I love yoga. There’s no secret about it, I bloody love it and I love the benefits it has on my body. Yoga has helped me gain control my back pain, to loose weight and to increase my strength and flexibility. And I do like my yoga to be sweaty. That’s why when I found out about Hotpod Yoga I knew I had found a real gem.
I first discovered Hotpod Yoga whilst googling where to do yoga in East London. I’m not a fan of Bikram after my passing out experience (and the price tag), so that was off the cards, but hot yoga is right up my street. It’s hot, but not that hot, but still leaves you dripping with sweat. I’ve been to Hotpod Yoga a few times since moving to London, but yesterday Hotpod Yoga were hosting a Hackney HQ launch party and all yoga was free for the day (except a £5 donation to Kids Company). Obviously I jumped a chance and booked my spot straight away using their rather fancy app.
Hotpod Yoga use inflatable ‘pods’ which are heated to roughly 37 degrees to conduct their Vinyasa style yoga classes in. The ‘pods’ mean that they are portable and don’t require any fancy heated rooms, which is great especially in London. It is also quite cool practising yoga in an inflatable room! There are various locations around the globe, with Brixton, Hackney and Notting Hill being their London locations. The pods are unexpectedly roomy inside and have rather soothing purple lighting which makes you feel relaxed in an instant.
The yoga class yesterday morning was taken by Rikke, who is simply brilliant and you can easily get lost in her gorgeous soothing voice. Rikke takes you through a series of poses, some more challenging than others, ending with the traditional Savasana. What I like about this class is that it incorporates sun salutation style moves without the boredom of doing the same thing over and over again, with more advanced moves. I was extremely pleased that I was one of the only ones to successfully go from Crow Pose, to a Tripod Headstand and back to Crow Pose all in one smooth swoop (I haven’t lost it, yay!). The class lasts for an hour and by the end my clothes were soaked through with sweat – the sign of a good work out! The classes are suitable for most abilities as you are encouraged to do only what your body can manage, just make sure you don’t watch any one in the class – it’s never good to compare yourself to others in a yoga class otherwise you’ll constantly be jealous of all the bendy people! (Sorry but I am one of those bendy people!) I love that during the class Rikke will walk around the pod making sure everyone is ok, and helping them if needs be. When I first went she noticed I kept letting my elbows slip out of line and told me to pull them towards each other which I certainly felt the benefits of. The classes are also extremely well priced, especially for London too. A one off class costs £12, which compared to other hot and Bikram yoga is a complete steal. You can buy various passes which bring the price down, and they offer an introductory offer too which is always good if you want to try it but aren’t sure whether it’s for you.
Because this was a free class for their launch party, Hotpod Yoga had teamed up with the guys at The Detox Kitchen to provide delicious goody bags to end the class with. Inside the goody bags was a fresh juice, vegan brownie, vegan muffin and a vegan chia seed energy ball. I have to say it was all delicious and didn’t last very long – even my boyfriend agreed the brownie was especially delicious.
Everything taken into consideration, it was a very enjoyable way to spend my Saturday morning getting sweaty and kicking my weekend off the right way. Massive thanks to Hotpod Yoga for putting on the free event, and thanks to The Detox Kitchen for the yummy goody bag – I’ll see you next week Hotpod Yoga!
*All images my own except for the photo inside the pod, which is from the Hotpod Yoga website.