Based at Fort Regent, Hotbox is the first yoga studio of its kind for Jersey, a huge inflatable room in which you can turn up the heat and get stretching. The portable studio, which holds 25 people and takes just fifteen minutes to set up, is the brainchild of local entrepreneurs Adrian Carr and Ben Cairney.
The concept was envisioned and designed by Adrian, who first came up with the idea for a portable hot studio while living in London. He had seen a similar design and knew it was something he wanted to bring home to Jersey.
Adrian said: “I only started practicing yoga three years ago but I was immediately hooked. Most people know the benefits that yoga offers but hot yoga can provide a deeper experience allowing you to really push yourself and build up a proper sweat.
“What I enjoy most about yoga practice is the atmosphere and the accessibility. I started thinking about how to create a relaxed space here in Jersey and came up with the idea for HotBox.
“Our vision is to make hot yoga accessible for all islanders with a fun no-pressure approach. The appeal for me is that you don’t have to know your ohms from your chakras, you just need to turn up and take a moment to work on your body and mind. We’ve tried to make it as easy and inclusive as possible, classes are designed for all levels, mats and yoga towels are available at all classes free of charge, but you should definitely bring some water! It gets hot in the box.”
The HotBox studio heats up to 37 degrees and contains two de-humidifiers to stop moisture forming on the ceiling like it does in regular studios.
Megan Whittaker, an experienced yoga teacher specialising in Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, has joined the business to lead the immersive hot yoga experience.
“We are primarily teaching Vinyasa, which is a nourishing form of flow,”Megan Whittaker, Yoga Teacher
“Hot yoga offers incredible results; it supports weight loss, is great for improving circulation and helps with lung capacity. On an active island like Jersey it’s fantastic for people who practice other sports such as running, surfing, rugby, football or anything that impacts your joints. It’s really exciting to finally have HotBox up and running. It’s a great new project that will help the bodies and minds of islanders.”
Timetabled classes are available at the studio’s Fort Regent location but the studio is also available to book for events, private bookings and any local businesses looking to introduce yoga sessions to their employees at their workplace.
More information can be found at www.hotbox.je