Hot Yoga in Pocatello

Reported by: Melissa Hackney
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Updated: 1/31/2014 10:25 am

During these winter months, standing in a 108 degree room might feel nice, but now imagine doing yoga in that heat.  Millions of people all over the world practice yoga and there are multiple options of places to go in our area, but there is only one studio in Pocatello that offers this new trend of hot yoga.

"If you can breathe you can do yoga down here.  It doesn't matter.  We accept anybody and everyone is happy when they leave," said Waylon Wade an instructor at Renew You. 

They keep the room between 106 and 108 degrees while practicing various yoga poses laying, sitting and standing on the mat.  The heat may intimidate many people, but the overall experience is worth the warmer temperatures.  

"It's 108 degrees, but you are enjoying yourself the entire time.  You are staying hydrated from the teacher's cues," said Wade.  "You are in an energetic room with people.  The energy is just extremely high.  You feel a sense of union with everyone in the class with you."

This class is for all levels and the instructors do all that they can to make sure that the experience is enjoyable. 

"We teach in progression and say here is where we are going to start," said instructor Pam McKinley.  "You can stay here or for those who have a little more experience we can go to this or you can try this, but we do it all in one progression so everyone knows where they should be and we can accommodate all different levels." 

"The first instructor I ever went to for hot yoga said the hardest part of this class is just getting here and so just make yourself come, you will be hooked," said student Paul Porath. 

The beginning of a new year is when many people think about things they want to improve about themselves.  Yoga not only helps you become stronger physically, but it also gives you a chance to connect with yourself with its mental exercises.  

"You realize you accept yourself and that is when the real changes in your life begin to happen." 

The instructors encourage their students to come wanting to participate.  Dress in layers as you may begin to sweat in places you would have never imagined and drink lots of water during class. Then by the end, you will have some time for you.  

"At the end of the class we are really good about having a little rest period that you just get a chance to kind of clear your mind.  Everyone needs a couple of minutes to themselves," said McKinley. 

Hot yoga classes are offered at Renew You on Monday and Thursday nights, but if the heat still seems like too much of a challenge, they offer other classes as well.  For more information visit their website at

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