Yoga has really helped alleviate my back pain which, before yoga, had me laying on the floor after a work day in pain. As a teenager, I remember sitting on the bus with stabbing pain in my mid back along the left side of my spine. All my life this pain has come and gone but as I grew older, the pain became worse. Being an active person, it usually worsened after tennis, a workout at the gym or even walking home from work. Then one day I saw an advertisement for Yoga for Summer Sports, so I signed up hoping it would be good for my back and game of tennis. This class changed my life. I was 30 yrs old and for the first time in my life, I had no back pain and was sitting perfectly straight at my desk without the use of the back of the chair.
First, I started with Iyengar style yoga which was great for proper alignment of my spine, learning the various postures and most importantly, using your breath to deepen into the poses. Now I practice Ashtanga yoga twice a week, which is a set of postures performed consecutively along with the in and out breath. I find Ashtanga improves flexibility while stretching my spine, allows me to meditate as I flow in and out of the poses, and is a great full body workout too. Ashtanga is sometimes called Power Yoga.
I captured this side street on my walk to 9am yoga class.
I felt I was ready to take some yoga classes in Vallarta rather than just working out at the gym so google searched what was out there. I found Kupuri Yoga, which was close to our condo and offered Vinyasa flow, which is a flow of poses combined with the in and out breath and a great middle ground between Iyengar and Ashtanga.
Street sign for Kupuri Yoga.
Street view of Kupuri Yoga
Kupuri Yoga is a simple yet zen like studio located on Francisco L. Madero #239, in Emiliano Zapata (Zona Romantica) area. They have yoga mats and props that are free to use and also offer 90 minute classes for a great price. Compared to other yoga studios in the area, I felt this was the best offer.
I have been going to the morning Vinyasa Flow yoga and thoroughly enjoyed every class. Paul, the instructor, is gentle yet encourages students to challenge themselves. Yesterday we did inversions and I was ready to stop after two, but Paul encouraged me to try more hand stands and head stands than I would have on my own.
The studio is large and zen like, with ceiling fans to cool the room and mirrors along the wall to check your alignment.
Kupuri Yoga has mats and blocks for students to use for free.
Yoga is very therapeutic so drop in to Kupuri Yoga for a class to decrease stress, improve your flexibility and posture while also getting a non impact workout. Your body will love you for it.