Living Yoga

About Hot Yoga

Ready to get your sweat on?

Heat does something transformative with our bodies.  Muscles loosen up more quickly, allowing them to become limber and flexible without needing a lot of warm ups.  In fact, people often can reach deeper, more difficult variations of poses that may not be very accessible to them in normal room temperatures. 

Just about any style of yoga can be adapted for the heat.  Depending on the class, temperatures in our hot room range from 95º to 105º F —  achieved through a combination of radiant ceiling panels and baseboards.  Humidity levels are 40% or higher.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

There are other benefits that come with practicing in the heat.  First, hot yoga burns more calories than unheated classes. Second, cardiovascular and respiratory systems will be working harder, making them stronger in the long run.  Third, you will feel physically and emotionally cleansed after an intense, sweaty practice.

PRECAUTIONS

Hot yoga is demanding on the body, so students should first go to their doctor for a medical checkup.  Before taking a hot yoga class, you should know about any health conditions that might be aggravated either by the heat or intense physical activity.

Students should also start hydrating several hours before class, and continue doing so after class.  Water is great for this purpose, as are sports drinks high in electrolytes.  If you drink during class, just take small sips.  You don’t want to do twists, inversions or backbends with a stomach full of liquid!

PACE YOURSELF

You should also pace yourself during class, especially if you are new to hot yoga.  That’s because the heat and humidity will tire you out more quickly.  

In fact, it’s not unusual for even seasoned hot yogis to feel dizzy, drained, or confused during class.  If you start having those moments, don’t panic.  Just sit or lie down on your mat, breathe slowly and evenly, and let the sensations pass.  Once your body and heart rate have normalized again, you can rejoin the rest of the class.

Leave the hot room only in an emergency.  It’s better to continue getting acclimated to the heat, rather than shocking your body further with a sudden change in temperature.  It’s also much less disruptive to the rest of the class.

HOT YOGA 26+2

Traditionally, a hot yoga class consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises.  That’s why we call this class Hot Yoga 26+2.  The sequence is the same in every class, allowing students to become familiar with each pose and see their progress week after week.  At other yoga studios, this class may be called Traditional Hot Yoga, Original Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga.

OTHER HEATED CLASSES

We offer a number of other heated classes besides Hot Yoga 26+2.  They are:

  • Hot Yoga 
  • Hot Yin Yoga
  • Warm Vinyasa
  • Warm Back to Basics

Most people need to take several classes before their bodies become accustomed to hot yoga.  Bottom line:  don’t be afraid of the hot room, or give up on it too quickly.  You might actually enjoy it!