You might have seen the big billboards of the brand new Virgin Active in the Siam Discovery mall or in EmQuartier. Thing is Virgin is pushing and opening high class gym clubs in the fancy places for Bangkok fit seekers. But is that a decent offer for a yogi ?
Where to find these clubs ?
Virgin did a great work in investing in top class and practical spaces. Virgin Active is available in :
– Sathorn (Empire Tower)
– Phrom Phong (EmQuartier)
– Nonthaburi (CentralPlaza Westgate, near the new Purple Line MRT)
– Siam (Siam Discovery)
– LadPrao (Central Festival Eastville)
– Phloen Chit (Wireless Road)
This gives a very good opportunity to find one near your work or where you live.
What kind of yoga can you do at Virgin Active ?
They differenciate 3 kinds of classes for 3 objectives :
A yoga meant to build and challenge your body. Mostly coming from Vinyasa influence, these courses are intense and always conscious of the importance of breathing. It also includes some sessions of hot yoga. Recommended for advanced yogi.
Build your inner balance with these courses. The pace is lower but the work is intense. Probably more likely to be closer to Ashtanga yoga courses. Okay for both beginners and advanced.
Focus on relaxing, stretching and removing the stiffness. Theses classes are a good way to meditate and go deep into your practice and a good complement to a more active workout.
Note that there are a LOT of other activities there… more than you can imagine.
All the different sections of Virgin Active provide daily regular courses. You can check the schedule in advance to see if it matches your daily routine, but they usually propose some early morning classes as well as after work (6.30 to 8.00pm) lessons. That’s usually the good thing about this kind of places : you’ve got a lot of choices.
That’s where you’re going to take a leap of faith. The “all inclusive” full year subscription will go up to 40,339thb. Yes. That’s a lot.
Virgin Active also propose some different formula to soft things up, like -25% if you want to access the clubs only outside of peak hours, etc.
If you just want to test, the minimal period is 4 weeks at 989thb per week. That’s high but not completely demented if you compare it to other high end yoga studios offering monthly subscription at 3.500thb.