At Essential Hot Yoga, formerly Sumits Yoga, students stand squarely on the hardwood floors of the heated studio as they celebrate four years in business. Instructors lead them through 75-minute classes, fusing inspiration from Hatha and Ashtanga power-flow styles of yoga to create a dynamic and fluid practice. Essential's two styles of hot yoga cover a sequence of balancing and energizing physical postures, called asanas, set to motivating music. The practice room's hot and humid atmosphere warms and relaxes muscles more effectively than a bear hug from an actual bear, helping yogis to reach deeper stretches.
The hotter, younger sister of Hollywood Market Yoga and Spa, Halo Hot Yoga helps students balance body and mind and break a sweat. One-hour classes are taught by trained professional instructors in a heated room, which allows guests to detoxify their bodies as they gain flexibility and strength. In addition to the signature Hot Hour class, the studio offers up classes such as Hot Sculpt, Hot 26, Fire Class, PiYo, non-heated Yin Yoga, or Hot Yoga Barre, which seamlessly blends exercises from hot yoga and barre classes. The newly-renovated studio offers up a light-filled, non-competitive space for practice and plenty of showers.
At Body Calm Studio, fitness classes and massage services combine to help clients be fitter and feel better. Along with a variety of yoga classes—including power Vinyasa and restorative yoga—the studio offers Pilates mat classes.
Once muscles have been stretched to their limit, the studio's capable massage therapists can assuage any lingering tension with hot stone massage, Thai yoga massage, or many other styles of treatment, and can also enhance the experience with aromatherapy oils or steamed towels.
At Eagle Yoga House, the Yoga Teachers fuse Yoga Postures and Vinyasa Flows set to a mix of modern music during classes. The studio has two yoga rooms: the larger room can accommodate up to 60 students and is heated to 105 degrees using eco-friendly infrared heat panels, while the smaller room can accommodate 15 students and is used for non-heated classes. Both rooms of the state-of-the-art facility are complete with bamboo floors. All classes are designed to accommodate beginners as well as advanced levels, and include, Vinyasa Flows, Form/Flow, H3 Hot and Power Hours, while the heat helps boost flexibility and prevent injury. The studio also features a retail center that offers yoga gear and clothing from both local and national brands.
Under the guidance of new ownership, the instructors at Bikram Yoga Boise have no problem welcoming beginners to the practice. After all, each of them remembers the experience of their own first lesson. Some took part in a 60-day class challenge and some simply saw it as a new adventure in fitness, but all of them fell in love almost immediately with the benefits inherent in sweating and stretching.
It helps that the style accommodates all skill levels. Because students perform the 26 poses to the best of their ability, they needn't have any experience or a life-sized rubber stand-in to begin taking classes. The postures build off each other to stretch muscles, ligaments, and other tissues throughout the body as the surrounding heat in the studio?up to 105 degrees?makes them more pliable. The warmth also boosts circulation and the release of sweat, which helps to purge the body of built up toxins. As practitioners become accustomed to the poses, they can benefit from increased strength and range of motion.
River Time Yoga specializes in Svaroopa yoga, a proprietary type of hatha yoga used to relieve pain, specifically in the back, head, neck, and shoulders. Moves, which often incorporate props, are designed to expand and lengthen muscles, giving crowded tissues room to breathe. Enthused practitioners report that sessions help lower their blood pressure, ease digestion, and provide better sleep bereft of nightmares about killer yoga mats. Instructors Betsy, Carolyn, and Marlene teach a few different types of Svaroopa in group and private sessions.