After enjoying the one yoga class I’ve taken this year, I was looking forward to heading down to Nottinghill on the 12th of September 2016 to try Hotpod Yoga for the first time. I was extremely nervous though, I’ve heard horror stories of Bikram Yoga and really wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep up with the class. I informed the instructor Estefania Hageman that I’d only been to one class and she assured me I’d be fine.
Inside the huge inflatable pod which is heated to 37 degrees, there’s enough room for up to 20 people and today’s class was packed. After everyone finished arriving we were instructed to drink plenty of water if we were struggling and to begin meditating before we began our stretches.
While the class is aimed at beginners to intermediates, I was definitely the only beginner in this class. Even my cousin who claimed she’d only been to a couple of classes managed to keep up with the rest of the class during the hour long session. Myself, I must admit I gave up after about 10 minutes. Now I must admit before going into the class my head still buzzing from a tough work day and I probably wasn’t in the right mind frame to be attempting to twist my body into a pretzel.
Despite not being able to keep up with the class and not knowing my tree pose from my crow pose, I still enjoyed the class. I may not have gotten the full benefits of the class due to not actively participating, but I can say my mind was a lot calmer after I left. That was primarily just from sitting and meditating in a heated environment.
I really would like to give Hotpod Yoga another chance after a few more normal classes or Hotpod’s beginner class. I think my problem was that I also felt extremely uncomfortable being a beginner in a room for experts. Estefania was lovely after the class and was concerned that I didn’t get the full benefit of the class. I explained that I just couldn’t keep up and not to worry. That hour meditating was just what I needed.
There is a beginner class on the 1st October from 12.30 – 2pm. This is a first-timers workshop for those who want to get acquainted with Hotpod Yoga.
Hotpod Yoga is available at three locations throughout London
Brixton: Evelyn Grace Academy, 255 Shakespeare Road, London, SE24 0QN, GB
Notting Hill: London, W11 1QS, GB
Hackney: 9-15 Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB, GB
For more information about locations and class times please go to http://hotpodyoga.com/uk/
Reporter: Tegan LeBon
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