Hot Yoga is growing in popularity. It’s said to be a favourite workout of Madonna and Andy Murray, among others, and is supposed to assist stretching, remove toxins from your body and help weight loss.
I’ve been taking various yoga courses in and around Cardiff for years, and had always wanted to try hot yoga, but there was never anywhere offering classes. That has changed in the last two years or so and now it seems hot yoga studios are popping up all over the place.
Not to be confused with Bikram Yoga (Bikram classes consist of the same 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises each time) Hot Yoga is a more traditional hatha yoga practice, in a room heated to around 38 C.
My favourites are Elite Fitness in Fairwater and Yoga Fever in Adamsdown. In particular I love Ashley’s Monday night class at Elite, where the practice is a challenging vinyasa flow, with a short relaxation at the end. Sharon’s classes at Yoga Fever are great too.
Since doing regular hot yoga classes I feel stronger and more flexible. I absolutely love it.
A few words of warning though, hot yoga is unsafe for anyone who is pregnant or suffering from certain medical conditions such as those with high blood pressure. As with all new exercise – check with your doctor and the teacher first.
Wear tight fitting clothes such as leggings or capris (make sure they’re thick leggings especially for sport and not see-through when bending over!) and a vest top. Loose clothes and cotton t-shirts will trap heat and feel clammy. Sports bras are a must for the ladies too.