How to Begin


Hot Yoga is intimidating. Most people simply don’t know what to expect in class. They don’t know how hot it will be or how they’ll handle the heat. They think they’re not flexible enough, and they’re afraid to embarrass themselves in front of other people because of all the awkward poses they won’t know how to do.

If this is you, don’t worry! Everyone was a beginner when they started… in the same place you are right now. And we do our best to help you feel as comfortable as possible when you come in.

Here's what we suggest to set
yourself up for success:

  • Start with 60-minute Stability Classes. This is our Beginner Class. It is slower paced which makes it easy to follow along even if you’ve never done yoga before.
  • Don’t think one class is enough to see if Hot House Yoga is right for you. In the beginning, there is so much going on in each class (trying to process all the poses and acclimate to the heat) that it takes a few classes to get your bearings straight. Some fall in love with it immediately, but most need about 3-5 classes before they get an honest feel for it.
  • Be consistent. Whatever your reason for trying Hot Yoga, the only way to achieve your goal is to be consistent. If you practice 3x a week for the first 2 weeks you’ll be amazed at how good you feel.
  • Sign up for our Free Beginner Yoga Mini Course. It breaks down the most important information on how to practice, so you can learn before you come into the studio. It’s all online so you can watch the videos (we’ll email them to you each day) at your convenience. Honestly, I wish everyone would take the Free Beginner Mini Course because it details alignment that take most people years (or an expensive training) to figure out.

What People Are Saying

  • I have never done yoga before in my life. I just had my first class in Norfolk. The instructor was phenomenal. The whole experience felt personalized and the instructor helped me through the heat and the poses that I didn't really understand. This is one of the best things that I have ever done. I will be coming back every week.

    Karli June Brophy

  • I am not your obvious yoga student, but I want to say hot yoga has immensely helped my stiff joints , balance, and overall health. The owners and staff are class acts and very welcoming and friendly to all. Come and try it! I think you will keep coming back!

    Ann C. Cleland

  • Most remarkable studios ever! The instructors are individually diverse in their personalities but equally remarkable in their instruction and classes. These studios strive to be compassionate to your own level but allow you to reach what you are capable of reaching!!! They are beautiful facilities with beautiful souls. Namaste.

    Elizabeth Eckert Sorrell

  • I’m from out of town and bought the $49 out-of-towner unlimited yoga for the week. Well worth it! The fee includes a mat, towels, blocks, straps and knee pads. (Clean and new each time you come) All you have to do is bring yourself! You can even shower if you like and they will give a bag for your sweaty clothes. Place is save to leave your stuff outside of the yoga room. Instructors are great! I LOVED the candlelight sessions!! Just going to three classes in a week will make you money on this deal but you’ll want to go as much as your week allows!!!

    Valerie Marmolejo

  • I've been coming to the Ghent HHY for over a year now and it's safe to say I'm totally addicted! It's really made me realize my love for yoga and I feel so refreshed when I leave. AND I've become a morning person because of it! I go to the 6AM classes a couple of times every week! I'm in love with HHY.

    Mackenzie Kemppainen

  • I enjoy yoga so much, I definitely don't practice enough. When I do go to a class I am so welcomed and love seeing all the familiar friendly faces and new caring faces. Thank you all for always being so inviting and kind. You all are my go to studio!

    Jocelyn Sidwell

  • I started with Hot House Yoga about six weeks ago when one of the special ladies, TiAnn gave me a pass to come try it out. She knew from a conversation I was going through a difficult time in my life. From the moment I started and walked through the door the entire staff has made me feel so welcome!! Every time I practice I feel myself getting stronger and taller and feeling so awesome about being there. TiAnn, thank you for inviting me to change my life and the outcome! I am so grateful for all the ladies who help me to improve on my mat.

    Tabatha Dennis

  • I have been a regular member with an unlimited membership which I started on March 19, 2013. I have lost more than 45lbs. My blood pressure and cholesterol are now well within normal limits. My glucose went from high-normal to low-normal. In addition, I see and feel a major difference in my flexibility, physical stamina, and stress levels. I love the many classes offered as part of my unlimited membership. I attended Meditation Essentials class and have started a meditation practice as well. I don't just "do" yoga. I have learned the importance of practicing yoga on and off the mat. I have learned the theory and yoga philosophy and have increased discipline and have learned to focus. I love it! Hot House Yoga is OMazing. I am sure it will help add years to my life. Thank you and Namasté.

    Donna Nurmi

  • My home away from home! This place is so peaceful and filled with beautiful people! I am a change person, both physically and soulfully because of Hot House Yoga and the Yax Family! Bless you all... Namaste!

    Meredith Reid

  • This place was my one solace during my stressful years of grad school at VCU. Grateful that it exists! And even though I no longer live in Richmond, I still value the calm and peace created here. <3

    Faye Ibars

  • Love this studio! Extremely clean and courteous. It has a good blend of asana and meditation practice. Great for beginners and more advanced students. Also, went thru their teacher training with Yax Yoga Concepts and it was a life changing experience. Definitely recommend to all levels..

    Emre Bar

  • There aren't enough stars to convey what this place and its people have meant to me. To say that it is my 'happy place' isn't quite enough either. It's life-altering in the most beautiful of ways if that is what you want, need and are ready for. And, if you just want to look great and feel better than you've ever felt, it's that place too. So grateful.

    Marianne Williams Winesett

  • This place changed my life in more ways than I can ever write about in a few sentences. I can't say enough about the Yax family and the staff of powerful and impactful yogis they have taught. Thank you for helping me find the better ME. I am forever grateful for you all.

    Ajarn Buck

  • Thank you Lindsey for an incredible practice! It was the perfect blend of instruction and guided imagery. I left feeling so refreshed and rejuvenated. I had been practicing on my own with videos at home, and this was my first group yoga class. There were yogis and yoginis of all levels in class so I never felt out of place. Can't wait to come back!

    Elizabeth Brady Pohoreskey

  • Karli June Brophy
  • Ann C. Cleland
  • Elizabeth Eckert Sorrell
  • Valerie Marmolejo
  • Mackenzie Kemppainen
  • Jocelyn Sidwell
  • Tabatha Dennis
  • Donna Nurmi
  • Meredith Reid
  • Faye Ibars
  • Emre Bar
  • Marianne Williams Winesett
  • Ajarn Buck
  • Elizabeth Brady Pohoreskey