We wanted to announce that starting next Sunday, November 1, 2015, we are introducing a new class into our schedule:
Radiant Hot Fuse
Radiant Hot Fuse is a sequel of the signature Radiant Hot sequence. A unique blend of vinyasa breath-synchronized flow, and challenging postures. Radiant Hot Fuse will build your strength, improve your balance, augment your stamina, and sharpen your focus. This energetic 70 minute practice is set in a hot room of 105 degrees. Infuse your soul into the mind and body!
Starting next Sunday, November 1, 2015, the 8:00 AM class will now be Radiant Hot Fuse and Saturdays at 9:45 AM will be changed to Radiant Hot Fuse.
Looking forward to seeing you all in our new Radiant Hot Fuse class.
Happy Halloween! Let’s party!
We also wanted to announce that next Saturday, October 31, 2015, the 5:30 PM Karma class will be canceled for Halloween.
Join Skyler and the Radiant Hot Yoga family for a special “glow in the dark hot yoga class”, with laser lights and music.
After that then join us for an afterparty with food, music and drinks.
Your loving yoga family,
Radiant Hot Yoga
Congratulations Skyler! We are sooooo proud of you 🙂
You can also join Skyler for the upcoming workshops
You don’t know what you can do until you do it.”
Those words from her hot-yoga instructor inspired 48-year-old Juliet Morgan, an ultra-runner, to strike a yoga pose she’d dreaded – the bridge.
Morgan’s instructor, Skyler Dearen, is 15 – a Newport Beach resident and freshman at Corona del Mar High School. Yet, those who know her and learn from her describe the teen as an “old soul,” mature beyond her years, a motivational speaker who inspires them to get out of their minds and into their bodies.
“Most kids her age are probably in Fashion Island or on the beach,” said Morgan, of Newport Beach, who has been taking Dearen’s class for the past 10 months. “But this kid has changed my life.”
Dearen teaches yoga to adults a few times a week at Radiant Hot Yoga, a Newport Beach studio that her mother, Darlene Dearen, started two years ago. She also teaches her peers at Corona del Mar High two or three times a week, and runs a regular yoga class on campus.
A spokeswoman for the Yoga Alliance said Skyler Dearen is likely the youngest instructor the association has certified. The national organization has set 13 as its minimum certification age, she said.
Skyler Dearen started practicing yoga when she was 8 with her mother and younger sister, Savanna. They had just moved to Arizona from Las Vegas. Darlene Dearen said she and her daughters had just left her now-deceased husband.
Darlene Dearen showed a restraining order, which alleged physical abuse that the mother said all three had endured for three years. She got a divorce and sole custody of her daughters and moved away, Darlene said.
“When we moved to Arizona, we were living in fear,” she said. “My goal was to protect my daughters from danger and give them a normal life, where they could be children and be happy again.”
The girls, two years apart, were far from being in a happy place.
“They had no fingernails; they were tearing their hair out,” their mom said. “They would wake up screaming at night. We would all worry someone was at the door or outside, threatening us physically. It was a very difficult few years for us, as we moved through shelters and friends’ homes, living in fear.”
It was at such a time that one of Darlene Dearen’s friends suggested yoga. At first, only Darlene Dearen took the classes. When she realized it was helping her get to a place of peace, she started involving Skyler and Savanna. They’d get on mats and do the cat and cow poses as they mooed and meowed – just being silly.
“It became our way of bonding and healing,” Darlene Dearen said. “It went beyond that. It saved our lives.”
Darlene Dearen was told by therapists to put her daughters on antidepressants. But as it turned out, yoga was better than medication.
Skyler Dearen said she is not quite sure how she fell in love with yoga. “But I remember getting this clear state of mind and just being present, in the moment, and loving it,” she said. “It taught me not to dwell in the past or on people or memories.”
She said she has gone beyond shutting out her past and has forgiven her father. The family got news of his death by homicide last year.
Skyler Dearen says she sees yoga as a way to unite with everyone around her without judgment.
“It taught me to love myself,” she said.
Skyler Dearen especially loves hot yoga, which is typically done in 105-degree heat and at least 50 percent humidity.
“You sweat; no one can tell if you’re crying,” she said. “You leave all that negativity on the mat. It’s truly life-changing. You feel lighter, brighter and cleansed.”
Erica Schwartz, 42, of Huntington Beach, takes Skyler’s hot-yoga class twice a week.
“She’s very motivating,” Schwartz said. “Her energy is amazing for a 15-year-old.”
Schwartz, who has taught aerobics classes to adults since she was 16, knows what it takes for a teenager to teach people two or three times her age.
“Skyler is confident, poised and just passionate about yoga,” she said. “She speaks from her heart. You can tell that this is going to be a huge part of her life.”
When I was 6 years old, I started doing yoga because my mother had been practicing for years and she always seemed to be smiling and so happy. I also saw these immense changes in her – physically, emotionally and spiritually and I wanted to follow in her footsteps.
Then when I was eleven, I tried something called hot yoga which is done in a room heated to 105 degrees and is incredibly challenging both physically and mentally. My friends thought I was crazy taking all these hot yoga classes but I liked about it was that it allowed me to do things I thought I could never do.
First, because the heat warms your muscles, I found it easier for my body to relax and get into a deeper stretch. I could then get into these really deep poses that I could never do before in regular yoga classes. So physically, my body was able to do things I thought I could never do (see photos).
Second, the heat also helped me to forget about everything outside of the room, about what happened at school that day, things my friends said or stuff that I was worried about, and instead focus on the present. I discovered how breathing in and out through my nose helped to bring down my heart rate and calm my body. Now I use this breathing technique whenever I’m stressed at school or at home and mentally, I’m able to get through tough situations that I never thought I could handle.
Third, I never thought that at 14, I would do something that nobody else has done – become the youngest certified hot yoga instructor in the United States. I simply decided last year that I loved hot yoga so much that I wanted to teach and signed up for a 8-week Teacher Training Certification class. Everybody in the class was at least twice my age and I think they were surprised that I was there and not at the beach or shopping at the mall with my friends!
I received my Certification in December and started teaching at my mother’s hot yoga studio in Newport Beach this year. I will admit that when I first started teaching, I was really nervous about instructing a room full of adults because I am so young. But after a few classes, I realized that if you focus on sharing what you know and what you love, you can lead, motivate and inspire others at any age.
One of my favorite quotes is:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
So find your passion and pursue what you love most and you may be surprised by what you can achieve!
Skyler Dearen is an 8th grade student at Corona Del Mar High School and is the youngest known certified hot yoga instructor in the United States. She teaches, practices and helps run her mother’s studio, Radiant Hot Yoga, in Newport Beach, California.
How long have you been practicing yoga?
“I have been practicing yoga for 8 years.” – Skyler
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
“I love the impact you can make on someone by teaching their class, as well as the connections you make with your students.” – Skyler
What changes do you see in students who practice hot yoga regularly?
“I see physical changes in the body such as losing weight, building muscle, toning the body, and becoming more flexible. Most importantly the mental benefits I see are the students are much happier and brighter. Less stressed and can handle situations easier.” – Skyler
What inspired you to teach?
“What has inspired me to teach was that yoga healed me from my past.
Yoga has also brought so much peace and happiness to my life, and has inspired me to be the best version of my self. It has taught me to see beauty with in my imperfections.
As well as to trust in my journey and know that i am exactly where I am supposed to be.” – Skyler
What makes Radiant so radiant in your opinion?
“Radiant Hot Yoga is so radiant because of the people who surround it; teachers and students.
I feel that the teachers and staff are always so happy and inspiring.
And the students are so motivational and and amazing. We all unite and work as one. We empower each other to do our bests.” – Skyler
How has becoming a teacher changed your life?
“It has encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone.
Being the youngest certified hot yoga teacher, I had to make my own path, and create my own standard and expectations. And even though it feels very natural for me to teach yoga, I use the same principles in other areas in my life.
Knowing that I would be teased by my peer and looked down by my elders I had to believe in myself and believe in what I am doing.” – Skyler
What advice do you have to students that are new to hot yoga?
“My advice would be to take as many breaks as you need by lying down on your mat. Drinking plenty of water before and after class. Pouring water on your head during class.
Trying to come as much as possible, at least 4-7 times a week.
But most of all leaving all judgement and expectations outside of the room. We are all here to heal our minds, bodies, and spirits.” – Skyler