"To my left a muscular, shirtless man was stretched out in a meditative state. His physique wouldn’t have looked out of place alongside Russell Crowe in Gladiator, but it wasn’t him I was in awe of. Instead, my gaze was drawn to the petite woman with her legs wrapped around her head. She was balanced in a pose so terrifyingly bendy it made me doubt my ability to make it through the class.
Incidentally, the class hadn’t begun yet and as I continued to stare at her I couldn’t decide if that was a good or bad thing.
As I waited for the hot yoga session to begin, sweltering heat engulfed the room and I’d already started dripping with sweat, so I was pleased to see Gemma Payne (the instructor) enter the spacious studio.
Having swotted up on the premise of hot yoga beforehand I knew the stifling heat of around 42 degrees had many benefits, including flushing out impurities from the body and relaxing the muscles to make them limber. However, I could also see why Bikram Choudhury (founder of Bikram yoga) referred to the heated studios as torture chambers.
Lets get this straight, it’s not called Fierce Grace for nothing and as a fan of intense, fast-paced exercise I wasn’t disappointed."
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