I scored a seat in Pure Yoga‘s coveted Loren Bassett Hot Yoga class last night and left with not only a relaxing mind and body, but also this awesome playlist. I’ve done lots of hot yoga over the years, but nothing like Loren’s class. The studio was fully dark and these tunes filled the empty spaces as you made your way through flows and inversions. I loved everything about it and although I couldn’t master the handstand (OK, I was too scared to even try), this class is a must-do on my growing yoga class list!
Match your yoga poses with this playlist from Loren—who’s been teaching hot yoga for more than 10 years—and get in the mood to move.
- “Now We Are Free,” Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
- “The Feeling Begins,” Peter Gabriel
- “Rushing,” Moby
- “Encore: Nessun dorma,” Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo
- “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” Coldplay
- “Halo,” Beyonce
- “L-O-V-E,” Michael Buble
- “Loneliness (Chill House Mix),” Blank & Jones
- “Let Me Think About It,” Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand
- “Desafinado,” George Michael with Astrud Gilberto
- “Wonderful Tonight,” Michael Buble (duet with Ivan Lins)
- “Ever So Lonely / Eyes / Ocean,” Sheila Chandra
- “Any Other Name,” Thomas Newman
Even though the FITNESS staff is made up of a bunch of sweatsetters—we love trying the latest classes!—we’re going to reveal a little secret: A few of us totally got our butts kicked from “om” to “namaste” at Pure Yoga last week. The web team had signed up for “a little field trip,” aka a hot power yoga class during lunch. And even though the Pure Yoga staff could’ve mopped the floors with our drenched workout clothes afterward, we still loved it! Read on for the editors’ reactions:
Colleen Moody, Web Editor
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: A little nervous at first, but then super energized when I left the class. I skipped my 3 p.m. coffee without even thinking about it!
During class, I learned: You have to give your body time to adjust. During a tricky bridge pose the instructor sat down next to me and told me he used to be a mountain biker and spent most of his time hunched over riding. After practicing and stretching regularly, his muscles eventually loosened up to yoga. Being a runner, this gave me hope that with a little practice my limbs could loosen up enough to master a bridge one day as well.
Karla Walsh, Editorial Assistant
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: Sweaty, flexible and strong. The poses were challenging enough that the class was never boring.
During class, I learned: Hot yoga can be fun from time to time, but I’d probably opt for traditional power yoga. It’s fun to mix it up, but I think I am better able to focus on the poses rather than the sweat dripping into my eyes!
Marianne Magno, Associate Web Editor
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: More flexible and ready to stretch into deeper poses.
During class, I learned: I had to work on my posture more. Our instructor helped me adjust my form for a few poses and reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve gotten a good yoga class into my workout routine. I’ll be back for more!
Christie Griffin, Digital Director
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: Detoxed. It was great because if I’m sweating that much, it’s probably because I’m overdoing it with cardio. I liked getting the toxins out without feeling nearly nauseated!
During class, I learned: Some really cool poses. It was a lot of fun!
More fun yoga stuff:
- Yoga 101: Poses for Beginners
- Quiz: Which Yoga Pose Are You?
- The Best Mats for Every Type of Yogi
- Quiz: Which Yoga Style Should You Try?