Hot yoga in Syd­ney

Em­brace the sweati­est ver­sion of your­self.

Time Out (Sydney) - - Things To Do - By Aobh O’Brien-Moody

Bikram Yoga Dar­linghurst

Bikram Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga in­volv­ing 26 pos­tures that are per­formed over 90 min­utes in a heated room of 40 de­grees. With its in­tense heat and long du­ra­tion, Bikram Yoga is not for the faint of heart. As we sweat through the pos­tures, our instructor is up­beat and en­cour­ag­ing. She praises in­di­vid­u­als when they achieve a tricky pose, or calls them out when they need to ad­just their align­ment. She seems to know ev­ery­one by name, a tes­ta­ment to the num­ber of loyal reg­u­lars. à Lvl 2, 256 Crown St, Dar­linghurst 2010. 02 9356 4999. www.bikramyoga.net. au. Mon-Fri 6am-8.45pm; Sat, Sun 8am-7pm. $20-$25.

ÓModo Yoga

Modo Yoga is a hot yoga com­mu­nity with more than 70 stu­dios world­wide. Classes are heated to a toasty 37 de­grees; they say the heat detox­i­fies the skin, blood and tis­sues whilst strength­en­ing mus­cle. We’re of­fered hot tea as we step in from the cold for the Karma class, a by-do­na­tion-only class which has the same struc­ture as a tra­di­tional Modo se­ries, but with all pro­ceeds go­ing to lo­cal char­i­ties. There are el­e­ments of calm and op­por­tu­ni­ties to rest, but first you must en­dure a 60-minute full­body car­dio work­out. à 55 Ment­more Ave, Rose­bery 2018. 02 8387 7167. syd­ney.mod­oyoga.com.au. Mon-Thu 6.30pm-8.30pm; Fri 6.30am-7pm; Sat 8am-4.35pm; Sun 8.30am-4.45pm. From $5 do­na­tion (Karma class) or $22.

The Space Stu­dio

This brand-spank­ing new stu­dio of­fers yoga, barre, pi­lates and meditation classes in the heart of Baranga­roo’s busi­ness precinct. There are com­pli­men­tary or­ganic teas by the Rab­bit Hole, and the change rooms and show­ers are stocked with hair and body prod­ucts by Ap­pelles Apothe­cary. We opt for a Vinyasa Flow class, which is heated to 27 de­grees by in­frared tech­nol­ogy. The prac­tice is en­er­getic and re­fresh­ing, with a wel­come bal­ance be­tween quick flows and slower pose holds. à Lvl 2, 400 Baranga­roo Ave, Baranga­roo 2000. 02 8117 2700. www.thes­paces­tu­dio.com.au. Mon-Fri 6am-9pm; Sat 7am-7pm. From $30.

BodyMindLife Yoga

A stone’s throw from Cen­tral Sta­tion is a zen oa­sis in the other­wise hec­tic city sur­round­ings. The stu­dio of­fers yoga, pi­lates and meditation classes, as well as a wellness cen­tre pro­vid­ing mas­sage, reiki and ki­ne­si­ol­ogy. We show up on a Satur­day morn­ing, eager to try the 75-minute Yoga Es­sen­tials class, which is heated to 28 de­grees. The large chang­ing room is decked out with or­ganic sham­poo, con­di­tioner and body wash as well as hairdry­ers, straight­en­ers and full-length mir­rors. à Lvl 1, 84 Mary St, Surry Hills 2010. 02 9211 0480. www.bodymindlife.com. Mon-Thu 6am-9pm; Fri 6am-7.30pm; Sat 7am-7pm; Sun 8am-7pm. From $16.

Hom Yoga

Hom Yoga of­fers heated and non-heated vinyasa, yin, ash­tanga and hatha classes. It has a fridge stocked with Fiji wa­ter, kom­bucha and coconut wa­ter, as well as a lounge area with free fruit and mag­a­zines. Time Out tested the Hot Flow class in a room heated be­tween 38 and 40 de­grees. We be­gin slowly, but within min­utes the sweat starts drip­ping from our shirts and even the most sim­ple yoga moves are made chal­leng­ing by the in­tense heat. The class is suit­able for all abil­i­ties, but some prior yoga knowl­edge would help. à Lvl 2, 20 Har­grave St, Dar­linghurst 2010. 02 9360 7007. www.homyoga.com.au. Mon-Fri 6am-8.30pm; Sat, Sun 8am-5.45pm. From $25.

Power Liv­ing Yoga Bondi Junc­tion

Right near the train sta­tion in Ox­ford Street Mall, the space is cosy and invit­ing, and they have colour­ful cush­ions and yoga gear for sale as well as books, can­dles and ve­gan nail pol­ish. We tried a 75-minute Heated Vinyasa Yoga class in a room heated to 32 de­grees. The heat makes the prac­tice sweaty as we flow through tra­di­tional Vinyasa poses at a steady pace. There’s a fo­cus on build­ing strength and power, in tan­dem with the free­dom to play around and make the prac­tice our own. à Lvl 1, 420-422 Ox­ford St, Bondi Junc­tion 2022. 02 8065 7315. www.pow­er­liv­ing. com.au. Mon-Thu 6.15am-8.30pm; Fri 6.15am-7.15pm; Sat, Sun 7.30am-6.30pm. From $24.

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