In celebration of International Yoga Day this year, we headed over to Osana Family Wellness in Maadi to try their Vinyasa Express yoga class. Here’s the scoop of exactly what went down and what you can expect if you decide to get your yoga in over at Osana.
The Space: An extremely relaxing atmosphere all over at Osana. The class was held in the yoga pavilion known as Earth Studio, which has a clean and crisp indoor/outdoor vibe. No equipment needed, just a yoga mat, yourself, and block.
The Appeal: Definitely appealing to anyone who is used to yoga already or looking to try something new.
Instructors Name: Nadia
Class Name: Vinyasa Express
What is It? Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic flow style of yoga that harmonizes breath and movement to give strength, grace, and freedom.
Timing: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm (always check the schedule to be sure of any changes)
How It Went: The 45 minute class had the perfect combination of relaxation and hardcore balancing and work. Although the class was held in the Earth Studio in a semi-private environment. The large glass windows at the top and back of the studio allow a lot of light to enter and give you the feeling of working out outside (without having to deal with the heat)! The studio itself is not oversized, and there were only 8 people attending, allowing Nadia to focus on each one of our forms and offer simpler moves to the beginners among us. Personally, I prefer to workout in smaller groups especially when trying out something new as it is a lot less intimidating and allows you to focus on yourself more without too many distractions.
The class started off with sun salutations, and there was a lot of focus on perfecting your breathing throughout the class and synchronizing it with your movements from the start all the way to the end. Regarding the yoga flow itself, there was a lot of variety throughout the class allowing you to work different muscle groups without overloading any particular area of the body. There were times when I felt Nadia progressed through the moves a little too quickly for my liking, but this is understandable given the ‘express’ nature of the class. It was nice that the class ended with 5-10 minutes of relaxing and meditation, where there was particular focus on stretching and unwinding after finishing the workout which is something that is often overlooked and rushed in other classes or forms of exercise.
Regarding my experience at Osana as a center, the positive vibe of both the workers and the visitors is like none other. It is a perfect spot if you have kids and struggle to find somewhere where they can freely run around and play in green spaces. You can be sure that they will be well entertained while you attend your own workout.
The Aftermath: This class is a great way to end a working day, it helped me relax and unwind and was not too intense. Regarding recovery, it is a day later now and no aches, bumps, or soreness anywhere!
Loved: The atmosphere, and the workout itself. I bent and stretched my body in ways I didn’t know were possible (for someone with zero flexibility this is a big achievement). I also think it is the perfect pre-iftar workout; not too intense but still gets your body moving.
Cost: 100 LE per class or 10 classes for 850 LE
Difficulty Level: Suitable for all levels, Nadia offers modifications for each of the poses to suit your own body and fitness level.
Bottom Line: I recommend this class for anyone who is unsure about Yoga and wants to try it out for the first time. The balance between strength training and relaxation helps to keep things interesting without it being too intensive or intimidating.
How would you judge the class from 1-10 for:
- Sweat: 3
- Fun: 8
- Difficulty: 4
Photo Credits: Osana Facebook Page