What is HotCore Yoga?
Medical science has increasingly shown interest in yoga as a rehab modality for chronic illness & aid in body maintenance. HotCore is a 33 posture series that works out the entire body for 90 minutes from the inside out, from the macro to micro level, using every system of the body. Performed in a heated room, the sequence is designed so every posture warms up the muscles & joints needed for the next posture, in addition to revitalizing organs, glands & nervous system. HotCore is a challenging, exciting & vigorous series grounded in the time-tested lineage of yoga.
HotCore Yoga’s key elements include:
1. Impeccable body mechanics designed to lengthen/strength the core, which is located from the base of the spine to the solar plexus.
2. Heat & Steam to open up the body. Mirrors to correct misalignments.
3. Long slow Ujaya breaths. Activates the healing faculty that lies dormant in the nervous system. This yogic breath cleanses the body systems, organs, glands, muscles, soft tissues & fascia right down to the cellular level.
4. Bandhas (Core lift) – Subtle internal drawing up that is both physical & energetic.
5. Sanctuary for the Soul – Deep tensions release from the mind & body whenever a person feels connected to his/her soul. This experience of sanctuary is the essence of HotCore Yoga which balances the intense challenge of the asana practice.
6. Groovin’ Tunes – Our 350 playlists provide musical options to delight & inspire you with a huge range of artists: Apache Indian, Adele, Thievery Corp, Dj Drez, Krishna Das, Sheila Chandra, Eno, Moby, Nina Simone, Black Eyed Peas, Desert Dwellers, Santana, Eva Cassidy, Hendrix, Snatam Kaur, Zero 7, Indigo Girls, The Monkees, Miriam Makeba + hundreds of yogi world musicians.
7. Grounded in the time-tested Shiva-Shakti lineage into which Peter has been initiated, HotCore Yoga is a spiritual workout designed to crack you open to the miracle you really are! Not once! But each time you roll out your yoga mat! This is the promise of HotCore Yoga! Join us!
Note: Studio members are required to bring or rent a large towel, yoga mat (available at studio) & water bottle.
Who does HotCore Yoga?
Anyone ready for the workout of their life. At Yoga Passion we have served everyone from elite athletes to construction workers and grandmothers who believed that the best part of their lives were over due to serious injuries. Within the sanctuary of our yoga studio, hundreds of people have experienced a new lease on life. Doing this yoga series, studio member report finding more energy & mental clarity to excel in life. HotCore yoga will help anyone lose weight, relieve stress, & feel great! All levels are always welcome.
What if I’m stiff? Can’t get anywhere near touching my toes?
It is a complete myth that yoga is only for the supple. Especially with HotCore & Power Yoga. In the heat you will discover newfound range of motion & harness your strength to heal your body. Just show up, give your best effort & trust the practice. Flexibility, strength and inner peace will come.
With flexibility, it’s irrelevant where you start. What matters is the trajectory in which you’re heading. Are you becoming progressively stiffer and more brittle? Or are you becoming progressively more open and supple? If it’s the former, why not do something about today?
What if I’m out of shape? Or I dread heat?
Get out your malaise & start sweating. The only way to get in shape is to get started. You will amazed at how your body will love the heat. Again & again I’ve observed people adjust their own self limiting attitudes about themselves & how they interface with life through their yoga practice.
What if I can’t stand the competitive vibe of the gym?
The beauty of our classes is that everyone is so focused on their own breath, body & intention of healing/stress release/awakening that you may be amazed how peaceful a room full of intense yogis can be. Unless most competitive sports, when you win in yoga, everyone else in the room and your life wins with you. There is no need for second, third and fourth place in order to give meaning to the concept of victory. Hence, NO competitive vibe. Just Self-Empowerment. Isn’t this enough?
For Type A Go-Getters, letting go of needing to win represents a huge opportunity for a personality makeover. Your spouse, kids, parents, colleagues & other dear ones will thank you a million times over for taking up yoga. And you will still get an outstanding work-out. I promise.
What if I’ve never done yoga before?
95% of YP studio members took their first class here. We specialize in creating a sanctuary where you rebuild your own body from the inside out. Please let us know if you are working through injuries or chronic conditions. Use of props & modifications make it possible for people of every age to knock the rust off their own rotors. The key ingredient involves investing time and energy in the most sacred temple on Planet Earth … your own body … drop the excuses & start practicing!
Do I have to do every posture?
You choose your level of challenge. Our job is to guide & inspire you. Within this time-tested highly therapeutic method & group-setting of fellow yogis, studio members create their own miracle stories! See our web testimonials.
You will sweat here. You will be challenged. And you can take as much rest you need. In fact, it’s in the resting pose (Savasana) interspersed throughout the series that the magic of HotCore gets integrated into the nervous system where so much healing happens. Try it & start creating your own miracle.
How does HotCore Yoga work?
The body is naturally self-regulating. It just needs to be boosted when it’s out of balance. HotCore provides this boost by gently stretching, squeezing & massaging internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system & stimulating the endocrine & nervous system. Oxygen/nutrients are supplied to stagnant body parts. Toxins are eliminated. The central nervous system is both energized & soothed. The lymphatic system is also flushed out & the immune system is boosted. Sexual fertility/vitality are improved. Internal organs & endocrine glands are brought back into balance & peak performance. Lung capacity is expanded. Bones are strengthened. Joints are opened & lubricated. By doing these postures you are working on the cellular level to reorganize the cells’ lipids & proteins so that calories can be more easily burned.
Isn’t HotCore Yoga a close facsimile of Bikram Yoga?
Yes. At first glance, many of the postures look the same as well as use of heat & mirrors. However the emphasis that we put on fundamental body mechanics, yogic breath (ujaya) & corelift (bandhas) sets us so far apart from the vast majority of Bikram teachers (including Bikram himself) that Peter decided to launch a new style. HotCore gives you the same great work-out while incorporating the highest rehab modalities available to keep your body/mind connection fit & vital for the long run in your life.
How does Power Yoga influence HotCore Yoga?
Largely influenced by Baron Baptiste, Power yoga is a vinyasa (flow) using sun breath, sun salutations & various postur. Power is another invigorating fun style of hot yoga where you’ll get the most amazing endorphin buzz. Get a great full-body workout! Every class includes a killer ab burn! ENJOY!
Note: Studio members are required to bring a large beach towel or a yoga rug, sticky yoga mat (available at studio) & a water bottle.