Hot Yoga vs. Bikram Yoga: Making the Right Choice for You

The distinction between Hot Yoga and Bikram Yoga has stirred some debate. Are they really distinct practices, or is it just yoga's version of a name change? While the terms were once used interchangeably, many studios now offer them as distinct practices. At Sanapurna, we've chosen to focus on Hot Yoga, and here's why.


Both Hot Yoga and Bikram Yoga offer invigorating sessions, working their magic with a detoxifying sweat session that leaves you energised long after you leave the studio. The heat benefits include increased lung capacity, improved circulation, enhanced flexibility, weight loss, and a boosted lymphatic system.

Explore more benefits on our Hot Yoga page.


Notably, Hot Yoga is practised in a room that is slightly less warm than for Bikram. At Sanapurna we practise Hot Yoga in a room set between 28-32 degrees Celsius, a more moderate alternative to the traditional Bikram-style at 40 degrees Celsius. Being in a 40 degree room can be excessively hot for many practitioners, potentially compromising the quality of their practice - many end up going literally into “survival mode”! A slightly cooler environment allows for a more mindful and successful practice.


An essential distinction lies in the teaching style. Bikram classes follow a fixed sequence with little adaptation to individual needs, promoting a one-size-fits-all approach. 

Also, in a Hot Yoga class, breaks are encouraged when needed - which typically would not be allowed in a Bikram class.

At Sanapurna, we think it’s very important to provide everyone with personalised attention and ensure that everyone, beginner or experienced, feels cared for and has the opportunity to enjoy yoga at their own pace. 

We believe this creates a much more rewarding yoga experience.


Bikram adheres strictly to a set series of 26 postures, each repeated twice in a 90-minute class. For those seeking variety, the repetitive nature may not be appealing. 

On the other hand, Hot Yoga is rooted in Hatha Yoga and offers a more varied, “athletic” experience, incorporating longer-held postures and typically a Vinyasa flow, in a series of linked poses. At Sanapurna our teachers follow exactly this approach by adding Vinyasa into the class: we focus on a slow, mindful approach and conscious, fluid movements from pose to pose.

Exploring Hot Yoga at Sanapurna

Our Hot Yoga classes at Sanapurna aim to welcome everyone, whether beginners or seasoned yogis. We are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where you can thrive mentally, emotionally, and physically. 

Check our dedicated page for more insights into Hot Yoga’s benefits, features, and considerations. CHECK IT OUT HERE: 

Enrol in a Hot Yoga class at Sanapurna and embark on a journey of well-rounded yoga practice tailored to your needs. ENROL HERE:

Date: 12 March 2024    Comments: 0

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