Greetings from sunny Punta del Dialo, Uruguay. It’s been a while since I last posted due in part to planning and then beginning a 6 month adventure through South America. In the first month of my travels I acquainted myself with the yoga scene in Buenos Aires and I am pleased to report that … I have something to report!
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Alrighty, let’s get to the good stuff. Valletierra is a serene, quiet and beautiful escape from the busy streets of Buenos Aires. Here’s the deets:
- Location: Costa Rica 4562 (map). Located in Buenos Aires’ Palermo Soho area (very safe, very cool, great restaurants).
- Studio is not heated, because trust me, you don’t want it to be.
- Classes are taught in Espanol (this will be a new feature for my blog posts as I travel around SA). However, they do use Sanskrit names which was extremely helpful for me.
- Style: Focus on Ashtanga but there are also Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Hatha, Iyengar and cardio yoga. More information on yoga styles they offer can be found on their website.
- Schedule: Valletierra caters to the busy Porteno lifestyle with a few classes offered during the day and more in the evening. Check out their schedule online for specific class times. TIP: Horario = schedule.
- Teachers: When I was there I practised with Vinyasa Flow instructor: Fernanda Miralles. Information on their other yoga instructors available here and by clicking on the name of the instructor.
- Price: Single drop in is (about) 110 pesos which is 17 dollars USD. This can be made more economical by taking advantage of Argentina’s “blue rate” but I am going to stop there. They also offer class packages that decrease the unit rate but prices aren’t listed online. This is likely to do with the steady inflation that Argentina experiences. For instance if you’re reading this post a few months from the published date it’s likely that their prices have increased.
WOW was it ever an experience! Not only my first yoga class in Argentina but my first Spanish speaking yoga class, very cool.
The studio itself is a beautiful refuge from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. It is pristine with water features and a lot of natural light. I kind of felt like just hanging out in the lobby after to soak in the vibe.
Above the studio is a great natural restaurant called Quimbombo which has a selection of tasty, healthy snacks, smoothies and juices. The building is an all inclusive wellness centre with a lot of services to take advantage of.
The class itself was unique, we started off at the bars on the side of the studio to do some stretching geared towards your hamstrings or so I deduced from my spotty Spanish … Following that we moved through the typical Vinyasa flow – warmed up with a few sun salutations then moved into warrior sequences, arm balances, back bends and then boom 90 minutes was up. The most interesting addition to our class was that the arm balance du jour was tittibhasana – which from my perspective is quite advanced. Everyone gave it a try and it looked like they were having a lot of fun with it, so was the instructor.
At one point I obviously looked confused so the instructor came over to guide me into a pose and from henceforth provided a few cues in English, totally for my benefit. I really appreciated Fernanda’s effort and was thankful that she continued with some English instruction as I was in Savasana. Otherwise I may have slept into the next class.
Another thing I want to report is the teachers here are not shy, they will adjust you and it will be a good one (provided you don’t mind the touch of another human). I received some excellent adjustments while in our warrior sequences.
Overall, great vibes, good instruction, good workout. Definitely worth checking out if you are currently in or will be visiting Buenos Aires.
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.