5 Tips to Improve your Harlow Experience

Every time you walk through our doors we want to make sure that you are having a relaxing and revitalising experience.

Here are 5 tips to enhance your hot pilates & yoga experience:

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Tip 1: Come to class half an hour early (if you can), so you can relax before the class begins in our candlelit studio and bring all of your focus to your breathing to take you in to the space of deep relaxation. We have organic and natural essential oils infusing the air, so that it will help you set your intention for each class in a peaceful and serene environment.

Tip 2: The importance of a good mat and towel plays a large part of being comfortable during the class. With this step we do encourage you to have a closed cell mat, in order to prevent bacteria build up and make for an easy clean! This prevents the nasty bacteria creating unpleasant smells (in which are a health hazard if your mat is smelling). Along with your mat, your towel can play a large part of being comfortable during your class, especially if your towel doesn’t quite cover your mat, or you’re finding that you suddenly have a river of perspiration around you which is normal especially in men; an extra towel will feel fresh and assist with spending more time thinking about your body and your breathing rather than the tools you are using to practice.

We want you to relax, unwind, and discover things about yourself that you never new.

Tip 3: Drinking water! Sipping water throughout the day is very nourishing for you. Alternatively (for a morning class), make sure you drink a couple of glasses of water as soon as you wake up and then simply keep sipping water before and during the class. This not only hydrates you, however you will feel great. Also being aware that a lot of water just before/during a class can lead to some pretty uncomfortable poses if your bladder is full of liquid 🙂

Tip 4: Breathing. No matter what level you’re at in yoga or pilates the most important thing is being aware of your breath, and although your instructor will almost always make you aware, it’s even better to be able to focus on it yourself. This can help you immensely in a power class, as it teaches you to breathe slowly in times of adversity. Slow deep breathing will allow the exhalation of C02 and reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone) so that you will feel a deep sense of calm and peace.


Tip 5: 
Engaging your core in yoga becomes unison with breathing focus, it allows you to pose correctly with a strong balance. Not to mention it will help you maintain correct alignment throughout the class whether you are doing a downward dog or the 100 🙂

If you would like any more tips, or help choosing classes, please contact your concierge and they will be able to help you choose the class that suits your needs.


 

Written By Brea Novak

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