YOYOS: MEET OUR STUNNING URBAN HOT CREW & FIND OUT WHAT THEY LOVE ABOUT THE FIRE!
I love giving someone the opportunity to completely let go in their practice. At first, the heat can be a distraction for the mind but when you practice enough it becomes your friend. I can see students really start to understand their body and breath a little bit better each time. It becomes such a tool and a reminder to truly listen to your body and I absolutely love that.
The practice of yoga asana is about breath and diving deeper into our physical and energetic bodies. When we come together for practice, our communal experience energizes each of us in ways we cannot always access alone. Our practice is about showing up for ourselves and for each other. In our sweet, toasty hot practice room we can find new and different paths to access the practice - big magic can happen.
I love teaching hot Yoga because I can feel the shift in my energy and my muscles as soon as I enter the room; it's transformative. The heat is a grounding reminder throughout class to stay present, and there is nothing like savasna at the end of sweating it out in a hot class.
I love how the exterior heat in the hot studio mirrors and cultivates the internal heat of the body; more than any other space, when I enter the hot room I feel like I'm stepping into my body. I also go in with the distinct understanding that when I leave the room I'll be a little bit changed - a little bit clearer, a little bit softer, a little bit stronger. It's such a treat to get to share this with the YoYo students!
There's something sultry about the hot room that creates movement in your body that warms you to the bone. I love keeping the lights a little lower, the flow a little sweeter and knowing that, in the hot room, power and strength come from within during the practice.
When I am in that room filled to the brim with sweat and heat and dripping self-doubt, I remember how special it is to offer humans a space that nourishes their own strength, giving them opportunity to emerge with a new sense of self-empowerment.
It is a unique moment in time, and I feel forever grateful to be in the presence of those who will push past the false limitations of the mind. To be blunt, my hotties keep me going when shit gets real in life.
Heat takes the entire experience of yoga up a notch. To me, yoga asana is all about purposely and purposefully choosing to challenge the body and mind. With the added element of heat, the challenge increases as does the opportunity to grow and expand both body and mind.
The intensity of the heat, humidity and movement forces you to be present and honest with yourself in a way that the unheated studio doesn't necessarily; because hotties like to play and are up for anything! Whenever I give variations in the hot studio, students tend to go and play with it! I especially love teaching HOT on dreary days. I can't wait to flow with a group of yogis and defrost my bones!
In the hot room, yogis will often hear me call out this mantra: “The mind gives up long before the body will!” I love teaching hot yoga because it provides an environment for an extraordinary yoga experience. It adds demands to the physical body which facilitates the monkey mind to calm more readily. In the end, the result is a sense of inner peace, sustained detoxification, and immense triumph.
I love that first step into the hot room. It's like a warm hug! The heat really gets the body going and increases the energy in the room. Something about practicing in heat inspires a very deep practice of being present. As a teacher, I get to experience all of this with everyone in the room!