HELPFUL: Yoga is good for the body, mind and spirit.
HELPFUL: Yoga is good for the body, mind and spirit.
HELPFUL: Yoga is good for the body, mind and spirit.
HELPFUL: Yoga is good for the body, mind and spirit.
The first few minutes of a yoga class can be deceptive. What may look peaceful, tranquil and relaxing at first, intensifies and is as tough, if not tougher, than a trip to the gym. As the class progresses it requires full body strength, total muscle control and complete mind focus.

Yoga classes vary from hot yoga to power and relaxation yoga, depending on fitness level. To find out more about yoga and how it can change your lifestyle, we joined in a trendy new Yoga Studio, myUtopia at the V&A Waterfront, and spoke to co-founder and chief executive Sandi Dekker.

What are the health benefits of yoga?

Body

Yoga brings physical strength, protects from injury and detoxifies the organs. Regular practice increases energy and flexibility.

Mind

Yoga boosts mental strength. It helps relationships and relieves stress.

Spirit

Everything is connected so when body and mind are aligned, inner peace follows. When the spirit is centred, there is greater awareness and intuition.

Does yoga beat the gym, if so why?

Often we run or cycle and don’t stretch properly. Yoga will help this. It can be done on its own or to complement other forms of exercise.

What is the inspiration behind your studio name, MyUTOPIA?

I want a happy place where my clients find inner peace and strength.

What makes MyUTOPIA different or special?

It’s a five-star experience. We supply organic mats, premier toiletries and a Blow Bar service for quick hair blowing.

What is the inspiration for the interior at the studio?

I wanted all the feng shui elements. The designer in me also wanted a studio that is clean, spacious and elegant.

What are the services available at myUTOPIA?

myUTOPIA offers yoga, Pilates, foam-rolling and barre classes. We have a small in-house deli and café called Nourish for health food and drinks..