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.
is the London Localite for BBC Travel