The love for yoga became deeper last year (2013) when I started practicing at the Hot Yoga studios of a super inspiring yogi, Eleni Preka. Eleni was the one that brought Hot Yoga to Greece after many trainings she took for years traveling around the world studying, teaching and spreading her love for yoga and tantra secret knowledge.
Hot yoga is a vigorous form of yoga performed in a very warm and humid studio. There are many different types of hot yoga classes. During the Bikram form of hot yoga, the room is heated to approximately 105 F (40 C) and has a humidity of 40 percent.
The purpose for the heat in hot yoga varies depending on the practice or the individual. Mostly hot yoga practices seek to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga originated.
Bikram yoga is a 90-minute program that consists of a series of specific standing and stretching postures. The postures require lengthy, forceful and sustained contractions of all major muscle groups. The demanding nature of the poses and the heat are designed to raise your heart rate and exercise your muscles.
Eleni Preka included me in a Hot Yoga book she published and asked me to write a text on my experience with Hot Yoga : Art making is a state that often puts us in the frequency of the disappearance of matter and the new that comes into being. Yoga through an awareness of our physical, emotional and mental processes can cause similar vibrations to the soul and directly affect it. Being an artist, I often find myself suffering from anxiety. Yoga sustains me. The vision of the body of artwork often takes me into to the future. Yoga brings me back to the present moment and teaches me balance. Even more so, hot yoga in a hot and humid room plays the role of a pause in the above, as in the warm environment one very easily relaxes and with ease the attention goes to what is happening at the moment. In hot yoga, the limits of the body are different. What we considered limitations in stretching, inside a hot yoga room we have a totally different experience of our body . There is more room for possibilities. What is interesting is that every yoga experience creates an unconsciously similar emotion towards the challenges of everyday life. During the practice of hot yoga is created within me the “void” … the space in which new vision naturally arises.