Life of the Studio
We opened Bikram Yoga Charlottesville on January 27, 2004. Almost 10 years later, we relocated just up the street and re-opened as Hot Yoga Charlottesville and began offering hot vinyasa and power yoga, in addition to our original bikram method/26&2. Most recently, we have started offering restorative yin yoga classes, as well.
216 West Water St.
open 365 days a year
6am – 9pm
We took the experiences of our first location, the expertise of hot yoga studio owners across the globe, and local engineers and technicians to create our state of the art studio.
Our heating system pumps in fresh air from outside (not recycled from inside like many studios), filters it, heats it, humidifies it, and then pours it into our 1700 square foot hot room (we want you to have room to move!). The heat performs within 2 degrees of set point throughout the practice and a whole-room humidifier hidden behind the walls keeps the humidity between 35%-41% humidity.
While it looks and feels like bamboo, our floor is 100% waterproof with a sustainable cork underlayment. This solid surface floor is beautiful to see and perfect for practice.
In our smaller hot room, designed for private lessons, we have a solid surface floor that looks like wood but provides more slip resistance than natural wood.
|FRESH AIR (NOT RECYCLED) PUMPED IN FROM OUTSIDE|
|1700 SQFT HOT ROOM|
|35-41% HUMIDITY VIA WHOLE-ROOM HUMIDIFIER|
|ANTI-MIDCROBIAL, SLIP-RESISTANT FLOORING|
We have changing rooms, showers, and cubbies for personal belongings and filtered water for your water bottle. We also offer bottled water and coconut water for purchase as well as a selection of sustainable yoga clothes from Teeki and Shakti.
|MAT STORAGE AVAILABLE|
|BOUTIQUE YOGA STORE|
Benefits of Hot Yoga
Our members have been reaping the benefits of hot yoga for years. Check out some of these testimonials. Learn more on our Yoga Classes page.
“There is always time for balance and for hard work. There is always room to improve your physical and mental health. Bikram yoga is one of the best investments I have ever made in myself.”
We validate for two hours of free parking at the downtown parking structures, which offer hundreds of parking spaces for the vibrant downtown Charlottesville walking mall. We are one block from the metered city parking lot and there is parking available at the nearby Omni Hotel. A bus and trolley stop are located right across the street.
Our experienced instructors will make you feel welcomed and energized, no matter your experience level, age, or body type. Get to know our instructors below.
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.
Yoga has not only helped her recover from physical issues, it has allowed her to become a more patient mother, loving wife and friend. Lizzie loves being able to lead others through the series that inspired her to change her life for the better. She is so thankful for the Charlottesville community of practitioners and is looking forward to the journey ahead.
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 fall of 2001.
Amy loves camel posture, but loves final savasana even more. Her favorite phrase to use on the podium, “take deep breath in, let it out slow” acts as a reminder, both on and off the mat, to stop and get centered in the present moment. She adores the students, teachers and humidity at Hot Yoga Charlottesville.
Cecily started practicing yoga in college and found it to be love at first sweat. She became a teacher in 1994. Since then, she has started and run two yoga studios – one in Denver, Colorado and one in Tampa, Florida.
She considers teaching and practicing yoga to be one of the great joys of her life. The heat, the sweat and the process of letting go has become a mainstay in her life. Cecily is also a graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and is passionate about growth and transformation – the ways that we move forward, the ways that we stay the same and the opportunities to learn and grow in both. For more information about Cecily’s energy healing practice and nutritional consolation, please visit cecilyarmstrong.com.
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.
What Kelly loves most about teaching is how it takes her deeper into her own experience of herself. Yoga has given her the opportunity to find her voice and connect to people up in front of a class. But, she also loves holding space for people to play and explore and discover exactly what they are capable of – to see that they can do the things that they believed were impossible – and from that new seeing, go into the world to do big things.
Julia took her first Yoga class at Bikram Yoga Charlottesville in 2008 while attending UVA. It was a 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.
Like many people, Julia got into yoga for the physical exercise and stayed for the spiritual and emotional benefits. Yoga has taught her so much about speaking her truth and practicing compassion towards herself and others. Julia’s goal in class is to inspire confidence and show people that yoga is so much more fun when you stop struggling; let go and let your practice flow.
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.
Eight years into her practice, Severine has completed more than 2,500 classes and is not slowing down. She believes that where there is passion, there are no limits. Seve loves enjoying life, which means eating well, spending time with friends and family and of course, lots of yoga.
Jaron first came to HYC in 2011. He had been involved in two serious accidents that shattered his right leg and foot – he nearly lost his leg in the process. During his first class, he couldn’t even do half of the postures, but he came back for ten days in a row and quickly noticed significant mental and emotional benefits to the practice. He was managing stress and relationships better and had found a community of accepting, genuine, warm people, and a collection of compassionate and knowledgeable teachers.
Jaron learned to appreciate how hard his body was working, and how miraculous it was at healing when given the space and kindness necessary. He says that he can’t perform a single posture in a way that looks “beautiful” but he has learned to connect back to his deep self, and how to stay centered in love. He began teaching in 2014 and is forever grateful to this studio for the space to heal, grow, and thrive.
Diane began practicing yoga twenty years ago as a way to alleviate tightness and avoid injuries incurred through running. When she decided to try hot yoga seven years ago, she quickly fell in love. The heat, the sweat and the challenge of the 26/2 practice were definite hooks–but the amazing sense of community at HYC was the sinker. She has completed over 1000 classes since 2009.
In 2016, Diane completed yoga teacher training through HYC and she has been having a blast ever since! She loves the sense of joy, vitality and presence that teaching brings to her life. She is also grateful for the opportunity to share this amazing practice with others.
Annie began practicing yoga after sustaining a dance injury. She was encouraged by her ballet teacher to check out Bikram Yoga to rebuild strength and help develop flexibility. Not knowing the class would be heated, she arrived in knee socks and full sweat-suit. Although Annie sat down during 99.99% of her first class, she nonetheless felt a strong affinity toward the postures, breathwork, and deliciously cathartic heat. Much to her surprise, the more Annie practiced, the more her inner curmudgeon began to dampen and shift—the more joy, wonder, and humor she began to see in life.
Soon after graduating from the University of Virginia, Annie received her 200hr Vinyasa teaching certification at Down Dog Yoga in Washington, D.C. and her 500hr with Mark Stephens in Santa Cruz, CA. Because core engagement stabilizes of all movement and balance, her classes feature ab work, followed by more ab work, in addition to additional abdominal work. No matter why we show up to our mats, she is a firm believer that a little sweat and play each day can go a long way.
Sarah began a regular hot yoga practice after it became apparent to her that years of running were taking a toll on her body. Hot yoga became the perfect alternative for a lifelong ! Sarah moved to Charlottesville in 2015, and completed teacher training at HYC in May 2016. She teaches yoga at HYC, UVA, and the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, a maximum security women’s prison.
Yoga has helped Sarah to slow down and let go of perfectionism to be more present. She tries to impart this to her students by bringing attention to breath and helping them building confidence in their bodies.
Monica is originally from Long Island, but she’s 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.
Monica feels that the body and its movement through asana can teach us everything we need to know about ourselves in order to heal, connect, and realize our potential. She loves practicing Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, meditation, Nia and Yin. Her Power Vinyasa class offers strength, flexibility and a cardio workout along with an awareness practice. Expect pranayama, music, mantra and a whole lot of life force from Monica’s class!
Deborah relocated to Charlotteville from upstate New York with her two little yogis and started practicing yoga at HYC in 2013. Through her regular yoga practice, she found that she became a more balanced teacher, mom, and friend.
Deborah quickly fell in love with the community and completed HYC’s 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2016. She is thrilled to now be teaching yoga, and since she is also an assistant professor at the UVA School of Medicine, she brings an advanced knowledge of anatomy to her vinyasa classes. Deborah can’t wait to see you on your mat!
JJ has always been an avid athlete with a meditation practice, but she has been most challenged when practicing yoga. She consider’s her yoga mat a “magic carpet” that carries her through physical, emotional, and spiritual transformations; it can heal you from the past, strengthen your mindfulness and attention in the present, and open up a space for you in the future.
JJ is certified in The Prison Yoga Project, Mindfulness in Schools, and Teen Yoga. She taught mindful movement in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall for two years and in the Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Facility for one. She graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is a health coach, and is a graduate of Pete Guinosso’s 200 hour teacher training. JJ has also completed several Vipassana meditation courses taught by S.N. Goenka that have greatly influenced her yoga teaching.
Outside of yoga, JJ is pursuing a dual Masters degree in Public Health and Social Work. JJ also writes and performs original music in colorful boots, and she’ll give you a big hug if you want one. Oh—and you might hear her burst into song when she teaches. Hopefully it brings you joy!