Student of the Month - Interview with Laura C.

Student of the Month - Laura C.

At Radiant Hot Yoga, we believe in celebrating the dedication, progress, and positivity of our community members. Each month, we shine a spotlight on a student who exemplifies the spirit of yoga through their practice, perseverance, and passion. Our Student of the Month section is a tribute to these inspiring individuals who not only embrace the physical challenges but also embody the mental and spiritual growth that yoga fosters. Join us as we honor their journeys, share their stories, and highlight their achievements both on and off the mat.

 

What motivated you to start yoga at Radiant Hot Yoga, and how did you discover our studio?

I always loved yoga, I have done Kundalini, Ashtanga, and other styles of yoga. It’s been a couple of years since I did yoga and was thinking how much I missed it and need to start it again. One day I was driving and saw a sign that a new studio was opening up in my neighborhood. I walked in, met the owner Darlene, and started right away. It’s been more than 10 years now and I love it! It’s hot, fun, hard, and a perfect blend of balancing, moving, strengthening, and everything you need for your body, mind, and soul!

How has your yoga practice at Radiant Hot Yoga influenced your physical, mental, and emotional well-being?

I don’t think I would be as healthy, in shape, and happy without Radiant. It keeps me in shape physically, it’s detoxing and if I don’t feel good emotionally, it’s like a natural antidepressant. I am so so grateful to have this incredible studio so close to my house!

Do you have a particularly meaningful yoga pose or sequence? What personal significance does it hold for you?

I love the flows, I always loved to move my body. But I know that the poses I like the least are especially beneficial for me, because they are teaching me patience and that yoga mind and focus that helps me in so many life’s situations.

Can you share a memorable moment from a class at Radiant Hot Yoga that has stayed with you?

Almost all the classes by the owner, Darlene are so memorable to me. She says such beautiful and inspirational things, quotes, and stories at the end of the class, that they brought tears to my eyes so many times.

How do you weave yoga into your daily life, and how has it impacted your personal and professional relationships?

I am a Chinese Medicine doctor, I treat many patients and I run a supplement company, so I am very busy. Unfortunately, I don’t have so much time for yoga, but I try to do it at least 2 or 3 times per week whenever I can find some time..

I think I am definitely healthier and happier because of this amazing yoga in my life, so of course I will be calmer, uplifted, and more loving in all my relationships!

What advice would you offer to someone contemplating starting their yoga journey at Radiant Hot Yoga?

It’s hot and not easy, but keep going and don’t give up. It will get easier with time, you will be amazed by what you can do, it feels so good. This hard work is so worth it and so satisfying!

Discuss your personal goals within your yoga practice and how the studio environment supported your pursuit of these goals?

I would never be able to do on my own, what I do in the studio environment. Being next to other driven yogis who push hard, makes you work harder and push harder. I always try to push harder and improve my poses, breathing, and mental attitude.

How has being a part of the Radiant Hot Yoga community touched your life beyond the mat?

I love the Radiant community! Everyone is in shape, beautiful, and smiling. And then you go out in the real world and realize that it’s not like that, lol, so much obesity and unhappiness… I feel so truly blessed by being part of these radiant humans!

What elements of the Radiant Hot Yoga community do you find most enriching?

Don’t give up, keep going, stay in shape, stay healthy and happy and radiant, and spread the love and light!

Reflecting on your journey, how has Radiant Hot Yoga influenced changes in your personal life and outlook?

I am beyond grateful for Radiant Hot Yoga in my life! Thank you Darlene for creating this Oasis in the world of chaos! I am for sure much healthier and happier in my life because of this amazing studio, I truly don’t know what I would do without it! The best 10 years of my life!

Student of the Month - Laura C.