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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published September 16th 2013
It's getting hot in here
Yoga Haven is the only place in Birmingham city centre that offers ashtanga (hot) yoga. Serving the inflexible and bendy folk, with bite-size yoga classes six days a week, it is the perfect spot for a bit of shallow breathing, deep stretching, and mind-clearing. I practice yoga at home, but I've always wanted to go to a class, so my sister and I booked the intermediate (90 minutes) class, yoga mats in hand.

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My twin and I went to a 'hot yoga' class last night and wow! It was sensational! The class we attended cost £11, and for the mind and body cleansing experience, I'd definitely pay again.

We were in a large room with at least thirty other yogis, mostly women. With the instructor at the front looking round with a toothy grin, we assembled on our mats in crossed leg position and began our practice.

The room is hot. Yoga is not easy. Combine the two and you have a room full of people half loving it, with the other half doing their best to breathe through each pose.

We started off with relatively simple positions, doing a sun salutation sequence; downward facing dog, plank, chaturanga dandasana and warrior poses. I was working up a sweat but was far from dripping with sweat beads like the other yogi's beside me.

After about twenty minutes we got a much needed break after the gentle warm up. Then the yoga teacher hit us with these unbelievable poses. Everyone was equally struggling to get in position and I gave an audible 'ooft', which caused a low giggle. The teacher merely said, "I understand everyone, work with it, you're doing well", in his booming clear lisp-ridden voice.

Ninety minutes up and I felt fantastic. Not only did the yoga provide an intense workout but the heat cleared my mind and I felt terribly centred.

You book the class online via their website, turn up with a mat or towel, and get started. If you forget your mat they're available from reception for £2, as are bottles of water for £1.

Monthly, weekly, and one-on-one classes are available, so you can enjoy yoga around your schedule. The monthly subscription is a money-saving option if you're serious about your practice, and want to develop a leg-lengthening, leaner frame.
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Why? To try a hotter yoga experience
When: Classes start from 10am until 8pm
Phone: 0121 2361547
Where: Livery Street
Cost: Drop in sessions are £11, membership starts from £15
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Hot yoga sounds like just the thing needed now we're into autumn.
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