Breathing new ‘L!fe’ into yoga

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L!fe Yoga partners Elmer La Peña, Charmaine Palermo, Ann Ong, Neil Paras and Noelle Rodriguez

L!fe Yoga partners Elmer La Peña, Charmaine Palermo, Ann Ong, Neil Paras and Noelle Rodriguez

Health has never been this trendy.

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In the last couple of years, wellness enthusiasts have built oases of relaxation and fitness right in the heart of some of Manila’s busiest spots. Turn into a street corner and see a yoga studio, juice bar, or organic café.

However, an entirely new experience awaits health enthusiasts at L!fe, Bonifacio Global City’s newest health hub. Combining yoga, music, food, and art, L!fe aims to be the metropolitans’ go-to spot for everything healthy, hip, and fun.

Located at Eight Forbestown Road in Burgos Circle, BGC, the two-story lifestyle center houses a yoga studio where various classes are to be held weekly. It also features a café called Vibe where Sprout and Fruit Magic are to serve whole foods, salads, snacks, and fresh juices.

Currently home to 12 instructors, the studio is set to offer 12 classes a day on weekdays and six classes a day on weekends of the heated and non-heated varieties.

Each class aims to be an experience in itself, aptly named by the instructors who have backgrounds in Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa. As it aims to veer away from traditional forms of yoga, L!fe also wants to capitalize on music’s power over the human physique.

“There’s no denying that music can affect our emotions, which also affect our entire body. Music can help bring us into deeper states of meditation, which is ideal for yoga. A DJ can directly set the vibe and provide the right tempo to flow through the class. Aside from that, it also adds a bit more fun and funk to what otherwise could be just another session,” shares Noelle Rodriguez, co-owner L!fe.

A Vinyasa class at the newest lifestyle hub in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

A Vinyasa class at the newest lifestyle hub in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Another unique component of the yoga center is the Vibe Café. On why put this up, Rodriguez explains, “We hope that people will ‘vibe’ together and meet like-minded individuals in our studio. Aside from attention to healthy food and drink, we will also focus on holistic health—relationships, laughter, good vibes, and other such life-affirming things.”

Completing its four-part approach to wellness, the studio makes room for artistic installations and pursuits.

“Art seems to spice up any place, adding a touch of character. Beautiful images and colors always seem to raise our spirits as well. [It] will also serve as a gateway for people to communicate and bond. A way to get people to connect on other levels aside from the practice of yoga,” concludes Rodriguez.

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