Yoga… I’ve tried. I’ve failed. But while yoga isn’t my thing, plenty of people here love it and there are a bunch of options for classes in Kigali.
This one is shrouded in mystery. There might be yoga classes run by an American person through the Embassy but they’re not allowed to advertise for some reason. So if you want some information on this, I guess stop by the US Embassy in Kacyiru and ask around.
Kigali has a community arts centre! And they offer yoga! Along with lots of art and dance classes, City Arts offers various kinds of yoga – vinyasa flow, ashtanga, power flow, and yoga basics. No idea what all of that means but it looks like all you yoga people out there have plenty of choice here. Classes are Rwf 6,000 per session and if you buy ten at once, the price is reduced to Rwf 5,000. Check out their website for the class schedule.
Mamba run two hot yoga classes on Monday nights the first starting at 6:30 pm on Mondays and Thursday with Allie. Classes cost Rwf 5,000 and includes a mat, towel and tea. There’s a limit of 10 students per class and they’re popular, so get there early. Check out their Facebook page for more info. Here’s the rundown from the class teacher: “Yoga style is hot vinyasa incorporating elements of ashtanga and bikram schools. This a physically demanding class taught in a room heated to above body temperature. Please be prepared to sweat! Wear light clothing, drink water before class, and try not to eat a meal for at least 2 hours before class. This is not a class for the injured, recovering from injury or pregnant. This IS a class for those wishing to develop flexibility, strength, balance, body awareness and peace of mind!”
It’s likely that there are bunch of people arund town who are happy to offer private yoga lessons… I guess finding them is the problem! I know that Obed, a cyclist with Team Rwanda, offers private classes in Kigali. For a one on one private lesson it would be $20 (Rwf 13,000) for 3 or more people $8 (Rwf 5,000) per person. He can come to you provided you have the space and sessions would last one hour. Clients need to provide their own mats. You can reach him at 0788 588 404 or [email protected].
Allie from the Mamba class also runs private classes at a location of your choice. Her number is 0785 553 697. Private sessions cost Rwf 15,000 for 1 or two people and she can rent mats for students for Rwf 1,000 per session.
Being the fancy pants place that it is, yoga at the Serena Hotel is only open to members. Their schedule says that yoga class is on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm but their yoga teacher may or may not be on vacation for an unknown amount of time so make sure you call ahead. Membership at the gym costs US$200/month. Ouch. But if you buy a year in advance in ends up being around $90 which is a lot more reasonable and there are also deals for three and six month and off-peak memberships. If you go every week and drink a tonne of their free to members juice (that costs Rwf 4,000 on the menu), it might actually work out cheaper for you. But that’s a lot of juice. Fortunately it’s delicious. Plus their membership includes the gym, pool and lots of other classes as well.