What is Hot Yoga?

Hot Yoga is currently one of the fastest growing styles of yoga in the world. The most common misconception is that hot yoga is Bikram yoga – a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed twice in a room heated to 105°F. Incorrect. Bikram yoga is one style of hot yoga but not all hot yoga is Bikram yoga.....slightly confusing? Basically there are lots of different styles of hot yoga such as Moksha, Baptiste Power, The Barkan Method, Hot Vinyasa, and of course Bikram.

The differences between these styles lie in their beliefs, philosophies, practised asanas (postures), and their approach to the heat.

Bikram... Barkan Method... Babtiste Power...

For example, Bikram is the hottest style at 105°F, the same 26 asanas are practiced in every class around the world so students know exactly what to expect. Bikram believes consistency is important to measure results.

Others such as the Barkan Method believe that while class consistency is important, variations are necessary to challenge and excite students. Heated to 90 - 95°F teachers are encouraged to find their own authentic teaching style, so every teacher adds something different to their class.

Baptiste Power also encourages authenticity, with less emphasis on the heat, at around 85°F the class flows through each pose in a vinyasa style focusing on breathe and movement. There are also several studios teaching various styles of hatha yoga in rooms heated at different levels.

Enjoy Your Hot Yoga!

So as the hot yoga scene continues to evolve I invite you to explore to your hearts content. Enjoy the journey!

Om Shanti.

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Alexia Dhruve Hot Yoga Teacher

Written by Alexia Dhruve


Alexia is a Barkan Method Certified Teacher. She has 8 years of experience practising The Barkan Method, Bikram, Vinyasa, & Hot Power.