The Low Down: Our teacher led the one hour, flow-based class appropriately for a mixed group — me and my fellow yoga newbies were just as comfortable as the more advanced yogis there. The room was hot, but not too hot — about 90 degrees, and it definitely had us loosened up and breaking a sweat fast. The soundtrack was a fun mix of current hits (Coldplay’s “Magic”) and old-school hip hop (Geto Boys’ “Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta”). The poses and flow of the class were just right — challenging with the option to make certain poses more difficult if you were up for it. The candlelit room (electric tea lights on a string) got darker over the course of the class, creating an intimate, but still comfortable, setting. We felt strong and rejuvenated after the class, and it definitely had a lasting detox effect.
Highlight: The damp towel with tea tree oil placed on our heads during the final savasana (resting pose) felt like we were at the spa.
Con: Hot yoga- or even yoga – may not be for everyone. While more funk that “om” at YogaSpark, mantras such as: breathe in compassion, breathe out judgement, may not be your thing. The good news : they now offer hot pilates and barre classes!
What else: Childcare is available for many of their morning classes, and they’re accepting applications for their Teacher Training program, which starts in January.
Will we go back? We can’t wait. Candlelight Yoga is offered at YogaSpark 4 nights/week at 7:30. It’s truly a treat.