Ashtanga / Dharma Yoga in Oaxaca
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Feb 7, 2013 7:50 AM Last Post By: electric_lady
Oct 13, 2012 9:21 AM
Ashtanga / Dharma Yoga in OaxacaOaxaca is probably my favourite city anywhere, and this is my fourth trip. I just had my first truly upleasant encounter. I've been looking for a yoga studio nearly and walked over to Dharma Yoga the other day to get their schedule, which is posted on the door (it's a little unclear from their website). Showed up this morning for a class and was told in a not very friendly way there was no yoga - I pointed at the schedule and (very politely) said, but the sign says?... She said (I believe it was the owner, Marisol) there was only meditation. I suggested maybe she could scratch off the yoga classes and she said, as rudely as possible, "I'll do what I want". KInd of had my jaw hanging at that point. Then she started running down the street and shouted at me, "everybody knows"... I said, well, not everybody but I'll let them know (this exchange was in Spanish & English). Got more rudeness. As a yoga teacher I found this particularly startling.
Anyway, bottom line, not much dharma happening at Dharma Yoga. Just a heads up to those who are looking for asana practice, save yourself the walk. cheerio, Sue
Oct 13, 2012 1:26 PM
1That reminds me, I visited Oaxaca city this summer and was told at the ADO first-class bus station that the scheduled bus I wanted to board at 9:30 that morning for Ixtlan de Juarez was cancelled. When I asked why, I was told "no bus." I never thought to post a report warning other travelers though! And I never expected sympathy from other travelers either, after all, it is Mexico.
Oct 13, 2012 1:34 PM
2To be fair #1, I don't think that experience really has any relation to OP's except that it happened in the same state. Apparently they were advertising tourist (let's face it) services and then being rude about not actually providing them at all. Maybe the owner will come on and reveal their side of the story, but it's a legit complaint if true, and I don't necessarily think they were looking for sympathy... they were just making good on their promise to the owner.
Also, "after all, it is Mexico" simply isn't an excuse for bad service or inaccurate scheduling. That's not what defines the country – it's known, after all, for its hospitality and world-class bus networks.
Oct 13, 2012 7:26 PM
Oct 13, 2012 7:54 PM
Oct 13, 2012 7:55 PM
5Thank you, enroutesiglo. I wasn't complaining, maybe I provided too much detail, I was just so suprised. I wasn't looking for sympathy either; it's not something that calls for sympathy. Really I just did mean it as a heads up, since (flaky) people do look for yoga while traveling, and in particular it's hard to find a place that offers ashtanga. I find the comment "after all, it is Mexico" condescending - I've spent lots of time here and this was not, as I mentioned, at all indicative of my experiences here.
Oct 13, 2012 8:34 PM
Oct 14, 2012 1:43 PM
Oct 15, 2012 7:24 AM
8...after all, it is Mexico.
By way of explanation: after learning my planned departure was cancelled, I considered my options: wait for the next Cuenca departure (what I actually ended up doing, eating breakfast nearby in the meanwhile); cross the street and travel by colectivo van; hop on a city bus to the crucero and change to a colectivo taxi; or wait on the corner for a third-class bus. My point was that there are lots of options in Mexico and no need to fret if your first plan doesn't work out.
Geri, I noticed that SUR drastically changed schedules, reducing their frequency of departures, at one of their Periferico stations this summer, although I didn't need to travel with them after all. And on a related note, I noticed ADO has stations up the Etla valley (the one I visited was in San Francisco Telixtlahuaca) and promises service via AU to Mexico City, but via Oaxaca City!
Oct 15, 2012 8:58 AM
Oct 18, 2012 12:36 PM
10Next time try a place called Satnam, a lovely small studio near the Mercado Sanchez Pasqua. A variety of classes overlooking an amazing garden. Quality classes and instructors, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini...the works! They even have massage therapy! It's on a small one-block stone street, Callejón Boca del Monte.
Feb 7, 2013 7:50 AM
11Thanks to the OP for the information.
Some people do yoga for their health, not to be part of some cult and they are certainly not all flakes. Personally I have scoliosis and after years of physical therapy, painkillers and chiropractic that did NOTHING, I turned to yoga and I can honestly say I am no longer suffering from chronic pain. Yoga is seen as a luxury in the Western world and I understand that (of course you don't to pay for classes to practice it) but for travelers with chronic pain issues such as myself it will really make or break the entire experience.
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