Hotpod Yoga, billed as ‘yoga for real life’ is coming to Portsmouth this month. I had ten minutes with Portsmouth’s new Hotpod Yoga teacher, Lisa Rattray in advance of it landing in the city.
So… it’s yoga, but what’s the ‘hot’ bit about?
“Heated to 37 degrees, Hotpods aren’t quite as hot as Bikram yoga studios (which are traditionally 40 degrees) and will enhance your session, warm your muscles and build up ample sweat (but not too much).”
And the ‘pod’ bit?
“The innovative pod is portable and takes just 15 minutes to inflate inside any venue. Once it’s up, 20 people can fit inside to enjoy the class.
“Classes will be available in four venues across the city, at a variety of times during the week – the Friendship Centre, Havelock Community Centre, The Somerstown Hub and Highbury Community Centre.
“Having been a fan of Hotpod for a while, I find that the immersive environment means I’m fully focussed on my own practice and leave the pod feeling so relaxed, strong and stretched out.”
There are Hotpods all over the world; why Portsmouth?
“I’ve recently moved back to the city after a number of years away. I was born here but grew up in Scotland and have lived in London more recently. Portsmouth seemed like the perfect location and the opportunity brought me back down to the south coast.
“I’ve practiced yoga for many years myself and I’m an experienced teacher, having taught colleagues during my time in the RAF. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and teaching on a full-time basis in Portsmouth.”
Taster classes take place at Havelock Community Centre on April 29 and 30. Sign up online in advance – places are limited, of course: www.hotpodyoga.com/uk/yoga-classes
There’ll also be an ongoing introductory offer of £12 for 12 days unlimited yoga.
Normally one-hour sessions cost £10 for a single class, £45 for a 5-class and £80 for a 10-class pass.