As an avid yogi and trying to lose a few extra pounds, I have lately gotten into Hot Yoga. I must confess, adding extra heat to an already sweaty yoga practice initially was a bit of a stretch (pun intended). But after a friend invited me along a few months ago, I got hooked and have been happily sweating it out ever since.
My favourite studio over the last weeks has been Flex Hot Yoga in Norman Park. Those guys know how to keep yogis of all levels on their toes - and even after practicing on and off for a few years now, I'm learning something new every time!
My favourite element is their 'Pose of the Month' - a focus posture that will be featured in every yoga class. Beginners are stepped up a little every time, with preliminary movements and poses to build strength. In the meantime, the more advanced yogis receive assistance in stepping out of their comfort zone, too. So you never feel like you're the only one having to try really hard.
Their teachers are all high vibe and add life wisdom and philosophical themes into their classes - all in their own, unique ways. Luke, a teacher I've met a few times on Sunday mornings, is an all-out warrior guy. A personal trainer and martial artist in 'real-life', he adds a flavour of strength, passion and purpose.
Flex Yoga Teacher Luke Edmiston
Another teacher, Krissi, is a singer and deeply spiritual. Her Yin Yoga classes are gentle and incredibly deep. Once or twice a year she offers a 'Yin Sound Chakra Healing' workshop, where she combines gentle Yin stretches with her beautiful singing voice and lots of different instruments like a didgeridoo, harp, flutes, guitar etc. - one of the most beautiful yoga workshops I've ever been to.
As you can see - quite some variety of interesting characters! They offer about 25 classes per week and are beginner-friendly, whilst catering to yogis of all levels of experience, shapes and sizes. Well worth a try - especially if you want to combine the depth of a yoga class with the benefits of a decent workout.