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Bikram Hot Yoga vs Hot Vinyasa Yoga

Bikram Hot Yoga or Hot Vinyasa Yoga?

Hot Yoga Chelsea NYC now offers Hot Vinyasa three times per week. We often get questions about the differences between our traditional Bikram Hot Yoga and Hot Vinyasa.

Some of the most common definitions for Vinyasa include “linking breath with movement.” Like Bikram Yoga, Hot Vinyasa yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit. You can expect a flowing class that contains a variety of different poses that range from novice level to advanced. All Vinyasa classes vary in intensity and pace. When practicing Vinyasa yoga, movement and breath should be simultaneous.

Bikram yoga is a set of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises founded by Bikram Choudhury. Most Bikram yoga classes run for 60-90 minutes and practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Every class is the same each time you attend, and emphasis is placed on improving each posture and using the heat to go deeper.

The key differences between Vinyasa and Bikram yoga is that Vinyasa yoga has a variable sequence and a characteristic “flow.” Often the benefits of Vinyasa yoga depend on the specific teacher and unique flow of the class. The variable sequence introduces novelty and can keep you on your toes as a student. Bikram Yoga uses a more concrete script, following the same postures and sequence. That’s why Bikram Yoga is easier to follow as a new student and often offers a reliable experience so you can pick up where you left off. It makes it much easier to measure your progress over time.

Whether you choose Hot Vinyasa or Bikram Hot Yoga, both have a heated element, providing high level of intensity that helps you improve strength, balance and overall health. A Yogi seeking a balanced practice would include both classes to their routine every week. Hot Vinyasa and Hot Bikram Yoga at Hot Yoga Chelsea NYC are perfect for new and experienced practitioners. We even offer a special Candlelight Vinyasa class on Sunday evenings. Visit our Schedule Page to see upcoming classes.

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