Playa del Carmen – Palapa Suuk Yoga Studio Review

The Palapa Suuk Studio Review

The Palapa Suuk Yoga Studio is an open-air studio on Calle 40 between Avienda 5 and 10 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

There are ceiling fans but no air-conditioning. This is fine for either early morning or late evening classes.

The Palapa Suuk Yoga Studio reception is closed for the 7.30am weekday or 9am Saturday Kundalini Yoga classes; entry is via the black door to the right of the reception.

Yoga Props

There are some Yoga mats and blocks available at Palapa Suuk. I’d recommend bringing a Yoga mat or a towel to put over their Yoga mat.

Yoga Asana Style: Kundalini

I attended my first Kundalini Yoga class at Palapa Suuk Yoga Studio and it was a great experience.

A very simple definition of Kundalini Yoga is that it’s a blend of physical and spiritual – it incorporates movement, pranayama and chanting mantras.

Palapa Suuk has four Kundalini Yoga classes per week and I attended the Saturday morning Yoga class with Yoga Teacher Caroline.

Caroline discussed with me what Kundalini Yoga is prior to the class starting and helped to guide me through the Yoga class. I’d recommend getting there early to get a position in the front row – it’s easier to see exactly what the Yoga Teacher is doing and they can assist students in the front row with ease if required.

Caroline queued the Kundalini Yoga class in both English and Spanish but it was mostly in Spanish – it was pretty easy to follow along.

Caroline was very warm and welcoming and just had a gorgeous energy about her – she clearly was passionate about Kundalini Yoga and that made the class really enjoyable.

There is lots of pranayama (breathing exercises) and chanting mantras in this Kundalini Yoga class. Caroline had the mantras written on white boards at the front of the studio and hands out little cards with the mantra written down – so no need to worry about not knowing the mantra.

The majority of the Yoga class was seated so it’s not a physically demanding Yoga class. The eyes are closed throughout a lot of the class – with one eye half-open to follow along with the mantra from the board or paper.

It’s very different from any other Yoga classes I’ve attended; these are usually either Hatha or Vinyasa style Yoga classes.  At first it’s a little confronting but accepting and being open to the Kundalini Yoga experience is crucial for getting the most out of the Yoga class.

It was also great to attend a Yoga class that focused on mantras and Pranayama – whereas in many other Yoga classes the main focus in on the Asanas (poses) with little for no time for mantra or Pranayama.

After the Yoga class Caroline made a special effort to explain, in English, exactly what the mantras meant and why we chanted them and how the Pranayama’s should affect the body and mind.

 

 

Recommendation

I really enjoyed my first Kundalini Yoga class.

I’d recommend it other Yoga students who would enjoy bringing their awareness and focus inward and are open to their spiritual side and not be shy about chanting mantras – just read along at first and you soon be chanting along with your eyes closed!

I felt great afterwards and think I felt the Kundalini rising! Cannot wait for my second Kundalini Yoga class.

 

Playa del Carmen – Yoga District Studio Review

Yoga District is located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It’s in the central location of Calle 26, between Avienda 10 and 15. It’s on the 3rd floor, above the Bio Organicos health food shop.

Website: www.yogadistrict.mx

Address: Calle 26 Nte, #128/5 Av y 10 Av, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The Yoga District Studio

Yoga District is an airy and bright Yoga studio in central Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

There is plenty of room for shoes outside and pigeonholes for your personal belongings inside.

There isn’t air-conditioning at the Yoga studio but there are ceiling fans. The room temperature was comfortable but you’ll start to sweat once you get into the flow of the Vinyasa Yoga class.

There is one wall of floor–to–ceiling mirrors. I’m not the greatest fan of mirrors while practicing Yoga but can understand that some Yoga students want to be bale to check their alignment. As the mirrors are only on one wall you can choose to use the mirror or not.

Yoga Props

I’d recommend bringing our own Yoga mat and use one of Yoga District’s mats under yours for extra cushioning. There are also blocks and straps for use if required.

Yoga District also has complimentary “sweat towels” – you’ll need one.

Yoga Asana Style: Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a flow style of Yoga Asana. A great benefit of Vinyasa Yoga classes is getting a good detox through sweating it all out! I say embrace the sweat!

I attended a 10am Thursday class with the Yoga Teacher Sara. I was the only native English speaker in the class of four students. Sara was great at queuing in both English and Spanish.

There was a lot of Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I), Virabhadrasana (Warror II) and Chaturanga Dandasana (Four Limbed Staff Pose), plus variations in the sequence.

The class was great for building upper body strength with all those Chaturanga Dandasana’s (Four Limbed Staff Pose) – really great for the ladies who typically aren’t strong in the arms. And all the standing poses and lunges are great for stability and strength in the legs.

There was also a few more challenging arm balances.

Sara built the class to a nice peak and then ended with the classic sequence of:

  • Savangasana (shoulder stand) 
  • Halasana (Plough Pose)
  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose)  

I’d also recommend that you have experience with the final Asanas: Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Halasana (Plough), Matsyasana (Fish Pose) to open the abdomen, chest and throat and is the counter pose to Sarvangasana (Should Stand) and Halasana (Plough Pose).

The class ended with a well deserved 5 minute Savasana.

Recommendation

Yoga District has a nice, relaxed energy and the Yoga Teacher Sara was very approachable and warm. I’d recommend attending a class if you’re in Playa del Carmen.

I’d also recommend that this class be for intermediate Yoga Asana students. Like any Vinyasa Yoga class, as you flow through the Asanas (poses), there isn’t much time for correcting your alignment. This is fine if you know how to “do” the Asana (pose) but concerning if you’re new to Yoga. I’d recommend a Hatha Asana style Yoga class for beginner Yoga students.

After the Yoga class I took my shaky (overly–Warrior-ed) legs downstairs and treated myself to a coconut water from the health food shop.

I felt very invigorated after the Yoga class. It certainly lifted my mood for the rest of the day.

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