Can Hot Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?

Increased strength and flexibility are absolute benefits of practicing yoga regularly – but what about weight loss?

Most of us who practice yoga regularly are already living out its benefits:

Increased flexibility, stronger balance, powerful form and even working your way through chronic pain stem from a healthy and regular yoga routine.

But for those looking for muscle toning, definition, and fat-loss – does the practice of yoga, especially hot yoga, really help?

The short answer? Yes.

But the long answer requires a little more digging, along with a much more holistic approach to the weight-loss game itself.

While yoga is not, by all intents and purposes, considered a high-intensity workout, the benefits it has to the slimming and toning of your body when practiced regularly – outside of a mere relaxation and stretching mechanism – are undeniable.

According to this article in Time Magazine, hot yoga does increase your heart rate significantly, depending on the intensity-rate and longevity of a pose. The study followed a team of “healthy but sedentary young adults” with no prior experience for 24 sessions of hot yoga over an eight-week period.

The research noted that participants, “showed some modest increases in strength and muscle control, as well as a big improvement in balance. They also achieved a slight drop in body weight.”

Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Lewis Maharam reinforces that research in this LiveScience article, stating that to lose a significant amount of weight, an individual would have to concentrate on increasing their heart-rate while continuing to challenge themselves with poses of increased difficulty during their yoga regimen.

Healthy habits spur along other healthy habits in our lives.

If you carve out time specifically dedicated to you physical wellness and form, you’re likely making better eating choices as well.





Need More Energy? Studies Say Do Yoga.

If you’re like the quarter of America’s population who report suffering from chronic stress or anxiety, it can be difficult to find time dedicated solely to your physical and mental well-being – let alone finding the energy to endure a challenging core strengthening exercise.

All sorts of external pressures keep us from achieving our fitness goals year-in and out. And while mentally scheduling time to dedicate to a regular workout routine may seem easy, actually showing up and keeping up week-after-week is another challenge entirely.

This feat may seem overwhelming, or nearly impossible in the long-term. Especially after coming out of the jagged holiday season with mix-matched schedules that oftentimes come with added responsibility and expectations from friends and family members.

But, what if there was a way to incorporate a sure-fire way to ensure that your days and weeks are filled with the energy and mental focus to tackle your goals?

Yoga may be just the thing.

According to this study published in Time, research from Duke University Medical Center found that “yoga does, in fact, have positive effects on mild depression and sleep problems.”

Cortisol is better known as the “stress hormone,” that impacts everything from your in-the-moment stressors, sleep cycles and even your metabolism. Taking a few moments out of your day to slow down, breathe deeply and let your mind and body recharge will set you up for a day of perseverance and clarity.

Not to mention, it will hinder your temptation to reach for an extra sugar rush or caffeine jolt, which can leave you feeling even more fatigued when their stimulating effects wear off and keep you wanting more.

Further, the practice of yoga has been linked to mental stability and focus. According to this study published in Time, research from Duke University Medical Center found that “yoga does in fact have positive effects on on mild depression and sleep problems.”

So, aside from countless mental and physical health benefits your yoga class already paves a way for in your body, mind and spirit, it may also help you out-perform in other areas of your life.

Give your schedule and fitness routine the energetic boost they need to meet the rest of your goals.









Take A Mental Break – How Yoga Can Help Combat Anxiety and Depression

Striking a pose goes way beyond the body. Here’s how yoga can help combat anxiety and depression:

Life is full of dynamic pressures.

Work, social expectations, daily commutes and finances – even fun activities, like hobbies and volunteer work – play large roles in how we allocate our time resources and mental energy.

Prioritizing room in your busy schedule for physical activity, ensuring a healthy diet and adequate sleep is difficult enough – but factoring in checks for your mental health?

Really, who has the time?

With the added pressures and demands of upcoming holidays with their mismatched routines and hectic traveling schedules, taking a break may seem like not only an unattainable goal, but some sort of cruel joke.

How is Stress Hurting Our Bodies?

The effect of mental strain on the human body is real, and according to The American Psychological Association, chronic. Stress in the United States is on the rise – with nearly four in 10 people reporting that they feel the strain every day.

Repercussions of this stress can manifest in several ways. The first and most seemingly innocuous symptoms come in the form of headaches, muscle tension and disrupted sleep.

But if left unchecked, these symptoms can bubble to the surface of your life in behavioral issues such as overeating, substance abuse, and “angry outbursts.” And the setbacks your personal health goals bear much more weight as a result.

How Can Yoga Help?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “a number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.” The practice’s focus on breathing and meditation not only relaxes the body, but also the spirit and overall sense of wellness.

And those battling depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can benefit from the “tamed stress response” that comes with doing yoga regularly according to a recent study from Harvard Medical School.

This can help regulate stress, making it easier for yogis and beginners alike to combat its tell-tale tension symptoms before they even begin.

Earn Focus. Save Time.

All-in-all, adding yoga to your workout routine is scientifically proven to help alleviate stress and help you focus on what truly matters in your life. Grab control of your stress and take back your time and energy. Take a break, and thank us later.







Ready to Get Your Hot Yoga Fix Midlothian?

Hot House Yoga will open a new location in Midlothian on November 8, 2014.

The state-of-the-art hot yoga studio is designed to meet the needs of people of all ages and skill levels. It is the fourth location for Hot House Yoga that began almost 10 years ago in Virginia Beach, in 2011the first Richmond location opened in the West End. The new location offers the best in hot yoga in our beautiful new studio where detail, quality and service are absolute. Classes are available daily from early morning till late evening.

“With the opening of our new Midlothian location, we’re excited to help local residents reach their health related goals,” said Jimmy Yax, owner/partner, Hot House Yoga. “Whether you’re aiming to get in shape or trying to fit exercise into a busy schedule, we’re here to help people succeed no matter what their ability level.”

Hot House Yoga is offering a free week of yoga November 8 through 14 at the Midlothian location. For that week only clients can sign-up for one month of unlimited yoga, a yoga mat and two yoga workshops for $99. Hot House Yoga 14227 Midlothian Turnpike Midlothian, VA 804.794.0099 hothouseyogi.com The new 3,000 square-foot hot yoga studio features include:

  • State-of-the-art heating system
  • Spa-like amenitiesHHY_FB_Midlothian_72
  • Private showers
  • Towel service
  • Storage and changing area
  • Complimentary skidless yoga towels
  • Professional friendly staff
  • Swipe card check-in
  • Yoga attire for practice and lifestyle
  • Water and cold-pressed juices for pre and post practice

Mary Kathryn Wood “WooWoo” – Hot House Yoga 21-Challenge

– Discovering the Surprise Benefit of Yoga in Her LifeWoo_Maggie

As an avid pursuer of fitness, WooWoo jumped at the chance to participate in the Hot House 21 Challenge. It was not only an opportunity to personally challenge herself, but to share the experience with her listeners on The Point, a Hampton Roads radio station.

As a busy mom and full time on-air disc radio personality, WooWoo’s biggest concern with the challenge was logistics. How was she going to fit it all in? But what she discovered and loved was the abundance of options on the class schedule with classes’ morning, noon and night. With that flexibility and making her practice a priority she was able to fit yoga into her schedule.

With the logistical aspect taken care of, WooWoo’s goals were to successfully complete the challenge and focus on a total mind and body workout.

“I wanted to really spend the time on the mat being at peace with myself. Appreciating my breath. Silencing all the noise. I wanted to not only come out physically stronger – but mentally.”

In contrast to her past yoga practice, she found in the challenge that she was connecting more to the breath and the solitude. She let go and just moved. Being in the moment helped her connect more to each day  – so those feelings of happiness motivated her to keep going back.

“The world would be a happier place if everyone spent one hour a day doing yoga – relaxing, breathing and appreciating life. Yoga is truly mood altering – in the best most positive way possible.”

Thanks WooWoo! A testament for working moms everywhere. #HH21Challenge


Erin Stehle – Hot House Yoga 21-Challenge

~ Bringing life back after a loss

Erin Stehle was mourning the loss of her father. She had shared a lifelong passion of running with him, and now that he was gone something she enjoyed so Erin Stehle Sqmuch just became too painful. Without that outlet she absorbed herself in her studies and lost life balance. Discontent with whom she was becoming, the lack of sleep it was causing she turned to Hot House Yoga and the 21 Challenge. She hoped it could turn things around and be a source of stress relief.

Nervous and not knowing what to expect she was pleased to discover a welcoming, friendly and supportive staff and the ability to practice as much as she wanted. The challenge provided her a chance to work yoga into her regular schedule and learned that she loved hot yoga and hot vinyasa.

Yoga, through the challenge, brought happiness back to Erin’s life.

“Yoga completely changed my mind set on life. Even though I experienced a tough loss I realized there is still so much beauty around me.”

Erin now approaches life wanting to experience every moment and live in the present. She loves what yoga has done to her mind and heart, but also what it has done for her physically. She loves to practice inversions and arm balances in vinyasa and appreciates laughing at herself when she falls out knowing that neither she, nor anyone else in the class is judging her.

Thanks Erin – we are grateful for you! #HH21Challenge

If you have a story you’d like to share regarding the Hot House Yoga 21-Challenge, email jennifer at hothouseyogi dot com. 


Kendall Selfe – Hot House Yoga 21-Challenge

– Finding focus in a busy lifeKendall Selfe Sq

Kendall decided to participate in the Hot House Challenge because of the charity tied to those who successfully completed the challenge. It was big balance for Kendall to manage 21 classes with working, attending school and parenting. He was driven by the charity and the desire to see what the commitment to yoga would mean to his mind and body.

For him, the best part of the challenge was the camaraderie from others involved in the journey, the mutual support and cheerleading from participants, staff and teachers.

The big surprise for Kendall ended up being one of those “life-changing” experiences he was reluctant to believe in. He had a compressed nerve for years. It was to the point he was about to have surgery because his arm would go numb. After the consistent practice from the challenge, the ailment went away.

“I am a believer now and my practice has improved immensely. You always get out what you put in.”

Kendall now practices at least three times a week and the pain has not returned. He is grateful for the 21-Challenge and believes in the power of yoga.

Thanks Kendall – we believe in you! #HH21Challenge

If you have a story you’d like to share regarding the Hot House Yoga 21-Challenge, email jennifer at hothouseyogi dot com. 


Bill Rogers – Hot House Yoga 21-Challenge

 ~ Back pain and reversing the “inevitable” cycle

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Bill Rogers was driven to yoga and the Hot House 21-Challenge because of back pain that began in his late teens. Taking it as a part of the aging process he dealt with it until a sciatic injury pushed him over the tolerable level. Chiropractic and massage treatment only provided temporary relief. It was debilitating and bothersome to put it mildly.

A friend who sang the praises of how yoga would help with his pain, referred him to Hot House. It wasn’t easy and he didn’t go back for months. It was the start of a Hot House 21-Challenge that brought him back. Bill went from struggling to touch his toes and finding the balance to stand on one leg, to three weeks in realizing that his sciatic pain was gone. By discovering tightness he had learned to ignore, he learned to release and therefore reverse the cycle he had been taught to be inevitable.

Bill has changed his fitness path from going to the gym everyday and doing yoga once a week, to doing yoga everyday and the gym once a week. He still experiences tightness in his body but it is always improving.

“Yoga is the greatest and hardest thing I have ever  done. I was stressed and lived with severe pain  before  yoga. Now I am happy and my body feels like  I am  16.”

Bill is grateful for the 21-Challenge and how it got him to a committed yoga practice. He feels that he is in the best shape of his life and feels amazing.

Thanks Bill – you inspire us! #HH21Challenge

If you have a story you’d like to share regarding the Hot House Yoga 21-Challenge, email jennifer at hothouseyogi dot com.



Why are we changing the names of our classes?

By: Chris Yaxname

When John and I went through our first teacher training, we were taught that the word “Hot” in Hot Yoga is a noun, not an adjective, because “Hot Yoga” is a specific style of yoga originating in Calcutta India. At the same time, we’re teaching Hot Vinyasa, the “Hot” here being an adjective as in higher temperature. Wait – is this yoga or a grammar class? But you can see how confusing this can be, especially since the rest of the world believes both “Hots” to simply mean heated yoga.

We even end up in conversations saying, “are you taking yoga or vinyasa?” or “are you taking a hot class or a vinyasa class?” Both of which, upon deeper evaluation, are misguiding. Is Vinyasa not Yoga? Is Vinyasa not heated?

So we’ve decided to step out of this incredibly confusing play on nouns and adjectives by changing the names of our classes, so that Hot denotes temperature, like most of the world already assumes. Here it is in a nutshell:

We are Hot House Yoga. We specialize in teaching Hot Yoga. The two styles of Hot Yoga that we teach are Hot Stability and Hot Flow. The two styles are designed to be practiced together to create optimal balance.

Our Hot Stability class includes a distinct and therapeutic sequence of postures practiced in a heated room. It is considered a stationary sequence, which means you come back to a stationary standing posture, Mountain Pose, between other postures. The alignment principles that organize Mountain Pose are the alignment principles that structure of every other pose. These principles, collectively termed Vertical Stabilization, form the foundation of the class. This slower-paced, detailed-alignment style of class is ideal for beginners, but equally appropriate for intermediate and advanced students. The sequence of postures in our Stability classes doesn’t change from class to class or teacher to teacher. This specifically helps you build a solid foundation; allowing you to program into your mind and body the principles of Vertical Stabilization and breath control. It also allows you to easily measure your progression from class to class.

The reason for calling it Hot Stability is in the fact that Vertical Stabilization, or the alignment principles found in Mountain Pose, are the foundation of the entire class. These are the principles expressed in every other pose. With that level of importance, we figured it was a worthy of naming the class in relation to it.

Our Hot Flow class, traditionally called vinyasa, is one of continuous movement where you seamlessly transition from posture to posture, synchronizing the breath with every movement. This class, like our Stability class, also follows therapeutic sequencing, however the sequence will subtly change from class to class, depending on the teacher. The class is heated and builds in succession, one posture preparing the body for the next. The Sun Salutation, a series of poses that create the foundation of the class, defines the flow. The continuous movement and faster pace of the class makes this style more challenging as a beginner, but quickly accessible with a consistent practice.

The defining characteristic of vinyasa classes is the way we connect poses together into a seamless flowing experience – it is our Flow Class.

Two new names but everything you’ve come to expect from Hot House Yoga will remain the same. Great teachers, phenomenal facilities, excellent customer service and the class structures you love – just referred to with different names. Enjoy, and thanks for your continued trust and support.