I slowly fold my upper body forward. My stomach is resting on my thighs and my forehead is touching the floor. With my arms out to the sides of my body and my palms facing the ceiling, my shoulders sink down. “Balasana,” whispers Timea, who is teaching today’s yoga class.
Closing my eyes, I instantly notice the stresses of the past few days slipping away. But one thought comes to mind in that very moment: just how fantastic yoga can be. And why it’s one of the most popular physical activities in the world.
Then I slowly return to my starting position. “Sukhasana”. I find myself in the middle of one of the most unusual yoga studios I’ve ever been in. The walls around me are tiled in salt bricks, which are illuminated in a warm yellow tone this evening.
I inhale and exhale deeply. The salt on the walls has a positive effect on my immune system, my airways are cleared by inhaling the dry salt and the flow of oxygen to my brain is increased.
Where is this oasis of calm?
The first floor of BIKINI BERLIN is now home to a salt yoga studio, or, in other words, a 70 m² sanctuary where you can escape the fast-paced hustle and bustle of the city.
Such studios have been an international trend for a while now, but not so easy to find here in Berlin. At least until a few months ago.
Before the yoga session, Omri Shalom, the founder of Yoga & Salt, and his business partner Mary Li, told me how they came up with the idea of opening a studio in Berlin. Until he suffered an injury, Omri had dedicated his entire life to sport. During a trip to the Dead Sea in Israel and countless yoga sessions there for rehabilitation purposes, he quickly noticed the healing effect of the sea and the positive impact it was having on his health. With Yoga & Salt, Omri has now brought this healing power of salt and exercise, Pilates and yoga all the way from Israel to Berlin.
Yoga & Salt is far from your average yoga studio. They teach different variations such as Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga with a focus on breathing. Everyone is welcome!
As the ancient proverb goes: “Life is in the breath. He who half breathes, half lives.”