May 2014 » Radiant Hot Yoga

How Radiant Hot Yoga changed my life... Interview with Katie, Liz and Bob

What inspired you to try hot yoga?

“Seeing Sienna’s transformation through her practice and teacher training inspired me to try it out for myself!” – Katie

“Katie was so enthusiastic about Yoga and I knew that I needed more than what I could get from the elliptical machine in our garage. It was also a nice mother/daughter thing to do.” – Liz

“Liz and Katie really pushed me into it. I was really more interested in a “serious workout” like Crossfit, and not some easy stretching. Little did I know….” – Bob


How long have you been practicing at Radiant Hot Yoga, (or yoga in general)?

“I’ve been practicing for a little over two months.” – Katie

“A little over 2 months.” – Liz

“At Radiant Hot Yoga for about two months. Just very minimal yoga before – two classes at Bikram yoga probably ten years ago but didn’t really like it at all.” – Bob

How has Radiant Hot Yoga changed the way you feel, mentally and physically? Are you in better moods? Do you feel happier? Etc.

“The difference is huge! I remember about a month into my practice, I just realized one day- “Oh my god, I’m so deeply in love with myself!” Besides the overwhelming self acceptance, I’m not moody like I was before; instead, I’m just more happy overall. Even through my AP testing these last few weeks, I haven’t felt too stressed. Physically, the changes were immediate in that I was always more awake and I got pretty toned until I got a job in a bakery with free donuts…” – Katie

“When Katie first persuaded me to do hot yoga with her (in a 105 degree room–with humidity!), I thought she was nuts. Not the kind of workout that a menopausal woman would put at the top of her list.

She made me promise to go at least 3 times. The first time I went, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror – I was reminded of the classic circus act in which an elephant balances on one foot on top of a tiny stool.

Over the last two months, I have noticed increased flexibility and more motivation to pursue a healthy diet and I am happy to report that the elephant looks a lot slimmer!” – Liz

“Yes, very clear changes from practicing at RHY. The most visible is losing about 25 pounds. Also, very unexpectedly, my skin is not nearly as dry as it was before. I was exfoliating my face – not something I ever thought I’d do as a guy – and my elbows were super scaly.

Now all my skin is really smooth. On the mental side, and find it easier to let things go, and if something upsetting happens, it’s much easier to just get back to being level and easygoing. I’ve noticed that things are less stressful around the house in general.” – Bob

Why do you think hot yoga is something that is good for the entire family?

“Through studying and work, I don’t spend that much time with my parents. It really is lovely to sweat and almost die together for an hour or so a couple of times a week. It’s also great support to live with people who understand the benefits of yoga.” – Katie

“With very busy schedules it is nice to find an activity that we can squeeze into our schedules. Even if one of us is out of town or busy, there is usually another family member to go with.” – Liz

“Yes! It’s very helpful to have other people prompt me to go, so that I don’t miss a day. Also we can talk about poses, etc. It’s a good way to connect. And with everyone being so busy with work and school, it’s nice to spend some time together.” – Bob

What is your favorite part about coming to your mat at Radiant Hot Yoga everyday?

“These classes are one of the only times of my day when I don’t have to worry or even think about anything. I can feel the love and support in the room and I fill up with love myself.” –  Katie

“I would ordinarily dread a crowded workout class, but all of the teachers and students have been very welcoming and encouraging to me despite my sub-par practice. As a novice, it is wonderful to be inspired by incredibly fit and skilled yogis, without feeling any intimidation.

For me, bumbling through all the poses is a victory in itself, and even tiny improvements are very rewarding.” –  Liz

“It’s really the highlight of my day, and I do go every day that I’m in town. It’s such a great feeling to go and know that I’m doing something to help myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. I like seeing the progress and just experiencing all the poses.

And especially the final shivasana. The drive home is so relaxing and peaceful, no matter how the rest of my day went.” –  Bob

What is your favorite pose and why?

“My favorites are standing head to knee and tree pose. (Aww like father, like daughter).

I can see the most improvement in the standing pose and I can focus easiest in that posture.

In tree pose, I feel like I expand to fill my entire body. I’m most alive then.” – Katie

“The supine twist is my favorite, because after an exhausting series of stretches, poses, flows and abs, if feels so good to twist your spine.” – Liz

“I really like tree pose. Looking up, arms stretched out, it really helps me to feel the “attitude of gratitude.” – Bob

Do you have any advice for people that are on the fence about coming to try hot yoga?

“Go go go!!

Nobody’s going to look at you, I promise. They’re too focused on the heat and the poses. When you first start, commit and try to get someone to go with you. The two week offer encourages you to keep it up your practice when it’s most difficult.” –  Katie

“Just get yourself to your mat and put yourself in Radiant Hot Yoga’s hands.  When I was on my elliptical machine, I was a clock-watcher, but in class, I am too focused on each stretch or pose to divert my attention to such trivial persuits.” –  Liz

“Yes, just try it!

You might have ideas of what it is, and what it isn’t. But until you get on the mat and go through a class, you won’t know how much you get out of it. And Radiant Hot Yoga really seems to have a unique set of poses and moves that work very well for the work-out and work-in.

Radiant Hot Yoga is also very non-competitive so don’t worry about being a beginner; we were all there once.” –  Bob



Categories: Student spotlight

Memorial Day schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, please note the following schedule changes:

Saturday May 24, 2014

  • 8:00 am Radiant Hot 80 min with Erica S.
  • 9:30 am Radiant Hot 80 min with Sienna P.
  • 11:00 am Radiant Hot Power 60 min with Morgan A.

Sunday May 25, 2014

  • 8:00 am Radiant Fire 75 min with Dana C.
  • 9:30 am Radiant Hot 80 min with Darlene D.
  • 11:00 am Radiant Hot Power 60 min with Bridget S.

Monday May 26, 2014

  • 9:30 am Radiant Hot 80 min with Erica S.
  • 12:00 pm Radiant Hot Power 60 min with Darlene D.

Regular schedule will resume on Tuesday May 27, 2014!

Make sure that you regularly check the online schedule for the Holiday Hours, and for any changes that are being made to the schedule.

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Meet one of Radiant Hot Yoga’s inspiring teachers, Morgan!

How long have you been a hot yoga instructor / doing yoga in general?

“I have done yoga on and off over the years, but never dove fully into the practice until about a year ago where I began practicing on a daily basis. My body, my mind and my heart were changed forever at that point! I completely fell in love with yoga and what it provided for my life by helping me make that mind, body, soul connection regularly.

I knew very quickly that I wanted to teach and guide others! It was calling to me! I certified through Radiant Hot Yoga and have been guiding classes at the studio for about 6 months. I love my job so much!!” – Morgan


What made you decide to become a teacher at RHY?

“The way that I feel when I practice yoga personally is so beautiful, and I was filled with inspiration within to teach and be a guide to others in having the same experiences! I felt moved to do this. I have never looked back and see so much in my future as a teacher.

I love RHY and it is exactly where I want to be, and where I want to be teaching!” – Morgan

You are a mother of 4 beautiful children, how does teaching and practicing yoga affect your home life?

“Wow. So so much!

I had unbelievable personal growth through my own yoga journey. Being a mother is the most amazing, fulfilling thing in my life! But as a Mom it can also be very busy, and at times I felt swallowed up by the fast pace and stresses of life. It was hard for me to cut out time for me. to just work on me. I never really understood the importance of making this time for myself.

Being able to practice yoga, calms my mind, keeps me present and centered, and keeps my body in great shape! Incorporating the regular practice of yoga and meditation completely enhanced the rest of my life. In all areas. Now I realize that nurturing this part of me is an essential part of my well being, of me feeling whole as a human being, and also in my ability to be the very best mother I can be. Yoga increased my love towards myself.

At this time in my life, I have the best self esteem I have ever had. And this is after 4 babies! This is because I learned not just acceptance, but also embracing of the things that aren’t perfect, and I learned the power of giving yourself love! I learned to “breath out” negativity and “breath in” positivity. This has made me a happier, more patient, calm, understanding, and better mother all around! My love for myself truly increased my capacity to love my family even more (if that was possible!!) and to give of myself more. Because I feel complete and at peace personally, I am able to love more, give more, and most of all be present, happy, and ENJOY more of each and every day with my precious family! Yoga brought me to a higher awareness of being present!

Teaching yoga specifically has been an amazing outlet for me. It has given me a space to spread my wings and fly! I gained so many new qualities I didn’t know I had in me, and felt tremendous growth! And anyone and everyone knows, that where there is growth and a place to shine and give of your heart, there is happiness!!

My husband always says “your so happy when you come home from teaching!” He can see how much I love it! ” – Morgan

What are you most excited about every time you go in the hot room to teach?

“I just truly feel amazing when I see the growth in all of our students! I love them all and l love to see them coming regularly.

l love to see how they have changes, I see their confidence go up, their practice grow, and I love to see their smiling faces as they leave the room. Their gratitude for the class. It fills my heart up so much! I sometimes just stand there thinking to myself how much I love my job!!” – Morgan


What is your favorite part of being apart of the Radiant Hot Yoga family?

“Radiant Hot yoga is such a special studio to be a part of!

We have the most amazing community amongst our students! I love to see everyone waiting for class to open in the hall “catching up” with each other every day. So many friendships are built in the studio. And as a teacher, I feel so blessed to work with some of the most sweet, inspirational teachers. Everyone lifts each other up! Its pretty amazing!

Radiant was created with so much love and you can feel it in the studio! It really is a yoga family!” – Morgan

What is your favorite posture and why?

“I love standing bow! It makes me feel so much strength mentally and physically. I feel powerful, yet graceful. I love how my body feels after doing the posture!” – Morgan

Do you have any advice for new potential yogis?

“Just remember that we all were beginners at one point! Never feel competition or “less than” because you are new! Feel beautiful exactly where you are at right now, and with continual practice, watch the transformation of mind and body happen before your eyes!

“Eat like you love yourself, move like you love yourself, speak like you love yourself, Act like you love yourself”” – Morgan



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