Is a 300 Hour Teacher Training Right for You?

By the time you’re curious about doing an advanced training, chances are you’ve either already experienced a Yoga Teacher Training of some kind or you’ve been practicing for long enough that, organically, you’ve arrived at a place in which you want to “go deeper”. In other words, you’ve already seen the effects that your yoga practice has on your life and you recognize the benefit of not only sustaining it, but nurturing it. Deciding to do a 300-hr training is a big step. It shows that you’re committed to your practice and that you’re able to ask yourself substantial questions. At this level, we move away from the rudimentary building blocks that make up a basic 200-hr training, and begin study in a more focused and specialized way. For this reason, it is important to have a relationship with the teacher who will be guiding the training—whether that means that there is shared interest in the kind of yoga that she will offer, or that the student has been practicing with her for some time, or that there is, simply, a heart connection. The structure of a 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training comes from the Yoga Alliance organization as an attempt to codify teacher quality control across the “yoga world.” It’s meaningful to know that, traditionally, yogic knowledge was passed on from one guru (teacher) to one shishya (student) via parampara (lineage). The yoga was respected as sacred, and in order to be properly transferred, a lot of time—often an entire lifetime—was spent under a particular teacher’s watch before a student was rooted enough in the practice to offer it to others. This is all to say that, whether it’s a 2017 Los Angelean 300-hr YTT or a lifelong tutelage in 20th century India, the desire to know yoga must be there. An advanced training requires a mutual consideration on the part of student and teacher. There is an integral understanding and respect that has been developed in the student that prepares the collective attention to rest on the yoga. For the 300-hr training, having at least a year or two of steady asana practice demonstrates that the requisite self-study has been established. This helps provide a solid bedrock, for both teacher and student, from which to build—or chisel away at. Julia Planine-Troiani is holding a 3-part advanced Yoga Teacher Training in May. This is a 300-hr program that will look at the advanced layers of the yoga practice. It is divided into three stages: Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti. While the stages are designed to be experienced together, they are each built to stand alone. We will establish a daily, rigorous asana and pranayama practice and explore the Hatha Yoga...

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Power 1: The Perfect Class to Kick-Start Your Yoga Practice

Don’t know where to start? Scared of trying something new? Our Power 1 Class is right for you! This Vinyasa-style flow class designed for beginners is a set sequence. Pairing breath with movement, Power 1 is meant to integrate the mind/body connection. It is a whole body strengthening practice that includes Sun Salutations, standing postures, simple arm balances, core strengthening, backbends, hip-openers, and restorative postures. Power 1 is an excellent class for both new and veteran students looking to retrain the basics to find proper yoga alignment and accessible modifications. Think you missed the boat on yoga? It’s not too late to begin. At Hot 8 Yoga, we love beginners! We will be your community that helps you connect to your breath and get into a flow that is comfortable for you. Power 1 focuses on each individual posture and having proper alignment. You don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga. The flexibility of body and mind will come the more you practice. Saying you’re not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath. It’s for everyone! Have an injury? We will teach you easy modifications so you can develop (or continue) your practice and be the strongest you possible. There will be restorative postures in every class you take with us. Within these shapes you can deeply stretch the muscles you have worked during practice in order to have longer, leaner muscles, less tension in your body and a freer mind. Power 1 can be an amazing confidence and self-esteem boosting class. Standing postures, heart openers, arm balances and basic inversions all build confidence and openness within yourself and your yoga practice. The more you practice, the more you are able to conquer. Does yoga feel like it’s out of your comfort zone? We are here to make you feel welcome! The more you are able to step out of your comfort zone, the more you will learn and grow. You don’t have to be afraid of how long you can hold a posture or if you can reach the full expression. This is teaching your body new strength. Yoga is called practice for a reason. You come to your mat in a new place every day. Every body is different and every day you have battled different things. Questions about the heat? Yoga was developed in India, a country that sustains relatively high temperatures year-round. In order to mimic that intended environment, adequate external heat can be viewed as essential. The heated room initially serves to prevent injury until the practitioners learn to generate their own internal heat and gradually come to welcome the warm environment as a tool for...

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Looking to increase flexibility, boost metabolism and lengthen your muscles?

Looking to increase flexibility, boost metabolism and lengthen your muscles?

Yoga Barre is unlike any other class out there. Created by Nancy Norby, who has been a Barre teacher for over three decades and dancer for even longer. The focus of this class is about having a solid center and allowing your core to guide and uphold you throughout class. Similar to our other classes, Yoga Barre is held in a heated room, which leads it to have profound and cohesive muscle conditioning, along with being super detoxifying. The first time I tried Yoga Barre was with Nancy a few years ago. I remember thinking “this is the hardest class I’ve ever taken” and admittedly I was a bit intimidated. Then I came back and made sure I took the class at least 3 times a week during Hot 8 Yoga’s 30 Day Challenge. After 3 classes I already found myself becoming so much stronger at the Barre & on the mat. I was able to get past my edge and the muscle fatigue that seemed unbearable at first. Now I even have teachers telling me that they didn’t realize I was so flexible! Well neither did I! I’ve always had very tight muscles from being a long-distance runner and not stretching properly. Not only was Yoga Barre giving me strength in muscles I didn’t even know existed, but I was able to stretch deeply during class and felt balanced when I would leave. The unique combination of isometric movements to target specific muscles and yoga to elongate those muscles, create a harmonious relationship which has the power to transform your body. With the addition of light weights and resistance balls you begin to promote targeted muscle toning to heighten the workout. The secret is in the repetition, the goal is to fatigue the muscle — and that’s where the magic happens. The best part about Yoga Barre is it is 100% accessible to all, by focusing on proper alignment and all of the exercises being non-impact, it enables you to strengthen your body in a safe and effective way. Many people working through injuries have turned to Yoga Barre to help them rebuild mobility and strength in those injured areas. Don’t let the word barre fool you either, this isn’t just meant for dancers. Yes, you use the barre as a tool to balance or deepen stretches but it is essentially just an additive prop to help you dive deeper into the Yoga Barre practice. The use of asana, in addition to cardio and stretching, gives the class a meditative quality in the midst of the fast-paced sequences. Downward dog may be practiced to warm up the hamstrings, child’s pose to rest and plank for arm and core...

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Eight Limbs of Yoga

Eight Limbs of Yoga

Here in the West the physical aspects of yoga are the most well known and popular, in contrast to the mindfulness and living practices more popular in the East. Many people are not familiar with the 8 limbs of Yoga and how important they are to the practice and lifestyle. The limbs express how important balance is in the physical and mental yoga practice. The physical practice isn’t less superior than the non-physical or the other way around…they are ALL important which is why the great sage, Patanjali, shared thousands of years ago “The Eight Limbs of Yoga,” as a road map that a human being can take to reach the summit of human experience! Here is a brief overview of the Eight Limbs of Yoga and feel free to follow the practice tips so it’s not just theory but experiential. 1) Yamas The Yamas have to do with ethics, integrity and how we practice yoga off our mat. The 5 yamas are non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, moderation, and non-hoarding. Practice Tip: On a weekly basis pick a yama and try and put it into action by being truthful or not having violent thoughts towards yourself. 2) Niyamas The Niyamas have to do with self-discipline and spiritual practices. The 5 niyamas are cleanliness, contentment, spiritual purification, study of sacred texts, and devotion to one’s higher power. Practice Tip: On a weekly basis pick a niyama and put into practice. For example, spend a week practicing cleanliness, cleaning out that closet, desk, garage or car etc… 3) Asana Asanas are the physical postures and this is the limb that most of us in the west are the most knowledgeable and strongest. It’s through asana that we dissolve tensions, build strength, eliminate toxins, increase mobility and circulation. Practice Tip: At least 3-5 times a week try and get your physical practice in even if it’s only 30min, you’ll feel amazing! 4) Pranayama Pranayama is the expansion of life force through through breathing exercises. Did you notice the last time you got frustrated, angry, scared or anxiety ridden what happened to your breath? It probably became restricted, choppy and erratic. “Breath control leads to mind control” and if we want to really be healthy then our mind must be in state of peace. Practice Tip: In a comfortable seated position Inhale 5 counts, Hold 5 counts, Exhale 5 counts, Hold 2 counts (Repeat as often as you like). 5) Pratyahara Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the 5 senses. Our whole lives the 5 senses (touch, taste, see, hear, and smell) are inputting information into our being and pratyahara is where we turns those off so that we may turn from the outer world...

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Is Infrared Heat Safe? Why Hot 8 Yoga does not use Infrared Heat and Never Will!

Is Infrared Heat Safe? Why Hot 8 Yoga does not use Infrared Heat and Never Will!

Most new hot yoga studios have started using Infrared Light to heat their classrooms. The reason for the recent trend is that Infrared Heat is significantly less expensive to install and extremely easy to maintain. But is it safe? At Hot 8 Yoga, we set out to create a healthy atmosphere, free of harmful rays like Infrared. We strive to create a healthy and positive culture, and make ‘invisible’ efforts to maintain a healthy and germ-free environment for you to practice in. That is why we have invested the additional expense and energy in creating the safest heating environment without the use of any Infrared Light heat. We want to talk about the use of Infrared light as a method of heating a yoga studio. We’d like to give you our perspective on the facts about Infrared Heat and enough information for you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. We hope you paid attention in physics class, because it’s about to get science-y. Even if you didn’t major in Electromagnetic Theory, we did the research for you and will make it as simple as possible. Some hot yoga studios are using Infrared Lights as a cheaper and easier alternative method to heat the studio. Infrared light is a type of light that is invisible to the human eye. Did you know humans can only see a very small range of light? And that if we could see the entire spectrum of light, we would be able to see the radio waves that power our AM/FM tuners? Cool, huh? We think so, too. But we decided against using Infrared Light as a method of heating because science. Check it out: Infrared heats you from within using a very basic form of radiation. Yes, radiation. Not nuclear or x-ray level radiation, just heat created through light. Think those red lights that keep fast-food warm or microwave ovens. Yes, that’s infrared light. If you’re starting to get why we chose not to use Infrared light to heat our studios, you’re a smart one. According to Darvill Clara, too much Infrared radiation has a very simple consequence- overheating. However, we believe a Hot Yoga studio is not the place for Infrared Radiation. This is because prolonged exposure to Infrared light is unhealthy. The Industrial Safety and Hygiene News did a study on the consequences of prolonged exposure to Infrared Radiation/Light, which you can read (click here). Basically, it’s bad for your skin, and really bad for your eyes. From the ISHN Study, “IR [Infrared], particularly IR-A or near IR (700nm-1400nm), raises the internal temperature of the eye, essentially ‘baking’ it. Medical studies indicate that prolonged IR exposure can...

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