Traditionally, when someone used the term “hot yoga” they were referring to Bikram Yoga, a style of heated yoga made popular by Bikram Choudhury. However, once the benefits of hot yoga became apparent, other forms of yoga began to add heat. One of the most popular forms of hot yoga today isn’t Bikram, it’s Hot Vinyasa. Unlike the strict environment of Bikram Yoga, Hot Vinyasa can take many forms. It can range from 75F to 115F in the room, and can have a multitude of other variables as well. It is important to note, if a certain Hot Vinyasa studio doesn’t resonate with you, there is a good chance another one will, since each studio/teacher has room to play with what exactly their Hot Vinyasa class will look like (as opposed Bikram, which follows the rules set forth by Bikram Choudhury himself).
Here is a look at the biggest differences between Bikram Yoga and Hot Vinyasa Yoga.