A new hotpod yoga studio has opened in Worthing, and owner Katie invited Worthing Mums to come and try it out. She has a special offer for our readers if you’d like to try it too.
With hot yoga, the heat enables muscles to stretch more, opening up into tighter areas safely, as well as encouraging the body to sweat, which is hugely detoxifying and healing. Katie is trained as a Bikram yoga teacher, but she and husband Ross opted to buy into the Hotpod franchise. She wants yoga to be accessible to more people and feels that Hotpod – which has its roots in Vinyasa Flow yoga, gives people that. At 37°C, Hotpod is a few degrees cooler than Bikram, but you will still work up a healthy internal heat and sweat. Hotpod aims to reach people who wouldn’t normally do yoga. It uses very few Sanskrit terms and involves no chanting.
Opening a yoga studio is something that Katie has wanted to do for many years, but it has been difficult to find the right time. With baby number two on the way, she says the timing still isn’t ideal, but that it absolutely feels right. The Hotpod Yoga studio is in the same building as Activus, in Worthing town centre. Feedback so far has been that this is something Worthing has been waiting for.
This is how it went for me
When I arrive at the studio – which looks brand new – I’m a little apprehensive. Will the heat be too much? Will I feel claustrophobic? We’re greeted by Josie, the instructor, and invited to go into the pod. It’s relatively spacious, if a little womb-like. Perhaps it’s the clever lighting, giving the effect of daylight seeping in, but I don’t feel claustrophobic. There is music playing in the background, and the sound of the pump inflating the pod is quite soothing, in a white noise kind of way. Even though I know yoga is non-competitive, I wonder if I’ll be able to keep up, particularly when I appear to be the only person admitting to having an injury.
I am relieved that all the postures are familiar to me, at least I don’t need to worry about learning new poses. The sign outside says, ‘Monday Mindfulness’; I am mindful of the sweat dripping down my body. I’m wearing organic cotton yoga leggings and they’re absorbing little puddles. If I return to hot yoga, I’ll need to invest in some wick away sportswear.
Despite feeling a little soggy, I tolerate the heat quite well and the time seems to pass quickly. Once I leave the pod, I initially feel cold, then hot, and it seems to take my body temperature quite a while to regulate. I feel awake and alert – as if I’ve just been for a workout.
So would I recommend Hotpod yoga?
I’d definitely say give it a go. If you’re familiar with yoga, it’s a different experience. If you’ve been put off trying yoga because of the chanting side, but are interested in its less spiritual aspects, then this is definitely for you.
Katie and Ross are offering Worthing Mums readers a discount on their Intro Offer. It is usually £14 for 7 days unlimited yoga but our readers pay just £12, for the rest of August. Just use the code WORTHINGMUMS when you book. All bookings are made either online at www.hotpodyoga.com, then select Worthing, or via the App. Katie and Ross are happy to answer any questions on 07852 999 716.
If you’d like to know more, visit the Hotpod Yoga Worthing Facebook or Instagram pages or www.hotpodyoga.com. There are two classes a day, Monday to Sunday. Worthing Mums were invited to a free class, but all opinions are my own.