It takes more than a hot room and a list of postures to make your Bikram Method Yoga practice a safe, rewarding experience.
Bikram Method Yoga is a specialized system of Hatha yoga. This 90-minute class is designed to balance the strength, flexibility and balance on both sides of the body. The specific heat and humidity parameters maintain the cardio conditioning and therapeutic effect designed for beginners. Bikram Yoga is a perfect cardio/therapy maintenance class for all yoga practitioners and athletes.
Bikram Choudhury, the creator of Bikram Yoga, and now Craig Villani (Former Director of Bikram training) and founder of Raja Yoga Academy, trains and certifies their instructors to ensure that the Ghosh (Bikram’s guru) methods and philosophy are preserved and properly taught. To be certified as an instructor in the authentic “Bikram Method” or Traditional 26 & 2 series, an instructor at the Hot spot must complete an intensive six to nine-week training session requiring over 500 hours of study.
Spring 2016, we began a new chapter of training with a 500-hour certification course developed by Craig Villani (director and senior teacher of Bikram Yoga Training for over a decade). May 2016, Hot Spot Director, Kristin Olsen served on the faculty of the Raja Yoga Academy in Australia for the launch of this new paradigm in hot yoga teacher training. Craig Villani has developed this 500-hour certification course dedicated to the therapeutic Core 26 and the Bishnu Ghosh lineage of practice. Hot Spot Yoga shares this mission and fresh perspective on the time-honored benefits of the yoga.
The initial certification is only the beginning of a Bikram teachers journey. To maintain studio integrity, each studio owner and instructor must get back to the source of training regularly to maintain the theory of practice. It makes sense that a studio specializing in a yoga tradition would make sure all staff is getting continuing education from "the source" every year.
A studio guided by a Bikram or Raja certified instructor provides the best possible instruction in the Bikram Method. Certified Bikram or Raja instructors have a continuing connection to Bikram Choudhury or Craig Villani and their training staff, allowing the studio to draw from all of the resources the training center has to offer. This includes special seminars, posture clinics, guest instructors, and answers to questions which may arise in a particular practitioner's Bikram Yoga practice.
Currently Hot Spot Yoga LLC is the only studio in Kentucky that offers the authentic (26 & 2) or Bikram series. The authentic Beginning Bikram series, is a 90-minute class and discipline practiced in a 105-degree room, designed for beginners.