So I found a Braziliant new yoga studio! This, in addition to the acupuncture and unclouded awareness of my current state, should help me shed all those pounds I loaded on my first 18 months in Sao Paulo.
I took note of the location about a year ago. But by the time I made it over there, the place had shut down. However, new owners took over, straight from a 4.5 year stint in India, and opened a gorgeous new studio! A lifestyle studio really, it has a cafe with some delicious food and beverages, including almond milk that they MAKE THEMSELVES and a boutique with all sorts of organic goodies. Seriously, this is one with USA written all over it (not that it’s better that way, just more comfortable for me…) – the best thing is, they are running a promotion right now until March 17th – you DON’T HAVE TO PAY A MEMBERSHIP FEE!
Ok, I know I sound like a commercial, but here’s the thing. Every single place charges a matricula “registration” that hovers around the amount of one month’s fee or more. Really. Sure, there might be a registration fee for some gyms or studios in the US… like US$20. And you can usually weasel your way out of it if you bargain, or you run into one of the many promotions that these gyms/studios offer. But most places in America don’t dare charge a hefty registration fee. It’s called being competitive. Here… it is like a conspiracy. Ever location that offers yoga, pilates, gym services, swimming lessons, ballet lessons, etc. charges matricula. I finally found a swimming school for Sophia that doesn’t (I don’t know how the matricula mafia has allowed them to stay in business) and I’m so thrilled, I don’t even care about anything else (although, had an “experimental” class, and it is a good school to boot!)
Back to yoga. This studio, MY YOGA, did not only not charge me a registration fee, but gave me 15% off a membership. And the place is chill, really. I love it. The owners, who also teach the classes, are super sweet. And they speak English! Ok, they don’t speak English to me in class unless I need it, but that’s because I’ve asked them not to, so I can learn. I’ve been a member a week and I’ve already taken 8 classes.
So if you are into yoga, or are yoga curious, and are in the Jardins area, you may want to hop on over there. (I love it there. I need them to stay in business.)
Here is the info:
My Yoga, Al. Franca, 444 / Jardins / SP