Yoga turns up the heat in London
A new system of hot yoga has arrived in London to rival Bikram, warming the body the same way sunlight does. (Triyoga)
With winter quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time for a new yoga method that warms the body the same way sunlight does.
Hot yoga is not a new concept. Bikram – the most well known version -- was founded in California in 1976 by living yoga master Bikram Choudhury. His original series of 26 poses are now practiced in studios around the world, heated to a sweltering 40C with 40% humidity. While the health benefits of Bikram are widely recognized, some find the heat oppressive and complain of feeling dizzy or nauseous during the class.
Triyoga Chelsea, on the other hand, is a beautiful, clean and airy space opened by lawyer-turned-yogi Jonathan Sattin. The most recent of his four studios around London (the others are in Primrose Hill, Covent Garden and Soho), the King’s Road space opened last year, providing an oasis of calm on an otherwise chaotic street.
The new class – for now only available in the Chelsea studio -- is based on a method created by Canadian hot yoga specialist Kristin Campbell. The temperature in the room rises to approximately 34C, due to far infrared panels suspended from the ceiling that heat up your body rather than just the air around you – much like the feeling of lying in the sun. Coupled with an hour of poses ranging from breathing exercises to static postures, you will work up a detoxifying sweat and leave feeling balanced and rejuvenated.
As well as offering standard hot yoga benefits like increased flexibility, reduced stress, weight loss and the release of toxins, infrared – often used by plastic surgeons to help with scarring – has therapeutic effects that will also leave you with glowing skin. In a way, you could even think of it as a facial and workout in one.
Malika Dalamal is the London Localite for BBC Travel