Hot Yoga with Anita Ruderman


IMG_1604A few doors from the sandy, sunny boardwalk at Beach 116th Street is one of Rockaway’s true gems. Anita Ruderman is one of New York’s original practitioners of Hot Yoga. I have been taking Anita’s class for over ten years now. Nothing can compare to the satisfaction of completing a ninety-minute yoga class in a room heated to over 100 degrees.

Anita brings a unique wit and charm to her class, and a true love of the practice. Most importantly, Anita stresses that it is yoga practice not yoga perfect. She has an innate ability to put newcomers at an ease they may not experience elsewhere. Please meet my favorite yogi, Anita.

Q. How long have you been teaching and practicing Hot Yoga?
A. I have been a Yoga Practitioner for over 24 years and teaching Hot Yoga for more than 15 years. I took a class in Florida when I was on vacation and never forgot it! It was very challenging, but left me the greatest feeling of euphoric exhaustion afterwards. I was hooked!!

Q. Who are you most inspirational students?
A. The ones who come in with the most problems, who never give up and come out the other side healthier, stronger and happier.

Q. What would you say to someone who is curious to try Hot Yoga, but might be intimidated?
A. I would tell them there’s nothing to be afraid of. No prior yoga experience is necessary and anyone can do it, regardless of age or current level of fitness. You’ll feel different after only one class! The effects of this Miracle Yoga practice are cumulative and you will get addicted! If you don’t come with a smile on the way in, we’ll make sure you have one on the way out!

Q. How long have you been in Rockaway? What brought you here?
A. I’ve been living in and loving Rockaway Park for over 30 years. I grew up on the Lower East Side (before it was hip) but started as a “bungalow bunny” on B. 27th St. when I was 6 years old. I met my husband there when I was 15!

Q. What is your favorite place on the peninsula?
A. Besides the Studio, anywhere on the beach and everywhere my bicycle goes!

181 Beach 116th Street, 2nd floor

718 945-YOGA (9642)