Trika Yog – Yoga Studio Review

Trika Yog is one of Bangkok’s top yoga studio located in Sathorn, near Chong Nonsi BTS. The studio is named after the concept of Trika, the 3 hindu goddess of the Sakti trinity (power, knowledge and power of action). Master Aman is the main teacher in Trika Yog and holds daily classes of many different kinds of yoga. He is from Rikishesh, India where he held courses before coming to Bangkok in 2011.



Trika Yog studio offers different rooms for your yoga practice in a very nice environment, on the 5th floor of Sathorn Building. The Yoga studio feels very professional with high ceilings and top equipment offered.

aman and brother at Trika Yog

Yoga classes available

A lot of different options of classes are offered including the classic Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar or Ashta. One of the specialty of Trika Yog is to propose Wheel yoga classes (Darma yoga wheel) : you use an additional tool of shaped in wheel that help you to go deeper in your move and open some techniques. You can also find some Yoga Fly twice a week and some prenatal yoga sessions.

There are 2 main rooms for practice of yoga (the biggest one is mostly used by master Aman, the second one is set up with the Yoga Fly equipment). Another 3rd room is also used for Vinyasa yoga but I find it a bit too small.

nat at trikayog

Schedule

During the week, many classes are proposed in the morning (from 7 to 9am) and in the evening (from 6 to 9pm). There’s also a lunchtime session from noon to 1pm.

In the weekend, the classes are more dispatched within the day, especially on saturday.



The options are many and you should find a spot that fits in your planning. I really like the fact that they propose a lot of classes in the evening every 30 minutes.
There are a lot of different teachers (more than 10) but Aman and Nat are providing most of the courses.

nat at trika yog

Offers

Drop-in 500thb
6 months unlimited 25,000thb
1 year unlimited 35,000thb

wheel yoga with Aman at trika yog

Trika Yog studio in Bangkok

Trika Yog
Sathorn Building, Sathorn 11, 10120 Bangkok, Thailand

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Photos courtesy of Trika Yog

Bikram Yoga in Bangkok

For the last 20 years, the Bikram yoga has become more and more popular among the yoga addicts and for newcomers. The trend is keeping its pace and we can see new studios opening or proposing this particular kind of practice. Here’s an opportunity to check in details what is the situation of Bikram yoga and hot yoga in Bangkok.

Bikram Choudhury, the founder

Bikram Choudhury yoga bikram

The Bikram Yoga comes from Bikram Choudhury, the founder of the discipline. M. Choudhury is an indian yoga teacher from Calcutta who began yoga from his early years : at 3 years old, he was beginning Hatha Yoga. After a physical accident at 20, he created a 26 techniques routine which helped him to recover in 6 months.
He left India and headed towards US where he opened yoga studios in California and Hawaii in the 1970s. That’s where the hype come from and since then, everyone seems to be looking for the next Bikram Yoga studio : over 600 official studios were opened in 2012.




What is Bikram Yoga ?

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The Bikram Yoga is a particular form of hot yoga. It is very specifically designed and is focus on 26 postures that come from Hatha Yoga. The twist is that you practice in a room heated at 40 degrees and 40% humidity.

The 26 postures are classic Hatha Yoga postures and half are done standing and half are done on the floor. The heat helps to go deeper in your move and push your flexibility to the maximum. Heat and humidity also make you sweat a lot. You definitely need to come with some water, it’s a matter of life and death. Hydratation is extremely important and it will also help your body recover after the session.

Cardiovascular and toxins benefits are debated as studies failed to show real improvements after practicing Bikram Yoga on regular basis.

If you feel like becoming a teacher, you’ll need an official 9 weeks training to teach in official Bikram studios.

Difference between Hot Yoga and Bikram Yoga

bikram yoga sweat

To make it easy to understand, Bikram Yoga is the first original Hot Yoga. Other kinds of practice of Yoga exist with different techniques and a different pattern. Bikram Yoga being a very defined and precise discipline, everything that is close to it but differentiate itself would be called Hot Yoga. Among them we can name Hot Power Yoga, Moksha Style Hot Yoga, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, etc.

The heat and length of session can also be a little different.

What I like / don’t like about Bikram Yoga

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I tried Bikram Yoga and Hot Yoga in different cities (mostly in Paris and Bangkok) and different yoga studios, and I must admit that the lessons were almost similar. The teacher is the one that will make the difference, will help push you in a good way. The bad side is that you can find also positive things in a more diverse practice.
I really like the heat as you really feel like every effort is amplified. The sweat is dripping on the mat and that makes you feel you’re giving the best you can do. This materialization is interesting to push you even further.

With the trend going on, the demand for Bikram Yoga is high and the classes are crowded. I see my yoga classes as privileged moments and I have trouble to find this quiet time with 50 other people around me.

Finally, I’m not completely at ease with the power of the marketing used to push Bikram Yoga. Him as a yoga guru (who is controversed) but also the concept as a copyrighted brand and a very closed practice that also take a lot of care to make profit.




Where to practice Bikram Yoga in Bangkok

If you want to practice the real Bikram Yoga in Bangkok, there’s only one address, in Central World (Siam – Chidlom) :

True Fitness
ZEN@ZEN World, Level 10-11, Rajadamri Road, Phathumwan, Bangkok 10330

If you want to practice Hot Yoga (non Bikram) then you have more options :

Absolute Yoga

Lullaby Yoga
Life Center Branch : 1 South Sathorn Road,
Life Center at Lumpini, Sathorn Bangkok 10120

Rana Yoga
Green connect , soi sawatdi , Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, Thailand

Kriyoga
Different studios in Silom, Thong Lor, Phloen Chit, etc.




Divine Yoga Thong Lor & Ari – Review

Divine Yoga is far away from a Yoga factory. The place is quite small and you have to find it. The number of classes is more limited but the spirit behind this yoga studio is definitely interesting. Divine Yoga promotes a yoga way of life and a global vision of the benefits the yoga can bring you and they prefer to focus on the core and doing it the right way, rather than doing too much.

Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi runs the school, and studied yoga in the Bihar School of Yoga (India). The teachers are coming from India, Thailand and Japan.

divine yoga teachers

Yoga classes available

This school focuses most of the classes on yoga. Therefore, you can different kinds as Hatha, Vinyasa and other specified exercices specifically design on stretching or sun salutations. A colorful schedule will help you to make your choice between the yoga you like and the intensity (low, medium, high) you require.

Beside yoga, the only classes that are proposed are Zumba, on thursday evenings in Ari, and other dances (bollywood, etc) almost every days in Thonglor.




 

Schedule

Being a smaller school the choices of courses are less considerate than other big studios (like Absolute Yoga), especially in Ari. in Ari, the classes are every mornings (8-10.30AM) and late afternoon (5.30-8PM). In the week-ends, the classes are more packed during the day.

In Thong Lor, there are more classes during the day, up to 9 different ones from 7AM to 9PM.

divine yoga ari

Offers

Divine yoga proposes decent prices, probably one of the cheapest yoga studios in Bangkok. The packages are available for both studios (Ari and Thong Lor) no matter where you subscribe.

Drop-in classes are 500thb
30 classes is 9,000thb
Unlimited 1 year is 19,900thb

head stand divine yoga thong lor




Divine Yoga in Bangkok

Divine Yoga Ari
4/1, Basement floor, Sahakorn Pranakorn Building, Soi Ari 1
Phaholyothin Rd.
Phayathai, Bangkok 10400

Divine Yoga Thong Lor
283/40 Home Place Office Building, 8th Floor
Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor) Rd.
Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

split divine yoga ari

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Photos courtesy of Divine Yoga

Absolute Yoga – review

Absolute Yoga is a group of studios available throughout Bangkok and Thailand. It is now the largest yoga center in the country and they were the first to bring hot yoga in Bangkok. Absolute Yoga includes studios in Siam, Chidlom, Phrom Phong, Silom, Ladprao, Pinklao etc.  In the studios I visited, I could testify the idea was to bring high end yoga experience with big rooms to practice and a lot of yogis.

Installations are pretty new and well maintained and there are many, many, many teachers. That can be a good thing as you can find the right one for you but they might change from one week to the other. The idea here is to get sure you get your class when you need it.

absolute yoga bangkok

Yoga classes available

As a very big yoga center, Absolute Yoga doesn’t specialize in one type of activity. For yoga alone, you can choose from Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, hot flow, hot series, yin yang, etc. So you can try almost everything, maybe even too much ? nah, you can’t say that.

Many other classes are available, including Pilates (very popular in Bangkok), cycle and coreblast (mixing pilates and more strength oriented).




Schedule

The number of classes is enormous. You can basically pick almost any time of the day to find a class, especially during the busy 6-8PM period. This is definitely one of the good side of the studio, you’ll find a class when you can go.

absolute yoga

Offers

You can make sure there are some monthly offer or specific promotions when you get there.
Right now, you can get a free trial class if you subscribe to their newsletter. Pretty cool.

Prices are fairly high. Important thing, note that you are stuck with the studio where you purchased your membership card. You can’t go and use your unlimited package in different studios. I find that a bit harsch as the benefit of a big network like Absolute Yoga is to be everywhere.

Prices :
Drop-in class is 750thb
30 classes is 16,500thb
Unlimited 1 year is 41,900thb

Absolute Yoga in Bangkok

As mentioned, Absolute Yoga has many different studios in Bangkok. Here are some addresses :

Absolute Yoga Amarin
496-50 -2 Phloenchit Rd., Fl 4 Amarin Plaza Bldg Lumpini Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330

Absolute Yoga Chidlom
6th Floor, Central Chidkom Office Tower, Ploenchit Rd., Pathymwan, Bangkok 10330

Absolute Yoga Sukhumvit
RSU Tower 3/f, 571 ซอยสุขุมวิท 31 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110

Absolute Yoga Commons (Thong Lor)
2nd Floor, the COMMONS, Thong Lor 17, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

Absolute Yoga Ladprao
12A Floor, Central Ladprao Office Tower, Phaholyothin Rd., Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

Absolute Yoga Silom

absolute yoga side plank

Contact Absolute Yoga

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Pictures courtesy of Absolute Yoga




 

Optimize your yoga practice in Bangkok

Bangkok is famous for high temperatures and humidity, especially in monsoon period. The rainy season goes basically from july to october with daily showers and 80% humidity. But that’s not a reason to avoid practicing yoga in Bangkok (there’s actually no good reason not to practice except if your body tells you not to).

Monsoon is not all year long !

First of all, the monsoon period is not soooo long and you can definitely live with it. Yoga studios are usually  well equipped with air con and fans to avoid the transformation of the room in a steam room. The worse thing will be to get to the studio without being soaked.
The best period to live in Bangkok is between november and february. The so called winter period is a bit fresher (let’s say around 25 degrees) and is really enjoyable. If you’re planning to practice during your holidays, check the weather forecast first !

monsoon showers in bangkok

Get the right yoga gear

With the constraints of high temperatures, you’ll need to adapt. Beside your body, you’ll need to get adapted yoga gear : shorts or light yoga pants, breathable tank tops or t-shirt, etc. You will sweat quickly so you definitely want to feel the best possible in your clothes. I might prepare an article later about that.
Also think about your hair. Attach them as they will quickly become a nightmare for your practice if they’re long enough.



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Drink and drink again

With 80% humidity and practicing a physical activity (yes yoga IS a physical activity), your body might sweat and lose a lot of water. That’s normal, that’s how the body keeps himself fresh and avoid overheating. All the yoga studios in Bangkok sell water and you definitely want to have a bottle next to your yoga mat. This is non-negociable. Also think to drink AFTER your practice. That will save you a lot of muscle pains and possible problems. Listen to your body.

Check the address first

There are a lot studios of yoga in Bangkok. Even if they mention a BTS or an area, it can be pretty far away and the traffic can be terrible in some areas (and basically everywhere around 6PM). Do check carefully the address to avoid the stress of running and being late… I personally hate that.

Another thing is that the studio can be located inside a tower or a mall. Take the exact indications as some addresses can be tricky in Thailand.

traffic jam during rush hour in siam