Feeling hot hot hot! Tasneem Hatimbhai meets Joanna and Ann-Charlotte from Hot Flow Yoga and finds out why it's worth breaking a sweat for this special yoga class.
Joanna Moriel and Ann-Charlotte de Zoeten describe what Hot Flow Yoga can do for you! The vivacious, friendly and ultra-fit ladies share some thoughts on their unique Hot Flow Yoga classes over a drink and a candid chat.
About the owners
Joanna, originally from Mexico, founded the first Hot Flow Yoga studio in the Zuid neighborhood. Joanna has been a ballet dancer since the age of 8 and became a professional ballet dancer at the age of 16. She has danced in the English National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet as well! She practiced Yoga throughout her dancing career and became a certified Yoga teacher about 5 years ago.
Ann-Charlotte is from Sweden and has also lived in Bali, Greece, and the US. Her family is now settled in Amsterdam and she has made this city her home and hub. Ann-Charlotte has always done Yoga – mostly Iyengar Yoga.
“I fell in love with her," says Ann-Charlotte about meeting Joanna, and they decided to work together. Ann-Charlotte owns the Hot Flow Yoga franchise in Jordaan, and together, the two ladies are about to open a new studio in the Rivierenbuurt.
What makes your classes special and different from other hot Yoga classes?
Ours are the only Yoga classes that teach Hot Vinyasa Yoga, the rest do Bikram Hot Yoga. The Bikram Yoga classes normally do a repetition of sequences; that can get a little boring. We are more fun because our classes are different every time. Unlike Bikram Yoga, we work the whole upper body as well as the lower body. And, while Bikram Yoga is static and routine, we are flowing. We do more power Yoga, involving lots of movement and balance.
What is the benefit of Hot Flow Yoga over the traditional Vinyasa Yoga, in one sentence?
We would have to say it would be weight loss!
Can you tell us a little about the heating system used in your studios?
We use infra-red panels to heat and maintain the temperature of the room at 38 degrees. Other studios use a system that pushes hot air out of a radiator to increase the temperature of the Yoga studio. Our heating panels are turned on a half hour before class so the room starts to heat up. Once class begins, and you start to warm-up and practice, the hotter you feel. You really sweat! The heat of the panels imitates the sun, making it a very natural type of heat. These types of panels are also found in some saunas, sports studios, and hospitals. Our panels are the healthiest option for you and are also environmentally friendly.
Do you use any props in class?
We use an occasional block or towel under your shoulder or neck. We sometimes use straps to help you reach your highest potential while doing certain stretches, and we use wall support for head-stands.
We provide you with mats, towels, and water – you needn’t carry anything to class.
Can you both share some similarities and differences between a traditional Yoga class and a Hot Flow Yoga class?
Well, for example, we sometime start and end the class with chanting Om and sometimes we don’t – it depends on the teacher. Every teacher is different and does variable things. We do Pranayam for 5-10 mins in the beginning and end of class. In fact, we do a little bit of everything. However, it is not a meditative class. It’s a class full of movement and asanas.
What about class sizes?
Our classes are between 10-12 students per class. We have many fabulous teachers and three studios across the city, making us easy to reach no matter where you live. We teach our students to improve, learn, and push themselves to the next level. We offer a lot of encouragement and acknowledgment. While booking online, you can check and see which class you want to join. If you are a beginner you shouldn’t immediately join the power class. If you’ve never done any Yoga before then you could consider taking a few private lessons. Our students are men, women, both expats and locals. And all our classes are taught in English!
Hot Flow Yoga is your answer to getting fit positively and effectively and offers Yoga classes for students of all levels. The Hot Flow Yoga website is wonderfully detailed and gives you information about anything you might want to know, from class schedules to prices, to information about the teachers and advice on what to wear.
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Tasneem Mohamedbhai is originally from India and now lives in Amsterdam with her Dutch husband and their two children. She has been a writer and editor for the last 15 years. In 2012, she started her own company, Mumbai Mills, that sources and creates lifestyle products. She also publishes an annual agenda, 'The Mumbai Diary'.
photo credits: Hot Flow Yoga. Photo of Ann-Charlotte and Joanna: Tasneem Hatimbhai