If you’re looking for an outlet to better health, improved posture and a peaceful lifestyle, hot yoga might be the outlet for you.
, located in Bonney Lake’s Cedarview Plaza, is the first studio of its kind to open on the Plateau. While Prime Fitness also offers hot yoga classes in town, Revive is the first local business solely dedicated to the art of Bikram yoga.
Amelia Moore opened Revive Hot Yoga in May and hopes that a variety of classes and teachers will appeal to the Plateau community. Moore lives in Issaquah but grew up on Lake Tapps and saw a need for a specialized yoga studio in Bonney Lake. She has taught yoga since 2007, but her passion for movement began with belly dancing, which she has practiced since 1997.
“I’ve always been drawn to studios and wanted to create a magical place where people can come and grow,” said Moore. “I’m really impressed with the amount of dedicated yoga practitioners already here and we are looking forward to building a stronger yoga community in Bonney Lake.”
She especially hopes to attract local moms and dedicated part of her studio to a childcare center, where kids will be supervised and play while their parents practice yoga in the other room.
“I have a 4-year-old daughter, and after becoming a mother, I found it difficult to get to the gym and take care of myself on a regular basis,” said Moore. “I just thought the childcare center would be a nice addition for busy moms, who really need the practice the most.”
While the idea of practicing yoga in a room heated up to 105 degrees can be intimidating, Moore encourages first-time practitioners to come in with an open mind – and hydrated body. Hot yoga practitioners can burn between 600 to 1,100 calories a session, increase flexibility and improve posture.
While summer seems like an odd time to begin hot yoga practice, Moore argues that it’s beneficial to sweat through the hottest months of the year.
“A lot of people find that they get lazier in the summer. Hot yoga keeps you motivated and gives you more energy,” she said. “Plus, it helps you acclimate to the heat quicker and is a good reminder to drink more water throughout the day and stay hydrated.”
If you’re still skeptical, the new studio also features an advanced fresh-air ventilation system that allows plenty of oxygen to pump through the room on a constant basis.
“The benefits of hot yoga are found in the practice itself. It allows the body to open up and the heat makes it easier to get an aerobic workout,” said Moore.
As the classes continue, Moore hopes to expand Revive’s offerings to include workshops and classes focusing on yoga-related topics – perhaps even a yoga belly-dancing class. She also hopes to expand the store’s retail line of yoga wear, mats, books and accessories.
Revive has nine teachers and offers 36 classes throughout the week, including hatha, power, yin and fusion – an organic mix of hatha and power.
“We looked for teachers with a wide variety of styles, who offer the same quality of instruction but different from each other, to appeal to all types of students,” said Moore. "We really strive to offer something, for everyone."
Check out the Revive Hot Yoga website for membership prices, to sign up for childcare during your practice and to check out exisiting specials.