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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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Power 1: The Perfect Class to Kick-Start Your Yoga Practice

Don’t know where to start? Scared of trying something new? Our Power 1 Class is right for you! This Vinyasa-style flow class designed for beginners is a set sequence. Pairing breath with movement, Power 1 is meant to integrate the mind/body connection. It is a whole body strengthening practice that includes Sun Salutations, standing postures, simple arm balances, core strengthening, backbends, hip-openers, and restorative postures. Read More

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Looking to increase flexibility, boost metabolism and lengthen your muscles?

Yoga Barre is unlike any other class out there. Created by Nancy Norby, who has been a Barre teacher for over three decades and dancer for even longer. The focus of this class is about having a solid center and allowing your core to guide and uphold you throughout class. Read More

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Take a Deep Breath, Relieve Your Stress

Earlier this year, after I lost my temper and began arguing with my partner, he took a moment of pause and said, “Take a deep breath.” Even in my anger, I knew he wasn’t trying to be patronizing, he simply knew I was irritated and wanted to help me relax. This is his thing; he spends 15 minutes every morning meditating. But I don’t. I suffer from an all-too-common condition. Read More

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Meditation Improves Relationships

In case you missed it, emotional regulation resulting from mindfulness was discussed in Part 1. However, mindfulness can also be practiced in order to improve relationships; and no matter what gender you identify with, or what kind of job you perform, improving relationships makes life a whole lot better…and easier!
“Specifically, mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain that determines how much stress we experience and that is central in modulating our fear responses. For example, people with very active amygdala tend to experience more depression and anxiety.”
Study after study indicates that strengthening the trait of being mindful predicts: Increased response flexibility – Instead of responding in the same way to people or events with negativity, flip that emotion into something positive and see how that makes you feel. Decreased reactivity – Thinking about it, before acting on it, can be a good thing! Decreased emotional stress (in response to relationship conflict) – More deep breathing to keep things calm inside and on the outside. Improved ability to enter conflict discussion with less anger and anxiety – Clearly a winning strategy. In other words, decreasing amygdala activity through yoga and meditation can alter how we perceive ourselves in relation to others, but it also helps us deal with real life stresses in practical ways that lead to resolution. Less active amygdala, fewer emotional outbursts and more happy days! Start building your Hot 8 Yoga relationship by becoming BFF’s with yoga and meditation, and experience real improvement and satisfaction in your personal relationships! Monday through Friday, look for the "Invigor8 Meditation" classes beginning October 10th at all studios. See you on the mat! Source Material: http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Benefits_of_Mindfulness.pdf http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/mindfulness-emotional-stability-sleep_n_2836954.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kripalu/mindfulness-meditation_b_3238677.html

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Seven Reasons to do Partner Yoga

You get taller. One of my favorite Partner Yoga asanas is also the one that adds inches to my spine! By hanging upside-down with the help of another yogi, you passively decompress your vertebrae and create space where you’re feeling a bit stuck. Goodbye chiropractors, surgery, disc herniation, and back pain--Hello Inversion Therapy :) You get smarter. Because many of the Partner asanas are inversions, we reverse the blood flow in the body and improve circulation. This is particularly powerful when we think about the benefits to the brain. Using gravity, we can safely provide this special organ with more oxygen and blood, thus increasing mental functioning, improving concentration, memory and processing abilities. In other words, skip the coffee and go upside-down instead! You lose weight. I mean this both literally and metaphorically. By practicing with a partner, we learn to let go enough that we actually feel our own lightness of being. The first time I was held in Partner Yoga was the first time I felt a profound sense of ease in my joints, length in my spine, and a playfulness that jump-started my literal loss of weight off the mat. Your MOM will look like WOW! As we come accustomed to reacting to our world in a predictable way, Partner Yoga teaches us that there is always another perspective to try on. By spending time upside-down in the hands (or feet!) of another yogi, we learn how to trust, how to relax, and how to see things in a different way. You strengthen your core. Especially as women, it’s more challenging for us to find our shoulder and arm strength, let alone use it to fire up our core. With the help of a yogi partner, I was able to finally connect the power of my limbs (legs and arms) to my CENTER! Partner Yoga asanas compassionately force your deep abdominal muscles to wake up and turn on...and this newfound strength translates seamlessly onto your individual mat. You build confidence and community. Remember that first time you kicked up into handstand? Or the first time you walked into a yoga class alone? The true gem of Partner Yoga is that the work is done WITH other people. And since every body is different, we fine tune our awareness and presence in a way that perhaps is harder to find alone. By spending time with each other like this, not only do we grow community locally in an organic way, but we support one another in becoming more confident and sustainable individuals. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to bring a partner! If you’re anything like me, the mushy-Valentine’s-gimmicky-couple stuff can make you a little anxious (or downright nauseous). This practice does not replace going on a date. The space is an environment in which you come as you are, bodies are bodies, we play and explore Yoga in a safe and fun way. Come join me in the upcoming Partner Yoga Workshop in Beverly Hills on Feb. 13th from 3-5pm! Contact me with any questions: jtroiani@gm.slc.edu. Looking forward, yogis!

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The practice of conscious embodiment

Just as any physical structure needs a solid foundation to endure the forces of nature, the seeds of yoga must be planted with a firm and tender hand if they are to bloom with everlasting vitality. Yoga is the practice of conscious embodiment. It is a choice to awaken into clearer understanding within ourselves so that we may experience life more fully. Most people can feel the difference between a movement grounded in truth versus one that lacks authenticity. A healthy approach to yoga is no different than a healthy approach to any relationship. If we want something to grow beautifully we must treat it with loving care. Breath awareness creates space for truthful presence. This is the seed. From here we observe our thoughts and begin to take responsibility for our actions, clearing the soil that nourishes the root. Yoga postures are external shapes which express our inner state of being. When we approach a posture from breath, with alertness, ease, passion and receptivity, we empower ourselves to approach all aspects of life in the same way. With grounded intentions we discover that the branches, or ‘limbs’ of yoga practice begin to develop all together, with each part directly and intricately relating to the other. The key is remaining rooted with a positive and patient attitude for the long term process so we can enjoy the organic unfolding and go with the flow! - Love, La Mer Hot 8 Foundations Workshop (4 Week Series) January 31, 2015 - February 21, 2015 Beverly Hills Studio Location Click here to sign up!

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Yoga Health Benefits for Men

While women are still the majority in yoga classes, there's a strong movement of men not only trying yoga, but striving both on and off the mat. Men benefit just as much from a regular yoga routine as women. Read the full article >

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