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About Hot House Yoga RVA

Learn about our heat, styles of class, our philosophies, and more!

Why Hot House Yoga RVA?

Since 2005, Hot House Yoga has set the bar for Hot Yoga in Virginia and is now voted as the Top Yoga Studio in Richmond. We provide unparalleled service, spa-like amenities, intelligent, purposeful teaching, and great heat.

We work very hard to provide healthy heat! We purposefully circulate a lot of air. This air movement is key in having a healthy Hot Yoga environment. We clean the air with UV light reducing airborne pathogens and odors. Also, our practice rooms are cleaned after every single class – multiple times per day – so you know you’re in the cleanest hot yoga environment available.

Everyone who practices at Hot House Yoga is treated like family. From our knowledgeable, courteous staff and teachers who greet you before class, to the high-end services, we will go out of our way to make your experience great. Learn more about us and take a tour of our studio located in the West End and Midlothian. We hope to see you soon!

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Our Philosophies

Our philosophies are why students are experiencing freedom of pain, injury, and stress within just weeks of our classes.

The Heat

At Hot House Yoga our rooms are intentionally heated because of the many benefits it offers the body. Heat protects the muscles as they move through their full range of motion. When practicing in the heat, endorphins are released helping to reverse the negative effects of stress. Heat increases the heart rate, strengthening the cardiovascular system. Your heart can work the same way holding yoga postures in a heated room as it does when you’re running a mile, and you never even have to leave your mat. This is particularly true in postures when you are balancing and contracting your muscles simultaneously. A 90-minute class can burn up to 1,000 calories. Higher temperatures soften collagen around the joints for more freedom of movement and improve the function of the nervous system. The process of sweating exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin, the largest organ of your body!

 

Therapeutic Vision

All of our classes are structured around a methodology known as Therapeutic Vision. This ensures that our teachers are teaching safely, intelligently, and purposefully. At Hot House Yoga, we teach three styles of Yoga: Hot Stability, Hot Flow and Yin.

While each style is distinct and unique in nature, they complement each other and are designed to be practiced together to create optimal balance. This method of sequencing is what creates a healing, sustainable, life-long practice. It’s based on the anatomy of the body, specifically related to lines of connective tissue, known as myofascial lines, which have both movement and postural functions. The Therapeutic Vision’s specific emphasis is to sequentially strengthen and stretch each one of these lines so that they can properly perform their intended function. The inability of these lines to perform their functions creates imbalances throughout the entire body.

A consistent Hot House Yoga practice not only corrects these physical imbalances, but also eliminates unnecessary stress, and promotes an overall feeling of better mental and physical health.

 

Our classes

At Hot House Yoga, we teach three styles of Hot Yoga: Hot Flow, Hot Stability, and Yin. While each style is distinct and unique in nature, they complement each other and are designed to be practiced together to create optimal balance. Each style is taught with the Therapeutic Vision in mind.

Hot Flow

Hot Flow, or Vinyasa, moves at a faster pace than the other styles. Having some knowledge of yoga postures and alignment principles is helpful when beginning this style. It is not; however, out of the question for beginners, but very much depends on the individual and their fitness level. Following the Therapeutic Vision framework, teachers have the freedom to be creative in their sequencing when teaching flow. This allows for more variety to these classes from teacher to teacher.

Hot Stability

Hot Stability is for everybody! It is great for beginners and advanced students alike. Although the teachers bring different personalities, this class is the same each and every time. This is how you learn to do the principal yoga postures. With consistency, the student begins to understand how their body moves and how to be comfortable in the heat. Moving at a slower pace, holding the postures for a bit longer, the Stability class teaches you how to be, and how to feel on your yoga mat.

Hot Yin

Yin is also for everybody! It is the slowest of all three styles. All postures are done either seated, on your stomach or back, and held for minutes at a time. Yin is the opposite of Flow. Both Yin and Yang forms of yoga are necessary, and they supplement each other. Yin yoga focuses mainly from the lumbar to the knees. Postures are held at the edge and then props are used to stay in the posture. Where Yang yoga, our Hot Flow and Stability classes, target the muscle tissues, Yin yoga targets bones, tendons, disks, fascia, and ligaments. The sequence will change depending on the teacher’s focus for that class. It is recommended to bring props and bolsters to each Yin class.

Take a virtual tour of our West End studio!

Co-Founder Jimmy Yax, joined by his brother who runs Hot House Yoga studios in Hampton Roads, walks you through our West End studio. From the moment you walk in, to that quiet moment lying on your mat during Shavasana with a cold lavendar-scented face towel, you will feel the difference of what we do at Hot House Yoga.

Meet the Founders

Jimmy and Kristen Yax, the husband and wife team, own and operate both Richmond studios after moving from Virginia Beach in 2011. If you’ve ever met them, you will understand what we mean when we say, “they are beams of light!”

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