Floor Asana In Bikram Yoga Class

Hot Yoga and Pilates


We are pleased to offer daily classes, both 60 and 90-minutes, for your specific needs. Our goal is to provide an environment for our community that facilitates total health and wellbeing. With our exceptional teaching staff, Central Coast Yoga & Pilates is a space where each practitioner can further enhance their lives.

What to Expect

  • YOUR FIRST CLASS. Our yoga and Pilates classes are geared for all levels of fitness and experience. From the moment you step in the door, we aim to help you achieve your goals and have fun too! Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your first class. Each class will be held in our state-of-the-art heated room to facilitate deeper movement into postures and powerful detoxification of your body. Classes fill up quickly and space is limited, so please register for class on the schedule page or by using the Mindbody App.
  • WHAT TO WEAR. Breathable, fitted garments are ideal. Men typically wear shorts and women typically wear shorts or yoga pants with a sports top. Remember, you will sweat.
  • WHAT TO BRING. You will need a yoga mat and a large towel to cover the yoga mat during class. We rent both mats ($2) and towels ($2) for your convenience. In addition, please bring a large bottle of water. There are no colored beverages allowed in the yoga & Pilates room. If you choose to shower after class, we have one shower in each the women’s and men’s changing rooms. We recommend bringing a change of clothes as well.
  • HOW TO PREPARE. Proper hydration is important, so please drink 3-4 liters before coming to class. We recommend a light meal 2 hours before class, because you will not want to practice with a full stomach. Fuel your body with all the good stuff and you will be rewarded!

Which Class is Right for You?


Classic Bikram Yoga

This amazing class is the original 90-minute Bikram yoga method. Great for first-time students, you can expect class to be fun, challenging and work every muscle, bone, joint, ligament, tendon, gland, and organ in the body. The Bikram method is a powerful and healing practice that primarily focuses on Hatha yoga poses.

Fusion Pilates

Pilates Fusion is a 60-minute workout focusing on core strength, flexibility and total body conditioning. With a perfect mix of balance and body sculpting exercises, this Pilates class is designed to make you sweat!

Detox Yoga Flow

The Hot 60 is an invigorating 60-minute yoga asana sequence, which is also highly detoxifying. With a combination of Hatha poses for a strong skeleton and Vinyasa poses for a fast-paced class, this practice helps to develop balance, coordination and strength while improving flexibility, toning the muscles, and strengthening your joints and spine.

Inferno Hot Pilates

Inferno Hot Pilates (IHP) is a 60-minute class combining Pilates principles with high-intensity interval training. The room is heated to 90°F and 40% humidity. In class you will work to create long, lean muscle mass, burn fat, and increase your fitness levels with powerful music beats. Inferno Hot Pilates is performed on a yoga mat with zero impact.

Power Yoga

Total Vinyasa yoga is a 60-minute flowing sequence of postures (asanas) designed to promote and emphasize upper and lower body strength. The flowing sequence often runs together with “breath synchronized movements.” Vinyasa yoga utilizes a dynamic combination of strength, flexibility, stabilization, stamina, cardio, and concentration.

Restore & Renew

Restore & Renew is a room-temperature gentle yoga flow class for all levels. This class is designed to promote deep relaxation and stress reduction, while introducing the fundamentals of meditation and mindfulness within the practice. The instructor will focus on alignment with the intention of bringing students back to the basics.

FAQs

WHY THE HEAT?

Practicing hot yoga and Pilates in a heated environment assists with circulation, promotes detoxification, and provides the optimal conditions to improve the function of your body’s internal systems. You will notice the difference the heat makes when you feel your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints begin to warm up after only a few poses. The conditions provide a challenging environment that will increase your strength, concentration, endurance, and stamina. It also allows you to work safely and deeply into the postures – a warm body is less prone to injury.

HOW HOT IS THE ROOM?

Though all of our yoga and Pilates classes are heated, studio temperature varies depending on the class. Our Bikram yoga classes are offered at 104°F and 40% humidity, while for Inferno Hot Pilates the studio is heated to 90°F and 40% humidity. With a studio designed specifically for hot classes, you are assured great ventilation, oxygen-rich air, and a hygienic environment.

WHAT IF I’M NOT FLEXIBLE OR IN SHAPE?

You don’t have to be in shape or flexible to take any of our classes. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming studio for students of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels. So don’t stress about your current level of flexibility or fitness: with regular practice, you’ll see improvements in your strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, concentration, and relaxation.  Whether you are flowing through a Vinyasa yoga class or holding the Hatha asanas of a Bikram class, every posture is about making small adjustments to improve your own personal practice.

WHAT IS AN ASANA?

In yoga — hot, Bikram, Vinyasa, Hatha or otherwise — an asana is a posture or a pose.  Each yoga class will guide you through a series of asanas.  In Bikram yoga the sequencing of asanas is designed to ensure that you “touch” every bone, muscle, ligament and organ of the body.  In a Vinyasa yoga class, the flowing sequence gets your prana, or energy, moving and puts together asanas in order to prepare you for the deepest stretch of a particular muscle or group of muscles.

DO I NEED TO KNOW SANSKRIT TO TAKE A CLASS?

Definitely not.  During all classes you will hear the names of the poses in both English and Sanskrit.  Hearing the Sanskrit words is a great way to begin understanding how poses work together and build on one another.  Once you have taken a few Bikram classes you will likely begin memorizing the sequence and will hear the similarity in the Sanskrit terms.  During a Vinyasa class, you will hear similar root words in the asanas that flow together to target a specific muscle group.  You are also free to ignore the Sanskrit words all together — it’s your practice, after all.

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?

We don’t require pre-registration for classes at CCYP, but it is the only way to guarantee your spot in class. Since some of our classes fill up early, online registration is highly recommended. Online registration is easy: simply click the sign up button next to any of the classes on our schedule and create a username and password. Once you’ve done that, you can sign in to your account from your computer or phone to register for any class.

I’M PREGNANT, CAN I STILL TAKE A HOT YOGA CLASS?

Ask your doctor for advice about whether you should practice hot yoga or Pilates while pregnant. We have had students practice well into their pregnancies, we just recommend asking your doctor about it first.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOGA AND PILATES?

Yoga and Pilates are both mind/body workouts that work to enhance strength, flexibility, and posture. There are differences between the two practices, however. The focus of Pilates is physical. Pilates is a conditioning program that revolves around six principles: centering (the “power house”), concentration, control, precision, breath, flow. In a Pilates class you’ll do calisthenics that isolate and work each muscle group.

Yoga, on the other hand, has a more philosophical focus than the more workout-based Pilates. Yoga is far more than just a series of stretches – it is a holistic practice that unifies the mind, body, and spirit through exercise, breath, and meditation. There are many different types of yoga classes, ranging from classes focused on gentle stretching sequences to classes that are more aerobic and intense. Regardless of the style, the yogic philosophy stays the same.

Though very different, the two practices complement each other very nicely. Many students at CCYP practice yoga and Pilates and find benefits in both disciplines.