A First-Timer's Diary: Hot Yoga

Two interns try out the extreme version of yoga at Mamaroneck's Yoga Spark.



With spin studios and juice bars popping up across the county, healthy living is all about being trendy these days. On the cusp of that trend is Yoga Spark, a hot power yoga studio located in the heart of Mamaroneck.

As first-time hot-yoga students, we were excited for owner Lauren Porat’s class, but worried that we wouldn’t survive an hour of yoga in the 95˚ studio, especially during July’s heat-wave.

The first thing we noticed when we stepped foot into the Yoga Spark space was the clean, organized atmosphere, complete with the obligatory walls covered in inspirational quotes. With time to kill before class started, we began to seriously question whether or not we were cut out for this. We kept reassuring each other that it was just like stretching in a very hot room, but within minutes we knew we were wrong.

Soon, we realized that this work out was on par with an intense hour of spin, as the sweat began to pool on our mats. With constant movement, power yoga allows your body to loosen up quickly and get deeper into “poses.”

The music selection combined with Porat’s commentary was both relaxing and motivating as we tried our hardest to master the inverted triangle (we failed). All Yoga Spark classes are open level, which can be somewhat intimidating for a first-time yoga student, but Porat offers different variations of difficulty for most poses, which does help to alleviate that intimidation just a bit.

Yoga Spark offers pricing for single classes as well as a variety of packages. The studio is open every day and holds two to five classes a day, depending on the day of the week.

After our last downward dog, we were delightfully greeted with a cool scented towel over our faces, which seemed to be the perfect ending to our adventure. We walked out of the studio both exhausted and elated, feeling like we sweat out a day’s worth of calories. 

Our piece of advice — bring water!

For more information, visit yoga-spark.com.

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