Hot yoga builds the body's heat tolerance, making it possible to salute the sun close enough that it would notice. Build up to it with this Groupon.
- $59 for 30-class yoga pass ($450 value)
Teachers lead the classic Bikram series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises in rooms heated to about 105 degrees. The classes last 90 minutes. They also guide students through Vinyasa classes, in which they quickly flow from posture to posture to add an aerobic element to the workout. Classes are held daily in both the morning and evening. See the class schedule.
Sweat removes toxins from the body. Fevers burn away unwelcome invaders. Heat allows muscles to extend and contract further. Heat can be healthy, a lesson Bikram Choudhury embraced when he moved his yogic practice into a 105-degree room, 2 degrees hotter than the average temperature inside a yak. The idea caught on, spreading around the world and eventually coming to Bikram Yoga Westfield in the form of Bikram-certified teachers. They lead Bikram's classic series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises, a 90-minute session of stretching in which each pose builds upon the benefits of the last. In addition to their signature heated yoga, the staff members also facilitate wellness with massage services, holistic nutritional counseling, and even CrossFit coaching through their sister organization, CrossFit Westfield.