The stress of the winter months can leave all of us a little tight in the neck. While some turn to stretching to relieve the discomfort, others are experimenting with hot yoga.
Bikram is one type of hot yoga practiced in a room heated to 80 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity around 40 percent. Vinyasa, also known as “flow yoga,” is another type with a faster pace.
At first glance, performing yoga in sauna-like temperatures may sound less than appealing. But with a bit of practice, hot yoga can improve your flexibility, help you burn more calories, and reduce stress level. Other benefits include building bone density, easing depression, and getting a heart-pumping workout.
Located in the heart of Old Town Fairfax, this studio was founded by Siri Om Trosper, a yogini with decades of experience as a practitioner. Hot Vinyasa-style classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with occasional time slots on the weekend. New student discounts are offered. 3950 University Dr., Fairfax, drop-in classes start at $35
Owned by Xponential Fitness, the parent company behind StrechLab, YogaSix offers a multitude of classes in several yoga practices. For newbies, start with Y6 Hot, a course focused on improving flow while strengthening and stretching your body. When you’re ready to kick it up a notch, try Y6 Sculpt & Flow, which uses dumbbells and bodyweight exercises for a strength and cardio workout in a hot yoga environment. 5765-U Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke, membership required
This studio offers comprehensive classes that range in length from 60 to 90 minutes, each performing a 26-posture sequence with two breathing exercises. Try the 60-minute FLOW with music class, concluding with a brief meditation to shake things up. Strength and conditioning classes are also offered, as well as non-heated yoga. 5673 Stone Rd., Ste. A, Centreville, drop-in classes start at $30
With hot classes offered throughout the week, even those with the busiest schedules will find convenient options for getting their stretch on. Sol to Soul also offers a handful of traditionally non-heated practices in heated environments, like its heated Yang & Yin class. 671 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford, drop-in classes start at $22
Committed to nurturing your conscious awareness, this studio offers a wide range of classes, memberships, and even Reiki energy healing sessions. Newcomers are always welcome and can take advantage of the $29 new student price for a week of unlimited classes. 2570 Dynasty Loop, Woodbridge, drop-in classes start at $20
Two area locations and a wide selection of classes make Five Peaks an option for both beginners and hot yoga pros. Take your practice a step further with yoga therapy, Tibetan singing bowl healing, or a traditional Thai massage. 19357 Diamond Lake Dr., Leesburg; 201 N. Maple Ave., Ste. G, Purcellville, drop-in classes start at $25
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