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Easter Sunday schedule changes

Radiant Hot Yoga would like to wish you a Happy Easter!
In observance of the holiday please note the schedule change:

  • Sunday 9:30 AM Radiant Hot Yoga 80 min with Darlene D.
  • Sunday 4:00 PM Radiant Hot Yoga Power 60 min with Erica S.
  • All other classes are cancelled;
  • Normal class schedule resumes on Monday;

Make sure that you regularly check the online schedule for the Holiday Hours, and for any changes that are being made to the schedule.  

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

When did you first start doing yoga?

“I am not a naturally flexible person, nor did I ever excel in any type of gymnastics, so it took me a long time to get over my apprehension about taking on an activity that I knew would be a struggle for me.

I was forced to do yoga as a part of a home-fitness video program in the last few years, but none of it was heated, and it was always the portion of the weekly routine that I dreaded the most.

I didn’t step into an actual yoga studio until April 2013, at the age of 41. It took a friend of mine about 4 months to convince me to go!” – Megan S.

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How has yoga changed your life? (your mood, body, stress level, etc)

“Yoga really has given me a space that I can look forward to escaping to, to remind me to simplify. I have a hard time shutting off my mind, but hot yoga has taught me the benefit of focusing on the present moment and just breathing. As soon as my mind wanders, my balance and strength falter.

I struggle more with staying present mentally than I do with the actual poses, but I know that each new class is another opportunity to practice my mental and physical discipline.

If someone had told me a year ago that not only would I come to enjoy hot yoga, but that I would complete a 30-day challenge, I wouldn’t have believed them.” – Megan S.

Why do you think everyone should try hot yoga?

“Growth comes through change, and changes are brought about very quickly with challenges. Every day in the studio presents a different type of challenge:

  • Can I make it through an entire class without taking an extra break?
  • Can I go deeper into a pose than I ever have before?
  • Can I remember to be thankful for a body that responds to physical challenges, instead of loathing it because it doesn’t “do” what I want it to or “look” the way I think it should?

You face yourself in that yoga studio — many of the challenges are self-imposed. Once you recognize that, you will grow in ways that may not always be immediately apparent, but in ways that *will* make you stronger and more resilient.” – Megan S.

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What makes Radiant Hot Yoga so special?

“Everyone at Radiant Hot Yoga is incredibly supportive and genuinely caring. From the very first time I stepped into the studio, I felt welcomed and appreciated.

It is a top-notch facility with amazing teachers. Darlene has assembled a fantastic group!” – Megan S.

What advice do you have for new students who want to try hot yoga?

“Jump in with both feet and give it a go! Keep an open mind, and remember that this is a practice you can do for the rest of your life. Don’t feel intimidated by other students who seem much “stronger” or “better” than you perceive yourself to be; everyone starts somewhere, no two people’s journeys are the same, and you ARE much stronger than you think you are.

You will always be progressing, even on the days when it feels like you’re not. Just because you don’t always feel like you’re growing, it doesn’t mean that you’re *not* growing.” –  Megan S.

What makes Radiant Hot Yoga so special?

“Everyone at Radiant Hot Yoga is incredibly supportive and genuinely caring. From the very first time I stepped into the studio, I felt welcomed and appreciated.

It is a top-notch facility with amazing teachers. Darlene has assembled a fantastic group!” – Megan S.

What is your favorite posture and why?

“When it’s just me, side-plank is my favorite. The balance it requires can be very tricky, so I feel excited if I can make it through without wobbling or losing my balance.

However, with the assistance of a teacher holding my feet down, I absolutely love cobra. The feeling of peeling myself high off the floor using only the strength of my lower back is one of the most accomplished and exhilarating that I have ever felt! I go through the rest of the day feeling like Wonder Woman. :)” –  Megan S.

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

When did you first start doing yoga?

“2 years ago in February.” – Lou

How has yoga changed your life? (your mood, body, stress level, etc.)

“I used to get regular chiropractic adjustments and weekly massages but rarely need either due to the stretching and stress release.” – Lou

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Why do you think everyone should try hot yoga?

“It’s life changing because it complements the body rather than relying on powerful drugs or medical procedures for regular body maintenance.” – Lou

What makes Radiant Hot Yoga so special?

“The owner, instructors and staff have become another family to me.” – Lou

What advice do you have for new students who want to try hot yoga?

“Once you make it part of your regular routine your health will improve and your stress will reduce dramatically.” –  Lou

What makes Radiant Hot Yoga so special?

“The owner, instructors and staff have become another family to me.” – Lou

What is your favorite posture and why?

“Dancer pose because it takes every ounce of concentration I have to do it beginning to end without falling and out and I have a long way to go to        improve it.” –  Lou

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How Radiant Hot Yoga changed our life... Interview with Lisa and Danny

When did you start practicing yoga?

“We both started practicing regularly in July of 2013.” – Danny and Lisa

How has the practice of yoga changed your life?

“We started yoga as a means to get more physically fit. After practicing regularly, we both realized yoga is so much more than a physical activity. Our bodies crave yoga from the inside and out. After not practicing for a few days, both of us will say, “We miss yoga!” Our minds feel more sound and we can better deal with stress and anxiety. We also have seen an increase in flexibility which has helped us in other sports and activities.” – Danny and Lisa

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Why should all couples practice yoga?

“Yoga helps us become the best versions of ourselves. After a long day of work, we will practice yoga together and leave with clear heads. Yoga is a means to help release tension and stress without bringing it home with us. It makes us feel more connected as a couple, plus it is a fun activity to do together! We motivate each other to push ourselves both inside and outside of the studio.

We completed the 30 day challenge in October and it was an amazing accomplishment that we both experienced together.” – Danny and Lisa

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What do you like most about Radiant Hot Yoga?

“We feel like Radiant is a home away from home. All of the staff and teachers are so welcoming and inviting. They truly set the tone for how the entire studio feels when you walk inside. All of the instructors are amazing and such motivation!” – Danny and Lisa

Do you have any advice for someone interested in trying yoga?

“Keep an open mind and don’t go in with any expectations of yourself or of others. Yoga is your own journey and you should feel confident and content with exactly where you are.” –  Danny and Lisa

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

What made you try yoga? What made you continue to practice regularly?

“I originally tried yoga out of curiosity and looking for something to increase flexibility and decrease stress.  I continued to practice regularly because of how great I felt after classes!  I noticed stress of the day/work was really decreased or disappeared.  It made me happier overall!  During other activity such as running, weight lifting, hiking, my stamina and strength was also increased.”- Stephen M.

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What makes Radiant Hot Yoga so special?

“Radiant Hot Yoga is an incredible experience.  Upon walking into the studio you are welcomed warmly by name, made at ease about the challenging experience you are about to go through and always empowered and encouraged!  The community at RHY is incredible and will make you feel like family.  The studio and facilities are also sparkling clean and it really feels like a second home.” – Stephen M.

Why should everyone try hot yoga?

”Everyone can benefit from hot yoga, whether you are a runner, a weight-lifter, injured or completely inactive.  The heat enables you to move deeper and stretch in ways you never thought possible.  You will immediately notice physical and mental changes with regular practice and stress of your daily life will melt away!  The heat and the class really has the ability to heal.” – Stephen M.

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What advice do you have for new students?

”Stay calm, drink lots of water before class and arrive early, it is a challenging experience but if you can just stay in the room on your mat your first class, you can do anything!  Also, come back, every class is different and every day is different, but after a few classes I can almost guarantee you’ll be addicted!” – Stephen M.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

”I think my favorite pose is probably Standing Bow.  I enjoy this pose because it’s really challenging and requires intense focus.  I have seen my pose improve drastically over the last year thanks to RHY!” –  Stephen M.

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

What made you try yoga? What made you continue to practice regularly?

“My first time to practice yoga was at Radiant. My best friend had recently lost her son and was looking for a place of healing. I was simply looking for a good workout. Little did I know what I was in store for. I noticed results in my body, but i also noticed results in my mind and inner self. It turns out i was in need of some healing too. In my busy life of mom, full time employee, wife and friend, i had forgotten to work on me and I had forgotten to take care of myself. I realized that the moments during the day when I came to my mat, emotions that I didn’t know existed within myself were broken open and given a chance to be mended. I let go of my many anxieties and realized that burdens of everyday life are forgotten for that little bit. After 7 months, my heart is lighter, my smile wider, my inner being a litter more radiant….not to mention my body toned!!” – Jamie M.

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What makes Radiant Hot Yoga so special?

“The teachers at Radiant are some of the most loving and genuinely caring people I have ever been around. Not only do you get to surround yourself with them, they also guide you through your practice. The teachers also take time during class to adjust your poses as needed to better your practice. They ALL have open hearts and open minds and greet you with a smile when you walk in the door. This kind of warmth and love is exactly what people need and crave in a world often full of rushed, non smiley individuals.” – Jamie M.

Why should everyone try hot yoga?

”Hot yoga is so unique from any other workout i’ve tried. Its so challenging for your breathe, your body and your mind to work together and stay focused through the moves with the combination of the heat. Once you master the breathe and movement with the heat, you feel such an accomplishment and your body and mind feel amazing. The classes are a combination of meditation, focus and also fun flows that we do with club like beats blaring in the background. It’s such a fun, combination class. I get relaxation, challenge, sweat, burn, release, and healing that I’ve never received from any other workout.” – Jamie M.

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What advice do you have for new students?

”Stick with it. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t be intimidated. The most important thing I learned when i first began is that there is no judgement or competition in class. It is simply you on your mat doing something for yourself. You are there for yourself, no one else. Some of the poses take 2 months to get down, others took me 6 months to finally do. Some of this stuff is not easy, it’s a challenge, that’s what we want right? Finally, have fun! This is just yoga. Let yourself just be and you’ll be truly amazed at the transformation you see within yourself.” – Jamie M.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

”I have 2 favorites, both balancing poses. First is standing head to knee because it took me 6 months to finally get it down. When I work for something so hard for so long and finally get it, it feels so good and I can’t wait to do it again! Now during class i look forward to the balancing series. My second is standing bow because it is such a beautiful, strong posture. It requires so much focus and energy and when you watch someone from the side nailing this pose, it’s truly beautiful.” –  Jamie M.

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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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