I want it hot, sweaty, and (downward) doggy style in Santa Monica!
January 27, 2010 3:16 PM   Subscribe

Hot Yoga in Santa Monica? Or in LA that's not a Bikram studio?

I *really* like practicing yoga in a sauna-like environment.

In a city that I used to live, there was a lovely heated power yoga studio that had wood floors in the classrooms.

Does anyone know of a heated yoga studio in Santa Monica?

Alternatively, does anyone know of another heated yoga studio in nearby LA that isn't Bikram?

I know that I could probably churn up the heat in my apartment and DIY, but I like the atmosphere of others grunting and sweating alongside of me. :)
posted by 2003girl to Health & Fitness (3 answers total)
 
I go to Power Yoga in Santa Monica, and I've been to Bikram in both LA and Ventura.

Power Yoga does not use a heated room, but it gets VERY warm in there. Whenever I walk in my glasses immediately steam up. If you haven't been there just because it's not heated (or because of the stupid name), I highly recommend giving it a chance.

Unlike what the name might imply, it doesn't have any of the weird attitude that Bikram's classes have. To get hippie for a second, I feel like the classes have good positive energy and I like the attitude of the teachers whose classes I've been in (so far just Vytas and Amy).

It's also a damn good workout, and I don't leave any less sweaty than the handful of Bikram classes I went to.

(as an aside - the Ventura bikram location, while still heated and doing the same postures, didn't have the overwhelming feeling of negativity I got at the LA location)
posted by flaterik at 3:45 PM on January 27, 2010


Oh, I meant to add - if you end up not liking power yoga, there's a heated room place opening soonish pretty much right next door to the 2nd st studio. I find that much proximity to be quite a bit odd, and it looks like a chain, but there ya go.
posted by flaterik at 3:47 PM on January 27, 2010


Turns out there is a new place that flaterik mentioned - Hot8Yoga.com! Woo hoo!
posted by 2003girl at 6:29 AM on May 24, 2010


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