December 2013 » Radiant Hot Yoga

How Radiant Hot Yoga changed my life... Interview with Sarah

What made you try yoga? What made you continue to practice regularly?

”I first tried yoga mainly because of the injuries I have acquired from previous workouts. I lifted heavy and pushed too hard and eventually got hurt. I couldn’t workout anymore, really, without feeling the pain from the injuries. I was somewhat hopeless and I loved a hard/intense workout. Not being able to do what I loved was torture. I went to so many people to get help and nothing really worked and not many people could tell me what was wrong. I tried yoga and soon enough my pain/injuries slowly decreased. I wouldn’t say I am 100% yet, but I am now hooked on yoga and can’t wait to continue on restoring my body and health. Plus, yoga is a challenge, and I love challenges!” – Sarah D.

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What makes Radiant Hot Yoga so special?

“Radiant Hot Yoga is great because, first, the people here are so great. Everyone knows you by name and you are always greeted when you walk in with a hug or a friendly welcome. I have gotten to know so many great poeple here, I would say some of the sweetest people I have come across at any yoga studio. Also, I really like the combination of standing balancing/holding poses, along with a yoga flow. Radiant offers both in the same class!” – Sarah D.

Why should everyone try hot yoga?

”I would say if you are dealing with an injury, or pain, or some ailment that bothers you, hot yoga could be a big help to you. The heat really helps to open up your body and get some movement and you feel so detoxed and rejuvenated afterwards. Also, if you want a challenge for your body and your mind, the heat mixed with the postures will sure to challenge you!” – Sarah D.

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What advice do you have for new students?

”I would say to give hot yoga a decent try, not just once but for a couple weeks. Get the feeling of how great you can move after those weeks, and how you can handle the heat much better and how you don’t feel the same without going to a class. You’ll start to notice the strength with your core and balance. Not to mention the techniques of breathing and mental clarity you’ll learn will apply to your everyday life.” – Sarah D.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

”I like the hands to feet pose. Its a challenge for me do and it gives my back a really nice stretch before getting into all the other postures.” –  Sarah D.

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Meet one of Radiant Hot Yoga's inspiring teachers, Bridget!

How long have you been practicing yoga?

“I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 1 year. My first yoga class was at Radiant Hot Yoga the week they opened in January. I will never forget my very first class.
Kari J was my teacher. I had no idea what I was doing, but for some reason, I’ve never felt so connected with anything in my life. During my first class, I knew I had found ‘my thing’.” – Bridget S.

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What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“So many things! Connecting with people. We are all in that room together, many of us for different reasons. But the energy that is created is so powerful, I feed off of it.” – Bridget S.

What changes do you see in students who practice hot yoga regularly?

Physical changes: I have seen students, including myself, become more toned with a regular practice. Flexibility will increase, as well as endurance. Appetite begins to change. I know personally after a hot yoga practice, I crave fruit, salad, and anything rich in antioxidants (with exception to my off-and-on cravings for Mags doughnuts).

Emotional/mental changes: It is amazing what this practice will do to someone’s confidence, in and out of the yoga studio. I’ve seen some of the shyest individuals enter those doors, and leave ready to take on the world. Fear, intimidation, judgments, and doubt all begin to disappear with a regular yoga practice, and they begin to disappear in your everyday life. This practice is equally beneficial for your body and your mind.”- Bridget S.

What inspired you to teach?

“Darlene, and her belief in me. That’s where it started. I continue to be inspired everyday by the practice itself, the students, and the teachers.” – Bridget S.

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What makes radiant so radiant in your opinion?

“The practice, the studio, the community. The way you feel when you enter the studio, and the way you feel when you leave. There’s no other word to describe it.” – Bridget S.

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How has becoming a teacher changed your life?

“What can be more rewarding than teaching such a beautiful and powerful practice. Seeing the positive physical and mental transformations in others gives me so much joy. I’m so grateful.” – Bridget S.

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