Last night, I had my first experience with hot yoga class at ensō yoga. I’ve been wanting to check out their studio since last summer but I guess it took one of the coldest days of the winter to finally get my butt over there and give it a try. Their space is gorgeous and the location on Peel street is practical as it’s close to where I work.
I didn’t really know what to expect from the class other than, well, sweating a lot. I did the ensō hot flow class with Ali and really enjoyed it. Ali is a great teacher. She explains each position really well, has a soothing voice and just helps you relax and get into your zen zone.
Before going to the class, I was wondering how hot it would feel and if I would find it too intense. I thought I might get dizzy and find it uncomfortable but neither of those things happened. Here is a quick description of the class I did as featured on the ensō yoga website:
Our ensō hot flow is a Vinyasa-style class created to heal, detoxify and exhilarate the body and mind by linking the breath with movement. Ensō hot flow incorporates creative flow sequences with a strong emphasis on the foundation postures which are designed to help build breath awareness, balance, flexibility and overall strength and endurance in the body’s core.
This class is taught in a heated room between (38 °C / 100 °F) to (39 °C / 102 °F).
All levels, including beginners, are welcome and will find this class accessible.
If you are thinking of trying hot yoga, make sure you choose the right class. Even if you are a fairly experienced yogi, I would suggest starting with a “beginners” class like I did as doing the same poses you usually do in a regular yoga class require more energy from your body and you don’t want to push yourself too much during this first experience. Also, wear the lightest clothes possible and drink lots of water.
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