Incense burns and the lights are dim inside Hot Yoga Revolution in Garwood. At the Hot Power Vinyasa class the studio is heated to 100 degrees and 50 percent humidity as instructor Rose Levy-Goldberg prompts the sweating students into the Downward-Facing Dog pose. Though there is traditional chanting, the stereo also plays Britney Spears and Michael Bublé’s aptly-titled “Feeling Good.”
Danielle Mojo founded Hot Yoga Revolution in November of last year and describes her practice as a fusion of philosophy and fitness. The studio offers Vinyasa yoga, which mimics the hot temperatures of Bikram yoga, but differs in that its poses flow together to further challenge the body and mind. Mojo recommends the studio’s classes to “anyone who wants a physical practice combined with something a little more internal.”
In addition to Hot Power Vinyasa, there are Beginner Hot Vinyasa classes for those new to the practice. Mojo also teaches Hot Yoga Bootcamp and Hip Hop, Reggae and Groove Hot Power Flow classes. She describes Hot Yoga Bootcamp, offered Monday mornings, as “yoga-inspired exercises” of sets and reps. Her hip hop class, offered Friday nights, focuses on fun and is done to music by artists such as Bob Marley and Notorious B.I.G.
One fan of Hot Yoga Revolution’s classes is Steven Johnson, who has lost 33 pounds and counting, which he attributes primarily to doing yoga. After walking in one day and taking a sample class, he is now up to three classes a week and has been going strong for two months. He and about 20 other students attending Levy-Goldberg’s class have only positive things to say about Mojo and her studio.
Mojo chose Garwood as Hot Yoga Revolution’s location because it has the friendly sense of community she sought. Prior to her studio’s opening, Union County did not have a hot Vinyasa studio. She initially found her studio’s other teachers through online yoga communities and student recommendations. Within the first six months of her studio’s existence, it has seen about 500 students and has up to 20 students attending each class.
Mojo loves to attend classes in addition to teaching them. She took the aforementioned Levy-Goldberg’s class as a student rather than as a teacher. Mojo says, “One of the great things about the studio is that it is a community. That starts with building relationships with the students and the teachers, and then them coming together.” Ginny Colarusso, who teaches the Beginner Hot Vinyasa classes, also attended Levy-Goldberg’s class, and says she tries to attend another instructor’s class about once a week.
A recent special event at Hot Yoga Revolution was a live music class, featuring a local classical guitarist. It took place on a Sunday afternoon last month. Though a date has not been set yet, another session should be taking place within the next month.
Hot Yoga Revolution will also be expanding in the near future, hopefully around Labor Day, to create a larger space to accommodate more students and classes. When the studio first opened it offered free classes as part of a special event, and Mojo hopes to have another celebration for the reopening.
Hot Yoga Revolution typically offers two or three classes a day, seven days a week, ranging from 9:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. A single class costs $18, but there is a new client special of $50 for unlimited yoga for 30 days. A 10 class card is $150, and an unlimited month of classes is also $150. The studio is located at 345 North Avenue, across the street from Garwood Lanes and next to Al’s Prime Meats and Deli and Kumon Learning Center. For more information, contact the studio at 908-232-0142.