By Mick Jensen
Hot yoga is proving a winner with local enthusiasts at a new studio set up in the Ashburton CBD.
Teacher Katie Collins officially launched her new Exhale Yoga Studio at an opening last week, but has been building numbers and enthusiasm around the district for a number of months.
The yoga studio is located in part of the Print Room at 199 Burnett Street and has been revamped and fitted out for purpose.
English born Collins teaches integrated yoga, which combines a number of styles including Bikram, Vinyasa and Satyananda.
She currently takes 13 classes over seven days, including three classes of hot yoga, her most popular option.
For hot yoga, the room temperature is pumped up to to 34 deg. C.
The warm room helped create the breath faster, meant more flexibility, promoted a higher energy and more intense work out and also helped release toxins from the body, said Mrs Collins.
She said yoga for her had come along at an “angry” phase in her life when was she was suffering from a number of frustrating injuries caused by her dancing and eventing hobbies.
“Yoga helped to calm and relax me when I first started 11 years ago. I found myself walking out of a class feeling more at peace with myself and feeling better.”
She said yoga was about helping to balance the body, mind and soul.
Her yoga students were from a broad demographic and ranged in age from 15 through to 70.
Katie Collins also uses her sports degree knowledge to teach sports-specific yoga to teams, including local netballers.