KEEP CALM AND DO HOT YOGA
For 90 minutes, all you can hear is a soothing voice telling you how your mind, body and soul connect to each other. Yoga is a sense of being in the moment and focusing on getting the posture right to really feel the body twist. Only, it hurts double because the temperature is turned up to make the room as hot as 101 degrees. The instructor, Dari Pass, starts the class by saying: “Welcome to Dynamic Hot Yoga – some like it hot!” Through a series of deep breathing and balancing postures, anything can be achieved is what she claims. A 30day challenge happens every quarter in the studio of Garvey's European Club for everyone to learn the basics of hot yoga. The benefits are detoxification, stretching to your limits, intensifying your core muscles and feeling that extreme twist. The heat allows students to stretch deeper into the posture and detoxifies your body. Testing our limits, she did.
Speaking about how she came around to learning this form of fitness, she says: “I was a high school English teacher and counselor for 15 years and ended up taking a sabbatical for medical reasons. When I went back to my hometown in the United States, I did different forms of exercise to get my health back in shape, like a high cardio exercise routine, crossfit, bootcamp, etc. I was in a holistic supermarket one day and just asked out of curiosity what other fitness routines I could sign up for. The lady told me all you need is hot yoga. I had never heard of it, so I stepped into the yoga studio and my life has never been the same again. Each day poses a challenge. It was intense and fun, a perfect routine for body and mind transformation,” says Dari.
Beginning the class with deep breathing exercises, the instructor guides us into the different animal poses such as cat-cow, camel, rabbit and pigeon, learning how to focus on one long and slow rhythm of breathing – the appetizer session. After the initial deep breathing and spine stretches, the main course is savoured, where we move onto the balancing postures which represent bird flight forms such as the eagle pose and the extended triangle. This is the most difficult part of the session where the core muscles are worked out while literally sweating your guts out.
Party time in between the session is for drinking a sip of water and taking a deep breath to focus.
“To focus on that moment of being present is what makes me who I am. I got