The Amazing Journey in Teacher Training

yoga-sculpt-teachingThe Teacher Trainings at H8 have been an amazing experience and journey. After my very first class in Hot8 in Sculpt, I knew this was somewhere I had to be. My love for sweat, hard work, yoga and dirty beats. This particular teacher training Yoga Sculpt helped me faced the same emotions of fear and apprehension of of being shy and self doubt. It has helped me grow as a person. Embracing challenges, fears and apprehension face on. Today I embrace it. It has been an amazing wonderful journey. Try new things, take big risks and trust what feels right!


What transformation/change did you notice from taking the Yoga Sculpt teacher training?  For me I think the Big Difference in YS training and all other trainings, I feel that you really have to let go and be willing to go to next level with these Individuals. These members of this community who take the YS class want to be pushed. It has evolved a lot since I started taking YS. The YS classes are filled with ALL LEVELS and different ages. I have the opportunity to have fun with these individuals. In YS program, I did find my Self Confidence. It was there hiding. I let go of any inhibitions, let go of self-doubt. I am still learning to be very patient with myself. Learning to breath when I become a little nervous. Huge lesson.... Be yourself! This is the place where you can be LET GO. The YS at Hot 8 has evolved a lot with the instructors. The program I believe gives you the opportunity to find yourself as instructor. Would you recommend the sculpt training and why? I would recommend YS Program! Hot 8 YS program provided me the tools to go out an teach. Great opportunity for you to learn to find your individuality. My teachers who guided me into the YS continue to push me and inspire me. You never stop learning here. The Guidance here is AMAZING! What do you love about teaching at Hot 8 Yoga? The people, the community are so amazing. I started yoga here and WOW i teach here now.! The instructors who teach the Teacher Programs continue to push me. The members are at Hot8 are supportive and give me there all. Kept my feet on the ground but taught me to let me soar as high as my heart wanted! Woohoo! - Janette CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOGA SCULPT TEACHER TRAINING


Intensive Abdominals Workshop

This coming Saturday, March 21st 2015, I will be leading an exploration of all things “core” in my hand tailored Intensive Abdominal Workshop. In 90 minutes you will learn everything you need to know about the abdominal muscles and how they work in tandem with your entire body. We will cover all the different areas of the abdominals and its many functions and benefits, including strengthening your whole core, as well as protecting and keeping your back free from injury. This crash course is designed to give you all the tools needed to maximize your middle body strength, enhance your overall practice and safely elongate your spine. Upon completing this workshop, you'll never see your core the same way, as it will become your armor and control center for the rest of your body. So join me as we celebrate and discover just how powerful our center can be! Intensive Abdominal Workshop Saturday, March 21 in Santa Monica 1:30-3:00pm CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


My Yogic Experience: "When I found yoga, I found love"

yogic3 yogic2yogic1 Every Saturday afternoon I have been pairing up with one of my favorite (out of many) instructors, Cornelius Jones Jr., to try out some fun partner yoga poses together. This all started a few months back after I took his Saturday afternoon class we decided to stay after class and play. Feeling so supported and motivated by him we decided to keep doing it. Recently, I began a new journey when I finally signed up for Power Yoga teacher training. Hands down the best decision and investment I have ever made for myself. I have being practicing yoga for about 3 years now (the asanas) and it was not until I started my teacher training that I came to understand that yoga is not just about the physical, the headstands, or fancy arm balances. It is so much more than that, and can mean different things to different people. To me yoga is: love for myself, awareness, living in the present moment, change, adapting, how gracefully you handle rough situations, breathing, concentration, meditation, turning inward. Essentially yoga is everything, as it means union. Union with yourself and union with the world around you. At least that's how it makes sense in my mind. I have come to find so much more peace and love within myself through yoga from the way I feel about myself and my body to how I handle life situations. The things I have learned in that yoga room have served me both on and off the mat, and for that I am forever grateful for. I still continue to have some partner play time with Cornelius on Saturdays, and applying all the newfound knowledge I have along with the strength in my own body that I have developed, we have been able to nail some pretty cool poses! Allowing myself to truly trust my partner, trust myself, and most importantly BREATHE.. well, let's just say anything is possible. If you never try, you'll never know. - By Nicole Avendano



nicole-dohertyAs described by the ancient philosophies, the truth is that the way to harness our power is to create stillness. In stillness we magnify our power by listening to silence. Silence gives us a glimpse of the free, unconditionally loving spirit within. In the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, (1.14) it is written, “control over the mind’s fluctuations comes from persevering practice and non-attachment”. These two guiding concepts of Abhyasa (consistent practice) and Vairagya (non-attachment) help us to find meditation. Although they seem like opposites, effort and surrender, they work as compliments to find this peace within. Peace does not come without practice. Meditation strengthens our intuition, which is our ability to see the inner world, in contrast to using our eyes to interpret the ever-changing outer world. Creating stillness is what most of us need and what most of us despise. Stillness can be perceived as uncomfortable, frightful, lazy and lonely. For my meditations, especially if I am restless, I turn to wise meditation teachers to steer my silence through their guided meditations. The meditations that I will offer at Hot 8 Yoga are guided to help you into deep stillness as you practice the art of meditation. The next time you sit down, remember that everything that’s new has its obstacles and that’s what provides the biggest growth. Many blessings in discovering the path of meditation as relates to you discovering your highest potential! - By Nicole Doherty

Nicole Doherty is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 Yoga Teacher and Educator, Shamanic Reiki Healer, Life and Wellness Coach, Singer and Writer. Through the study of various healing arts and a disciplined yoga practice, Nicole spent most of her adult life on an extensive spiritual inquiry that empowered her to overcome multiple traumas in her life ultimately finding love, light and sustained joy. What she discovered on this path to wholeness fuels her passion to inspire others to heal and find their highest potential. Committed to embodying her truth in service, Nicole encourages others to do the same with her contagious laughter, endearing smile and lightness of being.


4 Important Things You Need To Know Before Committing To Yoga Teacher Training

Erin-AquinIf you eat, sleep and breathe yoga, chances are you have contemplated going deeper and taking a teacher training course. After more than a decade as an instructor, I have acted as a mentor to many students who decided to take their yoga education along this route. Today it is my honour to share with the Hot 8 Yoga community the same advice I give to YTT hopefuls. Here are four important things you need to know before committing to yoga teacher training. 1. Do you respect and enjoy the main teachers of your program? If you are planning on taking a teacher training, this is the first question you need to ask. The credentials of your future faculty should of course be impressive. It is important to learn from instructors with many years of teaching under their belt who regularly teach in the style they are imparting on you. However, the most impressive master teacher on paper may not always resonate with you in person. Take classes with your potential program director and head staff, ask about their teaching style and make sure your personalities mesh so you don’t find yourself facing hundreds of hours with someone you don’t quite gel with. Sadly, when new teachers express their dissatisfaction with their YTT program it is often because they overlooked this simple and key step before committing. 2. Teacher Training will change your life Most teachers-to-be decide to take the plunge into YTT because they have been transformed by the power of their yoga practice and inspired by the people who taught them. What you might not realize is that the process of teacher training can also be a catalyst for major life changes you never expected. Not only will you learn more about the practice you love, but you will experience so much personal development that it will make your head spin. Even a positive shift can shake up our life, so during this period of intense learning and growth, make sure you build in adequate downtime for self-care and contemplation. 3. You will not graduate as a master The biggest source of stress for many people in teacher training is the feeling that they aren’t “there yet”. Whether your program is 200 or 500 hours, let go of thinking you will graduate as a master teacher before you begin, and you will enjoy the process so much more. I have watched hundreds of trainees go through information overload as they learn the more intricate details of postures, yoga philosophy and anatomy. Some try to cram that new found knowledge into every encounter with students while others panic and fight the urge to run screaming from the room. The truth is, teaching a group of yoga students probably won’t be anything like the hours you spent practice teaching your friends and peers in your program (in many cases your students will be more forgiving than your peers). It may take decades to become a master teacher, but if you keep things simple, share the essence of what you know and care deeply about the people in front of you, there is no reason you can’t be an excellent instructor right out of teacher training. 4. If you want to be a career yoga teacher you will need to be an entrepreneur The dream of being a full-time teacher is alluring to many people. However what you might not realize when you sign up for YTT is that you need to be a self-starter and invest time into the business aspects of your work. If you pick a teacher training that is forward thinking they may have a module to kick-start your business skills but, just as it will take years to master your teaching, it will take time to build up your business and find your particular method of organizing your bookkeeping, promotion and finding your ideal students. Don’t be discouraged by this, be prepared. If your plan is to teach full-time, give that transition some time so you can test the waters and see if you enjoy the teaching lifestyle. At the same time continue to expand your business knowledge and make it an extension of your overarching goal to share yoga with the world. Teacher training is a powerful learning experience that will teach you more about yoga and yourself than you can imagine. Take that commitment seriously and get clear on the above four points before you enroll and you will have a more enjoyable journey that allows you to finally share your passion with the world. - By Erin Aquin Erin is an author, yoga instructor and co-founder of and currently resides in Boston, MA. She recently published her first book, The A-Z of Being a Successful Yoga Teacher which is designed to help instructors worldwide create more sustainable businesses.