Why is my Warrior II so bent out of shape?

I was chatting with a good friend and fellow Yogi recently, and she said to me that she didn’t like practicing Warrior II pose, as she felt all ‘bent out of shape’ in it, and was convinced her pose looked completely different to how it ‘should’ look.  Whenever she got a glimpse of herself in the pose, she thought that her body didn’t follow the perfect straight lines she’s seen in glossy photographs, but rather looked awkward and yes, a little bent out of shape.

Many of us look at beautiful photos on social media or in magazines of yogis in ‘perfect poses’ and then decide that our own efforts fall short, but this is not what yoga is all about.

At Hot Yoga Edinburgh, we try not to teach ‘perfect poses’, but rather the pose that works for each individuals’ own body.  Our skeletons are all sightly different, even if we have the same number of bones, they fit together in a slightly different way from person to person.  What might constitute perfect alignment in one person could cause pinching and pain in another.

Instead of teaching that there is only one way a pose should look, we encourage our students to learn about their own body, and make adjustments to poses to allow them to find their own perfect alignment.  This might involve a slight adjustment to the position of the foot or hip, perhaps an increase or decrease in the bend of the front knee, or perhaps in some cases another variation of the pose altogether.  We also stress that students should listen to how their body feels *today* as this could be different to how they felt the last time they took a class.

We believe that through learning to accept our own body, as it is today, we can learn to love and accept ourselves.

So to my friend with the ‘Bent out of Shape Warrior’, I say that with time and practice your Warrior might straighten up a little,  but your yoga practice is beautiful as it is right now, as a work in progress.





Classes by Candlelight – 28th October

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As the nights draw in and the beautiful autumn colours are bringing with them a certain chill in the air, we would like to offer you 2 beautiful Candle-lit classes on Friday 28th October at the beautiful Gathering Essence studio.

5.15pm Hot Vinyasa – a dynamic sequence where each pose is linked with a vinyasa flow, building strength and stamina as well as flexibility.

6.30pm Hot Yoga (Moksha Inspired) – a slower paced class where each pose is held for several breaths, allowing students to slowly move deeper into poses with a strong focus on breathing.  This challenging class will leave you feeling energised and calm.

Both of these classes are suitable for all levels, we give clear instructions and encourage students to listen to their own body, we offer modifications for poses so that each student can find their own maximum stretch.

Pre-booking is recommended as these classes will be very popular, click on the link below to see our full schedule and book your place:


We look forward to seeing you on the mat!


Happy Birthday to us!

2nd Birthday 2016

We can’t believe that it’s been two years already since we started running Hot Yoga Edinburgh!

The time has flown by and we have enjoyed every minute of a roller coaster ride!  We have learned so much from our students and continue to be inspired by you all every day.

We are delighted to offer you a Birthday Weekend Special discount to say thank you to all of you for your continued support!

10% Off Standard Pricing – This Weekend Only!

5 Class Pass (Was £50/£40* – Now £45/£36*)
10 Class Pass (Was £90/£70* – Now £81/£63*)
Monthly Unlimited Pass (Was £80/£70* – Now £72/£63*)

*Student discount available with valid student ID*

These special prices will run for this weekend only, so be sure to make the most of them before they’re gone!

(Passes are valid for 6 months from first use, and must be activated within 6 months of purchase. Passes cannot be transferred or shared)

Edinburgh Festival Schedule!

Schedule August 16

We are excited to bring you our Edinburgh Festival schedule which will run from Monday 1st August to Thursday 25th August.  In addition to our regular classes, we will run extra classes on Monday and Thursday evenings at the beautiful Gathering Essence studio.  These classes are all priced at our standard rate, or can be redeemed with your standard class pass.

Mondays at 6.30pm – Hot Yang & Yin:   A dynamic flow with optional vinyasa flows followed by some slow deep stretches to finish, the perfect tonic to a busy Monday.

Thursdays at 6.15pm – Yoga Asana Lab: this fun, interactive class will focus on a few key poses each week, breaking them down to understand the function and purpose of the pose and then reconstructing them in a way that allows students to safely move deeper into their practice.

Thursdays at 7.30pm – Hot Yin: a slow, floor based practice where each pose is held for several minutes.  We encourage students to relax the superficial muscles, allowing the deep and connective tissues to be gently stressed and stretched.  This class will leave you feeling deeply relaxed.

Our standard classes are all running as usual, and you can see our full schedule and book your place on our online booking system, link in the menu at the top of the page.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Edinburgh Festival Schedule Update!

We are excited to be running a series of additional classes at the beautiful Gathering Essence Studio during the month of August. Heini will be teaching these extra classes on Monday and Thursday evenings in addition to our regular timetable, all are charged at the standard drop in rate, and covered by our regular class passes.

Mondays from 1st – 22nd August 
6.30pm Hot Yang & Yin – this dynamic flow will build up to a peak pose each week before slowing down into some slow Yin stretches to close, leaving you feeling challenged, energised and refreshed.

Thursdays from 4th – 25th August
6.15pm Yoga Asana Lab – this 60 minute class will focus on a few key poses each week, breaking them down and re-constructing them to discover the purpose and function of each pose and how to safely develop your practice. Suitable for students with some experience, we will offer modifications to poses so that each student can work at their own level.

Thursdays from 4th – 25th August
7.30pm Hot Yin – this 60 minute Yin class is a slow, floor based sequence of long-held poses. We encourage students to relax their muscles in each pose, allowing the deep and connective tissues to be gently stretched and stressed. This class will leave you feeling deeply relaxed.

All of our classes are available to book now, simply click the Book Now button at the top of the page, to see our full schedule and book your place. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Edinburgh Festival Classes at Hot Yoga Edinburgh!


We are excited to announce that we’ll be running some additional classes at the beautiful Gathering Essence studio during the month of August!

We will hold classes on Monday and Thursday evenings from the 1st to 25th August, these classes will be live on our booking system this week, check them out and don’t forget to pre-book your place!

Our standard class prices apply, or you can use your regular Class Passes for these classes, we look forward to seeing you on the mat!

There’s more to life than Yoga!


Working full time in a job which involves a lot of travel and teaching at Hot Yoga Edinburgh on the weekends doesn’t leave a lot of spare time, especially when you love Hot Yoga as much as I do and try to practice 4-5 times per week …

At the same time I’m conscious of how often I tell people that adding a yoga class or two to their own busy life would be very beneficial, both in enhancing their sports performance, but also in improving their concentration and general wellbeing.  A few weeks ago I decided to take my own advice and try out some other sports (as well as keeping up my Yoga practice).

So two weeks ago I turned up for a Spinning class taught by one of our regular Hot Yoga students.  I brought my husband along for moral support (and to carry me out of the studio if my legs gave way after the workout).  Our instructor showed us how to set up the bikes and then we were off!  I was a little nervous beforehand as I knew it was going to be a challenging class, but I was really pleased with how well it went.  What I noticed straight away was how well I was breathing …  I know this might sound fairly obvious, but there was something therapeutic about the rhythm of my legs working and being able to focus completely on my inhales and exhales.  We focus strongly on breathing in our Hot Yoga classes and I was delighted that it translated so well into cycling too.   The class was well structured with ‘uphills’ and ‘flat’ sections which kept your body guessing about the effort needed.  I made it through the whole class, although my thighs were screaming at me by the end, and I had no idea how much you use your arms while cycling, so I was aching all over by the end of the class.   For the last few minutes our Instructor slowed things right down and gave us some Yoga stretches to do to finish off, explaining to the students what each stretch was doing for the body.  I loved that he had brought some of his Yoga practice into the Spin class, and the stretches lended themselves perfectly to the class.  I am delighted to confirm that I did NOT fall off the bike and even managed to walk unaided out of the studio, I’m sure that our Hot Vinyasa classes had built up my strength enough to cope with the class, but the strong focus on legs, arms and back was really fun and I will definitely go back to another Spin class!

Continuing my efforts to try new things, Heini and I ran the 5k EMF race in Edinburgh last week.  Again it was lovely to have a friend with me for moral support, and we really enjoyed the run, which follows the road around Arthurs Seat in the centre of Edinburgh.  It was a beautiful day and the views were spectacular, which helped take your mind off of the long uphill climb.  Once again I enjoyed allowing my feet to pound the track while I focussed on my breath.   We finished the 5k in 30 minutes which was greatly helped by the crowds of supporters, including some of our own students, it made all the difference in the last few metres to hear someone shout “Hot Yoga Edinburgh” as we went past!    I was curious about how I’d find the race, as it starts with a long uphill but finishes with a fun downhill so that you can pick up some speed.  I found the last 5 minutes of the uphill really tough and wanted to slow down to a walk, but I kept breathing and focussed on putting one foot in front of the other.  I took the advice of a good friend who had said to break the run down into bite size chunks, so I’d focus on making it to the next tree, then the next group of supporters, etc, and it really worked.  Heini and I made it round without stopping and we even managed the sprint finish (ok, quite a slow sprint vs some other competitors, but we were happy with it!)

I really enjoyed pushing myself and trying new things.  Taking myself out of my comfort zone was liberating and I was very pleasantly surprised with how well my body coped with these challenging sports.  I am looking forward to trying out some more new types of exercise in the future, and continuing to push myself and expand my comfort zone.

Have you found Yoga has helped in your sports performance, and if so, in what ways?  Or is Yoga more about your general wellbeing?  Let us know your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!



Summer Competition Time!

To welcome in the warm sunny weather, we are delighted to bring you a new Summer Competition!

Pop over to our Facebook page or Instagram account and like and share our post, tagging your friends (please note, your account needs to be public or we won’t be able to see your Share) ..



The competition closes on Sunday, June 5th, when we will randomly select the winner

The prize is a Monthly Unlimited Pass for the winner *and* their friend! 

Join in the fun and you could be the lucky winner!

Schedule June 16

“I’m not flexible enough for yoga..”


I met a lady who said she’d always wanted to try yoga, but she just wasn’t flexible enough.  She is one of many people who have said the same thing to me (or similar… I’m too old, too stiff, too unfit…)

I told this lovely woman that being flexible is NOT a pre-requisite to joining a yoga class, in fact the less flexible you feel, the MORE you could benefit from the stretching and breathing of a yoga class.  I explained that in our classes we welcome all levels of students and we almost always have first timers and beginners practicing alongside our regular students.

We also encourage our students to pay attention to their own body in each class.  We might  feel different from one week to the next, and so practising the same pose one week might feel really good, but the following week it might feel too much.  We ask that our students be gentle with themselves in class.  For many people it’s possibly the only time they are given permission to be gentle, rather than always feeling under pressure to push themselves further.

We also can’t know if the person practising next to us in case is recovering from an illness or injury, or if they’ve had a bad day and simply want to take an hour to enjoy the heat and a few gentle stretches.  We ask our students to pay attention to what is happening on their own mat and not what is happening elsewhere in the room.

The lady smiled and said that maybe she could try out a yoga class after all,  and I really look forward to seeing her at class.




Our Teacher Training continues!

Yin TT Module 1b May 16

We were delighted to award a further group of Yoginis their 50 hour Module 1(b) certificate on the successful completion of their Teacher Training!

Thank you so much for your energy and enthusiasm, we thoroughly enjoyed practicing, sharing and learning with you.  We look forward to welcoming many from this group and the last one back for the rest of the 200 hour Teacher Training programme.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Clare Gates-Sjoblom and our own Heini for their hard work and dedication in bringing these trainings to Hot Yoga Edinburgh.

We are already hard at work on some more exciting projects which we look forward to bringing to you in the coming weeks and months, keep an eye here and on our Facebook page for updates!