Bariloche is a town in which tourists and locals spend their days trekking through the beautiful Lakes District of Argentina. Luckily when you arrive back to town you can call on Jennifer Hamblen at Yoga Bariloche for a yoga session that will help ease yourself out of traction.
Here’s the quick list:
- Location: Classes are taught at the Centro Ganesha on Calle Belgrano 165 (map). This is easily accessed from the centre of town and very close to “hostel row”. Please confirm location with Jenn via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Studio is not heated and had a bit of a draft so bring a sweater or socks.
- Classes are taught primarily in Espanol. However Jenn is from the United States so if you need her to speak in English just ask.
- Style: Vinyasa Flow mixed with Iyengar. Jenn provides clean cues for alignment and posturing.
- Teacher: Jennifer Hamblen. Read more about Jennifer on the Yoga Bariloche website.
- Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 PM
- Price: At the time of publishing classes were 40 pesos each. **Please note that Argentina currently is experiencing relatively steady inflation so this may change**
Generally the primary purpose of any trip to Bariloche, Argentina is to enjoy what Northern Patagonia and the Andes have to offer and that my friend can take a major toll on your hammies (hamstrings not ham sandwiches).
Finding Yoga Bariloche and Jenn was as easy as a “Yoga Bariloche” Google search. I did have to reach out to get more details regarding price but Jenn was forthcoming, friendly and even offered to help us find a place to stay (Bariloche is a gong show in Summer).
I arrived to the Centro Ganesha (conveniently located two blocks from my hostel) and caught up with Jenn before class. Jenn was born in the United States but has been in Argentina for a while teaching yoga and running retreats and workshops. Her style of teaching is bright and enthusiastic with excellent cues for alignment, something I’ve been wanting for since I’ve been in this hemisphere.
The people in the class were mostly locals so Jenn could have taught the entire class in Spanish but for my benefit she instructed in Spanish and English. Bonus for me as a Spanish student!
We warmed up Vinyasa style and then moved through some partner work drawing from an Acro Yoga workshop the class had participated in recently. Following this we headed to wall to work on our handstands. I love a good handstand session so I was immensely pleased.
During our class we did a lot of core work which was good for heating up the body. I appreciated that we worked hard to get our blood flowing and appreciated it even more when we got to the openings. Obviously Jenn is aware that most of us have been quite active and we focused on releasing hips and hamstrings nearing the end of class.
Overall if you’re in Bariloche and looking for an energizing alignment focused class check out Yoga Bariloche.
Have you had a South American Yoga experience? Been to Yoga Bariloche? Let us know 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.