So I’ve been looking to try different ways of keeping active, and gave Hot Yoga a try as it’s something that I’ve been meaning to try for a while.
I’ve actually never tried Hot Yoga before so I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I just knew that it was definitely going to be a sweaty experience.
I went down to Marshall Street Leisure Centre just off Carnaby Street, which was pretty easy to find.
From what I’d heard about most hot yoga studios, this one exceeded my expectations. The studio appeared new and surprisingly there was no stale smell of sweat. I expected it to smell like when you pick up a pair of used boxing gloves lol.
The heat didn’t hit me straight away. I honestly expected to walk into something like a sauna, but the heat gradually increased within the first 10 minutes.
The instructor was very nice and attentive as she knew I had never tried it before. She corrected my posture when necessary and complimented me when she was impressed with my positioning. This soon made those first time nerves disappear and I felt very comfortable and relaxed.
The actual yoga poses were challenging but I found that the heat helped with my flexibility as my muscles were nice and warm. The workout comprised of not only strength poses, but also some cardio, so essentially it was a full body workout.
A cold bottle of water was definitely needed as I found myself drinking repeatedly throughout the class, to replenish the sweat that was dripping from all parts of my body.
Overall, I did really enjoy the class. More so because of the aches and pains I was greeted with the following morning (I’m a sucker for DOMS) as I felt that I got in a really good workout from trying something new.
In terms of pricing, a hot yoga only membership starts from £34.50 which gives you access to a few of their centres. Considering most yoga classes are from £15 per session, I think this is a bargain.
The class was enjoyable and as a beginner, it appears all fitness levels are welcome.