Meet Erika H | Radiant Hot Yoga teacher spotlight | December 2013

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

How long have you been practicing yoga?

“I’ve been practicing yoga for almost a year (since January 31st, 2013). I was driving by and thought how interesting it would be to take a hot yoga class. After my 2 week introductory offer, I was hooked and signed up immediately for membership at the studio.” – Erika H.

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What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“I enjoy being a guide or service to others. When I walk into the room and see the students before me, I want to inspire them and create a space of inspiration and transformation. I want people to realize that their journeys are unique and valuable. I embrace all who come into the studio.” – Erika H.

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

“I see students being able to “let go”… I tell my students that after coming for a while, the heat becomes secondary and that there is more to discover when they are present and focused in their practice.” – Erika H.

What inspired you to teach?

“I honestly didn’t see myself as a teacher until Darlene approached me and asked me to consider it. The journey was challenging for me and at times I thought I didn’t have what it took to be a teacher. And with the support from the studio and my family, I kept at it and became certified in December 2013.” – Erika H.

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What makes Radiant so radiant in your opinion?

“For me Radiant was like walking into someone’s dream… someone’s vision. I acknowledge Darlene for taking that step that so many of us are afraid to make; to build a space where people can experience growth, love and acceptance. I want poeple to see the studio, teachers and practice as a great instrument to create a better version of themselves!” – Erika H.

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How has becoming a teacher changed your life?

“Becoming a teacher challenged me to face some of my fears in life. Am I good enough? What if I disappoint? Do I have what it takes?… If I allowed these obstacles to win, I would not be teaching today. My family has always been supportive of me but leading a group of people in a sweaty room really inspired them to see what yoga is all about and why I like it so much!!!” – Erika H.

What advice do you have to students that are new to hot yoga?

“BTake it slow! There is no rush and every day is different.
Yoga is something you can do for the rest of your life and can start at any time, at any age. The more you get to your mat, the more you will understand and grow your practice.
And the day you finally get to touch your toes or do standing splits, I will rejoice and celebrate with you… no matter how long it takes!” – Erika H.

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