We design short, high intensity workouts using functional movements. The intensity of the workouts, combined with the focus on proper form and full range of motion ensure maximal results in less time than a traditional workout. Training takes place in small groups supervised by two experienced trainers.
By the age of 30, Stephanie Howard's extreme athleticism had nearly run her body into the ground. She was participating in physically demanding sports, from snow-ski racing and water-ski jumping to 197-mile relay marathons and even playing volleyball while pregnant. Stephanie had severely traumatized her spine in the process, suffering from compressions that landed her in physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, and regular injections at a pain clinic. Everyone told her this could only end one way—with surgery.
Stephanie refused to believe such extreme measures were necessary, and, on a whim, enrolled in a hot yoga school. Not only did her pain begin to subside, but she found herself gaining strength in her back. Hot yoga was the cure she needed. She eventually opened Yoga Hot Spot, starting out teaching 10 classes a week on her own before expanding to three locations with a team of experienced instructors. Each class takes place in a heated studio and explores various techniques including hatha, power vinyasa flow, and giving nicknames to individual beads of sweat.
Fire Mountain’s experienced figure flexers lead a variety of salutary Hatha postures, appropriate for all ages and skill levels, in a studio heated to an optimal toxin-trumping temperature. Posturing pupils are guided through a sequence of muscle-strengthening, joint-limbering, and ligament-tickling stretches designed to refresh the body and stimulate glands and organs back to law school. Attain physical felicity through the camel pose, which enlivens the nervous system and relieves backaches. Or, test your spine with the rabbit pose, during which students engage in an extreme forward-bending stretch while opening their maws to feast on the neighbor’s geraniums. Check out the full class schedule as well as the helpful tips and tricks for first-time hot yogis.
When you walk into Northwest Women's Fitness Club, you might wonder if you've stepped into a day spa. Soothing yellow, green, and lavender tones create a tranquil backdrop for a variety of fitness equipment. Adirondack chairs, thatch accents, and wall-based mantras such as "peace" give the sauna a laid-back, tropical vibe. Visitors might spy women smiling as they drop their kids off in the daycare area before a Pilates class, belly-dancing workshop, or relaxing massage.
Warm, humid air swirls in the blades of the ceiling fans of Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver's certified Bikram studio, helping to limber up the bending bodies during 90-minute classes. Bikram-certified instructors lead students of all skill levels through the style’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises, each of which build on the last to strengthen muscles throughout the entire body. Their classes are set in a 105-degree studio with 40 percent humidity to enable students to sink deeper into stretches, release toxins via sweat, and imagine they’re in the mouth of a peaceful dragon.