Sweat It Out
Hot Yoga 101
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. We achieve this through a combination of radiant ceiling panels and baseboards.
In addition to the heat, we also keep our hot room very humid — at least 40%. During the Summer, when the air is already naturally humid, our hot room will be even steamier.
Benefits Of Hot Yoga
The heat loosens up muscles 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 in the hot room that may not be very accessible to them in normal room temperatures.
Additionally, hot yoga burns more calories than unheated classes. The cardiovascular and respiratory systems also work harder in the hot room, making them stronger in the long run. Finally, you will feel physically and emotionally cleansed after an intense, sweaty practice.
Because hot yoga can be a demanding practice, students should first consult their doctor. Some medical conditions might be aggravated by the heat or intense physical activities. Additionally, hot yoga is generally not recommended for people who are pregnant, have diabetes or high blood pressure.
If you’ve never done any type of yoga before, please try our regular and warm classes first, before jumping into the hotter, more challenging classes.
Your body will lose a great deal of liquid during a hot yoga class. That’s why you should start hydrating several hours before taking a hot class. If you signed up for vigorous class, you should start hydrating the day before.
Water and coconut water are great for this purpose. Sports drinks and fruit juices are good too — but they can be high in sugar and calories.
Keep drinking liquids during class, and continue doing so once class is over. You will need to replenish all the fluids your body lost.
Avoid eating 2 hours before class, but make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
Wear light, stretchy, breathable clothing. Gym clothes will do the trick.
Pace yourself. The heat will tire you out much faster than you think. Save some energy for the end.
Take small sips when hydrating during class. Practicing with a stomach full of water is uncomfortable.
Cover your mat with a towel to absorb the sweat dripping off your body.
If you start to feel exhausted or lightheaded, simply sit or lie down on your mat. Breathe evenly and let the sensations pass. Don’t panic because it happens to many people. Rejoin the class when you’re ready.
Stay in the room as much as possible. If you leave the hot room, the sudden change in temperature might be a shock to your system.
Bring a change of clothes for after class (unless you don’t mind going home in soggy clothing).
Our Hot Room Offerings
Friday Night Remedy
After a stressful workweek, this class will leave you feeling blissful and renewed. Stretch out and unwind with gentle asanas in our hot room. The warmth (95º F) releases tension and tightness trapped deep in the muscles, while also helping the body sweat out impurities. This class ends with 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra. This ancient guided meditation practice, which is done lying down, releases pent-up emotions and purifies the mind.
Hot Yin Yoga
Enjoy the benefits of a deep stretch and satisfying release of Yin Yoga practiced inside our hot room. You will go an a vast inward journey, exploring the physical, emotional and psychological sensations unleashed when your body stays in a posture for several minutes at a time. Savor each pose, most of which are done sitting or lying down on your mat. The room is only heated to 95º F and feels like a typical Summer day.
In this vinyasa style class, participants practice a diverse and changing series of postures (up to 105º F and at least 40% humidity). Under sweltering conditions, muscles will loosen up and become limber more quickly, allowing participants to reach deeper variations of poses in a shorter amount of time. The heat also strengthens the heart and lungs, burns more calories, and encourages the body to sweat out toxins and impurities through the skin.
Hot Yoga 26+2
This practice popularized hot yoga in the West. Teachers guide students through a specific series of 26 yoga poses and 2 breathing exercises in a very hot (up to 105º F) and humid (40% or more) room. This style of yoga is also known as Traditional Hot Yoga, Original Hot Yoga and Bikram Yoga. Suitable for all levels, it systematically moves blood and oxygen through the body, and also helps improve strength, muscle tone, flexibility and endurance.
This class is perfect for those who are curious about hot yoga but may feel intimidated by the high temperatures. Explore the body-mind-breath connection while flowing from one posture. The room is about 95º F, so participants can experience many of the benefits of a heated practice — such us getting loose and limber more quickly, and sweating out toxins and impurities — but without the intense heat of typical hot yoga classes.