When the temperature is below freezing outside, I’ll do anything to warm up even if it means moving my yoga practice from the mat to a slab of hot volcanic rock. Before you think I’m insane, I promise you it was a relaxing and unforgettable experience.
This past weekend I paid a quick visit to iwa spa Blue Mountains. Little did I know that I had just signed myself up for 60 minutes of absolute bliss. It was perfect way to kick off my reading week and wind down after two straight weeks of midterms.
Before Saturday, I had never heard of a GanBan (Ganbanyoku) spa. It is a rock sauna which is said to aid in pain and stress relief, among many other benefits. The beds of volcanic rock are heated by boiling water below the floor and are kept at about 42 degrees Celsius. Instead of a towel and mat like in a regular hot yoga class, we practiced directly on the hot stone beds.
Image courtesy of iwa spa Blue Mountains
Immediately upon entering the sauna, my body was engulfed in a comforting heat. I relaxed on the stone bed and honestly could have fallen asleep right then and there. The class was very slow paced an relaxing, which was just what I needed. Needless to say, my time at iwa spa was nothing short of amazing.
Whether you’re new to yoga or you’re looking to add something new your practice, you don’t want to miss out on this experience! Spa date, anyone?