By Doris Lam
October 07, 2020
Grab your water bottle, we’re getting sweaty at the city’s best hot yoga studios
Doing yoga in a heated room may sound like torture to some, but it could actually be easier than normal yoga for others––the heat makes it easier for muscles to stretch, allowing you to go deeper in your poses than usual.
However, as with all sports, there are downsides of hot yoga: since you’re sweating more during the workout, you might become dehydrated more easily, risking dehydration and heat exhaustion. If you’re sensitive to heat or suffer from cardiovascular disease, check with your doctor before signing up for a sweaty yoga session.
For those looking for a challenge, however, look no further––we’ve found the best yoga studios in town that offer hot yoga classes. From Bikram yoga to vinyasa flows, here are the top hot yoga studios in Hong Kong.
If you’re a fan of Y7 Studio in the U.S., you’ll feel right at home at Flowga, Hong Kong’s cool new boutique hot yoga studio. Offering 60-minute candle-lit hot flows in their rustic chic studio in Central, Flowga is the city’s first dedicated hot yoga studio and is (definitely) the cool kid on the block.
Students can choose from five different hot yoga classes: Sweat n’ Flow, an all-level vinyasa class; Sweat n’ Burn, an intermediate level class; Sweat n’ Power, a bodyweight and cardio-focused class; Simmer Down, a slow-paced vinyasa flow; and Inside Flow, a fun yoga and dance class where sequences are synced up to the rhythm of the music.
Flowga, Unit F, 1st Floor, Winner Building, 37 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
Natural light, luxe touches and bits of nature scattered around the studio, Be Earth is a sanctuary for yogis to escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Offering a variety of non-heated room classes such as beginner’s flow, anti-gravity class, restorative class, as well as hot and warm yoga classes, you’ll be able to choose how much you want to push yourself that day depending on your mood.
Afterwards, treat yourself to a nice, relaxing shower at their gorgeously equipped changing rooms. Featuring filtered rain showerheads, natural hair, body and skincare products and thoughtful details all around, you’ll feel pampered from head to toe.
Be Earth, 2/F, On Building, 162 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Located in Times Square, Fivelements brings the relaxing spirit of its award-winning Bali retreat to Hong Kong. Offering over 30 different types of yoga classes regularly, as well as other wellness classes such as breathwork, meditation and sound bath healing, Fivelements is a one-stop studio for all things related to wellness.
Choose from four hot yoga classes: Hot 26, a class based on 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises to activate the entire body and flush out toxins; Hot Power, strength and fitness-based class that helps to detox and energise the body; Hot Yoga Detox Flow, an all-levels therapeutic class that encourages blood circulation and increases flexibility; and Warm Yoga, a gentle and slow class that gently stretches tight areas of your body.
Fivelements, Level 13A, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
It’s impossible to avoid running into Pure thanks to its ever-growing number of branches across the city. Despite it being a chain establishment, Pure Yoga still remains as one of Hong Kong’s leading yoga studios thanks to its high-level amenities, instructors and the number of classes on offer daily.
While not every type of yoga class is available daily, Pure Yoga has over ten different hot yoga classes across all twelve studios. From classes such as Detox Flow, Hot Hatha, Hot Vinyasa and Hot Basics, classes are categorised according to experience, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally signing up for an expert level yoga class if you’re a yoga newbie.
Yoga Room is a no-fuss yoga studio in Sheung Wan which spans over four floors, holding over 90 classes per week for yogis of all levels. They offer two hot yoga classes: Hot Flow and Hot Hatha, the former being a hot vinyasa flow that increases strength and flexibility, while the latter focuses on basic postures and rhythmic breathing as well as alignment.
Yoga Room, 3/F, 4/F, 6/F & 16/F, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Visiting Discovery Bay? YogaUp is surrounded by the calming ambience of nature and the sea, helping you feel zen throughout your practice. Try Bikram yoga at their Hot 26+2 class to flush out toxins or join their warm and relaxing stretch class to unwind from a long day at work.
Indulge in the studio’s luxe hair and body products from John Masters and sip on their complimentary fruit infused water and speciality tea before taking a stroll by the ocean.
YogaUp, 1/F Unit 6 & 7, Block 2, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong