Things have been heating up this winter at Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga.
The Del Ray staple recently opened a third-floor studio with a state-of-the-art heating system that allows instructors to host sizzling hot yoga classes.
“As soon as you walk in, you are engulfed in heat,” owner Megan Brown said of the new studio.
Temperatures reach between 95 and 100 degrees for the studio’s Power Flow classes, while temps climb between 105 and 115 degrees for Hatha classes.
“Heat allows the body to sweat more, which helps to release toxins,” Brown said. “It also helps to warm up muscles and connective tissues, which react better because they’re warmed up.”
Brown said she had attempted to hold hot classes in the ground-floor studio in the past, but just couldn't keep the temperature up.
“There was a great need for this and people are going crazy for it,” she said.
Along with the new third-floor studio, Mind the Mat has built a new reception area at the studio’s ground-floor entrance where organic juices, yoga mats and apparel are available for purchase.
To celebrate the new additions, Mind the Mat is hosting an open house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the studio located at 2214 Mount Vernon Ave.
The event will include yoga demonstrations, massages, refreshments, a Zweet Sport trunk show and a raffle for various prizes, including a free 15-week class package, free nutritional counseling services, yoga apparel and more.
“People should come in with their yoga mat and join us,” Brown said.