Hot Yoga & Pilates

New classes launched at Elmbridge Xcel

Introducing Hot Yoga & Pilates at Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex

We are delighted to further expand our Fitness & Wellness programme with the introduction of our new Hot Yoga & Pilates classes. 

Our state-of-the-art studio will be heated to a sultry 35-37 degrees centigrade which warms the body, stimulates blood flow and helps to increase flexibility.

Immerse yourself in this calming, subtropical environment where you will feel your stresses begin to melt away. Our experienced instructors will guide you through this physically stimulating, intentionally mindful form of yoga. Emerge feeling mentally as well as physically refreshed and energised.

Please note, these classes are not included within the Premium membership offering. They are a chargeable extra:

  • £5 for members
  • £10 places members
  • £11 non non-members

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What is Hot Yoga?

Hot Yoga is a form of yoga performed in a very warm and humid studio, intended to mimic the subtropical climate of India. At Elmbridge Xcel, we will keep the temperature between 35 and 37 degrees centigrade, in line with current Government and World Health Organization guidelines.

Classes will range from following a set sequence of static poses, to more fluid Vinyasa flow classes and soft Yin classes. The postures require lengthy, forceful and sustained contractions of all major muscle groups. The demanding nature of the poses and the heat are designed to raise your heart rate.

What is Hot Pilates?

Much like Hot Yoga, the temperature remains between 35 and 37 degrees centigrade, to replicate the subtropical climate of India. 

Hot Pilates is a challenging full-body workout using the Pilates principles. It's high-intensity and low impact format is designed to strengthen your muscles.

What are the benefits of Hot Yoga?

Cardiovascular health: Exercising in the heat increases your heart rate and makes the body work harder, so a Hot Yoga class will be more strenuous for the body than a similar class done at a lower temperature. 

Flexibility: The heated room means you will have to create less heat yourself to feel your muscles loosen up. You’ll be able to move more deeply into stretches and, over time, increase your flexibility. 

Breathing: Although the heat might mean that you feel like you are working hard to catch your breath, the breathing exercises that are done over time help to increase your lung capacity and breathe better and more deeply. 

The basics
  • Hot Yoga & Pilates classes will take place in our Holistic studio.
  • Classes are 55 minutes
  • The room is heated to between 35-37 degrees centigrade to mimic a subtropical feel. In line with current Government guidance, humidity levels will be kept on the lower end to ensure everyone’s safety. Please be mindful that the room will feel hot.
  • Minimum age for class attendance is 16 years of age.

Be sure to check with your GP before trying Hot Yoga or Pilates, especially if you have any health concerns or if you are pregnant.

Particular care should be taken with individuals who have:

  • Heart disease
  • Problems with dehydration
  • Heat intolerance
  • A history of a heat-related illness (such as heatstroke)
Good to know before you flow
  • We ask that all participants ensure that they hydrate in the 24 hours before and for an additional 12 hours after the class.
  • Participants may find it useful to not eat in the two hours before class, or to have no more than a light snack.
  • Please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes before class in order to let your body acclimatize to the heat.
  • We encourage you to bring your own mat, towel, water bottle and accessories, as studio supplies are limited.
  • We encourage participants to wear lightweight, breathable and/or loose-fitting activewear for their class.
  • For the safety of you and others in the studio room, late entry is not permitted under any circumstances.

Studio doors will remain closed throughout the session in order to retain the integrity of the environment and Hot Yoga & Pilates experience.

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