Guide for Newcomers

Start – or re-start – your healing journey with the Original Hot Yoga.

Start With Group Classes

Yoga Kickstart Program

Join our Yoga Kickstart Challenge Program.  This program gives you one month to practice up to 12 classes.  Kickstart your healing, and see how much yoga you can fit in to your life!

Or a Private Lesson

Private Intake Lesson & Consultation

Set up a private intake lesson with Ann.  Perfect for those with health concerns, or anyone who would like individualized coaching and support from the beginning.

Yoga Kickstart Program

The Yoga Kickstart Program is for you if:

  • you are transitioning from a New Student Trial (available seasonally) to a Membership
  • you have attended some drop-in classes or used buddy passes
  • you have not had a membership or punchcard within the past 6 months.

One Month: Up to 12 Classes

This is an opportunity to see how often you’ll practice before deciding on a membership. No extensions on unused classes.

You’ll also receive:

  • coupons for two WayMat (towel mats recommended for Original Hot Yoga)
  • additional buddy passes that you or a friend can use

Private Intake Lesson

This is an opportunity for those who have not had any memberships or taken any  classes with us for the past 6 months*.

You’ll receive:

  • Personalized and optimized guidance on how to approach your practice
  • Special attention to any modifications you might need
  • 5 complimentary group classes good for the 30 days following the lesson

*If you have taken class within the past 6 months, you may sign up for a regular private lesson.  Contact us here for inquiries.

Recommended Classes for New Students

Bikram’s Beginning
Yoga Class

Look for Hot 90, Warm 90, and Family/Youth Class

Happy Hour

Hot 75 at select times on the schedule

Express Class

Look for Hot 60 on the schedule

Silent and semi-silent classes are designed for those who have practiced at least 10-20 instructed Bikram Yoga classes.

Intermediate classes are best for those who have practiced regularly for at least one year.

Please contact us for consideration for an exception, or if you are visiting from another studio.

Don’t miss this amazing chance to radically transform and improve your health on all levels!!

Step-By-Step Guide for Getting Started

Step 2: Schedule

Step 3: Prepare

Read on for guidance on having your best possible experience!

How to Prepare for Class

  • For in-person classes, make sure to arrive and be in the front lobby 10-15 minutes before your first class.  Lobby doors are locked just before the listed class time so we can start all together.
  • NO GLASS CONTAINERS permitted anywhere in the building.
  • A yoga mat, beach-size towel, and water bottle are required.  You can bring your own or purchase/rent here.
  • Please hydrate extra BEFORE you arrive (we recommend 20-30 ounces approximately 1-2 hours before class starts).
  • An empty stomach is important for any yoga practice (wait at least 2-3 hours after a meal).
  • For live-stream classes, cameras-on is required.  First and last name should be used for your Zoom name.
  • For more tips or extra support, click here to download our Total Beginner Support Guide.


Reclaim Your Healing Power: Ten Motivations

We know that it can be hard to take the first steps and nearly impossible to sort through all of the health advice and promises out there. So we’ve put together a list of ten simple reminders of your healing potential, accessible to you and within you, with a therapeutic yoga practice.

Class Offerings at Yoga Is Medicine – The Original Hot Yoga

We offer a full range of yoga practices from the very basic de-stress class to advanced levels of meditative asana practice.

Hot 90 Bikram Yoga / Traditional 26&2

Classic, undiluted, Bikram Yoga.  For beginners and all levels.  The foundational 90-minute healing practice for those new to yoga and ready for a life-altering challenge.

New Student Consultations
& Private Lessons

The perfect way to accelerate the therapeutic potential of Bikram Yoga, explore specific challenges, or get support for detailed questions.

All levels welcome.

Intermediate & Advanced Practice

Ghosh Lineage, e84 Intermediate, and 84 Advanced Series

For those with 250 classes experience in Bikram Yoga

Hot 60 Express Bikram Method

For beginners; one-hour class.

Silent or Semi-Silent 26&2

For those who have practiced at least 10-20 Bikram Yoga classes and who have a regular practice with us.  Not for brand new students.

75-minute Original Hot Yoga

Detailed Instruction for Beginners and All Levels
Great for acclimating to the full 90-minute therapeutic practice!

Yoga for Athletic Teams and Athletes

Private bookings available for teams and other organizations.

Warm 90 Class – 26&2

Best for beginners who are concerned about the heat, as well as youth and pregnant women.

Rehabilitative Yoga

Especially for those with pain or injuries.

View an example on our YouTube Channel here.

Teacher Apprenticeship Weekends


Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

Youth /Family Yoga

Ages 6-14 Practice with Parents

Prenatal Yoga (Rajashree’s Pregnancy Yoga Series)

Contact the director in advance.  Best to start practicing 6 months prior to pregnancy.


Strength & Conditioning / Shapeshifting Homework

Significant pain relief, improved mobility and strength, extra anti-inflammatory, major respiratory training, and a feeling of lightness and youth found nowhere else.  (And the only thing on the planet that makes Bikram Yoga easier!)