** Editors note. The Hot Yoga Lounge has changed their name to Hot Shop. Edits have been made below to reflect this change**
I just want to caveat this post with the fact that before I went to Hot Shop I had not practiced yoga in a 105 degree room in about 2 years. Take from that what you like 🙂
- Location: 132 – 13 AVE SW (The Hotel Arts Retail Centre),Calgary, AB (map)
- Studio is heated – 105 F and about 55% humidity
- Instructor: Tanya Martindale (there are more instructors but I’ve practiced with Tanya twice now)
- Style of yoga: Baptiste (with other options like Yin and Core)
- Class length: 60-90 min
- Schedule: See here for their schedule
- Price: Drop in was $17.00 which is standard. They do offer class packages like any other studio.
This studio had a lot working against it even before I even got there – I am a self proclaimed non-hot yogi (is that a thing?) and the class my friend wanted to go to was at 6:00 am! Despite all of this I have since returned.
The studio itself is really nice and spacious. The change rooms make you feel like you’re in a spa and they have a jar of hair ties! This is a big deal for people like me who consistently forget things like this and believe me you do NOT want to practice hot yoga with your hair in your face.
The classes I have participated in are Baptiste inspired which means that you follow a specific series that include standing and sitting poses with some variation. If you’ve practiced Bikram before you’ll know what I’m referring to. So, it is what it is and you generally know what you’re getting every time to head to a Baptiste inspired class. That repetition definitely gives you the opportunity for practice and progression in those postures.
The instruction I experienced was very simple but clear. Meaning that they cued the pose and commented briefly on alignment, variations and breath work. Which is fine as I, personally, do not have the patience in a 105 degree room to have an anatomy lesson (although I do love a good anatomy lesson in the appropriate setting).
This studio is suitable for beginners and advanced yogi’s.
Have you been to this studio? Have any questions or comments? Leave us your feedback below.
My “style” of yoga can be characterized by a few key words: anatomical, foundation, avoiding warrior poses and arm balances. My favorite teachers are: Jeff Mah, Tiffany Cruickshank and Kathryn Budig. If you are familiar with any of these teachers you’ll know that I like to get my heart pumping and flow through Asana’s.