During the cold winter months, there comes a point when a bit of serious heat is required, so why not try Bikram Yoga?
Developed by Bikram Choudhury, this particular type of yoga consists of a series of 26 postures (asanas), performed in a room kept at a constant temperature of 105°F (40°C). The idea is that the heat warms up the body, making it easier to stretch into the positions.
As a non-yogi, I would say some of these stretches are pleasingly achievable but some require a lot of practise.
The real challenge is to stay the course (an hour and a half) in the heat, and be warned, within 10 minutes you’ll feel as though you’re sweating buckets.
I went to Bikram City and the class was busy but not crammed. The teacher, Cintra, was wonderful and encouraging without a hint of bullying.
Bikram is growing in popularity with more and more studios popping up all over London – and I can see why. After my first class, I felt exhausted but exhilarated.
Bikram Yoga North, West and City offer beginners’ rates and drop in classes. Classes are suitable for everyone regardless of age, shape and ability – so no wriggling out of it!