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How Radiant Hot Yoga changed my life... Interview with Justin Shea

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

Better flexibility, healing from old injuries and an exciting, alternative way to exercise.” – Justin

RHY yoga students of March 2016: Melanie Nimori and Justin Shea

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

I totally wish I had started when I was 15! It is a great way to challenge yourself physically & mentally.” – Justin

How has yoga benefited you off the mat?

I have more patience & less stress off the mat. It’s a great way to end the day and flush everything out with the heat.” – Justin

RHY yoga students of March 2016: Melanie Nimori and Justin Shea

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

It is a healing practicing with alot of benefits. For me a stronger core, increased flexibility, better hydration and healing old athletic injuries are the most important changes for me.” – Justin

RHY yoga students of March 2016: Melanie Nimori and Justin Shea

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

I have but Radiant has the best energy, assertive teachers and most challenging sequences. Good times and a big ALOHA to Radiant!” – Justin

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

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

When I first started yoga it was for the physical workout as is probably the case with a lot of people.” – Melanie

RHY yoga student of March 2016: Melanie Nimori

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

I feel more fit than I ever have, and I have tried so many things. Not only that, but I enjoy it and I feel so much stronger mentally as well.” – Melanie

How has yoga benefited you off the mat?

Yoga is now my release and my routine. The endorfins and the workout are a great benefit, but now I come for a time to concentrate on myself. It gives me time to meditate in a busy life. A happy wife is a happy life! And I am a much happier person after a yoga class. You don’t want to see me the other days… Justin wants me to go!” – Melanie

RHY yoga students of March 2016: Melanie Nimori and Justin Shea

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

Yoga is my time to release any anxiety and stress. I have lost a lot of weight and gained a lot of strength and flexibility. I come home a much happier and more stable person. I feel much more connected with myself and my family.” – Melanie

RHY yoga students of March 2016: Melanie Nimori and Justin Shea

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

I have tried Bikram as well as a number of other types of workouts. I have played sports, mixed martial arts, running, gyms. Radiant Hot Yoga is the first thing that I have felt connected to, and it is something that I look forward to everyday. And of course the environment is so special and       welcoming. Both the employees and the students are such sweet people.” – Melanie

Meet one of Radiant Hot Yoga's inspiring teachers Lisa G.

When and why did you begin practicing yoga?

I was an avid runner for years, but due to many injuries I needed to find something that was non-harming to my body yet still felt like exercise. With hot yoga I found I could recreate the same feeling I got from running and do it in a gentler way for my joints.  And the peace and calm I found at the end of each practice was unparalleled.” – Lisa

Lisa Good, RHY Teacher of March, 2016

What was your first experience like?

My first yoga experience was in a Bikram studio and I felt like I was going to die half way through the series.  I had to lay down and just try to get through the heat.  But something about the challenge made me come back and try to master the heat again and through my persistence I fell in love with the practice.” – Lisa

When did you know you wanted to be a yoga instructor?

I didn’t know I wanted to be a teacher until the end of Teacher Training.  I entered teacher training purely with a desire to deepen my yoga practice and my understanding of yoga principles.

I never knew I had a teacher inside me! But at some point during training when I stood up to teach something clicked inside me and I knew I had a passion for teaching. Once I taught my first real class I was completely hooked.” – Lisa

Lisa Good, RHY Teacher of March, 2016

What did Teacher Training mean to you and what did it do for you?

I learned so much about myself and found I could actually command a room. I had always had the “behind-the-scenes” type of personality – never wanting to stand out in a crowd or be noticed. Standing up in front of a room full of my yoga peers really took a lot of strength and I found I enjoyed growing that new part of me.” – Lisa

What is the one thing about Teacher Training that still resonates with you?

One thing that will always stick in my mind from Teacher training was living the ideal that we should always reach for our dreams and never give up. We are all capable of accomplishing goals we thought unattainable.” – Lisa

How necessary is your yoga practice to you?

I always say “I am the Tin Man and Yoga is my oil. Without a regular yoga practice, I cannot easily move my joints and limbs due to so much injury. Yoga keeps me moving, feeling young and healthy and it keeps my mind more attuned.

And like the Tin Man – I have found my heart in yoga.” – Lisa

Lisa Good, RHY Teacher of March, 2016

What do you feel is the personality and energy you bring to your classes?

I think my personality lends itself to a fun, high energy class.  However I also stress mindfulness. I ask my students to practice mindfully and consciously while still having fun and pushing themselves.

I care very much about my students and I want them to get the best and deepest practice possible, but without harming themselves. At the close of class I try to impart a little bit of wisdom about life and how it mirrors our yoga practice.” – Lisa

What has changed the most about you now that you are teaching?

Teaching has helped me find my voice. I have more confidence and am more capable of speaking my views than I was before teaching. I know that in the hot room what I say matters to my students and I try to prepare messages that are both relevant to what is going on in our world and yet spiritual and inspiring.” – Lisa

What are a few of your favorite things to do outside of yoga?

My favorite activity is skiing – mostly moguls, but cruising down a beautiful, groomed slope can be fun too. I love hanging with my family, my dogs, reading and being surrounded by great friends.” – Lisa

Lisa Good, RHY Teacher of March, 2016

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