Four weeks ago, I signed up for a free trial of ClassPass, a popular fitness class booking app.
Somehow, I dragged myself to a yoga class, and another one, and another one – and now I’m hooked.
In a bid to find a form of fitness I actually enjoyed, I didn’t expect to find yoga. I’d ‘done’ yoga before – and by that I mean, I’d sporadically attended the odd class when I felt a bit stiff after the gym.
I’ve tried a lot of things over the years- coming from a dancing background, I assumed I’d like Zumba. I did until I felt like I’d surpassed the mothers in the class and was showing them up.
I used the weight machines in the gym pretty regularly for a solid six months, thanks to the guidance of a personal trainer, but when my sessions ended I found myself crying inside every morning when packing my bag – that is, if I even got out of bed.
I also work strange work hours, so typical ‘after work classes’ at 5 or 6pm don’t suit me. And so, a lunchtime yoga class seemed like the perfect fit – and it was.
I’m quite a spiritual person and I don’t hide it – I have a tattoo of my sun sign constellation on my arm, for christ’s sake. I meditate and love a good aul motivational book, and so I thought that adding regular yoga sessions to my life would bring me closer to my highest self (or so the books say).
It did that: but it also did so much more. I already feel more alert, more energised, and more toned. The classes are hard and engage your core and your muscles, and it’s the perfect balance of mindfulness and fitness for me.
After my two-week ClassPass trial expired, I renewed it again because I enjoyed it so much. There’s no denying that yoga classes are a bit more expensive than your regular Flyefit gym membership, and if you work different hours like me, committing to an 8-week session is out of the question. There’s also so much variety: fancy a morning revival class at 8am? It’s there! A lunchtime vinyasa at midday? You’re certain to find one.
Below is a guide to some of my favourite spots so far across the city, as well as some extra tips for getting started.
Studios across Dublin to try:
- Sweaty Soul Studio, Mayor Square, IFSC (my personal favourite!)
- Yoga with Amalia, Beehive Wellness, Tara Street
- Yogahub: various locations including Phibsboro, Camden St and Swords
- Mandala Yoga, St Mary’s, Haddington Road (next on my list to try)
- Reformation, Ballsbridge (also haven’t tried – but heard great things!)
- Instagram: I’ve been hitting up PR and yoga guru Erica Bracken (@erica_bracken) and vegan baker Aisling (@ohhappyveggie) for vinyasa and pose inspiration on my journey.
- Youtube: Can’t make a class? Buy a mat (cheap as chips in TK Maxx, FYI) and hit up the floor at home! So far, Yoga with Adrienne and the Alo Yoga channels are my go-to for easy to follow flows.
What to wear:
There’s no better excuse to motivate yourself to go to a class than new gym gear. And, unfortunately for my bank account, it’s addictive – you’ve been warned. Here are some of my top picks online right now: (affiliate links):