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Meet one of Radiant Hot Yoga’s inspiring teachers, Ashley D.

When and why did you begin practicing yoga?

I began practicing hot yoga in 2006. Yoga has had a profound impact on my life by providing me with a deeper understanding and appreciation for one’s self and others. Although my practice started because of the physical benefits, today I practice daily for the inner work out, to connect to myself and release everyday stresses.” – Ashley D.

What made you fall in love with Radiant Hot Yoga?

I love Radiant! And for so many reasons!! The heat, the teachers, the people, the entire community of yogis are friendly and supportive. I enjoy the experience of each class being different and challenging, yet somehow exactly what I need for that day. It is the highlight of my day!” – Ashley D.

RHY teacher of February 2017 - Ashley D.

How has teaching yoga changed your life?

Teaching has been one of the best gifts in my life! To have the opportunity to teach, connect, and motivate while living my passion is a dream come true. Teaching is the best – it has enriched and enhanced my life tremendously. I am incredibly humbled and grateful to be be a part of Radiant and the amazing community.” – Ashley D.

When did you know you wanted to become a teacher at Radiant Hot Yoga?

I’ve always been a people person, and as long as I can remember have found myself wanting to positively impact and support others. I watched Teacher Training come and go for years- it always pulled on my heart, but I was too busy and committed to work to participate until I made the decision in 2016 to to commit to Teacher Training “no matter what”.” – Ashley D.

RHY teacher of February 2017 - Ashley D.

What did Teacher Training mean to you and how did it change your life?

It was truly an extraordinary experience, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. 8-weeks and 200 hours of intense training not only learning so much about yoga, the niyamas, and yamas, and the body but also a deeper understanding of the self. I am so grateful to have been part of the  teacher training and created so many strong bonds and memories with friends that will last forever.” – Ashley D.

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

Outside of the studio, I spend my time with my husband, dogs, friends, and family. I have a love for the beach, and enjoy being in the water. Music, traveling, and going to new places are some of my favorite experiences.” – Ashley D.

What is one of your most cherished moments since you’ve become a teacher?

There have been many everlasting, and very special moments made in studio since becoming a teacher. I’ll never forget my first class, I was so nervous, and it was a good size class!

Darlene and some dear friends were in the room. As soon as we got into table top something clicked and came over me, it was like an out of body experience- and I was watching myself teach. It was such an amazing feeling and the energy lasted the whole day. At that point, I finally had a instinct feeling that I was doing exactly what I was suppose to be doing in life.” – Ashley D.

If there was one last thing you’d like to share with your radiant students, what would you say?!

“Ego says once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and everything will fall into place.” – Ashley D.

RHY teacher of February 2017 - Ashley D.

Happy Birthday Skyler 17

Come and celebrate Skyler

Come take a yoga class with one of your most loved radiant teachers, Skyler Dearen.

Let’s celebrate Skyler together!

Date: August 22nd

Skyler will be teaching the following class:

Newport Beach Studio:

8:15 am Radiant Hot Power class

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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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