Crash Course: Moksha Hot Yoga is a method developed by a Canadian couple in 2004. There are only a handful of affiliated studios in the US – one of which is in my hometown of Cincinnati. The practice consists of about 40 poses done in a room heated to 95 – 100 degrees. It’s not quite bikram, not quite heated vinyasa flow; but if you like either you’ll feel at home here. Click here for the full Cincinnati schedule.
[left]where: 3527 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati OH
bring: towel, water bottle, mat
perks: showers, mat and towel rental
sweat score: 8.5 out of 10[/left][right]wear: less is more
cost: $17 drop in rate[/right][line]
According to their website:
Moksha Yoga is a green, clean, hot yoga series that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind. While all classes are rooted in the Moksha Yoga series, teachers are encouraged to bring their own unique knowledge and experience every time they enter the room to teach.
- The class starts in savasana, has one mid way through, and ends in savasana
- There are no sun salutations
- You have one shot at wheel – make it count
- Hydration is encouraged throughout class
- No chanting ohms
- There are two breathing exercises, including the short breathing done at the end of bikram
I really loved the 75 minute class. It was different enough from what I had done before to keep me constantly guessing, but none of the poses were new to me. It’s funny how just shaking up the sequence of poses can make a yoga practice entirely new. I also didn’t find it as athletic a practice as what is offered at Down Dog or bikram, but then again, yoga is what you make of it. That said, if you have never done hot yoga before and are interested in dabbling, I’d recommend making this studio your first stop. It’s a gentle introduction for first timers, and a comforting challenge for those with more experience.
Also, can we talk about this locker room? It was absolutely gorgeous. DC yoga studios take note, please! Two beautiful, clean, large showers, cubbies for storage, hair dryers, and all the fixings to get ready after class. There was a hamper for wet towels, plenty of changing room, and a water fountain to fill up before and after the sweaty flow.
I’m also a sucker for studios that remember to go big with little details. Moksha Yoga Cincinnati had cotton hand towels, organic soap products, extra hair ties and bobby pins, and local art on the walls. They offer mats and towels for rent, and not just any towels…anyone recognize this slice of hot yoga heaven?
That’s right – yogitoes! I was so thrilled to borrow one of these for class. I have never been to a studio where these are on loan and have to tip my hat to Moksha Cincinnati for making sure visitors like me have a comfy hot yoga experience. I will definitely be back next time I come home for a visit.