the leafy bustle of DunHua South Road, I'm
sitting in a quiet space of dark wood floors
and deep cream walls. The breeze moving over
the window-sill carries the buzz of the traffic
and gently stirs translucent curtains that
divide the studio from the reception area.
This is the Body Buddy Yoga Studio--a yoga
class for those that truly want to appreciate
the body-mind benefits of this ancient form
Similar classes are run at many of the major
gyms around town, but finding a space on the
floor can sometimes be a problem. After more
than a year of trying to get extra classes
at my gym, I gave up and decided that Body
Buddy is the way to go.
There are classes for all levels of fitness
including Taipei's only specialist pre-natal
yoga class. However for those, like myself,
with a masochistic streak, who enjoy the altered
mental state that being tied up in knots offers,
there are Hatha yoga classes at least four
times a week.
Classes are small, with a maximum of twenty
or so practitioners. This allows plenty of
opportunities for the teacher to offer personal
guidance to each student. And if you're the
kind of person who often goes to the gym, but
coasts when you're there--bear in mind that
here, you'll work to the limits of your ability.
You'll get the maximum possible benefit from
the 75-minute classes.
Apart from a greater sense of calm, after a
few weeks at Body Buddy your body will become
just that--your buddy! You'll begin to love
its flexibility and strength, and the beautiful
muscles that suddenly appear. Also, your love
life will take on interesting new dimensions.
There are various payment options: For those
able to commit to certain classes every week
and maintain that schedule, there is a bargain
rate. For those who want the freedom to walk
into the studio at any time, whenever it suits
them, there is a per-class price of NT$500.
to Friday :
9 am-9 pm; Saturday
and Sunday: 10 am-5 pm
336, DunHua S. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, 4F
Tel: (02) 2709-5714 ; (02) 2709-5724