Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Out & About | The Simply Health #backcareevent

Hot Yoga was big news in the second half of 2013, and the trend has definitely continued into 2014 with many-a person attending a Hot Yoga class popping up on my social feeds over the past few months or so. I’m a sucker for heat and whilst I am yet to sweat it out yoga-style, I was lucky enough to attend a Hot Pilates class recently as part of Simply Health’s #backcareevent.
It was probably the sunniest day of the year so far when I pottered around Covent Garden pre-event having arrived a little early. It was so lovely to be out and about in a denim shirt and leggings, with sunglasses shielding my eyes from the sun. Naturally I treated myself to an Iced Tea and sat people-watching for a little before heading over to the Yotopia Yoga Studio located around the corner.
arrived to a super warm greeting from the Simply Health and Greenlight teams, and got myself changed before heading into the room where _______ Amy Slevin would lead the class. The room was already at ____ degrees when we laid down our yoga mats, although I have to say it wasn't quite as hot as I expected it to be! That said, I think I was expecting it to be volcano-like so don't think that it wasn't still super toasty!
Amy was brilliant at taking us through the various positions throughout the class, and was great at explaining how they benefited you too! One of the parts which I found particularly useful was finding where your centre of balance was when you were both standing and sitting by rocking side-to-side, and forward and backwards. It was surprising how off balance you can be even when you are just standing still! It's made me think so much more about my balance and body posture when I do weights and I've really noticed a difference with how I feel when I lift, and I hopefully it means that I am being safer when exercising and reducing my chances of injury. I've heard of so many people getting back injuries in particular from incorrect for so it's something that's really important to me! The heat also allows your muscles to stretch more which has a two-fold effect as it helps increase flexibility but also means that you have to engage your core a lot more to help control your body in all of the positions making it an awesome workout! There are also many other benefits for doing Hot Pilates as well so if you want to read more about it then click here. :)

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the Simply Health #backcareevent - I just wish that I had the opportunity to chat more to some of the other bloggers who attended! I've spoken to so many of them on Twitter and read their blogs so it was a shame that everyone had to go their separate ways... Maybe next time eh? :)

Have you ever tried Hot Pilates or even a Hot Yoga class? Let me know what you thought of it!


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