Finding a yoga studio (or a gym that offers yoga classes) in the Camberwell or Hawthorn area isn’t hard. But choosing the right style of yoga to fit your health and fitness goals means sorting through all the options. We’re the largest studio in the area, offering seven different types of yoga classes! We’ve created a guide to outline the different yoga classes we offer to help you understand what each class entails.
Who is it for?
Hot yoga classes are for anyone who wants to sweat it out, detoxify the body and gain flexibility. We use specialty Far Infrared Ray (FIR) heating panels to encourage warmth from the inside out- the temperature tops out at 35 degrees. While beginners are welcome, the added heat element can be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t comfortable with yoga just yet. We do not recommend Hot yoga for our prenatal yogis. PS- Not sure about the differences between Bikram yoga and Hot yoga? Read more about that here.
What should I bring?
Don’t forget a towel and water! Bring a yoga mat (or hire one at the studio, we offer rental mats for $1) and wear something you can move and sweat in. Shorts and a tank usually do the trick- it’s no fun to get your fitness on when you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing. Stay hydrated before and after class, but take small sips of water during class as water can move around in the belly.
What to expect?
Our Hot yoga classes include Pranayama (breath work), Sun Salutations, Warrior sequences, standing balances, backbends and twists. Expect to be guided through a thorough, full body workout by an experienced and certified yoga instructor.
What are the benefits of the style?
Because your body is already warm from the heat, you’ll feel a bit looser and you may be able to stretch further than normal. As our Hot classes move a little slower, you’ll get a grounding practice and you’ll explore poses deeper than you would in a dynamic Power class.
Interested in this style? Check out the How to’s of Hot Yoga here.
About the author: Miranda Raimon is a yoga instructor and freelance health & wellness writer from the San Francisco Bay Area.