Make Your Resolution Stick

Make Your Resolution Stick

People making New Years Resolutions fall into three categories:

1.    Not interested in making changes.

2.    Contemplating making changes

3.    Let’s do this!! I’m ready to make a change.

From the people that were ready to commit to making a change for the New Year, 71% remained successful after week 1 and 2 of the New Year and 46% remained successful after 6 months. Based on this study, this means that the group of people that committed to make a change at the turn of the year were 10 times more successful that the people that may have put it off for another time.

With every new year comes new resolutions of losing weight and getting on that long put off new diet. Then comes the hard core weight lifting, running, HIIT (etc.) until you drop. While all of the previously mentioned workouts are absolutely great for losing weight, did you ever notice if you were stressing out about actually getting these workouts in? Stressing out about eating the right foods, about not knowing what the right foods? Just stressing out about stressing out?!

This is where yoga comes in. Think of it almost like a domino effect. According to the researchers of National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Yoga reduces chronic and acute anxiety and increases brain cells in the regions that regulates stress, increase focus and promotes self-awareness. High cortisol (the stress hormone) levels are the known culprit for weight gain especially in the lower abdomen. So what does all that translate to? Yoga decreases symptoms of depression and stress which helps you to lose weight and keep it off. It increases your happy hormones and studies show that the happier you are, the more active you are. The more active you are the more you tend to make fewer poor choices in your eating habits. Being physically aware of your body naturally improves your posture which brings more strength in your core; the center of your strength.

See how it all connects? Now that your body is active and you are happy, and you will start to notice the changing of your sleep patterns. We have all had those nights when your mind just won’t turn off and you toss and turn throughout the night. With the practice of Yoga, your mind, body and breath will be put at ease and you can sleep through the night.

Begin your New Year and yoga practice with an open heart and mind. Feel your mind expand. See your body change, grow stronger and find resolve one breathe at a time.

Learn from the past, point to a new you and say, “That’s where I want to be.”

Sources:

https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/infographic-how-yoga-makes-you-skinny

http://www.ajmc.com/journals/evidence-based-diabetes-management/2013/2013-1-vol19-sp7/restorative-yoga-better-than-stretching -for-trimming-subcutaneous-fat-in-overweight-women

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5 Postures to Relieve Stress this Holiday Season!

Holiday Stress is REAL!! Here are a few great postures to help you de-stress and stay grounded during the holidays so that you can be your best this holiday season!!

 

Take a Yin class at any Hot 8 Yoga and you’ll see a few of these too!

 

Legs Up The Wall Variation:

 

-    Purpose: To help release the low back and hamstrings. Open the heart.

-    You can use two blocks or stack two or three pillows underneath your sacrum. Make sure your sacrum is supported whatever you use.

-    Props should be 3-4 inches away from the wall and your seat should drop in between the wall and your props. Allow your legs to rest against wall. If you are practicing this pose without blocks or props, press your seat all the way against the wall.

-    If you’ve been running around prepping for the holidays and your back is tight, this pose is for you!

 

Supported Heart Opener/Shoulder Opener:

 

-    Purpose: To open your heart and your shoulders.

-    Place two blocks on the ground, same height. One is underneath the bottom most point of your shoulder blades, and right underneath the base of your skull. You may also use supportive pillows.

-    Start with your knees bent, feet to the ground, and rest back onto your props.

-    Extend your arms overheard grab for opposite elbow tips, or rest your arms in a cactus position. Pull your elbows down to the earth.

-    Settle into the pose and try not to move. To remove yourself safely, roll to one side.

-    This is a great posture if tension manifests in your shoulders or neck, or if you find yourself feeling anxious.

 

Supported Ragdoll Pose:

 

- Purpose: To relieve lower back pain & to stretch the hamstrings.

-    Press your seat and your heels up against the wall from a standing position.

-    Hinge from the waist and fold over. Allow the backs of your legs to rest against the wall, bend your knees as much as you need to.

-    Walk your hands back towards the wall and relax your neck, shoulders, and head.

-    Have you been running around doing some last minute shopping? This pose will relieve your tired legs!

 

Half-Tortoise Pose:

 

-    Purpose: To increase cerebral blood flow and help relieve a stiff neck.

-    Sit down on the ground, your seat will be connected with your heels.

-    Bring your palms together over your head and being to hinge at the waist until your pinkies and forehead are touching the ground.

-    Rest your hips back into your heels.

-    Having trouble sleeping because there’s so much to do tomorrow? This pose helps with insomnia!

 

Savasana:

 

-    Purpose: Promotes deep relaxation.

-    Begin by lying down on your back, legs separated and arms beside you.

-    Close your eyes and breathe deeply.

-    Sometimes you need a moment to regroup. Use this pose to mediate and breath.


What is Yoga?

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The active couple - Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez - also enjoy a more meditative workout, frequently popping in to one of Hot 8 Yoga’s LA locations.

“They are both very focused on their practice during class,” an observer said.

Lopez, known for her dancing, is quick to pick up on the bendy positions, while Rodriguez is still trying to keep up with her.

“He’s an athlete, so he knows his body well, but you can tell he’s really working on his flexibility,” the observer added.

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What's Up With These Floors?

What’s up with these floors?


Some of you may wonder what the deal is with these ramen noodle floors at Hot 8 Yoga studios. Here is a breakdown of how our state-of-the-art flooring is perfect for your hot yoga needs:


Antibacterial: Micro-Chek® anti-bacterial guard prevents growth of mildew, fungi, and bacteria


Non-absorbent: our flooring is constructed of soft plastic so it won’t absorb sweat or water


Quick evaporation: the porous design increases surface area of moisture, allowing for quick evaporation and fast drying


Textured surface: reduces slippage under wet conditions for your safety


Comfort: soft plastic construction provides comfort for barefoot traffic

Now you know! Come sweat it out with us knowing you’re practicing on the cleanest, safest, and most comfortable yoga flooring.

Read more about our amenities HERE

Hot 8 Yoga is devoted to offering the best yoga experience possible. We have unique eco-friendly designed rooms with state of the art climate control, spacious locker rooms complete with showers, and plenty of free parking.

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THERE’S CERTAINLY no shortage of amazing yoga studios in L.A. — the capital of wellness nation — but finding “the one” (like, the one you want to visit daily and spend the rest of your life with) is a mission that calls for some expert guidance. Local yogi and superfood goddess, Sophie Jaffe, is giving us a tour of her favorites around town. Discover some of the best yoga studios in LA below…

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Foundations at A Studio Near You!

I'm Eddy, and I teach Foundations in Pasadena! 

Coming to a foundations workshop at Hot 8 is a great way to deepen one's understanding of the practice in a safe, non-heated room, where most of the time is spent breaking down the philosophy behind the poses (asanas). 

Learning about Patanjali and his sutras, which is what all of yoga is based on is, will help the student realize that this practice that is taking the west by storm now has actually been studied for over 5000 years in the East.

Breaking down "The Eight Limbed Yogic Path", which is where the 8 in Hot8 comes from, helps establish a linear time line to Samadhi (enlightenment).

Once we get through the Yamas and Niyamas, one will have a better understanding on how to take this practice of yoga off of one's mat and into the real world where all the philosophy can have a profound effect on the way one decides to interact with life's obstacles or lack thereof.

Follow me on instagram @eddymoney_ and read more about Foundations Here!

Here's The Big Fuss About Crystals

Hot 8 Yoga sells crystals, offers crystal workshops and lots of teachers and students alike enjoy using them.

Here are some helpful tips and reasons why people are getting on board with Crystals. 

Crystals are conduits for healing (to make sound, whole and healthy). They:

1. Facilitate and balance energy flow by moving stagnate energies, calming over rapid energies, focusing or diffusing energies

2. Transmit, absorb, and release particular energies to/from the body

3. Help release physical, mental, and emotional blockages

4. Alleviate physical pain, help clear up ailments, and calm the mind and nervous system.

5 Reasons You Should Take A Sound Bath Class

Yin yoga is different than others styles of yoga because it is a bit more passive and focuses on the health of our connective tissues and joints. The nature of Yin is slow-paced, and sometimes restorative, which allows insight into how energy moves throughout our body. Practicing Yin helps to open energy channels, lessening stagnation and irregularities of our natural bodily functions. 


I personally think the practice is underrated and sometimes overlooked, but also essential to balance all of the yang-style exercises we're so used to. Yin not only helps to tone and strengthen the fascial webbing that supports healthy movement, but also brings vitality back to our biological functions. 


The only thing that could possibly make Yin anymore delicious is the mindful incorporation of Sound Healing: the ancient art of using vibration to shift the body's frequency into a state of optimal health. 
Never been to a sound bath? I asked musician Jeff, who plays the gong and crystal bowl for Hot 8 Yoga Yin and Sound Bath, to provide a bit more insight on the healing properties of sound and why we include it in our Yin practice at Hot 8.


1. Why attend a sound bath? Jeff: The vibrations that are created can do things for your body and your chakras that, not necessarily a yoga class won't help to work through, but that's a different way of working through blockages in energy, in motion or physical ability.

2. What are some of the benefits of a sound bath? Jeff: A sound bath can help to promote deep relaxation. The vibrations that I create in a sound bath can enter the body and move energy around. Sound frequencies can heal your body at the cellular level, redirecting the life force in the body, bringing a sense of ease and calmness.

3. Do you find that you're able to release more during a sound bath? Jeff: I don't know that you release more than you would from a physical practice, but it's a different kind of release. The vibration of sound can help to release emotionally and physically, but when paired with a physical practice, there's the added benefit of a mental release as well. 

4. If I've never taken a Yin and Sound Bath class, what can I expect? Jeff: During this class, we partner movement with sound so that they work together in harmony. The sound enhances relaxation in each pose, and each pose opens us to receive sound, which amplifies the benefits of both. During class you'll be mostly on your mat, not standing, and the teacher will guide you through a physical practice with props and modifications, that is accompanied by sound from the gongs and crystal bowls.

5. What is a "normal" feeling to have after class? Jeff: A deep sense of relaxation, both mentally and physically; not sleepy, but ready to go home and enjoy winding down peacefully. You will feel soothed and free of emotional and physically blockages that you may have been experiencing prior to class. 

Check out Rae Brauer @namaste.rae who teaches Yin and Sound Bath with Jeff Grant every Monday in Pasadena and other Hot 8 Yoga studios Sound Bath schedule HERE!

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