Hot yoga

Mini-column ‘Alison in Wonderland’, published in the Observant, Maastricht

There’s something about sitting in a library all day that made me decide to start yoga. And there’s something about wet, cold England that made it have to be hot yoga. For the uninitiated, that’s yoga in a 38°C room. But the heat isn’t the only stress factor. You don’t want to eat too much beforehand; it’ll only get squished around in your gut. But don’t eat too little, either – 90 minutes of yoga on an empty stomach is akin to torture. And don’t sit near the men. They’ll only splash sweat on you. Or near the women, though – that’ll be too competitive. Needless to say, I left more stressed out than when I’d arrived. Climbing the library stairs will have to be exercise enough.


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