What benefits were you hoping to receive from your yoga practice?
A calm breath is a calm mind. The main reason I’ve tried yoga several different times is to find a way to tap into that zen-like, inner peace that removes clutter and stress from my mind, if only for an hour or so a day.” – Jason
How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?
What has exceeded my expectations is the physical benefits of the practice. I’ve been a runner my entire life and have been searching and searching for something to replace that because I know my knees, hips, and back will eventually start to crumble from pounding the pavement day after day. Nothing motivated me to give up running until now. When I started yoga, I fully expected to have to keep doing other types of work outs in order to stay in shape.
The practice however, particularly with the heat, is very challenging to the point where I finally found something that gives me the same “high” as running long distances (swimming, biking, none of that worked for me) and I’m staying in just as good of shape, if not better, than when I was running all the time. In fact, I’ve quit running entirely at this point and I no longer have the joint pain I’ve been ignoring for at least a decade in order to keep running.” – Jason
How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?
It would take too long to list all of the examples but one is telling: I had a three month jury trial last year where I basically slept no more than 3 hours a day for three months under high stress conditions. At certain points, the stress level was so high I could barely breath.
I forced myself to give up one hour every day to do yoga during the trial even though I thought I wanted the time to either sleep or to prepare more for the next day of trial. Every single time, I walked out of the practice with a peace and a focus that never would have existed, but for the practice that I took with me back to the office to prepare for the next day, and I felt strong and in control every day at trial.
A calm breath is a calm mind. Know it. Live it.” – Jason
Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional and or spiritual body from a regular yoga practice?
For me, it’s the mental, emotional and spiritual peace, happiness, and focus that I think I am just now starting to tap into after more than a year of regular practice. I can’t really explain it but it is something that develops slowly and steadily and can only be achieved over time.
You aren’t going to get there unless you fully commit to a regular practice for an extended period of time, but it’s amazing if you do.” – Jason
Have you tried other styles of yoga? What makes Radiant Hot Yoga your preferred place of practice?
Yes. I’ve tried both heated and non-heated yoga in the past. For me, I need the heat and the physical exhaustion that comes from Radiant’s challenging practices, to tap into that meditative spiritual side of it. For me, non-heated yoga is basically stretching, which is good, but there is so much more to it I’ve learned.
Radiant Hot Yoga is my preferred heated yoga studio for a number of reasons:
- unlike some places I’ve gone to, Radiant’s facilities are very clean and welcoming;
- Radiant’s practices are organized and structured and the teachers keep control of the room; I’ve gone to places where the next pose is literally whatever happens to pop into the teacher’s head and they allow people to walk around and talk in the middle of practice, which kills it for me; and,
- most importantly, the people who work at Radiant, both teaching and running the desk, are the coolest, happiest, friendliest people in the world.
No matter my mental state, I am always glad I came when I get greeted with warm smiles and love every time I go. Peace.” – Jason