Yoga and Pilates can offer the ideal way to zone out from the stresses of family life, but what about those people looking for something a little more than the average neighborhood studio? Nestled in an airy, loft-like space in Jing’an, Chi-Qi Wellness (formerly OmFactory Shanghai) is attracting a diverse crowd of yoga and fitness fans with its new niche offering of health and fitness classes. As well as following traditional yoga practices, they also keep a close eye on new fitness trends to keep their loyal Shanghai following up to date with what’s happening on the wellness scene.
Owner and founder Katrina Law has worked hard to establish a relaxed community environment at Chi-Qi. The entrance houses a large chill-out area with sofas, tables and reading materials so you can easily chat with classmates or friends, or enjoy the serene setting on your own. Along with the regular schedule of classes, she also organizes free events like movie nights and health workshops which bring together members and friends of the studio.
Chi-Qi’s most popular classes are undoubtedly from their aerial yoga program. The studio is well-known for its colorful hammocks hanging from the ceiling, and is the only studio offering the class in Shanghai. They also offer Vinyasa yoga and have recently added a kickboxing class, combining the best of western and Thai boxing. These are non-contact classes and a great all-body, cardio workout.
If Pilates if more your thing, Chi-Qi are now offering an aerial version of the class focusing on core strength and stability. You use the colorful hammock to create challenging poses, helping you to improve balance and flexibility and work towards a stronger body. It’s a great choice for those suffering from injuries or back pain–perfect for new moms, for example.
Chi-Qi are also focusing on hosting workshops for people interested in learning the techniques used in aerial yoga, dance and also their new pole dancing class. If you feel daunted by shorter classes (where you may not be as experienced as other attendees, or worry that you are holding others back) in these categories, then this is a great opportunity to better understand basic poses and routines and feel more at ease for future classes.
Chi-Qi offers a tranquil haven to work on your health and wellbeing. Perfect for an hour or two out from work or away from the kids. For more information, check out their website.
// Chi-Qi Wellness, Room 302, 608 Xikang Lu by Changping Lu,西康路608弄1号, 近昌平路 (www.chiqiwellness.com, 18217307031, firstname.lastname@example.org)