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

Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 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 enhancing flexibility and deepening an awareness of breath. Environmental heat acts as a powerful and tangible psychological force that compels students of all levels to overcome attachment to external distractions. Which in turn enhances the practice of meditation to connect the body and mind. You look like yoga to us! We welcome you to Power 1. Hope to see you on the...

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

Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 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 strength. The class helps increase joint flexibility and enhances recovery time for veterans and beginners alike. The unequivocal blend of yoga, body sculpting, barre work, and non-impact cardio will leave you feeling challenged and strong. Let’s sweat, lift, sculpt and tone our way to the...

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Eight Limbs of Yoga

Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 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 and experience the inner domain of the mind. Practice Tip: Use Shanmukhi Mudra where you place first 2 fingers on closed eyelids, ring fingers at base of nostrils, pinky finger at base corner of nostrils, and thumb to inner ear. Gently apply pressure to all these points for a couple of minutes and just observe whatever comes up. 6) Dharana Dharana is focus or concentration. Focus is like a muscle on the body, the more you use it the stronger it becomes. Dharana is like the laser beam that blasts through distractedness and paves the way for a calm, centered,...

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

Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 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 lead to lens, cornea and retina damage, including cataracts, corneal ulcers and retinal burns, respectively.” Sounds rough. In regards to IR and your skin: that ‘warming’ sensation you get from feeling that red IR light is actually your pain receptors warning you against the thermal effect of IR (ISHN). Prolonged exposure to any form of IR is bad for you. 30 minutes is enough for the negative effects of IR radiation to outweigh the positives of focused, intentional IR therapy. How long are your Hot Yoga sessions? Probably more than 30 minutes. Compound the exposure of IR for 60 minutes...

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Why So Humid? How Hot 8 Yoga adds humidity to provide a healthier practice

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Why So Humid? How Hot 8 Yoga adds humidity to provide a healthier practice

Why So Humid? How Hot 8 Yoga adds humidity to provide a healthier practice

In the hot environment created in a hot yoga room, heaters evaporate much of the natural humidity in the air. That is why many yoga rooms will feel like their heat is a “dry heat”. This is particularly noticeable in yoga studios that use infrared or radiant heat. Without the introduction of humidity from another source, these rooms can have almost no humidity. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) suggests a range of 45% – 55% humidity to manage health effects and illnesses. At Hot 8 Yoga all of our studios have humidifiers emitting pure, disinfected steam directly into your yoga class. If levels are not properly maintained, a studio will not only feel very uncomfortable to practice in, but you may become susceptible to respiratory disorders or chemical reactions. Our rooms are constantly monitoring the humidity and the exhaust will pull out excess humidity or add in when levels reach below 40%. During the winter months, heaters and cold temperatures may lead to dry air with low humidity. This dry air can lead to dry skin, irritated sinuses and throat, and itchy eyes. Over time, exposure to low humidity can dry out and inflame the mucous membrane lining your respiratory tract. When this natural barrier is no longer working properly, it increases your risk of colds, the flu, and other infections. Further, in low humidity certain viruses may be able to survive longer, further increasing your risk of contracting an infection. For instance, one study found that flu viruses survive longer, and spread more easily, when humidity levels are low, according to a study conducted by Dr. Peter Palese and featured in the New York Times article, “Study Shows Why the Flu Likes Winter.” by Gina Kolata in 2007. “Nasal congestion may also be related to the temperature and humidity of inhaled air — perhaps more than any other variable,” says Dr. Mercola, from the article “Effects of Low Humidity on Health,” from 2014. The authors of the study suggested that the interaction between temperature and humidity influence “nasal cooling” as the air moves through your nasal cavity. This nasal cooling is detected by “sensors” inside your nose, which stimulate the sensation of airflow being either easy or obstructed, with cooler air resulting in feelings of less obstruction. At Hot 8 Yoga we are making sure levels never reach too high of a humidity where nasal congestion could be triggered. And of course we are watching the low side in order to not have dry air (less than 40% humidity), because it is known to increase feelings of congestion. If you dry out your sinus membranes they will only be irritated further. Exercising in humid heat can overall get you a better workout and practice. Many athletes choose to do their training either in high altitudes or in high-humidity areas because of the benefits of training in those environments. MVO2 peak is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption attained by an individual, as measured during incremental exercise. This exercise capacity (VO2 peak) markedly improves during exercise in humid air. When tested on subjects with EIB (Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction), their capacity was increased and their rate EIB was reduced to half. From our state-of-the-art climate control system, to our UV-C bacteria and viral disinfectant procedures, to our...

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Don’t Get Sick! Hot 8 Yoga Heat Helps you get a Healthier Practice

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Don’t Get Sick! Hot 8 Yoga Heat Helps you get a Healthier Practice

Don’t Get Sick! Hot 8 Yoga Heat Helps you get a Healthier Practice

Dust mites. Parasites. Viruses. And virulent bacteria. Practice or teach yoga in a group, and these bugs will be beside you as you move from Surya Namaskar to Sarvangasana. It’s enough to make a yogini sick—unless you take careful steps to guard against germs. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, saucha or cleanliness is considered an essential niyama or self-discipline. At Hot 8 Yoga we are honoring this precept as we disinfect the air, provide floors that will not grow bacteria, add humidity into our rooms, scrub our mats, steam clean our yoga floors, and work to combat the growing number of illnesses and infections that are related to group fitness. How does Hot 8 Yoga disinfect the air we breathe? “Eighty percent of disease is caught by direct or indirect contact—either interacting with a person who carries germs or touching a surface where those organisms live,” says Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., author of The Secret Life of Germs and director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center. “Both types of contact are common in yoga centers.” Hot 8 Yoga has developed a state-of-the-art climate control system in which fresh air is added when needed and all of the air in the studio is being circulated to pass over ultraviolet lights that we have installed in all of the ducting system. This method of sterilization has been used primarily in medical facilities and sterile work facilities, however Hot 8 Yoga has taken the science from these facilities and added it to our yoga rooms. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. Hot 8 Yoga’s UVGI devices produce strong enough UV-C light in our circulating air to make them inhospitable environments to microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds and other pathogens. We have coupled the UVGI with our filtration system to disinfect the air in all the yoga studios and create an air environment that is 99.98% free of all harmful bacteria. Hot 8 Yoga’s UVGI technology is energy effective, environmentally-friendly and a chemical-free way to eradicate dangerous microorganisms in our hot yoga rooms. The result is fresh air that doesn’t smell and is not full of harmful bacteria. Not all hot yoga studios are created equal. At Hot 8 Yoga, we have taken the time, energy and extra expense to create the healthiest possible yoga practice environment. The benefits of a clean air environment are enormous, clean air will: help prevent colds and influenza, prevent headaches after class, provide relief from asthma, hay fever and sinus problems, reduce fatigue, and breathing problems, and relieve sore throats, runny noses, wheezing and sneezing. What about the floors we walk on? Bacteria can survive for several hours to several days on the floors we walk on, while viruses can actually linger for weeks. Warm, humid conditions such as those found in hot yoga, vinyasa, or ashtanga rooms are the perfect breeding ground for these bugs. How many types of germs lurk in a group yoga setting? Literally thousands. Just walking across an unsanitary studio floor is enough for a yogini to catch some really nasty things like staph infections. Unlike restaurants (overseen by health...

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Ever Had a Headache After a Hot Yoga Practice? How Hot 8 Yoga’s Heat Helps You Get A Healthier Workout

Posted by on February 4, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Ever Had a Headache After a Hot Yoga Practice? How Hot 8 Yoga’s Heat Helps You Get A Healthier Workout

Ever Had a Headache After a Hot Yoga Practice? How Hot 8 Yoga’s Heat Helps You Get A Healthier Workout

The act of breathing lives at the center of any yoga practice. The rush of fresh oxygen into the bloodstream has the ability to calm our nerves, focus our mind, and ignite our mental and physical endurance. If your practice includes Ujjayi Breath, you’ve experienced the power of fully integrating your breath with your practice. The combination of movement with breath is the essential union that unlocks the life changing abilities of yoga. When we breathe, we take in the air around us, containing oxygen and other gases that our lungs filter and use to oxygenate our red bloods cells. Those cells travel through our bloodstream to deliver oxygen to where it’s needed in the body. The oxygen is swapped for the carbon dioxide that our body produces during cellular respiration and the same cells carry it back to the lungs to be exhaled during the next breath. The healthy exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is essential during periods of physical exertion, and is why breathing is so crucial to your yoga practice. But where does all that carbon dioxide go? It is important to ensure that there is an adequate supply of oxygen wherever you are practicing yoga. At Hot 8 Yoga, we want to give our yogis the best experience possible. We’ve developed a custom, state-of-the-art air filtration system that not only removes unhealthy toxins and bacteria from the air, but also continuously monitors the carbon dioxide levels in the heated room. The system uses an open-loop to filter and purify while adding fresh oxygenated air throughout the practice. When the CO2 monitor (in all of our yoga rooms) detects an unfavorable change in the quality of the air such that too much CO2 has been emitted into the room from all of the yoga participants, it automatically pulls in fresh, filtered air in from the outside. Then adds it to the stream of purified air that gets pumped back into the room, until the levels return to optimal. The system also regulates the humidity levels with purified steam. Our open-loop filtration system allows us to create the highest quality atmosphere for our yogis to practice in. You can experience every Ujjayi Breath you take with the comfort of knowing that you are breathing in the cleanest air you will breathe all day. That purity allows you to truly detoxify yourself and come out feeling refreshed in a way that no other studio in Los Angeles can leave you feeling. Ever wonder why you get a headache after an intense yoga class? We are the only studio in Los Angeles to provide this advanced CO2-filtration method in our practice rooms. Many other yoga studios have begun using Infrared Heat or Radiant Heat as a method of heating their rooms. There is no doubt that Infrared Heat or Radiant Heat is cheaper to install and way easier to maintain, however such heating systems do not allow for any purification of CO2 or addition of fresh air into the yoga room. Here at Hot 8 Yoga we would never use Infrared or Radiant Heating. The heating elements for Infrared Heating are generally just inches above your head with no ability of getting air in from the outside. Imagine what would happen to the level of CO2 in a...

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How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How Meditation Changes Your Brain

How Meditation Changes Your Brain

There are a lot of reasons why people think meditation doesn’t work. It’s too simple, or I’m not doing it right. How can sitting quietly for ten minutes and trying to focus only on your breath help you get more things done in the day? It doesn’t work on me, or I can’t keep my mind still for that long. I’m just not the kind of person who meditates; that’s for people with a lot of time on their hands. I simply can’t spare the extra time during my day to focus, only on myself. Not surprisingly, these same people may be the ones most likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and insomnia because of the imbalance in their lives. Too much of their energy is focused on outward, result-oriented activity; too little attention is paid to the health of their mind. Meditation is like exercise for your brain. It stimulates the region of your brain that enables you to complete complex tasks, while simultaneously developing other regions that govern your ability to empathize with others. By eliminating distractions and training your brain to focus on a single action, breathing, you improve your attention span and deepen your sense of self-awareness. For so long, meditation’s claim that you can improve your life by just sitting in stillness has been easily ignored by skeptics. But recent studies have shown that the change claimed to be possible through meditation can actually be measured scientifically, and the results are astounding. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has been doing her post-doc research on the measurable effects of meditation on the brain, and her findings indicate that meditation not only reduces stress, but it actually changes your brain chemistry. In her first study, Lazar looked at long term meditators and compared their brains to those of a control group. The comparison showed that those people who had practiced yoga and meditation for many years had an increased amount of grey matter in the auditory and sensory cortex. This might not seem that surprising, considering that practicing mindfulness through yoga and meditation is focused on paying attention to your breathing, your surroundings and the present moment – it would seem to follow that the parts of your brain dedicated to experiencing sights and sounds would improve. What was surprising, however, was that the brains of the long-term meditators also had more grey matter in their front cortex, the part of the brain associated with working memory and executive decision-making. Many studies have shown that our cortex shrinks as we age, but remarkably, in this one region of the brain, the long-term meditators had the same amount of grey matter as someone half their age. Lazar designed a study that would take people who had never meditated before and put half the group through an eight-week mindfulness program for reducing stress and anxiety, while keeping the other half as a control, and measuring the results between their brains after the program had completed. The study revealed that the mindfulness program increased the volume of four major regions of the brain, correlating to substantial changes in the essential components of our personality and experience of the world. Regions that control learning, cognition, memory, emotional regulation, empathy and compassion were all...

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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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