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” . 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 . Mindfulness techniques and meditations are also associated with increased activity within the limbic system, thalamus, and anterior cingulate cortex in the brain .
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
With four locations throughout Southern California, Hot 8 Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes for individuals living in Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas. The studio’s group classes focus on strength, flexibility, and balance while also fulfilling spiritual needs. Hot 8 Yoga features over 200 weekly classes including Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, Hot Power Yoga, Hot Yoga Sculpt (with weights), and Hot Yoga Barre. The facility offers class packages and monthly membership rates.
It’s 8am on a Monday morning when I slap my yoga mat onto the hot studio floor, feeling a pre- emptive sense of virtuous wellbeing as the first beads of sweat gather on my brow. But any premature smugness is swiftly eviscerated when I overhear a few hissed words from
my neighbour to her friend. “Are you double-classing today too? The killer combo is hot barre then hot power yoga, back to back.” Welcome to Santa Monica, California, where ‘double- classing’ is a verb.
For decades, this beachside enclave has
attracted the most health-trend obsessed inhabitants of a health-obsessed city (Los Angeles) in a health- obsessed state (California). As the coastal district closest to Hollywood, it was destined to become the palm-fringed playground of choice for sporty starlets, bodybuilders, dancers and performers. During the ’70s, Jane Fonda opened her aerobics studio here, future Olympian Carl Lewis trained at the Santa Monica Track Club and Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped iron at the weightlifting mecca, Gold’s Gym. Today it’s where fitness trends and health fads are cooked up, sampled by a hungry but ruthlessly discerning public, and then either spat out or savoured and given the coveted Santa Monica seal of approval.
The Fondalike ’70s aerobics queens are still here but, a few decades and husbands later, they’ve swapped calisthenics for Cardio Barre and the grapefruit diet for paleo. The changing room demographic is a mix
of taut-faced, oddly airbrushed-looking women who could be 49 or 69, semi-recognisable celebrities and fitness-obsessed twentysomethings working at tech companies on Santa Monica’s Silicon Beach. Mine are the only pale thighs in the room. I’m also the only one with mismatched gym socks.
Thing is, I’m no stranger to gyms. Back home, I do yoga at home most mornings, run 8km three times a week and ClassPass my way around pilates, barre and BodyPump. I’ve had my fair share of flings with faddier offerings, and would rate myself a solid seven on the slob-to-sporty scale. Yet, in Santa Monica, I suspect that number drops to a frumpy four.
I leave Hot 8 Yoga and console myself with a $14 Date Shake at Moon Juice, the most raved-about cold-pressed It’s 8am on a Monday morning when I slap my yoga mat onto the hot studio floor, feeling a pre- emptive sense of virtuous wellbeing as the first beads of sweat gather on my brow.
A few hours later, I witness my first yoga tantrum. My yoga barre class (yoga and barre ballet in a hot room) at the upmarket studio Hot 8 Yoga is booked out, and one turned-away devotee starts yelling and pointing – clearly she’s in need of ommm therapy. However, I’m relieved to trade the cardio for a more relaxing yin class. Read More
Margot Robbie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Taylor Swift are all fans of ballet-based barre workouts. But add in a temperature of 40’C plus and you’re sure to sweat out the sins of last night. Yoga Barre is a revolutionary exercise routine developed in London by the world-famous modern dancer, Lotte Berk and her orthopaedist and is designed to keep you long and lean. Plus, Hot 8 Yoga barre tragics say the class gives you “a yoga high and lifted booty”. Where do we sign up? When you’ve finished your class, head on next door to Nekter where the locals are lining up for a Toxic Flush green juice and a tropical acai bowl.