I am proud to say I was at the first class the day that Moksha Yoga Minneapolis opened in June 2011. It is located right on the Greenway bike trail, near Punch Pizza on West Lake Street. The studio is obviously pretty new, and feels that way; its very clean, simply decorated, and welcoming. Moksha Yoga is part of a strip mall-type building, so there is a big parking lot with plenty of spaces.
I have tried each of the classes at least once – Moksha Yoga, Moksha Flow, Hot Hatha, and Hot Flow. (More class descriptions here on their website, link below.) The Moksha Yoga class is the most basic version, and definitely where you should start if you are a beginner to hot yoga.
Oh yeah, did I mention its hot? Like 100 degrees? When I first heard about hot yoga I thought it sounded like a terrible idea – working out in a sauna? But when I am sore from several other type of workouts (I like to mix it up), I find hot yoga to be a wonderful way to stretch and recover. If you feel too hot, they ask you to lay down, rather than leave, for which I’m sure there’s a good reason but I wasn’t too crazy about that.
The instructors are all great, all good at welcoming beginners and teaching to multiple levels per class. While the summer classes would have 10-20 people with plenty of open space, I have found that in the winter the weekday evening classes get crowded, which make the room feel even hotter. Lately, I try to go on weekend or early weekday mornings.
You can buy an unlimited intro month for $40, which is worth it if you go at least 4 times, but the price raises quite a bit after that. I buy the class pass of course, because I don’t like to do anything workout more than 4 times per month. The best part – the classes don’t expire for a full 2 years. Perfect.
- Relaxing, welcoming atmosphere
- Facilities are always clean and have the little extras like stocked locker room products
- Ample parking, and easy bike trail access
- Class packages with a reasonable expiration date for people who like to work yoga into a existing workout routine
- The heat can be overwhelming at times, I can only go to class when I’ve planned it a day in advanced so I can hydrate throughout the day
- Even with the flexible class passes, its pricey
- Weekday evening classes fill up in the winter
- Moksha Yoga class, the easiest for me to handle in the heat, is the same poses every time
- 10 classes, $140
- Unlimited month, $40 intro month, $150 after intro
- Drop in/one class, $18
- Rental mat, $2
- Friday $5 Karma Yoga – proceeds go to a different charity each month, and they have sweet themes like 80′s Night and Hip Hop Yoga
- 6:15 yoga, you will be proud of yourself and energized all day