Join In On The Fun! How To Get Fit Just In Time For Summer

Habits are powerful, unconscious patterns of behavior that once formed, play a large role in influencing the direction of one’s life. To a certain degree, our lives go where our habits take us. Our bodies, the vehicle; our habits, the chauffeur. If you’re anything like me, then you may have noticed that the intensity of your yoga practice surges at times and then peters out at times. You practice regularly for a week or two, and then that drops down to whenever you can actually find the time. It’s a strong likelihood that this pattern of inconsistency affects not only your yoga practice, but other aspects in your life. It’s human nature. Read More

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FOUNDATIONS

As you start to dig deeper into your yoga practice, it’s natural for questions to surface that might not get answered in a group class setting. What is yoga? Where did these poses come from? Why do we use their Sanskrit names? Is it really yoga if there’s a techno playlist on? At the Foundations Workshop every weekend at Hot 8 Yoga, we gather as a community to explore this practice in a little more depth ­– learning about its history, its philosophic underpinnings, and diving into the esoteric realm of the subtle body and the chakra system. Read More

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What is Yin Yoga?

This common question is usually answered with statements such as: “It is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga” or “It is yoga for the joints and fascia, not the muscles”. And those answers are correct, but they also come up short. That’s because Yin yoga is multi layered. To understand it fully, you need to get to know it’s background and experience the practice for yourself. Read More

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Pink Talks Fitness: "I'd Love to be 10 Pounds Thinner, but It's Not in the Cards for Me"

There's no doubt that Pink is a rock star with a rock-hard physique! But it may please her fans to know that the singer actually has to work hard to achieve her fabulously fit form—unlike those stars who frustratingly claim they can eat whatever they want. The blond beauty, who opens up about her intense workout routines—yes, plural!—as the October cover girl of Women's Health magazine, reveals she regularly hits the gym five times a week, logging in time doing everything from circuit training to treadmill intervals, and often calling on trainer Jeanette Jenkins for a little extra push. Read the full article >

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Vegan rocker Pink credits hot yoga for tight abs

Singer Pink credits hot yoga and a mostly vegan diet for her chiseled abs and 60-pound post-baby weight loss "My favorite workout right now is hot yoga," Pink told Women's Health. "But my favorite workout in general is my show, being onstage, because I get to have fun while I'm sweating! I don't even know how many calories I'm burning." Read the full article >

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Health Benefits of Practicing Hot Yoga

Sun salutations are hard enough on their own, so why add 100 degrees? Well, the answer is simple — it’s the benefits, of course! As a certified yoga instructor and self-proclaimed “hot yogi,” I can assure you that there are many benefits to practicing Bikram and hot yoga. But of course, those benefits don’t come without a few precautions as well. Read on for the 411 on how to practice safe hot yoga. Read the full article >

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My Yoga Mat - My Sanctuary

My yoga mat has become my sanctuary. From my 24 x 68 inch oasis in Francesca’s Hot Yoga class I have been able to dig deep within and make some profound personal changes. I am sharing this ongoing experience in hope that it may inspire others. The loss of my beloved son eleven years ago affects my life today in subtle but concrete ways. Like tossing a rock into a pond, the ripples are felt throughout. Through the physical practice of Hot Yoga and Francesca’s mantra of love and accept yourself, I have been able to let go of eleven years of benzodiazepines and antidepressant dependency. It’s been a process of physical withdrawal that is now behind me. The mental aspects of feeling raw pain are here and I am dealing with them as they come. Hot yoga has become my therapy, my sanctuary. - Jil MoraMarco

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Why I Love Hot Yoga

I started teaching Hot Yoga 17 years ago which began a lifelong journey for healing. Hot Yoga was the first introduction to being present in my body with single pointed awareness. Standing on one leg and holding the other foot in a hot room gives no room for reflecting on the past or worrying about the future. Hot Yoga was a doorway into meditation. The heat and postures demand concentration which is the first step to meditation. Yes, Hot Yoga will tone, strengthen and increase flexibility but the most dramatic life changing aspect of the practice is the effect on the mind. Yoga gives us the space to create a choice in how we respond to life. Within that gap is pure potential. A recent student captures the ability to tune in and connect to that inner knowledge that brings us back to our natural state: “…After participating in my first class today since 2009, I can testify that the BENEFITS REAPED ARE IMMEDIATE. Yes, I wanted to faint towards the end of the 1-hr session, but I kept breathing & pushed thru the discomfort & heat. So glad I did! Why pray tell?! Because the last 3 weeks I've felt lymphedema kicking in. I am a breast cancer survivor (6 months cancer-free)! I had 3 lymph nodes removed from under my armpit to prevent the cancer from spreading and was forewarned that for the rest of my life I have to be mindful of lymphedema. Google it... the symptoms are not cute. Imagine my arm/hand swelling to the size of a football. I'm not one to sit around and wait for someone to tell me what to do instead I signed up for HOT 8 YOGA knowing full well my body was in need of purification. Can I tell you I walked out of that yoga studio 6 hrs ago with my hand back to normal, swelling gone and the pain significantly reduced. Wow! I'm sitting in bed staring and comparing my hands now in awe of the beauty that is natural therapies. No drugs, just exercise and buckets of sweat. So proud of myself for listening to my 6th sense. If you or someone you know is in need of a new remedy I highly recommend Hot 8 Yoga!” - Milly B. With deep gratitude for all the teachers who share this healing practice and the students that keep it alive by stepping onto their mats in a sweaty mess of hope and realization that all we need is available to us when we choose to tune in and listen. - Deanna Ainsworth / Hot 8 Yoga Director, Santa Monica

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Yoga in a Hot Room

Yoga in a hot room , or Yoga in a not hot room, that is the question. It really is, and it really comes down to what you are looking for in your own practice. By practice, what do I mean? I mean your goals, your postures that you want to hit, the desire to prove strength. I mean, c’mon, you’re walking into Hot 8 Yoga with a mat, towel and water telling the already seeming annoyed front desk person that you want to take Hot Yoga/Sculpt/Barre/Yin and finding out which of the 17 rooms it could be in, remembering your friend saying they almost passed out, then putting your stuff in the locker room with all the half-naked, and extremely fit other people in there, deciding if you want a greens 3 or is it an orange 4, whatever, going into class forgetting if you keep your socks on or off, finding a spot without annoying the lady with panties on ONLY, what’s that even about, and then laying your mat down, only to realize everyone seems to have the same mat, am I not supposed to be in this club?, hearing all the people walk in and oh shoot I forgot those incredible cold lovely eucalyptus, or is it lavender towels, do I have time?, and then PHEWW . . . . there he/she is, they said hi, they confirmed I am in the right class, and they will take care of me, and guide me, and support me, and encourage me. My teacher is here, and I can disappear for 60 – 90 minutes and I’ll see the rest of the world later. THAT is your daily practice. All that babble leading up to it is the hardest part, but you made it, and that right there is a feat. Good for you. So, get at it, keep at it, and keep sweating. There are subtle differences between the heated yoga and not. But with the heat, we are allowed to let yoga kick our tush. We are allowed to get dizzy, and cry, and *WARNING* sometimes, enjoy ourselves. The heat is detoxifying, and let’s our brain believe our body is working at full capacity by watching whatever is being held inside release through sweat. With most workouts society has shown that the most pain is the most gain. But really, wouldn’t the most love to ourselves be the most gain? Did they come up with that saying just because it rhymes? So moral of the story: heat or not, do the yoga thing. And especially at Hot 8, because we have a good time doing it. - Brit Middleton

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