We opened the doors to our original location on January 27, 2004 as Bikram Yoga Charlottesville. Due to the changing needs of our community, when we moved to our new location at 216 West Water Street, we released our affiliation with Bikram Yoga Worldwide and renamed our studio Hot Yoga Charlottesville.
In addition to the 90 minute classes we have been offering for 10 years, we added a shorter version of the same series (75 minutes) and vinyasa style yoga classes which we offer in a smaller hot room (92-95 degrees).
We have a vibrant community of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Our friendly staff will guide both beginner and experienced practitioners through a safe and challenging practice. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Lizzie started practicing hot yoga in 1999 in Washington, D.C. The practice brought her relief from work stress and helped heal her injuries from a collegiate soccer career and long distance running. In 2001, an illness left her wondering why she was working in a high-pressure world that so poorly fit her dreams and aspirations. After attending teacher training in the spring of 2003, Lizzie moved to Virginia and opened Hot Yoga Charlottesville (then Bikram Yoga Charlottesville) the next year – and found her potential for happiness fulfilled. (Click for more.)
Amy used to think she wanted to be a corporate lawyer, but life had another plan. She had been a pack-a-day smoker for 15 years when a waitress she worked with took her to her first hot yoga class in Soho, NYC. The class was a wake up call, one that convinced her to quit smoking and attend teacher training just six months later, in the spring of 2001. (Click for more.)
Kelly started practicing yoga when she was 12 years old, as a way to increase flexibility for her athletic endeavors. She was a devoted swimmer - practicing on three teams and competing on two. Outside of the swimming pool, Kelly had a hard time speaking up and making friends, but yoga offered her a space to move beyond her shyness. She attended her first Hot Vinyasa class in Washington, D.C. in 2007 and found that style resonated with her. Kelly's husband started his GI/Hepatology fellowship at UVA, and she found HYC when the studio started offering Vinyasa. (Click for more.)
Julia took her first Yoga class at Bikram Yoga Charlottesville in 2008 while attending UVA. It was a real struggle and she sat out half the postures, but after class she felt like she had been reborn. It took her about a year to really commit to the practice, but after that she never looked back. Julia attended Bikram Teacher Training in 2010 and taught in New York City and Austin before moving back to Charlottesville. In 2015 she completed Vinyasa Teacher Training at Mosaic Yoga. (Click for more.)
Kirk went to his first hot yoga class in Portland, Maine and spent most of the time being angry that the teacher didn't turn the fans on. But soon, he developed a deep love for both the practice of yoga and the very short, very bright, spandex shorts he gets to wear. Kirk went to yoga teacher training in 2008 and has taught and traveled extensively since then. (Click for more.)
Sara fell in love with hot yoga in 2007 while pursuing graduate work in philosophy at UVa. While she sought to make sense of her life and the world through academic philosophy, it was really her time on her mat that helped her find her inner teacher and guide. In 2009, after completing her MA, Sara attended teacher training and has been teaching at Hot Yoga Charlottesville ever since. (Click for more.)
Bea is originally from the Canary Islands of Spain and she has a degree in agricultural engineering. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years, but took her first hot yoga class two years ago. Bea’s work as a potter is physically demanding and she has found that she receives great benefits from practicing in the heat. She lived in an Ecovillage in Scotland for five years and always brings those lessons on meditation and devotion with her into the hot room. (Click for more.)
Before moving to Charlottesville, most of Madelyn's physical and emotional energy went to ballet. She had sporadically tried out various styles of yoga, but just a few weeks after walking into the hot yoga studio, she was officially an addict. Becoming a yoga teacher had never been in her plans but several months into her practice, she knew what she had to do. With the support of the Charlottesville studio and her family, she attended training in the fall of 2010 and has been teaching at Hot Yoga Charlottesville ever since. (Click for more.)
Monica is originally from Long Island, but she has been on the move since college. She’s lived in North Carolina, Arizona, California and is now here in beautiful Charlottesville. She started doing yoga out of a couple of used paperbacks she found in a bookstore free box in 1997. One of the books was Bikram, the other was Richard Hittleman's 28 Days to Yoga. Her relationship with yoga deepened in 2008 when her long-time back pain became debilitating. Yoga healed her body and then started to work on her mind and heart. She began teaching hot yoga in Northern California in 2011. (Click for more.)
A friend suggested Severine try her first yoga class in 2004, as a way to manage stress. She wasn’t quite prepared for the heat in the room, but apparently she adjusted to it - the following year she completed 500 classes in 365 days! Severine became a teacher in the spring of 2011 and found training to be one of the most challenging and amazing experiences of her life. (Click for more.)
Mia Hamza is a yoga teacher, writer, and a West Virginia girl. She's currently living out her dreams in a mountain town while still globe trotting regularly. You’ll find her on sunset hikes, strolling farmers’ markets, scribbling notes in her journal, and road tripping with her tribe. Whether it’s through a sweaty yoga practice, a gratitude meditation, or a conversation over green juice (or red wine) about life inspirations, her passion lies in guiding people toward bliss and balance. (Click for more.)