Despite this little Village’s Olympic and adrenaline-fed competitive sport legacy, Lake Placid provides many opportunities for what some people consider a calmer and perhaps less adrenal exhausting exercise experience. Indeed, for many of us, a regular yoga practice is an integral part of the Adirondack lifestyle. Yoga is an excellent companion to endurance sports and great for the creaky knees of mogul-loving, aging baby boomers.
Regular Adirondack Lifestyle readers may recall I have been a yoga aficionado since I discovered the discipline back in the day in Boulder, Colorado. After nearly 31 years of practicing yoga, one might expect I am as flexible as Gumby. Not so. Despite all those years on the mat, all those years of skiing moguls have caught up to me. Last spring when I realized I could no longer relax in Fixed Firm pose, or Supta-Vajrasana, I knew it was time for an intervention.
I was in luck. Lake Placid now has a hot yoga studio offering a full schedule of classes. And despite all those years of regular home practice I still get the most for my 90 minutes of yoga when I am part of a class. Furthermore, I naturally tend toward always feeling a chill and Lake Placid is located in the Great White North. It was obvious: the yogic energy was guiding me to participate in classes at Lake Placid Hot Yoga.
Lake Placid Hot Yoga offers “Bikram Yoga” which is described on their website as:
“….a complete system of wellness, restoration and rejuvenation. Bringing this unique style of yoga into your life cleanses the body and calms the mind. The studio is HOT ( 105 degrees) to facilitate deeper stretching, prevent injury, relieve stress and tension and to detoxify the body.Bikram yoga was designed to systematically stimulate and restore health to every muscle, joint and organ of the body. Participants are guided through a series of 26 postures, each increasing in physical challenge. Participants of all ages notice an increase in energy, strength, balance, flexibility and mental focus. The body is flushed of toxins, leaving a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.”
I am excited to say since I started routinely attending classes at Lake Placid Hot Yoga 3 months ago, I have gained 2 inches in knee flexion. Yes, I measure.