ABOUT TYP's HOT YOGA CLASSES
Hot yoga classes offered by The Yoga Pioneers (TYP) all consist of a series of yoga postures and breathing exercises, always performed in the same order. You'll quickly become familiar with the class structure after a few sessions. All of TYP's teachers have extensive experience in hot-room yoga instruction. Our teachers are skilled in using verbal cues (rather than physically doing the poses) to lead the class; this allows us to focus entirely on YOU and your practice. Should you have any injuries, medical conditions, or concerns about performing certain movements, be sure to let your teacher know before class begins; we are happy to help you modify postures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
The Yoga Pioneers offer hot yoga classes in 60-minute and 90-minute lengths; run times are approximate. Most classes are open to all levels of ability, flexibility, and experience...including "none whatsoever"!
Following are descriptions of TYP's hot yoga class formats. All classes are held in our 1200 sq. ft. Yoga Room, which is heated to an average temperature of 105° F during class. Note, "hot yoga" is a generic term used by many yoga venues, including TYP; it refers to the temperature of the practice environment, rather than to a specific method or style of yoga instruction.
TYP's 60-minute "Hot Yoga Hour" is our flagship offering. Class begins with a short seated meditation, followed by an opening breathing exercise and standing posture practice. At the halfway point, we move to the floor and continue with posture practice on yoga mats. A cleansing breath exercise followed by a few minutes shared in quiet relaxation concludes the group practice. You are encouraged to remain in the room, if you wish, for a few minutes after class ends to extend your time in relaxation and/or explore postures of particular interest. If you are completely new to yoga, or new to practicing yoga in a heated room, this is a great place to start.
For a fun variation, try TYP's weekly "Candlelight Hot Yoga." The yoga room is softly lit by odor-free LED candles during this 60-minute Friday evening class, which follows the format of our Hot Yoga Hour class described above.
TYP's 90-minute "Old School" class showcases our approach to the traditional hatha (physical) yoga series-based practice popularized in the West by Bikram Choudhury. In this class, all postures are performed twice. Plan on a somewhat longer recovery time following this class. All experience levels, including beginners, are welcome.
"Moving Meditation" is a "quiet" practice that is offered occasionally at classes where the teacher determines all students present are familiar with TYP's hot yoga postures and able to execute them correctly and safely. During a Moving Meditation class, your teacher leads by practicing together with the students; spoken instruction is minimal. (By contrast, in TYP's regular-format classes, the teacher leads the class using detailed verbal instruction, along with individual corrections and assistance). A Moving Meditation class will be the same length as the class originally scheduled for that time slot.
For more information, take a look at our First-Timer FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.