How Radiant Hot Yoga changed my life... Interview with Tabitha R.
What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?
I’ve always been a seeker of a good workout! My sister-in-law brought me to my first hot yoga class, and heavens to Betsy, it was quite the incredible, eye opening experience. I began the practice looking for a challenging workout that was high intensity, yet low impact.
I grew up competing in high level gymnastics which took a toll on my body, so this style of workout is a perfect fit.” – Tabitha
How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?
Originally, I was just looking for a physical workout. I was looking for a type of exercise that I could add to my list of ways to stay in shape.
I now generally do hot yoga exclusively and it’s more than enough to keep not only my body in good health, but my mind as well. I am amazed at how cleansing it has been both internally and externally.” – Tabitha
How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?
Hot yoga has taught me to love who I am. I’ve always struggled with being too hard on myself. When I was a child, it was gymnastics and school, and now as an adult, it’s work and relationships…
I genuinely believe I’m a better girlfriend, aunt, sister, daughter, friend, employee and overall person because of hot yoga. I am now not only taking care of my external body, but I feel I am fueling my soul as well. During and after class I am utterly joyful. Grace and acceptance has become real to me in a whole new way as I have begun to love myself and others better.” – Tabitha
Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?
I find myself handling adversity with much more patience and ease. Physically, it has had a great impact on my skin, digestion, and metabolism. I leave yoga feeling refueled and energized.” – Tabitha
Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?
Yes, I have tried many of the other styles but the perfect combination of balancing series with the flow/ “yoga dance party” makes yoga at Radiant my favorite. The music, support, and motivation from the teachers pump me up! As an adult, I believe that it’s rare to find a place like Radiant where the teachers are pouring their hearts into the students the way they do.
Whether it’s the welcoming smile you encounter at the front desk, the hugs and chatter while awaiting class to start, or the inspiration they share with the class… It’s all rather life changing. Each teacher leaves me with the encouragement to want to be a better person the moment I walk out the door. Love, change, acceptance, empowerment, and connection are just a few of the things illustrated to the students!
After moving to California from Tennnesse, I find myself constantly missing my family, but the one I have found at Radiant has blessed me beyond belief. I can’t thank Radiant enough for being such a safe, fun, and beautiful environment for all of us.
I feel truly honored to belong to such an extraordinary studio and community.” – Tabitha