How Radiant Hot Yoga changed my life... Interview with Catherine Green
What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?
I started practicing Vinyasa style yoga about ten years ago when I was living in Portland, Oregon.
At the time, I was running and swimming a great deal and consistently experiencing muscle and joint pain. I remember that my first yoga class was a revelation.
I had grown up dancing, but not actively concentrating on how the poses felt as opposed to how they looked. After my first week of yoga, I began attending classes more frequently and soon became a devotee.” – Catherine
How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?
From the outset, yoga has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. It has improved my posture, my physical resiliency, and increased my energy. I always look forward to class. When I step into the hot room, I immediately feel both relaxed and ready to work, stretch, and grow as a person.” – Catherine
How has yoga benefited you off the mat?
I have a very busy life, having moved back home to Orange County three years ago. Since then, I’ve launched a marketing business, written a novel, and started performing as a classical soloist and a jazz singer. I’m also a single mom, so time is precious.
But getting to yoga daily or weekly is what keeps me present and focused when I’m off the mat. Since I’ve started doing the sculpt classes as well, yoga has replaced other forms of exercise, which gives me more time during the day.” – Catherine
Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?
Yes, when I’m practicing regularly, I can see that I have more mental clarity in all situations. It has given me the ability to stay calm and centered, even in the face of challenge and adversity. The concept behind the physical branch of yoga is that it calms the body so you can meditate and focus.
And yoga has done just that for me. It has also strengthened my ability to connect with other people and led to an interest in a variety of spiritual practices, all of which have been greatly enriching.” – Catherine
Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?
I’ve tried many styles – Vinyasa, Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Mysore, Yin, and have seen benefits from all. I’m drawn to the heated classes at Radiant because I find I can move deeper into the poses and receive a very satisfying physical and mental work out.
I enjoy the mix of Vinyasa and Bikram styles as they provide a nice variety of poses. The sculpt classes are also a favorite, combining yoga with strength training and cardio. And of course, the atmosphere at the studio is so warm and welcoming, and the teachers so caring, it’s always a pleasure to walk in and see so many smiling faces. Radiant truly is an exceptional studio.” – Catherine