I’ve been meaning to b*tch about this for a while, but didn’t get to till today. For anyone planning to sign up for a yoga membership in HK, I hope you find this information useful.
I am a member of Planet Yoga Tsim Sha Tsui, and I highly regret it. Please don’t make the same mistake as I did. I strongly advise against Planet Yoga because of the following reasons:
1) Phony yoga classes (I’m sorry, but Yoga Combat, Yoga Punch, etc. are not yoga classes, they are just aerobics/taebo -ish classes!!) You can’t just attach the word ‘yoga’ to anything, geez.
2) Over-emphasis on INDIAN instructors. Planet Yoga loves to tell prospective customers “Over 80% of our instructors are REAL INDIANS!!” But, just cuz they’re Indian doesn’t mean they are the best Yoga instructors. In fact, their English is quite bad, so instead of hearing inspiring words of encouragement during ur practice, you just get, “Up, breathe, more down, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1” repeated a gazillion times, making you feel absolutely BORED AS H*LL.
3) Extremely hard salespeople who keep selling to you everytime you come in. REFER FRIENDS!! WIN PRIZES!! GET A FREE UGLY ORANGE BAG/BOTTLE for doing so!! (Um hello, I DONT GIVE A SH*T!)
4) Lukewarm “HOT” YOGA classes. The temperature should be 38-40 degrees, but in their hottest class called Agni Fire Hot I swear I hardly break a sweat. It’s outright yoga for wimps.
5) Never being able to get in a class! So, you’re supposed to book each class by calling in, but 90% of the time, they’re full. That means you gotta go in, get changed, stand in a line and *hope* that someone didn’t show up. But let’s think about it. If there are 20 spots and the class is full, why do you get 30 people to queue up in the waiting list?? Obviously 10 people aren’t getting in, so just tell them to go home!
Problem is they keep signing up more and more members, and the classes get more and more full, so it becomes a major hassle to a) actually take a class and b) try to use the showers or 1 of the measly 3 toilets inside of the ladies’ change room.
I suggest you try a place like PURE, where the environment is serene, clean, professional and pleasant. I’m not sure how their classes are, but already I think it’s worth the money to NOT feel like you’re walking into a cage of monkeys everytime you go to yoga.
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