Westcoast Hot Yoga is not the first studio you will see when you start looking for a place to get your Zen on in White Rock. The studio is well located across the Semiahmoo Mall, but it is tucked in on the second floor of an office building. You will need to walk in between the two towers and ring the studio to have the door open for you.
Walking in, you will feel as if you are entering a spa or wellness clinic with its professional looking reception area. Beverages, mats and towels are available for rental.
The General Manager, Tarryl Plain, never loses her cool. She welcomes you with a big smile and entertains regulars with funny stories. When you ask her about her studio, she tells you wholeheartedly that it is amazing and that you will love it.
The change rooms are inviting and clean, complete with showers, privacy change room and cubby holes for storage. The studio itself is spacious with big windows all around. Being on the second floor, the studio is quiet.
Westcoast Hot Yoga has a pretty large schedule with many classes to suit all levels of practice. Hot Yoga (30 and 40 degrees), Yin, Restorative and even a class called Zen Strengh with weights are on offer, as well as special events and teacher trainings. They also have another location in Yaletown for those calling Vancouver home.
The class we opted for was a 60-min Hot Yoga in a room tempered at 40 degrees. The teacher’s name was Succhitra and she opened the session with a sweet reading while lying in Savasana. Her sequence was different and interesting in so many ways. She was demonstrating a lot of the exercises, probably because English is not her first language, but we didn’t need the demos. Her explanations were so clear that we were able to do most of the class with our eyes closed.
After Savasana you are invited to cool down in the quiet relaxation room before heading for a shower.
Westcoast Hot Yoga is a great studio, with a lot of variety, experienced teachers and professional facilities. It is well worth a visit.