January 2016 » Radiant Hot Yoga

Open Your Heart to Radiant Instagram Challenge

Attention RHY family!

Announcing our FEBRUARY Instagram challenge
#openyourheartrhy

This challenge is for ALL LEVELS, to continue to develop your personal practice and to grow and connect as a yoga community. We encourage anyone and everyone to participate, challenge yourself, and open your heart.

Here’s how it works

1. @radianthotyoga will post the pose of the day the night before, starting January 31st. We will provide modification options and advanced postures to each pose every day.

2. Post a photo of your version of each pose every day. Each post must tag @radianthotyoga and include the hashtags #openyourheartrhy and #radianthotyoga.

3. Please also check into Radiant Hot Yoga during your practice on Facebook or Instagram.

4. Complete the challenge successfully and you will recieve a free RHY T-shirt, and your choice of 30% off of class card @Radiant Hot Yoga or 10% off merchandise sold at our studio.

Please be sure to download this collage and invite your friends and family to participate!

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Setting intentions for the new year by creating a healthy mind and healthy body

by Rebecca Louise

Have you ever set goals before and not achieved them? For 2016 I am going to teach you something new that will help you achieve more than you thought! It is important to set the right intentions for the new year including creating a healthy mind and body. When we are at one with ourselves we can focus on all the other things that come in and out of our life with more ease.

New Years resolutions

The word goals are thrown around all over the place and they are often seen as just things that are too far down the line. We need a plan of action if we ever want to achieve something. That is why I have decided to use the word objectives! So what are your objectives for 2016?

To help you achieve your objectives we have to look at what needs to be done to getting them. This is where I love this new word, COMMITMENTS! It has totally changed my thinking around and when you change your mindset, you change your life! For this year I have decided to write down what my commitments are. When you commit to something and you keep doing it positive results are inevitable!

Healthy body and healthy mind

Having a healthy body and mind is the foundation to a happy and fulfilling life. It will get you clear on what your intentions are for the future. Radiant Hot Yoga allows you to go deep into your yoga practice which strengthens and challenges you along the process. The studio gives you the environment that you need to grow, let go of things that do not serve you and get your intentions set for the day. Starting your day, ending it, or anything in-between with a practice at Radiant is only going to benefit your wellbeing and focus on a healthy mind and body.

The Radiant Hot Yoga studio

Exercise for one relives stress and anxiety. There are so many benefits to hot yoga that help with your mind and body. Make sure that for 2016 you are committed to going to class and reaping all those benefits 3-5 times a week.

When we achieve our objectives by following our commitments we get what we want and become who we want to be! Take a minute today and write down what you are committed to do and why.

  • How many times are you going to work on your practice each week?
  • What is the reason you want to commit?

Think about all areas of your world. Your personal life, what your finances look life, social life, how you are spiritually and physically. Share them with friends and family that will hold you accountable for your actions in 2016!

Radiant Hot Yoga teachers

Getting connected to the Radiant Family will help you stay on track. The teachers have a very special presence about them and you want to be part of the community as it will only benefit you in all areas of your life! Set your intention today for a healthy mind and body and make your way to class to start your new year with power and positivity!

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

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

Being 68 years old and having back and shoulder injuries, increasing my flexibility is a goal. Also, I wanted a good overall whole body exercise.” – Egon

RHY student of the month of January 2016: Egon Van Den Berg

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

This practice is a 10 and in four years at different studios, I’ve never experienced even a 6 out of 10. I take the 80-minute classes and they offer a terrific challenge. It has cardio, strength building, and complete flexibility training. Also, I love to work up a great sweat, it feels very cathartic and detoxifying. After a kick butt class, the final savasana puts me in a meditative state.” – Egon

How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

After working this hard, I eat healthier. I’m not going to have a cheeseburger or pizza after yoga. I also have more energy during the day and the practice is a great stress reliever.

No matter what the rest of my day looks like, I know I’ve done something great for myself by going to the hot room.” – Egon

RHY student of the month of January 2016: Egon Van Den Berg

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

FI have lost weight and firmed up. Most important of all, I have made a total commitment to yoga. I call it my three C’s: commitment, consistency, completion. To that end, I have made a total commitment to improving my practice. I divide my time between Austin, TX and Newport Beach. When I’m here I do the 80-minute class daily. This past summer I was here for 2 months, and I was able to practice daily for 56 straight days.

I know yoga is a personal thing and it’s not a competition, but if it were, I would come in last in form. My injuries limit what I can do in some postures. However, I have made a personal commitment on completion. Each day my goal is to get through the entire practice without any unscheduled savasanas. In 56 classes I only took a break twice, each for less that two minutes” – Egon

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

I have tried Bikram, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and other variations. Some were not heated rooms, so no sweating. In some studios, instructors did their own thing so the practices varied greatly.

None of them were half the challenge of this practice, and I was never really motivated, so I didn’t go consistently. Some studios had as few as 6 students in a class. It was like going to a dance where no one showed up. No energy in the room.

Here, with 30 people in the classes, there is real energy in the room. In Austin I have never found a studio that offers what Radiant Hot Yoga offers. Besides the practice itself, all of the instructors are professional, consistent, passionate, friendly, helpful, and encouraging. I love them all. Even the members are friendly. It’s a real community. I’m so into it that I brought my daughter Gabby in and now she’s a Radiant Hot Yogi.

I want to thank Darlene for creating this fabulous experience and honoring me as the male yogi of the month.” – Egon

RHY student of the month of January 2016: Egon Van Den Berg

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

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

I have been practicing yoga for the last twenty years – yes, twenty – and even though my dedication to it has faltered at times, I have always come back to incorporating yoga in my life.

The benefits for me have been mostly physical as I have pushed my body in athletics over the years and often needed the time and focus to let my body stretch and heal. This is what yoga does for me – it allows me the time to slow down, breathe and give my body the opportunity to heal.” – Tiana

RHY student of the month of January 2016: Tiana Roman

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

One of the greatest benefits of yoga for me is its ability to challenge the body in new ways with every practice. Every day is different for me at Radiant because I have been working through a knee injury so I don’t know how my body will respond on a daily basis.  Most days I am in tremendous pain but I still come to morning practice because I always feel better after and the pain in my knee is usually relieved.” – Tiana

RHY student of the month of January 2016: Tiana Roman

How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

Yoga is my downtime. It is my me time, which is always a good thing so I can have a clear head and strong body when I leave to start my day. I am a wife, a mother and I work full time – I will always need an outlet where I can clear my mind and just be me.

Yoga has always been there to help me just BE. I don’t care how I look, how much I sweat or if I can’t be perfect in the poses. What’s great is yoga doesn’t care either and that is awesome. :)” – Tiana

RHY student of the month of January 2016: Tiana Roman

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

For me, yoga reminds us to be good to each other and we are all unique in our own ways. We push our bodies together without judgement and strengthen our minds and bodies so when we leave our mats, we feel more present and more capable in the world.” – Tiana

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

I have been coming to Radiant since Darlene opened her doors a few years ago. I truly enjoy the environment she has built for her clients, her instructors and the people who attend the studio.  It is a tranquil place for me to unwind, reflect, challenge my body and visit with friends.” – Tiana

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Studio news: Schedule changes during Teacher Training

Dear Yogis,

We wanted to announce that during Teacher Training, starting next Friday, January 15th, 2016, until Sunday, March 6th, 2016, we are changing the following classes:

  • 7:00 pm Radiant Hot Power on Fridays CANCELLED.
  • 9:45 am Fuse on Saturdays changed to 9:30 am Radiant Hot.
  • 4:00 pm Sculpt on Saturdays changed to Radiant Hot Power.
  • January 16th, 2016 Radiant Karma CANCELLED.

Namaste,
your RHY Family

Please, at all times, verify the online schedule for any changes that might occur!

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Meet one of Radiant Hot Yoga's inspiring teachers, Jennie

What stresses in your life lead you to yoga?

I first started hot yoga to supplement my running. I wanted to prevent injuries and try a workout that was on the opposite end of the spectrum! I loved the idea of sweating and detoxing in the hot room. However, what once started physical soon became so mental and spiritual for me. I soon needed yoga every day in order to disconnect from the outside world.

I noticed that every time I practiced, I was more at peace with my life. I was able to better handle and respond to stress, as well as become more patient and accepting of situations.” – Jennie

Radiant Hot Yoga teacher of the month of January: Jennie

What was your first experience like?

My first experience in a hot yoga room was 6 years ago in Bellevue, Washington. I was immediately hooked. I was DRENCHED in sweat. I remember laying in savasana thinking, “what just happened?” The next day I found myself day dreaming of the hot room and I knew it was going to be a lifelong addiction.” – Jennie

When did you know you wanted to be a yoga instructor?

I knew I wanted to be a yoga instructor pretty soon after I began practicing daily. I looked up to and admired all of my teachers. The messages and group intentions during class always stuck with me throughout the day. I wanted to be the person that could guide a room through a practice while inspiring them to do better in the world.” – Jennie

Radiant Hot Yoga teacher of the month of January: Jennie

What did Teacher Training mean to you and what did it do for you?

Teacher Training meant SO much to me. It was 8 weeks that I will never forget. There were a lot of highs and lows. It was a little stressful at times because I was finishing up the second semester of junior year at Chapman and I had finals. I definitely studied my dialogue more than I studied for finals! There were times that I didn’t feel like I was strong enough or ready to lead a class.

I vividly remember crying in Darlene’s arms once telling her I couldn’t do it. She told me I was going to teach, and that I was ready. Without her, I would not be the teacher I am. I pushed myself out of my comfort zones and I practiced more hours than I could count. I made SO many lifelong friends that mean the world to me. Also, I met my boyfriend, Mike Carolan.

We became dialogue buddies early on and we would meet early before teacher training and throughout the week to practice dialogue. He soon after became my boyfriend! I am forever grateful to Radiant for bringing us together.” – Jennie

What is the one thing about Teacher Training that has stuck in your mind and heart even to this day?

One thing about Teacher Training that has stuck in my mind and heart even to this day is that I truly believe if you put your mind and passion into something, anything is possible. It was not easy becoming a teacher. Being in the hot room for hours on end and practicing dialogue over and over gets exhausting. But I knew my hard work and dedication would pay off, and it truly did.” – Jennie

How necessary is your yoga practice to you even after all this time?

My yoga practice is everything to me, even after all of this time. I am a better person because of yoga. I practice what I learn on the four corners of the mat in my daily life. I cannot control what happens to me, but I can control how I react and respond to situations. On my mat I have learned patience, perseverance, compassion, and forgiveness. I am able to let go of the outside world when I am on my mat and be so connected and present within my practice.” – Jennie

Radiant Hot Yoga teacher of the month of January: Jennie

What do you feel is the personality and energy you bring to your classes?

Everyone who knows me outside of the hot room knows me as the happy, bubbly, and outgoing Jennie. They also know I am a workout freak, so I make sure to give my students a workout! In the hot room, I try and bring that same positive energy. I push my students to their limits, while encouraging them. I also love to set group intentions and come up with messages for class that are related to things going on in my life.

So many people connect with messages that are personal and students often ask me to email my messages to them after class. I also love hip-hop so I try to throw some into the flows/abs/spine whenever I can.” – Jennie

What has changed the most about you now that you are teaching?

What has changed the most about me now that I am teaching is I have a new found confidence that I didn’t know I had. Most of the students I teach are older than me, and commanding the class at 21 years old was definitely intimidating at fist. But I have grown to be so comfortable in the room, whether it be giving adjustments or making sure people don’t leave 🙂

I am also so much more mindful than I used to be. In the hot room I move with intention and connect my breath and movement. Outside of the hot room, I try my best to be aware and present at all times. Teaching has truly helped me to live in the now.” – Jennie

What are a few of your favorite things to do outside of yoga?

Outside of yoga you can probably find me at SoulCycle (take Matthew Carolan’s class), True Food, or at the gym. I also LOVE the beach, hiking, baking paleo cookies, and watching the Kardashians (my guiltiest pleasure).” – Jennie

Radiant Hot Yoga teacher of the month of January: Jennie

Studio news: Teacher Training and classes in January and February

Happy New Year Radiant Family!

Hope that the start of the new year is going well so far! We wanted to just inform everyone that January and February are usually our busier months, where we have a higher probability of classes filling up. Please make sure to get to class about 15 minutes before it starts so that you are able to make it before the class fills up. Remember that all of our classes are on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure that you arrive early to secure your spot in the class!

If you are on a tight schedule and don’t have much of a choice but to arrive a few minutes before class starts, we’d suggest looking into our Gold Membership Package! It is a great way to secure your spot in every class that you sign up for.

Let us know where you would like to be set up in the room and we will put a studio mat and yogitoe to secure that spot before anyone else enters the room. You are also provided with a hand towel and one of our 3 water choices. If you stay for a shower after class, then we will provide the shower towel for you as well. This helps to relieve the stress of wondering whether the class is going to be packed or not and it’s only $89/month! If you’d like to learn more please read more here, or give us a call and the front desk will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Finally, Teacher Training will be starting the weekend of the 16th this month. This will mean that the classes on the weekends will be more packed as they further their yoga journeys in learning our sequence and deepening their practice.

We are deeply grateful for every single person who walks through our doors. Radiant would not be radiant without you.

Namaste,
your RHY Family

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