As the clocks change and we head towards the darker nights and winter, find some light, build some heat and ignite your inner strength with the wonderful Catharine Rosenthall on Friday 26th October for her Warm Core workshop at 7:15pm.

We took some time with Catharine to explore this workshop and ignite our excitement ready for Friday!

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We’ll be heating the studio to 26 degrees. Can you tell us about the benefits of working with a higher temperature?

This deep tissue warmth is great for muscle stiffness, it improves flexibility and joint mobility, promotes healing, decreases soreness and inflammation, increases circulation, improves skin tone, promotes weight loss, removes toxins, reduces stress, and speeds recovery from injury.

As the studio is heated at 26 degrees by infrared heaters, it’s a comfortable gentle heat. The infrared waves penetrate deep into the body tissue in a way that a traditional heat cannot. Because the air itself doesn’t get hot with infrared heat, it’s suitable for people with respiratory issues who could possibly find it uncomfortable to go to a regular heated yoga class.

Does a student need to be particularly strong to take part?

We will be focusing on developing this strength and stability and exploring how to use this in our everyday lives and our yoga practice. No previous yoga experience is necessary to attend this workshop, everyone is welcome.

Will this be a strong and dynamic session or will it be gentle and restorative? What style of yoga will we be practicing? 

This session will focus on being strong and powerful so it will be a dynamic practice but will be suitable for all levels. This workshop will bring awareness to your core, we will learn how to activate and utilise these muscles in yoga asana, as well as functionally in everyday life. Explore how and when to activate the deep core stabilisers through traditional yoga methods and other contemporary practices.

How important is having a strong core in day to day life?

Some of the many benefits of a strong core are increased balance and stability, a reduction in back pain through increased support and strength, enhanced sporting performance and improved posture and reduction in injuries.

Can you sum up the workshop in 3 words?

Stability, strength and warmth!

How will this be different to a regular hot yoga class?

A regular hot yoga class is heated at much higher temperature of around 30-35 degrees, whereas this will be a 26 degree gentle heat. This is a perfect heat for a warming practice. There are a range of hot yoga classes available at Yoga Kula if you are interested in attending these for a deeper practice.

Whilst this is an All Levels workshop, does this mean every posture will be accessible to all or will there be advanced postures given as options?

All postures can be modified or progressed as required to suit the students, so please don’t worry if certain postures don’t suit you or your body, everyone is different and has a range of abilities – we can always adapt around this.

What should students expect during the session?

A warming progressive practice that will bring awareness to the core, with a focus on alignment and opportunity to access inner strength and power.

Would you like to add anything about Friday’s workshop?

We will end the workshop with a guided meditation and relaxation to focus on the subtle energetic association with the core, exploring the Manipura Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra, also known as the Fire or Sun Centre. The fire element manifests in the body as heat in the Solar Plexus. The Manipura Chakra is the centre of vitality and is the energy centre responsible for personal power, self esteem and confidence. You will leave the session feeling relaxed and exhilarated. A perfect way to ignite your inner fire to welcome the shorter days and winter months.

Click here to book our Warm Core workshop with Catharine Rosenthall on Friday 26th October at 7:15pm. 

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