Here at The Urban List we are all about experiences, and while yes, they’re normally based around that of the culinary kind, I think when it comes to working out, the E word (experience) is an absolute must and One Hot Yoga & Pilates is definitely on the same page.
From the moment the lift doors open and you enter the brand new Potts Point yoga and Pilates studio you are immersed into the sort of space that can only be realised when architect meets yogi. Designed for mindfulness, the founders of One Hot Yoga & Pilates, architect Robert Mills and yogi Lucinda Mills have created a studio that is nothing short of wow.
The art deco space is airy, with high ceilings and large windows, creating an Upper East Side loft-style feel that Blair Waldorf would be proud of. If there was ever a building to have you believing in the calming powers of a studio space this is it. The smooth timber floors, combined with floor to ceiling mirrors and natural fabrics achieve a space that is both beautiful and meditative.
One Hot Yoga and Pilates was one of the first studios in the world to offer Hot Mat Pilates, and for those of you familiar with Reformer Pilates (which One Hot Yoga and Pilates also offer) it is similar to the machine based work out but with more focus on core engagement – say it with us, ABS.
Given this was my first time on the Pilates mat our lovely instructor Jaimi took great care in welcoming us newbies to class starting off with a few gentle stretches to give us a basic understanding of our alignment, neutral spine, activated core, breath and the 50 minute workout ahead of us.
What took me by surprise first is that the 27°C climate controlled space is actually rather pleasant. The heated room promotes increased movement and strength while One Hot’s focus on good health and their premium air system means the room doesn’t feel at all stuffy (and it also doesn’t smell!) The heat encourages deeper breathing and a cleansing sweat for glowing skin; it’s essentially a slow yet intense workout with a bonus facial included.
Their mantra is the harder you work, the harder it gets and at the end of the class as I’m lying back on my mat after attempting to find my inner core, I can sure say I worked hard.
To round out my One Hot experience I couldn’t leave without taking a shower. Not just because I’d worked up a sweat but also because I had eyed them off when I first walked in. The brass fittings feel as though you’re finishing your session at a health spa and each shower comes with One Hot’s unique range of body wash, shampoo and conditioner. The change rooms are complete with hairdryers and straighteners, and with mats provided and towels for rent, everything is taken care of meaning all you need to think about is your next class.
I left feeling, looking and smelling like I could rival Gwyneth and ready for a hard earned
wine green juice.
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