Paige (San Leandro, CA)
Hot Box Yoga is an amazing yoga studio and the instructors are fabulous. All of the teachers are knowledgeable, kind, and patient. The classes here will challenge and strengthen you. They range from Ashtanga, Hatha Flow and Relaxation yoga. Hot Yoga and it is in Hayward awesome!
Jennifer (Hayward, CA)
Just got through with my first class here. It’s the only yoga studio near my home and I didn’t want to trek to Berkeley (a little further out than I’d like to go on an evening weekday). Lori was my instructor and she was great. I told her that I was coming for back pain and to tone up but of course the back pain would have to be taken into account first. The class ran about an hour and a half with nice quiet yoga music.
The stretching really helped my back and body fine tune itself. Aesthetics of the place I would say is nothing fancy. The mirror is kinda funny but kinda helps you see yourself balance. There is a ballet bar for beginners to help with some tougher poses (so if you’re new lay out in the back). Lori helped adjust me several times which I appreciate since my posture is bad.
Parking is easy (park in the back lot). Bring a small towel and water bottle. I can’t wait for the next class already.
Chris (San Ramon, CA)
Great place to practice yoga, even for a beginner. Instructors and students are all warm and friendly. Parking is easy. I would recommend!
I was diagnosed in 1988 with HIV. In 1992 and 1996 I was hospitalized with PCP twice, a form of pneumonia caused by a compromised immune system. With a consistent yoga practice I have increased my T-cells from 7 to 450. My health has steadily benefited with a yoga practice. I come to class 3-4 days a week to keep my mental clarity and for a connection to the yoga community I have found at Hot Box Yoga.
Susan (San Leandro, CA)
I was diagnosed with a degenerating lower disc in my 20′s and was told that the effects of pain, muscle spasms, etc. would only get worse as I got older. They encouraged exercise to strengthen my abdominal and lower back muscles.
It wasn’t until I began hot yoga in January 2002 that I have experienced a year free form monthly pain, ice compresses, and muscle relaxers. Even when lower back pain flares, my recovery is quick and the yoga always helps to relieve the pain. I feel enthused and excited that I have found an exercise and practice that helps me both physically and mentally.
Mark (Castro Valley, CA)
I was born with hydrocephalus (“water on the brain” caused by spinal fluid entering the cranium and not being able to flow back into the spine.) Through out my life I’ve dealt with minimal balance and coordination, lack of depth perception and having a very large head (about a size 9 – if there were such a thing).
I started taking hot yoga classes in October 2002 at 64 years old. In less tan three weeks of classes, I noticed a significant improvement in my ability to stand, walk and negotiate stairs. This represents a truly remarkable, nearly miraculous, improvement in my physical being, for which I am willing to credit yoga.
Patti (Palo Alto, CA)
I found yoga, not because of a preexisting injury, rather to find balance between the demands of my personal and professional lives.
Last year, I began practicing yoga with Lori. She is an outstanding instructor who knows every students by name (she even speaks Spanish) and coaches everyone towards feeling the full benefits of each pose. Through sustained practice, I have gained tremendous strength, flexibility and calmness (which, by the way, resulted in a more sculpted figure!) My stress level has reduced substantially, my breathing is more regular and I have learned how to better manage the energy in my body.