We’re starting 2018 with a bang here at The Thames Club, with the official launch of our Hot Yoga Club. Haven’t heard of hot yoga before? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you all about it.
You’re probably familiar with the concept of yoga. It’s an ancient exercise that originated in India. There are a range of yoga practices that differ in their intensity, meaning that there’s a yoga class for everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.
The difference between traditional yoga and hot yoga is that the latter is performed in a heated room – around 40°C. We don’t just turn the central heating to full blast, our Hot Yoga Club conducts classes in a purpose-built studio. This facility is brand new and state of the art, making The Thames Club a leader in Staines’ hot yoga movement.
The class instructors have been trained by Amanda Free, a pioneer of hot yoga who brought the practice to the UK in 1995, after having learned about it during her time in Los Angeles. To say that she’s an expert is an understatement!
Traditional yoga is good for the mind, body and soul. What sets hot yoga apart, however, is the effect of the high temperature on the body. It causes an increase in blood flow, thus delivering more oxygen to your muscles. This makes your workout more effective and supercharges the physical benefits of traditional yoga.
The heat also helps your body to rid itself of toxins because it causes you to sweat more, flushing the nasties out of your system. The pores on your skin will open during this process. This is beneficial because it makes them less prone to becoming blocked – a lead cause of spots and breakouts. A top tip is to bring along a facial cleanser for after your class if you want to really attack problem skin.
Hot yoga involves similar positions to traditional yoga but the heat adds to the difficulty of a class. If you already consider yourself a yogi, try dropping down a level when trying hot yoga. You can always increase the intensity next time you visit if you find the lower one too easy. There are a range of classes to suit every ability.
Due to the heat, we recommend you put some thought into your yoga attire. Lightweight clothes and breathable fabrics are best. And, of course, a sports bottle filled with water is a must.
There’s nothing quite like cooling off after a hot yoga session. We recommend taking a dip in our swimming pool and after a nice cool drink. Our on-site café, Breakfast By Bella, serves a range of delicious fresh juices and smoothies that will really hit the spot.
Get in Touch
If hot yoga sounds like your sort of thing you can try it out on our special 2-week Intro offer. To find out more visit the club, email the team firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on 01784 463100 to book yourself a spot.
As mentioned before, the Hot Yoga Club is new to The Thames Club, so once you’ve paid it a visit we’d love to know what you think. Share your thoughts and yoga selfies with us on Instagram using the hashtag #hotyogaclub.