Hotpod Yoga has arrived in SA and if are at all into Yoga, or interested in starting Yoga you should all be very excited about it. Hotpod Yoga is a vinyasa style yoga class in a heated, inflated portable pod.
“Wait, HOT yoga? What in the name of yoga pants does that even mean?”Hot yoga is yoga practiced in a hot room. I have been a massive fan of hot yoga since the very first time I tried Bikram, which is a style of yoga that is practiced in a room heated to around 38 C. Yes, you read that correctly, thirty-eight degrees. The reason I loved it so much was because I was about as flexible as a slab of concrete when I first started Yoga and the heat helped ease my muscles and my body into this whole being stretchy and bendy thing. Once I got used to being able to touch my toes I realise that I also loved how challenging the heat was. It makes you work a harder, and the heat really helped me learn that outside elements only affect you if you let them. I loved the heat, but the Bikram style of the same repetitive poses wasn’t for me.
Personally, as styles of yoga go – I prefer Vinyasa or Flow Yoga, hot or cold. Vinyasa is all about the flow of movement and the flow of your breath. It’s more dynamic and more expressive and I love the creativity and the space that it gives me. You can just step onto your mat and go where your body wants you to go. I love the studio I go to in Cape Town, The Yoga Life, but I travel to Johannesburg quite often which is why Hotpod Yoga is making me feel like this
1. Anyone can do it.
There is this misconception about Yoga classes and that you should only go to them once you can already do yoga/touch your toes/bend like a pretzel. I get that, trust me. The first class I ever went to the senior citizen on the mat next to me was schooling me. The benefit of hot yoga is that the heat makes your body a little bit stretchier from the outset. I feel like yoga isn’t a tough sell to girls, but boys – if you are reading this, the extra challenge that the 37 degree heat brings will appeal to you too.
2. The whole pod vibe.
It really adds something extra to your practice. There is only space for 20 people, and the fact that you are completely encompassed inside this little pod of yoga bliss makes your practice that much better. It’s like doing yoga in a warm little cocoon or blanket fort. There is a faint purple light inside, because of the colour of the pod; other than that it is very dimly lit. Personally, I love it, because it really ‘forces’ you to be present and figure out how your body is feeling for that hour. If you are just starting out, there is a good chance that it will make you feel a bit less vulnerable and a little bit safer.
3. The Yoga Teacher.
Daniella, the teacher who took my first class is the agent for Hotpod Yoga in SA and is also the director of Hotpod Yoga in Joburg. She is completely wonderful. If you don’t know what you are doing, she can help you, and if you do know, she can still help you. If you aren’t at a point in your practice where you like practicing on your own, this really is a lovely class to go to.4.It’s a portable and inflatable… I mean, can you deal.
This means it can pop-up in different places, obviously. Think pop-up shops with cool yoga pants and awesome locations.
Hotpod Yoga is an hour long, vinyasa style yoga class in a portable, inflatable pod which is heated to 37 C. If you are keen to give it a try (which you really should be) you can find them online and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. At the moment they are only in the Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria area and the classes are really popular so make sure you book your spot. Trust me, Hotpod Yoga is one of those things that you won’t be able to stop once you start.