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Bikram Yoga

Birthdate, river traffic, slide speed, that elusive, coveted bow-ball dip … timing has an impact on rowing at all scales. Degrees are also of huge importance – marginal gains, ideal temperatures, biomechanical forces from body angles and movement all contribute to an athlete’s performance satisfaction or discontent.

PHOTOGRAPHY ANNA JURKOVSKA

As individual scullers, crews or squads, could yoga help rowers hone their timing by degrees?

Consider the extreme: hot yoga. Bikram Choudhury’s trademarked system is available at thousands of certified Bikram centres worldwide. But with 26 postures, all executed in sequence during 90 minutes in a hot room, at 40.5 degrees, with 40% humidity, is this heavenly respite from a rower’s traditional training or a hellish ordeal?

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Welcome to Row360, the world’s only global, independent rowing magazine. Row360 brings you features from around the world, profiling the best athletes, coaches, and others from the whole rowing community – Olympic, Paralympic, college, club, ocean, and more.