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Galway Now Magazine June 2007

“Strike a Pose”

With the majority of us on a constant quest for the most effective and enjoyable health and fitness regime, one such programme has taken the city by storm. Hot Yoga was introduced in Galway just 18 months ago by Galway native Tracy O’Mahoney and has quickly established itself as the West of Ireland’s leading yoga studio. In addition to attracting followers in their droves since the opening of the purpose built studio on the Tuam Road, the success of Hot Yoga has resulted in Tracy being honoured with two prestigious awards in the past year, the “Junior Chamber Outstanding Young Persons of the Year Award for Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment” and more recently the “Business Professional Women’s (BPW) Most Innovative Business 2007”.

Tracy believes that the phenomenal growth in its popularity since it opened is due to the fact that Hot Yoga is the perfect life time fitness programme and is equally challenging for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Bikram Yoga is 90 minute programme consisting of a series of 26 poses performed in a room heated to 105 degrees F. According to Tracy, these postures systematically move fresh oxygenated blood to one hundred per cent of the body, to each organ and fibre, restoring all systems to healthy working order. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health and a sense of well being will automatically follow. Practicing Bikram Yoga will increase levels of concentration, patience, determination and self control, which will in turn, increase mental clarity and reduce stress.

Tracy explains that the heat is used in Bikram and Vinyasa in order to allow you to go deeper and safer into a yoga pose. “Your body becomes more flexible in the heat and since most poses in Bikram are physically challenging, heat allows you to get into a pose you never imagined you could do, eliminating the risk of injury. Regular profuse sweating generated by the heat will flush toxins out of the body, promote relaxation and well-being, accelerate cardiovascular action and facilitate calorie burning. Regular practice of Bikram yoga strengthens the immune system, improves posture and spinal alignment, strengthens joints, eases back pain, tone muscles and relieves stress and tension. It also builds strength, stamina and flexibility and this is why many of Galway’s top sports men and women attend classes regularly.

Tracy trained with Bikram Choudry in Los Angeles where he has many celebrity clients including Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow and top athletes including the LA Lakers. Tracy also trained in Florida with Jimmy Barkan in a Hot Vinyasa style of yoga which is a mixture of Ashtanga and Bikram. Barkan has trained many top professional athletes in the US including members of the NFL, NBA, NHL and the 1997 World series Champions Florida Marlins and PGA Tour players. For further details call Tracy at 087 2642922 or visit