Amid all the rush that comes with January, it’s nice to take some time for yourself, amirite? While meditation apps might be trending, those that have been practicing yoga know how much respite can come from a simple stress-relieving yoga pose. And as the fitness landscape becomes more competitive, there are more versions and variations on one of the oldest forms of exercise, including hot yoga, which the Brits have taken to the extreme next level.
According to an article on the British news site the Evening Standard, hot yoga has finally swept the UK in a highly portable way. Hotpod Yoga is the brainchild of a group who figured there must be a simpler way to bring yoga to the people of London. From their initial concept they’ve made a portable, inflatable heated studio that can help bring hot yoga to customers who might not otherwise have access to it.
The pod is kept at a balmy but not unbearable 98.6 degrees, which helps warm muscles up for greater flexibility. The pod also acts as a barrier between your practice and the distractions outside of it; there’s no fidgeting in the mirror or checking out people passing by the studio (everyone does it!).
The room fits about 20 people comfortably with plenty of room for everyone to Warrior III and Harvest Moon as much as they need, and the sessions last 45 minutes. The pods are sustainable and use the most efficient fans, heating, lighting and transportation possible — one teacher even takes hers on her bike! The best part of it all? Currently, the classes are offered for free. There’s a franchising section on the website, which bodes well for more pop-up studios in the future… hopefully soon, and on both sides of the pond.
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(Photos via Hotpod Yoga)