Nestled between the bustling, urban restaurants of Bree Street, Unraveled Yoga is a refreshing break from the hipsters and suits competing to own their space in Cape Town.
Each month I will be reviewing new yoga studios in and around Cape Town, and this month we’re starting with Unraveled Yoga. Owned and run by Maya Pratt, the studio offers vinyasa based classes, focusing on flow and moving with the breath.
Every month the studio focuses on a theme. The month of June was all about the yamas and July focused on the niyamas. During July, the studio also offered an introductory series into Budokon yoga – a martial arts inspired flow. And parents, the studio also offers Yoga for Kids on Saturday mornings!
My first class was The Flow+ on Sunday mornings with Jo Feghale – a perfect way to unwind from the weekend and prepare for the week ahead. The 75-minute class on a chilly morning offers invigorating variations that each flow from one into the next organically, almost spiritually.
My second class was The Flow Express, offered during lunchtime on weekdays. I dropped by thinking it would be a quick, easy flow in between meetings, but I was so wrong. Especially after attending a Pound class the night before. Boy was I sore! Also, I definitely needed to make more time for a shower afterwards. Maya’s style of teaching is very hands-on, yet leaves you with a calm sense of knowing you can hold a pose for longer, stretch a little deeper, exhale a little slower and actually wanting to. The class is great for when you need a midday break from the race before you exterminate one of the city’s rats in your open plan office.
My third class was The Flow Basics, which I probably should’ve taken first. It was a beginner’s class run by Courtney Lourandos. With her gentle prompting, Courtney takes everything in a stride and is very hand-on assisting those in the class. I do think if I was a total beginner I may have gotten a little lost as there wasn’t much explanation as how to move into each post, but I guess that’s because she did ask if anyone was practicing for the very first time. No on raised their hand.
As with all things new, it takes a little while to get used to the different styles. But I found each of the classes easy to follow along with and the teachers open and friendly. Definitely not the urban hipsters one would expect to find in Bree Street.
- First Class: FREE
- Drop In: R140
- 5 Class Pack (expires after 2 months): R600
- 10 Class Pack (expires after 3 months): R1,000
- 20 Class Pack (expires after 6 months): R1,800
- 1 Month Unlimited: R800 – R720 on your first purchase
- 3 Months Unlimited: R2,100
- 1 Year Unlimited: R7,200
Student & senior rates
- Drop In: R120
- 1 Month Unlimited: R700
Yoga for kids
- Drop In: R120 & R100 for each additional child
- 5 Class Pack: R500
- 10 Class Pack: R900
- Yoga Mat: R20.00
- Towel: R20.00