Snow Day at Hot Yoga Asheville

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Hey Yogis!

It’s a snow day at Hot Yoga Asheville!

We hope you are staying warm at home and enjoying your day off. We know missing yoga is a bummer and scouring youtube videos for a good yoga class up your alley can be a challenge.

So we’ve got two exciting things going on that will hopefully cheer you up and warm your bones to skin.


It’s SNOWGA Snow Day Contest Time! Enter to win a free month of yoga!

  1. Take a snow yoga pic
  2. Post to Instagram or Facebook (be sure to make it public)
  3. Tag Hot Yoga Asheville
  4. Use hashtag #hyasnowday

12 days of Sweat-Mas email headerWe’ve also made a special sneak peek video for our 12 Days of Sweat-Mas coming up on December 12th! Each day our instructors have made videos for you to watch from home on snow days or while on vacation.

Stay tuned for more of these… Here’s your BONUS sneak peek video.


Yoga Pose Snow Day


Why I Chose My Husband… and Why You Should Care

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Hey Yogis…Adi and Matthew

Let’s talk about love. Let’s talk about respect. But really, let’s talk about time.

I’ll get right to it… very simply put, my entire love interest with my now husband began 17 years ago… I was just finishing up college, had dated lots of great guys (and some not so great ones), but there was always one thing missing in the good ones…


And then there was Matthew, who was always on time. Every time. And if he was running late, he would pick up the phone and call me.

This, simply put, did it for me. It showed me that he cared. It showed me that he valued our dates. It showed me that despite being a wandering hippy 30 year old, he still had enough of his crap together to keep his promises.

And really it was as basic as that. He was nice. He was loving. He was creative. And.. he was ON TIME!

So why am I sharing this with you all? Maybe you can guess. But here it goes.

As we start heading into our traditionally busier fall and winter months, it will become increasingly important that we make it to yoga class on time.

This means you are on your mat, ready to practice exactly at the start of class.

I contemplated and struggled with writing this for a while, because for those of you who regularly find you are running a few minutes behind… I don’t want you to feel bad. We’ve all been there! Life is super full and we are absolutely doing our best to keep up.

But here’s the very interesting thing about punctuality. This really hit home for me these days, so I wanted to share it with you all.

When you are on time for your yoga class,

  • It shows the other students respect and allows the start of class to be fluid and meditative
  • It allows the mat spacing in the room to occur before postures begin
  • It allows you time to mellow out for a second before starting class
  • It helps the teacher to start and end class on time
  • It creates a cohesive group energy


  • Being on time helps affirm your own self worth and value.

How so? Well… think about it this way.

If you see yourself as a super busy, hot mess, type of person… making the choice to be 5 minutes late everywhere, reaffirms your own belief that you are not enough…. That your time is running out…. That you just can’t get your life together.

In other words, it perpetuates the cycle that you just can’t keep up with your own life. And I’ll tell you from personal experience, this creates so much more ongoing anxiety and stress.  And yes, I do believe being perpetually late is a choice however subconscious as it may be.

So if you happen to be that person who is often running behind… Really don’t worry about it. Moving forward… just do a bit better.


And don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for the other yogis in the room. Don’t do it for the teachers. Just do it for yourself. Because I promise, if you begin this small change in your life, your entire yoga experience will feel more satisfying. And you will positively reaffirm how amazing you know you are.

Being a hot mess is cool… it’s real… trust me… I know it. I’m right there with you.

But perhaps we can pledge to just be better in this one small way, and see what comes of it.

Who knows!? You may even find your soulmate. 💜

Much love y’all!


Happen to be late anyhow? Whoops!

Here’s some Yogi Etiquette Tips for Ya: 

  • Wait to enter the room between poses
  • Scope out a good spot before you enter
  • Come in quietly
  • If Hot 26 Class… just set your stuff down and begin breathing. After breathing, go ahead and roll out your mat to set up.
  • Avoid setting up directly in front of someone’s view.
  • Especially those classes without desk help, call ahead so we don’t lock you out. (Practice at a different studio? Ask what that owner prefers for yoga etiquette in these instances. Communication always helps.)

Yoga Guidelines – Benches are for Butts

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Yoga Perfect?

10 Yoga Guidelines to Improve your Yoga Class

We’ve all had those days when everything and everyone just pushes our buttons. And when it comes to our yoga experience, we’ve all had those classes we wish everything and everyone would just be perfect. 👌  In that absolutely perfect yoga scenario, you probably have:

1. a ideal amount of space from your neighbor,

2. a perfectly sticky yoga mat to help you grip in down dog or triangle,

3. you get to be in the 3rd or 4th row with no obstruction of view,

4. the music has been magically catered to your every desire 🕺

5. the teacher uses the perfect combination or serenity and power in their voice so you can quietly move and meditate throughout your yoga session with ease, and

6. every pose is perfectly executed by your incredibly graceful pain free body. 💜

Well, let me stop you right there. 🚫 Actually I should’ve stopped you at the start. There is absolutely NO “perfect yoga scenario”! I repeat there is no such thing as a “perfect” yoga class.

Ask any long time practitioner and they will tell you the same thing. The external world cannot improve OR be detrimental to your internal practice. In other words, there is NOTHING that can steal your peace in yoga class.

Simple, right?🧘‍♀️ Don’t let anyone steal your peace. So easy… but

Ask that same long time practitioner and they will also tell you that there is a yoga etiquette that can streamline the process and make the internal space feel more at ease.

While we can’t control all the people and all of the things all of the time.. we can do our best to be mindful as we move through our world using compassion and awareness.

So here’s a list of simple guidelines that can help facilitate for you and others a more calm experience at Hot Yoga Asheville. 

1. Be on Time and Sign In. Please always be on time and sign in for class. This can help free up the desk staff and teachers to do more pressing things, like greet new people, answer your questions,  mop up and air out the room between classes. If we are held back looking around and trying to account for the missing sign ups we cannot serve the community as effectively. And you guys are our number one priority!

2. Use cubbies. “Benches are for butts not bags.” If we can free up the benches in the changing rooms for sitting, this allows students who need extra rest after class to get the moment they need while getting ready. Use cubbies for your belongings and take shoes off before entering changing areas and yoga rooms.

3. Mats and Towels. We require yoga mats and towels for all practitioners. This allows for safety and cleanliness of our communal space. Much like most indoor activities proper equipment can facilitate a better experience. Go rock climbing you need proper shoes and harness. Bowling? You’ll need those cool kicks and socks. Swimming.. you gotta wear a swim suit. 🙂 For Yoga 🤸‍♀️: Mat ✔️ Towel ✔️ Water ✔️ Yoga clothes ✔️

4. Plastic/metal only. Please refrain from using glass bottles. There have been too many accidents over the years with broken stepped on bottles that we must enforce this more regularly. What’s worse is that most of the time it’s the person who brought the glass that’s the one who gets injured. Ack. Save those toes!

5. Use the rectangles. The floor in our bigger “mountain” room is made up of rectangular floor tiles. We did some math (yes yogis can do math 🤓) and spaced out the tiles so that every person can see a little part of themselves in the mirror when folks are inside the tiles. So notice where you set up and things will run more smoothly.

6. Silence is golden. Right? Well… not always. We love community. We love meeting up with friends. And what better place than yoga? So before class we are ok with some quiet chatting… but please respect some quiet after class during savasana. Some folks like to mellow out and unwind after a session.

7. Wipe up your puddles. If any liquid other than sweat is leaving your body… please attend to that during class. But all the lovely purging of sweat you’ve left behind afterward… please bring an extra towel to wipe it up after class too.

8. Hydrate. Drink water before class for more endurance. Add electrolytes to water for effective hydration. Fill up with Kangen Water  in our lobby. Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class to maximize blood flow.

9. Say hello to new folks. We all remember our first yoga class though I’m sure many of us would like to forget it. Even after 18 years of practice, I totally get the jitters when walking into a new yoga studio for the first time. Help us show the newbies how awesome our community is! Say hello and help them feel at ease!

10. ENJOY! Let go and trust. Remember this is a community practice and a very safe place for you to elevate yourself to your highest state. Let’s work together and support each other in remaining positive and uplifted!

Much Love and Gratitude Yogis! See you in the room!

For more yoga tips click here. 

Adi ✌️🙏

New Optimized Pricing

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Here’s the thing… yoga only works if you show up! Sounds so simple, but really, truly. . . You have to show up. I don’t care what you do once you get here…lay in savasana or do every pose… just show up!

Having to worry about which pass to buy is too complicated and not really important. We are making it easier for you to focus on what is actually important-and that’s YOU and your practice.

Our new pricing will launch on November 1st.

Until then you still have to option to purchase any of our existing pricing plans.

New Optimized Pricing!


$109/month | *or $99/month when purchased before November 1st


  • 10% off retail (excluding drinks)
  • Free access to specialty workshops
  • 3 week long buddy passes
  • Freeze for up to 3 months at no charge (additional holds $20)

The Ultimate option to get the most out of your yoga! Best for yogis who come 7x per month or more.


$69/month | *or $59/month when purchased before November 1st
5x per month
Drop in price on additional classes
A great way to maintain your practice, body, and mind. Best for yogis who practice 4-5x per month


  • No Hassles
  • No Commitment
  • No Set Up Fees
  • Opt out anytime with only 30 days written notice

10 Pack

$150 (for 1 year)

*discounts on multiples. Save $50 per additional 10 Pack purchased in the same transaction.

Make packs shareable for only $20.


30 Days for $30

Includes a mat & towel on your 1st class.

*You are eligible for this plan if you have not been to class in over a year.

10 Tips to Maximize Your Yoga Practice

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by Adi Westerman


Whether you are brand new to yoga, or a seasoned practitioner one thing is for sure… there are always ways you can enhance your practice to suit your needs. Here are some of our top tips for helping improve your yoga experience at Hot Yoga Asheville.

Tip#1: Keep an Open Mind Sounds simple, right? However we often find ourselves sure of “the right way” to do things. When you find yourself judging the heat or the teacher or the sequence… the easiest thing to remember is that you are unique. Your experience may not be your neighbor’s experience. So keep an open mind. You’ll begin to appreciate the things you hate.

Tip #2: Tell the Teacher what YOU Want Though as yoga teachers we have been honing our superpowers for a long time… we still haven’t quite figured out how to mind read. We get tons of feedback from students… and the funny thing is… much of the feedback directly conflicts. One person wants more hands on adjustments or corrections, the other doesn’t want to be touched or told specific adjustments.  One person has an injury, the other came in with super human strength. We do our very best to accommodate all of you… but we could use your help! Want more one on one corrections or adjustments? Speak up before class! Let us know! We want to help round out your practice!

Tip #3: Mix it Up At Hot Yoga Asheville we now offer Hot Power Flow, Hot 26, Hot 26 Plus, Yin and Restorative, and Inferno Core. Feeling sluggish or at a plateau? Switch it up! Don’t be scared. We got you in good hands.

Tip #4: Precision It happens to all of us. We fall into auto pilot. It’s not a crime. But the more precise you can be with your yoga postures, the safer and more quickly you will improve. This means doing your best to listen to all the little details of instruction. At first maybe you try and nothing happens. No big deal! The next two insights will help… read on…

Tip #5: Intensity Come to class with purpose. Whether it’s to relieve stress, feel better, heal an injury (the list goes on)… when you feel tired, remember your purpose and intention. This will help tap you into the intensity you desire. And intensity can even be a super intense savasana! Zzzzzz…..

Tip #6: Consistency Keep coming back! Don’t give up! The transformation you desire is around the corner. The more you practice the quicker the results. 1-2x a week is maintenance. 3x a week or more… you’ll start to feel the changes more immediately.

Tip #7: Stay Hydrated You’re sweating in hot yoga, right?! Staying hydrated will be key to feeling good. A good basic formula is to drink half your body weight of water in ounces throughout the day. Add electrolytes to your water too. Kangen water is available for fill up at the studio. This water is not only alkaline, but it is rich in antioxidants and is restructured for easy absorption. You can even buy a machine for your home when you get addicted like us.  You can also add electrolyte drops or sea salt to your water. This will help replenish your body after a good sweat.

Tip #8: Eat Nutrient Rich Foods Magnesium, minerals, vitamins… these are key to strong muscles and supple body. Make sure you are eating leafy greens, potassium from coconut water or bananas, magnesium for preventing cramping and soreness… the list goes on. A well rounded diet that is full of good fats, veggies, calories that are good for you will help give you the energy you need to keep strong in class.

Tip #9: Take Workshops As an autopay member you save 5-10% on all workshops and many of our workshops are free! Take advantage of these sessions to help with all of the above, especially precision and technique. See upcoming workshops here or download our MB App. 

Tip #10: Have a Positive Affirmation One of our favorite things to say in my family is, “All you can do is do your Best!” As long as you are showing up, trying your hardest, you are getting the benefits… and remember, your best is going to look different each day. So don’t compare to yesterday. Be kind to your inner self and yoga on! Oh and always remember love and gratitude- the most powerful force in the world.


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Each year on Mother’s Day I share the following poem. Each time it moves me in a new way. I hope it touches you too. ~Adi

The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.


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Famous author Dr. Wayne Dyer discovers
the benefits of yoga

Lahaina News Thursday August 9th 2007

wayne-dyerBY RITA SAKAJIANLAHAINA  He walked in the door on October 1, 2005 and said he wanted to try doing yoga for 40 days, said Mary Katharine Wall, owner of Bikram Yoga in Lahaina.His face was familiar but I didn’t really know who he was. I asked him if he knew what he was getting himself into, and he said he was willing to find out.

That was two years ago!

She said if he was going to take her yoga classes, she was going to read his books.

The next day he brought in his book, The Power of Intention, and several of his other books. They have completely changed the way I look at life. I guess it was serendipity that brought him to my class that day, Wall said.

The man she is referring to is Dr. Wayne Dyer, world-renowned self-help advocate, author, inspirational lecturer and resident of Maui.

His 1976 book Your Erroneous Zones sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time. He has written more than 30 inspirational books.

“I had been an avid runner from 1976 to 1998 and I was running between eight and 15 miles a day. Then I would go and play tennis for a few hours”, said Dr. Dyer.

“I knew my days of running would have to come to an end because I was living with chronic back pain. The doctor said I would also need knee surgery.”

He said that he heard different things about yoga through the years.

“My body was such a mess, I knew I had to do something. The first day of doing yoga at MK’s (as she is affectionately known) Bikram studio, I got through half of it, but I kept coming back, and after 40 days I was completely hooked. I don’t know where I would be right now without doing yoga the last two years,” he concluded.

Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. He was born in Calcutta, India, in 1946 and began practicing yoga at the age of four.

He taught yoga to Indira Gandhi at the tender age of 11, and now has more than 500 studios all over the world.

MK took over the ownership of the studio in December 2004.

I” heard it was on the verge of closing, so I moved to Maui and gave it some “TLC” and brought it back to life,” she said with a smile on her face.

The studio is heated to relax the muscles and help in healing and detoxing the body.

Some of the benefits of doing yoga are: reducing stress, increasing flexibility, increasing energy, increasing muscle tone, lowering blood pressure, losing weight, improving concentration and preventing injury and disease.

“Most people come to yoga to fix an injury to their back or if they have a knee problem. After doing yoga for a while, they find there are other benefits, such as sleeping better, eating better, and just an overall feeling of well being.” said MK.

“I’m an inch taller since I started doing yoga because it stretches the spine. It doesn’t just teach us to be flexible in our physical world, but to be flexible in our thinking and keeps us balanced. Because I am a public speaker, I first noticed a difference in my mind. I started thinking better and my lecturing was more focused. I didn’t have to take notes on what I was going to say. I also noticed I was sleeping better.” said Dr. Dyer.

He continued to say that practicing yoga works every part of your body not just the outer part, but the inner parts like your thyroid, pituitary gland, and your digestive system.

“Not only am I doing this interview because I want this business to thrive, but also to inform the people of Maui of all the benefits of yoga and how it can improve the quality of life. There is a miracle waiting for you in that hot room.” he concluded with a smile.

Bikram Yoga of Lahaina is located at 900 Front St., Suite F17, at Lahaina Center (across from the movie theater). You can call 661-6828 for more information.  Introductory rates are available.

For more information on Dr. Wayne Dyer and his books, go to his website


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This past month has been super exciting for us! We were featured on two different news stations… WLOS and WYFF.

We are so glad that these stations have decided to share our special yoga with the world. And we are especially grateful to our student, Sherrie, who shared her inspiring story of using Bikram Hot Yoga to recover after brain surgery. We hope it inspires you to get into the yoga room and try despite any challenges you may be facing. We are all in it to help each other!


ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Recovery after a health crisis can take on many forms that often times go beyond “just what the doctor ordered.”
Some people seek additional strength in healing through a balance of body, mind and spirit.
Bikram, also known as hot yoga, is what Sherrie Martin has practiced for more than five years.
“I was looking for something that was low intensity, and something that would help me detox my body from all the medicine and stuff, and somebody said, ‘let’s try Bikram,'” Martin said.
What brought her to hot yoga is what nearly took her life in 2008 — a brain tumor the size of a lemon. She underwent emergency surgery, rounds of radiation, followed by a focus on getting better and living well.
“When you go in the room, it’s me and my mat, and it’s my mind, body, moving meditation,” Martin said.
The room is heated to 104 degrees with 35 percent humidity. The high temperature and moisture level makes joints and muscles more flexible and helps move oxygen through the body more efficiently.
There are 26 set postures performed over the course of 90 minutes; a hot yoga class never varies. It is intense and repetitive for a reason.
Adi Westerman is the owner of Hot Yoga Asheville and also a teacher. She instructs and nurtures all her students and admires what Sherrie’s accomplishing.
“To keep coming even through radiation and going through surgery, people, people don’t come in because they hurt their pinky toe, and here she is, she’s coming in day after day, you know, for her whole self, well-being,”  Westerman said.



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Our instructor Sean posed the following questions this morning in class while we were in a quick savasana between sweating buckets and working hard:

Has anyone checked the Thermostat lately?   How about the Humidistat?   How about the Clock?  … and … How about Yourself???


He followed by reminding us that so often when we are challenged in a class, we begin to look outside of ourselves. We look for distractions. We look for anything that we can put our attention to, rather than going inward and focusing on ourself. What a great reminder! 

Remember, one objective of yoga is to slow down and check in with yourself. This not only means working hard when you can, but it also means backing off when you need to. To the best of your ability seek to be present with your body and your self. When you find yourself fidgeting or looking at the clock, remember that the more you stay in the present moment with your practice, the more easily the time/heat/and even postures move to the background and become simply tools in your success.

Thank you Sean for the wonderful reminder!


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“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but hot yoga is so delightful.

So, we know the place to go. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

This opening line is to be read exuberantly in the countertenor singing voice of Dean Martin, please. (Okay, I’m a dork. But it’s true!) That is today’s jingle for Hot Yoga Asheville; quite simply, the best place to be on these chilly, winter days. As the blizzard of 2015 ravages New England, we Asheville mortals also tend to hibernate against our less tempestuous, yet still blustery, cold weather. If you need to awaken from this shrouded state like I do, now is the time to step outside and let the windshield ice-scraping rituals ensue. The smartest of these awakened, winter creatures fly south to warmer rooms, like that of Hot Yoga Asheville.

“It just feels so good to do the Bikram Method in winter,” I heard someone say in the women’s room before class. I cannot argue.


After weeks of procrastination, I finally hauled my January carcass to the studio and hit the yoga mat at Ross’ Tuesday, 4:30 class. Wow. I felt completely transformed; an obvious outcome, in retrospect. The question is: what took me so long to get back there? Perhaps it’s harder to get there in winter, but it feels even better! Hunched, shivering forms, swaddled in down coats and dreaming of sweaty savasana, descended upon the studio, and stripped down to their zebra- print spandex, revealing their pale, goose-bumpy skin. As these bold, seekers of warmth stepped through the yoga room thresh hold, expressions changed from subdued agitation to ones of purposeful calm. Limbs sank gratefully onto mats; corners of lips lifted slightly. A soft chatter of common purpose rose like a murmuration of starlings that have just reached their point of migration. Yet, are we Bikram yogis really like starlings? I think not. We are more like a kettle of raptors; fierce and ambitious, riding the warmth of the thermals to a better place. As skin began to glisten in the heat, I noticed the robustness of my December body had withered some before me in the wall of all-too-honest mirrors.  But there was hope yet for my winter body. Ross pranced into the room and welcomed us to the class. For the first time in what seemed like ages, I felt like I was in exactly the right place at the right time.

4 things to keep in mind for Hot Yoga in wintertime:

  1. Get to class a little earlier. As delicious as the heat of the yoga room feels to your chilly body in winter, it may take longer to adjust to the temperatures of the room, which average 95 and 105 degrees. If you let your body acclimate to the room before class, your body will thank you.
  2. Be sure to bring a change of dry clothes. Finding one’s self drenched in sweat with no dry clothes to change into before heading back out into the freezing cold is a regretful experience indeed. Even if you decide not to shower in the studio after class, you will leave the studio in a much more blissful state if you towel off, and slip on some comfy, dry, warm clothes over your newly restored body.
  3. Wash your sweat-soaked yoga clothes ASAP. It is just no fun at all to discover a frozen wad of sweaty spandex in a plastic grocery bag on your car seat. The only things worse than old, sweaty yoga clothes are frozen, old, sweaty yoga clothes. Throw them and your wet yoga towel in the wash right away to keep bacteria, mildew and mold from setting in.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly after class. Often, after a hot yoga class, you may opt to shower at home to avoid the lines in the studio. Yet, in winter, it is especially important to at least wash your hands after class to make sure you have not collected any of those pesky bugs that love to travel around town this time of year. Even though the hot yoga temperatures are too hot to harbor the flu virus, these little villains can still linger on other surfaces. (Hot Yoga Asheville is exceptionally clean though! Kudos!)