Welcome to Hot Yoga Harrisonburg where you can sweat, stretch and breathe your way to glowing health
If you are new to hot yoga and the Bikram method, read our section for new students. You will read about what to expect and how to prepare.
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A regular Bikram Yoga practice will change your life for the best!
If you feel nervous, scared or a little intimidated, no problem. Many people feel that way initially. Just don't let it stop you from coming to class. Bikram designed this class for beginners, so know that with a little practice and experience, you'll quickly feel right at home.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day so you're well hydrated before coming to class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of all of your body's systems, and it makes the heat feel comfortable rather than overwhelming.
Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class – yoga is always best practiced on an empty stomach. Some people however need to have a little something in their belly (such as a piece of fruit or an energy bar). You'll soon work out what works for you and what your body needs.
Arrive 15 – 20 minutes early for your first class. This gives us time for registration and orientation. Arriving early ensures a stress free and relaxed beginning to your life long Bikram Yoga practice.
Bikram's Yoga is for everyone. To quote Bikram's teacher, Bishnu Ghosh, it's never too late, you're never too old, you're never too sick, to start again from scratch. Come to class, and with the guidance of your teacher, simply approach every posture to the best of your ability and you will receive 100% benefit.
Don't think you have to get in shape before coming to class – that puts the cart before the horse! Come take your first class, and then take class as often as you possibly can and you will quickly lose weight, get in shape, and feel absolutely wonderful.
Dress in cool, comfortable clothes, like you're going to the beach – light, fitted exercise clothing works well. Avoid baggy t-shirts and pants. A sleeveless top and shorts are best.
Bring your yoga mat, a towel, and water. In the hot room, place your towel on top of the mat to absorb perspiration. The studio has mats and towels for rent. SmartWater, coconut water and electrolyte envelopes are available for purchase.
Save time by downloading the waiver.
There are mens and womens locker rooms with showers. If you plan to shower, bring an extra towel and a bag to take home wet items.
You will feel challenged by the yoga during class – everyone does! Always work to your edge, but listen to your body and your inner wisdom. Never be afraid to sit down if you need to. It's normal, especially when you first get started, to feel dizzy, nauseated or lightheaded. It's temporary, and as your body acclimates and detoxes, these sensations will disappear.
During class nobody will look at you or judge you. The teacher will guide you and instruct you, always with compassion and respect. There's no need or reason to be self conscious. It's also helpful to realize everyone's focus is on themselves – they are working too hard to even notice you!
Take your second class within 24 hours. The second class is the equivalent of 3 to 4 classes, and you will bypass much of the soreness you'd experience otherwise.
Make up your mind to take 10 classes as quickly as possible– then no one has to tell you how good this yoga is for you.
If you have a yoga mat, bring it along with a large bath towel, a small hand towel, and drinking water. We also have these items available at the studio on loan for your first visit, and for rent thereafter.
Remember, everyone had their very first Bikram Yoga class, even the people on the front row who have been coming for years. They make it look easy because they persevered, and you can too.
So there you go … you're ready to rock … now pick a convenient time and come to class as quickly as you can. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Classes offered at Hot Yoga Harrisonburg
The Bikram method of yoga comprehensively develops strength, flexibility, balance and endurance in the body while honing focus and determination of the mind. Bikram works by systematically exercising the body with its series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a heated room during a 90-minute class period. It is the original "hot yoga."
Through heat and humidity, Bikram yoga safely warms and stretches the muscles, ligaments and tendons in a specific order, which maximizes their use and strength. The ideal condtions are 105 degrees at 40% humidy. The heat facilitates injury prevention, cardio-vascular stamina, increased metabolic rate, and de-toxing. The postures of compression, extension and deep breathing promote the circulation of fresh oxygenated blood to each organ, joint, and muscle.
This yoga focuses on the spine and increases its strength, flexibility and alignment. With consistent practice, students will find their ideal weight range, have excellent muscle tone, and be in vibrant good health.
The practice of Bikram yoga is accessible and systemized. Anyone can achieve results regardless of currently level of fitness and health.
Flexibility Flow Class
The Flexibility Flow is a compliment to your regular 26&2 practice. It is a beginner Vinyasa style practice that focuses on the flexibility of the spine and hips. The heat is a lower and you are gently introduced to sun salutations and other asanas in Bishnu Gosh's 84 Asana lineage.
The silent class is 75 minutes, shorter than the traditional 90 minute class. The instructor will practice with you and give minimal verbal instruction apart from the names of the postures and the next transition. The lights are low and the heat is the same as a 90 minute class, 105 degrees at 40% humidity. Sometimes the class is paired with music. It is recommended that students take AT LEAST 10 traditional classes before attending a silent class.
||6 am | 8:30 am | 6 pm
||8:30 am | 4 pm | 6 pm
|Tuesday and Thursday
||6 am silent class | 6 pm
||2 pm | 5:30 pm — flexibility flow
|Drop in class
|Drop in class student
|1 week intro unlimited package* new students only
|1 month intro unlimited package* new students only
|10 class package* package expires 3 months from purchase
|10 class package student* package expires 3 months from purchase
|Monthly unlimited student
|Monthly debit unlimited* 6 month minimum
||$99/month + $25 registration fee
Discovering strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance through the practice of yoga has been a passion of mine since I came across a book about it 40 years ago. Yoga was not widely available at that time where I lived, except for reading books and experiencing an occasional class. Later on, I studied and practiced many traditions, including Ashtanga as taught by Beryl Bender Birch, Integral Yoga of Swami Satchitananda, and Kundalini yoga by Gurmukh.
My search for the perfect yoga teaching to give me balance and clarity ended when I returned to the book: Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class. I practiced this method consistently with friends or on my own for many years. Instruction in various meditation schools developed in me an appreciation for the practice of hatha yoga (physical postures) and raja yoga (mental focus).
My dream of offering the healing and centering benefits of a yoga studio in my own community started to materialize after I was certified to teach Bikram. I completed the nine-week certification training in Spring, 2006 in Los Angeles at The Yoga College of India, taught by Bikram Choudhury.
Camille discovered hot yoga in 2010. Her practice brought relief from the loss of a parent and soon became her main source of exercise and meditation. She became a regular practitioner once Hot Yoga Harrisonburg opened in 2013. Within 3 months of practicing regularly she lost weight, slept better, and discovered that symptoms from hypothyroidism were reduced. Needless to say - she was hooked! She received her 200 hour teacher training in 2014 in both Bikram and Vinyasa styles. She is also a part-owner of a vegetarian/local foods restaurant in Harrisonburg called the Little Grill Collective.
Danielle caught the yoga bug in San Francisco in 2008, while working in nonprofit fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2011. She taught at the first Ohio Bikram studio (in Cleveland) before moving to Pittsburgh, PA to deepen her teaching and practice. She enjoys participating in yoga asana competitions from time to time to help set and reach new goals; in 2014, Danielle was the Pennsylvania Yoga Asana Champion!
After two years of living and breathing yoga, she decided it was high time to return to the fundraising world: she is now Director of Development at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia (the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse) but is grateful for the ability to teach regularly at Yoga Factory Annapolis and here at Hot Yoga Harrisonburg!
Dara Moss has been practicing Bikram's Yoga diligently for 14 years, completed Teacher Training in Los Angeles in 2014, and has taught in various studios across America. She also completed the nursing education program at Johns Hopkins University and now works as an emergency room nurse at UVA Medical Center.
For Dara, yoga began as a hobby in 2002 but transformed into a way of life following a near fatal car accident in 2004 when her Jeep rolled multiple times off the road. She turned to Bikram Yoga to heal her body, mind and spirit. "Yoga has taught me patience and understanding with myself and abilities...I encourage all stages of learning and provide a supportive environment to empower students when I teach." Working as a Bikram Teacher and nurse provides Dara with a thorough holistic and homeopathic approach to healing through Bikram yoga.
Born and raised in Virginia, Fatimah took her first Bikram Yoga class in January 2014. She immediately became hooked. The repetition of the same 26 postures in each class gave her a sense of stability in her life that she desperately needed. As she attended more often every week, she learned that Bikram Yoga not only provides a healthy lifestyle, but a loving family as well.
Through encouragement from her Bikram Yoga Tysons family, she went to Teacher Training Spring 2015 in Thailand. Fatimah would like to spread Bikram Yoga to as many people as she can reach, as she truly believes it is healing both physically and mentally.
Kathleen began practicing Bikram Yoga 2008 after her freshman year in college, a big change from her previously healthy lifestyle. After one year she barely recognized herself in the mirror. Through a regular Bikram yoga practice, she discovered her life purpose and grew the confidence to pursue that.
Kathleen attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2013 and had the time of her life. Graduate school studies brought her to Richmond, Virginia. She is a social worker by day and a yoga teacher and student by night. Kathleen believes deeply in the therapeutic benefits of the postures and is continually inspired by the growth she sees. Three years ago, she began practicing the 84 advanced series and participated in asana competitions for two years. She recently had the honor of representing Virginia at the national championships in Jackson, Wyoming where she finished 19th overall.
Keala has been a yoga student for over 9 years. She has her master's degree in Kinesiology from JMU. She received her 250hr RYT certification through Evolation Yoga and is in process of 200hr RYT through YogaFit. She is an ACE certified Group Exercise Instructor, is trained through Tracey Mallett's BootyBarre program, and is a traveling trainer for the National Exercise Trainer's Association. Her energy and enthusiasm for spreading the gift of yoga and movement shines bright!
I began my yoga practice while I was in college at KU in 2009. Lawrence happened to have the only Bikram yoga studio in the entire state of Kansas and it was only 5 minutes away from my house! After my first class I was hooked. I had been a competitive swimmer for 10 years and had never found something that made me feel as good as swimming did. I didn't begin a regular practice until 2010, but since then I have committed to practicing beginners class 5-7 times a week and advanced class 1-2 times a week. This yoga practice has completely transformed my body and my mind – I am generally happier, calmer, and I rarely get sick. I went to teacher training in Fall 2011 because I wanted to share the yoga and deepen my own practice. Teaching is such a gift – my students keep me inspired to practice, grow, and become a better yogi.
In September of 2005, I had my seventh knee surgery. Before I had left the recovery room, the doctor informed my mother that the surgery had not gone well and that an eighth surgery would be necessary. I was an athlete my whole life; I played field hockey at Duke from 1995-1998. After my career at Duke was over, I limped around in pain each day. I came to my first Bikram yoga class as an attempt to lose some weight. I had no idea how it would eventually save me. My first class was SO hard, but for some reason, I knew that it would help me. The more I came, the better I felt. I became an instructor to try to help others feel as great as I feel.
Hot Yoga Harrisonburg is a beautiful and friendly studio with an inviting atmosphere. Walking into HYH 3 years ago was the beginning of a journey that I am so grateful to be on. This practice brings me not only better fitness, flexibility, and strength, but also a healthier mind. Stress and negativity seem to melt away and I leave the hot room with a peaceful, patient attitude. 26 postures, 2 breathing exercises, and a whole lot of learning about myself as I become a person who can sweat, balance, stretch, focus, and smile. Because of yoga, I am more thoughtful about how I fuel my body with food, more mindful of the present, and better able to handle stressful situations with a calm and controlled response. The hot room at HYH is a special place for so many because yoga changes people, inside and out. The yogis and yoginis at HYH make up a wonderful community that is passionate about growing and learning and practicing this incredible yoga. A truly magical place.
I took my first Hot Yoga Harrisonburg class the day before Thanksgiving in 2014. I couldn't touch my toes and also couldn't remember the last time that I could. My second class was on Thanksgiving morning and I was quickly consumed into a community of love and gratitude. There were so many sweaty bodies packed into a room where the focus, positivity, and compassion was vibrating off of the mirrors. That experience left such an impression on me that I remember that morning almost every time I walk into that hot room.
I have always been an athlete, never been flexible, and have suffered multiple injuries from sports. Now that I have been practicing, I have so much more mobility in my knees and ankles than I ever have. Every time I practice, I feel the blood flushing out areas that have been stiff for many years. I can feel a difference in my physical health when I don't get to practice and I am so thankful that the doors to the studio have opened back up.
Hot Yoga Harrisonburg has impacted my mental health more than anything, though. I have struggled with depression since early college and I have seen a significant improvement in my day to day outlook on life since I started practicing. Things that I learn in class have translated into daily life. I have learned to be forgiving of myself. If you fall out of a posture, forgive yourself and try again. Sometimes even waking up in the morning and getting out of bed is hard. I get out of bed with bulldog determination and bengal tiger strength. I have never felt so confident in my own skin.
In class, I am forced to focus on myself and I've grown to like that. There was one class that I caught a weird angle glance in the mirror of a girl during standing separate head to knee pose and thought, "wow, she is beautiful." It was me. It took my breath away because I had never, ever thought that before. This practice has changed my outlook on life and let compassion in for myself and others around me. I have so much gratitude for the opportunity to practice and be motivated by so many amazing people in our community.
When I first tried Bikram yoga two years ago I had never done yoga before even though I had always been very into fitness. I would typically run 5 to ten miles every day. Everything hurt, my knees, my hamstrings, my shins, my feet. I thought that running was the most efficient way for me to stay fit.
I couldn't believe how challenging my first class was. I thought I was so fit! It felt so good to stretch and strengthen every part of my body after pounding it into the ground by running for all those years.
After a few weeks I found my aches slowly fading and at the same time I was feeling fitter and stronger than ever. I remember crouching down in the isle at the grocery store and feeling so strong, like I could hold that position effortlessly forever. I also noticed my mood was so much more relaxed and happy. I was addicted!
Even though with three kids, husband, and job I have to juggle to fit this yoga into my schedule I make it work. My old methods of staying fit now seem barbaric to me- all the pounding and wearing out of tissues and joints. With Bikram yoga I finally feel like I've found something truly healing and strengthening for my body and mind. Instead of my workouts punishing my body, this yoga celebrates my body and nurtures every amazing joint, ligament, and muscle.
I started skateboarding when I was thirteen, and as a 28 year old I am more passionate about it than ever. Last October I suffered a severe ankle sprain while skating, and despite many hours of physical therapy and even more hours (months actually) of not skateboarding, I felt like the healing process in my ankle had hit a plateau. Eventually when I could skate again, there was a residual pain and weakness in the ankle that made skating to my full ability impossible. Someone recommended Bikram Yoga to me, telling me how it had helped her overcome injury, and I decided to try it.
At this point I have completed around 20 classes and it has already done wonders not only for my injured ankle, my entire body and mind as well. My ankle is no longer stiff and painful when I flip my skateboard. I can feel the muscles around my spine growing stronger. When I take a deep breath, I can even feel my ribs being stretched wider by the muscles in between them so that I can take more air into my lungs. After class I feel relaxed, accomplished, and want to treat my body to healthy food and a lot of water.
I am not in any way an expert on yoga, but as far as I can tell from my own experience, Bikram seems to focus more on strength and stamina along with flexibility versus other styles of yoga I have tried. I appreciate the repetition of 26 specific postures because it allows me to notice subtle improvements and changes in my body from class to class. I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of where practicing Bikram might take me, but I highly recommend it to anyone who values their health and wants to make yoga a part of their life.