A typical class is not difficult but it is very physical. You won’t be doing any poses that only a gymnast or circus performers could do. The unique Hot Yoga style features pattern of poses that repeat and augment as new elements are added for each round.
It’s easy to catch on the the rhythm of the class. It’s also easy to change, modify or even skip a portion of the class if you choose. Simple verbal queuing as well as light hands on assists helps you find the optimal pose. We are always watching for your signals and the class is tempered or changed to meet the needs of the each group.
After warm up sequences, the next 30 minutes will bring you onto a gathering wave of rising of energy. The middle of the class is the crest of the wave, with a peak pose that has been precursored within the previous poses. The last portion of class is the warm down with deeper stretches and some final gentle movements. Class ends with a five-minute resting pose or Savasana starting with a small cold stone that is placed on your forehead. As class finishes you receive a cool. moist orange-scented towel for your refreshment. It’s better than being at a spa!
- Please, arrive 10-15 minutes before class for registration.
- Bring a large towel, yoga mat, and bottle of water. The studio will have some mats and towels to borrow.
- Come well hydrated and with an empty stomach – limit eating to one hour prior to class and then only a light snack of nuts or fruit.
- Wear light workout clothing: shorts, similar to bathing suit shorts for men and a light T shirt. Women wear fitted shorts and workout tops.
- Please do not wear any perfumes or heavy scents.
- Tell your instructor about injuries, special needs or concerns. You can skip postures that don’t feel right.
- Create an intention for your practice. This may help you focus.
- Be comfortable in class, laughter is encouraged.
- Don’t push your body. Avoid comparing your practice to another’s. Do what you can without straining or injuring yourself.
- Take time for reflection after the class. Take note of the calmness and the decreased stress you may feel even into the next day.
Andrea O’Connor E- RYT 200 Andrea has practiced and taught yoga for over ten years. With a background of practice in Bikram and Astanga, she then went on to study and teach Anusara-Inspired yoga and pursues training in Anusara as well as other movement systems such as Gyrotonic, methods of physical therapy and dance. Andrea believes and teaches that yoga can be practiced anywhere, anytime! You can adjust your posture and physical alignment, as well as your spiritual focus and attitudes to be more comfortable and full of energy and lightness whether you are in a yoga class or standing in the grocery line.Andrea often teaches classes at Hot Yoga Burlington VT for Bill, her sweetheart and husband, when he is out of town usually training in yoga or on one of his “blue water” sailing excursions.
Naomi is a yoga, Pilates, and ballet barre instructor with over 500 hours of training and years of teaching experience. Though she began her yoga journey with Ashtanga practice, she is primarily a vinyasa teacher. She received her yoga teaching certification from David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund but has done several advanced trainings and workshops with teachers such as Jacqui Bonwell, Schuyler Grant, Robert Boustany, Ana Forrest, Sadie Nardini, and Dharma Mittra.
Naomi’s teaching style ranges from an upbeat and energetic workout to a slow and relaxing stretch and she has taught students with all ranges of ability and athleticism: from advanced yogis, competitive athletes, and professional dancers to beginners, seniors and the differently abled.
She loves music and uses it to help inspire movement and guide the breath. During class, Naomi focuses on creative posture sequencing, safe alignment and deep core strength, but also teaches each person how to listen to their own bodies, how to work within their personal set of limitations and how to recognize and develop their strengths.