At Hot or Not Yoga NM, we offer different types of classes you can use to customize your practice.
An entrance point for Hot Yoga for people just starting out in their hot yoga journey. In this 60 minute class, we follow a sequence of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises known as Hot Hatha Yoga or Bikram Method. For this class, we heat the room to 95 degrees, rather than the traditional 105 degrees. We also do only one set of each pose and breathing exercise, as opposed to the traditional 2 sets. This gives us the opportunity to spend a little more time explaining more about the practice, and giving more alignment tips, modifications, and assistance so that YOU build a strong foundation and knowledge of the poses. When you’re ready, the jump to the traditional 90 minute Hot26 class won’t feel so overwhelming!
The traditional and original Hot Yoga! This is a style of Hatha yoga practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees. The 90 minute class consists of 26 regular poses and 2 breathing exercises focused on balance, leg strengthening, and spinal strengthening. Each pose is performed twice–once to educate the body and create muscle memory, and a second time to work with the opening and familiarity provided by the first set. Each pose is held for anywhere from 10-60 seconds, with a pause in between each. The Hot26 sequence is perfect for anyone who is even just moderately physically active and is looking to begin a yoga practice. The heat provides increased circulation for joint lubrication, limbering of muscles, glandular stimulation, detoxification of the skin and provides an environment where one can cultivate focus and concentration on breath. The practice is hard, there are no two ways about it, and it never gets easier. But, it does get better and the results are life-changing!
This class is designed as an Introduction to the philosophy, breathing methods, & the physical foundations in a Vinyasa yoga practice. A perfect place to begin your yoga journey! Bring a friend, too!
This class is a traditional Vinyasa Flow, which means each pose is linked to the next with a series of movements. Traditional Vinyasa classes are not usually heated, however, we’ve learned the benefit of the heat from our Hot26 class, and as long as the movement isn’t rapid, we think the combination of a warm room and slow movements is a hybrid that leads to amazing transformation. Slower movement builds strength and control for your body, which supports healthy mobility, but also improves the mind-body connection that we all seek to create in a yoga practice.
This class is the Slow Vinyasa Flow. Check out the description above! This class comes in 75 minute and 60 minute formats. On Mondays at noon, this class is also LoveYourBrain friendly, and taught by LYB teachers.
Yin Yoga is a class where we ask you to try not to use any muscles at all. This 75 minute class is never heated and is designed to allow for positive stress to be placed on fascia, ligaments, tendons, bones to increase circulation to those harder to reach areas. It’s a class where you’ll be challenged to find stillness, to really feel how you’re feeling, and to rest without guilt. Most poses are done on the floor with support of blocks, blankets, straps as needed. This is a perfect class for anyone, and really assists in the balancing of the stresses of daily life. This class is also LoveYourBrain friendly on Sundays at 1pm.
Mobility – Want to be able to get in and out of your car more easily? Then, this is the class for you. Light to moderate strengthening and non-traditional range of motion movements performed in a warm, nurturing environment helps you to create and maintain free moving joints and muscles in your body so you can get enjoy all the ways your body is designed to move, without worrying about injury.
Explosion is a Pilates/HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) combo performed in a 90 degree room. This upbeat, fun class is an all-over body strengthening and core workout designed to give you the strengthening essentials you need to support your yoga practice! Available to anyone, regardless of skill or strength level! Get strong & feel more confident in your body!
Hot or Not Yoga NM has partnered with LoveYourBrain, a non-profit foundation created to support people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury and their caregivers. We invite the TBI community to participate in a free, research-backed, six-week yoga and meditation series designed based on the science of resilience. This yoga class adapts poses to prevent dizziness and headaches, offers similar movements in a similar sequence to support learning and memory, uses soft lighting and low, soothing music to make the environment welcoming, incorporates strategies to focus attention and release negative thoughts, and builds community through group discussion with empowering TBI-related themes. Participants must register and be accepted through www.loveyourbrain.com in order to attend this class. Class series are held each January, April, July, and October.