Hot Yoga takes the heated room ethos of Bikram, and its teachers may share some of Bikram’s lineage, but, in most cases, the association stops there. Studio practice rooms are typically kept well above 80 degrees and the sequencing of postures — and the postures themselves — varied. A leading studio for hot yoga in San Francisco, California Yoga Company
in Pacific Heights, teaches the Monnier Method, a step in the Bishnu Ghosh lineage of asana informed by the teachings of Tony Sanchez.
Low key but constantly humming, dedicated students practice a set series of 40+ postures in California Yoga Company’s hot but not baking 85 to 95-degree rooms.
Other studios offering variations on Hot Yoga in San Francisco include Hot Yoga Ocean Avenue
, Aha Yoga
in the Marina District, and Urban Flow Yoga
, which offers donation based hot, vinyasa flow classes. Likewise, Yoga to the People
is dedicated to keeping hot yoga real, offering donation-based Hot Yoga in San Francisco and Berkeley (as well as several other locations throughout the country). Hot Yoga Ocean Avenue
stretches the bounds of its offering, including classes similar to a classic Bikram class, Hot Yoga Flow and even Ashtanga classes at its Ingleside studio. Visit the Yogi Times
studio listing to learn about more opportunities to practice Hot Yoga in San Francisco.