I came into Teacher Training to solely learn the mechanics of yoga postures and how to run a yoga class, in order to teach yoga and its physical benefits. But, what I did not know was that I was about to go on the biggest self help journey I have taken in my life.
I came to Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training physically weakened from treatment of a life changing medical diagnosis. I felt that the teacher training would be a great way to build myself back up physically, it did. The Yoga training gave me tremendous physical strength and when completed I had felt stronger, physically, than I ever did before. However, due to my medical diagnosis I came to Radiant Teacher Training mentally fragile, scared, and confused on what I wanted to due next with my life post diagnosis.
The spiritual, meditational, and motivational exercises gave me emotional strength. I was no longer scared and confused; I came away from the teacher-training program with mental and emotional strength, clarity and sight with a clear vision on what I wanted to do the rest of my life, both professionally and in my personal life. I had always had these visions, however, I had kept them inside hiding. The lessons learned in Teacher Training brought those visions out and helped me become the person I always wanted to be deep down inside. The Teacher Training experience is truly priceless and there is no amount of gold I can ever repay Radiant Hot Yoga and the Dearen family, my treasure to them is my respect and love.
Teacher Training has completely changed my life! I completed my 9-week Training in the Spring of 2017. From week one, we embarked on a such a beautiful journey, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Darlene, Skyler and Savanna fully dedicate themselves to these 9-weeks, always providing unconditional love, support, and guidance. Not only will you become more connected with your yoga practice, but more connected with yourself and everything around you. This has truly been the best gift I have ever received, I am so grateful! The 9-weeks go by so fast and at the end, you will definitely be wanting 9 more! I would do Teacher Training over and over again and highly recommend it to everyone! The connections I have made, the growth I have experienced, and the peace and love that has filled my heart and body from inside, out has been magical and life changing! Thank you to all my fellow TT’s and the beautiful Dearen’s for walking this beautiful path with me!
Teacher training at Radiant Hot Yoga has truly been a life changing experience. Darlene, Skyler and Savanna, the owners of Radiant, are truly your guides to helping you dive deeper into your spiritual and physical practice, and showing you the importance of being a teacher. You will learn the history of yoga, different types of meditation, nutrition, how to achieve what you want out of life, and so much more! The nine weeks flew by, and by the end you can’t wait to start your new journey with Yoga.
The teacher training with Radiant Hot Yoga was such a precious and pivotal time in my life. Darlene and her daughters created the most nurturing, encouraging, safe space for me to fully come into myself and my power. I became more in tune with my body and in tune with my soul. I reached deep inside myself and found my voice. I became empowered to live my passion and teach yoga! I truly cherish the community we all built together and the distinct feeling of coming home. This teacher training is a rare and very special one of a kind opportunity to dive into yourself and discover all the beauty and strength that lies within – it has profoundly transformed all areas of my life. I am forever grateful to have been a part of this life-changing experience.
Susan M.’s experience
I started practicing various styles of yoga 14 years ago and the minute I tried hot yoga, I was in love! I was on and off the fence about further deepening my practice with teacher training and then finally, one day while I was in class, I decided it was my time to rise. I searched for a yoga teacher training program that would work with my schedule, being a full time employee and new mommy. To my surprise, RHY TT had everything and so much more!
If any of you are thinking about deepening your practice and becoming a yoga teacher, I would highly recommend Radiant! Darlene is such an inspirational, loving, inclusive, mystical and nurturing leader who cares about every individual that comes through her studio along with her beautiful daughters and staff. There is nothing but love and growth here. If there’s one thing I wish I could have done differently, it would have been going to RHY teacher training sooner!
Yoga is a light which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.” – BKS Iyengar
Thank you so much for your love, Darlene!”
Ka Vang’s experience
Teacher Training at Radiant Hot Yoga is so much more than I’d ever imagined. I am forever grateful for the love and most amazing experiences that I’ve gained from it.
Not only did I feel safe with a loving yoga community; I gained more self-acceptance and learned how to embrace more of my own power within. The short 8 weeks provides an opportunity for a variety of other Yoga concepts and subjects that are not able to be taught in a hot yoga room during practice to be introduced to us. I certainly connected with the description that our yoga instructors often described of Teacher Training, that you would dive deeper into your practice; and that it certainly did. I truly felt that I’ve dived deeper into my practice and ultimately into myself.
I highly recommend Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training program to anyone who’s interested and that you WILL be able to find the time to make it happen. The sooner you commit, the sooner you will see the joy and love of how Teacher Training will impact your life. Keep in mind that the true beauty of Teacher Training can only be felt and experienced and not read on paper.
Thank you again, Darlene and Radiant Hot Yoga
Natalie R’s experience
I first found hot yoga after tearing my ACL in college and being told to try it for rehabbing my body. After healing my knee I didn’t keep up with my practice and went back to running, playing soccer, and other types of exercise. I never really connected with the mental benefits of yoga. Then I discovered Radiant and realized how much I had been missing about yoga. I looked at yoga differently and wanted to make it part of my lifestyle and routine.
RYH Teacher Training came at the perfect time and I went into it with an open mind, thinking I may want to teach, but if anything I would deepen my yoga practice and meet wonderful people. The 8 weekends together in teacher training became the highlight of my week. We laugh, cried, sweat, massaged, and hugged our way through each weekend, and I immediately felt a sense of community and family every time I stepped into a Radiant studio. Darlene invited several teachers to share their yoga journey; we learned from nutritionists and doctors about how to treat our body, we studied the history of yoga, and practiced various meditation techniques. Teacher Training pushed my body, challenged my mind, and demanded a new level of respect for myself. I ate better, I focused on learning dialogue and practiced non-stop, in the car, in the shower, on a run, on my siblings. My priorities changed, I found myself appreciating the little things in my life and wanting to come to my mat every day.
Darlene and her daughters have created the most welcoming yoga studio and I am forever grateful to them for inspiring me to teach.
Analisa A.’s experience
I started going to Radiant Hot Yoga regularly this year. After completing the 30-Day Challenge in June, I decided to deepen my practice and enroll in the Fall 2016 Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training.
I cannot express in words how grateful I am to Darlene for inspiring us to be the best versions of ourselves during the intense 8-week training. I met remarkable human beings and was spiritually inspired and guided by Darlene and her two beautiful daughters.
We learned so much: to breathe, watched inspirational videos, learned to be grateful and vulnerable, we studied the Chakras, Patanjali’s Eight Limbs, Yogananda, Anatomy and the 8 joints, the Doshas, non-verbal communication, Hindu Gods, nutrition and inspiration. I gained wisdom, peace, knowledge, filled my vessel with goodness not material, a new purpose, enlightenment, and I am starting to loose my ego.
But the biggest gift is being open and vulnerable because without vulnerability, you cannot be authentic. I look forward to teaching and both enlightening and empowering others to improve their lives and find happiness. Lastly, I strengthened my body and have improved significantly in all the poses. My body, mind, and spirit are stronger and I am certainly grateful for this gift. I am forever grateful to Darlene for creating Radiant Hot Yoga – a place for growth.
I became a certified yoga instructor and graduated RHY Teacher Training in Spring 2016, it was truly an extraordinary experience, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. It was an incredible 8-weeks of intense training not only learning so much about yoga and the body but also a deeper understanding of the self. I am so grateful to have been part of the training and created so many memories with new friends that will last forever.
I was scared out of my mind to do the teacher training but I can honestly say it was the best decision I have ever made. It challenged me both mentally and physically and it gave me the confidence I needed to teach and to grow in other areas of my life. TT came at a time when I really needed to be inspired, to be pushed to step forward into growth and away from fear and the community, the program, and the experience did just that. It was so much fun and such an incredible experience. I recommend it with my entire heart even if you just want to do it to deepen your practice. You will leave a fantastic teacher whether it is as a teacher of light and of positivity or a yoga teacher. You will become stronger in yourself and in your abilities, I know I did.
My journey through yoga has been life changing. I have come to know myself in ways I had not explored before. I have experimented with a certain vulnerability of my soul that I had kept concealed for fear of exposing the parts of me I work to keep hidden. Yoga took away that curtain of doubt because it guided me into the light. Whereas before I perfected a façade of invulnerability, yoga has helped me understand that shattering my walls to let in people is one way to open my heart up to all the beauty of the universe. I found teacher training at a very difficult point in my life, where for the first time, I had experienced uncertainty on multiple levels and could not find some peace. There were many aspects of my life that were vague and unsettled, and I felt the challenges beginning to weigh heavy on mind. Teacher training introduced me to a group of strong-minded, caring, beautiful and inspirational women who offered me insight and kindness. I feel blessed to be a part of such a diverse group of women, who have touched my heart in so many ways. I am grateful to Darlene for her leadership and support, and to the teacher training group for their boundless grace and love.
My experience with the RHY 200 hour teacher training was an absolute gift to me in my life. I almost didn’t sign up to do it because I was not sure that I had it in me to actually teach. But with loving encouragement from some beautiful teachers that were already teaching at this studio and Darlene, I took a leap of faith and signed up. The experience challenged me, pushed me to the limit in the best way possible, and gave me beautiful growth as a person in so many ways. I feel so fortunate to have found this particular teacher trading program at Radiant Hot Yoga. Darlene, (the owner of RHY) put her heart and soul into our training and helping us become the very best that we can. She has a true love and concern for her teachers in Training. We had so many unique and different teachers come to our training to teach us so many different aspects of yoga. It took my practice to a much deeper level. It really opened my eyes to all of the amazing areas of yoga that can be explored. From Kundalini, Ashtanga, Gongs, Chanting and meditation, deepening my knowledge of the asanas (postures) that are practiced in yoga, as well as learning about Chinese medicine, health through food, and the Study of the bones and muscles of the body. I loved soaking in all of the new things I was learning! Some of my favorite moments in training were when we would first arrive in the morning, sit in a circle, and Darlene would show us a very uplifting video or we would do breathing exercises to start the day. I would feel overwhelmed with gratitude in those moments for the experiences I was having there! All of these things were wonderful, but most of all for me, I had the desire to teach. And I didn’t have the confidence to do it at first. When training was over, and after I had taken my first class from Childs pose all the way through to savasana, tears filled my eyes. I have come so far, and I did it! I am so thankful to have had Darlene as a mentor in learning to teach. She is an amazing woman! And I would never be where I am if I didn’t sign up for the teacher training! Thank you so much Darlene for helping put me on this beautiful path to teaching through your amazing teacher training program! It is an experience I will never forget!
Teacher Training was an experience that was more than I can describe. I had ideas of what it would be, but those visions didn’t do justice to what actually transpired. I know myself better now than I ever have and I have a deeper love within my heart for everyone and everything around me after those 8 weeks of training. I gained so many insights of how to let myself be vulnerable and how to accept things with an open mind and heart. One of the most important things I learned is that there is an amazing being inside each of us, we don’t have to create it…sometimes it’s just a matter of us finding it and exposing what is already there. I formed unforgettable bonds and connections with some of the kindest, gentlest, most genuine people I have ever met and who have truly amazing souls and together we shared tears, smiles, and laughs. My heart feels more joyful than it has in a long time. And for this, I will be forever grateful. And most importantly, I know that for me, this training confirmed what I thought my true passion really was, which is to spread love and joy and healing through the practice of yoga and the ability to share it with others.
When I first signed up for the Radiant Hot Yoga teacher training I wanted to learn more about yoga and be a certified teacher.
I decided to stay in Newport Beach for a year before going off to college in NYC and see where this journey of yoga would take me. I never could imagine in my wildest dreams how much my life would change for the better throughout this program.
Those 8 weekends of teacher training were some of the best days of my life, and some of the hardest. What I loved about this training is that I felt so supported and encouraged, by Darlene and the teachers, but I also felt pushed and challenged. One thing about this teacher training which was so great for me is that when I wanted to have a melt down or just give up, everyone was there for me, but no one would let me. We, as a strong group of women, pushed each other to become the best versions of ourselves and were always ready to catch someone if they fell. But we always were taught to get back up and try again.
The first weekend of training we had to memorize how to get students into the first pose of class… 25 minutes into practicing many people began to feel stressed and feeling unworthy of being a teacher.
Every so often one of us would get upset and say “this is impossible!!” but Darlene wasn’t phased by this, she knew that we needed to hit these speed bumps in our training to find the strength within ourselves. Sure enough, by the final weekend every single woman that was in training led students through a whole class by themselves. Teaching my first class in the hot room at Radiant was one of the proudest moments of my whole life. I had never felt so empowered, fierce, and confident as I did the day that I graduated as a certified yoga instructor. One of the valuable lessons I learned throughout this program was to be authentic and have joy while I was teaching.
With a background as an actress I was always trained to put on a performance, and Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training showed me that I don’t need to “act” like a yoga teacher, but instead it taught me how to feel like one. Now when I teach class I speak from my heart and I feel now like I can truly change lives one student at a time. There were so many wonderful memories from the training, but one of my fondest recollections was the day that we learned about the different Chakras (or energetic points in the body). One of our instructors, Gabriel, wanted to show us how much our energy as humans is contagious so he brought in a device that lights up only when it is connected my two energetic sources. All the students sat around in a circle. We began to chant. At one point he had us hold each other’s hands…. The moment all of us connect hands, the device started lighting up and making noise. It was an incredible lesson that our energy is contagious and when you work as a group, miraculous things can happen. Now anytime I feel alone or am struggling before I teach a class, I go to a fellow teacher or loved one and hold their hand and I suddenly am ready to take on any obstacle life has to throw at me.
The Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training has given me the strength to allow myself to be vulnerable. It taught me to not fear what I don’t know or yet understand. Darlene and the other trainees helped me to find beauty in the world, and taught me this skills I need to pass on the miracles yoga brings to everyone in the community, on or off the mat. Lastly, I wanted to share my favorite chant that our wonderful teacher Juris talked about that I remind my self of everyday.
It is “Lokaha Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu”. It means “May all beings everywhere be happy and free!”
Thank you Darlene and all of my fellow teachers or the best experience of my life! Om shanti, shanti, shanti!!!!
To say that teacher training changes your life is truly an understatement. I have had many experiences in my life, from other exercise training programs, to graduate school; and the RHY teacher training program by far affected me the most. I found a greater sense of self, found my “Zen”, and connected with a spirituality that I didn’t previously know existed within me. We laughed, we cried, we sometimes became frustrated with each other; but all of the experiences with all the amazing people in the program, brought us closer to each other, and closer to ourselves. You will find a peace, and most importantly, a love for yourself that you may not be able to gain in any other outlet. RHY brings a sense of home, comfort, and love from each and every person that walks through those doors. That home, comfort and love will alter your inner soul and you will forever be changed. I am grateful for the RHY teacher training program for providing me an outlet to delve into myself a litter deeper, develop my personal yoga practice even further, and connecting me with some of the most amazing souls I have ever met….yogis that I will be forever connected to.
My experience in the Radiant Hot Yoga TT Program is one I will never forget. Thinking back to where I started and where I am now, the growth is profound. The relationships that were formed during the weeks and weekends throughout the training and the memories created will truly last forever. The training program allows you to break down the walls you spend your whole life building, and become vulnerable, face your fears, release judgement, and really look in the mirror and love what you see. This training is so powerful for not only your personal yoga practice and knowledge, but a way to live your life. Seeing yourself and others in their true beauty. It is amazing to witness the transformation in both mind and body. I am so grateful for the opportunity and experience I will never forget. I look forward to sharing this gift with others, and continuing to grow and learn.”
My Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training experience was a powerful one. When Darlene first asked me if I was interested (the studio is my home away from home and I practice 6-7 times a week), in participating, I hesitated. I had never thought of becoming a yoga teacher. Psychology is my passion and a private practice is what I am pursuing. She told me that doing the Teacher Training could deepen my own practice. Now THAT got my attention. That, and the fact that I could share the experience with my daughter, Sienna. I knew the benefits RHY had brought me, but seeing the changes in my daughter, from never exercising to loving her yoga practice, her healthier life style choices, and her self confidence skyrocketing. But what the most profound change in her was the emergence of a spiritual side. It was like watching a miracle unfold right before my eyes. So I signed up thinking, I’ll just deepen my yoga practice. Two weeks before it started I suffered a traumatic eye injury that left me with extreme double vision and dizziness. I thought about backing out but I didn’t want to disappoint my daughter. Darlene’s Teacher Training saved me. There were days after the eye injury that I couldn’t leave the house due to the double vision. Darlene showed me how to patch my eye correctly. I initially felt awkward and vulnerable around a group of women I had never met other than in class. I was at my most raw and vulnerable. These women carried me through the training on the days that were tough, but I was still expected to step up and not just sit in the corner and watch. I found myself counting the days until the weekend when I could immerse myself in learning the benefits of the postures, taking class in the heat, having lunch with the group of women that I was quickly becoming attached to. We were an interesting group. All different ages, occupations, some single, some married with children. We shared a common bond: Our love for the Yoga. Our love and respect for Darlene and the other teachers. We took turns struggling. Some days I struggled and other days I was the Comrade. All of us were. The beautiful part was that we learned that frustration didn’t have to be negative…. it meant we were on the verge of a breakthrough! We cheered each other on when we did well, we encouraged each other when we felt nervous, we helped each other process difficult things in our lives outside of the studio. Many of these women I consider good friends today. We have a bond that it so strong that as soon as we see each other we light up. In my 13 years of living in Newport Beach I have never experienced a group of women like this. Darlene painstakingly put together a program that addressed so many different components. We learned about Anatomy, the importance of breath to movement, the benefits of the postures. One night a Chinese Medicine doctor came to speak to our group on nutrition….. WOW! was that a beneficial seminar. We learned about our different Chakras and what Dosha we are. I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about my self just from learning about the Chakras. Most importantly, I started to really understand what Darlene meant by Yoga’s ability to “Peel back the layers.” I started my practice for the physical benefits….. to get a great workout and sweat. What I experienced in Teacher Training was a new depth to my practice. I feel more connected to myself emotionally. I have more clarity. Then a spiritual side sprang up. I now had the unity of the physical, mental and spiritual all in one. It still gives me chills when I think about it. I am forever grateful to Darlene and the other teachers for such a life changing experience. I would encourage anyone who is even thinking about doing the training to do it! It is an experience you will love and take with you forever.
Almost 6 years ago, during my summer break from college, I took my first hot yoga class. I lacked flexibility, I was out of shape, unable to do most of the postures, or control my breathing. I remember telling myself I would never step foot into another yoga studio again! But something magical happened to me that day while I was in final savasana, that changed my life forever. I was able to shut my thoughts out, all of my worries and anxiety of the outside world were gone, and I felt a sense of peace, I had never felt in my life before. I went to yoga everyday that summer, I loved how it transformed my body. Physically, I was stronger, leaner, and my flexibility was increasing. I learned to control my breathing, making it calm whenever I could feel my heart rate increasing. When I had to go back to college, I searched for a hot yoga studio to continue my practice. My practice deepened when I realized that I had not only physically (externally) changed, but mentally (internally) I was able to handle stress, have patience, and make healthy conscience choices for my body. Shortly after college, I moved from south Florida to southern California. I tried countless yoga studios, and none of them felt like the right “fit” for me. I guess I was looking for a little piece of “home”, and that was exactly what I found whey I walked into Radiant Hot Yoga. Esthetically, the studio was beyond beautiful, the colors were warm inside and the bathrooms were spotless. I was greeted by Darlene (owner of RHY), who was so kind and polite. I took her class and it was literally beaming with positive energy, the total yoga “high” I had been searching for. A few months went by and Darlene had told me she was going to be doing a teacher training, and asked me if I had ever been interested in teaching.It was something that had crossed my mind before, but I wasn’t sure if it was something I saw myself doing. After lots of thinking, and encouragement from Darlene and her daughters, my family and friends, I decided to do the RHY’s Teacher Training.
What was your experience like?
RHY’s Teacher Training was a truly life changing experience. I learned that my yoga practice, is an on-going “self” study, their is no stopping point, their is only room for growth. Being able to be a student, and a teacher, its truly a gift that will change and deepen your practice in ways you didn’t think possible. I recommend this TT to anyone who is open to discovering themselves through yoga.
What did you gain from TT?
It has been pretty difficult to meet friends, not being from this area- But RHYs TT changed that ? I gained a connection, and friendship with 17 yogi’s. All of us different ages, with different lives and experiences, sharing one common ground, yoga. I learned to be vulnerable, and accept support, and stability, from friends outside of myself. I have infinite gratitude to RHY for creating such an “at home” feeling and for giving me a “yoga family”.
As a student, person and teacher?
RHY’s TT made me grow as a person, student and a teacher. I learned yoga is a life-long journey that incorporates all aspects of yoga and connects them together. I’ve learned to honor my body, and take a child’s pose when I feel tired. I’ve learned that the postures that we do on our mats- prepare us, for what happens when we step off our mats. I’ve learned that teaching is about finding our gift and sharing it, thats the purpose of this life. How did it enhance your life? My practice has taught me to be with my feelings, and that in order to heal we must feel. Never judge people because you never know what internal battle they may have going on, and the only reason any of us can see judgement in each other is because it exists within ourselves. Yoga teaches us that we are human, to learn lessons, teach and take yoga, and grow from it everyday!
I had no idea what to expect… All I knew was that I was excited to do it. On the first night, I was blown away! The atmosphere was special. The people were amazing, and the group exercises we did only made us all unite in a special way. Each week became something I looked forward to, seeing my friends, learning and doing yoga, and going through this unique experience as much like a sponge as I could, trying to soak everything in. From holding a 5 minute warrior, to sharing deep personal stories with one another, the love and support was unparalleled! It was a safe place, where the openness bonded us all to create unforgettable moments that I am sure none of us will soon forget. Even though it’s over, the group is still bonded and supportive of one another, and I’ve gained a new group of friends. It was one of those experiences that can be challenging and difficult, but that is what also makes it so memorable impactful on your life. I would tell anyone who is thinking about doing the RHY teacher training to definitely do it! You will not be sorry, it will be a moment in your life that you will always look back on with a smile on your face and love in your heart.”
Teacher training at Radiant Hot Yoga was an amazing journey of self exploration, love, support, growth and transformation. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to delve deeper into their practice or step into the exciting journey to becoming a teacher. Thank you for the amazing journey!
Melanie N.’s experience
“What is yoga to you?” a question that was asked of us at the start of our teacher training which has a much different meaning to me now. My original answer was strength; the program for me was an opportunity to learn about yoga as a whole, but mostly to deepen my practice. I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, I was just more nervous about the lack of time that I was going to experience for those nine weeks. Concluding my experience, I am changing my answer to love, the only word that comes to mind that encompasses all of what yoga is and gives. I found love in all of my fellow teachers in training. Amazing friends, people that would give the world for you, providing support and compassion to people that were complete strangers only a few short weeks ago. The love that you give your body: allowing rest or getting exercise, taking care of what we ingest,and how we perceive our bodies. Love of your mind: finding the difference of what your mind thinks and can do, learning to love yourself and the control that gives you over your surroundings. Love of your soul: the beauty of loving yourself and the world around you that you experience; learning to appreciate what we have instead of longing for what we don’t. In that love, we have found trust and family. I couldn’t have asked to be surrounded by more amazing people; graduation was a time of happiness and sadness. We accomplished so much together and I will forever cherish the time.
Jessica C.’s experience
The Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training program will be something I will never forget, it truly has changed my life. I grew so much from the experience, learning to be truthful and compassionate with myself. I never imagined that I could get so much out of my Yoga practice; that Yoga would become an integral part of my life. I deepened and strengthened my physical, mental, and emotional practice both on and off the mat. And the friendships I made over the 9 weeks of teacher training will be life-long. My fellow teachers in training as well as the Radiant Hot Yoga teachers were so supportive throughout my journey, always there when I needed them during the training and after. I have never part of something where I have experienced so much genuine compassion and love; Radiant Hot Yoga has truly become my home away from home.
WOW! Radiant Hot Yoga teacher training program far exceeded my expectations.
When first signing up for their program my goal was to fine-tune my yoga poses and deepen my yoga practice. I had no idea the healing transformation I’d receive through what they taught me during training. By the time teacher training finished I had a burning desire to teach others the amazing benefits yoga has to offer.
There are other companies offering teacher training programs but my belief is through Radiant Hot Yoga’s personalized and individual attention coupled with their years of experience is what sets them apart from the rest. I am grateful to Radiant Hot Yoga to be ready to move to the next level as a yoga instructor able to teach others the endless and amazing benefits of hot yoga.
Coming from the Middle East, Jordan, to live in the United States, I found it very difficult to cope and melt into the pot. That transitional period unfolded layers of uncertainty and doubt about my role and purpose in life. Many aspects were vague and unsettled, and the challenges started to weigh heavy on me.
When I was introduced to the Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher training, I jumped into it not knowing what to expect, but I know I was overwhelmed with a tremendous flow of love and support from everyone at RHY.
The Teacher Training provided me with the art and science of traditional yoga meditation for Self-Realization, and the process of systematically encountering, examining, and transcending each of the various gross and subtle levels of false identity in the mind field, until the jewel of the true Self comes shining through.
RHY Teacher Training provided me with an optimum medium to break open, connect, grow and nourish again, as I felt an instant overflow of positive energy, love and support, which are extremely contageous, from each and every one in the Teacher Training and RHY family.
Now, every time I teach yoga, with all the heat, sweat, music and energy in the room, my senses are heightened, and I become the consciousness that sits in the back and witnesses the class, such an amazing feeling that I reduced into words for the mind to grasp.
We came into Teacher Training as many, and now we are one, Namaste.”
Yoga came to me in a time of my life where I needed it most, although it wasn’t until I found radiant hot yoga that I truly found a connection to something greater than myself.
Teacher training at Radiant was the icing on the cake to all of my previous training and classes. The transformation for me wasn’t physical as much as it was mental and emotional.
Darlene came to me and said she saw something in me to be an amazing teacher, and even though I had already a done a training before, this training was where I fully blossomed and was able to take my place in front of the classroom. Through amazing lectures, a bond with my fellow trainees, and the most encouraging leader, I found the strength to stand up and speak my truest voice and heart. Every time doubt entered my heart, Darlene was always there to pick me up and give me words of encouragement.
What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the RHY community, and that teaching at this studio would become one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. My connection with my students is of the utmost importance, and you will never find another studio with this available to you. When I walk into the studio I feel completely at peace, and at home, like it is where I belong.
Thank you Darlene for believing in me, and for making me a teacher that is able to heal and connect with my students.
I highly recommend this teacher training program to anyone who is looking to enhance their practice or become an inspiration to others through teaching.
Radiant is dear to my heart, and I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else.”
The Radiant Hot Yoga teacher training program was an exciting adventure. I gained so many amazing connections with wonderful “yogis” that I will treasure for life.
One of my biggest take aways from the Radiant teacher training was finding my voice. I found myself remembering how to speak up for myself in ways I had once forgotten. I want to make others happy, and I often sacrifice my own happiness.
Through TT, I was reminded that it’s okay to sometimes put myself first for my well being in order to give of myself freely to others. I have found a new passion through the TT which is to teach yoga. I am inspired to continue on my yoga path; learning & challenging myself to grow so that I can connect to others on a much more deeper level than I ever knew was possible.“
I fell in love with the practice of Hot Yoga years ago. Since that time, I have always wanted to take more classes and perhaps deepen my practice with teacher training but being the mother of three kids, I never seemed to find the right time to do this. Finally this last fall, everything fell into place and I was able to commit to Radiant Hot Yoga’s Teacher Training. I am so glad that I did. My goal was to improve and deepen my yoga practice. What I found instead was so much more. While definitely deepening my knowledge and understanding of the yoga postures, I learned about Yoga on so many different levels, from its history and philosophy, to various breathing techniques to the various disciplines practiced today. Along the way I met amazing, beautiful yogis that, like myself, were interested in deepening their understanding of the practice. Together we went on a physical and spiritual journey.
I looked forward to each weekend spent at Radiant on my mat – from Friday evening through Sunday night. I felt like I was on a mini-vacation each weekend, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, just able to focus on my own growth. I also found a passion for Yin Yoga, a type of yoga I had previously not known, and am so thrilled to be able to take my new knowledge of this amazing practice out into the community and to teach it to the Radiant Hot Yoga Community. This new found passion has truly been life-altering for me.
I am so happy I was able to find the time in an otherwise busy life to make some space for the Teacher Training. The connections I made, the guides I met, and the time for myself were all priceless.
I HIGHLY recommend Radiant’s Teacher Training to anyone seeking to expand and deepen their practice, anyone who needs some time emotionally or spiritually for themselves or anyone just looking for some new connections and to shake up their daily routine. Along the way you might just find a true passion!“
The Teacher Training Program I went through at Radiant Hot Yoga was truly a time in which I was challenged to unearth and discover my best self on a physical level, emotional level, and a spiritual level. I signed up knowing I would be pushed physically but I had no idea or comprehension the journey I would be taken on to unearth parts of me that had been hidden and pushed aside through the years. The Teacher Training offered me the opportunity to polish and shine my inner strengths by bringing them back to life in a complete different way that I had never known. Darlene provides a program that is rich in depth and full of experiences that will leave a mark on whom ever chooses to embark on this journey. I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone because no matter how old or how young you are because this Teacher Training Program is a life changing experience.
Where do I begin? My Yoga Teacher Training journey with Radiant Hot Yoga cannot be summed up with just a few words. It began for me after my first few months as a Radiant student. I joined Radiant Hot Yoga at the end of the 2014 summer and shortly after completing the August 30 Day Challenge, I wanted to deepen my yoga practice and start a new challenge for myself. Thank goodness for the Fall 2014 Teacher Training Darlene put together. Not only did I learn to deepen my practice in those 9 short weeks, but I reached deep within myself and saw the world as much brighter place! The air I breathed daily wasn’t just air, the water was sweeter, and my life in general keeps getting better because of what I learned during the Fall 2014 Teacher Training. I am now teaching on weekly basis, and am practicing almost daily.Before Teacher Training, I would doubt my abilities to juggle my busy life. Teacher Training has shown me that I DO have time to do everything I want and need to do!”
Teacher Training has been one of the most transformational, enlightening journeys I have undertaken. “Yoga is the journey of the self through the self towards the self.”
It deepened my understanding of yoga from the mechanics, proper alignment and origin of the asanas to the underlying philosophies and history. Learning lion’s breath, other techniques and doing the warrior series were empowering. Learning from more contemporary sources also taught me a lot about the interrelatedness of true vulnerability, authenticity and strength – all of which not only make a better teacher, but also a better human being.
On a deeper level, I felt a sense of connection to the diverse, dynamic and amazing people who went through this with me. I learned so much from my fellow trainees as well as from the inspiring teachers.”
Lisa L.’s experience
There really are no words that can truly accurately convey how 8 short weeks and 200 hours changed my life, and that is because it is not the words or the number of hours logged that changed me, but the people and the incredible journey. Everyone who has been through Teacher Training will say it was transformational, but I can guarantee that everyone’s transformation was deeply personal and uniquely their own.
For me, Teacher Training was the perfect opportunity to be curious about who I really am, to peel back the layers one at a time in a safe and loving environment and discover the truth, strength, power, and love within myself. I will be forever touched by the bonds I created with this brave and extraordinary group of people who have left an indelible footprint on my heart.”
I entered Radiant’s Yoga Teacher Training as one person and came out a completely new person at the end. Not only was I able to dive deeper into my practice and understanding of yoga but I learned so much about myself and my fellow TT’s.
We were meant to be on this journey together, from all walks of life and for all different reasons, and it was the true friendships and community that we built that made this experience so special. As we learned to truly breathe together and embrace different yoga cultures and techniques it was the comradery that ultimately lead us through every class, training, dialogue session and workshop.
There was nothing more exhilarating then ping ponging dialogue as we taught each other classes. The unconditional love and support from everyone in the room is what made it so easy to step out of your shell. Each workshop was truly transformational as we heard the gongs pulsate through us, used crystals to heal our aches and pains, and united in breathe through our spiritual breathing meditations.
And for the moments where we needed to calm the minds and let our food digest, the motivational talks, lectures and videos we watched were life changing. I can honestly say that some of what I learned during these calmer moments about strength, vulnerability, and confidence were more beneficial and impactful that half of what I learned in college and grad school. At teacher training you learn to put your ego aside and step into the unknown, learning to embrace your vulnerability and fears together.
Darlene and her team of teachers led us through a world wind experience full of yoga, postures, friendship, strength, courage and beauty and I will forever be grateful for the experience.”
A Beautiful Breakthrough!
This training makes you feel like the ocean is within you; you know the crystal clear waters with beautiful tropical creatures swimming all around and rays sunshine beaming into your heart and soul.
Radiant Hot Yoga’s teacher training broke down walls in my heart and mind I did not even know I had up. I came into teacher training feeling like the weight of the world was on my shoulders from the stress of my past. I found love for myself, true love for the woman that I am. I found courage, wisdom, compassion for myself, to rock who I am and say you know what this is me and I need to love every inch of my being.
I also became closer to the world around and the external force that is greater than myself. I found my yoga family, who will fill me up with nothing but love and acceptance, make me laugh endlessly, hold me when I am down, and encourage me to be the best version of myself I can be.
I will forever be grateful for all the unique, silly souls I now am blessed to call my yoga fambam, my tribe. <3″
I had originally planned to do the RHY Teacher Training in the Fall, but decided to just go for it when the opportunity was presented to myself for Spring 2015. After completing the first week I knew it was one of the best decisions I had ever made.
I went in without any expectations and hoped to just to deepen my practice and understand why I keep coming to my mat everyday… but what I gained is so much more.
The friendships and connections that were created with the other teacher trainers are always ones that I will cherish, and know will last a lifetime. It allowed all of us to have a safe environment to open our hearts and arms so that we can truly embrace all that life has to offer.
These 8 weeks gave us all the confidence to rise to our highest potential, and was just the first chapter of a life long journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance and most importantly self-love. We all came in as strangers, but undoubtedly left as one.
I will forever be thankful to Darlene and the RHY family for creating this life changing experience that taught us all how to open our wings and now fly.”
The RYT 200 Teacher Training program at Radiant Hot Yoga saved my life. I could not possibly be any happier with the outcome.
Before I began this journey, I was lost. My life wasn’t in shambles and I seemed to be getting along just fine on the surface. But I was not living up to my fullest potential. I was in a dark place. I was serving the wrong people for the wrong reasons.
Throughout my five years of practicing yoga, I often considered completing a teacher training program with various studios.
Earlier in 2015, I hit what I consider to be my own spiritual rock bottom. I endured many tragedies and my only escape was Radiant Hot Yoga. I had been practicing there for nearly two years before I began to realize I was being called to this studio. I decided it was time to begin my journey. I was quickly accepted by the RHY family and forged incredible relationships with my fellow yoga brothers and sisters. I knew this was the right move.
I dove deeper into my practice, opened my heart, and unveiled my true self for the first time in my life. I discovered inner peace, unparalleled happiness, and most importantly, family. I rate this journey second to none and highly recommend it to anyone at any stage in their life. I am now living on a higher vibration than ever before and those around me can sense it. I have been healed and now feel as though I am in a position to heal others.
Thank you, Darlene and the rest of the Radiant Hot Yoga family for saving my life. I am forever grateful and love you all.“
Caren L.’s experience
RHY Teacher Training was a perfect way for me to challange myself mentally and physically to get deeper into my practice and to get a better understanding of what direction I wanted to take my yoga practice. It has opened up an entirely new world of curiosity and desire to learn more.
I loved getting to know so many people on a new level while exploring yoga.
I’m looking forward to taking yoga further to help the US Health Condition.
Teacher Training at Radiant is special because of the family at Radiant and the love and non-judgemental teachers including the Dearan Family, Erica Schwartz, Melania, Bridget, Yasi, Kristen, Jacey, Karen, Morgan, Jasmyn, Sarah.”
After practicing yoga for over a year at Radiant Hot Yoga, I found myself in a plateau, both physically and mentally. I thought my physical practice had reached its pinnacle and this concern was consuming my mind every time I would practice. Fortunately, this period occurred just weeks before the RHY Spring Teacher Training. I had heard wonderful things regarding Teacher Training from everyone involved, so I decided it may be the perfect solution for me.
Going into Teacher Training, I was not entirely sure what to expect. I was close minded and worried that I would not fit in with everyone else. Despite my apprehension, I felt at home in Teacher Training within the first few hours. The love and encouragement by all those at RHY is truly remarkable. The connection between all of us who were involved in Teacher Training is unique. As a result of Teacher Training, I have many new friends who I am incredibly close with, and I know our friendships will last a lifetime.
My growth during the teacher training was tremendous. In just 8 weeks, my life was changed forever. The physical benefits were astounding, through the guidance of the RHY teachers, my yoga practice is so much deeper and connected. The most significant change came to me mentally and spiritually. I entered teacher training reticent and unlikely to share my emotions and left a more open person and above all, a much happier person.
Thank you to Darlene and everyone at Radiant Hot Yoga for transforming my life forever, I am forever indebted to you.”
George R.’s experience
First things first, thank you Darlene for an amazing life changing experience. TT was everything I thought it would be and everything I feared it would be. I had known it, seen it, heard it, and lived with it up until I actually went through it. The view is different from down here. Much more challenging and humbling than I thought it would be, but also much more fun than I thought it would be.
I will start with my first weekend summary that I wrote in my journal:
Friday April 10th
Excited to be here and being part of the spring class. I feel as though I am in store for the time of my life. The day to day challenges and experiences that I am faced with in my life, It seems as though I have found my “safe place.” My place of peace and I am in the present away from the noise and distractions.
This has been much anticipated and fully supported by my friends and family. After meeting the new group, it felt welcoming and warm. We were all here for the same common reason. To discover myself and peel back the layers and open up and rise to all of the wonderful things that I have been manifesting. It is my time.
Saturday April 11th
Anxious to get going, feeling nervous and excited, I made my way to the studio. As soon as I walked through those front doors, I felt a relief and a sense of calmness about me. I knew I was where I was supposed to be. I am just one soul in the gran scheme of things, here to learn and heal. My destiny awaits me, I am present.
Sunday April 12th
Feeling pretty good physically, mentally and spiritually. I Feel a bit of stress knowing I have to leave early today to be with my daughter Sophia on her birthday. I cannot wait to see her , but at the same time, I felt great separation anxiety from the group and guilt for leaving. I know that life happens and making adjustments is all part of it. Smile, move on and make the best of the situation. I have learned a lot and met may wonderful people and feel peaceful. Great finish to week #1.
The following seven weeks couldn’t have been any better. It was challenging I will say and there were times where I wanted to just hang it up and remove myself. However, I was inspired by everyone in the group including you Darlene who I know had struggles during your TT as well. You gave me the pep talk and I took it to heart and new I could not turn back. It was my defining moment. With all that was going on around me and the distractions of my personal life, work and family matters, I thought I would not have had a chance to do this. Because of the distractions, I feel like I got deeper into my studies and myself to build up the invisible shield around me to forgot about the problems and let them go. It was actually therapeutic for me to go thru the TT to get away from all of it.
In summary, it was incredible experience and I know the journey has just begun for me. I am a better man now than I was before TT and for this I thank you. It is only the beginning of my re-birth and self – analyzation. I am anxious to get to the next level and begin to teach classes. I am now cable of preparing more studiously and have found my stride and my own way of expressing myself. I am ready to give to my students as I have received the such gifts from so many fine teachers including yourself, one of my first. Let the journey continue.”
Dave P.’s experience
Teacher Training was a difficult journey. Practicing and memorizing dialogue was a lot of work at times, but the hardest part was the process of breaking down the walls and barriers around what I was truly feeling inside and had been for almost 20 years. “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction” – Cynthia Occelli Teacher Training broke me in the best way possible.
I am forever grateful for Darlene, the other teachers and teacher trainers for calling me out on closing up at times. Bottling up what you are feeling deep down never helps in letting them go or facing them, but just keeps youstagnate in a place of no growth. I cracked open during Teacher Training, but really started to feel the growth when I was tested to grow on my own after teacher training. We still chat on Facebook and at the studio because the bond that was made can never be broken and we will forever be a family.
Teacher Training is truly life changing. We often look at the cost and time commitment when thinking about doing or not doing Teacher Training, but how much would you pay to be happier, to connect with your inner strength, beauty and light, and to go on a journey that will test and challenge you while you find out more about who you are with people that will become friends and family for the rest of your life? We can always find the excuses, but why make the walls and barriers around your true self stronger. Start the process of breaking them down with Teacher Training.
Vanessa J.’s experience
Making the decision to take on the Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training turned out to be one of the highlights of my life. Spending eight weeks surrounded by such a loving group of people in the most supportive environment was really what I needed to complete my healing process. I have been into spirituality and studying healing techniques for about 6 years and I feel like I have reached a new level after completing this program.
Physically, it is amazing to push yourself like this process does. I am in the best shape I’ve probably ever been in. I feel stronger than ever. My flexibility has improved dramatically and I’ve lost weight.
Emotionally I feel solid as a rock. All my friends and family notice it and coming to me for help.
Darlene is a phenomenal mentor and teacher. I know I have received the best education out there by learning from her. Although it is a very big responsibility and there’s no denying the challenging aspect of taking on a program like this, know that it will be so worth it. You will not regret one moment of the journey because it is so spectacular.
Everything I learned in the training was useful, relevant, enlightening, and will be used to make my life the best possible life because I have become more aware of myself and my environment.
Confidence in yourself will be heightened. Your interior life will grow exponentially and that is priceless. Your exterior life will reflect the expansion because you have done the inner work. Self worth is an “inside job” and you will develop that part of yourself through this program. It’s a WIN WIN no matter how you look at it. Highly recommend doing this training. If it has been calling to you, do it.
About a year ago, I was introduced to radiant hot yoga by one of my best friends Jennie Monfried. Despite never having done yoga before, she insisted that I be a “front row warrior” and practice next to her in the front left corner of the room. From that very first class, I was hooked. From the moment I walked through the door I was welcomed with smiles, hugs, and open arms. Radiant was truly a family.
I had the privilege of watching Jennie go through her teacher training shortly after I joined the radiant family. I watched her life completely transform as a result, and I decided to follow in her footsteps.
My eight-week teacher-training journey was an experience unrivaled and unparalled. During those eight weeks, I was in the best physical shape of my life and despite being busier than ever, I felt more relaxed and stress-free then I had in a very long time. I completely transformed and deepened my yoga practice and now that I understand the benefits and proper form behind each of the postures, I continue to improve and strengthen my practice every day.
I remember the very first day of teacher training; no one knew each other and everyone was shy and nervous. However, those feelings didn’t last long. After that first weekend we became a family. I quickly learned that the relationships you develop during these eight weeks are ones that will last a life -time. The friendships I developed were among the many highlights of my teacher training experience.
I can truly say that these eight weeks changed my life for the better. I am more mindful of what I eat, how I think and who I want to become. Teaching my first class was one of the greatest and most powerful experiences I have had. I would recommend teacher training to anyone who is looking to better themselves in any way and accomplish something that they can be proud of. I look forward to continuing my yoga journey at radiant.
My experience with Radiant Hot Yoga Teacher Training was life changing, yes in the 6 short weeks I left with a deeper understanding of the poses with a stronger body even after practicing for over 20 years but the most profound change was ME. Allowing myself to be vulnerable walls that have been up for years and years slowly break down through forgiveness, love, trust and ACCEPTANCE of oneself most profoundly being able to look myself in the eyes and truly saying I love you.
If you’re looking for change in your life or yourself, and I’m guessing you are or you wouldn’t be reading this now, I can’t urge you enough to take the leap of faith – age, size, background not of that matters my friend YOU are strong enough, YOU are capable, YOU are a GIFT to this world! Are you ready to shine???”
Celia T.’s experience
Every time I walk through the doors of Radiant I say to myself, “it feels so good to be home.” I was a personal trainer and my career took me into the medical field. I had always loved working with people, helping clients reach their goals and be part of their success story. I knew I loved training so much that eventually I would go back to it someday.
What I didn’t know is how much I would fall in love with yoga and become an instructor! Yoga has healed my body and has helped develop a deep inner peace.I want to share with others that yoga can help them too! I always leave a better person after yoga. I felt a fire burning to be able to get more people on their mats and experience this incredible feeling. Signing up for teacher training is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and others. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
Darlene, Savanna and Skyler have become my family. I’m so blessed and thankful for their daily inspiration and for creating this yoga community. Teacher training is such a profound journey and I wouldn’t have wanted to complete it anywhere else but Radiant.”
Jonathan P.’s experience
It’s incredible what this program has taught me about myself over such a short amount of time. My life has been transformed by the experiences I’ve had and from what I’ve learned. It opened up my mind and my heart, helped me move forward from what had been holding me back, be grateful for what I have and learn about what’s important to me in my future. I’ve experienced great amounts of personal growth and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.
Teacher training is about so much more than yoga. It taught me about yoga, how to teach yoga and it helped me take my practice to the next level… I expected these things and the program was successful doing this. But what I didn’t expect and what absolutely blew me away, is how much this program would impact me off of my yoga mat. This part right here is what is so unique about Radiant and why I would recommend this program to anyone.
It’s difficult to sum up all that I’ve gain from this program. I’m more grateful now than I’ve ever been. I found good people at Radiant and I surrounded myself with them. I’m so happy that I took that leap of faith and signed up for teacher training. Yoga can bring people to their fullest potential, it can heal and it can save someone’s life. I feel lucky to have been a part of this and I’m honored to begin teaching yoga to others.
I went into teacher training giddy with excitement. For me, yoga teacher training has been a lifelong dream come true. I have to pinch myself everyday to make sure I’m not dreaming that I actually get to teach yoga! The RHY teacher training program met and exceeded my expectations. I was excited to deepen my practice and my knowledge of yoga. Learning about anatomy, eastern medicine, chakras and how they all can be connected to yoga and overall well being was fascinating to me. These workshops far exceeded my expectations for the teacher training learning experience. I feel that I walked away with a thirst for even more knowledge and plan to continue to deepen my studies; building upon the strong foundation that was built in my teacher training at RHY. I have been inspired by all of the beautiful souls who guided my training and by my fellow trainees. This experience brought me to higher levels of confidence in my life, my personal yoga practice as well as my yoga teaching. I truly feel as though I have blossomed and came out of this experience on fire! I found my voice and learned to speak my truth in all aspects of my life. I am better because of the intense and intimate weekends I spent in teacher training for nine weeks. I am so blessed and honored that I was given the opportunity to be apart of this amazing journey. I am eternally grateful to Darlene and Gabriel for their inspiration and guidance, as well as to my beautiful family for their devotion and support.
Kristen H.’s experience
The moment I heard about the teacher training to be held at Radiant Hot Yoga I wanted to join. I loved the classes there as I found I was not only both strengthening and stretching my muscles but I was centering and focusing my brain to a level that I had never found before in any form of exercise. As a mother of four active children with lots of activities/sports on the weekends, however, my husband felt that it simply was not possible for me to join. So I rescinded my application. Weeks went by and I found that I wasn’t feeling peace with that decision. One evening, after a wonderful class practice, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it and “knew” that I had to be a part of the teacher training. It was the best decision I have made all year.
In the teacher training I learned all about the history of yoga and the different types of yoga; read several very interesting books; watched powerful and motivating movies; learned basic anatomy of the body and its relationship to yoga poses; learned the correctness and meaning of the postures; learned some Chinese medicine and health / food knowledge that has radically influenced my life and my family’s life forever more; learned yoga’s role in healing the body, learned to memorize a very specific dialogue, learned dosha’s, chakra’s, etc… But more than anything, any of the above, I EXPERIENCED what it is to be among a group of women/men who are positive, growing, vulnerable and open to change, supportive, and loving. I EXPERIENCED the meaning of Namaste by Mahatma Gandhi: “I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace; I honor the place within you, where, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.” And that, is rare indeed.
Stefanie Castro’s experience
I honestly started teacher training in hopes to expand my knowledge of yoga and get my first steps toward prenatal yoga underway. I didn’t give much thought to the personal transformation I would get from the experience. My practice improved, my spirit improved, but overall my ability to self-love improved. I started to reevaluate my attitude towards not only my surroundings but myself. I was previously stuck in a negative place in life without truly realizing it prior. If it weren’t for this teacher training experience by Radiant, I don’t know if I would be as positive as I am right now. I feel energized and excited. I’m living in the moment and appreciating all of life’s experiences. Radiant brought out an amazing practice from of my body but an even better outlook on my life.