Oct 5, 2018
Sunrise Yoga with Jerome at Yangon Yoga House
Yoga Style: Vinyasa Yoga
Location: Yangon Yoga House, Yangon, Myanmar
Yangon Yoga HouseLocation: 36A Alan Pya Pagoda Lan Yangon
Phone: 09 973 802714
Rates: 5 Class Introductory Offer $35 | Single Drop-in Class $13
Yangon Yoga House
Yangon Yoga House is one of a few English yoga studios in Yangon. It was founded in 2015 by yogi couple Jojo (Burmese New Yorker) and Jerome (French ex-banker). Under one roof, the studio also offers healthy vegan eats with Nourish Cafe and indulgent pampering with Bliss Beauty Bar using non-toxic and cruelty-free products.
Jerome used to be a banker in France and the UK before handling the operations side of the yoga studio in 2015. It didn't take long before he took the 200-hour yoga teacher training certification to deepen his practice. This led inevitably to teaching the practice itself - thanks to Jojo's not-too-subtle arm-twisting persuasion :) Jerome believes that yoga should adapt to the student (not the other way around). He supplements traditional yoga asanas with strength training.
I attended Jerome's 7am Sunrise Yoga together with 3 other Caucasians. Jerome's class started with a meditative grounding to still the mind and transition slowly into the asanas. The pace was slow and un-hurried. We had ample time to sink into the pose. Some asanas were innovative, partnering different elements into an asana - e.g., an eagle pose on a high lunge with forearms close to the floor. The class mostly consisted of stretching with a few holds. It was appropriate given that it was a 7am class. Perhaps on an afternoon class, there would be more muscle toning and isometrics. At the end of the class, the feeling was getting a big long stretch from a long sleep to start off the day. Essentially, that's what it really was.
An Air Issue
Because of the dengue scare, the windows were shut and fans were on. But the fans were only circulating the same air within the studio. Towards the end, it got stuffy. I am sensitive to air. Post-class, I suggested to Jerome that perhaps screens can be placed on the windows to allow fresh air flow.
I had been conducting a daily yoga class with BeautyLand Hotel II's staff, but this is the first yoga class I've attended in Myanmar. It was a good pick-me-upper class to start the day. As I usually say, when you start the day with yoga, anything else that follows is gravy.
Thank you Jojo and Jerome for having me in your studio.
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Yangon (city), Myanmar
Yangon International Airport
- Beautyland Hotel II - central location, backpacker friendly, affordable, breakfast & laundry included
- The Social House - Kitchen & Tap - international food, cold beer, chill vibe, fun crowd
- 2 Ward, Mayangone Township - REDUCED !!!, 1950 ft2, 2 master bedrooms, full kitchen
How to Get to Downtown Yangon from the Yangon International Airport (RGN)
- take the shuttle bus from Airport to Downtown Yangon, it costs MMK 500. It passes through the main artery of Yangon.
Yangon Travel Tips
- useful site: Wiki Travel Yangon
USEFUL INFORMATION(as of Jan 2020)
Myanmar FYI / Travel Tips
- accommodation - not all destinations in Myanmar can accommodate foreign travelers. Walk-in hotel guests could be refused. Better make an online booking, or make sure the hotel you wish to stay, at is listed in the online booking sites (Agoda, Booking.com, etc.)
- local time - adjust time 30 mins behind from Thailand (if arriving from Thailand)
- Burmese people - Burmese people are new to what's happening to Myanmar - being opened-up to the rest of the world. They remain friendly, helpful and curious. Tourism being new, the culture is not yet corrupted by it.
General Travel Tips
- arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
- put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
- avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
- power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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