Our class is the true, authentic Bikram series–26 postures and 2 breathing exercises designed to work the entire body—every bone, muscle, joint, tendon, ligament, gland, organ, and blood vessel. The room is heated to approximately 105° Fahrenheit, with roughly 40% humidity. The same postures are done in the same order every class; so once you have taken one class, you will know what to expect every time after that. This class is 90 minutes long.
Silent Bikram / Bikram Express
The Silent class (whether regular or Express) is also the Bikram series–the exact same sequence as the regular Bikram or Express class–but instead of leading you verbally through the postures, the instructor practices with you–leading by example. This class requires a working familiarity with the Bikram yoga series, and thus is NOT appropriate for first-timers. (However, if the Silent Classes are the only ones you can come to, please contact us and we will work with you!) The silent class is an opportunity for experienced Bikram hot yoga practitioners to practice with an instructor.
This class uses the same postures and sequence as the regular Bikram hot class, but it is done quicker, with more flow and less rest time. This class is 60 minutes, rather than 90.
Advanced Bikram Yoga
This is a fun and challenging sequence that includes Bikram beginner postures, deep hip openers, backbends and inversions. The class is 2 hours, and is comprised of 84 postures and 3 breathing exercises. Like the Bikram and Bikram Express, it is practiced in a 105-degree room to help your muscles stretch and detoxify the body. This is the original sequence Bikram practiced with his guru before creating his beginner class. Students who are new to yoga should start their practice with the regular Bikram class before trying the Advanced class. If you have questions about whether this class is for you, please speak to us at the studio.
Hot Power 50
Hot Power 50 is a 75-minute class practiced at 105 degrees. The series is very similar to the Bikram series, involving 50 postures instead of 26. It is a detoxing, full-body workout. Temperature is 105 degrees.
Warm Gentle is a beginner-friendly, gentle practice to bring ease and opening to joints and muscles. It is ideal for those who feel inflexible, who want stress relief and who want to ease particular body issues. Athletes and people recovering from shoulder and back injuries use this class to add stretching to their routines; it is also a perfect class for those who may not be quite ready for a hot class! The Warm Gentle/Deep Stretch class begins as a slow full body warm-up through most joints and muscle groups. It progresses to more traditional yoga postures that emphasize balance, strength and stretch. The end of the class will focus more on deep stretch of large muscle groups and relaxation. Often a theme for the day will unfold as we work the poses. Temperature is approximately 80 degrees.
Hot Whole Body
Part Vinyasa, part Gentle, this class stretches the entire body. The temperature is set at 101 degrees.
Vinyasa yoga is a fast-paced series of postures or asanas that focuses on the flow between movements, rather than individual poses. This movement builds heat in the body, which, when combined with the heat in the room, warms up all the joints.
The prenatal class is a non-hot class designed to stretch, strengthen, and prepare body and mind for pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Prenatal yoga is one of the most-recommended forms of exercise during pregnancy, and is an ideal practice to keep yourself and your baby healthy. You will receive physical benefits such as a reduction of back pain, leg cramps, sciatic issues, etc.; but you will also cultivate many mental and spiritual powers as well. The word "yoga" means "union" (from the Sanskrit "yuj"—"to yoke"), referring to the union of body and mind. The yoking together of body and mind occurs during the practice of yoga, and it also occurs during childbirth. You will develop mental and spiritual discipline, breath control, and the ability to stay relaxed in uncomfortable situations. This is a fairly "rigorous" prenatal yoga class, to really help you get/stay in shape, and prepare for the rigors of labor. Please bring a pillow, cushion, and/or a folded blanket for the final relaxation. For more information on the prenatal class, check out the FAQs (http://hotspotkingston.com/classes/faqs/). This class is on a contingent basis–pre-registration is required.