Sunday, February 22, 2009

Moksha Yoga: London's Hot Yoga

Over the break I decided to try yoga for the first time. I have always been nervous to try it, fearful of awkwardly not being able to hold the poses, and ultimately being noticed as a beginner.

Moksha Yoga London is an intriguing place I have wanted to experience for a long time. As a Londoner, I have seen it become one of the most popular yoga businesses in the area (much credit to UWO students I'm sure). It is unique because it offers hot yoga, as opposed to a studio with room temperature. Hot yoga is especially effective because it allows deeper stretching, and is a cardiovascular workout that strengthens, tones and stretches the muscles. The heated room also allows for the detoxification of the body through sweating.

I instantly felt at ease as I walked through the door. I was greeted with a warm welcome and asked what I would like to do. I explained to the instructor that it was my first time practicing yoga, and she told me about the studio. She made suggestions about where I should place myself once in the room, and explained that I can take my time, take breaks, and take water at any point. The only rules were no talking and to try and stay in the room for the whole 60 minute session, and she warned of sweating- a lot. Once we began practicing, the instructor made mention that there were many first-timers in the room- it was nice to know that we were accepted! As she walked around the room, she would take a few seconds to correct my pose if it was off. I appreciated this as I wanted to know how to properly hold and improve the poses.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Moksha Yoga. It was relaxing, an excellent workout, and left my body feeling detoxified. I would recommend this studio to anyone who has yet to try yoga, or who has been practicing for years. It is definitely worth the money! Has anyone else had the chance to visit Moksha Yoga?


asm said...

Sounds awesome. I'm calling tomorrow to sign up!

Carrie B said...

Hey! This my favourite place to workout. i always feel sooooo good when I'm done and about 5 lbs. lighter. See you there!

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Ayurvedic Nutrition (Ayurvedic Diet): Nutritional phase of Ayurveda. It involves eating according to (a) one's "body type" and (b) the "season." The alleged activity of the doshas--three "bodily humors," "dynamic forces," or "spirits that possess"--determines one's "body type." In Ayurveda, "body types" number seven, eight, or ten, and "seasons" traditionally number six. Each two-month season corresponds to a dosha; for example, the two seasons that correspond to the dosha named "Pitta" (see "Raktamoksha") constitute the period of mid-March through mid-July. But some proponents enumerate three seasons: summer (when pitta predominates), autumn, and winter (the season of kapha); or Vata season (fall and winter), Kapha season (spring), and Pitta season (summer). According to Ayurvedic theory, one should lessen one's intake of foods that increase ("aggravate") the ascendant dosha.


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