I’ve tried out a handful of yoga studios in Bologna, taking advantage of the free trial class (la lezione di prova) offered by most studios. I found a couple I liked, but decided to practice at home for the time being — focusing on developing a home practice and saving a little cash. Then last week, a friend told me about a deal too good to pass up: €3 drop-in yoga classes at Spazio Indue in Bologna Centro. I found my way there as quickly as I could.
The class was good, but different than any I’ve taken before. The class was taught by Silvia Gregori and the style was Parinama Yoga, a type of Hatha Yoga developed by Bologna native Bruno Baleotti. We used props — including a rope wall, strap, and block — and paired up with a partner for the majority of class. After class, I read that Parinama Yoga is similar to Iyengar Yoga in that the emphasis is on precision of the postures and poses are held for longer periods of time. We did a Downward Dog sort of like this, but using the rope wall and with ALL of the partner’s weight on top of the Down Dogger (the partner hung onto the ropes and lifted their feet off the ground). Oh Mamma calf stretch! In another set, we used the rope wall, a strap, and our partner to work our way towards Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II or One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II, a variation of the pose pictured above. I definitely caught some bits of Bolognese slang coming from across the room during that one.
While in some deep posture, I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to think in Italian fast enough in the event that my partner pushed me too far (if you know me, you likely know about my loosey-goosey shoulders and our fun history together); but I remembered that, thankfully, “STOP!” is universal.
I enjoyed the class itself, but even more so enjoyed meeting the other people and feeling part of a yoga community again. I won’t be stopping my home practice, but I’ll definitely drop-in at Indue again. At €3/class, it’s hard to find an excuse not to.
Spazio Indue’s activities go far beyond yoga. They also offer classes in salsa, tango, samba, booty shaking, flamenco, trapeze, african contemporary dance, theatre, photography, knife throwing (!?), and more. The space is also frequently used for concerts. For more details, check out the Spazio Indue website, Spazio Indue Facebook page, or Yoga Indue Facebook page.