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Yoga Barre - A Yoga High & Lifted Booty

Before coming to Hot 8, I was jumping from LivingSocial to Groupon fitness deal. I just couldn't find any place that was worth the regular membership price. When I first started at Hot 8, I thought I would only be there for the intro month deal. However, through those first 30 days, I found that I was in the best state of being than I had been in a long time. With the stresses of a 50+ hour work week and various other activities, Hot 8 had become my sanctuary to escape from it all. Through my practice, I became more positive, the quality of my work got better, and I was just all around happy. Finally I found a place that had amazing teachers, a great community, and made me commit to bettering myself. Yoga barre quickly became one of my favorite classes as it would kick my butt yet give me a sense of calm. After a couple of months of my yoga high and lifted booty, I knew that I had to find a way to spread the benefits to others. When I saw the flyer for teacher training I decided to take a leap and go for it! Doing yoga barre teacher training was one of the best decisions I ever made. Yes, 4 weekends of Saturday/Sunday 12pm-6pm was tough but the benefits made it beyond worth it. I not only lost 4 pounds, but I gained heaps of confidence, more flexibility, knowledge of how the body works, and 10 amazingly beautiful new friends. Next up, I’ll be teaching community classes (only $8!) for the remaining Saturdays in February at 12:00pm and after that who knows!? The possibilities are endless! - Michelle Nguyen

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Lunar New Year Inspiration

Mer-standard-PhotoThe Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring festival always occurs on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice. While the western Gregorian calendar is based on Earth’s orbit around the sun, most eastern cultures including Hindu and Chinese observe a lunar calendar which follows the moon’s orbit around planet Earth. A 15 day celebration, the 2014 Lunar New Year begins today and continues through the full moon on Valentines Day, February 14. This observance marks the year of the horse on the Chinese zodiac. The strong and free spirit of the horse can be used to help channel our ideas from seed to bloom... The new year intentions many of us created around the hustle and bustle of the holiday season while turning toward 2014 have gained a month to settle into the context of our lives. Those fresh new year visions which seemed so clear just a couple weeks ago often dwindle if we have not yet taken responsibility to plant our seed intentions with awareness. Time and again we find ourselves back in familiar patterns, caught up in dated versions of ourselves. This concept of Samskara, described in Georg Feuerstein’s Encyclopedia of Yoga as the “imprints in the subconscious left behind by our daily experiences, weather conscious or unconscious, desirable or undesirable” is worth looking into at this time. The love and tenderness with which we set our foundation will affect our to capacity to evolve. The process of illumination takes strength, agility, perseverance and great tenderness. I am using this new moon to full moon cycle as a little star on my map, a time to check in with my own integration and alignment to the spheres. It is my aim to bring loving awareness into every action, no matter how simple or intricate. As I mature I realize more to honor the gift of life I must continually check in with the strength of my foundation so my offering to the world radiates from a centered, truthful place. Let us choose potent awareness to guide the wild and free-loving nature of our hearts this year of the horse!

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How Jessica Alba Lives and Diets in LA

QUESTION: Where do you go to get your sweat on? JESSICA ALBA: “Jen Johnson’s dance studio is super fun. You’re dancing and the music is loud and you don’t feel like it’s a workout, which is what I love. She also does private lessons so if you’re uncoordinated and you don’t want to show everyone your sweet moves, you can try it alone. I also like Hot 8 Yoga and I like Flywheel a lot.”

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