What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?
From my yoga practice, I was hoping to receive the benefit of movement, challenge, fitness, and self discipline just to name a few.” – David
How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?
Yoga is all embodying. It helps me to breathe more, and to work through things with strength and focus until I reach my goal or desired outcome.” – David
How has yoga benefited you off the mat?
Off of the mat is where yoga can be fun! Things such as good balance with activities, work and life. Also I find that I make healthier more conscious food choices, have less physical pain, hydrate well, and i just feel great!” – David
Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?
I have noticed a positive change in my overall life experience with yoga period.” – David
Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred studio?
I have been practicing yoga for 22 years and I have to say that Radiant is one of my favorite studios! I love Radiant because the staff is amazingly friendly and helpful. Hot yoga feels soooo good, and I love visiting Newport Beach regularly, as I commute from the city of Corona.” – David
Spring is a time to ReNEW, Refresh, Rejuvenate! Unlike the east coast or other parts of the world, California sort of always seems like its springtime all year round with the sun shining everyday. Living so close to the beach with nice breezes and cool nights, we almost forget what it’s like everywhere else and how very important this season is.
In Ayurveda, spring is considered to have a heavy, foggy nature that could remind us of the state of our bodies after winter holidays. Luckily, we aren’t on the east coast where the freezing temperatures and snowstorms keep us cooped up indoors. But even though the sun is shining most of the time, we do tend to “hibernate” a bit during December through February as if we are taking a rest from the hectic holiday season.
Well, it’s time to spring into action, shed those winter blues and get in sync with nature! It’s a time of renewal and rededication to one’s self in all ways.
Spiritual de-clutter and de-stress can be as simple as being yourself. Stop listening to other people tell you how to live your life, how to talk or think or even how to dress. Only you know what’s best for you. Trust yourself that you will make the right choices.
When you are trying to be someone you’re not, you become distracted from what is truly important and may miss out on making amazing connections with people and having great experiences that matter.
Regular yoga practice is an excellent way to get rid of the physical and mental junk from our busy and often not-so-healthy day-to-day lives. Creating balance and stamina with Radiant Hot Fusion will sharpen your focus and build strength physically and mentally for a beautiful beginning to the rest of your powerful year.
Prepare your surroundings, your personal space, to give you that sense of something new. That spring is in the air! Put away all those extra “winter” blankets, do a little redecorating by changing up the color of your curtains or throw pillows by using warm reds, oranges and yellows and even blues and lavenders or even white! Nothing says light, airy or open space like crisp, white cotton linens in your bedroom.
Recharge with a simple jaunt outside. Go outdoors, take a walk and appreciate the beauty of the natural world, blooming flowers, and the birds and the bees. Move around, dance to music in your living room, and put a little spring in your step!
Are you new to yoga? Try the Radiant Hot yoga class that is for all levels of students regardless of your flexibility or level of fitness. Or challenge yourself with Radiant Hot Power’s vinyasa flows, long holds, core work and spinal twisting. Get ready to de-stress, detoxify and feel amazing!
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Increase your use of healing herbs like turmeric, ginger, triphala and talisadi to ward off springtime colds and help your body detoxify. Drink lots of water with lemons and limes to help cleanse the kidneys and liver.
Plus it’s refreshing! Increasing your circulation with Radiant Yin Yoga will also keep your immune system working optimally and improve your flexibility. This slow-paced style of yoga is perfect for joint rehabilitation.
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Nourish your body with foods that will take away that sluggish winter feeling. You want light, hydrating, alkaline-forming foods that are easy to digest. Green smoothies with nutrient rich fruits and vegetables like kale, spinach, red grapes and pomegranate juice. Add in a bit of ginger root and cinnamon to put more spring in your step! Fresh green salads with beets, carrots and radishes are excellent. And beautifully roasted asparagus with a steaming bowl of quinoa topped off with either roasted red or sweet potatoes is just right to satisfy a hungry tummy!
Give yourself the biggest hug! Read a good book or re-read your favorite book! Meditate, go to a museum and appreciate fine art, do an activity that you love or even one that you haven’t done before. Do something that makes you smile!
And of course, heat, movement and lightness are the best ways to rebalance you for spring so get yourself over to Radiant Hot Yoga to increase your strength, stamina, focus and balance, which will leave you feeling strong, composed and stable.
Now take a nice, long deeeeep breath and breathe in the freshness of spring!
You’ve seen it before. A room full of people siting around, legs crossed, chanting Om. You stand there wondering what this funny sound means and if something like this could be for you. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and its benefits transcend time. Its purpose is to reconnect you to who you truly are in order to live a happy, joyful, purposeful and fulfilling life.
In essence, to be the best version of you! That funny sound represents silence and enlightenment, and is meant to calm your mind and create a peaceful environment. Most people when they first try meditation, they sit crossed legged, start to fidget, get anxious and so many thoughts run through their head that they tend to think they are not doing it right and then abandon the practice before they even start. Here are a few reasons you might want to give it a go!
Meditation Reduces Stress
You’ve heard this before, but studies have shown that meditation permanently affects people so that they are better able to regulate their emotions. Through meditation, you can learn to choose your reaction to something that makes you angry or upset and learn to just be happy instead! It also improves information processing and decision-making, as well as learning and memory. It increases creativity and can improve your focus and attention, and therefore, your ability to work better under stress.
Meditation Increases Happiness
The practice of meditation increases signaling activity at the brain’s prefrontal cortex, or happiness center. This means that through meditation, you can experience more positive emotions in your life and be happier than you have ever been! It regulates your mood and can decrease feelings of depression, anxiety or loneliness.
Meditation Helps Reduce Illnesses
Meditation helps to bring clarity, balance and a sense of calm to your life, which reduces stress related diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that it also decreases pain and helps to prevent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and most inflammatory disorders.
Meditation Reduces Signs of Aging
Since meditation teaches us to deal with stress in better ways, it therefore slows the aging process. Stress affects the hormonal levels which then effects the cells, specifically the telomere which effects how our cells age. Meditation is helpful in protecting those cells from deterioration. It may actually help us to live longer! Your cells are healthy, you are happier which only leads to more positive relationships in life which can only lead to you looking more youthful as you grow older! Sounds good to me!
Meditation Is Good Cardio
What?! Meditation is good cardio?! Yes it is! Even though you are sitting still, actually perfectly still, meditation causes the nitric acid levels in your blood to drop, therefore causing blood pressure to drop, just like a good run on the treadmill would do!
You may be familiar with the some of the varied techniques that are categorized by five major types of meditation which are Hindu (Mantra, Yoga, and Transcendental Meditation, practiced 15-20 minutes twice per day in a seated position with eyes closed. For more information go to www.TM.org), Chinese (Taoist and Qigong), Christian (“sitting with God” preceded by contemplative prayer), Guided Meditation (Guided Imagery and Affirmations) and Buddhist (Mindfulness, Loving Kindness and Zen Meditation).
Zen Mediation, Zazen (坐禅) means “seated Zen”, or seated meditation in Japanese. It has its roots in the Chinese Zen Buddhism (Ch’an) tradition, tracing back to Indian monk Bodhidharma (6th century CE). Zen meditation is an open awareness meditation in which you are completely aware of everything inside and outside of you without controlling anything.
Meditation workshop with Bob Posert
Radiant Hot Yoga will be holding a Zen meditation workshop on Sunday, November 8th led by Bob Posert who has been practicing this particular technique for 14 years! We are excited and honored to have him with us to share this beautiful experience.
- ॐ Learn how to do awareness meditation and work with your monkey mind.
- ॐ Practice seated meditation to deepen your experience.
- ॐ Experience yoga poses as moving meditation.
- ॐ Feel more compassionate towards yourself and those around you after a loving-kindness meditation.
- ॐ Understand the connection between Zen and Yoga.
- ॐ Know how to establish a meditation practice after the workshop.
Meditation is such an important part of my life. It has brought me so much inner peace and awareness, and I want you to feel those positive emotions as well.
There are so many different types of meditation. Find what you like to do; an audio session, a class with a meditation teacher or even a meditation retreat. Even finding the inner strength to persevere in anything you dois a type of meditation. The benefits will surprise you and leave you feeling good all over from your head to your toes!
Have a beautiful week and give meditation a go! Your mind + body + spirit will thank you! Namaste!