Early in the 26/2 series, Awkward Pose warms up your leg muscles and begins to open up your hips and lower back. The alignment cue that unites all three parts of Awkward Pose is keeping your feet parallel. Most of us come to class with tight hips that try to [...]
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Every beginner has their own way of plunging into a hot yoga practice. Some people wade in, a class or two a week; others are at the studio every day of their 30 day introductory month. A new student might quietly watch, listen, and learn; another might ask lots of [...]
Recently, a few students in the lobby confessed that they really dislike the breathing exercise we do at the beginning of class, Pranayama or Standing Deep Breathing. Oh boy, could I relate to their complaints! I used to really struggle through both sets. My shoulders were sore and tired, my [...]
Even though we're moving our arms, legs, and head throughout class, each posture is built around the movement of the spine. Your spine twists in Standing Bow Pulling Pose and Triangle Pose, but Spine Twisting Pose is the first time you twist your entire spine, tailbone to the top of [...]
Leslie O'Neil is a lovely person and a beautiful, shining example of the benefits that come from a consistent, dedicated, brave, and open-minded yoga practice. In the two years that she's been coming to The Hot Yoga Factory, she's grown remarkably as a yogi, developing not only strength, balance, and [...]
Here at The Hot Yoga Factory, we're always looking for ways to fine tune our offerings so that you have plenty of opportunities to get to class and keep your body and mind as healthy as possible. Beginning on Friday, June 22, and running through August, you can try our [...]
After the first Pranayama breathing exercise, we move into three postures that are sometimes called the "warm-up" series, in which we stretch, strengthen, and squeeze the body in preparation for the rest of class. In Half Moon and Hands to Feet we stretch the spine and along with it, the [...]
I first met Raman many years ago when I first started attending the "Advanced - Classic 84" class that meets on Thursdays. I was excited about taking the class, but a bit intimidated, so I would deliberately set up by Raman because he was calm and friendly and exuded great [...]
One basic way to describe each yoga posture we do in the 26/2 series is through the relationships between body parts. Body parts either move away from each other or toward each other. Simple, right? But when you are dealing with several different body parts at once and a range [...]
One of my very favorite things about The Hot Yoga Factory is how generous our students are. You are generous with time, with friendliness, and with encouragement. When we have a donation class to raise funds for worthy causes, you are also generous with money and enthusiasm. This Sunday's 4:30 [...]