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

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

I guess there are two benefits from Yoga that I hoped to achieve, one of body and one of mind. I knew that Yoga (not hot) was a challenge and I thought that adding the heat would be both amazing for the body and the mind…. If I could stand the heat.

Being a 56 year old man, only in semi-decent shape, I knew that it was going to be tough, but I did not listen so much to my mind but more to my soul which was telling me that this was a good thing.” – Norm

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How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

When I got through my first class at Radiant Hot Yoga, I did not know for sure if I would be able to handle it. The incredible instructors at Radiant were SO positive and made me feel that I could do it and that I was doing amazing exactly where I was at!! They told me to come back as soon as I could and as often as I could…. And that is just what I have been doing. I kept coming back to Radiant and now about 1½ years later I actually crave the heated room and SO look forward to my practice.

Lately, I have had some work issues that have kept me away more then I would like, but I know that I would practice EVERYDAY, if I could!!!” – Norm

How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

Hot Yoga gives me a feeling that I can get through anything. It can be tough in that room, but again, I don’t let it get to me, I work with it, not against it, knowing my limits. Physically I am in better shape than I have been in a long time! I breath with so much more intention!! I deal with mentally challenging items so much better…. A bit calmer.” – Norm

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

As I just mentioned, I absolutely feel a difference. When I am a bit pressed for time and I do not have a chance to get to my mat for my practice, I notice it physically AND mentally. I have lower back issues which I am very careful of during my practice, but yoga has made it so much stronger, I just do not have the pain like I used to!!

Mentally, I just simply start to get a bit more irritable if I am away too long. I can be a pretty hyped individual… yoga allows me the chance to be calmer… not necessarily calm…. But calmer!!” – Norm

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

I practiced regular yoga about 10 or 15 years ago and I really enjoyed it then, but once I got into Hot Yoga at Radiant, I just knew that this was what I was suppose to do!!

I really do not have any intentions of practicing anywhere else. I have other people that go to other studios and do not like it as much. I know that the main reason for this is because of Darlene and her instructors. I have never felt so much love from a group before.

I usually go to the 6:00 AM class and Morgan, Stephanie and Jennie are just simply amazing…. I get to go in and get a big hug in the morning before practice and what a way to make a connection with another human being in such an awesome place. All the instructors there are nothing less then stellar!!!” – Norm

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

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

I had no expectations when I started practicing yoga on a regular basis. I have always been extremely active, and at times a bit on the extreme side with exercise. By the time I started yoga as my primary form of exercise, I had run two marathons, was into heavy weight lifting, and boxing.

When I began regular yoga practice, my body was ready for the “break”, and I was at a point where I needed the mind/body connection. I discovered that the “high” from yoga was much more calm, peaceful, and easier on the body. Exactly what I needed!” – Jenna

How has yoga and your practice exceeded your expectations?

Like mentioned, I’ve always been addicted to the “high” you get from a great work out. With yoga, I get the high, I feel more balanced, relaxed and connected. My thinking is much clearer after class, plus I get to hear all the positive affirmations the teacher says for an hour! Being reminded of how limitless and purposeful I am is defiantly an added bonus!” – Jenna

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How has yoga benefitted you off the mat?

It always amazes me what three or four sun salutations and a down dog can do! Yoga has taught me that no matter how I am feeling at any given moment, I am able to stop and do some easy poses or take some very deep breaths, to balance my body. Breathing is such a simple yet profound act for the body. I know the routine so well, I can implement this any time of the day. I am very grateful for my yoga practice for this reason.” – Jenna

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

Truth be told, at one time, I exercised only to look good in a bathing suit, that’s just where my mind set was. The minute I changed my mind and intention to feel good versus look good, that is when my physical body changed. It was actually when I slowed down and started yoga is when I felt and looked (in my opinion) my best. I wasn’t trying so hard. Have you ever heard the phrase: “If you are trying hard, that is ego, if it is easy, that is spirit!”?

It took me a while to fully understand this, but yes, I do notice a physical change from a regular yoga practice. My spiritual lessons have come along the way. It’s a daily practice for mental and emotional balance, and yoga does help!” – Jenna

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

Yes, I have tried Vinyasa, Hatha and Kundalini yoga. They all serve the body differently, and I like them all, but what I love about Radiant Hot Yoga is, that it gives me the challenging work-out that I crave, the heat feels amazing to my body and the routine with the same postures allows me to stop thinking so much and be in my body, which relaxes my mind!” – Jenna

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