What sparked the decision to bring Hotpod Yoga to South Africa?
Before I went to India I knew I wanted to come back and open a hot yoga studio in Pretoria. I have loved hot yoga [since] before going to India. I first started doing hot yoga in Cape Town, then in Johannesburg, [but] sadly Pretoria did not have a hot yoga studio. I wanted to be able to do hot yoga every day and share this experience with people. In my wildest dreams [I] could not have imagined [using] a Hotpod. A huge shout out to Nick and Max from London who came up with this brilliant concept. Hotpods [can] be found in Amsterdam, London, Romania and [there are] still more to come.
Where will the classes be held?
Classes are held at The Club [centre] in Hazelwood, right across from the Pretoria country club in Waterkloof.
Where does this type of yoga originate?
Vinyasa, like all yoga styles, originated from Hatha yoga in India. The term vinyasa refers to alignment of movement and breath, which turns static asanas (poses) into a dynamic flow. Modern vinyasa flow yoga (also known as power yoga and flow) is best described as freestyle ashtanga as it doesn’t adhere to the rigid structure of ashtanga set out by K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga can be traced back to 200BC.
Is this particular yoga for all kinds of people or is there a specific fitness level required?
All kinds. I cannot express enough how any person of any fitness level can do Hotpod Yoga. That is the beauty of it. As an experienced teacher I manage a group of different levels by telling them exactly what to do, [as] there are variations for all poses. It is a great way to prevent injury and it also aids in the recovery process by [strengthening] muscles [to] promote speedy recovery.