With four locations throughout Southern California, Hot 8 Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes for individuals living in Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas. The studio’s group classes focus on strength, flexibility, and balance while also fulfilling spiritual needs. Hot 8 Yoga features over 200 weekly classes including Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, Hot Power Yoga, Hot Yoga Sculpt (with weights), and Hot Yoga Barre. The facility offers class packages and monthly membership rates.
It’s 8am on a Monday morning when I slap my yoga mat onto the hot studio floor, feeling a pre- emptive sense of virtuous wellbeing as the first beads of sweat gather on my brow. But any premature smugness is swiftly eviscerated when I overhear a few hissed words from
my neighbour to her friend. “Are you double-classing today too? The killer combo is hot barre then hot power yoga, back to back.” Welcome to Santa Monica, California, where ‘double- classing’ is a verb.
For decades, this beachside enclave has
attracted the most health-trend obsessed inhabitants of a health-obsessed city (Los Angeles) in a health- obsessed state (California). As the coastal district closest to Hollywood, it was destined to become the palm-fringed playground of choice for sporty starlets, bodybuilders, dancers and performers. During the ’70s, Jane Fonda opened her aerobics studio here, future Olympian Carl Lewis trained at the Santa Monica Track Club and Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped iron at the weightlifting mecca, Gold’s Gym. Today it’s where fitness trends and health fads are cooked up, sampled by a hungry but ruthlessly discerning public, and then either spat out or savoured and given the coveted Santa Monica seal of approval.
The Fondalike ’70s aerobics queens are still here but, a few decades and husbands later, they’ve swapped calisthenics for Cardio Barre and the grapefruit diet for paleo. The changing room demographic is a mix
of taut-faced, oddly airbrushed-looking women who could be 49 or 69, semi-recognisable celebrities and fitness-obsessed twentysomethings working at tech companies on Santa Monica’s Silicon Beach. Mine are the only pale thighs in the room. I’m also the only one with mismatched gym socks.
Thing is, I’m no stranger to gyms. Back home, I do yoga at home most mornings, run 8km three times a week and ClassPass my way around pilates, barre and BodyPump. I’ve had my fair share of flings with faddier offerings, and would rate myself a solid seven on the slob-to-sporty scale. Yet, in Santa Monica, I suspect that number drops to a frumpy four.
I leave Hot 8 Yoga and console myself with a $14 Date Shake at Moon Juice, the most raved-about cold-pressed It’s 8am on a Monday morning when I slap my yoga mat onto the hot studio floor, feeling a pre- emptive sense of virtuous wellbeing as the first beads of sweat gather on my brow.
A few hours later, I witness my first yoga tantrum. My yoga barre class (yoga and barre ballet in a hot room) at the upmarket studio Hot 8 Yoga is booked out, and one turned-away devotee starts yelling and pointing – clearly she’s in need of ommm therapy. However, I’m relieved to trade the cardio for a more relaxing yin class. Read More
Margot Robbie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Taylor Swift are all fans of ballet-based barre workouts. But add in a temperature of 40’C plus and you’re sure to sweat out the sins of last night. Yoga Barre is a revolutionary exercise routine developed in London by the world-famous modern dancer, Lotte Berk and her orthopaedist and is designed to keep you long and lean. Plus, Hot 8 Yoga barre tragics say the class gives you “a yoga high and lifted booty”. Where do we sign up? When you’ve finished your class, head on next door to Nekter where the locals are lining up for a Toxic Flush green juice and a tropical acai bowl.
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A Challenging Hot Yoga Class by Vogue. If you prefer your yoga hot and challenging, this is where you go to push yourself. “The hardest hot yoga class, especially with Omar Lopez,” says Jamie Schneider. Read More