There are two types of people in this material world: those for whom an hour or so of controlled stretching and balanced posing in sweltering 104(ish) degree heat and 40(ish) percent humidity sounds like a delightful way to stay fit, and people who haven’t tried hot yoga yet.
Luckily for the latter group, the fitness trend is one with staying power, having long outlasted faddish health crazes over nearly half a century. As a result, hot yoga sessions are available at many studios throughout Westchester. Here are some of the most popular places to sweat your asanas off!
Open seven days a week, Bikram Yoga Scarsdale is a great place to start, both alphabetically and as a novice. The Best of Westchester winning studio offers 60- and 90-minute sessions of hot yoga on Central Park Ave., flowing through all 26 of the original Bikram postures, and even offers hot pilates classes which combine elements from high intensity interval training.
This studio offers 90-minute Bikram sessions as well as “power hour” and meditative Bodhi classes, yin yoga, hot vinyasa yoga, and hot pilates. There’s even an unheated sivananda class every Saturday.
Relatively new on the scene, Family Dog sits on North Division St. next to and across from some of the city’s most popular restaurants and drink spots. Keeping with that youth and vigor, FDY offers Hot Hip-Hop Yoga twice a month, which combines the heat and humidity of a candlelit yoga session with a more energetic soundtrack than some yogis might be accustomed to. Other classes include vinyasa, Kripalu, prenatal yoga, and even a “Power” class for experienced students.
In southern Westchester, this popular studio offers variations on both Bikram and vinyasa as well as hot pilates. Rates for single and multiple class packages are quite reasonable, and the monthly ‘unlimited’ options are a real bargain for frequent yogis. One especially nice tech feature: guests can see open classes and the number of booked spots right from the class schedule, and reserve a spot online.
Yogoddess offers a much smaller, more intimate experience than most. Held in the Lady of America Fitness Center, classes are limited to only nine women at a time, using infrared heating and a smaller space to create more of a spa-like experience than the yoga sessions at your local gym. Classes include vinyasa, barre, barre yoga, core-targeting sessions, and even unheated classes.
Offering both heated and unheated sessions in their own personal “Rebel Flow” style, the team at this Best of Westchester winner (Best New Yoga Studio, naturally) specially gears classes towards specific fitness goals like strengthening, relaxation, restoration, and more. Rebel Yoga is also a great intro for hot yoga newbies, as even heated classes only reach the mid-80s or 90s Fahrenheit.
Sort of an all-in-one school along the Hudson, Riverstone holds eleven different traditional yoga classes, ten heated variations, new mom and family yoga, even aerial yoga and a few specialty options. There are also tons of monthly workshops, and Riverstone and in-office corporate programs!
Not all chains are bad. YogaSpark’s half-dozen iterations on hot yoga — everything from candles to blacklight sessions — are intense, but can be tailored even to beginners by its experienced team of trainers. Another big benefit of being a big company: you can manage your classes and reserve spots straight from your smartphone with the YogaSpark app.