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Hot Yoga in La Jolla

If you enjoy practicing yoga in a heated room, then step inside one of the hot yoga studios in La Jolla.

Hot yoga has been around for awhile, since Bikram Choudhury brought it from India in the early '70s. In recent years, hot yoga has increased in popularity, and so have the number of studios offering it. The vigorous Bikram method, which Choudhury copyrighted, is still the best known, but other hot yoga styles include Forrest yoga (combining poses with native American spirituality, as in a sweat lodge), power yoga, TriBalance yoga (practiced in a warm, but less humid room) and Moksha yoga (more poses with slightly less heat). The idea behind hot yoga is to replicate India's heat and humidity so that practitioners have more flexibility and less injury. If you are new to hot yoga, be prepared to sweat and wear lighter clothes than you would for unheated yoga classes. Shorts are very popular in hot yoga studios for men and women. Men often go shirtless and women wear sports tops.

Bikram Yoga La Jolla offers 35 hot yoga classes per week following the traditional Bikram method "the hottest workout in town," as they say on their website. Classes are scheduled daily, starting as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 8:15 p.m. They are 90 minutes long and include 26 poses and two breathing exercises, each held for a minute and repeated twice. The room is heated to 105 degrees with 40% humidity and no music. Bikram Yoga's 4,000-square foot facility includes men's and women's locker rooms with showers. There is free parking underneath the building at the corner of Pearl and Cuvier streets. Several payment plans are available, including introductory specials and discounts for students, seniors, military, police and firefighters.

Another hot yoga studio in La Jolla is Sol Yoga. It is located inside La Jolla Village Square shopping center next to the AMC La Jolla 12 Theatre box office. Sol Yoga is a popular studio for Bikram yoga in La Jolla and it offers several classes daily, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Most classes are an hour long and are variations of power vinyasa flow, taught in temperatures ranging from 97 to 99 degrees. They include a variety of styles and levels, including Sol 60 (classic power vinyasa), Sol 75 (a longer class with more emphasis on alignment), All Levels Vinyasa, Intermediate Vinyasa, Advanced Vinyasa (the only class that reaches 101 degrees), Hot Hatha Fusion, Hot Improv 75 (a longer, more playful class), Sunrise Flow, Sunset Flow and Surge (a total body workout). In addition, Sol Yoga offers teacher training and special workshops throughout the year, including classes with live music. Pricing plans range from individual classes and series of classes to a monthly or yearly membership and include discounts for seniors, students, military and yoga instructors. As a member of the Green Yoga Association, Sol Yoga has used as many eco-friendly materials as possible in the design of its studio. Their state-of-the-art heating and cooling system uses hepa-filtration and ultraviolet light purification to condition the air throughout the studio. For heat, the La Jolla Bikram studio relies on radiant heat panels on the ceiling, which work more efficiently than forced air systems to reduce odors and airborne contaminants.

For additional information on fitness and sports in La Jolla, check out our local directory at www.lajollabluebook.com.


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