Billy Farrell/bfanyc.comHot Yoga, By Elisa Lipsky-Karasz
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I'm doing jumping jacks, dripping sweat, to Britney Spears's "Big Fat Bass." "Sprint! Fold! Chaturanga! Down Dog!" my teacher orders as he casually adjusts the thermostat. It reads 110 degrees. I wonder if I'm hallucinating.
This isn't your usual holistic yoga class. This is Pure Core Hot, an hour of non- stop cardio, one of several heated classes at Pure Yoga, a superluxe fitness emporium in New York City. And at Pure, "hot" means 98 to 110 degrees.
As oppressive as that sounds, "the hot classes are always our most popular," says instructor Kay Kay Clivio, Pure's reigning yoga queen. "People have limited time to work out. Hot yoga speeds up the process; it creates a sense of peace, but it's also an intense cardiovascular workout."
And I need drastic action. My back aches after six months of no workouts, my stomach is in knots, and I'm getting pudgy (thanks to sundaes with my husband).
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