New to hot yoga? Welcome! Soul Studio offers hot yoga for all ages and abilities, and our instructors are proud to offer beginner’s level hot yoga – taking extra time before your first class to understand your fitness level and goals, and ensure your hot yoga experience is incredible, and also safe.
Want a better understanding of what hot yoga is before booking your first class? Let’s dive in!
What is Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga describes a number of different styles of yoga – but what they all have in common is that classes take place in a room where the temperature is turned up to between 30 and 39 degrees.
Yoga originated thousands of years in India ago as a source of spiritual development. These days, thanks largely to the proven health benefits of yoga, most of us tend to use it more as a form of exercise – focusing on asanas (postures), more so than meditative aspects.
As an exercise modality, yoga is known to be beneficial in sculpting long, lean muscles and providing greater flexibility, mobility and strength – and while there are numerous different forms under the general ‘yoga’ umbrella, and increasingly popular form of fitness-focused yoga is hot yoga.
Hot yoga involves turning up the temperature (and humidity level) in-studio, which delivers a range of energy usage and flexibility-improving benefits.
Is Hot Yoga the Same as Bikram Yoga?
You may hear the terms “hot yoga” and “Bikram yoga” used interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing at all. Bikram yoga is a form of hot yoga, but not all hot yoga is Bikram!
In fact, Bikram Yoga was the first form of hot yoga, founded by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. This form of yoga follows a very specific practice. It’s performed in a room heated to 41°C and with 40 percent humidity, and consists of 26 poses and two breathing exercises that are done in the same order in every class.
Hot yoga, on the other hand, refers to yoga classes that the room is heated above normal room temperature – usually between 27 and 38°C. Hot yoga sessions can include a much wider variety of poses, and unlike Bikram yoga, hot yoga can include music and more interaction among the people in the class.
Worldwide, hot yoga classes can range from following a set sequence of poses every time, to more fluid Vinyasa flow classes and soft Yin classes.
The purpose of practicing yoga in a hot, humid room is to increase heart rates for a more intense workout, and for the heat to allow muscles to loosen. Health and fitness benefits range from increased flexibility and mobility to greater cardiovascular health, higher energy burn, reduced stress, and a greater mind-body connection.
Want to speak to one of our instructors about whether hot yoga is right for you, or learn more about our beginner sessions? Contact Soul Studio – we’ll be happy to provide advice and help you get started on your journey.