There’s no denying the benefits of yoga. Practicing regularly can improve your flexibility and balance, tone your core and other muscle groups, and help you relax and connect with your breath.
Turn the temperature up and the number of benefits only increases. Getting a good sweaty yoga session in will help you feel recharged and refreshed. The most popular form of hot yoga is Bikram, but studios across D.C. offer a variety of classes sure to leave you dripping with sweat.
Here are six hot yoga studios across the DMV to check out the next time you want to get your sweaty zen on!
Down Dog has studios in Georgetown, Bethesda, Herndon and Clarendon. Unroll your mat and work up a sweat in one of the Hot Power classes, a Power + Yin class or a Relax + Renew class. The Core Beats and Sunday Vibes classes are set to music to get you in a feel-good groove. All Baptiste classes at Down Dog are heated to 95 degrees, so you’ll really feel the burn. Down Dog is offering 30 days of unlimited yoga for new students for $30.
CorePower has studios across the country, but locally there are studios locally in CityCenter, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Glover Park and Tenleytown. You can also stop in for a class in Bethesda, Pentagon City, Falls Church or Clarendon. CorePower has a variety of hot yoga flow classes, as well as classes that combine yoga, cardio and strength training. CorePower offers a free first week of unlimited yoga classes.
Stop in to this Cap Hill yoga studio for their signature “Hot 26” class -- a 90-minute class that guides you through 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises. Don’t have time for an hour and a half? Take the “Hot 25 Express” class for either 45 or 60 minutes. They also offer hot Pilates, “yoga sculpt,” which includes weights, or a slow, restorative “SPA” yoga class. Sign up for an introductory month for $39.
How appropriate is this studio's name?! Head to this Columbia Heights studio for a "Forrest" class, which is held at 85 degrees. They also offer Yin, Vinyasa, early morning flows and even a lunchtime flow if you need a midday recharge. Dragon's Breath Yoga offers a new student special: $65 for 1 month of classes.
This studio follows the same 26 postures +2 breathing exercises class model that many hot yoga and Bikram classes follow. Stop into a Hot 60 or Hot 90 class for just that, or try a Hot 60 Silent class if you're looking for less instruction from your yoga teacher. Need to incorporate some stillness or deep stretching into your life? Try a Yin class. Try your first week of classes for $25 (for DC residents only, though).
Ignite a "spark" in your body with one of Spark Yoga's Power Play or Power Yoga classes. The temperature is turned up to 98 degrees to achieve a perfect sweat. Both of these classes are more vigorous, but if you are looking for something more relaxing, attend a Vinyasa, YogaSpark candlelight flow, or Yin class, where the temperature is around 90 degrees. If you're feeling brave or are a more-experienced yogi, try the "Flight Club" class, which helps you practice inversions and balances, and playful movements. This Arlington studio is offering a free first week for new students.