Hot Hot Hot……. Yoga Anyone?

Women UK were delighted to try out the increasingly popular Hot Yoga class. Armed with mat, towel and a litre bottle of water, I positioned my mat towards the back of the class, lay down in a windowless hot hot room. Lying there, eyes closed, I almost felt like I was lying on a beach towel under the hot sun in a far away exotic place. Was loving this already! 

Yoga Lounge in Bournemouth was my destination where I am told is a place to release the stress of every day. A curated mix of yoga styles in one space offering Bikram Hot Yoga, Fierce Grace Hot Yoga, Hot Vinyasa, Hot Power Yoga, Hot HIIT flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Aerial, Yin, Nidra and Children’s Yoga.

Yoga Lounge Bournemouth is the South Coast’s original and biggest dedicated Yoga Studio covering, Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and the surrounding areas.  Boasting 2 yoga studios and the only bespoke hot room in Dorset.

I was ready…… The sweat starts almost instantly, dripping onto my mat before we’ve finished the first exercise.  I feel like a melting glacier trying to resist global warming. There are 26 poses that are called Bikram Yoga and each of thee poses are done twice. In a ninety minute class, I was a drowned rat drenched from head to toe in my own sweat.

And just a few minutes into it, one thing is very clear: they aren’t kidding about the heat. The class is held in a room that’s been heated to 37°C. If you can imagine a tropical island with no breeze, you’ll start to get the picture.

The benefits of hot yoga

There are many benefits to practising yoga in this heat. The one that’s touted most often is the detox of your body: heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin. The heat also allows your muscles to stretch that little bit further with no after pains as the muscles are fully warmed up. Working in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder. It’s great for people who want a more intense workout and for those who want to develop strength, flexibility and tone along with a cardiovascular workout. Another great benefit to working out in heat is that it helps the body relax, improves breathing (which helps conditions like asthma) and focuses the mind, which develops better mental concentration. So whats not to love!

How you feel after class

Lying on my back near the end of class, I have to admit that I’m feeling like I have really had a work out and surprisingly relaxed. I’m also feeling more sweaty than I’ve been I think ever!  I was advised to drink plenty of water throughout the day, I enjoyed a raw juice in Skha Lounge afterwards.

Sukha Lounge is a beautiful compliment to Yoga Lounge. A place to relax and rest amongst good company, fresh, organic and vegetarian raw food, divine coffee and loose leaf teas.

I was told I would feel amazing for the day. This did not disappoint, I felt fabulous and flexible. So would I recommend hot yoga? Yes in a heartbeat!

For more information around the different hot yoga techniques go to

https://www.yoga-lounge.co.uk/

By Carole Winterbourne

 

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