Muddy says: If you like to do Yoga for exercise without contemplating your navel, then funky modern Sweat Studios is the place for you.
‘A great workout with none of the nonsense’ is how this Milton Keynes’ yoga practice sells its services and as someone who struggles with the more spiritual side of yoga I say a big YES! to that. Sweat Studios is definitely not for meditational, cymbal chiming, spiritual purveyors of yoga who will balk at the practical notion of yoga purely as exercise – the ethos here is more about fitness, flexibility and inclusion (there are masses of beginners here) and a stretchy, healthy workout. In fact the whole idea is you come in, grab a mat, do your ‘workout’, have a shower if you fancy and then head back out into the real world. If you’re looking for hot yoga they offer it in spades (wondered why it’s called Sweat Studios?) though there are plenty of room temperature classes too. Basically anything prefixed with ‘Sweat’ means hot!
The big thing here is inclusivity and accessibility for all – they’re not targeting the willowy bendy blondes in supertight yoga pants. It’s about all kinds of clients in all shapes and sizes from all walks of life.
Like a flash gym, facilities here are modern – think large bright yoga rooms and white butchers tiles in the changing rooms – and classes vary from Sweat Hot (prepare to work hard) to Stretch & Flex (more relaxed), Sweat Flow (sequences of moves) to Bliss, where the lights get dimmed, candles lit, music goes on and the postures are deeply stress releasing. All power to you if you can manage the Sunday 90 minutes special of Headstands, Handstands and Arm Balances! There is also a more meditative Rest, Renew, Restore session should you want to slow things down.
Price wise, you can pay daily (£12.50 – 17 per class), for a 10 class bundle (£85 – £125, lasting up to 6 months), grab a membership (4 class, 8 class or unlimited). Or if you’re totally new to Sweat Studios and want to test it out before you commit further, there’s a couple of options. If you can squeeze in six or more sessions a month then you should opt for the half price month of yoga offer for £44.50 (less than £1.50 a day for unlimited sessions). If not, you can get a block of four half price classes for £30 (£7.50 each), with classes expiring 6 weeks after purchase. We’re liking their style.