The Urban Lotus Yoga and Pilates studio located in the Palermo Hollywood barrio of Buenos Aires offers its community a cosy and tranquil space for a simple and down to earth practice.
- Location: Fitz Roy 2207 (map). You will have to buzz (tocar al timbre) and introduce yourself to be let inside. Freebie: there is a vegetarian restaurant up the street on Humboldt and Guatamala called Bio that is worth checking out for an apres class snack.
- Studio is not heated
- Classes are taught in Espanol however the instructors and the administrators speak English if you get stuck.
- Style: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar and Meditation are the primary yoga offerings on their schedule currently.
- Teachers: During my visit I practised with Ashtanga teacher Paula Solana. No information on their instructors is posted on their website.
- Schedule: As it is a small studio there is a limited number of classes to choose from. Approximately 1-2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. Schedule is posted online and varies depending on if it is summer or winter.
- Price: At the time of publishing an individual class was 95 pesos and a 4 class pass was 270 pesos.
When I arrived to the Urban Lotus Yoga and Pilates I was greeted warmly by the studio manager and given a tour of the space. There are two studios, one of which is dedicated to Pilates and one to Yoga. Although a bit utilitarian the studio has an intimate and inviting vibe with a small common area with couches to chill out on prior to class.
As with most studios I’ve been to in Argentina the expectation is that you come dressed for class so, as space is at a premium in this country, the room to change here was quite minimal. Not to worry though as leggings are quite en vogue in these parts thus no one will bat even an eyelash if you tour through the city in your yoga kit.
I participated in the Ashtanga class lead by Paula Solana. It said Ashtanga therefore I knew what I was getting, Ashtanga. We were led through the primary series with some good cues from Paula as well as decent adjustments. I’ve grown fond of the instructors here using their entire body to adjust my down dog. Seriously, they put their back into it and not in a bad way where you think your hamstrings may explode.
What I appreciated about Paula’s Ashtanga class was that it wasn’t super traditional or strict. What I mean is if you weren’t able to get into the full expression of the pose that was okay and you were provided with variations that were suitable for you. I was having trouble with my lower back at the time and Paula pointed out the specific poses I may not want to participate in to avoid aggravating it.
Otherwise it was a fairly solid and standard Ashtanga primary series class. Familiarity can definitely be a good thing when you’re in a new place learning a new language.
Been to Urban Lotus Yoga and Pilates before? Or another studio in Buenos Aires? Share your experience in the comments section below.
My “style” of yoga can be characterized by a few key words: anatomical, foundation, avoiding warrior poses and arm balances. My favorite teachers are: Jeff Mah, Tiffany Cruickshank and Kathryn Budig. If you are familiar with any of these teachers you’ll know that I like to get my heart pumping and flow through Asana’s.