If you're hunting for an excuse to turn off your cell phone after yet another vendor snafu and need a little relaxation before you snap on your bridesmaids, then hot yoga may be just the oasis you're looking for. Trust us, you won't be thinking about your seating chart while you're in crow pose and you won't be able to worry about your uneven bridal party when you're trying to make sure you're not dripping sweat on your neighbor's mat. Not only will you leave classes with a renewed sense of calm, dozens of yoga push-ups will have you wanting to show off your guns in a sleeveless dress. These New Jersey hot yoga classes may be just what you need.
If you're a hot yoga newbie, then Surya Yoga will be your new favorite workout destination. The company, which has three studios, heats its classes to 100 degrees and has a number of vinyasa offerings. One of our faves is the studio's level one class, where an instructor walks and talks you through poses step by step—a great learning experience if you don't know the difference between full wheel and Warrior 1. Just because you'll be sporting a bump underneath your wedding dress doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun—Surya offers prenatal yoga classes at its Jersey City, New Jersey, location that will help you contend with the back aches and discomfort you may be feeling if you're expecting.
Powerflow, which operates a number of studios throughout the state, has a relaxed and welcoming vibe—don’t sweat it if your only experience with yoga is fishing your mat out of the back of your closet. Though the bulk of Powerflow's classes are heated to 95 degrees to spur detoxification and make stretching easier, the company also has some non-heated vinyasa and stretching classes. If you're a first-timer, buy a week or month of unlimited yoga and experiment with various class times at your closest studio. Classes can range from a rejuvenating restorative class to a fast-moving lunchtime power hour to a calming candlelit one. A girl needs her options!
With a state-of-the-art heating system that controls the temp and humidity level, you may not save your blowout, but you will be able to enjoy a heated class without oppressive warmth. (It's no fun to go to a hot yoga class where the heating system is janky—that's how you end up with hot air blowing down on you for 90 minutes if you happen to put your mat down in the wrong spot!) Not only does the studio have inspirational quotes adorning its locations that make you feel like you got this, the knowledgeable instructors are excellent at reminding you of the proper way to do a certain posture and aligning you accordingly. As an extra bonus, at the Hoboken, New Jersey, location, there is a clear view of the Manhattan skyline from the studio—how’s that for inspo while you're power lunging?
With a large roster of instructors and regularly rotating class offerings, you're sure to find the exact energy to suit you at Fireshaper. As the name would indicate, classes at Fireshaper can get hot, hot, hot—up to 104 degrees—so make sure to hit up one of the studio’s “fresh” classes if you're tentative. For those looking to push their workout to the next level, hit up one of the studio's “burn” classes—the addition of weights and fat-crushing postures will have you feeling like a boss by the end.