What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice at Radiant Hot Yoga?
At the time I first signed up I was really wound up from several months of 90 hr work weeks. I was feeling like I was full of sand, my muscles ached all the time. I was hoping to stretch and release that tension, if nothing else go to physical exhaustion so I could actually relax, not just zone out. I was feeling defeated, sluggish and overwhelmed. I was looking for something to help me out of that feeling.” – Frankie W.
How has Yoga and your personal practice exceeded your expectations?
Not only was I able to relieve the stress from work, but also some of the aches and pains I’ve had for years have gone away. I had a muscle cramp in my right leg for a few years, I just though that was the way it is, I took muscle relaxants when it got really really bad. All that has changed and I haven’t taken those pills since I’ve started practice. Most importantly, being ADHD my whole life I have gotten a peaceful mindset during a one hour session that it would normally take me 4 or 5 hours of walking to do.” – Frankie W.
How has Yoga benefited you off the mat?
I am more peaceful and focused, I stand up and sit up straight. I am more present in my body. So I have had an eating disorder since I was little, I’ve spent my life gaining and losing the same 100 lbs over and over and over. One of the things that I’ve noticed is that I am aware of my body, I don’t feel like I am fighting against it anymore.
It has helped in my being present in my body and paying attention to my postures created an awareness I hadn’t had before.” – Frankie W.
Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual body, from a regular Radiant Hot Yoga practice?
Not only has my physical body changed and become stronger, I have good posture now, my mental clarity and focus has been like never before, but there has been emotional benefits as well. Most recently, out of the blue, without any conscious effort on my part, a really painful childhood memory came out one day during class. I didn’t freak out but just let it ride like a wave, knowing it would pass and I cried for the first time about that issue. It’s never returned, and I feel like I made peace with that moment in my past.” – Frankie W.
Why is Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred studio/home away from home?
Do you remember that TV show Cheers? It’s nice to go where everyone knows your name. The staff at the studio are a direct result of Darlene’s intention of creating not just another yoga studio but a community for those who choose to call Radiant their home. I am so honored to call RHY my home studio.” – Frankie W.
What is your favorite yoga pose, and why?
Favorite Yoga Pose? Downward dog. When I first started I couldn’t do it for more than a few seconds and had to use my fist as it hurt my hands to hold myself up. Now, I feel so powerful in that position. My upper body strength is so different than when I started.” – Frankie W.
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu –
Taking a short break from their leaps and tumbles, the Newport Harbor High School pep squad’s 61 girls laid out mats in a campus gym for some yoga Wednesday afternoon.
Skyler Dearen, 16, was ready to lead the girls through their down dogs and tree poses. But that’s not all — she also had some words of wisdom, motivation and self-love.
Doing yoga, she said, allows one to “consciously let go of the things that no longer serve you.”
Skyler became a certified instructor through the credentialing organization Yoga Alliance at age 13 and taught her first class at 14.
Having received a teaching certification before a driver’s license, she has taught about 20,000 students so far. She currently teaches about 10 classes a week at her mother Darlene’s business, Radiant Hot Yoga in Newport Beach and Irvine.
Skyler attended Corona del Mar High School before switching to online school the past two years to accommodate her yoga teaching schedule.
As her session at Newport Harbor began Wednesday, Skyler had the cheerleaders, song girls and baton team members ease into a pose in which they lay flat on their backs while she set up music and had the lights dimmed.
Her 15-year-old sister, Savanna, who also is certified, helped demonstrate various poses for the students.
“There’s a lot of moving pieces,” said Julie Woodall, an instructor for Radiant Hot Yoga. A session’s tone, music selection, ventilation and lighting are all in the instructor’s hands.
Earlier this week, Newport Harbor pep squad advisor and coach Kris Higman, a longtime friend of Woodall’s, asked if Skyler could lead a class during her students’ summer training camp.
“It’s a chance for them to stretch their bodies, work on core muscles, strength in their arms and legs and balance, but also for them to be positive about their bodies,” Higman said. “Skyler is their same age; she’s going through the same things socially as they are. If she can give them this message of loving yourself, that’s huge.”
Skyler and Savanna received that message when they needed it most.
When Skyler was 6 and Savanna was 5, their mother encouraged them to “heal themselves” through yoga.
The girls’ parents had separated, and later divorced. Skyler and Savanna moved with their mother from Arizona to California about five years ago, Skyler said.
“[Yoga] taught me to accept the moment, that you have a choice of how you want to live your life, whether it’s being unhappy or loving life,” she said. “I can take down those walls. … It’s my choice.”
As the Newport Harbor girls moved through workouts such as push-ups and bridge poses, their young instructor kept her voice upbeat. During relaxed stretches, she spoke softly and slowly.
Toward the end of the class, the squad moved into a sleeping half pigeon pose, in which they lay face down with one leg bent and another stretched out behind them.
“It takes strength to let go,” Skyler said as they sunk deeper into the pose. “It takes bravery and courage.”
For squad member Cassidy Peterson, the session with Skyler was her first yoga class.
“It shows us how to let all the pain and anxiety go,” Cassidy said. “We can take away what’s good and positive and let go of what’s negative.”
As the class neared its end, the girls lay flat on their backs as they did at the beginning. They closed their eyes, and Skyler sealed the practice with some final words.
“We experience struggles, but we experience amazing things as well,” she told them. “That’s part of the journey.”
Come celebrate and send one of our beloved yogis out on an amazing journey ahead.
Join Bradley and the Radiant Hot Yoga Family for his final class before he moves to follow his dreams in Florida.
We love you Bradley. We’ll miss seeing yo do handstands in the hallways and all of your unconditional hugs.”
Your RHY family
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A note from Brad
Radiant has been the vehicle for me to truly find my purpose in life and passion for something I truly cherish in life: Yoga. From the moment I stepped into the doors until I stepped out this next Wednesday, one word comes to mind: TRANSFORMATIVE.
My life is going the direction it is going because of my start here at Radiant. I’m deeply Thankful for the connections I have made, students I have been fortunate enough to help, and the teachers I have had the opportunity to work with.
These words only express a fraction of the way I truly feel about this space that our radiant family and myself call home. Biggest thanks to the Dearan family and Darlene for pushing me forward into this teacher training and being the catalyst to this journey I am about to embark upon.
Until next time my friends and family. With all of my love.”
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What stresses in your life lead you to yoga?
I first started hot yoga to supplement my running. I wanted to prevent injuries and try a workout that was on the opposite end of the spectrum! I loved the idea of sweating and detoxing in the hot room. However, what once started physical soon became so mental and spiritual for me. I soon needed yoga every day in order to disconnect from the outside world.
I noticed that every time I practiced, I was more at peace with my life. I was able to better handle and respond to stress, as well as become more patient and accepting of situations.” – Jennie
What was your first experience like?
My first experience in a hot yoga room was 6 years ago in Bellevue, Washington. I was immediately hooked. I was DRENCHED in sweat. I remember laying in savasana thinking, “what just happened?” The next day I found myself day dreaming of the hot room and I knew it was going to be a lifelong addiction.” – Jennie
When did you know you wanted to be a yoga instructor?
I knew I wanted to be a yoga instructor pretty soon after I began practicing daily. I looked up to and admired all of my teachers. The messages and group intentions during class always stuck with me throughout the day. I wanted to be the person that could guide a room through a practice while inspiring them to do better in the world.” – Jennie
What did Teacher Training mean to you and what did it do for you?
Teacher Training meant SO much to me. It was 8 weeks that I will never forget. There were a lot of highs and lows. It was a little stressful at times because I was finishing up the second semester of junior year at Chapman and I had finals. I definitely studied my dialogue more than I studied for finals! There were times that I didn’t feel like I was strong enough or ready to lead a class.
I vividly remember crying in Darlene’s arms once telling her I couldn’t do it. She told me I was going to teach, and that I was ready. Without her, I would not be the teacher I am. I pushed myself out of my comfort zones and I practiced more hours than I could count. I made SO many lifelong friends that mean the world to me. Also, I met my boyfriend, Mike Carolan.
We became dialogue buddies early on and we would meet early before teacher training and throughout the week to practice dialogue. He soon after became my boyfriend! I am forever grateful to Radiant for bringing us together.” – Jennie
What is the one thing about Teacher Training that has stuck in your mind and heart even to this day?
One thing about Teacher Training that has stuck in my mind and heart even to this day is that I truly believe if you put your mind and passion into something, anything is possible. It was not easy becoming a teacher. Being in the hot room for hours on end and practicing dialogue over and over gets exhausting. But I knew my hard work and dedication would pay off, and it truly did.” – Jennie
How necessary is your yoga practice to you even after all this time?
My yoga practice is everything to me, even after all of this time. I am a better person because of yoga. I practice what I learn on the four corners of the mat in my daily life. I cannot control what happens to me, but I can control how I react and respond to situations. On my mat I have learned patience, perseverance, compassion, and forgiveness. I am able to let go of the outside world when I am on my mat and be so connected and present within my practice.” – Jennie
What do you feel is the personality and energy you bring to your classes?
Everyone who knows me outside of the hot room knows me as the happy, bubbly, and outgoing Jennie. They also know I am a workout freak, so I make sure to give my students a workout! In the hot room, I try and bring that same positive energy. I push my students to their limits, while encouraging them. I also love to set group intentions and come up with messages for class that are related to things going on in my life.
So many people connect with messages that are personal and students often ask me to email my messages to them after class. I also love hip-hop so I try to throw some into the flows/abs/spine whenever I can.” – Jennie
What has changed the most about you now that you are teaching?
What has changed the most about me now that I am teaching is I have a new found confidence that I didn’t know I had. Most of the students I teach are older than me, and commanding the class at 21 years old was definitely intimidating at fist. But I have grown to be so comfortable in the room, whether it be giving adjustments or making sure people don’t leave 🙂
I am also so much more mindful than I used to be. In the hot room I move with intention and connect my breath and movement. Outside of the hot room, I try my best to be aware and present at all times. Teaching has truly helped me to live in the now.” – Jennie
What are a few of your favorite things to do outside of yoga?
Outside of yoga you can probably find me at SoulCycle (take Matthew Carolan’s class), True Food, or at the gym. I also LOVE the beach, hiking, baking paleo cookies, and watching the Kardashians (my guiltiest pleasure).” – Jennie
What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?
Initially I was hoping to increase my flexibility, lose weight, and relieve stress. I am happy to say that I receive all of those benefits and so much more!” – Joyce
How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?
Yoga has helped with lower back issues that I was experiencing before I started practicing. Thanks to yoga I no longer have back issues.
My first couple of classes I had a love/not so much love relationship with my yoga practice, but it quickly turned into a 100% love relationship.
My husband Tod and I practice regularly, and when we have to miss a class, we can’t wait to get back to Radiant and our mat. Yoga has definitely become a part of our healthy lifestyle.” – Joyce
How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?
I am more flexible, relaxed and my skin has a nice glow!” – Joyce
Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?
Absolutely, all of the above!
Regular yoga practice helps me feel stronger, more focused, balanced, and I have more energy.
Every class challenges me to focus on my breathing, postures and push myself beyond my comfort zone. The atmosphere and energy at RHY is awesome. When practicing I never feel pressure or judgement.” – Joyce
Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?
I have tried other styles of yoga, but I prefer the heat at Radiant. The heat is beneficial for deeper stretching and releasing toxins & impurities.
Darlene, her daughters (Skyler & Savanna), the teachers and staff at RHY are welcoming, passionate, inspiring, and AMAZING!” – Joyce