Katy and I both have our birthdays in July and we decided there was no better way to celebrate the big 2-9 than in Germany’s metropole, Berlin. We both agreed that fitting in a yoga class during our brief stint in the city would be a welcomed balance to the nights out that would most likely last until the early hours of the next day.
Berlin has hundreds of yoga studios scattered across its massive city landscape, so it took some effort to narrow down our options, which let’s be honest, is a good problem to have! Being regular practitioners of Seasonal Vinyasa and Ashtanga, we thought it would be a good idea to try something different and finally came across the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Kreuzberg studio, less than a 10 minute walk from our hotel.
The studio is located on the always buzzing Oranienstraße. No need to worry about being disturbed by any noise during your practice as it’s located behind the building’s courtyard. The space itself is massive, with clean lines, wonderfully high ceilings and wood floors. I love my German altbaus, what can I say.
It’s worth mentioning that Jivamukti Yoga has a unique physical, ethical and spiritual ethos that deserves its own blog post, but for now I’ll focus on the class itself, which was Vinyasa-based with music and meditation seamlessly integrated. We touched on the five tenets of Jivamukti to varying degrees – shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (kindness), nada (music) and dhyana (meditation). There were a few asanas I hadn’t done before, including Jivamukti’s sun salutation variation and some tricky twists, but overall the class was quite accessible for a yogi with some Vinyasa experience.
Throughout the class, the instructor walked around and provided effective adjustments, especially when it came to the headstand inversion at the end of the asana practice. She helped me get in a headstand and stay up by myself for the first time. The menthol massage gel on our upper backs was a great perk considering all the work our arms and shoulders had to do!
We were around 15-20 students on a Friday morning and the atmosphere was pleasant and comfortable. This particular class was taught in German, but plenty of English classes are offered on their timetable.
I’m certainly looking forward to the next trip to Berlin with the hopes of squeezing in another class at the studio.
Location: Jivamukti Berlin Kreuzberg, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin
Class: Jivamukti Open (95 min.)
Cost: 18 EUR
Would I go again? YES