July 2015 » Radiant Hot Yoga

Yoga Retreat with Radiant Hot Yoga

Article by Rebecca Louise

From the moment I heard about the yoga retreat with Radiant Hot, my ears pricked up and I knew in my heart it was something I needed to do. I have not had a vacation in so long and the ones I had experienced, always resulted in drama, tears and feeling exhausted when I came back. I kept seeing the poster about the retreat every time I went in to the studio and hearing the gentle reminder from each teacher about how magical this trip was going to be, I was certain that I wanted to to be part of it.

I have been doing yoga on and off for around 3 years, but I didn’t know the mental benefits as I was more focused on what it could do for me physically. This trip took me to a whole other world of values, connection,  and love that everyone should have on their bucket list even if to experience just once.

I met the rest of the group at the airport with my other half as we had just spend two days at a another hotel in Cancun. We had a great time in a 5 star plush resort, but I had no idea what was in store for us over the next 6 days. Nor did I realize how much better it was going to get. I have been on so many top 5 star vacations that are based on luxury and out of all of those, nothing gave me the gratitude and personal growth that this retreat did. It gave me a feeling that no other vacation has. A yoga retreat is certainly something that will be going in my diary once a year thanks to the experience I had with Radiant.

We arrived at the resort which was beyond beautiful. Located on the beach there was no need for shoes throughout the whole trip. This was something I loved. In the last hotel, we had to be in shoes all the time (even to eat dinner long dress pants were required). At this resort it was turn up for breakfast as you! Now this is what you call a relaxing trip – where you can roll out of bed, barefoot, into yoga. Whatever time you want to sit around the breakfast table in your workout clothes or swimwear.

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I only knew three people out of the group, which at first is daunting. When you realize everyone there is on the same page as you, with no judgment or expectations, you are able to let go and just be you. The friendships that were created on this trip will be forever lasting because we shared a common bond with the retreat itself. Surrounding yourself with good people that generally care about you, are positive and have a good heart is such a refreshing feeling. Knowing that each person on this trip had those qualities was a blessing.

The direction and intention of this trip was lead by Darlene, who did such an incredible job of making everyone feel comfortable and at ease. I know for my partner who, before this trip, had only been to 4 yoga classes, felt so at ease with his surroundings because the people that were there. This trip is not just for people that know about yoga and in fact, I encourage everyone to experience something like this because you will get so much more out of your time than a regular vacation. He had never been on anything remotely like a yoga retreat and when I say it changed his life and gave him the ability to open his heart even more, I am not exaggerating. He became so strong through his personal experience, gaining so much confidence and becoming 100% comfortable in his own skin and abilities.

For the two of us, it bonded a much deeper connection which I did not expect to happen. I guess I did not know what this trip would do, I just know I did not want to miss out on something that could potentially heal my wounds and make me a better person. We were able to do yoga twice a day as a group and the view from the studio was simply perfect. Open shutters that looked out to the ocean which was about 30 feet away, hearing the ocean waves, feeling the breeze on your skin tasting the salty sea water. It made the yoga practices magical that after each class no one wanted to leave, it was a beautiful sight.

When you travel all inclusive, the food can sometimes be very rich and you leave the table feeling bloated and tired. Fueling your body with great ingredients makes a huge impact on your mindset and the way we feel. Having fresh, healthy, and very tasty food served to us three times a day was a highlight for many – there was not one bad meal. We were able to travel to the Mayan ruins on a big family bike ride with everyone helping each other along the way. One of my favorites was going snorkeling in the Cenotes, the Mayan caves. I am not a particularly great swimmer, but that didn’t matter because the water was so clear it took my breathe away. My partner Ry is such a great swimmer that he had a field day swimming around, down under the caves checking out the fish.

One of my biggest memories of the trip was participating in the sweat lodge, what they call a “tamascal”. I am a very open person, ready to try anything knew and even though I had no idea what to expect, I trusted Darlene and the others who had done it before. I am always a believer that if someone is successful or very passionate about what they do, there is a reason to follow them. One of the reasons I was so assured by the trip was by allowing myself to trust what Darlene had said about the incredible experience I was about to have. Being in a small cave with 25 other people with no water and heat rising, while we chanted and sang was an experience I will never forget. Myself and Ry were able to stay through the one even though it was pushing our barriers. We were determined to see it through. For one section we had to sing any song of our choice on our own, just 10 seconds would do. I could feel Ry’s heart next to me popping out of his chest and I know he was petrified. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and that experience for him was a turning point. Facing one of his fears he came out of the tamascal a new person with confidence. Not only that, but the experience opens up your heart and allows you to love. He went to each member and gave them a big hug and told them well done simply because he felt compelled too. Tell me a 5 star couples holiday that gives you that kind of experience? I don’t know of any, which is why this trip is forever close to my heart.

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The friendships that were created were beautiful and I am so grateful for every single person that went on the trip. A yoga retreat is in my diary every year because I am already craving the feeling. Darlene and Radiant had a significant role in making this trip so special and knowing the community we have at Radiant with the people that attend class you will be sure to meet incredible individuals that have either been through the same thing as you or are on a similar journey allowing you to make new and long lasting connections. It was a privilege to be on the retreat and I am excited for the next one!

rebecca-louise

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Om Girl! Youngest hot yoga teacher blazes her own trail

Skyler-Dearen-hot-yoga-teacher-daily-om-1Skyler Dearen can take the heat.

At just 15-years old, our nation’s youngest Yoga Alliance-registered hot yoga instructor treks a bold, heart-guided life path.

A yogi since age 7, Dearen’s passion for the fiery practice was inspired by her single mother, a yoga teacher-turned studio owner in Newport Beach, California.

Yoga totally changed our lives. We’ve had hard times. Hot yoga offers…
an amazing emotional release. You get in to that hot room, sweat it out and let it go,” says Dearen, who completed a teacher training in 2013 at her mom’s Radiant Yoga studio here.

We trained in 105 degree temperature for weekends on end. I didn’t think I could physically and mentally do it, but jumped in,” says the ninth-grader.

Though nervous her first time teaching a group of forty,

I walked in there and gave it all I had. You have to go for it and stay fearless to be that vessel for your students,” says Dearen.

Skyler-Dearen-hot-yoga-teacher-daily-om-2Over time, Dearen’s combined style of Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and Bikram classes took shape. She currently teaches six to eight weekly classes, a feat made possible by another gutsy life choice.

After a family exploration trip to Thailand last year, “I decided I wanted to be homeschooled so I could do more yoga,” says Dearen, whose mom supported the switch.

Skyler-Dearen-hot-yoga-teacher-daily-om-3Dearen now virtually attends an online, self-study program through Brigham Young University. She says she’s able to pull in A’s and B’s, while taking or teaching yoga twice daily and has transitioned easily to her new routine.

All of my school friends come to my classes and we still hang out. I’m very close with everyone at my studio. We’re a huge family,” she says.

Dearen chronicles her love of nature and sense of adventure on Instagram, posting, “When I find a beautiful place and want to stop and take a cool yoga picture,” she says. Her online following has grown to 2000.

Up the road, Dearen dreams of opening up her own Radiant Yoga studio and hosting yoga retreats worldwide.

She plans to inspire more teens to try yoga, too.

“It’s such an amazing gift,” she says.

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How Radiant Hot Yoga changed our life... Interview with Susie and Justin

How Radiant Hot Yoga changed our life…

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Interview with Susie

What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?

I needed a way to stay physically active without causing pain after I was informed by my doctor that I could no longer run due to two herniated discs in my neck.” – Susie

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

My experience far exceeded my expectations; because not only has yoga kept me physically active, it has cured my chronic pain.

I had been in physical therapy and chiropractic care for over 10 years and hadn’t received lasting results, Radiant Hot Yoga has cured my body.” – Susie

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How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

My practice makes me feel challenged, empowered and confident in all aspects of my life. It has also taught me self-acceptance: willingness to accept my weaknesses along with my strengths. This feeling keeps me motivated to continue and deepen my yoga practice.” – Susie

Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?

Of course!

I am stronger and yet more at peace physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! I recently went on the retreat to Tulum, Mexico and that experience and connection is truly beyond words.” – Susie

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Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?

Yes, I have tried many types of yoga and have enjoyed them all. Yet, I have never connected with a style and studio until I tried Radiant.

I am truly OBSESSED with my practice, the studio, the flow sequence, music, amazing teachers, and the feeling I have when I finish class.

I absolutely love my Radiant family and beg everyone I know to try it!” – Susie

Interview with Justin

What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?

I wanted an activity to stretch my hips and help with my cross fit training.” – Justin

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

Yoga has totally exceeded my expectations; it is so much more than just a stretching exercise, it is a physical challenge. Yoga has changed my mental outlook, and has made me stronger physically and mentally.” – Justin

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How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

I have a greater sense of peace and a quieted mind and body that I take with me off the mat.” – Justin

Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?

“Yes, All of the above! Especially since going on the yoga retreat to Tulum, I feel even more connected to my mind, body and spirit.” – Justin

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Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?

Yes, P90X.

The “family” aspect of Radiant is what makes it so special to me. Everyone I have met at Radiant is cool, we all seem to have the same goals of becoming more connected, and filled with love and peace.” – Justin

Happy Independence Day

Happy 4th of July

“The secret of happiness is freedom,
the decree of freedom is courage.”
– Thucydides –

We remember the gifts of freedom and liberty on this Independence Day.

Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day!

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Friday: July 3, 2015

  • 6:00 AM Radiant Hot Power
  • 8:15 AM Radiant Hot Power
  • 9:30 AM Radiant Hot
  • 12:00 PM Radiant Hot Power
  • 4:00 PM class CANCELLED
  • 5:30 PM class CANCELLED
  • 7:00 PM class CANCELLED
All classes on 4th of July will be CANCELLED.
Sunday: July 5, 2015

  • 8:00 AM class CANCELLED
  • 9:30 AM Radiant Hot
  • 11:15 AM class Radiant Power
  • 12:30 PM class CANCELLED
  • 4:00 PM Radiant Power
  • 5:30 PM class CANCELLED

Normal classes will resume on Monday, 6th July, 2015.

Please at all time verify our online schedule for changes that might occur.

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In radiance and health,
The Radiant Hot Yoga Family

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The Benefits of Hot Yoga

Article by Rebecca Louise

From the moment I went to my first class at Radiant Hot Yoga, I completely fell in love with the way that it made me feel. Not only because of the practice that made my body feel stronger, but it was also the surroundings that I found myself in.

Radiant Hot Yoga has been able to create something so extraordinary, and I’m sure that my fellow students can relate to me when I say that I have found an extended family that genuinely cares about my well-being and growth. This is not just your regular studio where you work up a sweat and leave; no, this is a place that you carry in your heart wherever you go and this is purely because of the love that comes from the owner. She is married to the practice as well as the students, that is how dedicated she is. Her passion for yoga and her students make it a very special studio to be part of.

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The Exercise

Incredible things are happening to your body when you are in the room at Radiant Hot Yoga, both physically and mentally. For the hour class, you are in the room that reaches temperatures of 104 degrees while you do a series of yoga flows and poses that stretch your body and work deep into your soul.

The teachers at Radiant do such an excellent role of guiding you through your practice and making you feel comfortable with whatever level you are at. I always have the mindset that it is yoga practice and not yoga perfect – something that is reiterated a great deal by those leading class.

When you are in this level of heat your muscles are contracting and stretching at a cellular, biochemical level. One of the great benefits of this is better circulation because lipids and proteins are reorganized optimally in this environment. When we have better circulation, our bodies function better and it can aid in healing, joint mobility, and our range of motion.

Yoga in heat creates so many incredible benefits for us that my body has started craving the practice on a daily basis since attending my first class at Radiant. For me, I feel that I need to go every day to realign my focus, my energy, and my body. When we perform the practice in this heat, blood and calcium are brought to the bones and as we work against gravity, it strengthens the bones.

Because of the increased circulation, our lungs are stretched while the poses that we hold eliminate the toxins and waste through our organs. Yoga has such incredible benefits for healing the body, making you stronger, and cleansing your soul. This happens because the nerves are stimulated by compression and extension which improves communication. This helps with the body supplying fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout.

Radiant Hot Yoga students know the consistency that happens in each class which allows you to improve on your practice. I love fact there is a variety throughout the class, from the flows that we do at the beginning to the ab section where you feel another rush of energy within the room. This pushes you through onto the final spine series.

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The Community

There is something so special about the community at Radiant because they heal your body from the inside out. Strip away your facade and break down any barriers. Create connections and bonds unlike any other gym or yoga studio can. This all stems to the basis on why this studio was created.

Unlike other studios that are big corporations with the goal to make money and have as many people come in and out as possible, Radiant Hot Yoga is unique. The owner and her two girls have been healed by the practice, and from their deep love, has created the drive to help others heal using hot yoga. This is what Radiant is all about: healing your soul. I am sure I speak on behalf of many of the students that we are all deeply connected at Radiant because of the environment of the studio.

I am incredibly grateful to be part of a family at Radiant that looks out for one another and genuinely cares about each member’s experience, development, and heart. The teacher’s dedication to their students is very special and it makes you want to keep coming back to receive more love, energy, and peace. I feel very blessed to have found this community because it keeps me motivated to keep going and improving in my own practice. Being part of something gives us significance, which is one of our 6 basic human needs.

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The Mind

For me, yoga has really been a catalyst in my healing process. We all have scars from the past, and hot yoga with Radiant has given me something so powerful it is hard to put down into words. All of the heart breaks you held onto for so long can be freed from the your life outside the studio doors, allowing you to connect to yourself on a deeper level. You are then able to strengthen the mind and create more focus with better concentration.

I know that the energy I feel in the room has been a significant part in my development during my healing process and the heat allows me to let things go. You are able to get deeper into your poses and stretches which allows for more toxins to be flushed out of the body. This process helps clear your mind, which realigns your focus on you and gives you the clarity you seek. The teachers always give words of wisdom about life, sort of like my own personal inspirational speaker. They always say your soul and how you conduct yourself makes an impact on you on a day to day basis.

My mind has been expanded to more love and gratitude, which has made me a happier person. For someone who has a very hectic schedule, the hot yoga room is a place I can completely switch off and work on my practice surrounded by love from the teachers and the students.

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The Flexibility and Strength

The warm room used for hot yoga classes allows tight muscles to release faster and stay loose throughout the session. This is why there are added benefits to being in a hot yoga studio rather than one that doesn’t use heat. Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments are able to safely stretch further, giving you more flexibility and muscle strength. You are able to go further by using the heat to allow your body to get to your extended boundaries. You can increase your stretch in a variety of poses, improving elasticity and range of motion. These are incremental changes that, with a regular practice over time, result in greater overall flexibility.

More blood is circled around the body and with the heat loosening up your muscles by relaxing them, it helps elongate and heal the connective tissues. Hot yoga works both on your flexibility and strength, two elements that you need to live a healthy and strong life. Especially as we get older, it becomes more important to keep your body active and moving with a wide range of motion.

Hot yoga is a great workout for all ages and levels of skill because you can go at your own pace. It carries a key component in healing past injuries as well as muscle soreness. This is because the heat allows us to get deeper within the muscles, healing the injury or knots at the root of the cause. Think of it when you go for a massage and the masseuse has to warm the effective area first to get to the problem.

The hot studio is heating your body so that when you go into the stretches and poses, you can release muscle tissue aiding in healing and muscle soreness. If you are someone that is an endurance athlete or weight-lifter, when you are contracting your muscles and not stretching, a hot yoga class can release any tension allowing for an improved performance in your sport.

It is always practice – there is no such thing as perfect – which is why at Radiant Hot Yoga they call it yoga practice and not yoga perfect. There is a deep connection within the studio grounds; the owner, teachers, and students create a place to come not only to feel an incredible workout, but to be healed and feel at one with yourself.

rebecca-louise

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