What is the 'hot' in hot yoga?

Hot Yoga

By making yoga accessible to EVERYONE, regardless of age or fitness level, through extensive practice offerings and classes to meet any schedule, Hot Yoga strives to increase awareness and widespread adoption of yoga. Hot Yoga is not about wrapping your ankle behind your head. Hot Yoga encourages each individual's personal growth while fostering a sense of community and friendship. We believe Hot Yoga can benefit everyone when adopted as a lifestyle practice, and as such improves the quality of one's life.


Yoga, in general, is a spiritual practice or discipline that helps the individual unify his/her body, mind, and heart. Yoga is an exact science based on certain immutable Laws of Nature. Yoga is thus all-embracing, all-inclusive and universal in its application leading to all-round development of body, mind and soul. Yoga is control of mind and its modifications.

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga is performance of actions dwelling in union with the Divine, removing attachment and remaining balanced ever in success and failure. Karma means not only action, but also the result of an action. The Law of Karma is one of the fundamental doctrines not only in Hinduism, but also in Buddhism and in Jainism. The path of Karma Yoga eventually leads to the attainment of Bliss of the Self.

Tantra Yoga

Tantra Yoga is a holistic approach to the study of the universal from the point of view of the individual: the study of the macrocosm through the study of the microcosm. Tantra Yoga believes that as long as the phenomenal world exists, it is the Universal Mother who is the creator, preserver and destroyer. By refining our thoughts and feelings by means of these Tantra Yoga practices, we learn to create peace, harmony, and order within ourselves.

Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga is the path of pure spiritual devotion, love and surrender. Bhakti Yoga is regarded as the most direct method to merge in cosmic consciousness. The "Chakras" book, which offers detailed information on all main yoga techniques and on chakra meditation, which involves all aspects of Ashtanga Yoga. In Bhakti yoga, everything is but a manifestation of the divine and all else is meaningless, including the Ego.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a development of - but also differs substantially from - the Raja Yoga of Patanjali, in that it focuses on shatkarma, the purification of the physical as leading to the purification of the mind (ha), and prana, or vital energy (tha). Hatha Yoga is the study and practice of physical alignments and breath. Hindu texts discussing different aspects of yoga include the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita, and many others. That which comes to mind first is Hatha Yoga an element of Raja yoga, yoga that deals mainly with physical postures and breathing.

By Vanessa Herremans