You may be familiar with Hot Yoga practice which was largely popularised by Bikram Chowdhury, a controversial Indian Yogi who rose to prominence by re-packaging yoga to Americans. He did so by taking the established Indian yogic practices of 26 + 2 postures but doing them in a 40 degrees hot chamber – yes you read that right!
This leads to a very high calorie burn in a short period of time – one reason this has become a global trend. You’ll sweat like you have never sweated before. If you have traveled from afar and struggling to go to sleep at night, I highly recommend doing a Bikram yoga session here. You will sleep like a baby.
Keeping the room hot at 38-40 degrees requires a lot of energy and this is where they have managed to be innovative and use a floor heating alternative, which requires far less energy. The place is run by Swiss entrepreneurs who discovered this yoga form in Singapore and brought it to Geneva.
You may be tempted to push yourself and do all the postures but do not forget you may be dehydrated by the end of the session – make sure you have mineral water to replenish the lost minerals in your sweat. Important: do not push yourself if you are not flexible, you may just hurt yourself. Seek the teacher’s help if needed and bring your towel. Wish you a nice yoga session. Namaste!