What is Hot Yoga and how is it different then Non-Heated Yoga. I tell my students not to think of (Hot) Yoga as an adjective, think of Hot Yoga as a noun! Hot yoga describes a very specific style of Hatha Yoga. This style comes from Calcutta, India where it is 105 degrees in the summer with 100% humidity! We are simply recreating the conditions of Calcutta. But this style founded by Bishnu Ghosh, younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda! First brought to this country by Bikram Choudhury in the mid 70’s! I was Bikram’s most senior teacher for over 18 years! If you practiced another style of Hatha Yoga for example, Iyengar in a heated room you would no be doing Hot Yoga. You’d be doing Iyengar in a heated room. On the other hand you can still do Hot Yoga in a non-heated room.
What are the differences besides the heat? Alignment concepts, names of poses some times differ, breathing techniques to name a few!