Leo Artalejo 
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Re: “42° Fitness and Wellness

Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not your standard yogi. I am a balding, overweight middle-aged father of three kids who drives a minivan. I wasn't looking for a fad, or strange body positions that test my balance but never happen in my day-to-day life, or even a yoga practice. For me to carve out two hours to be away from my family, the payoff has to have a high rate of return.

With Bikram Yoga Halifax, I get

(1) a significant cardio workout which is unusual for yoga
(2) spine strengthening exercises that help my posture while sitting and working
(3) flexibility and stretching of my entire body
(4) a full-on sweat detox feeling (I don't like saunas BTW)
(5) a warm place to be during the cold winter months (feels like a mini-sun vacation)

The series is hard. Seriously hard. But it pushes my body in a way that feels like I am healing and strengthening versus taxing my joints and muscles. It is the same 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Yes the same every time, which allows you to see progress in the poses relatively quickly. And the teachers change up their instructions about the poses so it's not boring. In fact, because it is the same every time, I find that it allows me to pace myself, know what is coming up and just park my thinking brain for much of the class. All very good things for me.

And yes, it's hot in the room. 42 degrees Celsius or 107 degrees Fahrenheit. But managing the heat is part of the mental process and slowly I have come to see the benefits. There's also plenty of fresh air pumped into the room so it doesn't feel as choking claustrophobic as a wet sauna.

Kristin Johnston and her staff of teachers are kind and compassionate teachers with a no-nonsense, not going to Om chant for the sake of it approach. All the classes are appropriate and open to beginners, which gives a real community sense to doing the postures. You can tell which students are newbies because they generally are wearing cotton t-shirts and long cotton pants which are soaked and clammy within half an hour. I recommend wearing as little as you are comfortable in. Again, it's a very accepting environment - not creepy - as we are all working on making it through the series as an open-eyed 90-minute meditation.

Last thing - the facilities are really nice. Spa-like finishes such as wall-to-wall tiled showers and hemp omega-3 body products are provided for you. When I leave, I feel like I have taken good care of my body and my skin feels open and warm. It's a total package offering - much classier than doing yoga at a gym.

So I say come give it a try. It's a great total body workout without a lot of the new agey aspects of yoga. And although Bikram is trendy yoga of the stars, Bikram Halifax feels grounded and earthy in a very Nova Scotian way. It's great.

I wholeheartedly recommend Bikram Yoga Halifax.

Hope to see you on the mat.

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Posted by Leo Artalejo on 11/07/2013 at 4:46 PM

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