With the ‘Beast from the East’ arriving on our doorstep, where better to spend your time than at Bikram Yoga Athlone?
Or if you have fallen off the new year resolution wagon, why not get back on track by trying out three different types of hot yoga classes: Bikram, BYA Mix and Hot60.
You do not have to be strong or flexibile to do yoga. These are qualities yoga will give you. Hot yoga classes take place in a room heated to 40 degrees with 40 per cent humidity to make you strengthen and stretch safely. The heat and humidity means your heart and lungs are worked, so it becomes a cardiovascular and aerobic workout.
Hot yoga can help back pain, arthritis, blood pressure, respiratory problems, thyroid regulation, depression, and stress management, and can also help to balance emotions. It can also be helpful as part of a weight loss programme.
The Bikram Class is a 26 yoga posture sequence with two breathing exercises. Every posture is done twice, opening the body in the first set and then aiming for depth in the second. Each posture is done with precision in mind, working to maintain the correct alignment of the body. This class is suitable for all levels.
The BYA Mix is a new 90-minute hot yoga class using some postures from the Bikram class and some new ones. This is a dynamic and energetic class that is great for preparing you for the Hot60. It is not suitable for beginners. It is advisable to do at least 10 Bikram classes before attending this class.
The Hot60 is a faster paced class lasting only 60 minutes. This is a high energy class with postures only done once. This class is not suitable for beginners. People are advised to attend at least eight to 10 Bikram classes and 10 BYA Mix classes before attending the Hot60.
Bikram Yoga has a number of special March offers. Buy one month of unlimited Bikram Yoga for €110 (normally €145 ), two months unlimited for €200, or three months unlimited for €270 (normally €400 ). Alternatively, buy a 10 class card and get three extra classes free for €115.
These offers are available from March 1 until March 31. They cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
For details log on to www.bikramyogaathlone.com or contact Tricia on (086 ) 3763363. Like Bikram Yoga on Facebook.