A yogi instructor is aiming to bring some Argentinian spirituality, as well as heat to the area, with her new venture.
Madeline Diaz Meiners has launched Tribe Hot Yoga, a unique studio based in Penwortham, which offers state-of-the-art heaters and a climate control system that ensures that all classes are taught at the optimum temperature of 40 degrees centigrade and 40 per cent humidity.
It also has workshops and guest yoga teachers from different countries. Yoga teacher training courses are also planned.
Its philosophy is to bring people together in a relaxed and contemporary environment in which to learn and develop their practice.
Madeline says: “I discovered my passion for yoga in Argentina, while running a dance and percussion school in Buenos Aires.
“Having developed my skills through personal practice, and learning first-hand the benefits of Yoga physically, spiritually and mentally, I discovered this was my true vocation.
“I returned back to the UK to embark on a three-year intensive teacher training course at The Mandala Yoga Ashram.
“I trained in the practice and philosophy of Styananda style yoga, including asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), meditation, and yoga Nidra. I teach a wide range of styles, plus mother and baby and pregnancy yoga and even yoga in chairs.
“I really believe that yoga can benefit everybody and it’s about finding the right style for you.
“It wasn’t until several years later that I stumbled across practicing yoga in the heat. As my personal yoga practice changed, this filtered through into my teaching. My love for hot yoga started to take me on to a different path and finally took the plunge and opened up my first studio, Mind & Body in Adlington, last year.
“Due to the success of Mind & Body and the increase in demand and popularity of hot yoga, combined with a lack of studios offering this kind of yoga in the Preston and surrounding area, I decided to launch a larger studio, after coming across the perfect venue in Liverpool Road.
“Tribe, which is the first and only hot yoga studio in Preston, offers a range of yoga styles, catering for all levels from absolute beginners up to advanced yogis. We offer Tribe60, a sequence similar to the well-known Bikram style yoga, Tribe flow, a Vinyasa-inspired class, Tribe yin yang and a warm Ashtanga practice.
“The reasons for the popularity of hot yoga are ample. The process of stretching in high temperatures allows you to push your mind and body further, thus working it from both inside and out, with great physical results. You can burn between 600 to 1000 calories per class. It also boosts the immune system and detoxifies the body. Other benefits are improving fitness and mental strength and it helps to lubricate the joints, alleviating stiffness and discomfort.”
There are six teachers at Tribe Hot Yoga, with a wealth of experience and training between them.
Laura Barrett, Tribe manager, said: “I completed my Ashtanga Vinyasa training in India, after falling in love with yoga. I provide a nurturing space for students to connect with their own practice. I am inspired by dynamic flows that help to establish inner strength and peace.”
Laura Perry, is currently in India to compete her yoga teacher training. She says: “I am looking forward to getting back from Bali and into the studio to share everything I have learnt.”
Emily Young, Tribe teacher, has delivered retreats, workshops and teacher training across Asia, Europe and the USA. She is also a senior lecturer in children’s health and wellbeing at Edge Hill University and is this year’s Soul Circus Festival’s Chief UK Ambassador. She adds: “I am always learning through yoga, studying Ashtanga yearly, having trained in Hatha philosophy in Northern India and studied Buddhism in Nepal.”