Downtown Santa Monica: A Trip to Hot 8 Yoga

romy5 An excerpt from Romy Schorr's blog on Santa Monica Centric

Downtown Santa Monica: A Fab & Festive Holiday Shopping Destination Filled With Healthy Lifestyle Retailers

Now that I was sporting a comfy hip fitness outfit that embodied the perfect laid back Santa Monica vibe, I was ready to workout. So, I decided to checkout the much raved about Hot 8 Yoga at 1422 Second Street in Santa Monica. I took a Hot Yoga-1 hour class, which is a foundational class consisting of 26 static postures balancing every system of the body at temperatures between 105-109 degrees. I adore hot yoga so I am used to the hot temps, but this class was a Bikram style class which is somewhat different than my usual classes. There was no music and it was more focused, intense and serious and loved every cleansing moment of it! My teacher Chelsea was top notch, very encouraging and her words of wisdom really resonated with me; I loved the large gong she played to symbolize the end of class; the studio was comfortable and clean; the staff was nice and helpful and probably my favorite extra touch at this Hot 8 Yoga studio was the cold eucalyptus towels that they have available to refresh yourself after this intensely sweaty workout. FAB! It’s the perfect place for you to sweat out those excess holiday toxins and they welcome beginners! Click here to read the full article >

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Lets get upside down!

Lets get upside down! Interested in standing on your head or hands but not sure where to begin or are afraid…. Read More

Lets get upside down!

inversionLets get upside down! Interested in standing on your head or hands but not sure where to begin or are afraid.... Come work on the basics or refine your current inversion practice. Check out this hands-on workshop to help release these fears, turn your bodies upside down and look at the world from a different perspective! In this workshop, i will help you connect to your inner strength of foundation, learn techniques to lift safely and steadily, and of course we will have a lot of fun too! I'm so excited to share some of my favorite inversions with you such as headstand, shoulder stand, forearm balance, and handstands. See you there.

Arm Balance and Inversions Workshop in Santa Monica with Layna Dakin

10/18/2015 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

All levels welcome, some basic knowledge of postures is recommended. Bring a mat, towel, and an open mind! Practice on an empty stomach.

Preregister by October 17th $30

Register day of October 18th $35

Email info@hot8yoga.com with any questions or call (310)866-5280 at Santa Monica studio


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Teacher Training Transformations

(C)CourtneyLindbergPhotography_051315_0210 (1) PTT Layna Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. My first training was nothing like I expected, I just thought i would get super fit and flexible! It is so much more than learning how to teach a yoga pose, or just getting 'good' at yoga. Whether you are looking to teach yoga or not, this will change your life. We will take an in depth look at the yoga postures and learn different ways to teach, assist and dive deeper into each pose physically, mentally, and spiritually; create a deeper understanding of anatomy and body mechanics; look at fun interactive tools to incorporate not only into your teaching, but into your personal practice. But more than that, we will take a look at all the facets of living a yoga lifestyle, and the 8 limb path to incorporate YOUR deeper, truer path into a reality. I have been truly blessed to see huge transformations in our trainees, from shedding unwanted careers, unhealthy relationships, or just clearing space in the mind and body to allow for the next step to come in with grace and acceptance. Not to mention, your fellow yogis in just 200 hours, will feel like lifelong friends. ;) I am so happy to be here on your next step, where body, breath and mind are connected in order to live your best life!

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Teacher Training Transformations

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. My first training was nothing like I expected, I just thought i would get super fit and flexible! It is so much more than learning how to teach a yoga pose, or just getting ‘good’ at yoga. Whether you are looking to teach yoga or not, this will change your life. Read More

Hot 8 Foundations with Rebekah Rivera (Santa Monica)

rebekah rivThe practice of yoga will shift your life, as it did mine. Without even knowing, little by little you’ll begin the process of letting go. Therein lives freedom, spiritual connection - being heard on the deepest level. Pantanjali’s 8 Limb Path is an inspiring, systematic approach to coming to know yourself intimately. Through asana (the physical postures) you begin to purify the body. Through pranayama (breath control), you’ll witness the shifting of the external to the internal. Learning to control the physical body and mind through breathing techniques, sets the foundation for the deeper inner work of concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana). Continuing to peel back the layers until we come home to that place of purity that exists within each of us. For me, asana has helped me redefine my relationship with my body. The asana limb of the practice, asks us to view our body as a temple. We learn to embrace reality as it is, not as we think it should be. As we learn to remain present to all experiences through asana - discomfort, pleasure, heat, cold, contraction and expansion, we learn to tap into that place within, that is perfect, whole and complete. So we can begin to witness ourselves with sacredness, love, and compassion. Being conscious of these changes will speed your awareness, which is liberating. I love Foundations, because it gives us the time to discuss how all 8 limbs of yoga are interconnected. You’ll see how you, most likely, have already begun to explore the limbs of yoga in your practice. Along with how knowing more about yoga, in its entirety, can deepen your experience of life. Hot 8 Foundations class with Rebekah Rivera in Santa Monica- 4 week series starting 8/1/15

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Hot 8 Foundations with Rebekah Rivera (Santa Monica)

The practice of yoga will shift your life, as it did mine. Without even knowing, little by little you’ll begin the process of letting go. Therein lives freedom, spiritual connection – being heard on the deepest level. Read More

30 Day Challenge After Pregnancy

I had always been a committed member of Hot 8, taking 5-6 classes per week. I then became pregnant in June of last year, so decided to freeze my membership and focus more on non-heated yoga as well as cardio during the pregnancy (I missed Hot 8 desperately the whole time!). The pregnancy was going well until month 7 and then I developed severe pneumonia and was hospitalized. At that point I could barely take 2 steps without being completely out of breath. The pneumonia lead to some other complications to the point that I had to start working from home and could barely get myself off the couch, making exercise completely out of the question. I had always been athletic, so this was killing me. Long story short - I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby boy on February 28th. Four weeks later, I was back at Hot 8. Because of the great shape that I was in when I became pregnant, due only to Hot 8, I was able to bounce back very quickly....my abs were even still there. I decided to take the 30 Day Challenge to prove to myself that if I just got through the last 3 months, then I could get through 30 days of yoga! Any time that I would be in a class and want to take a break, not challenge myself, not get up at 5:30am after feeding a newborn all night to take a 6:15am class, etc., I would think back to the time of being so sick and realize that I should be thankful that I am able to accomplish this class and that my body has healed. In the end, the main things that the challenge showed me is to never take our health for granted and that anything is possible. I thought that I would never be in this great shape again, but I was wrong. Now with 2 kids and working full time, I enjoy my one hour of Hot 8 each day more than you will ever know. Thank you to your amazing teachers for challenging me on a daily basis! - Jennifer Cohen

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30 Day Challenge After Pregnancy

I had always been a committed member of Hot 8, taking 5-6 classes per week. I then became pregnant in June of last year, so decided to freeze my membership and focus more on non-heated yoga as well as cardio during the pregnancy (I missed Hot 8 desperately the whole time!). The pregnancy was going well until month 7 and then I developed severe pneumonia and was hospitalized. At that point I could barely take 2 steps without being completely out of breath. The pneumonia lead to some other complications to the point that I had to start working from home and could barely get myself off the couch, making exercise completely out of the question. I had always been athletic, so this was killing me. Read More

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Sweat

You might work up a sweat at various times: a long run, sunny summer afternoon, or an important job interview, to name a few. Whether it’s refreshing or unplanned, sweating leads to a number of incredible health benefits, some of which may be surprising. Perspire Much? Don’t Sweat It! Glance around any fitness class, and you’ll see all kinds of perspiration. Some exercisers will be drenched from head to toe, while others will have nary a drop of sweat on the brow. Sweat isn’t exactly one of the great mysteries of the universe, but there is still a lot to discover about this amazing built-in skin system. The human body is equipped with its own cooling system. The skin is covered with approximately two to five million sweat glands that run like ductwork in an attic. How much a person sweats is determined by physiological characteristics, including age and gender, room temperature, the level of exertion during exercise, how anxious a person feels, and whether the person is overweight.1 On average, humans can produce up to one to three liters of sweat per hour. Exercise and heat are the most common causes of perspiration because sweat’s main job is to cool down the body. However, stress, anxiety, and excitement can also cause sweating.2 That’s why foods and beverages that increase anxiety, such as coffee and tea, can ramp up sweat production. Let’s take a look at the chemical makeup of sweat and learn why we all perspire in the first place. The Reasons Behind Salty and Stinky Sweat Sweat is primarily made up of water but it also contains salt and, depending on a person’s diet, other chemicals. Ever heard of the saying, “You are what you eat?” That’s not too far from the truth for sweat. The chemical composition of sweat can be altered by food and drinks, the reason for sweating, and how long a bout of sweating lasts. One of the highest mineral concentrations in sweat is sodium, which explains why sweat tastes salty. In addition, sweat contains moderate amounts of potassium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium as well as small amounts of trace minerals including copper, zinc, and iron.3 But not all sweat is created equally. The human body hosts two different types of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine sweat glands work like ducts on the skin’s surface and produce a watery substance. These glands are mostly concentrated on the brow, hands, and feet (though they cover much of the body), and they function primarily as the body’s A/C unit.4 Apocrine sweat glands are found in the hair follicles located in and around the scalp, armpits, anus, and genitals. Apocrine sweat glands produce a thicker, plasma-like substance that also contains fatty acids and protein byproducts, including urea and ammonia. Emotional stress triggers apocrine glands to expel fatty sweat into the skin, where bacteria break it down. This turns into an odorous fatty acid substance, which makes certain types of sweat smell and causes unsightly underarm stains . These glands remain inactive until puberty, which explains why preteen children suddenly smell after recess. Man vs. Woman: The Sweatonomics Japanese scientists discovered that women need to exercise harder than men to get a good sweat going. The researchers placed four subject groups in a controlled environment and then asked them to cycle continuously for one hour. The study showed that men are more efficient at sweating and that untrained women had the worst response when it came to breaking a sweat.5 Previous studies have shown that higher levels of testosterone in men may increase sweat output. The study mentioned above was the first to suggest that women may be at a disadvantage when it comes to cooling off during heavy bouts of exercise or during hot conditions. Researchers have suggested an evolutionary reason for this: women carry less body fluid than men, and they may sweat less to prevent dehydration. For this reason, it may be advisable for women to take more precautions in extreme heat conditions or during long bouts of exercise. Age-related factors can also affect the amount of sweat a person produces. As the skin changes during the aging process, the sweat glands produce less sweat. This can make it harder to cool off and may increase the risk of heat stroke.6 Sweat Glands: The Everyday Hero Sweat glands aren’t just nature’s ice bath. From warding off bacteria to protecting the kidneys, perspiration is the inspiration for several healthy functions that extend beyond a good cool down. Germ Fighters While studying proteins involved in skin cancer, a team of researchers discovered a potent natural antibiotic called dermcidin. The researchers learned that sweat glands constantly excrete this antibiotic.7 Persistent skin washing can remove this natural protective barrier. Though a long shower after a hot sweaty day sounds perfect, it may limit your defense against germs. University of California researcher Tomas Ganz notes that bacteria thrive in hot, moist conditions. Dermcidin can limit what thrives on our skin, reducing our risk of infection. But Ganz cautions that being sweaty all the time does not guarantee protection: “It depends on how much dermcidin a person exudes.”8 Healing Powers University of Michigan researchers discovered that sweat glands play a role in the wound-healing process, including recovery from scrapes, burns, and ulcers. In a study published in the American Journal of Pathology, Laure Rittié, Research Assistant Professor of Dermatology, notes that sweat glands are understudied and that they may hold the secret to speeding up wound repair.9 The study found that eccrine glands store an important reservoir of adult stem cells that can quickly take action when a wound occurs. Rittié explains that sweat glands are understudied because they are unique to humans and not present in animals, which are commonly studied in laboratories. Rittié and her research team hope these findings will pave the way for a greater understanding of the skin’s healing process and lead to better targeted therapies – especially for those who experience skin ulcers from diabetes or bedsores. Happiness Defenders The act of sweating alone doesn’t ward off bad moods, but a good sweat in the gym or outdoors increases endorphin levels – those feel-good hormones that contribute to a runner’s high.10 Endorphins are related to positive mood and an enhanced sense of overall well-being. Endorphins are related to positive mood and an enhanced sense of overall well-being.11 Kidney Protectors Sweating limits the accumulation of salt and calcium in the kidneys and urine, which can reduce the risk of kidney stones. In addition, more sweating increases thirst, which may lead to greater water consumption. The more water goes in, the less likely it is that kidney stones will form. A study published in 2013 by the American Society of Nephrology found that small amounts of physical activity and reduced caloric consumption might decrease the risk of kidney stone development by 31 percent.12 Breaking a little sweat on a brisk daily walk can go a long way when it comes to prevention. How Much Sweat is Too Much? For the most part, sweating is necessary and healthy. But sweating more than normal may be caused by a condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body sweats unnecessarily, dripping perspiration from the head, feet, palms, or underarms.13 Though it’s not harmful, excessive sweating can put a damper on daily activities and cause added stress, which can lead to even more sweating. Signs of Hyperhidrosis:
  • Visible sweat when no physical exertion or excessive heat is present
  • Interfering with daily activities (for example, sweaty palms make it difficult to open doors)
  • Soft, peeling skin from continued moisture
  • Frequent skin infections, such as athlete’s foot or jock itch
Tips to Reduce Excessive Sweating:
  • Apply antiperspirant (not deodorant) to dry underarms before bed. Sweating is less likely to occur during sleep, and this will allow the skin to absorb more of the ingredients overnight, which provides greater protection during the day.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that may cause excess sweating or anxiety. Some of these foods are caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea, and spicy foods.
  • Wear natural fibers that allow the skin to cool. Loose clothing can also help prevent excessive sweating.
  • Learn how to relax during stressful situations. Meditative practices can reduce stress and anxiety, which may help reduce perspiration.
  • When all else fails, a dermatologist can prescribe an antiperspirant or inject Botox in the affected areas, which can reduce excessive sweating.
Go Ahead, Break a Sweat Offering a natural cooling system and unique healing properties, a little perspiration each day may be what keeps the doctor at bay. Remember to replenish what you sweat out by sipping plenty of water throughout the day and drinking a little more during and after a vigorous workout.

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