What’s the hot yoga buzz all about? Well, you just searched it online and it brought you here. So what does “hot yoga” mean? Hot yoga typically refers to a 26-posture sequence developed by Bikram Choudhury and is practiced in a room heated to 105 – 115 degrees Fahrenheit with a minimum of 40% humidity. Bikram yoga or “hot yoga” requires a lot of mental fortitude in order to practice the same exact sequence every single class in an extremely aggressive environment.
We offer something better. Instead of the same boring, repetitive yoga class, at Ohana, we practice Vinyasa Flow. What does that mean? Vinyasa Flow classes are progressive sequences that unfold with an inherent harmony and intelligence. “Vinyasa” is derived from the Sanskrit word -“nyasa,” which means to “place,” and the prefix “vi”- “in a special way.” In the world of yoga, vinyasa is understood as a flowing sequence of specific postures (“asanas”) coordinated with breath. Just as you cannot build a house without the proper foundation, neither can you build a powerful vinyasa sequence without intentional physical and mental preparation. It matters where you begin. It matters how you move. It matters how you breathe. And all of this purposeful breath paired to movement culminates in a unique experience that will never be replicated, regardless of how many classes you take.
Our Elevations: Heated Flow classes are slowly heated between 80 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Instead of walking into a room already blazing at 95 degrees or higher, we purposefully add heat as your body and musculature begin to warm. While external heat helps muscles become more pliable and workable, the slow heat we provide maintains ultimate safety as it targets superficial soft tissues (fascia) that allow you to move more fluidly without taking your joints (ligaments, tendons and muscles) past the “end range” of a given motion (end range = injury). Our slow heat concept is safe, accessible and beneficial for your body.
Benefits of a Hot Yoga | Heated Vinyasa practice:
an increase in cardiovascular output means burn calories, blast fat and boost metabolism
stimulate lymphatic system to promote immunity
increase flexibility with less chance of injury
improve circulation and therefore nutrient delivery to internal organs and systems
practice focus, concentration and determination with the added challenge of heat
* ALL class formats REQUIRE the use of a yoga mat. Please bring your own or we offer rentals for $2. Barre classes REQUIRE sticky socks (in addition to a yoga mat). Please bring your own pair or we have many styles for purchase in-studio. Feel free to add personal comfort with a sweat/ non-stick towel (rentals $1.50) and water bottle (we offer disposable options and reusable water bottles for sale in our boutique). Come with an open mind and we will focus on taking care of the rest!