Sometimes contentment can be found in the small things. Like a glass of water or a cool breeze. This is especially true if you’re sweating buckets in a super hot yoga class – generally hovering around a balmy 38c.
Colette is one part yoga sage teacher, one-part comforting philosopher, all heart – perfectly combined with no-nonsense-you-can-do it sensibility.
Oddly, despite the sweltering heat, I believe her. Because even if at first everything feels utterly impossible and I don’t think I can twist my body into a pretzel (aka eagle pose), Colette believes.
A special personal experience
She encourages, motivates and calls you by name. Impressively she somehow remembers the name of every person who comes to her Merchant City Infinity yoga studio. Here you are not just a number. You’re special – you feel special.
The variety of hot yoga, hatha and Pilates means you won’t get too comfortable in one class, can experiment and test yourself in new exciting ways in a supportive environment. In fact, you can adapt according to your own abilities. And the other teachers – Jamie and Gemma – are also fantastic. Though Colette is my favourite.
Improve your day and yourself
You will sweat. You will feel challenged, quite possibly like never before. But you will also feel totally brilliant – inside and outside. Eventually. I promise.
Go on, give it a try.
In this baltic weather, it’s hard to imagine sweating profusely. But that’s exactly what I’m doing… at Bikram yoga.
And if you’re thinking calm, ease and stillness, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is serious stuff. This is mind sharpening, body strengthening yoga done in an oven at 42 c.
There’s no prolonged meditation, no mantras and no rest for the weary because over the course of the next hour-and-a-half it’s 26-postures in almost continual-flow. And once isn’t enough – we do each posture (asana) twice.
Stretch, pull and sweat – a lot
I stretch my mind, pull my body and sweat like never before. Because in this extreme heat even the most refined lotus flower is gonna to sweat uncontrollably. Fortunately no one cares – in fact we’re all in this encounter together.
It’s all-over good for you
And just why would you do this? Well, it’s good for you. In addition to an all-over body workout, Bikram also works your cardiovascular system and internal organs. Yes, it’s intense. It’s challenging. But it’s also extremely energising – in fact I feel great.
If I could bottle the utter joy, sense of accomplishment and well-being I feel at the end of each class, I would. But I can’t so I’ll be back to (literally) extend my bliss. Their 20 days unlimited classes for £20 introductory pass is a great way to try it out. Classes run throughout the day and are for all levels.
So go on, get out of the cold and into the heat – boost your body, mind and soul.