Hot Yoga Types | Everything You Need To Know

by Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bikram? Baptiste? Moksha? Hot Power? Which of these hot yoga types should you do?

It’s almost the end of summer. Time really flies fast, doesn’t it? Before we say adieu to it, why don’t you try hot yoga? The combination of the season’s heat and hot yoga may feel like a whole lot of sweat – and you’ll definitely experience that – but it’s an awesome way to build your strength, clear your mind, and prepare your body for a more relaxing fall season. I will also help you choose among the hot yoga types.

Hot Yoga Types | Everything You Need To Know

Four Kinds That Can Make You Sweat Wonderfully

Before you check out the list, I suggest you read my handy yoga dictionary to be more familiar with some of the terms here.

Done? Then let’s talk about your options!

Moksha Yoga

Hot Yoga Types | Everything You Need To Know

Temperature: 35 to 40 degrees Celsius

Duration: 60 to 90 minutes

Started in Toronto, Moksha can have the elements of Vinyasa and Ashtanga. It can also be like Bikram since it follows a sequence, beginning with savasana followed by standing and floor poses, then savasana. Moksha definitely has a lot of rests in between! However, unlike Bikram and Ashtanga yoga, sequences are more flexible. For example, teachers can begin with floor instead of standing poses. Moreover, teachers can combine 40 various poses.

Hot Power Yoga

Temperature: 28 to 32 degrees Celsius

Duration: 60 to 90 minutes

This is Vinyasa yoga, which means each movement leads to the next one beautifully and seamlessly, in rhythm with one’s breathing. However, since it’s also a power yoga, movements are done more quickly here than in other types of yoga.

Bikram Yoga

Poses | Bikram Yoga Vs Hot Yoga

Temperature: 40 degrees Celsius (at 40% humidity)

Duration: 90 minutes

I encourage you to read my blog post about Bikram. If I may add, though, this type of yoga is unique since it is copyrighted. Unless the class is a franchise and the teachers are trained by its founder, it isn’t Bikram. Also, take note of the temperature. Don’t be surprised why a Bikram classroom is called a torture chamber!

Remember to bring lots of water during your sessions!

Baptiste Power Vinyasa

Hot Yoga Types | Everything You Need To Know

Temperature: 32 degrees Celsius

Duration: 60 minutes

Founded by the Baptiste father-and-son duo, it is a Vinyasa power yoga, but it can also have some elements of Ashtanga and Iyengar, which focuses on pose alignments. However, one of its core objectives is self-awareness and intuition, and teachers are free to modify the sequence to achieve the goal.

These hot yoga types are not for everyone. In fact, before you consider doing any of these, have your health checked, especially your cardio strength as a hot temperature can affect your heart rate.

On the other hand, if you feel the temperature and sweat uncomfortable,  end each session with a delicious smoothie to cool down. Have fun!

Which of these hot yoga types do you like to do? Share your answers in the Comments Section below. 

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