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5 Reasons To Start Your Teacher Training

Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Start Your Teacher Training

Become An Inspirational Warrior Few people get the chance to create meaningful change in other people on a daily basis. But with each class, yoga teachers have the unique opportunity to stand in front of dedicated, open-minded students ready to be inspired. You will experience the life-changing benefits of your yoga practice and be able to pass that knowledge onto others. Even if you aren’t looking to become a yoga teacher, your training will deepen your understanding of yoga, build your confidence with your practice, and grow your enthusiasm by giving you the ability to share it with those you love. Go Deep Into Your Practice Teacher Trainings are a unique way to truly deepen your understanding of yoga. The power of an intensive course of this kind will give you the ability to elevate your personal practice to new levels that you can’t experience in a typical yoga class. It’s a powerful way to push yourself further into yoga than you have ever gone before, while simultaneously expanding your understanding of the science of yoga. Give Yourself Newfound Freedom While yoga is a deeply spiritual and personal practice, it is also a fantastic way to give yourself financial freedom, expand your world and pursue your passions. Is there something you’ve been wanting to dedicate your time to, but haven’t been able to break away from you full-time job? Becoming a yoga teacher by taking a teacher training can give you an incredible job that is fun and flexible to your schedule, finally giving you the freedom to chase after your dreams. Expand Your Mind If you’ve been taking yoga classes for a few months, or even a few years, you still may feel lost when you hear your teacher talking about the Yamas and Niyamas. With a teacher training, you get the chance to dive deep into the philosophy of yoga, learning about yoga’s moral and ethical codes, its history and the meanings of its essential words. You’ll learn about the eight components of yoga through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, including the essential translation of yoga as the practice of quieting the mind. Strengthen Your Relationship and Grow Your Community Hopefully, attending class has opened your world up to the most incredible people. If you’ve ever wanted to strengthen those relationships and join a loving, supportive and engaged community of yogis, teacher trainings are your chance. The experience of engaging with your practice on this level, exploring your own personal strength through intimacy and honesty, gives you lifelong skills to deepen your relationship with yourself and those you love. You will gain profound insight and confidence that will radiate into the world around you, building your compassion and empathy for others. Why Hot8 Teacher Training? Hot 8 Yoga is the perfect place to start your teacher training, with a range of additional features available during your experience. Highly Experienced Trainers Our teaching team includes some of the most passionate, experienced yoga teachers around. You will be welcomed into a community trained to expand your mind and deepen your practice. Small Student-To-Teacher Ratio While the industry standard is to have 20 to 30 students for every teacher, a much smaller student-to-teacher ratio is key. At Hot 8 Yoga, we believe the more intimate the class, the more effective...

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Why you should try Yoga Teacher Training even if you don’t want to become a teacher!

Posted by on December 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Why you should try Yoga Teacher Training even if you don’t want to become a teacher!

Why you should try Yoga Teacher Training even if you don’t want to become a teacher!

Whether you are interested in simply learning more about yoga, becoming self-employed, or adding teaching to your life, a YTT can be the perfect route. If you haven’t been able to find your community quite yet within your yoga practice, joining a YTT will lead you right to your yoga family. Surrounding yourself with a supportive group of like-minded people will give you the comfort and ease to dig deeper. And this will be just the beginning of your family! Many people leave YTT with a more spiritual-rooted practice that they hadn’t reached before taking classes and with their practice at home. It’s an amazing feeling to come to such a place of self-discovery in a communal space. Yoga Teacher Trainings aren’t just for aspiring teachers. Taking a teacher training is an amazing way to delve deeper into your favorite style of yoga. It will help you achieve or get closer to your goals in yoga, whether it be in your physical, mental or spiritual practice. We all have different reasons for practicing, but we come together, connected as a community. You will learn about the 8 Limbs of Yoga, which are often cited as the philosophical basis for modern postural yoga. The sutras outline eight “limbs” of yoga, laying out a path for an aspiring yogi to follow. Throughout the programs there will be focuses on different areas – from physical asana practice to breathwork and anatomy, to meditation and the yoga lifestyle, to the study of yoga philosophy and the business and ethics of yoga. A teacher training can really push the boundaries of what you thought your mind and body were capable of. So be prepared to experience a breakthrough ranging from the moment you find proper alignment in a pose, finally being able to truly meditate, or cultivating a deep sense of physical and emotional growth. A decision you’ll have to make before trying a Yoga Teacher Training is which style you pursue. I would start off by looking at which classes you gravitate towards usually and which style do you feel the most passion for. I would recommend trying as many different classes that are offered and with different teachers and studios if that’s available to you. You never know if it’s a style or a teacher that may light the way for you! Trying out a new teacher or style each time you practice is a great way to ease out of your comfort zone. You will definitely need that skill (or attain it) for a YTT. A YTT won’t only benefit your practice and your ability to teach, but it will also help you gain self-esteem and guide a team. You will find it easier to work with and guide colleagues, classmates, etc. toward a common goal. You may find yourself speaking more directly from the heart and with complete pure and honest intention. The most important part of the experience is you will continue to discover more and more about yourself. This is a personal journey that may bring rise to certain emotions you had found inaccessible before. Embrace this new awareness! The more you know and love yourself, the more you can connect with and support others. Find the connection between your own mind, body and breath. Let that set...

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Mood Boosting in the Heat

Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Mood Boosting in the Heat

Mood Boosting in the Heat

I have been depressed and anxious for as long as I can remember. My mom passed away when I was six and my father raised me on his own from there. He was fifty-five when he had me and struggled to connect with a young daughter. Whether it is chemical or simply the longing for deeper nurture, my mood has suffered. I have participated in many sports from a young age and I think that was the only time I felt high enough to get through that week or month. As I got older I became interested in running, always needing to have the fastest mile in school. That turned into long distance running, which I recovered from with hot baths or saunas. I was never necessarily interested in yoga from a young age, but when I heard about hot yoga, I knew that was for me. Any time I step into a sauna, or sit and bake out in the sun until I’m sweating, or practice any sort of exercise in a hot setting, I feel somewhat euphoric. I strive for these euphoric states. I have lived in the high highs and the low lows. I struggle with living in the middle, the everyday. A recent study has found that increasing your body temperature through spending time in a hyperthermic chamber, has benefited depressed patients, in noticeable numbers. A University of Arizona associate professor of psychiatry, Dr. Charles Raison, became interested in the relationship between body temperature and mood. This emerged from his study of Tibetan Buddhist monks living in the Himalayas. He was intrigued by the monks’ tummo meditation practice, in which they use specialized breathing techniques to increase their body temperature. This gave Dr. Raison the idea of utilizing a hyperthermic chamber to test depressed patients’ moods. To take us back for a moment; the 1927 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to an Austrian doctor with an unusual obsession. Julius Wagner-Jauregg had been treating bouts of dementia in people with advanced syphilis by injecting them with blood from a malaria patient. The induced malarial fevers, he reported in 1917, curbed their dementia. The new hyperthermia study included 30 people with mild depression. About half the group went through a body-warming treatment that elevated their body temperature to about 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit for a little over an hour using infrared lights and heating coils placed a few feet away. The other group went through a procedure that was staged to look similar, but didn’t heat their bodies as much. After that single session, the volunteers returned to the lab for weekly psychiatric evaluations for six weeks. Both groups saw improvement in their depression symptoms. But only those who had the full hyperthermia saw their improved moods last through that period. The Body to the Brain Dr. Raison has always been interested in the impact that the body has on the brain. “I was very interested in studying [the Tibetan Buddhist monks living in the Himalayas], and because of that interest I discovered that the pathways involved in how the body regulates heat – or thermoregulation, the ability of the brain and the body to maintain a normal body temperature – are the same pathways involved in depression,” Raison said. “Serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine – all these...

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Take a Deep Breath, Relieve Your Stress

Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Events | Comments Off on Take a Deep Breath, Relieve Your Stress

Earlier this year, after I lost my temper and began arguing with my partner, he took a moment of pause and said, “Take a deep breath.” Even in my anger, I knew he wasn’t trying to be patronizing, he simply knew I was irritated and wanted to help me relax. This is his thing; he spends 15 minutes every morning meditating. But I don’t. I suffer from an all-too-common condition. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, whatever the doctors have offered to diagnosis it as, I know it simply as: I can’t quiet my mind. Meditation has always felt like something that just wasn’t for me. You contorted yourself into uncomfortable positions, you had a mantra, you sat still for long periods of time. I couldn’t imagine making that a part of my life. And yet, in the midst of that fight, I decided to try. I took a deep breath. And then another. And then, a space opened up. I realized that you didn’t need to repeat some secret mantra or contort yourself into full lotus. You just needed to breathe. Just inhale, and exhale What works for me and many other beginners is called “coherent breathing”. It is a simple practice of inhaling for a count of six, and then exhaling for a count of six. For those just beginning the practice, it can be helpful to start at a count of three, working up with each new breath. You can be sitting upright or lying down, whatever is most comfortable; there’s no particular posture you need to assume to make it effective. To help narrow your focus on your breathing, you can place one or both hands atop your belly as you breath, feeling your abdomen rise and fall with each breath. When you take a moment to sit down and breathe, you may start worrying about things you have to get done that day, people you have to call, emails you have to respond to. Just come back to the awareness of your breathing. The longer you are able to keep your focus on that and nothing else, the more effective it will be at calming you down and relieving the stress of the day. Focus on your breath and the heavy stuff slips away. It sounds so simple, but there’s a complex biological process at work when you breathe deeply. During times of stress, we tend to breath in rapid, short breaths. Under duress, the oxygen levels in our bloodstream increase, carbon dioxide levels decrease and your blood’s pH comes out of balance. How breathing calms us down “Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system,” says New York Times reporter Lesly Alderman, from her article Breathe. Exhale. Repeat. The Benefits of Controlled Breathing. “[Coherent Breathing] can slow the heart rate and digestion and promote feelings of calm and activate the sympathetic system, which controls the release of stress hormones like cortisol.” As the parasympathetic nervous system reacts to your controlled breaths, the blood’s pH level comes back into balance, and the body readjusts in a variety of ways, including the release of a acetylcholine, which lowers the heart rate, and gamma-aminobutyric acid, a brain chemical closely correlated with calmness and...

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Fountain of Youth

Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth

Mindfulness—that awesome reality check that let’s you know just how little control you really have over your mind—is still worth the effort, and here’s why. Meditation literally transforms cortical tissue in the brain – good. Mindfulness meditation has also been discovered to influence key aspects of human biology connected to cellular and body aging – very good. Cue choir, trumpets and fireworks. We all know that stress causes lots of physiological changes in the body, but did you know stress actually leads to premature aging? Scientists use telomeres – the ends of our chromosomes – as an indicator of cellular age. The length of the telomere shows how quickly a cell is aging. Therefore, when a telomere erodes away, the chromosome begins to degrade, signaling the cell to cease dividing or to die. Not good. So how can we change the length of our telomeres and our life? Scientists have found meditation to be an effective way to both slow the erosion of telomeres and repair and re-lengthen them. In fact, Elizabeth Hoge from Harvard University found that people who meditate have longer telomeres, and possibly longer lives [1]. Theories differ as to how exactly meditation boosts telomere growth, but more than likely it has something to do with the fact that meditation simply reduces stress. Everyone ages, some quicker than others, depending on the amount of stress they are regularly managing. Come lengthen your life with Hot 8 Yoga’s new Invigor8 Meditation practice Monday through Friday after your favorite morning classes! See you on the...

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Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

Posted by on October 10, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

sculpt – verb – create or represent (something) by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques synonyms: carve, model, chisel, sculpture, fashion, form, shape, cast, cut, hew I never anticipated enjoying a yoga practice which incorporates free weights and high energy cardio movements in a heated room. Heck…if you asked me 5 years ago if I’d like to attend such a class, I would’ve refused without a second thought. As a “traditional” yogi, having come from a very spiritual background, I frankly thought it sacrilegious to bastardize yoga in such a way. I stand corrected. Collaboration is what makes the creative world goes round. Fusion. The coming together of many ideas, to ultimately create something harmonious. And after my accidental transition into teaching Sculpt almost 4 years ago, I continue to find this harmony and synergy on a daily basis. I start off every Sculpt class, with a disclaimer – my personal belief on what this practice is intended to be. “… a Power flow class, which with the help and addition of free weights, allows us to explore and isolate various muscle groups, ultimately enhancing and strengthening our vinyasa (or any other modality of yoga) practice.” I find that the student attracted to this particular practice, is an individual who is seeking just that. Something relatable, i.e a weight lifting regiment, that also – whether consciously realizing this, or not – leaves the body (…and ultimately the mind), in a state of utter bliss. A lengthening and strengthening of muscles and connective tissue, through endurance and discipline exercises, that by definition carves, chisels, forms, cuts and creates, not just a healthy physical body, but more importantly, a healthy relationship with the physical body. And that, my friends, is the goal. To create a healthy, positive and loving relationship with the physical body. An awareness of feeling good. Because it’s this feeling good, that translates into a smile, a glow, a love for self. And Lord knows – a love for self is essential in order to love another. Isn’t that why we do yoga? A connection to love – for self, for another, for each other? Every class ends with; “…the light (and love) in me, acknowledges and sees to the light (and love) in you. “ For in that place, is the one love. The ultimate bliss. “So you’re telling me I can attain this with weights in hand, grooving to some deep house, at 105 degrees?” Yes, my yogi friends. Yes I am. Let’s collaborate and find bliss, shall...

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Meditation Improves Relationships

Posted by on October 7, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Meditation Improves Relationships

In case you missed it, emotional regulation resulting from mindfulness was discussed in Part 1. However, mindfulness can also be practiced in order to improve relationships; and no matter what gender you identify with, or what kind of job you perform, improving relationships makes life a whole lot better…and easier! “Specifically, mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain that determines how much stress we experience and that is central in modulating our fear responses. For example, people with very active amygdala tend to experience more depression and anxiety.” Study after study indicates that strengthening the trait of being mindful predicts: Increased response flexibility – Instead of responding in the same way to people or events with negativity, flip that emotion into something positive and see how that makes you feel. Decreased reactivity – Thinking about it, before acting on it, can be a good thing! Decreased emotional stress (in response to relationship conflict) – More deep breathing to keep things calm inside and on the outside. Improved ability to enter conflict discussion with less anger and anxiety – Clearly a winning strategy. In other words, decreasing amygdala activity through yoga and meditation can alter how we perceive ourselves in relation to others, but it also helps us deal with real life stresses in practical ways that lead to resolution. Less active amygdala, fewer emotional outbursts and more happy days! Start building your Hot 8 Yoga relationship by becoming BFF’s with yoga and meditation, and experience real improvement and satisfaction in your personal relationships! Monday through Friday, look for the “Invigor8 Meditation” classes beginning October 10th at all studios. See you on the mat! Source Material: http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Benefits_of_Mindfulness.pdf http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/mindfulness-emotional-stability-sleep_n_2836954.html...

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Staying Cool When Things (Or Places) Get Heated

Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Staying Cool When Things (Or Places) Get Heated

MINDFULNESS, a once obscure Buddhist concept, is now a vital component of yoga philosophy and practice. It can be defined simply as, a “moment-by-moment awareness”. In more clinical terms, it’s a state of psychological freedom that occurs when attention remains still and without judgment or attachment to any point of view. At HOT 8 YOGA, that familiar request by instructors to “stay in the present”, to have non-judgmental, moment-to-moment observations of the mind/body experience during class, is a constructive and comforting reminder. Emotional regulation is one of the specific benefits of mindfulness all HOT 8 YOGA members can enjoy. “When we ruminate, or get caught up in negative feelings, emotion regulation can be very helpful and healthy” [1]. Practicing mindfulness develops your ability to control negative reactions through the application of moment-by-moment awareness. For instance, let’s say you fall out of your vrksasana during class. You don’t get upset and storm out of the studio, humiliated! No way, because you check in with your body, take a breathe, sip water, pick up your foot and when ready, resume the asana, focused, in the present, and open to your outcome. When there’s stress, mindfulness helps with calming down and thinking rationally. The science shows that when mindfulness is practiced, an increase in pre-frontal cortex activity occurs; and in the amygdala, a gateway for depressive moods, such activity decreases [1]. Mindfulness techniques and meditations are also associated with increased activity within the limbic system, thalamus, and anterior cingulate cortex in the brain [1]. A regular mindfulness meditation practice can ensure: • Less rumination and negative thinking, over time • Higher positive self-awareness • Fewer depressive symptoms • Decreased negativity • Better working memory capacity and productivity • Improved attention span and focus when performing tasks INVIGOR8 MEDITATION, a mindfulness meditation class, launches at all HOT 8 YOGA studios weekday mornings beginning October 3. Come experience all the benefits of incorporating meditation into your daily routine! See you on the mat! HEIDI DILL SEP 21, 2016 Sources: [1] http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Benefits_of_Mindfulness.pdf [2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3303604/ [3]...

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Karlton Frazier: My 30-Day Yoga Challenge Experience

Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Karlton Frazier: My 30-Day Yoga Challenge Experience

I was a part-time yogi. I would do yoga 2-3 times a week, and lift weights another 4-5 times a week. Yoga was a perfect compliment to my routine. Power, Hot Power Fusion, and Yin classes were my typical rotation. I stayed away from the other classes like the plague. I would come to class, stretch, sweat out my impurities, shower, and then go about my day. Never did I see myself as the everyday yogi, like others. That’s until I did my first 30-day challenge. I can’t lie. I was reluctant to start. When asked about it, my default answer was “Yeah I don’t know. Maybe.” That phrase would end with a slight grin and a shoulder shrug. I would quickly change the subject. My hesitation was brought on by several reasons. Firstly, 30 days of hot yoga is just a lot. Period. Secondly, like many self-conscience, ex-athletes, I thought that it would reverse my gains from the gym. Sitting at a solid 205 pounds, I didn’t want to lose my size or strength. Lastly, I’m busy. How was I going to add yoga into my schedule EVERYDAY?! Then Day 1 of the challenge happened. Like most people, it is quite easy to start something. I took my usual Power class, and happily placed my sticker on the board. Day 2 came, and again, repeated the cycle. Then something strange happened after seeing my third consecutive sticker. I realized that I HAD to complete this 30-day challenge. This was a breakthrough for me. Luckily, being a member of staff, forced me into the studio for work. Therefore, if I had to work, I was going to take class. The problem with this is that my typical classes were not always the ones before or after my shift. I had to conquer my fears, starting with Yoga Sculpt. Sculpt was the fifth class that I took at Hot 8, and was almost my last. I almost died in Marxel’s class. But, now I was in it. I had no choice. After I got through my first sculpt class with Layna, I felt truly powerful. It was as if I fought and beat up the older bully that had been taunting me. From that point, I was invincible!! I took on Yoga Barre, Hot Yoga, and Yoga Sculpt head on, sometimes on consecutive days. Teachers didn’t scare me either. Nancy, Marxel, Leigh, Janette, Chelsea, Brit – It didn’t matter. I went in confident and came out stronger. I doubled up on classes for the first time, if I missed a day. I was a focused yogi. On the last day, I took two classes. I’ll never forget of putting up the final sticker on the board. 30 DAYS!! Deanna and Jonatan were there. I almost cried, and I’m not really emotion. It was a significant accomplishment, and even better was that it was unintended! Since I’ve completed this 30-Day challenge, I feel immensely stronger, both spiritually and physically. I have leaned down to 197 pounds, but surprisingly, have gotten significantly stronger in the gym. My max has increased by 30 pounds, and I went to the gym less (I had started to go only 2-3x a week)! My abs are more defined, plus I have gain more mental focus and...

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Discovering the Yin and Yang of Yoga

Posted by on March 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Discovering the Yin and Yang of Yoga

For most of us (myself included), we’re first introduced to yoga through a more tangible side of the practice. Essentially we discover yoga by flowing through the physical side of the practice (the Yang side). This side of yoga not only invigorates the mind and body but it also calms us from our daily stresses and creates more space in our bodies. At the same time, we become less distracted by the “little things in life” and physically healthier. Then, something shifts deeper within our mind and body. We discover the subtle side of the practice (the Yin side), which creates an awareness of the movements in our breath that allows us to understand the various sensations and space in our mind and body. Understanding the subtle side brings “wholeness” within our practice. Yin sets a balance within us from an emotional, physical and mental standpoint. This not to say we don’t need our Yang energy. We do because the Yang energy brings vitality and fire into our lives. The gentle Yin side keeps in check those behaviors/sensations that can lead us to lose our balance and focus, as well as consume our joy. Yin yoga is simple but challenging. It provides the necessary stillness to be aware of what’s occurring in the present and offers opportunities to create significant changes along our journey. For myself, Yin has allowed me to remain present and see my life experiences as they are—not how I wish they could be or should be. Yin has expanded my personal practice on every level. I know that only good things can come out of diving into a full-circle practice. I encourage you to explore the possibilities that can happen by opening yourself to Yin. With Love, Rebekah Grace...

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