In November (I think) I paid a visit to De Nieuwe Yogaschool to take a yoga class and write a review. I came for the yoga and stayed for the coffee.
On a random Tuesday I took the train to Amsterdam and undertook the journey from Central Station to De Nieuwe Yogaschool. Taking the tram would have been faster…but who cares? I had time, a basic understanding of GoogleMaps on iPhone and I really appreciate Amsterdam.
I don’t love it the way I love Rotterdam, but I do really like Amsterdam: I love the architecture and the energy of that city. Plus, it must be one of the only places where you see a half-naked girl in a window right across from a lawfirm, a church opposite of a coffee shop and a yoga studio in the middle of a residential area, with just houses surrounding it.
I’ll let the pictures of the studio speak for itself.
…Actually that’s a lie, I can’t keep from stating the obvious: Very spacious, light, beautiful wood everywhere and I could spend hours and hours in their lounge area (which I kind of did)
Check in counter and kitchen
Drink to your heart and health’s desire
I sat on that brown couch all afternoon, drinking lattes and Pukka tea with Leah.
As you can see, plenty of room to relax and chat with friends or fellow yogis, or just find a spot for yourself and do some work or reading.
I took a yin-yang yoga class, which is a great combination of yoga styles: You get the postures that require strength and persistence for a little while (the strong and male of yang) and the relaxing, opening postures of yin (the soft and feminine*) you stay in longer to fully get the benefits.
I took class in the yoga
room cathedral below (they have a smaller classroom upstairs) from Sijbrand: It was a small group of students, there was some light music playing and Sijbrand has a lovely, relaxing voice to listen to.
Although Downward Dog is never going to be my favorite yoga position, with some instructions I got the hang of it. The rest of the postures too. I liked the yang, but I enjoyed the yin postures even more: There was one posture where I was in a very deep (but relaxing) backbend for about five minutes and that was delicious. That felt really good on my back.
After class I was very relaxed. I got changed in the dressing room and then hung out with Leah for a while. I was also introduced to the masseur who does massages as well as Reiki and got to see his practice room — pictures below.
I’d visit more often if De Nieuwe Yogaschool was closer to Rotterdam, but I am definitely going back. I really like the atmosphere and the wide range of yoga classes they offer. Oh, and their coffee.
LOOK AT ALL THE SPACE AND THE LIGHT AND THE EVERYTHING
Props for the props
Another picture of light and space for empathis
Love it when yoga schools have lockers
Dressing room selfie
Tension Tamers! Getting a massage here is high on my to-do list.
- Address: Laurierstraat 109, 1016 PL Amsterdam
- Rates: Click here! (But single class is 15,00 euros, which is normal)
- Dressing room(s): Not very big, but clean!
- Yoga styles: Again, click here. Lots. There’s also a bunch of workshops coming up.
- Lockers: YES!
- Showers: 4 of them in the ladies’ room, but I didn’t try them out**
- Floor: Pretty, pretty wood
- Extras: Their cafe/lounge area is really nice! They play good music, offer a range of books you can browse through and there are all sorts of healthy snacks and drinks you can buy. Also, coffee. Did I mention the coffee?
And that’s that, folks. Amsterdam has another cool yogastudio added to the already impressive quantity of yoga studios. Good for you guys. I’m only a tiny bit jealous.
Thumbs up and Namaste, babies. See you later.
*Don’t come at me about stereotypes because I can’t heLP AN ANCIENT SYMBOL THAT’S DIVIDED THAT WAY OK
**With Bikram Yoga a shower is necessary (because ew) but when I do other types of yoga it’s pretty optional.