The temperature holds at 40 degrees Celsius inside Hudson Yoga's practice room, but it's a phantom heat, generated by 24 panels that radiate warmth in complete silence. At each corner of the room, ventilation screens quietly regulate airflow to all areas of the space, and carbon dioxide monitors keep the atmosphere optimized all class long. Free from the ambient hum of vents and fans, guests can locate peace of mind—and master the poses of traditional hot yoga—without the added challenge of twisting their legs to form ear muffs. More energy efficient than conventional heating, the rigorous climate control is one of many touches that make it clear that the LEED-certified studio was purpose-built for this steamy form of fitness. The 1,600-square-foot practice space hosts up to 55 students at a time for 90-minute traditional hot yoga classes, abbreviated 60-minute heated sessions, and less-frequent non-heated classes, all on a naturally antibacterial cork floor that reduces the impact on hands, knees, and spines.
Though traditional hot yoga is the studio's specialty, Hudson Yoga's instructors hold certifications in an array of styles, helping them to form a well-rounded brain trust that understands yoga inside and out. This eclecticism and experience is why no two of the studio's veteran instructors have the same practice—it accounts for the inflections of Pilates and Thai massage in Maria Filippone's class and the power and precision of Fiji McAlpine's. It also comes out in the studio's special events, such as the workshops and specialized yoga retreats it organizes.
The studio's commitment to serious yoga, however, doesn't mean it's overlooked the peripheral details. Like the filtered water pouring from the shower heads in the changing rooms. Or the dedicated space for hanging and cleaning mats. Or the earthy décor, from grass wallpaper in the lobby to the practice room's ceilings, painted gray to evoke the night sky. Outside the studio, two hours of free parking help drivers get to class on time, and The Hudson's shopping, dining, and soon-to-open Victoria Public Market entice students to linger in the area long after they've stepped off their mats.