s classes. This is a testament to how welcoming and friendly she is. The focus is on good and safe practice, and there is always different options/alternative poses taught if something feels unsafe or too much for you. Stephanie takes time within each class to explain each pose and how to improve posture and gain a more or less intense stretch. It is basically like having a one-to-one personal yoga experience, as everything seems tailored to your individual need and ability. Whether you live in Hoi An, or you are just passing through, you need to make this a stop-off! Whether you are a complete beginner (like I was!) or more experienced yogi, you won’t be disappointed!