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Resolution: Hot Yoga

Posted by Christy / January 24, 2007

bikram yoga.jpgYoga is like going to confession. It involves spirituality, humiliation, and it can be hard on the knees. There's always a huge wall of mirrors which forces you to see, in brutal comparison to the regular class members, the twisted energy of selfishness and hate you've got stored in your body from years of obstinately not doing yoga. And there's always at least one calm ballerina-type who catches the one patch of sunlight in the room and sweats graceful rivulets as she splits open thighs the thickness of your wrist. You look at that, and then you look at yourself, and you think, I look like I belong in a cage.

So I said, To hell with bringing my soul into alignment, bring on the HOLLYWOOD GIMMICKS. And so I arrived at Moksha Yoga, in the heart of the Plateau, to give hot yoga a try.

Hot yoga is also known as "Birkam Yoga," named after its inventor, that crazy guy in the picture. It looks horrifying, but it's really just yoga that's done in studios heated to 38 C. The idea is, you stretch, and you breathe, and you sweat, and somewhere in there you burn 900 calories and grow in wisdom and stillness. I don't know about the wisdom thing yet, but I'll try to give you a run-down on what to expect if you decide to drop in.

There are other hot yoga option in Montreal, but I chose Moksha Yoga, (located above the St-Laurent Pharmaprix near Pins), because of its proximity, their introductory special, and their karma classes. Newcomers to Moksha pay twenty dollars for one week of unlimited hot yoga. They have classes all throughout the day. They also offer special drop-in "karma" classes on Friday nights at 8:30 which are pay-what-you-can. Mats can be rented for $2. You bring a water bottle and a beach towel, but both are also available to rent.

The space is spare and clean, without lockers, (so don't bring your fancy stuff), but with fine wooden showers and filtered water. You put on your workout clothes, (as few as you feel you can aesthetically handle), and lumber into the heated yoga studio, where you'll try not to notice the sylphs scattered around the room like enlightened autumn leaves. You lay down your mat, facing the mirror, and try to come to terms with the beads of sweat warting all over your face while you wait for class to begin. The teacher in my class was young, patient with the newcomers, and had a calming air of authority. She also never once broke into any kind of chanting, which was a relief.

My class took an hour; good for those of us with short attention spans for wisdom and stillness. I noticed that the heat never really bothered me, so I suspect if you associate a good workout with building up a serious sweat, you'll be perfectly at ease. Of course, other classes run as long as 90 minutes, and you are welcome to them. Who needs that much enlightenment anyway? Selfish people, that's who.

*Photo by tiarescott

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sookie / January 25, 2007 at 11:53 am
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I love Bikram yoga. Wrote a little bit about it on <a href="http://blogto.com/fashion_style/2007/01/yoga_line_lululemon_drops_its_drawers/"; "target=_blank>blogTO</a> yesterday too, in conjunction with a sale on yoga line lululemon. Will be covering some of the places to hit in TO shortly - and will likely favour those without carpet in the studio. That's one thing that bugs me in class.
Christy / January 25, 2007 at 01:46 pm
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I actually liked it too. Today I woke up very sore, so I decided to go right back. It's easier the second time. It also helps if you ignore everyone else... less self-conscious. It's just so hard to avoid when you don't know the asanas yet.
ECCAQ / July 16, 2008 at 02:46 am
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THIS WEBSITE IS VERY GOOD AND I THANK FROM YOU.
bapu / October 14, 2008 at 10:46 am
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yes yoga is the essinsial for our daily life.
Kat Martell / January 18, 2009 at 05:47 pm
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The website is great but this author mistakenly mentioned Bikram Yoga which has nothing to do with Moksha Yoga. They are two different and distinct styles; the only thing they have in common is the hot room.
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Herbal Powder / March 20, 2019 at 02:28 am
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