Turning up the heat on yoga
Pushing past the healthy cooking demos, health food and fitness fashion stands at this years Be:Fit London, visitors could discover a strange dome shaped tent at the back of the Business Design Centre, emanating calming purple light accompanied by soothing aromas and cleansing heat. It was within this mysterious vessel that we spoke with Nick Higgins, Instructors, Operations Director and Founder of Hotpod Yoga.
Aiming to make yoga more accessible, Hotpod yoga developed their trademark pods. These inflatable, mobile hot yoga studios hold classes of up to 20 people and are designed to provide an immersive, womb like, soft and nurturing environment.
A key part of this experience is of course the ‘hot’ with the pod heated to between around 36-38 degrees. This is designed to add an extra element of exercise for both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems whilst promoting additional calorific expenditure when compared to room temperature yoga.
The classes themselves are similar to although different to Bikram yoga being shorter at 45 minutes and involving a more varied and less prescribed range of postures.
Hotpod Yoga is currently available in 11 locations around the UK.