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How Radiant Hot Yoga changed our life... Interview with Susie and Justin

How Radiant Hot Yoga changed our life…


Interview with Susie

What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?

I needed a way to stay physically active without causing pain after I was informed by my doctor that I could no longer run due to two herniated discs in my neck.” – Susie

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

My experience far exceeded my expectations; because not only has yoga kept me physically active, it has cured my chronic pain.

I had been in physical therapy and chiropractic care for over 10 years and hadn’t received lasting results, Radiant Hot Yoga has cured my body.” – Susie


How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

My practice makes me feel challenged, empowered and confident in all aspects of my life. It has also taught me self-acceptance: willingness to accept my weaknesses along with my strengths. This feeling keeps me motivated to continue and deepen my yoga practice.” – Susie

Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?

Of course!

I am stronger and yet more at peace physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! I recently went on the retreat to Tulum, Mexico and that experience and connection is truly beyond words.” – Susie


Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?

Yes, I have tried many types of yoga and have enjoyed them all. Yet, I have never connected with a style and studio until I tried Radiant.

I am truly OBSESSED with my practice, the studio, the flow sequence, music, amazing teachers, and the feeling I have when I finish class.

I absolutely love my Radiant family and beg everyone I know to try it!” – Susie

Interview with Justin

What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?

I wanted an activity to stretch my hips and help with my cross fit training.” – Justin

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

Yoga has totally exceeded my expectations; it is so much more than just a stretching exercise, it is a physical challenge. Yoga has changed my mental outlook, and has made me stronger physically and mentally.” – Justin


How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

I have a greater sense of peace and a quieted mind and body that I take with me off the mat.” – Justin

Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?

“Yes, All of the above! Especially since going on the yoga retreat to Tulum, I feel even more connected to my mind, body and spirit.” – Justin


Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?

Yes, P90X.

The “family” aspect of Radiant is what makes it so special to me. Everyone I have met at Radiant is cool, we all seem to have the same goals of becoming more connected, and filled with love and peace.” – Justin

Last chance to join your Radiant Hot Yoga family in Tulum for 7 days of sun, sand, yoga and relaxation

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Connect, laugh, and refuel your spirit

A yoga retreat is a time of transformation and exploration of yourself. If you need to press the “restart” button in your life this is what will help you do it. Fall in love with yourself, fall in love with nature.

White sandy beaches, great healthy food, meditation, yoga, excursions, massage, bike rides, paddle boards, sweat lodge, deep connections, laughter and unforgettable memories. Listen to your inner voice that is calling to you, and watch how doors open that were once closed, and how taking time for yourself is truly a gift of a lifetime.

Join Darlene and the Radiant Hot Yoga family at the beautiful Amansala Resort in Tulum, Mexico for 7 days of sun, sand, yoga and relaxation.

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I actually had thought of every excuse in the book not to go! Money, time, long flight, don’t know anyone well enough to travel with, time off, etc…. It just took Yasi to say “Why not”. And so a life changing (or life altering) journey began with:

  • New friends
  • New experiences
  • New culture
  • New foods
  • New places
  • Time away
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Connecting with self
  • Connecting with people

It was transformational. Especially because of all the reasons you come up with not to go. It just takes a decision to say yes and everything else falls into place. The only one holding you back is you.

Do it! Step outside your comfort zone. Make new friends. Grow. That’s truly what this trip was about for me. And no better group of people to do it with than my new yogi family!

– Nancy Van Dyke –

My time in Thailand on the RHY yoga retreat is easy to put in one word; MAGICAL!

Combining the culture of the Thai people, the beautiful cliffs & ocean of Koh Samui and the amazing food and of course, yoga – my week could not have been any better. Yoga overlooking the beautiful cliffs of Vikasa, the sounds of crashing waves and the ocean breeze was beyond breathtaking. Connecting with everyone on the retreat, taking in the beautiful culture and exploring a Country that most had never been to was truly life-changing. The ability to travel and explore is something that I would recommend to everyone. You can truly find peace and connect with a deeper side of yourself and make lifelong connections!

– Yasi –

If you told me a year ago that I was going to fall in love with yoga and go on a retreat to Thailand to practice yoga, I would believe you. I joined RHY about a year ago because I had knee surgery two years ago, and I did physical therapy for a year, but I wasn’t happy with the results. I tried to stay positive, but I was getting more and more frustrated. So I joined Radiant because it was close to my house and there was a groupon, and it changed my life!

Throughout the months I became addicted to yoga because my breathing got better, my knee felt better, and overall my entire body and spirit felt lighter, healthier, and happier. I didn’t take advantage of the retreat to Talum because I was still new to the studio and was a bit shy, but as I got to know the staff better, I told myself I would try to make it on the next retreat.

Not knowing what this retreat would bring, I signed up and wished for the best. In the months leading up to the retreat I met and became really close with my retreat roommate, who I now call my yogi sister. We planned our trip filled with activities and places to go before and after the retreat, along with a couple other yogis. The anticipation grew exponentially!

The day finally came, and as soon as we arrived at LAX, the bond between our group became even stronger. We were ready to embark on a beautiful journey together, and we were all there in support of each other. A few of us decided to get to Thailand early and explore Bangkok, which was amazing because we were able to venture in the city and bond closer in an intimate group.

Cynthia-V-RHY-Tulum-retreat-picThe island was beautiful. As soon as we landed in Koh Samui I knew I would enjoy the week ahead of relaxing island life. When we got to the resort we were greeted by friendly staff and immediately seated in our ocean view restaurant with a fresh coconut to drink. The views were spectacular! Everything you can see on google images was true and beautiful, and real, and right in front of me. Bright blue and warm waters, soft sandy beaches and a peaceful calm air barely begin to describe it. It was such a beautiful feeling to wake up and practice yoga by the beach, meditate, and listen to the waves crashing against the rocks right below our yoga room. Then we would have breakfast at the resort restaurant with a gorgeous view of what I can only describe as paradise. I look at pictures now, and I still can’t believe I was able to experience such beauty.

We lived each day in the present moment. We could participate in workshops, tours, shopping and exploring the island, or just chose to lounge around and enjoy one of many beautiful local beaches and infinity pools. It was as if we didn’t have to keep track of the time. It would all work out perfectly. The group became so close also, and we were all able to spend time together and bond in one common goal of unity. Great views, great food and drinks, and amazing company; I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a vacation.

 I realized on the retreat that I was subconsciously trying to get away from everything, and that I was still holding on to negative things from the past that no longer served me. Although we were tourists and did lots of activities on the island, we also had plenty of time to work on ourselves inward. It was so refreshing to get away and evaluate what truly mattered. I was able to work on myself and accept myself, and appreciate all the small things around me. I came home a new person; a better person.

I cannot thank Darlene and Radiant Hot Yoga enough for opening up this opportunity for me. Once you go on a journey like this, nothing will stay the same.

– Cynthia V. –

It has been 5 weeks since returning from our retreat to Thailand and not a day, not even an hour has gone by that I have not thought of my yoga family, our journey together and the impact this retreat has had on my heart.
It has taken me this long to give my testimonial because I was having difficulty finding the words that could possibly give justice to just how amazing this experience truly was. It was SO much more than Awesome or Amazing. It really was Life Changing!

Those are strong words! My heart changed in Thailand! My heart, my mind, my soul… Something happened over there! I can’t explain it, all I can say is GO.

If you have an opportunity to go on a retreat with Darlene and the Radiant yoga family, Go! GO GO GO!!!

– Jennifer F. –



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