I Broke Up With Bikram for Hot Yoga

June 3 | The Practice |


A common misconception about yoga is that Bikram Yoga and hot yoga are one and the same. Both classes do take place in a heated room, but Bikram Yoga and hot yoga are actually very different. We demystify the difference between these two heated yoga practices below. 

Bikram Yoga Named for its creator, Bikram Choudhury, this popular style of yoga has loose ties to hatha yoga techniques. It features a fixed set of 26 postures taught in a heavily heated room designed to mimic the climate of India. Bikram Yoga is widely known as an “intense” yoga workout, mainly due to the elevated temperature and humidity in the practice room and length of the class. All Bikram classes are 90 minutes (30 minutes longer than the average hot yoga class) and are taught in a carpeted room at 104 degrees F with 40% humidity. While the sequence of postures in not particularly vigorous, the heated environment and length of the class make for a challenging workout – especially for beginners.

Hot Yoga This broader term typically refers to any style of yoga taught in a heated room. Hot yoga classes can be taught on any surface and at any hot temperature with varying levels of humidity. The classes vary by studio and instructor, allowing students to incorporate more diversity of movement in their practice. Due to the variety of class types, hot yoga classes can be more accessible and challenging based on the amount of intensity students require of their practice.

While Bikram Yoga continues to have a strong brand and presence in the yoga community, more students are exploring the many different styles of hot yoga currently available. Hot Yoga classes vary by studio, and every flow has a different flavor. At YogaSix, our Hot Yoga and Power Yoga are both 60 minute classes taught in a heated environment. Hot Yoga is a set sequence flow, which means the poses are the same and in the same order from class to class; Power Yoga offers a creative flow, which means poses and order are different and vary class to class.

HOT YOGA: A highly structured class that lays the foundation for a heated yoga practice. Promotes body symmetry, balance and detoxification

Body Benefits: improved posture, discipline, weight loss


POWER YOGA: A heated, full-body blast with arm balances, inversions and progressive posture variations. Challenges the cardiovascular system and builds strength.

Body Benefits: mental and physical fortitude, detoxification